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 Oct 24, 2014   Arrest. 
  Adrian T. James, 43, of Winchendon, MA. was arrested at 1852 hours on Rindge Road on an outstanding warrant. James was held at the State Police Barracks on $350.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Erik Salo.

 Oct 23, 2014   Halloween 2014. 
 

 Oct 11, 2014   Arrest. 
  Tracy L. Manita, 45, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 0135 hours on Main Street and charged with assault and battery on a police officer (3 counts), disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property under $250.00.

Manita was held at the Lunenburg Police Department on $1,500.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Oct 10, 2014   Arrest. 
  Marc J. Richard, 30, of Lunenburg, MA. was arrested at 2251 hours on Greenville Road and charged with operating without a license and speeding. Richard was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Oct 9, 2014   Arrest. 
  Daniel P. Despres, 42, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1629 hours on Main Street and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, open container violation and inspection sticker violation. Despres was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Sep 30, 2014   Arrest. 
  Terry L. Jemison, 57, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1825 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with operating with a suspended license and speeding. Jemison was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Sep 30, 2014   Arrest. 
  Martin P. Curran, 56, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1222 hours on Main Street on two outstanding warrant. Curran was transported to Ayer District Court.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Sep 28, 2014   Arrest. 
  James A. Place, 32, of Westfield, MA. was arrested at 2046 hours on Pillsbury Road on an outstanding warrant. Place was released on personal recognizance and is due in Westfield Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Sep 22, 2014   Arrest. 
  Rafael Rapetto, 37, of Leominster, MA. was arrested at 0725 hours on Rindge Road and charged with operating without a license and speeding. Rapetto was transported to Ayer District Court for arraignment.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour.

 Sep 22, 2014   NEWS RELEASE 
  ASHBY POLICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 27th AT ASHBY POLICE DEPARTMENT

ASHBY, MA  On September 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashby Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Ashby PD at 893 Main St. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds 188.5 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million poundsnearly 500 tonsof pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an ultimate user of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Ashby Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

 Sep 19, 2014   Arrest. 
  Francis M. Bernatchez, 68, of Lunenburg, MA. was arrested at 2042 hours on Wares Road and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, open container violation and failing to drive in the right lane. Bernatchez was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Sep 14, 2014   Arrest. 
  Ashley A. Davis, 23, of New Ipswich, NH. was arrested at 1930 hours on Greenville Road on an outstanding warrant. Davis was released on personal recognizance and is due in Leominster District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Sep 11, 2014   Arrest. 
  Charles E. Wood, 27, of Keene, NH. was arrested at 1330 hours on Piper Road and charged with possession of a class A substance (Heroin)and operating with a suspended license. Wood was transported to Ayer District Court for arraignment.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Sep 8, 2014   Arrest. 
  Ronald R. Lain, 45, of New Ipswich, NH. was arrested at 1638 hours on Hosmer Road and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon and an outstanding warrant. Lain was released on $400.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Sep 8, 2014   Arrest. 
  Cory W. Spoon, 35, of New Ipswich, NH. was arrested at 1638 hours on Hosmer Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, possession of a class E substance and open container violation. Spoon was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Sep 5, 2014   Arrest. 
  Kenneth B. Olausen, 60, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 1823 hours on Main Street and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, Operating under the influence of alcohol and open container violation. Olausen was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 Aug 30, 2014   Arrest. 
  James D. Boulay, 60, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 2111 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, inspection sticker violation and defective equipment. Boulay was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Jul 29, 2014   IRS Scam. 
  IRS scams are on the rise. Area towns are reporting that people are receiving calls advising them that there are warrants for their arrests and that fees need to be paid. They are requesting that you go get prepaid cards and call them back with the numbers. Please do not fall for this scam. More info provided at the link below.

For information click HERE .

 Jul 26, 2014   Arrest 
  Brittany M Peace, 23, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 2222 hours on Valley Road on an outstanding warrant. Peace was held at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Jul 23, 2014   Band Concert. 
  The band concert for tonight has been cancelled.

 Jul 22, 2014   Arrest. 
  Jessie L. Davis, 28, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 0737 hours on Greenville Road on an outstanding warrant. Davis was booked and transported to Ayer District Court.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour.

 Jul 17, 2014   Officers receive thank you letters. 
  Two officers received thank you letters recently from people they assisted.

Officer Shawn McCluskey assisted a town resident with getting into her residence after the door handle stopped working. Officer McCluskey was able to get into the residence and then returned later that same day to fix the door handle. The letter stated in part "The Ashby Police Dept. is amazing with service above and beyond the call"

Officer Derek Pepple assisted a New Ipswich, NH resident on Greenville Road by changing her flat tire. The female and her two children were waiting over an hour in 90 degree heat for AAA when Officer Pepple arrived on scene. The letter stated in part "That was so nice of you and above and beyond your duties".

Both officers' actions exemplify this department's core value of service.

 Jul 11, 2014   Arrest. 
  Tanner L. Ricciardi, 22, of Mount Vernon, NH. was arrested at 1731 hours on Mayo Road and charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and false name to a police officer. Ricciardi was held without bail at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Erik C. Salo.

 Jul 11, 2014   Arrest. 
  Amanda A. Miller, 23, of Milford, NH. was arrested at 1731 hours on Mayo Road and charged with possession of a class E substance, receiving a stolen motor vehicle and fugitive from justice. Miller was held without bail at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Erik C. Salo.

 Jul 12, 2014   Arrest. 
  Jesus A. Maldonado, 34, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1544 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle (Moped) with a suspended license. Maldonado was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Jul 12, 2014   Arrest. 
  Hector L. Santiago, 61, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1544 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle (Moped)with a suspended license. Santiago was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Jul 6, 2014   Arrest. 
  Matthew J. Greig, 22, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 0017 hours on Ashby State Road in Fitchburg and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and speeding. Greig was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Jul 5, 2014   Arrest. 
  Kathy L. Vargas, 25, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 0219 hours on Main Street and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and marked lanes violation. Vargas was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Jul 3, 2014   Arrest. 
  Jonathan P. Schafer, 24, of Townsend, MA. was arrested at 2135 hours on West Road and charged with assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Schafer was released on $200.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Glenn Casey.

 Jul 2, 2014   2014 Band concert details. 
  Wednesdays at 7:30 PM (Weather permitting) July 9, 16, 23, 30 August 6, 13, 20

Food and beverages sold by different local non-profit organizations each week.

 Jul 2, 2014   Bonfire Details. 
  Bonfire Details (Allen Field) Thursday July 3rd. 4:00 PM - Gates open 5:00 PM - Chicken Barbecue, contact Ken or Kathy J. at 386-5502 for tickets. 7:30 PM - Band Concert 9:30 PM - Bonfire

 Jul 1, 2014   Arrest. 
  Jared A. Gove, 25, of Leominster, MA. was arrested at 1956 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (Subsequent Offense). Gove was released on $200.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jun 21, 2014   Arrest. 
  Bruce A. Linstad, 31, of Ayer, MA. was arrested on Fort Hill Road at approximately 2228 hours and charged with possession of a class B substance. Linstad was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Jun 23, 2014   Arrest. 
  Jeffrey O. Pitre, 35, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Main Street at approximately 0925 hours on an outstanding warrant. Pitre was transported to Ayer District Court.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Brian Vautour.

 Jun 8, 2014   Arrest. 
  Melissa J. Howard, 35, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Fitchburg State Road at approximately 0157 hours and charged with obstruction of justice. Howard was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Erik C. Salo.

 Jun 6, 2014   Arrest. 
  David M. Pitre, 31, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Taylor Road at approximately 2210 hours on an outstanding warrant. Pitre was held at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple and Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 Jun 6, 2014   Arrest. 
  Jeffrey O. Pitre, 35, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Taylor Road at approximately 2210 hours on an outstanding warrant. Pitre was held at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple and Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 Jun 6, 2014   Arrest. 
  Patrick K. Nangle, 31, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Taylor Road at approximately 2210 hours on an outstanding warrant. Nangle was held at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple and Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 Jun 5, 2014   Motor vehicle accident. 
  At 0134 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and Ambulance was dispatched to Greenville Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. The operator stated that a deer ran out in front of her. The occupants refused medical treatment at the scene.

 Jun 3, 2014   Arrest. 
  Patrick K. Nangle, 31, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Taylor Road at approximately 1555 hours on an outstanding warrant. Nangle was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 May 14, 2014   Arrest. 
  Nathaniel G. Moore, 24, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on West State Road at approximately 2231 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violation and defective equipment. Moore was held at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 May 13, 2014   Warrant Arrest. 
  Sheila G. Jacks, 47, of Bedford, NH. was arrested (location withheld) at approximately 1950 hours on an outstanding warrant. Jacks was released on personal recognizance and is due in Concord District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 May 13, 2014   MVA on Fitchburg State Road. 
  At 1528 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and Ambulance was dispatched to Fitchburg State Road for a reported motor vehicle rollover. The operator was transported to Leominster Hospital. This accident is currently under investigation.

 May 7, 2014   2014 Memorial Day weekend events May 23 - 26. 
  For information about this year's events click HERE .

 May 4, 2014   Warrant Arrest. 
  Stephanie J. Lohnes, 34, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested on Hosmer Road at approximately 2052 hours on an outstanding warrant. Lohnes was held at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 May 2, 2014   Town Meeting. 
  Don't forget Town Meeting tomorrow, May 3, 2014 at 9:30 am at AES.

Click HERE to view warrant.

 Apr 27, 2014   Arrest. 
  Craig J. Jatrinski, 42, of Pepperell, MA. was arrested on Fitchburg State Road at approximately 1207 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Jatrinski was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Sr. Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Apr 19, 2014   Arrest. 
  George A. Farnsworth, 29, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Damon Road at approximately 2100 hours on an outstanding warrant. Farnsworth was released on $200.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Apr 15, 2014   2013 Ashby Town Report. 
  The 2013 Ashby Town Report can be viewed at the link below.

Click HERE .

