All residents should be aware that the Town has contracted with USI Services to replace water meters in Town. Below is a list of USI employees that will be involved in the project and the vehicles they will be operating. All of the USI technicians will be wearing USI ID badges with a photo and their vehicles will have the USI company logos on them.
On Saturday, December 2nd town residents will go to the polls here in Billerica to decide whether to overrule the valid action of our Representative Town Meeting. The vote involves overruling town meetings overwhelming vote to fund several routine budget items. One of those items is a clear concern to public safety and the quality of life in our community. I feel an obligation to accurately inform the residents about the public safety implications of this vote.
The item in question involves funding for an improved Tree and Parks Division within our DPW in order to care for our capital assets. I feel that this department plays a vital public safety function. The current department provides support for our traffic safety program which is no small task since Billerica has over 250 miles of roadway. In addition to the cutting of dangerous trees on town property they also provide brush cutting and trimming on untold roadways and intersections every year. If you are a resident who lives or travel through an intersection where brush and overgrowth has obscured intersection sight lines then you understand the problem.
The Tree and Parks Department has been understaffed and neglected for many years. The department’s first priority is always burials at the cemetery and not safe travel on our roadways. This is an unfortunate situation that you as residents, have an opportunity to fix by voting yes for the funding on Saturday, December 2nd at the voting poll.
Regarding the care of our Parks and Playgrounds, one of the theories of community policing is the now famous Broken Windows Theory, whereby people see a building with an unrepaired broken window and suddenly but surely, more broken windows appear and then the whole area can fall into disrepair, including public safety and more importantly, the perception of safety in the area.
This same theory applies to our parks, playgrounds and public spaces. These areas should be treated as capital assets of the community. When overflowing trash barrels and an unkempt appearance only leads to more trash, graffiti, etc. The appearance or lack thereof, then leads to less usage by residents of these public spaces. When this happens residents perceptions continue to degrade, along with the appearance of the area and the cycle continues. Our parks and playgrounds then hinder the quality of life and public safety in the town rather than enhance it. There is nothing better than a park or playground full of people who are the eyes and ears of public safety in a community.
Our Town Meeting and residents have supported hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements in this community over the last several years. It is time that we not be penny wise and pound foolish and support the town in protecting our investment. This is precisely why I urge my fellow residents to vote yes this Saturday and support public safety on our roadways and help the town to protect our parks, playgrounds and open spaces.
Daniel C. Rosa
Chief of Police
Over the last few weeks I have been working with the schools on investigating an emerging trend affecting our juvenile population, specifically teenage girls (6th -9th grade). There have been several reported cases of an unknown person reaching out to girls using the Snapchat app. This person is using names of our actual students, with some slight modifications, and asking the girls to send inappropriate pictures. When the girls refuse, the person is threatening to spread rumors about the girls or is threatening to Photoshop pictures and send them out claiming they are real. Obviously, this has been very troubling for those who have been victimized. Please, take a moment and talk with your children about social media awareness and stress to them if they see or receive anything suspicious on social media to report it to you or another adult. I am hoping if we raise awareness about this particular trend, we will either find out who is doing it or it will stop. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thank you for your assistance in helping us protect our younger population.
Tara M. Conners
School Resource Officer
Billerica – On Monday. October 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM, Billerica Police arrested Michael Girouard, 60, of 0 Brandon Street, Billerica, charging him with the armed robbery of Petrolex that occurred at approximately 3:20 AM yesterday. As mentioned in a Billerica Police press release from earlier today, Billerica PD responded to an Armed Robbery of Petrolex where a suspect brandished a large framed silver revolver at the clerk demanding cash. The suspect fled on foot after receiving the money and cigarettes. Later in the day, a second Armed Robbery occurred in Billerica at Variety Plus Convenience located on the opposite side of town. This incident involved a similarly described suspect also brandishing a large framed silver revolver. Additionally, in the early morning hours of Monday, October 16, 2017, at approximately 4:40 AM, a similarly described suspect and weapon was used to commit an Armed Robbery at a Mobile Station in Tewksbury on the Lowell line. These two Armed Robberies (Variety Plus and Mobile) have not yet been charged, however, authorities are actively working with newly developed leads in an attempt to issue charges in those cases as well.
At this time no additional individuals have been identified or charged in connection with the above incidents. All persons named are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Billerica – On Sunday, October 15, 2017 at approximately 0323 AM, Billerica PD responded to Petrolex, a fuel service station located at #80 Chelmsford Road in Billerica for a reported armed robbery.
Officers arrived to learn that an individual walked into the store and approached the clerk requesting cigarettes. As the clerk rang up the transaction, the suspect brandished a large framed silver revolver and pointed it at the clerk demanding the money from the register. The suspect subsequently fled the store on foot. The suspect was described as a white male, possibly in his mid-fifties, with salt a salt pepper colored mustache. The suspect also possibly had several tattoos on his neck and face. Later that same date, at approximately 1900 hours, the Billerica Police were dispatched to Variety Plus, located at #240 Nashua Road in Billerica for a reported Armed Robbery. Officer arrived to learn that an individual matching a similar description to the earlier robbery entered the store and brandished a similar large framed silver revolver directly at the clerk while demanding the cash from the register. The suspect fled on foot. Neither of the above armed robberies resulted in any physical injuries.
On Monday, October 16, 2017, at approximately 0440 am, the Tewksbury Police Department responded
to a call at #2 Main Street, Tewksbury for a reported Armed Robbery of the Mobile Gas Station. Their
investigation revealed that a suspect brandished a large framed silver revolver at the clerk demanding the cash from the register. Based on various factors revealed in their initial investigation, Tewksbury Police feel that this suspect is the same individual responsible for the above Billerica incidents. Nobody was reported to have suffered any physical injuries during this incident.
Due to the serious threat to public safety created by this suspect’s reckless and criminal acts, the
Billerica Police is releasing both still and video images of the suspect in an attempt to identify him. Any
information on this person’s identity may be provided anonymously through our business line, 978-667-1212, or through our web site at www.billericapolice.org.
The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653.