Hudson police probe gunfire

Hudson police are currently investigating the felonious discharge of a firearm on April 28, about 9:15 pm. A red SUV was traveling north on River Road when it was struck by what appears to be a large caliber handgun round. Police say the round was fired from a moving vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. The victims in this case described the suspect vehicle as an older model, dark-colored pickup truck with a lighter-colored stripe on the sides. The vehicle did not have any distinguishing marks or bumper stickers and contained an unknown number of occupants.
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to contact the Hudson Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (603) 886-6011 Callers may remain anonymous.


Crime online

If you missed Chris Camire’s story this week, Billerica police are expanding their online presence. Incident reports are now uploaded to, which translates them into Google maps:
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Go on the site, and type in your Zip code (01821 for Billerica, 01862 for North Billerica). There aren’t specifics, such as exact addresses and names of victims, but it’s a useful tool for crime followers.

Missing Woburn Woman Found

WOBURN — Tammy Nickerson, a 45-year-old Woburn woman who left her job at Saints Medical Center in Lowell Thursday night and never made it home, has been found. That ends one mystery but begins another one as police in Woburn aren’t saying when, where or how.
A call was placed to the desk at the Woburn P.D. on Saturday at about 7 p.m. to see if there was any new news to add to the story that ran in Saturday morning’s paper about the disappearance. An officer answering the phone said, “She’s been located. That’s all I can give you right now.” Asked if we should try back later in the evening, the officer said something like, “You can try.”
On Friday, we were not able to find out if Tammy Nickerson was married, had children, lived with her parents, barely any information was given out except that she was 5′-7″, weighed 180 pounds and had long blond hair. They provided WBZ-TV with a photo of the missing woman. Police also said that during the day a State Police helicopter scoured the route she normally took back and forth to work, looking for the brown Ford Taurus she was driving. Police gave us the plate number and asked for our help in getting the word out.
It was a different story on Saturday night, however. When The Sun called back around 9:30 p.m. the same officer who answered previously said, “That’s all we can tell you right now. Try again tomorrow or Monday.”
So, check back here tomorrow or Monday. Hopefully, we’ll have more information.


I’ll be on vaction until May, so I wish everyone a good week or so. Keep checking back. I’m sure my co-workers will still come up with some good stuff for the blog while they fill in for me.
I just hope it’s not too much better than my entries.


If you see this guy around Billerica anytime soon I recommend you don’t make change for him.


Billerica Police say he’s been into several Market Basket stores in Billerica, where he usually buys something cheap, pays with a $50, and then comes back a little later and claims he was only given change for a $10.
Police are trying to track him down, so if you know who he is give Billerica Police a call at (978) 671-0900.

Burglary is up, but Burglars go down.

Dracut made a nice arrest on a house break Saturday, but it took me a bit to track the story down. It’s still worth a mention I think.
They got a call Sunday about 8 p.m., after a resident of 85 Wheeler Road had a guy break into his front door and go running up the steps of his home. The resident yelled at the burglar, who must have thought no one was home.
He promptly ran back down the steps and out the door.
The homeowner had earlier noticed a man come to the door, and then leave in a black Volkswagen with a broken tail light in back. He saw the same car as the burglar fled.
The homeowner, who was unharmed, told police about the Volkswagen, and Sgt. Robert Richard spotted it on Pelczar Road a short distance from the scene.
Both the driver and passenger in the car had arrest warrants, and both were later charged with breaking and entering at night.
The driver was Patrick Donovan, 32, of Dracut. The passenger was Shawn Keefe, 28, of Tyngsboro, who had a couple warrants for other breaks in Lowell and Billerica.
Good thing the resident was attentive enough to notice the vehicle, and that Sgt. Richard was alert enough to spot it.
Police are still investigating whether Keefe and Donovan may have been involved in other recent breaks as well.
Burglaries have been up in Lowell and most towns around the region, although they were down in Dracut between 2007 and 2008. Nice arrests like this could help continue that trend.