 Apr 8, 2014   Arrest. 
  Veronica L. Burton, 29, of Ashburnham, MA. was arrested on Turnpike Road at approximately 1814 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Burton was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Sr. Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Mar 21, 2014   **** Community Notice **** 
  The door to door meat sellers are back in the area. The vehicle is a gray Ford pickup with Texas plates and a large white cooler in the back. The markings on the vehicle state "The Steak Guys" and their paper work states "Steakhouse Supply". They DO NOT have a permit to solicit in town and were already asked to leave. The website on the paperwork they supplied is not active.

Do not become a victim. If they try to sell you meat, please contact this department at 978-386-5652.

Read more HERE .

 Mar 14, 2014   Arrest. 
  Philip H. Vondeck, 49, of Ashburnham, MA. was arrested on South Road at approximately 2252 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, open container and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Vondeck was released on $300.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion.

 Mar 14, 2014   Reminder. 
  Special Town Meeting on March 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM at Ashby Elementary School.

 Mar 1, 2014   Arrest. 
  Jared A. Gove, 25, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1659 hours on an outstanding warrant. Gove was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Glenn Casey.

 Feb 28, 2014   Arrest. 
  Joshua A. Guy, 35, of Leominster, MA. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 1837 hours and charged with violation of a restraining order and four outstanding warrants (3 from Fitchburg District Court and 1 from Edgartown District Court). Guy was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour.

 Feb 27, 2014   Arrest. 
  Lorin J. Horton, 24, of Wilton, NH. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 1537 hours and charged with possession of a class A substance (Heroin). Horton was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Chief Fred Alden and Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Feb 27, 2014   Arrest. 
  Ryan M. Sanborn, 27, of Mason, NH. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 1537 hours and charged with possession of a class A substance (Heroin) and knowingly present where heroin is kept. Sanborn was held at the State Police Barrack in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Chief Fred Alden and Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Feb 26, 2014   Arrest. 
  Eric A. Serpa, 24, of W. Warwick, RI. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 2030 hours and charged with speeding, failing to wear a seat belt and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Serpa was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Feb 21, 2014   Arrest. 
  Louis D. Sciabarrasi, 39, of Greenville, NH. was arrested on Fitchburg State Road at approximately 2000 hours and charged with a number plate violation and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Sciabarrasi was released on $200.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anothony Montesion.

 Feb 9, 2014   **** Community Notice **** 
  On Sunday 02/09/2014 at approximately 1220 hours an elderly female from Erickson Road reported that a black male knocked on her door and asked about cleaning her carpets. The male was invited in and tried to get the female to sign some type of form. After the female refused to sign anything the male left the area in a large blue station wagon type vehicle (possibly a Dodge).

We do not have any permits to solicit issued to any carpet cleaning company. DO NOT let a person that you don't know into your residence. Report these incidents to us at 978-386-5652.

 Feb 3, 2014   Good Luck Officer Casey. 
  The Ashby Police Department would like to wish Reserve Officer Glenn Casey the best of luck. Officer Casey started the full time police academy in Springfield today and upon completion will be working for the City of Leominster.

 Jan 28, 2014   Community Notice. 
  A representative for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company / Kinder Morgan Company will be contacting people on Main Street, Erickson Road and Turnpike Road to speak with landowners about the possibility of a natural gas pipeline coming through town. This person does not need to gain access to your residence.

 Jan 24, 2014   ********** SAFETY ALERT ********** 
  Incidents of a suspicious person approaching children at bus stops have been reported in area towns.

The suspect is described as a white male with medium to dark complexion, may have facial hair, medium length straight black hair, between the ages of 25-35 years old, and may be wearing silver framed eye glasses.

The suspect vehicle is described as a silver or gray Toyota Prius (photo is not actual vehicle) with tinted windows with a 2 to 4 inch blue and white sticker attached to the back window on the driver's side. The registration number is unknown at this time but has been reported to be Massachusetts with red numbers.

Area departments are looking to identify this person. If you have any information or spot the vehicle, do not approach the vehicle but call your local police department immediately.

 Jan 21, 2014   **** SCAM ALERT **** 
  Several people in town have reported that they are receiving these phone calls. DO NOT give any information, bank account numbers, credit card numbers or wire money.

Read more at HERE .

 Jan 20, 2014   Thank You. 
  The men and women of the Ashby Police and Dispatch would like to thank Krista Burson for her service to the Town of Ashby. Krista has resigned as the Administrative Assistant to the Police Chief to take another job. We all wish her good luck with her new job.

 Jan 18, 2014   B&Es reported. 
  Two B&Es have been reported on New Ipswich Road today. Entry was made into both residences by forcing the door open. The first resident reported a 50 TV, Xbox and jewelry missing while the second resident reported prescription medications missing.

Both are currently under investigation.

 Jan 17, 2014   Job Posting. 
  The Town of Ashby is accepting applications for the part-time, non-benefited position of Accounting Clerk and Administrative Assistant to the Police Department. Duties include assisting Town Accountant with preparation of accounts payable, payroll, receivables processing, and maintaining accounting files. A thorough knowledge of principles/practices of municipal accounting, financial computer applications and accuracy is a prime requisite. Knowledge of Excel is critical. Police Department Administrative Assistant duties include bills and payroll submittals & tracking, electronic reporting for grants, data entry for firearms licensing, ordering supplies, filing and organizing and other clerical/accounting duties as deemed appropriate. A background check including CORI check and finger print submission is required. 18 hrs./week during warrant weeks and 13 hrs./week during non-warrant weeks with schedule t/b/d. Minimum two years of higher education preferred.

Send résumé & letter of interest to the Town of Ashby, Attn: Jennifer Collins, 895 Main Street, Ashby, MA 01431.

Starting pay rate: $13.00/hr. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. EOE.

 Jan 12, 2014   Arrest. 
  James P. Penny, 46, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at the police station at approximately 2151 hours on an outstanding warrant. Penny was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster on $300.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey

 Jan 10, 2014   AMBER ALERT FROM FITCHBURG POLICE. MOTHER HAS TIES TO ASHBY. 
  UPDATE - AMBER ALERT CANCELLED. BOTH HAVE BEEN FOUND IN NORTH CAROLINA.

Friday 01/10/2014--BOLO 1998 Buick Century Color Blue. South Carolina Registration JJT687. Non-Custodial kidnapping by mother, Leeanna Wilson, Age 50, W/F. Child is 6 year old Alize Whipple, B/F, pink top and pants, pink sparkly sneakers. Mother is bi-polar, and may be fleeing with child to South Carolina.

 Dec 26, 2013   Arrest. 
  Chris D. Thibault, 51, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Brooks Road at approximately 1954 hours on an outstanding warrant. Thibault was released on personal recognizance and is due in Lowell District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Derek Pepple and Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion.

 Dec 17, 2013   Chief Edward Drew retires. 
  The Ashby Police Department and Dispatchers would like to thank Chief Edward Drew for his 4 ½ years of service to the town. As of today Chief Drew has retired (again) and Lt. Fred Alden has taken the helm as acting chief. Chief Drew brought with him 40 years of experience and is leaving the department in a better condition than when he took over. He will be missed and we all wish him the best.

 Dec 14, 2013   Arrest. 
  Jamie J. Kopsala, 41, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on West Road at approximately 0002 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (2nd Offense). Kopsala was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion.

 Dec 9, 2013   Officer becomes nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. 
  Patrolman Derek Pepple has just completed a class on car seat installation. He is now a nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. If you would like your car seat checked you can contact him at 978-386-7242 ext. 223 or dpepple@ashbyma.gov to set up an appointment. This appointment will take approximately 30 minutes. When you come to meet with him you'll need the car seat manual and your vehicle manual, if you have them.

Read more at Safe Kids .

 Dec 5, 2013   Arrest. 
  Brian T. McMahon, 53, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Wares Road at approximately 1945 hours on an outstanding warrant. McMahon was held without bail at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Dec 1, 2013   Arrest. 
  Wade E. Martin, 42, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested on Fitchburg State Road at approximately 0035 hours and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (Knife), assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (Ceramic Tart Warmer), resisting arrest and 4 outstanding warrants. Martin was held on $1,600.00 cash bail at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour and Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Nov 7, 2013   Please help this Ashby family locate their dog. 
  11/08/13 - UPDATE - Izzy has been located and is back home with her family.

 Nov 7, 2013   Blood drive at Ashby Elementary School. 
  American Red Cross Blood Drive at AES on Saturday, November 23rd from 9AM - 2PM.

Read more at American Red Cross .

 Oct 26, 2013   Arrest. 
  Michael B. Wojcuilewicz, 27, of Greenville, NH. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 2309 hours and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, marked lanes violation and carrying a firearm without a license. Wojcuilewicz was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 Oct 22, 2013   Halloween Parking 
  Dear Resident:

The traditional Ashby Halloween event-will be held Thursday, October 31, 2013 in Ashby Center from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. To improve safety through increased visibility, we are prohibiting parking on Main Street from South Road to the library from 4:00 p.m. until the event ends. You will be able to access your driveways but we seek your cooperation and ask that you do not park on the street from 2:00 p.m. If you have any questions please call 978-386-5652. Thank you for helping to ensure a safe Halloween.

Sincerely, Edward J. Drew Chief of Police

 Nov 5, 2013   Ashby Police Department - Part Time Public Safety Dispatchers 
  The Ashby Police Department is currently seeking applicants for the position of Part-Time Civilian Public Safety Dispatcher. Responsibilities include but are not limited to; receiving emergency and non-emergency calls, dispatching Police/Fire/EMS personnel, data entry into a records management system.

Applicants must have; HS diploma or GED, availability and willingness to work all shifts including weekends and holidays. Those who possess certifications in E911, EMD, CPR, and CJIS certifications, and prior experience are preferred. Excellent communication skills including verbal and written, basic computer skills, and the ability to multi-task are required. Applicants must pass a background and CORI check prior to employment.

These positions are part-time and the starting salary is currently under union negotiation with the Town. Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

A letter of interest and resume should be submitted to;

Ashby Police Department PO Box 280 Ashby, MA 01431 Attn: Lt Fred Alden Or email to: FAlden@Ashbyma.gov

The Ashby Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 Oct 17, 2013   Trick or treat. 
  Trick or treat will be Thursday October 31st from 6PM to 8PM.

 Oct 16, 2013   Arrest. 
  Jorge L. Adorno, 46, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 1910 hours and charged with speeding and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Adorno was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Sep 28, 2013   Arrest. 
  David S. Burke, 26, of Peterborough, NH. was arrested on Fitchburg State Road at approximately 1949 hours and charged with following too closely, passing violation and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Burke was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion.

