Three Juveniles Identified in School Vandalism

Billerica – On Thursday, June 25, 2014, Billerica Police responded to the Dutile Elementary School in Billerica for a report of a recent vandalism. Officers spoke with a custodian that pointed out recent damage to the building, including three smashed windows, some ripped off siding, a damaged security camera as well as a large air conditioning unit that had been tipped over on the roof. An investigation of the damage resulted in the identification of three juvenile males that are believed to be responsible for the damage. It is believed that the juveniles had been on the property the prior evening when they committed the damage. Although all three males are facing possible charges of Malicious Destruction of Property over $250, the Billerica Police are working with the School Department and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office to determine the best course of action. Additional options of restitution and participation in a Juvenile Diversion Program are also being considered.

Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-667-1212 x151

Arson Suspect Arrested

SlackBillerica – On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Billerica Police, Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Task Force along with Boston Police arrested Cory J Slack, 21, of Charlestown, MA for Arson of Personal Property and Malicious Destruction of Property over $250.  The arrest follows an investigation that began on Sunday evening following the report of a car fire on Belva Road, Billerica.  That fire was immediately designated as suspicious by Billerica Fire and Police personnel who responded to the scene.  Billerica Police do not believe this was a random incident of vandalism, but rather a targeted act.  Of note, these charges are only accusations at this point and Mr. Slack is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  He will be arraigned on the charges in Lowell District Court on Friday, June 27, 2014.

Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-667-1212 x151

Recreational Vehicle Laws

Owners of recreational vehicles commonly known as “dirt bikes” or “ATV’s” should be aware of the Town of Billerica By-Laws in place that restrict their usage in town.  In addition, MA General Law Chapter 90B also regulates their use.  Lack of awareness or knowledge shall not be defenses in an action filed pursuant to these by-laws or Chapter 90B.

By-Laws Section 12

  • 12.1 The use of two, three or four wheel recreational motor vehicles, as partly defined in
    M.G.L Chapter 90B, Section 20, more commonly known as “dirt bikes” or “ATV‟s” is
    hereby prohibited on any land in the Town except that land for which an operator of said
    vehicle(s) has on their person written permission from the owner or lessee of said land.
  • 12.2 No such permitted use of private property by an operator of a vehicle shall occur
    between nine o‟clock post meridian (9:00 p.m.) and ten o‟clock ante meridian (10:00a.m.)
  • 12.3 Any person or owner of land found to be in violation of this By-Law shall pay a fine
    of one hundred ($100.00) dollars per violation. Each day that such violation continues
    shall constitute a separate offense.
  • 12.4 This By-Law may be enforced by a non-criminal disposition. The Billerica Police
    Department or any other law enforcement agency shall be the enforcing agents for the
    Town.

MGL Chapter 90B

 

Colonial Dr | Neighborhood Meeting

In response to a number of residents who have expressed concerns about the
Colonial Drive Roadway work we have scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, June 10 at 6:30pm at the Parker School Library. The Town Manager and Staff will be available to address your concerns. This meeting will be followed by a Neighborhood Meeting at 7:00pm at the same location.

Nutting Lake Drowning

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 at approximately 6:30 AM Officers located an abandoned canoe on the western portion of Nutting Lake, Billerica.  Later that morning at approximately 9:50 AM, Billerica Police received a report of a missing person.  The missing individual was identified as Lorna Rutkauskas, 60, of Billerica.  It was subsequently determined the Ms. Rutkauskas was the owner of the recovered canoe.  A search was immediately initiated with the assistance the MSP Airwing unit and Billerica Fire Department water rescue/recovery personnel.  At approximately 11:00 AM an individual was discovered deceased in Nutting Lake.  The body was positively identified as Lorna Rutkauskas.  The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated by the Billerica Police and Massachusetts State Police.

Any additional questions on this matter can be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost at 978-671-0900 X151