Boxborough Police Announce Grand Jury Indictment of Chelmsford Man

Boxborough Police Department

Boxborough Police Department
Warren B. Ryder, Chief of Police
520 Massachusetts Ave.
Boxborough, MA 01719

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Boxborough Police Announce Grand Jury Indictment of Chelmsford Man

BOXBOROUGH – Boxborough Police Chief Warren B. Ryder and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan have announced that a Middlesex County Grand Jury has indicted Shawn Limerick, 49, of Chelmsford, on two counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device and one count of improper storage of a firearm in connection with an incident that occurred last year.

At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, Boxborough Police were dispatched to the Harvard Sportsman Club, 250 Littleton County Road, for a report of a male party that had shot himself in the leg.

Upon arrival, police observed three vehicles traveling toward the exit of the Harvard Sportsman Club. One of the operators flagged down the officers and stated that the person who had been shot, later identified as Limerick, had just passed them driving toward the exit.

Police then approached Limerick’s vehicle just before the exit. Limerick exited his vehicle and stated that he was doing drills drawing from a holster when a round went off and struck him in the leg.

The Boxborough Fire Department’s ambulance arrived on scene and began to treat Limerick. He was then transported to an area hospital for further treatment.

After an initial investigation, police learned that Limerick did not have proper licensing to legally possess a large capacity firearm or large capacity feeding device, and had been operating a large capacity pistol when the incident occurred.

Upon further investigation, police located an unsecured 9 mm Glock and four magazines — two empty 10 round magazines and two 15 round magazines that each had ammunition in them — in the trunk of Limerick’s vehicle.

“This incident should serve as a stern reminder of the importance of gun safety including operation, storage and proper licensing,” Chief Ryder said. “Thankfully, this individual did not injure himself or anyone else more seriously.”

Boxborough Police have partnered with Project ChildSafe, a national firearm safety program to provide gun locks at no cost. Anyone interested in obtaining a free gun lock can pick them up at the Boxborough Police Department, 520 Massachusetts Ave.


*Media Advisory* Methuen Police Department to Drop-off Donations from Toy Drive

Methuen Police Department
Joseph Solomon, Chief of Police
Quinn Public Safety Building
90 Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

*Media Advisory* Methuen Police Department to Drop-off Donations from Toy Drive

METHUEN – Mayor Stephen N. Zanni and Chief Joseph Solomon are pleased to announce that Methuen police officers will be delivering gifts to Debbie’s Treasure Chest this weekend as part of their annual toy drive.


Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.


Debbie’s Treasure Chest warehouse, 15 Union St., Suite 411, Lawrence


The Methuen Police Department is collecting toys during its fourth annual toy drive to benefit Debbie’s Treasure Chest, owned and operated by Harvey Girls, Inc., a nonprofit 503(c)(3) organization. All toys will be delivered on Saturday, and each child in the program will receive a toy.

“Giving trees,” decorated with star-shaped tags, each holding one child’s wish for a toy, were set up at the Methuen Police Department, Methuen City Hall, Lawrence District Court, the Studio of Dance Arts, American Dental Partners, National Fiber Technologies and Methuen High School. Members from each organization selected a tag, purchased the gift requested and returned the unwrapped toy to the giving tree.

This year, the police department is hoping to exceed the number of toys they collected last year — approximately 600 — which were donated to children in Methuen and across the Merrimack Valley.

“I am so proud to see the police department organize this event each year to help the community come together and help those in need have a happy holiday,” Mayor Zanni said. “We always have a wonderful turnout for this toy drive and I have no doubt this will be another successful year.”

Residents who wish to participate in the toy drive can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the following locations through Dec. 23:

Methuen Police Department – 90 Hampshire St.
Methuen Senior Center – 77 Lowell St.
Enterprise Bank – Methuen and Andover Branches
Renaissance Salon – 184 Pleasant Valley St. Unit #2, Methuen
Monte Carlo Salon – 369 Merrimack St., Methuen
Studio of Dance Arts – 170 Haverhill St., Methuen
Century 21 McLennan & Co. – 188 Broadway, Methuen
Citizens Bank – 90 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen

Toys collected from the public will be given to children in need in the Merrimack Valley.

“We enjoy coordinating this event every year and are always humbled at how all of these different departments, organizations and businesses can come together for such a wonderful cause,” Chief Solomon said. “Thank you to all who have already donated or are planning to participate. We are expecting another outstanding turnout this holiday season.”

About Debbie’s Treasure Chest:

Debbie’s Treasure Chest is owned and operated by Harvey Girls, Inc., a 503(c)(3) organization. The group was founded by three children and works with social service agencies across the Merrimack Valley to deliver school supplies, clothing and toys to children in need.

The organization helps children at risk through cash, donations and assistance from volunteers. One hundred percent of donations are used to improve the lives of as many children as possible by providing them with basic necessities. To learn more about Debbie’s Treasure Chest, visit their website at or find them on Facebook at


North Andover Public Health Department Provides Toy Safety Tips

Town of North Andover
Department of Public Health
Brian LaGrasse, Director of Public Health
120 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845


Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-533-9398

North Andover Public Health Department Provides Toy Safety Tips

NORTH ANDOVER – As residents continue their holiday shopping, the North Andover Public Health Department is reminding everyone of several safety tips to consider when selecting gifts, especially for children.

“Shopping for kids can be fun and exciting with so many toys to choose from, but it is extremely important to keep certain precautions in mind to prevent injury,” said Brian LaGrasse, North Andover Director of Public Health. “Please consider these safety tips and be mindful of the toys you pick for young children.”

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2016 there were an estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in the United States. Of these injuries, 39 percent were classified as lacerations, contusions or abrasions, and 45 percent were to the head and face area, the most commonly affected area of the body.

To prevent injury, the North Andover Health Department recommends the following tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health:

Shopping for Gifts

  • Check for safety labels that say the toy is non-toxic as well as age recommendations for the item;
  • Find games that meet your child’s abilities, age, and interest; and
  • Pick products with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) label. The label means that it has met the national safety standards.

Toy Safety at Home

  • Stay attentive by incorporating safe practices in their playtime.
  • Remain up-to-date with recent recalls. If your child owns one of the items recalled make sure to remove it.
  • Tell your child to clean up after playtime. Safely organizing toys can prevent accidents such as tripping or falling.
  • Avoid toys with tiny parts for children younger than 3 years old. These small items pose a choking hazard.
  • Examine toys for safety hazards, pointed edges, and broken pieces.
  • Use a small parts tester to make sure toys don’t pose a choking hazard.

For more information about toy safety standards and recalls, contact CPSC or the North Andover Department of Public Health at 978-688-9540.


City of Rochester Holds Successful Employee Holiday Drive

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867


Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

City of Rochester Holds Successful Employee Holiday Drive

Municipal employees of the City of Rochester collected food, clothing and toys to donate to the Families in Transition of the Rochester School Department program during the annual Employee Holiday Drive. (Courtesy Photo)

ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that Rochester’s municipal employees donated a variety of items to the Families in Transition of the Rochester School Department program through a holiday drive.

Rochester City employees collected winter clothing and boots, personal care items, non-perishable food items and toys to donate to the Families in Transition program, which ensures students who are in transitional living situations have what they need to be successful in school.

The holiday drive began on Nov. 13 and wrapped up last Friday at a breakfast for city and school staff members who assisted with organizing donations from their departments.

“These employee holiday drives always prove to be successful thanks to the generosity of our city employees,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I would like to thank everyone who assisted with organizing this drive to help make the holiday season more enjoyable for those in need.”