 Sep 26, 2013   Crime Prevention Bulletin: Telephone Hostage Scam 
  During recent weeks the VA Police and other local law enforcement agencies have collected reports of a phone kidnapping scam that has been occurring throughout the Boston/Metro Boston area.

In most incidents, scammers have alleged that a member of the scam victim's family has been involved in a car accident and claimed to have taken the victim's family member hostage. The scammers state that they have the hostage's cell phone and any attempts to disengage from the conversation will result in the murder or beating of the hostage. The scammers try to hold the victim on the phone as long as possible while attempting to persuade them to wire the money. However, some reports indicate that the scammers will hang up if challenged and not call back.

This scam has been tracked back to 1998. This particular scam appears to resurface every few years. Over the past few months, various law enforcement outlets have reported that they have seen an increased amount of reports involving this scam tactic along the entire east coast. What to do if you receive this call: Remain calm. Do not provide any personal information. Do not send money. Contact your relative. Contact the VA Police and/or your local law enforcement agency immediately.

For additional information on telephone and internet scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission website at http://FTC.gov/ or the Federal Bureau of Investigation website at http://www.FBI.gov/

 Oct 21, 2013   Turn in your unwanted or expired prescription drugs. 
  ASHBY, MA - On October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashby Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Ashby Police Department at 893 Main St. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds-188.5 tons-of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds-nearly 500 tons-of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Ashby Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

 Sep 16, 2013   Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Friday 09/13/2013 at approximately 2100 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS Departments were dispatched to Fitchburg State Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. Both operators were transported to the hospital. The operator of the sedan was transported to Henry Heywood by Ashburnham EMS. The operator of the SUV was transported to a landing zone at Fitchburg High School by Ashby EMS and then to UMASS Medical in Worcester by Life Flight Helicopter.

Members of the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section were called to assist in the investigation. Fitchburg State Road was closed for approximately 3 hours during the investigation.

Investigating Officers: Lt. Fred Alden and Patrolman Derek Pepple.

 Sep 10, 2013   Recent activity 
  Monday

B&E - Piper Road, jewelry taken. Entry made through an unlocked window.

B&E - Mason Road, money taken. Entry made through an unlocked window.

Tuesday

Larceny - Erickson Road, Stolen dirt bike.

Please lock your house and your vehicles. Report any suspicious activity to us at 978-386-5652 or 911.

 Aug 21, 2013   Officer receives praise from defendant. 
  Patrolman / Detective John Dillon received a letter from a defendant's attorney about an incident on October 13, 2012. This defendant was charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

The letter stated in part "I wanted to let you know that my client appreciated all you did for him last October. He knew he was driving too fast and was glad to survive the crash. He was impressed by your help and very grateful for it. We mentioned this in open court yesterday. I have been doing defense work for a long time and this is the first case where my client wanted to thank the investigating officer. So I wanted to pass this along to make sure you know that sometimes even defendants appreciate your services."

 Aug 19, 2013   Clinton resident praises officer. 
  The Clinton resident wrote

"On Tuesday August 6th in the early evening, my 81 yr old mom came with me to test drive a vehicle. We ran out of gas on 31 off of 119 heading back towards Fitchburg. At some point someone called in a distressed motorist. Office Pepple responded to that call and hung out with us until the dealership showed up with some gas, keeping his lights on for safety."

"I am writing to tell you how grateful we were that he stayed with us until help arrived. He was also very friendly and a pleasure to converse with. Too often people tend to send complaints rather than Kudo's. I felt compelled to email you that in my opinion Officer Pepple must be one of your "superstars"."

 Aug 14, 2013   Arrest. 
  Brian T. McMahon, 53, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Wares Road at approximately 2032 hours and charged with domestic assault and battery. McMahon was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Aug 14, 2013   Arrest. 
  George A. Farnsworth, 29, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Damon Road at approximately 1800 hours and charged with domestic assault and battery. Farnsworth was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Aug 8, 2013   BOLO. 
  Please be on the lookout for a gold colored Ford Pickup with Rhode Island registration 27577. Vehicle may have Gourmet Advantage Inc written on the side. This vehicle has been seen going door to door selling meat but has been seen in the area of recent house breaks.

If you see this vehicle please contact Detective Dillon or this department at 978-386-5652.

 Aug 8, 2013   B&Es reported. 
  Several B&Es have been reported to this department.

8/2 Turnpike Road - Jewelry and money. Entry was made through an open window.

8/7 Richardson Road - Jewelry. Forcible entry was made through a front door.

8/8 South Road - Attempted break, no entry made.

8/8 Watatic Mountain Road - TV and guitars.

Please hide your jewelry box and report any suspicious activity to us at 978-386-5652 or 911.

 Aug 8, 2013   Arrest. 
  Devin G. Tully, 21, of North Strafford, NH. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 1710 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt. Tully was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Aug 2, 2013   Arrest. 
  Mohammed L. Kenneh, 31, of Roxbury, MA. was arrested on Townsend Road (Trap Falls) at approximately 2215 hours on two default warrants issued out of South Boston District Court. Kenneh was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jul 17, 2013   Structure fire in Ashburnham. 
  On Wednesday 07/17/2013 at approximately 1745 hours the Ashby Police received several calls reporting smoke in the area of Wellington Road and West State Road. Police on scene reported heavy black smoke coming from the area of Watatic Pond Road in Ashburnham. Ashby Fire dispatched two engines and a tanker to the scene to assist Ashburnham Fire. The Ashby Firefighters laid 2200 feet of hose, in 90 plus degree heat, from Route 119 to the location of the fire. One lane of Route 119 was closed to traffic for approximately 3 hours by police while fire crews worked to extinguish the fire.

 Jul 16, 2013   Arrest. 
  Cameron J. Deluco, 20, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 1906 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license. Deluco was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jul 13, 2013   Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Friday 07/12/2013 at approximately 1953 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS Departments were dispatched to Main Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

The operator was transported to Leominster Hospital with minor injuries. The operator was cited for negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation and open container of alcohol.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek Pepple.

 Jul 12, 2013   Arrest. 
  Justin A. Gove, 23, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1629 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license (Subsequent offense), operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, inspection sticker violation and failing to notify the registry of address change. Gove was released on $200.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John Dillon.

 Jul 12, 2013   Detour 
  On Monday 07/15/2013 Main Street (Sheldon Hill Area) from Fitchburg State Road to Turnpike Road MAY be closed to west bound traffic due to tree removal. West bound traffic will be detoured to Greenville Road to Turnpike Road and then back onto Main Street. East bound traffic will be allowed access but expect delays.

 Jul 9, 2013   Road work. 
  Asplundh Tree will be on Main Street in the area of Sheldon Hill. The road will be down to one lane. Please use caution and expect minor delays.

 Jul 8, 2013   2013 Ashby Band Concert schedule. 
  July 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug 7, 14.

Music starts at 7:30pm.

 Jul 4, 2013   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Thursday 07/04/2013 at approximately 1910 hours the Ashby Police was dispatched to Greenville Road for a report of a motor vehicle accident. The operator struck a guardrail while attempting to turn onto Wheeler Road.

The operator was issued a citation for failing to use care.

Investigating officer: Patrolman Derek Pepple

 Jun 22, 2013   Warrant arrest. 
  Justin A. Gove, 23, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1011 hours an outstanding warrant. Gove was transported to the State Police Barracks and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John Dillon.

 Jun 25, 2013   Motor vehicle rollover. 
  On Monday 06/24/2013 at approximately 0926 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS Departments were dispatched to Townsend Road for a reported motor vehicle roll over. The operator and sole occupant of the vehicle was uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Investigating Officers: Lt. Fred Alden and Patrolman Derek Pepple.

 Jun 21, 2013   Sad news. 
  It is with great sadness we announce the passing of William "Bill" Seymour Sr., Father of Fire Chief William Seymour Jr.

Calling hours are Monday 6/24 from 4pm - 7pm at Anderson Funeral Home in Townsend. Church services will be Tuesday 6/25 at 10am at St. John's Church in Townsend.

 Jun 20, 2013   Recent activity. 
  06/13 - Foster Road - stolen dirt bike

06/16 - Allen Road - stolen lawn mower and weed whackers

06/19 - Hillside Drive - Items taken from unlocked vehicles (GPS, checks and wallet).

 Jun 19, 2013   Arrest. 
  Mark S. Bigwood, 56, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Main Street at approximately 1358 hours and charged with assault and battery on a person over the age of 60.

Bigwood was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Shawn McCluskey.

 Jun 13, 2013   Arrest. 
  Justin A. Gove, 23, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1124 hours an outstanding warrant. Gove was transported to Ayer District Court.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Jun 18, 2013   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Sunday 06/16/2013 at approximately 1019 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS Departments were dispatched to Fitchburg State Road for a report of a motorcycle vs. car accident.

The operator of the motorcycle was transported to UMASS Medical Worcester by LifeFlight Helicopter with serious injuries.

The operator of the truck was transported to Leominster Hospital with minor injuries. The operator of the truck was issued a citation for fail to use care.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Jun 3, 2013   Telephone Scam. 
  The Middlesex County Sheriff's Department is warning people of a telephone scam.

Click here for more information.

 Jun 2, 2013   Motor vehicle breaking and entering. 
  A Frost Road resident reported that her vehicle was broken into and her purse was taken. The resident reported that in her purse were her drivers license, social security card and her cell phone.

We cannot stress this enough, PLEASE LOCK YOUR VEHICLES. Tell your friends and family that they need to lock their vehicles.

 Jun 3, 2013   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Saturday 06/01/2013 at approximately 0748 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS Departments were dispatched to Townsend Road for a report of a motorcycle accident. The operator was uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene. The operator was issued a citation for speeding and reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 May 28, 2013   Memorial Day Parade. 
  Members of the Ashby Police Department participated in the annual Memorial Day Parade while other officers provided traffic security.

 May 22, 2013   Girl Scout donate cookies to PD. 
  In honor of National Police Week the Girl Scouts (Troop 30153, 30163 and 30656) and Brownie Troop 30170 donated several boxes of cookies to the Ashby Police Department.

