Billerica – On Thursday, December 8, 2016, at approximately 2:30 PM, detectives from the Billerica
and Tewksbury Police Department arrested Joel Perez-Matos, 31, currently living in Acton, MA for charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Cocaine (subsequent offense) in Billerica. Perez-Matos was stopped by detectives following tips received from Billerica residents of suspicious activity in the North Billerica area. A subsequent roadside search of his motor vehicle by a Billerica narcotics sniffing canine lead to the discovery of a large amount of individually packaged quantities of what is believed to be heroin and cocaine. In addition, approximately $1,600 in various denominations of U.S. Currency was located on the defendant. Perez-Matos provided a false name to officers on scene but was later positively identified through his fingerprints. Perez-Matos was previously deported to the Dominican Republic in 2012 following a Massachusetts State Prison term for similar offenses. In addition to the drug charges, Perez-Matos is being charged with Operating with a Suspended driver’s license. He will be arraigned in Lowell District Court on December 9, 2016.
**All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Kicks Off Extra Patrols During Holidays
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Commander Ronald Balboni
Billerica, MA – December 6, 2016- The Billerica police will be increasing the number of patrols over the holidays through a special grant from the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). The Billerica Police Department will join more than 200 local police departments across the state and the State Police in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization.
“Beginning December 9 and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Chief Dan Rosa. “We are taking a zero tolerance approach to impaired driving this holiday season to keep our roads safe for all motorists.”
“Drivers who will be celebrating this holiday season should plan for a sober ride home before they go out,” said Jeff Larason, Director of the Highway Safety Division. “We want all drivers to remember the responsibility they have to drive safely and to avoid getting behind the wheel if they’re impaired. Crashes caused by an impaired driver are preventable.”
Nationally, nearly one in three people (29 percent) were killed last year in motor vehicle crashes in which alcohol was a factor, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Tips for motorists:
• Plan for a sober ride home before celebrating this holiday season. Use a ride sharing or taxi service, the MBTA, or a designated driver if you will be consuming alcohol and then travelling.
• If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
• Stay in control by wearing your seat belt on every trip. Seat belts keep drivers behind the wheel in a crash.
• Stay off your devices when driving.
To view the Highway Safety Division’s (HSD) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” :15 and :30 TV spots in English and Spanish, please visit www.mass.gov/drivesober.
For immediate release: November 14, 2016
For more information contact: (781) 897-8325
LOWELL – District Attorney Marian Ryan and Billerica Chief of Police Daniel Rosa have announced that Jesse Fillerup, 24, of Billerica, was arraigned today in Lowell District Court and charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery on a household or family member in connection with an alleged incident that took place on Thursday, November 10.
Judge Thomas Brennan ordered the defendant held without bail pending an evidentiary hearing for a 58A dangerousness hearing scheduled for Monday, November 21.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. on November 10, Billerica Police responded to a 911 call requesting an ambulance on Rogers Street in Billerica that was allegedly placed by the defendant. Upon arrival, authorities discovered a 26-year-old female, who is known to the defendant, suffering from serious head injuries allegedly inflicted by the defendant. The victim was taken to a local-area hospital where she remains in critical condition.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Chris Tarrant.
Update – Arrested 11/5/16
BILLERICA — The Billerica Police Department is actively seeking two men in connection with alleged drug use and assault on a police officer on Friday evening.
ERIC OBLENIS, AGE 28, OF BILLERICA, is wanted for Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon to wit a Motor Vehicle and Operating to Endanger after he allegedly struck and dragged a Billerica police officer with a motor vehicle while the officer was seeking to question him in connection with suspicious activity in the area. OBLENIS is known to police.
On Friday, Nov. 4, at approximately 7:41 p.m., two Billerica police officers were investigating suspicious activity in the parking lot of a Rite Aid, located at 467 Boston Rd.
As one of the officers approached a parked van, he observed the driver of the vehicle to be injecting a substance into his arm. When the driver, believed to be OBLENIS, saw the officer, he allegedly threw the needle on the floor of the vehicle and accelerated in reverse, striking the officer.
The officer was dragged by the arm for approximately 15 feet before he fell and the vehicle drove out of the parking lot, heading southbound on Boston Road. OBLENIS is a white male with a slender build. He was last seen wearing a red flat-brim baseball hat and a red sweatshirt.
The vehicle is a green 1999 Dodge Ram Van with Rhode Island license plate IY888.
The officer was treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Prior to the interaction with the driver of the van, officers observed another individual exit the Rite Aid and enter the passenger side of the vehicle. This individual was inside the vehicle at the time of the incident and is being sought for questioning only. A surveillance photo of the passenger inside the Rite Aid is included here.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of either individual involved in this incident should immediately contact Billerica Police at 978-667-1212.
Cut It Out Middlesex Program Teaches Students and Salon Professionals How to Recognize Signs of Domestic Violence
BILLERICA –Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan today hosted a training for cosmetology students at Shawsheen Regional Technical High School as part of her anti-domestic violence initiative Cut It Out Middlesex. The Cut It Out program teaches cosmetology students and salon professionals how to recognize the signs of domestic violence and explains resources available to help victims of abuse.
Today’s training was hosted in partnership with the Alternative House, a Lowell based Domestic Violence organization that provides shelter, support, options, counseling and legal advocacy for all victims of domestic violence, and their children who seek help.
Participants in Cut It Out Middlesex learn how to spot signs of domestic violence and how to safely refer clients to local community service providers. The program introduces and aligns participants with domestic violence service agencies as well as domestic violence officers from local police departments. Billerica Police School Resource Officer Brian West was also in attendance for the training.
Cut It Out Middlesex started at local vocational and technical high school training programs to create awareness around the issue of domestic violence at the earliest stage of students’ professional development. To date, the program has trained approximately 1,600 cosmetology students and licensed salon professionals across the county.
The Cut It Out program was conceived and first implemented in 2002 in Alabama and has become the national program of the Salons Against Domestic Abuse Fund, which is dedicated to mobilizing salon professionals and others to recognize signs of abuse and to fight the epidemic of domestic violence in communities across the United States.
For more information or to inquire about how to bring Cut It Out Middlesex training to your salon, contact the Office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan at 781-897-8300.
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