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

Neighborhood Meeting Scheduled for Billerica Residents

Town Manager, John Curran, has scheduled a series of neighborhood meetings to update area residents’ on a range of Town Projects and initiatives. The purpose of these meetings is to promote meaningful and thoughtful dialogue on issues of concern to Town residents. As well as, to answer the questions and concerns of our resident we will have available all of the Town Department Heads. They will be updating the residents on new and ongoing issues as well as answering any questions and concerns.

Billerica Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in conversations about neighborhood issues and concerns as well as Town wide concerns.

There will be three meetings all at a different location. Please feel free to attend the most convenient location that suites you; or you can attend all three.

Town Manager, John Curran commented: “I would like to see all of the Town residents attend at least one meeting as this will provide not only the residents with helpful information on the Town’s side but we will also learn of concerns of the Town residents.”

In addition to the Neighborhood Meetings we will be holding a meeting on June 9, 2014 to do an informational session on Town finances. This session will be different from the Neighborhood Meetings in that we will be discussing financial issues exclusively and to answer any questions you may have about the Town’s financial condition. Curran said, “Being informed about the Town finances is important as every resident has a stake in the financial future of the Town of Billerica.”

If you have a particular issue you would like addressed at these meetings, please email them prior to the meeting date to: codea@town.billerica.ma.us

Town Finance Meeting:

  • Monday – June 9, 2014 @ 7:00pm at the Town Hall Auditorium – 365 Boston Road

Neighborhood Meetings:

  • Tuesday – June 10, 2014 @ 7:00pm at the Parker School – 52 River Street
  • Wednesday – June 11, 2014 @ 7:00pm at the MSD Training Academy – 793 Boston Road
  • Thursday – June 12, 2014 @ 7:00pm at the Hajjar School – 59 Rogers Street

Any questions should be forwarded to Assistant Town Manager Cathy O’Dea at 978-671-0942 or codea@town.billerica.ma.us

Man Arrested For Breaking Into Town Farm Ln Home

MenezesOn May 27, 2014 at approximately 9:50 am, Officer Paul Brady was patrolling in the area of High St.  As Officer Brady was driving by Town Farm Ln he heard an audible house alarm.  At that time Brady observed a white sedan leaving the area and noted that the license plates of the vehicle were obscured by duct tape.  The vehicle was subsequently stopped on High St. Contact was made with the driver, Dustin Menezes, 27, of 41 Sprague St. Billerica (Left).  Additional Officers responded to the sound of the house alarm where they found evidence of a breaking and entering on Town Farm Ln.  Evidence and circumstances at the home and the traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Mr. Menezes for the following charges:

  • Breaking & entering for felony
  • Possession of burglarious intruments
  • Vandalize property
  • Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license
  • Obstructed registration plate

Update 6/9/14 – Mr. Menezes is facing additional charges related to an attempted break into the cash depository at the North Billerica Train Station.  Shortly before the incident at Town Farm Ln a suspect was witnessed trying to open the cash depository with a power drill.  The witness, an LRTA employee, challenged the man.  The suspect then fled the area.  After a short investigation it was determined that probable cause existed to charge Mr. Menezes with:

  • Attempted breaking and entering into a depository with intent to commit a felony

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

Paramedic Job Openings – Announcement

The Town of Billerica Emergency Medical Service is seeking applications for Per Diem Paramedics with possible Full time employment opportunities. Applicants must be Massachusetts Certified Paramedics, current CPR & ACLS certification and a current driver’s license. ITLS, PALS, and NRP are preferred but not required. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years emergency experience as paramedic. Non smoker preferred.

Job Description: An emergency health care provider working under Massachusetts DPH, MGL Chapter 111C which regulates ambulances and its operators. Paramedics will be responsible for recognizing, assessing and treating medical and traumatic emergencies, coordinating efforts with other public safety agencies. She/he will initiate invasive and non-invasive treatments in accordance with Massachusetts DPH/OEMS treatment protocols. Paramedics will record all details related with treatments and incidents. Insurance and other related information will be obtained and entered into the computer billing system. Paramedics will maintain equipment and ambulances in a constant state of readiness, and will be able to respond at all times. Paramedics may also be responsible for other clerical and building maintenance duties.

Application deadline is June 15, 2014.

All applications should be sent to:

Billerica Town Hall
Asst. Town Manager
Paramedic Application
365 Boston Road
Billerica Ma 01821

The Town of Billerica is an Equal Opportunity employer

Acronyms:

DPH – Department of Public health
ACLS – Advanced Cardiac Life Support
CPR – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
ITLS – International Trauma Life Support
PALS – Pediatric Advanced Life Support
NRP – Neonatal Resuscitation program

Application Form Download

Helicopter Activity

National Grid will begin the visual inspection program for All Transmission lines in New England starting Wednesday May 21th 2014 which includes Billerica.

These helicopter flights will be conducted over a fifteen to twenty working day period plus any additional days added for weather cancellations.

The helicopters are Bell Jet Rangers and the majority are blue and yellow as shown below.  There is no need to call the PD to notify us of these flyovers.

JBI