 May 22, 2013   Memorial Day Parade information Monday 05/27/13 
  10:00am - Decoration of the Common Area by All Veteran's Organizations. 1:00pm - All Veterans Assemble at the American Legion. 1:15pm - Color Guard Detail, Firing Squad, Minister, and Bugler Depart for Services at West Cemetery. 1:30pm - Memorial Services at West Cemetery. 1:45pm - All Marching Units Assemble at the American Legion 2:00pm - Parade March to Revolutionary and 1812 Cemetery. 2:15pm - Memorial Day Ceremonies on The Ashby Common. 2:30pm - Parade March to Glenwood Cemetery. 3:00pm - Parade Depart Glenwood Cemetery March to Fire Pond for Sea Service Ceremonies. 3:20pm - Parade march to Common for Closing Ceremony. 3:25pm - Dismissal of All Marching Units.

 May 17, 2013   Officer receives praise. 
  Officer McCluskey received praise from a grandmother after taking time out of his day to speak with her autistic grandson. In her letter she states in part;

"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking the time to talk with my grandson. At almost 9 it's been his lifelong dream to be a policeman. Your kindness was the highlight of his day and it's just what he needed. I do believe that God puts angels in our path, right at the moment we need them the most and you definitely were an angel for him".

 Apr 23, 2013   Arrest. 
  Jacqueline M. Blair, 18, of Keene, NH. was arrested on Turnpike Road at approximately 1743 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license and speeding. Blair was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Apr 20, 2013   Arrest. 
  Richard Francis Caron, 25, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Main Street at approximately 0941 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Caron was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Apr 18, 2013   Warrant Arrest. 
  Joseph E. Brown, 41, of Mont Vernon, NH. was arrested on West State Road at approximately 2125 hours on an outstanding warrant. Brown was held on no bail at the State Police barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Apr 17, 2013   Warrant Arrest. 
  Johan J. Mims, 26, of Greenville, NH. was arrested on Greenville Road at approximately 2028 hours on an outstanding warrant. Mims was held on no bail at the State Police barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 Apr 3, 2013   Arrest. 
  Justin A. Gove, 22, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Damon Road at approximately 1538 hours and charged with speeding, operating after license suspension, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop for a police officer and reckless endangerment of a child.

Gove was released on $240.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey

 Mar 26, 2013   NMRSD schedule changes. 
  The Superintendent of North Middlesex Regional School District is reporting the following changes to the school calendar due to weather cancellations during the school year. 3/29, 4/29, 5/10 and 5/24 will now be full days of school. The week of 6/24-6/28 will be half days of school.

 Mar 26, 2013   Fraudulent e-mails. 
  If anyone receives an e-mail from UPS or FEDEX claiming that they could not deliver a package to your home address please do not click on any links they give you. These e-mails are fraudulent and should be forwarded directly to their fraud departments. UPS and FEDEX advised that they will not send out e-mails unless you have requested them.

UPS e-mails should be sent to: fraud@ups.com FEDEX e-mails should be sent to: abuse@fedex.com

 Mar 25, 2013   Officer and department receive praise. 
  Patrolman John Dillon received praise for his speedy response to a medical call. The e-mail stated in part "I just want to thank the officer for his quick response, and he thanked us for stopping. You guys do an awesome job !!"

 Mar 15, 2013   Warrant Arrest. 
  Brian T. McMahon, 52, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Wares Road on 03/15/2013 at approximately 1332 hours on an outstanding warrant.

McMahon was held without bail at the state police barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Mar 8, 2013   Recent activity. 
  Thursday 03/07/2013 - Attempted breaking and entering reported on Ingerson Road. The back door was pried with a screw driver but entry was not made.

Friday 03/08/2013 - Stolen snow blower reported on Hosmer Road.

Report any suspicious activity to us at 978-386-5652. Keep an eye on your neighbor's house and hopefully they'll do the same for you.

 Mar 1, 2013   Warrant Arrest. 
  Richard Francis Caron, 25, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Main Street at approximately 1714 hours on two outstanding warrants.

Caron was released on $340.00 cash bail and is due in Fitchburg and Winchendon District Courts on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Feb 28, 2013   Arrest. 
  Thomas S. Regan Jr, 47, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1824 hours and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol (3rd offense) and operating with a suspended license (4th offense).

Regan was held on $1,540.00 cash bail at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Feb 26, 2013   Arrest. 
  Jared A. Gove, 24, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1643 hours and charged with assault and battery.

Gove was held on $500.00 cash bail at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Feb 22, 2013   Funeral road closures for Monday 02/25/2013. 
  The following roads will be closed from 8:30am - 1:00pm. New Ipswich Road from Main Street to Mason Road. Common Road from the post office entrance to New Ipswich Road. Upper Turnpike Road may also be closed at this time.

Main Street from Allen Road to South Road will be closed for a short time during the funeral procession.

 Feb 21, 2013   Warrant Arrest. 
  Justin A. Gove, 22, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1831 hours on an outstanding default warrant issued out of Fitchburg District Court.

Gove was held without bail at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Feb 21, 2013   Warrant Arrest. 
  Shannon M. Tocci, 24, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Foster Road at approximately 1831 hours on an outstanding warrant issued out of Leominster District Court.

Tocci was released on $140.00 cash bail and is due in Leominster District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Feb 20, 2013   Funeral arrangements for Ashby Firefighter / EMT Michelle  
  Shelli was born in Leominster, December 3, 1976, a daughter of Walter and Theresa (Drinczyk) Hansen and resided much of her life in Ashby. She was a 1994 graduate of North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend.

Besides her parents of Ashby, Shelli leaves her daughter, Jasmine R. Martens of Ashby, her sister, Katherine M. Mead of Fitchburg; her maternal grandparents, Richard and Barbara Drinczyk of Fitchburg and her former husband, James Martens of Woonsocket, RI. and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was pre deceased by her paternal grandparents Thomas and Jane (Simonds) Hansen of Ashby.

Shelli was a member of Ashby Fire Department and was also a trained Emergency Medical Technician. She enjoyed writing and was an accomplished artist. Currently, she was involved in writing two books and had a published poem. Shelli wrote a romance column for examiner.com.

She followed in the tradition of her paternal grandmother, Jane J. (Simonds) Hansen, when she became an Eastern Star Member. She valued and loved to honor her paternal grandparents values in so many ways.

She enjoyed playing softball and was a starting member of her high school team. She continued to play in a local league.

For a couple years, Shelli served as a leader for her daughter's Brownie Troop. She was an avid hiker and enjoyed climbing the area's trails, taking many outdoor photographs along the way. She loved to go kayaking and camping with the family. Shelli had a strong interest in minerals, archeology and earth energies

Funeral services for both Shelli and Justin will be held 10 am Monday, February 25th at the Ashby Congregational Church, 21 New Ipswich Rd., Ashby. Burial will be private.

DUE TO EXPECTED INCLEMENT WEATHER Calling hours will be 1-5 Saturday, February 23rd at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rte 119) Townsend Center. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ashby Fire and EMS Association, Inc., 1093 Main Street, Ashby, MA 01431

 Feb 19, 2013   Attention all LTC and FID card holders. 
  Processing times for permits are currently running approximately 60-70 days. There has been a dramatic increase in people applying for permits. If your license is going to expire soon, please plan according. Licenses cannot be expedited.

Permits are processed on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month between the hours of 4pm -7pm and are handled on a first come first serve basis. If you cannot make these times, you can contact Patrolman Derek Pepple at 978-386-7242 (ext. 223) to make other arrangements.

 Feb 18, 2013   In Memoriam. 
  The Ashby Police Department would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michelle Martens, Justin Fornier and the entire Ashby Fire Department for their loss.

Michelle Martens and her teenage son, Justin Fornier, were killed in a car accident in Fitchburg on Sunday 02/17/2013. Michelle had served the Town of Ashby as a Firefighter/EMT since 2008.

 Feb 9, 2013   MEMA Storm Update.  
  MEMA Update as of 1300 (100 PM) on Saturday, February 9th

There are still significant power outages throughout the state, particularly in the southeast portion of the state. See Twitter feed below for power outage updates.

**Update to travel ban issued on Friday 2/8. The Travel ban is lifted immediately (as of 1pm on Sat 2/9) for Nantucket & for all communities west of I-91. The Travel ban is lifted statewide as of 4 PM.

 Feb 8, 2013   MEMA Storm Update. 
  2 - Update as of 1900 (700 PM) on Friday, February 8th

Snowfall has begun across much of Massachusetts, and is forecasted to be approximately 1-2 feet with locally higher amounts by the end of the storm on Saturday. In addition to snowfall, strong damaging hurricane force winds are expected which could lead to widespread power outages. In addition, moderate to major coastal flooding is anticipated along much of the coastline during the Friday evening and Saturday morning high tides.

 Feb 8, 2013   Governor's travel ban issued. 
  We are receiving calls about the travel ban issued by the Governor. Please do not call 911 to ask questions about it. Below is what the Governor has issued.

There shall be a ban on motor vehicle travel beginning at 4:00 PM today and continuing until further notice. This travel ban shall not apply to the following: public safety vehicles and public safety workers, including contract personnel; public works vehicles and public works workers, including contract personnel; government officials conducting official business; utility company vehicles and utility workers; healthcare workers who must travel to and from work in order to provide essential health services; news media; travel necessary to maintain and deliver critical private sector services such as energy, fuel supplies and delivery, financial systems and the delivery of critical commodities; travel to support business operations that provide critical services to the public, including gasoline stations, food stores and hardware stores.

 Feb 8, 2013   State of Emergency declared by Governor. 
  Governor Patrick has declared a State of Emergency and has signed an Executive Order banning vehicles on the road effective at 4PM today.

 Feb 8, 2013   How to report Unitil power outages. 
  During the storm any power outages should be reported to Unitil at 888-301-7700. Please do not call the police department to report these outages unless there are power lines down, power lines on fire, trees on the power lines or you heard an explosion or loud bang.

 Feb 8, 2013   Preparedness tips 
  Monitor the progress of the storm - timing and areas of greatest impact can change.

Listen to directions of Public Officials.

Have a full tank of gas. Gas stations may be impacted by power loss.

