Canine finds the cash drawer

Westford Police just sent us a press release about a break in at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area early this morning.

An alarm called officers to The Outlook restaurant at the ski area about 2:30 a.m.

They arrived to find a glass door at the building’s entrance shattered, a cash register smashed on the floor, and the cash drawer from the register missing. They also found a vehicle in the parking lot, and noticed the car’s hood was still warm.

Surveillance video showed a man breaking into the building and leaving with the cash drawer.

Officer Corey Peladeau was called to the scene with his canine partner Beny, and they tracked a scent through a wooded area and a grassy area on the Nashoba property. A short time later they found David Ward, 27, of Boxboro.

Police said Peladeau also located several items of clothing that were allegedly discarded by Ward, a cash drawer, and the keys to the car that was still parked in the parking lot. Continue reading

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Who is this guy?

A. Gregory Richardson?

B. David Williams?

C. Darryl Buchannan?

If you guessed C, you win, but Nashua Police say Buchannan, 50, of 76 Old Meadow Road, Lowell, tried to convince them he was one of those two other guys when he was arrested for theft yesterday.

And then police say they discovered he had been arrested in Nashua back in 1982, and that he used the name David Williams back then.

Buchannan was taken into custody after employees at Babies ‘R’ Us, on Gusabel Avenue, in Nashua, told police he grabbed 119 items off a clothing rack outside the store and put them in the trunk of his car about 5:41 p.m.

The total value of the clothing was calculated to be more than $1,000, according to police, so Buchannan was charged with theft, a class B felony.

He told officers he was Gregory Richardson, according to police.

Police said his fingerprints told a different story. Continue reading

This is not a law enforcement officer

I know, I know. That might seem obvious.

But when the man pictured below allegedly used a black Dodge Charger to stop another vehicle on Lakeview Avenue near Makos Street in Tyngsboro on Saturday afternoon, things weren’t quite so clear.

Especially not since police say the man pictured below flashed what appeared to be a badge.

Tyngsboro Police tell me they were contacted Saturday at 3:49 p.m., by an employee of The Sun who told them he had just been pulled over on Lakeview Avenue.

Police say the man, who is not being identified, told police “he was cut off by a black Dodge Charger. The victim stated the white male operator walked up to him and flashed what he believed to be a badge, and asked him questions like where he was going, and where he was coming from.” Continue reading

Armed robbery for Adderall

Here’s something I haven’t seen before.

A 19-year-old Lowell man, Joshua Brand, is being held on a single count of armed robbery after police say he passed a note at the CVS pharmacy at 1815 Middlesex Street this morning at 12:15 a.m., and demanded bottles of the ADHD drug Adderall.

Police say the note suggested Brand had a gun, and that he escaped the store with six bottles of the prescription drug, which has grown in popularity in recent years as many students use it, often without a prescription, to aid their studies.

Police were called to the store for a report of a robbery in progress at 12:15 a.m., and officers were warned that the suspect was potentially armed.

The suspect was described as a white male, in his 20’s, in a black sweatshirt.

Police say Officers Timothy Whalen and Jason Gatto spotted a man fitting that description on Middlesex Street as they sped toward the store, and  stopped him with help from a UMass Lowell police officer.

Police say they found six bottles of Adderall and a note still in the man’s pocket. Continue reading

Arrest made in Lowell shooting

A 27-year-old Nashua man is in Lowell Police custody tonight facing charges he shot a man at Walker and Branch streets in the leg on May 26.

I’ve known this guy was a suspect in this shooting for a while, but Lowell Police did not want to comment until they actually had him in custody.

Vernon Davis, 27, of 41 Brinton Drive, Nashua, has been in police custody since June 10 at 7:20 p.m., when he was arrested by Nashua Police following a traffic stop on the Henri Burque Highway in Nashua.

Nashua Police say Davis, a convicted felon, was in possession of a handgun during that traffic stop.

He was also already wanted on a warrant for stalking, though I don’t know the details of the stalking charge. Click here to download the press release Nashua issued at the time.

Nashua Police charged Davis with being a felon in possession of a firearm and a fugitive from justice.

At about the same time Davis was arrested, Lowell Police sought, and later obtained, a warrant charging him with the May 26 shooting on Branch Street, in which a 25-year-old Lowell man was shot in the thigh.

That shooting, as you can see if you click the link above, was the first in Lowell since October of 2011.

Davis will be arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court on both the stalking charge and a shooting-related count of armed assault with intent to murder.

Tewksbury Police – The Freshmaker!

I’m pretty sure this isn’t what the folks at Mentos had in mind when they described their product as “the freshmaker.”

A 19-year-old Lawrence man was locked up on Tuesday after Tewksbury Police conducting surveillance stopped a suspicious vehicle near Kennedy Road.

Police say they called a Massachusetts State Police canine to the scene, and the dog sniffed out what is pictured above. Continue reading

There was a sobriety checkpoint in Lowell

It was Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Can you guess where it was?

The checkpoint was setup at 145 Thorndike Street, which is where sobriety checkpoints are always setup in Lowell.

Despite the fact that the location of these checkpoints is common knowledge around much of the city, checkpoints in Lowell continue to yield more arrests than checkpoints in almost any other location around the state, based on what I’ve heard state police officials tell both local police and the city council.

The one this weekend led to 13 drunken driving arrests by state police, and another by Lowell Police.

What gives?

“It’s just an indication of the problem we’re dealing with, and it appears driving under the influence continues to be an issue that effects public safety on a regular basis in the city of Lowell,” Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee just told me. “That’s why we’re going to keep up these efforts until people get the message that this will not be tolerated.”

State police even sent out a press release today with the identities of all those arrested at the checkpoint and accused of drunken driving. They are listed below, and, as always, they are innocent until proven guilty. Continue reading