Groveland Woman Summonsed on Multiple Charges After Allegedly Assaulting Woman, Dog

Groveland Police Department
Jeffrey Gillen, Chief
Public Safety Building
181 Main St
Groveland, MA 01834

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Groveland Woman Summonsed on Multiple Charges After Allegedly Assaulting Woman, Dog

GROVELAND — Chief Jeffrey Gillen reports that the Groveland Police Department is charging a woman after she allegedly assaulted a resident and pepper sprayed her dog while they were out walking.

A 46-YEAR-OLD GROVELAND WOMAN will be summonsed and charged with:

    • Larceny from a Person
    • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Shod Foot
    • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon – Pepper Spray
    • Cruelty to Animals

The suspect’s name cannot be released at this time.

On Friday, Dec. 8 at approximately 8 a.m., two officers were dispatched to Salem Street on a report of a physical altercation between two individuals.

Upon arrival, officers located the two parties, both women. The victim, a 49-year-old Haverhill woman, had an injury to her leg. She told the responding officers that while she was walking her dogs on Salem Street, another dog, which she identified as a pit bull, got loose from a residence and aggressively ran toward her and her dogs, barking loudly.

The Haverhill woman told police that she felt her life and her dogs’ lives were in danger, so she took out pepper spray and sprayed it in the area of the pit bull. This did not slow its progress. The pit bull’s owner, the 46-year-old Groveland woman, emerged from her house, grabbed the dog and put it in her car.

When the Haverhill woman attempted to walk away from the confrontation, the Groveland woman got into her car, where she also had her 11-year-old son, shouting at the Haverhill woman, and drove into the driveway of a nearby residence to block her path.

The Haverhill woman then called 911, at which point the Groveland woman exited her car, grabbed the Haverhill woman and began going through her jacket until she located the pepper spray.

The Groveland woman then allegedly stole the Haverhill woman’s pepper spray and sprayed it in the air and at the victim’s dog. When the Haverhill woman attempted to get away, the Groveland woman allegedly kicked her in the leg.

After an investigation by Groveland Police, it was decided that the Groveland woman would be charged. She will be summonsed to Haverhill District Court at a later date. The Department of Children and Families was notified of the incident.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

###




Burlington Fire Department Provides Home Heating Safety Tips

FIREPA_1_001_small

Burlington Fire Department
Chief Steve Yetman
21 Center St.
Burlington, MA 01803

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627
Email: john@jgpr.net

Burlington Fire Department Provides Home Heating Safety Tips

BURLINGTON – As the cold weather moves in, Chief Steven Yetman and the Burlington Fire Department are reminding residents of several home heating tips to ensure that residents are safely staying warm this winter.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths and half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.

The NFPA recommends the following tips to prevent most heat-related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

If you have questions or concerns about safely heating your home, please contact the Burlington Fire Department at 781-270-1925.

###




East Bridgewater Police Participating in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

East Bridgewater Police Department
Scott Allen, Chief of Police
153 Central St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Police Participating in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Scott Allen announces that the East Bridgewater Police Department will be increasing the number of patrols on local roads as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

The initiative is funded through a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division and will continue through the holiday season.

Police urge motorists to be mindful of the responsibility they have to protect the safety of their fellow drivers — as well as the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians — to stay off the road if they are impaired.

East Bridgewater Police will have several officers on the lookout for impaired and reckless drivers. Everyone is reminded to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking and to never get into a vehicle if the driver is impaired.

“Our officers will be aggressively looking for drivers that are impaired by alcohol and drugs, including marijuana,” Chief Allen said. “There is never any excuse to get behind the wheel when impaired. Between family, friends, taxis and ride-sharing apps, someone will likely always be available to get you home safely.”

According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, 119 people died last year due to drunk driving in Massachusetts. Marijuana or marijuana-type drugs were the most prevalent types of drugs found in drivers killed in crashes in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2015.

The East Bridgewater Police Department is joining more than 200 local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, by enhancing its efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road.

If you are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will lose your license and could face jail time and incur the cost of additional fines and expenses.

###

 




Holbrook Police Participating in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

Holbrook Police Department
William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Holbrook Police Participating in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign

HOLBROOK — Chief William Smith announces that the Holbrook Police Department will be increasing the number of patrols on local roads as part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

The initiative is funded through a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division and will continue through the holiday season.

Police urge motorists to be mindful of the responsibility they have to protect the safety of their fellow drivers — as well as the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians — to stay off the road if they are impaired.

Holbrook Police will have several officers on the lookout for impaired and reckless drivers. Everyone is reminded to never get behind the wheel if they have been drinking and to never get into a vehicle if the driver is impaired.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re only going right down the street. If you’re impaired, never get behind the wheel,” Chief Smith said. “We will have increased patrols out this holiday season looking for impaired drivers and making sure they are not endangering others.”

According to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, 119 people died last year due to drunk driving in Massachusetts. Marijuana or marijuana-type drugs were the most prevalent types of drugs found in drivers killed in crashes in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2015.

The Holbrook Police Department is joining more than 200 local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, by enhancing its efforts to keep impaired drivers off the road.

If you are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will lose your license and could face jail time and incur the cost of additional fines and expenses.

###