Prepare for extended power outages. Have emergency kit with flashlights, extra batteries, portable radio, bottled water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, etc.

Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Have sufficient heating fuel. If using an emergency generator, understand how to run it safely, operating it outdoors away from any open window.

If your water supply could be affected by a power outage, (well-water pump system), fill your bathtub and spare containers with water.

Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings and minimize opening the door. Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours; a freezer for 48 hours.

Restoration of power will not begin until the storm subsides and conditions are safe for utility workers.

Be a good neighbor. Check on elderly relatives and neighbors.

Treat any downed wire as a "live" wire.

 Feb 8, 2013   MEMA Storm Update. 
  1 - Update as of 1600 (400 PM) on Thursday, February 7th

A significant snowstorm/blizzard is forecasted to impact Massachusetts beginning on Friday February 8th, lasting into Saturday February 9th. Snowfall across much of Massachusetts is expected to be approximately 1-2 feet with locally higher amounts. In addition to snowfall, strong damaging hurricane force winds (gusts up to 80 mph along the coast, up to 50 mph within the Rte 95 corridor, and up to 40 mph further inland) are expected which could lead to widespread power outages. In addition, moderate to major coastal flooding is anticipated along much of the coastline during the Friday evening and Saturday morning high tides.

Travel may become nearly impossible with blowing/drifting snow and near zero visibility during the height of the storm (Friday afternoon into Saturday morning). Motorists are asked to stay off the roads if they can during the storm to allow snow plows to clear the roads.

 Jan 31, 2013   Arrest. 
  Brian T. McMahon, 52, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Greenville Road on 01/31/2013 at approximately 1418 hours and charged with Operating under the influence of alcohol 3rd offense, marked lanes violation and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

McMahon was released on $40.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Jan 30, 2013   Breaking and entering. 
  On Wednesday 01/30/2013 at approximately 1715 hours the Ashby Police received a call reporting a breaking and entering on lower Turnpike Road. Entry was made through the front door by prying the deadbolt open.

The break occurred sometime between 1030 and 1715 hours. Reported missing from the residence at this time is jewelry valued at $500.00.

Investigating officers: Sgt. Fred S. Alden and Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jan 29, 2013   ****SCAM ALERT****SCAM ALERT*****SCAM ALERT**** 
  An elderly person has reported that they received a phone call from a person claiming to be from Medicare. The caller asked for a social security number and a bank account number which were provided by the elderly person.

Please do not give any personal information over the phone unless you are positive of who is on the other end. If you have caller ID, Google the number, with the dashes included, that the person is calling from and you'll see that most of the time it's a scam.

If you have given personal information you'll need to contact your bank and the social security office to report that your information has been compromised.

The calls are coming from the 409 area code.

 Jan 28, 2013   Motor vehicle breaking and enterings. 
  On Monday 01/28/2013 several motor vehicles were reported to have been broken into on Frost Road. The vehicles were not locked at the time of the breaks. Reported missing were money and a GPS Unit.

These vehicles were NOT locked. In one driveway a locked vehicle was left alone while the vehicle parked right next to it was unlocked and this vehicle was gone through.

We cannot emphasize enough to LOCK your vehicles.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Brian Vautour.

 Jan 28, 2013   Motor vehicle roll over. 
  On Saturday 01/26/2013 at approximately 1226 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Main Street for a report of a single car motor vehicle roll over. The operator stated that a deer ran in front of her vehicle and as she attempted to avoid the deer the vehicle hit an embankment and rolled over.

The operator was uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene. Main Street was closed for approximately one hour while crews worked to remove the vehicle. No citations were issued.

Investigating Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion.

 Jan 15, 2013   Armed robbery. 
  On Wednesday 01/09/2013 at approximately 2030 hours the Ashby Police was dispatched to the Ashby Market for a reported armed robbery. The suspect is described as a white male, early 20s, approximately 5'11" wearing dark clothing and armed with a knife.

Investigating Officer: Sgt. Fred Alden

 Jan 15, 2013   Breaking and entering. 
  On Sunday 01/13/2013 at approximately 1545 hours the Ashby Police received a call reporting a breaking and entering on Hosmer Road. Entry was made through a rear sliding glass door.

Reported missing from the residence were 2 televisions, laptop computer, baseball cards and jewelry.

Investigating officers: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey and Detective John Dillon.

 Jan 1, 2013   ********* HAPPY NEW YEAR ********** 
  The Ashby Police Department would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

 Dec 31, 2012   Please don't drink and drive. 
 

 Dec 28, 2012   Arrest. 
  Timothy E. Murray, 30, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Jones Hill Road on 12/28/2012 at 0558 hours and charged with domestic assault and battery. Murray was transported to Ayer District Court.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Dec 25, 2012   Ashby Police Patrolman's Association donates toys. 
  This year the Ashby Police Patrolman's Association donated a total of $1,600.00. 40 children received toys and each family received a $40.00 gift card to Market Basket. One family recent a $100.00 gift card to Market Basket. The APPA also donated toys to the three children of an FBI agent from Massachusetts who died from a heart attack recently.

The APPA would like to thank Wal-Mart for their donation of $50.00 to the toy drive. We would also like to thank Dispatchers Kathy Bezanson, Joyce Hopkins and Cathy Whitney for supplying wrapping paper and wrapping all the presents.

Officers who donated time to buy the toys were Patrolman Derek Pepple, Patrolman Brian Vautour and Reserve Officer Glenn Casey.

Officers who donated time to deliver the presents were Patrolman Derek Pepple, Reserve Officer Erik Salo, and Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion. And a special thank you to Santa Claus for taking time off of his busy schedule to help deliver the toys.

 Dec 22, 2012   Arrest. 
  Hope E. Dorner, 26, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested on Fitchburg State Road on 12/22/2012 at 2057 hours on two outstanding warrants. Dorner was held at the Ashburnham Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion

 Nov 26, 2012   Breaking and entering. 
  On Monday 11/26/2012 at approximately 1237 hours the Ashby Police received a 911 call reporting a breaking and entering on Turnpike Road. The homeowner returned home and found her property stacked by the front door. Ashby Police responded to the residence and were on scene within 3 minutes of the call.

Townsend Police and several Massachusetts State Troopers responded to the scene to assist with a search of the area. A K9 from the state police was unable to locate the suspect after a search of the area.

There are no suspects or suspect vehicle information at this time. Entry was made into the residence by forcing a door open.

Investigating officers: Sgt. Fred Alden and Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Nov 17, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Saturday 11/17/2012 at approximately 1226 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Rindge Road for a report of a single car motor vehicle accident. The operator stated that a deer ran in front of her vehicle and as she attempted to avoid the deer the vehicle left the roadway, continued over an embankment and struck several trees.

Both occupants were transported to Leominster Hospital with minor injuries. No citations were issued.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Nov 11, 2012   Arrest 
  Eric S. Gaouette, 39, of Seabrook, NH. was arrested on Fitchburg State Road on 11/11/2012 at 2357 hours on an outstanding warrant. Gaouette was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster on no bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Oct 30, 2012   Arrest 
  Jaclyn M. Nigro, 25, of Manchester, NH. was arrested on Piper Road on 10/30/2012 at 1726 hours and charged with possession of a class A substance (Heroin) and an outstanding warrant. Nigro was held at the Lunenburg Police Department on $240.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Oct 30, 2012   Arrest 
  Jamie M. Hilow, 25, of Manchester, NH. was arrested on Piper Road on 10/30/2012 at 1726 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and possession of a class A substance (Heroin). Hilow was held at the Lunenburg Police Department on $140.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Oct 26, 2012   Arrest 
  Albert Lopez, 33, of Leominster, MA. was arrested on Greenville Road on 10/26/2012 at 2202 hours and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding. Lopez was released on $240.00 cash bail and was due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Oct 29, 2012   Unitil power outages map. 
  http://www.unitil.com/outage-center/electric-outage-map

 Oct 29, 2012   ***** HALLOWEEN RESCHEDULED ***** 
  Halloween has been rescheduled to Saturday 11/03/2012 6PM - 8PM.

 Oct 28, 2012   Hurricane Sandy update. 
  MEMA Update as of 1700 on Saturday October 27th

Hurricane Sandy is currently off the South Carolina coast moving northerly up the East Coast, and slated to make landfall somewhere along the Mid-Atlantic coast on Monday as a hurricane or tropical storm. Because of Sandys large size, Massachusetts is still likely to experience damaging winds and associated widespread power outages, and moderate to major coastal flooding along the east and south facing coastlines. Two to five inches of rain are expected from Sunday night to Wednesday. The extent of these impacts will depend on the storm's exact track.

 Oct 27, 2012   Hurricane Sandy update. 
  Governor Patrick has declared a State of Emergency as of 1245 today. This has been declared in order to prepare for Hurricane Sandy.

 Oct 25, 2012   Deer hunting season has begun. 
  Archery Season Oct. 15 - Nov 24 Shotgun Nov. 26 - Dec. 8 Primitive Firearms from Dec. 10 - Dec 31.

 Oct 24, 2012   Halloween Parking Ban. 
  October 23, 2012

Re: Halloween Parking

Dear Resident:

The traditional Ashby Halloween event-will be held Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Ashby Center from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

To improve safety through increased visibility, we are prohibiting parking on Main Street from South Road to the library from 4:00 p.m. until the event ends.

You will be able to access your driveways but we seek your cooperation and ask that you do not park on the street from 2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions please call 978-386-5652. Thank you for helping to ensure a safe Halloween.

Sincerely, Edward J. Drew Chief of Police

 Oct 20, 2012   Arrest 
  Stephen R. Paquet, 50, of Ashby, MA. was arrested on Erickson Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (second offense) and assault and battery. Paquet was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday. Paquet was arrested at the scene of an accident that closed Erickson Road for approximately six hours while Unitil, Verizon and Comcast worked to replace a telephone pole.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Brian Vautour and Reserve Officer Glenn Casey.

 Oct 19, 2012   Middlesex Sheriff's Office warns of scam. 
  The Middlesex Sheriff's Office is warning citizens today of a telephone scam involving a man falsely claiming to work for the Civil Process Division of the office.

In the scam, the man allegedly claiming to be a Middlesex Sheriff's Office deputy working on behalf of group named "American Cash" and with an out of state law firm tells the person being called he, or she, will be arrested if they do not wire money to a specific bank. The call might appear to be coming from a legitimate sheriff's office number, but it is not.

"We want citizens to be aware of this scam so they can properly protect themselves," said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. "These are not legitimate calls. Arrests performed by the Civil Process Division deputies are done in person, never over the phone and the individual is brought to court to resolve the matter."

The law group, who also appears to be a victim of this scam, has already posted a warning on its website regarding the scam.

The MSO is advising citizens that receive similar calls that they should not give any personal information to the caller and should immediately report the call to their local law enforcement agency. We also ask that you contact the Middlesex Sheriff's Office Investigation Unit at 978-932-3104.

 Oct 19, 2012   B&Es into motor vehicles, Stolen motor vehicle. 
  In the past two days several B&Es into motor vehicles were reported. Two on South Road, two on Main Street and one on Piper Road.

A motor vehicle was stolen from a Main Street residence on Thursday morning. This vehicle was located in Fitchburg on Friday night. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were left inside.

All of these vehicles had one thing in common, they were unlocked. To not become a victim PLEASE LOCK YOUR VEHICLES.

 Oct 16, 2012   Earthquake in Lake Arrowhead, ME 
  Approx 1/2 hour ago there was an earthquake in Lake Arrowhead, ME. 4.6, unless you have any damage or injuries please refrain from calling the Police Dept. Thank You

 Oct 12, 2012   Flu Shots. 
  Flu Vaccinations, October 23, 2012 from 11:00 - 2:00 pm at the Ashby Library.

 Oct 12, 2012   Trick-or-treat candy donations. 
  The AES PTC is collecting donations of bagged candy to distribute to Main Street residents to help ease their cost for trick-or-treating. Donation boxes will be in the lobby of the school and at the Ashby Public Library through Friday, October 26.

 Oct 11, 2012   Mason Road Project. 
  On October 15th the Ashby Highway Department will be working on Mason Road from Heywood Road to the New Hampshire state line preparing it for paving. This will take approximately 4 days. Emergency vehicles, postal vehicles, school buses and residents of Mason Road will have access using caution.

On October 19th paving will begin. Residents will have access but with delays.

 Oct 10, 2012   Halloween hours. 
  Halloween will be Wednesday October 31st from 6pm to 8pm.

 Oct 9, 2012   Arrest 
  Tracy L. Manita, 43, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 1955 hours on Erickson Road and charged with assault and battery and an outstanding warrant. Manita was held at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Oct 1, 2012   Department and two officers receive praise. 
  The Ashby Police Department, Detective John Dillon and Patrolman Brian Vautour received thanks from a town resident.

The female resident was recently involved in a breaking and entering where she returned home and found a male party in her residence.

She wrote "I can't think of words to say how grateful I am for all your help". "A special thanks to Officers Brian Vautour and John Dillon". "You all make a huge difference in Ashby and my life".

 Sep 19, 2012   Breaking and Entering. 
  On Wednesday 09/19/2012 at approximately 0908 hours the Ashby Police received a 911 call reporting a breaking and entering in progress on New Ipswich Road. The homeowner returned home and found a male party attempting to steal items from her residence. The suspect fled the scene but the homeowner was able to supply a registration number and description of the suspect.

The suspect was identified and an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect for several felony charges.

Investigating officers: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour and Detective John R. Dillon.

 Sep 16, 2012   Arrest 
  Alyssa D. Stevens, 36, of Winchendon, MA was arrested at 2309 hours on New Ipswich Road and charged with open container of alcohol and operating under the influence of alcohol (2nd offense). Stevens was released on $100.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Sep 10, 2012   Breaking and entering. 
  On Thursday 09/06/2012 at approximately 2213 hours the Ashby Police received a call reporting a breaking and entering on New Ipswich Road. Entry was made into the residence by removing an A/C unit from a window. Reported stolen from the residence was approximately $5,000.00 worth of jewelry.

Investigating officers: Sgt. Fred Alden and Patrolman Derek Pepple.

 Sep 6, 2012   Officer receives praise from NH resident. 
  Patrolman Pepple received praise from a Jaffrey, NH resident when he assisted her on August 28th. She wrote that she "appreciated his kindness" and that she was "grateful" that he was there to assist her.

 Sep 3, 2012   Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization completed. 
  The Ashby Police has completed the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. The department dedicated 21 hours to the mobilization which resulted in 55 motor vehicle stops, 56 citations issued, 2 arrests and 1 criminal complaint being issued.

 Sep 1, 2012   Arrest 
  Sandra E. Charron, 55, of Fitchburg, MA was arrested at 1547 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with failing to signal and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (subsequent offense). Charron was also arrested on an outstanding warrant issued out of Gardner District Court.

Charron was released on personal recognizance and is due in Gardner District Court on Tuesday and Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Aug 28, 2012   New APD Facebook Page. 
  The Ashby PD now has a Facebook page. This page has important information for Ashby residents and photos.

Like us here.

 Aug 27, 2012   Breaking and enterings reported. 
  The Ashby Police Department is investigation the following incidents from today.

1. Breaking and entering on Bennett Road. The front door was kicked in but it doesn't appear that anything was taken. Suspect may have fled the scene when they learned someone was in the residence.

2. Suspicious vehicle on Richardson Road. A vehicle backed up to the front door of the residence but fled the scene, possibly when they learned someone was home in the residence. The vehicle was described as a older purple Jeep Cherokee with Massachusetts plates. Unknown number. The vehicle was occupied by two white males. The operator was described as large build with long hair and wearing a white shirt.

3. Breaking and entering on West Road. Stolen from the residence was a laptop computer and jewelry.

Residents are asked to report any suspicious vehicles to the Ashby Police as soon as possible.

 Aug 25, 2012   Arrest 
  Michael J. Flagg, 55, of Wilton, NH was arrested at 0150 hours on Greenville Road and charged with speeding and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license (3rd. Offense). Flagg was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster on $100.00 cash bail. Flagg is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Aug 22, 2012   Breaking and entering 
  At approximately 0751 hours the Ashby Police Department received a 911 call reporting a breaking and entering on Locke Road. The homeowner found 2 males in her residence when she entered the kitchen. Both males fled the scene in a small white or silver sedan.

Suspect #1 described as a heavy set white male approximately 25 years old. Approximately 6 feet tall with longer brown hair. Last seen wearing a dark color sweatshirt and jeans.

Suspect #2 described as a thin build white male approximately 25 years old. Approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with dark brown hair. Last seen wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and dark pants.

Investigating officers: Detective John Dillon and Patrolman Brian Vautour

 Sep 21, 2012   ASHBY POLICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS SEPTEMBER 29 AT ASHBY POLICE DEPARTMENT 
  On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashby Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Ashby PD at 893 Main St. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds - 188.5 tons - of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds - nearly 500 tons - of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Ashby Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

 Aug 18, 2012   Arrest 
  Steven M. Sowerbutts, 49, of Ashburnham, MA was arrested at 2105 hours on Rindge Road and charged with failing to stop for a stop sign, open container of alcohol and operating under the influence of alcohol (3rd offense). Sowerbutts was released on $500.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion.

 Aug 17, 2012   Arrest 
  Joseph W. Boisvert, 32, of Gardner, MA was arrested at 1550 hours on Turnpike Road and charged with speeding and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Boisvert was released on $300.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Sgt. Fred S. Alden.

 Aug 15, 2012   P.A.T. Youth Hockey fundraiser. 
  The Pepperell-Ashby-Townsend Youth Hockey will be conducting their annual "Comedy Night" fundraiser starting August 15.

This fundraiser is executed by a 3rd party firm, Production Marketing, Ltd. Representatives from Production Marketing will be calling area residents to ask for donations in exchange for tickets to a comedy show.

Click here for more information.

 Aug 15, 2012   National Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown 
  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over National Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown August 17 - September 3, 2012.

In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of impaired driving, and most importantly, to save more lives on our roadways, the national impaired-driving enforcement crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" will be held from mid-August through Labor Day 2012.

Click here for more information.

 Aug 14, 2012   Arrest 
  Melissa A. Williams, 41, of Ashby, MA was arrested at 2254 hours on Hosmer Road and charged with domestic assault and battery. Williams was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Aug 14, 2012   Dispatcher receives praise from resident. 
  The Ashby Police Department received a letter praising Dispatcher Catherine Whitney's action on a recent medical call.

The letter thanked Dispatcher Whitney for her "expert and efficient manner with which you handled our 911 call". The letter went on to state "Your calm and reassuring demeanor as you kept me on the line while you guided the EMTs to our property and then down through the woods to the pond, relieved a truly worrisome situation". "We continue to appreciate your expertise in getting us through a unique rescue".

 Aug 8, 2012   Arrest 
  Bryan S. Page, 43, of Ashburnham, MA was arrested at 1721 hours on West State Road on an outstanding warrant. Page was released on $190.00 cash bail and is due in Fitchburg District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jul 20, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Friday 07/20/2012 at approximately 0152 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Rindge Road for a report of a single car motor vehicle accident. The Fitchburg Police and Fire Departments were also dispatched to the scene.

Crews worked for approximately an hour to extricate the sole occupant from the vehicle. The operator was transported by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with serious injuries.

Rindge Road was closed for approximately three and a half hours while the crash was investigated.

This accident is under investigation by Sgt. Fred Alden, Patrolman Shawn McCluskey and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section.

 Jul 16, 2012   Brush fire. 
  On Monday 07/16/2012 at approximately 1318 hours the Ashby Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to Townsend Road for a report of a brush fire. Ashby Fire dispatched an engine, tanker and brush truck. A mutual aid brush truck was also dispatched from the Townsend Fire Department.

Townsend Road was closed for approximately one hour while crews worked to extinguish the fire.

 Jul 16, 2012   Officer receives praise. 
  The Ashby Police Department has received a letter from a resident praising an officer at a recent medical assist.

The letter thanked Patrolman Derek Pepple for his "kindness" when he responded to the medical call. The letter went on to stated that (Patrolman Pepple) "has often carried a stern countenance, which I am sure is necessary many times, but this time was different". "He seemed genuine and professionally caring, traits that are necessary in police work".

 Jul 17, 2012   Website receives praise from teacher and students. 
  Mrs. Susan Bowen and her students, enrolled in the Summer Excellence Program, from the Mason Learning Center stated "We've been using your page quite a bit while going over the D.A.R.E. program and youth crime prevention. As a Thank You, a couple of the kids also found and wanted to pass along this resource page about crime prevention for schools. click here We've actually been using it just as much as your page".

The Ashby Police Department would like to thank Mrs. Bowen and her students for the kind words.

 Jul 16, 2012   A message from the Molly Bish Center. 
  Dear Supporters of Molly's Bill, On Wednesday, July 18th at 11 am, advocates across Massachusetts will convene at the Massachusetts State House for a Rally in support of stronger and smarter legislation to protect children from sexual abuse. It's time to protect children from sexual abuse and stop protecting those who sexually offend against our children, educate our caregivers and children about how to prevent child sexual abuse, and partner collectively to write and pass strong child protection legislation.

"We remember so many tragedies, and we remember those individuals who lost their lives in large part because of the failure of our criminal justice system," said Senator Bruce Tarr, a long-time supporter of the habitual offender bill targeting sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and dangerous weapon possession. "I think everyone is engaged in a good faith effort," Tarr said. "What I am concerned about is all of those good intentions and efforts could be rendered moot by the clock."

Please join me and EZ-ID creator, Gary Richard, as we rally for Molly's Bill and continue to advocate for the protection of all children.

Sincerely, Jay Gardiner Molly Bish Center, Director

 Jul 13, 2012   Arrest 
  David A. Cuff, 34, of Fitchburg, MA was arrested at 2354 hours at the Pines Campgrounds on Davis Road and charged with assault & battery and assault & battery with a dangerous weapon. Cuff was released on $200.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple and Sgt. Fred S. Alden.

 Jul 1, 2012   Structure Fire. 
  On Saturday 06/30/2012 at approximately 2153 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Pillsbury Road for a report of a structure fire.

An engine and an ambulance were requested from the Ashburnham Fire Department to the scene of the fire. An engine from the Townsend Fire Department was requested for station coverage.

The cause of the fire was due to illegal fireworks. Approximately $1,000.00 of illegal fireworks were confiscated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Crews were on scene for approximately three and a half hours.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour and Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Jun 30, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Saturday 06/30/2012 at approximately 0256 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Davis Road for a report of a single car motor vehicle accident.

The operator of the vehicle was uninjured and refused medical treatment. The operator of the vehicle was issued a citation for speeding.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour.

 Jun 29, 2012   Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Friday 06/29/2012 at approximately 1322 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Rindge Road for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.

The operator of the vehicle was uninjured and refused medical treatment. The operator of the motorcycle was transported to Leominster Hospital by Ashby EMS and Townsend ALS. The operator of the motorcycle was issued a citation for failing to stop for a stop sign.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jun 27, 2012   Molly Bish Vigil. 
  Dear Friends and Family,

Today marks a painful, yet necessary, reminder of our preeminent responsibility to the community and each other. On June 27, 2000, Molly Anne Bish was tragically abducted from her life guard post at Comins Pond in Warren, MA. This unthinkable heartbreak ended the young and innocent life of a sixteen year old girl and shook our collective belief in the safety of our children. On May 30, 2012, Missing Children's Day, 42 young children and their families were remembered and their abruptly shortened lives honored at a State House Ceremony. It is essential that out of these terrible events, we are able to redirect our pain and sorrow to provide hope and a memorable legacy.

The Bish family, along with Anna Maria College, has committed to ensuring their family's tragedy is transformed into a positive and hopeful message of proactively protecting all our children. Anna Maria College established the Molly Bish Center in 2004 to enhance its own mission of community engagement and service through education and trainings. The Center provides every individual an opportunity to participate and fulfill a responsibility to contribute to this endeavor.

Please take a moment today to remember Molly Bish. A vigil will be held tonight at 7:00 pm in Warren, MA at the town common gazebo. Please also commit some action or activity to help the Center in some small way. It is the sum of our collective actions and not one single achievement that will make a difference beyond measure. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, tell a friend about the Center, or simply connect with us in some way. We need all of your prayers and participation in this important work. Anna Maria College and the Molly Bish Center are making a difference because of all of you.

With appreciation, Jay Gardiner Director

Click here for more information on Molly Bish

 Jun 26, 2012   Arrest 
  Zachary C. Tomer, 22, of Fitchburg, MA was arrested at 0643 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, number plate violation and registration not in possession. Tomer was transported to Ayer District Court.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour.

 Jun 18, 2012   Arrest 
  Angela M. Needler, 21, of Waltham, MA was arrested at 2022 hours at Damon Pond and charged with Breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, Larceny of a credit card and Improper use of a credit card.

Needler was held on $500.00 cash bail at the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John Dillon.

 Jun 18, 2012   Arrest 
  Zechariah P. Guay, 21, of Fitchburg, MA was arrested at 1700 hours at Damon Pond on an outstanding warrant. Guay was held without bail at the Leominster State Police Barracks and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Jun 15, 2012   Arrest 
  Nelson Delgado, 46, of Ashby, MA was arrested at 2024 hours on Main Street and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Delgado was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John Dillon.

 Jun 12, 2012   Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Tuesday 06/12/2012 at approximately 0927 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Mill Creek Drive for a report of a motor vehicle accident. A large tractor trailer unit hit some low hanging wires, ripping them down and snapping a utility pole.

Mill Creek Drive was closed for approximately two hours while crews worked to clear the accident scene.

Investigating Officers: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple and Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Jun 9, 2012   Click-it or Ticket stats. 
  The Ashby Police Department has completed the Click-it or ticket mobilization for May 15th - June 3rd. The department allocated 19 hours of seatbelt enforcement which resulted in 68 motor vehicle stops, 20 seatbelt violations, 1 child safety seat violation and 1 arrest.

 Jun 6, 2012   Arrest 
  Jason A. Smolinski, 29, of New Ipswich, NH was arrested at 1230 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, marked lanes violation, operating under the influence of drugs, possession of a Class A substance (Heroin), possession of a Class B substance (Cocaine) and four outstanding warrants.

Smolinski was transported to the Lunenburg Police Department and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officers: Patrolman Derek Pepple and Reserve Officer Glenn Casey.

 Jun 5, 2012   Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Tuesday 06/05/2012 at approximately 1025 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Main Street for a report of a two car motor vehicle accident. The accident involved a USPS vehicle and a cement truck.

The operators was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Jun 3, 2012   Arrest 
  Nicholas J. Voedisch, 24, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1730 hours on Main Street and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Voedisch was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Jun 1, 2012   ***** ALERT UPDATE ***** 
  The following is a posting from the Ashby American Legion's Facebook page concerning the recent calls about the possible scam.

"We called the Statehouse and found that this is in fact a fundraiser that the American Legion is doing directly from the Statehouse and the monies go to the Legion in Boston. We somehow did not receive the letter sent to us informing us of this campaign. Our apologizes for any inconvenience this confusion may have caused."

For more information please visit the Ashby American Legion's Facebook page.

 May 30, 2012   ***** ALERT ***** 
  This department has received reports from citizens advising that they are receiving calls from the Ashby American Legion asking for donations. They are being instructed to leave the donation taped to the front door of their residence and a carrier will pick it up.

A spokesperson for the Ashby American Legion has reported that they are not currently doing any fund raising. The Ashby Police Department would caution anyone wishing to donate in this manner.

 May 18, 2012   Click It or Ticket May 14 - June 3 2012 
  It has been well-documented that safety belts help reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the event of a motor vehicle crash. Drivers and passengers increase their risk of injury or death by up to 50% when not wearing safety belts. In 2009, Massachusetts recorded 347 fatalities and 3,193 serious injuries related to motor vehicle crashes on the roadway of the Commonwealth. This was a marked decrease from the 364 fatalities and 3,983 serious injuries reported in 2008.

Through federal highway safety grant funding, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security's Highway Safety Division has been successfully implementing the annual "Click It or Ticket" initiative since 2002. Over the past 7 years, Click It or Ticket initiatives have helped increase safety belt usage in Massachusetts from 51% in 2002 to 74% in 2009. During the same period, fatalities involving non-restrained (belted) vehicle occupants dropped significantly from 57% of crash fatalities to 23%.

Massachusetts law requires all occupants to be properly restrained by safety belts when riding in a private passenger motor vehicle, including vans and trucks.

 May 17, 2012   Police Week Fact. 
  Darius Quimby is recognized as the first known law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty in the United States. Constable Quimby worked for the Albany County Constable's Office of New York. He was killed on January 3, 1791.

He was most likely an unpaid peace officer.

Constable Quimby was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man named Whiting Sweeting of Stephentown, Rensselaer County, N.Y., on a trespassing warrant. The suspect was found guilty of murdering Constable Quimby in the July session of the New York State Supreme Court and was hanged on August 26, 1791.

Since Constable Quimby's death, there have been at least 20,000 peace officers killed in the line of duty in the United States.

 May 16, 2012   Remembering Local Officers Killed in the Line of Duty. 
  Patrolman Lawrence M. Jupin Westminster PD

Patrolman Keith J. Nivala Westminster PD

Patrolman Peter M. Nikitas Fitchburg PD

Patrolman Kenneth B. Bell Fitchburg PD

Patrolman Ivan E. Kelley Lunenburg PD

 May 15, 2012   Police Week Fact. 
  On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 53 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1791, more than 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Read about the officers at the Officer Down Memorial Page.

 May 14, 2012   National Police Week May 13-19 2012 
  In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others that share a common brotherhood. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

 May 10, 2012   Possible scam. 
  On Tuesday 05/08/2012 a New Ipswich Road residence reported that two men knocked on her door and claimed to be from Comcast. The men advised that they needed to repair phone and cable lines in the house. The men were allowed access to the residence and were in the residence for approximately 30-60 minutes.

The female advised that the men were wearing rain coats and driving a white van.

The female reported that after the men left she contacted Comcast and they advised that they did not have any service calls at her residence. The female checked her residence and nothing appears to be missing at this time.

The Ashby Police would remind residents that all utility workers should have a company vehicle with some type of markings on it. If you dont feel comfortable with the person at the door then call the police and the officer will identify the person and what company they represent.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon

 May 5, 2012   Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Saturday 05/05/2012 at approximately 1722 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Richardson Road for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident. The operator was transported to Leominster Hospital with unknown injuries. The operator was issued a citation for negligent operator of a motor vehicle.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour.

 May 4, 2012   Two Car Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Wednesday 05/04/2012 at approximately 1120 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Townsend Road for a report of a two car motor vehicle accident. The operator of vehicle #1 was cited for speeding, marked lanes violation and bald front tires. The operator of vehicle #2 was transported to Nashoba Hospital with unknown injuries.

Townsend Road was closed for approximately one hour while crews worked to clear the accident scene.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 May 3, 2012   Motor Vehicle Accident. 
  On Thursday 05/03/2012 at approximately 2100 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to West Road for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident. After a brief search of the area the operator was located at a nearby residence. The operator was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Investigating Officers: Sgt. Fred S. Alden IV, Patrolman John R. Dillon and Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 May 10, 2012   Motor Vehicle Rollover. 
  On Thursday 05/10/2012 at approximately 0716 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Main Street for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident. The operator was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene. Main Street was closed for approximately one hour while crews worked to clear the accident scene.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Apr 30, 2012   Arrest 
  John A. Lecomte, 34, of New Ipswich, NH. was arrested at 2049 hours on Greenville Road on an outstanding warrant. Lecomte was released on $400.00 cash bail and is due in Lowell District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn R. McCluskey.

 Apr 9, 2012   National Telecommunicator's Week 2012 
  The Massachusetts Communications Supervisors Association (MCSA) will celebrate April 8-14 as National Telecommunicator's Week. We would like to thank those who are truly our first first-responders. This week, initially introduced to Congress by Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) as a resolution and now become a permanent proclamation without the need for yearly introduction honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch police, fire, and EMS, and provide life saving assistance.

Telecommunicators (also known as dispatchers, 911 operators, or police/fire signal operators) are the heroes behind the scenes when need emergency assistance. The telecommunicator's job involves more than just answering the telephone. They are responsible for obtaining basic call information, dispatching appropriate resources, and if the call is for medical assistance they are trained in giving certain pre-arrival instructions. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), control bleeding techniques, or even child birth instructions are just a few things they are trained in.

The telecommunicators have saved lives, helped apprehend criminals and provided reassurances to callers. Working long hours, day and night, 365 days a year, in good and bad weather, and these telecommunicators do an incredible job all the while maintaining a professional demeanor.

The MCSA would like to thank the telecommunicators and staff for their continued dedication, hard work, ability to multi-task, and help the responding units and public while maintaining a cool demeanor. For more information about National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, visit www.ma911.org.

 Apr 4, 2012   Arrest 
  Michael D. Gianetta, 39, of New Ipswich, NH. was arrested at 0025 hours on Fitchburg State Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and speeding. Gianetta was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Mar 31, 2012   Arrest 
  Cari A. Comeau, 28, of Greenville, NH. was arrested at 0130 hours on Greenville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license, speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt. Comeau was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple

 Mar 21, 2012   Arrest 
  Clayton J. Mutch, 51, of Ashby, Ma. was arrested at 2252 hours on Main Street and charged with assault and domestic assault and battery. Mutch was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officers: Sgt. Fred S. Alden IV and Reserve Officer Anthony C. Montesion.

 Mar 13, 2012   Arrest 
  Mark E. Piispanen, 41, of Saco, Maine was arrested at 1706 hours on Jones Hill Road on an outstanding warrant. Piispanen was released on $300.00 cash bail and is due in Fall River District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Sgt. Fred S. Alden IV.

 Mar 14, 2012   Chief thanks Middlesex Sheriff's Office for work at town hall. 
  Dear Sheriff Koutoujian:

What a resource your office provided the Town of Ashby! The crew you sent to Town Hall was efficient, polite and diligent. Under the competent direction of Officer Dan Poirier, they were able to accomplish such a great deal in a short period of time.

The overall benefit to the Town of Ashby was tremendous. Not only was the crew able to tackle a big project in patching and painting the walls and ceilings in my office; they were able to refinish the floors and woodwork as well. I need to point out that this space is the size of an old classroom (25ft.x 35ft.) with 12 foot ceilings. Continuing to work efficiently, they patched and painted the Selectmen's meeting room, the Town Administrator Assistant's office and the ceiling of an entrance. They even replaced the vinyl tiles on the floor of the Town Hall elevator and an entire wall of corkboard in the Collector's office. Their work made a positive and dramatic difference at Town Hall and saved the taxpayers of Ashby thousands of dollars.

I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the attention and project coordination provided by ADS II Chris Green, ADS Corey Turner and Officer Heidi Ricci. All the people who worked on this project represented you and the office of Middlesex County Sheriff well.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

Edward J. Drew Chief of Police Ashby Police Department

 Mar 7, 2012   Officers and dispatcher receive praise from town residents. 
  Patrolman Derek Pepple, Reserve Officer Glenn Casey and Dispatcher Catherine Whitney received praise for their actions during a recent 911 call.

On Saturday afternoon (03/03/2012) Dispatcher Whitney received a 911 call from a Greenville Road resident advising that a vehicle crashed into her mailbox and ended up on her front lawn. When her husband approached the occupants of the vehicle they fled the scene.

The resident praised the officers response time of two minutes from the initial 911 call and for the "team effort" of all involved which resulted in the capture of the fleeing suspects. The resident went on to state that the officers and dispatcher "handled themselves in a professional manner and are an asset to the community".

 Mar 3, 2012   Arrest 
  Patricia M. Pillsbury, 31, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1220 hours on Townsend Road after a foot pursuit. Pillsbury fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Greenville Road. Pillsbury was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and a marked lanes violation.

Pillsbury was released on $500.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Monday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple and Reserve Officer Glenn J. Casey.

 Feb 29, 2012   Arrest 
  Tracy Lee Paquette, 41, of Greenfield, MA. was arrested at 0249 hours on Main Street and charged with assault and battery. Paquette was held on $300.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Brian F. Vautour.

 Feb 18, 2012   Arrest 
  Jessica R. Antinelle, 34, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 2245 hours on Allen Road and charged with assault and battery. Antinelle was released on $1500.00 cash bail and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Feb 8, 2012   Arrest 
  Bruce W. Silvia, 55, of Bristol, RI. was arrested at 1655 hours on Main Street on an outstanding warrant. Silvia was released on $170.00 cash bail and is due in Quincy District Court on Thursday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon and Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion.

 Jan 31, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Tuesday 01/31/2012 at approximately 1455 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Erickson Road for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident.

The operator was transported to Leominster Hospital with unknown injuries.

Investigating Officer: Sgt. Fred S. Alden IV.

 Jan 19, 2012   Arrest 
  Angel L. Pomales, 29, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 1401 hours on Greenville Road on an outstanding warrant. Pomales was transported to Ayer District Court.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jan 17, 2012   Arrest 
  Travis P. Irish, 23, of Fitchburg, MA. was arrested at 2012 hours on Fitchburg State Road on an outstanding warrant. Irish was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster but was later released on $170.00 cash bail and is due in Fitchburg District Court on Wednesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Jan 12, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Thursday 01/12/2012 at approximately 1042 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Greenville Road for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident. The vehicle slid off the icy road.

No injuries or damage were reported in this accident.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jan 3, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Tuesday 01/03/2012 at approximately 1642 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to South Road for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident. The operator was transported to Leominster Hospital with unknown injuries.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman John R. Dillon.

 Jan 14, 2012   Safe winter driving tips. 
  The Ashby Police Department would like to remind drivers of the following safe winter driving tips.

Click here for more information.

 Jan 13, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Friday 01/13/2012 at approximately 0401 hours the Ashby Police was dispatched to West State Road for a report of a one car motor vehicle accident. The vehicle slid off the icy road and into a ditch.

No injuries and minor damage were reported in this accident.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jan 13, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Friday 01/13/2012 at approximately 0709 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to West State Road for a report of a two car motor vehicle accident.

No injuries were reported in this accident.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jan 12, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Thursday 01/12/2012 at approximately 1457 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Rindge Road for a report of a single car motor vehicle accident into a utility pole.

The occupant was uninjured and refused medical treatment. Rindge Road was closed for approximately 15 minutes while crews worked to stabilize the pole and removed the vehicle.

Investigating Officer: Sgt. Fred S. Alden IV.

 Jan 12, 2012   Motor vehicle accident. 
  On Thursday 01/12/2012 at approximately 1420 hours the Ashby Police, Fire and EMS were dispatched to Fitchburg State Road for a report of a single car motor vehicle accident into a utility pole.

Both occupants were uninjured and refused medical treatment. Fitchburg State Road was closed for approximately 55 minutes while crews worked to stabilize the pole and removed the vehicle.

Investigating Officer: Patrolman Derek J. Pepple.

 Jan 9, 2012   Arrest 
  Robert B. Jokinen, 46, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 1657 hours on Richardson Road on outstanding warrants. Jokinen was held at the State Police Barracks in Leominster and is due in Ayer District Court on Tuesday.

Arresting Officer: Patrolman Shawn McCluskey.

 Jan 5, 2012   Arrest 
  Richard W. Shaw Jr., 56, of Ashby, MA. was arrested at 2025 hours on New Ipswich Road and charged with domestic assault and battery. Shaw was released on personal recognizance and is due in Ayer District Court on Friday.

Arresting Officers: Sgt. Fred Alden and Reserve Officer Glenn Casey.

 Jan 4, 2012   Officers receive praise. 
  Patrolman John Dillon and Reserve Officer Anthony Montesion received praise and a donation was made in their names to an animal shelter for assisting a motorist who locked herself out of her vehicle.

Dear Ashby Police Dept.

On the very cold morning of Dec.18, 10:30ish, while visiting your local town, I locked myself out of my vehicle while visiting the local recreation area at Damon Pond on Rt.119. Being ever so grateful for their assistance, I have made a donation in your departments name to S.P.A.R.E. pets of Mass. (I adopted a lovely dog from them this year myself)

Please accept this donation and thank the two officers, who assisted me, I'm sorry I didn't get their names.

Best of the holiday to you all, Kathy Preble Brownville, Maine

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