Whitman Police to Host Active Shooter Response Training Course

Whitman Police Department
Scott D. Benton, Chief of Police
20 Essex St
Whitman, MA 02382

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

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

Whitman Police to Host Active Shooter Response Training Course

ALICE Training Instructor Certification to be Offered in Two-Day Course

WHITMAN — Police Chief Scott D. Benton announces that the Whitman Police Department will be hosting a two-day instructor course on ALICE active shooter response training.

WHEN

Thursday, Feb. 22 and Friday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, 600 Franklin St., Whitman

WHAT

The training will teach those who attend to become certified ALICE instructors. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

The strategy can be implemented in a number of fields such as, law enforcement, education and higher education, hospitals, businesses and places of worship.

The course teaches proactive, options-based strategies that increase the chances of survival during a violent intruder or active shooter event. Those who attend the course can take the strategies they have learned back to their workplace or organization and instruct others on how to safely respond during such an event.

“This knowledge and training is invaluable as a way to bridge the gap between the time a violent event has begun and when police officers arrive on scene,” Chief Benton said. “When and where an active shooter event takes place is often unpredictable and can happen in the blink of an eye. But, you can be prepared and train your staff, students or group members with these proven lifesaving strategies.”

The cost of the course is $595 and is open to the public, including parents and residents. Those who would like to attend can register at alicetraining.com. For more information email info@alicetraining.com or contact the Whitman Police Department at 781-447-1212.

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Raynham Police Arrest Man with Multiple Guns in Stolen Vehicle

Raynham Police Department
Chief James Donovan
53 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

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

Raynham Police Arrest Man with Multiple Guns in Stolen Vehicle

RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department arrested a man Wednesday morning, who had multiple firearms in his possession inside a stolen vehicle.

KYLE DAMON, AGE 22, OF RAYNHAM was charged with:

  • Possession of a large capacity firearm
  • Carrying a firearm without a license (two counts)
  • Carrying a firearm while intoxicated
  • Receiving stolen property over $250 (three counts)
  • Carrying ammunition without a license
  • Warrant arrest (three counts)

On Wednesday, at approximately 4:46 a.m., Raynham Police received a report of a man who was possibly in a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the King Philip apartment complex.

Upon arrival, officers found a man, later identified as DAMON, sitting inside a Chevy Trailblazer that had been reported stolen on Monday, Dec. 11 out of Taunton.

Officers had reason to believe that DAMON may have had multiple stolen firearms in his possession and moved quickly to remove him from the vehicle and place him in handcuffs.

DAMON was highly intoxicated and received minor cuts and scrapes to his face when he was detained on the ground.

In searching DAMON, officers found a loaded Remington 1911 handgun inside a holster on his right hip. They also found a small folding knife tucked into his boot.

Inside the Trailblazer, officers located a fully locked and loaded AR-15 rifle in the front passenger’s seat, along with a large knife. Both items were within reaching distance of DAMON.

DAMON was placed under arrest. After complaining about chest pains, he was brought to Morton Hospital for evaluation. He will be arraigned after he is released from the hospital.

The guns were seized and the vehicle was recovered and towed to the police station for further investigation.

“This was a great job by our officers of quickly assessing the situation, especially not knowing how Mr. Damon would react when they came upon him,” Chief Donovan said. “Thankfully we were able to apprehend the suspect without incident and take two illegally possessed firearms off the streets.”

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

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Tyngsborough Police Offer Hunting Safety Tips After Vehicles Struck by Errant Rounds

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Tyngsborough Police Department
Chief Richard D. Howe
20 Westford Road
Tyngsborough, MA 01879

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

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

Tyngsborough Police Offer Hunting Safety Tips After Vehicles Struck by Errant Rounds

TYNGSBOROUGH — Chief Richard D. Howe and the Tyngsborough Police Department wish to remind hunters to exercise extreme caution and be mindful of state law when hunting in town after two incidents over the weekend.

On Dec. 9, Tyngsborough Police responded to Cannongate Road for a report of vandalism to a motor vehicle, a shattered car window.  On Dec. 11, police returned to that location when the owner of the vehicle and a person she had called to repair the window discovered a shotgun slug lodged inside the frame near the passenger side window.

On Dec. 10, an officer was dispatched to A.S.A.P. Fire and Safety Corporation on Progress Avenue for a report that a company van had been damaged. Upon arrival, the officer observed that both the driver’s side and passenger side rear window’s had been damaged and that it appeared something had entered one window, traveled through the vehicle and exited through the other window. It is believed that the damage was caused by a bullet, however one was not located.

There were no injuries as a result of either of the incidents.

The incidents remain under investigation, but Tyngsborough Police have reason to believe that the damage in both cases was caused by errant shots from hunters’ firearms. Massachusetts Environmental Police are assisting with the investigation.

Tyngsborough Police ask that hunters familiarize themselves with state and local laws regarding hunting. To read the town hunting town bylaw, click here.

“These errant hunting shots are completely unacceptable, and it’s extremely fortunate that nobody was hurt in any of these cases,” Chief Howe said. “Our officers are actively investigating each of these incidents, but I want to remind hunters of the critical obligation they have to be considerate of the safety of others while they are hunting.”

Hunters should observe the following safety protocols at all times:

  •  Always positively identify your target and never shoot in the direction of sounds or movements
  • Maintain a significant distance from roads, buildings and populated areas, and never fire in the direction of those areas
  • Remain aware of what is beyond your target
  • Wear clothing that will help you remain visible to others
  • Don’t touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot
  • Treat all firearms as if they are loaded

Anyone who believes they may have information about these incidents is asked to contact Tyngsborough Police at 978-649-7504.

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*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
Email: john@jgpr.net

*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.

WHEN

Saturday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m.

WHERE

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

WHAT

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 www.debbiestreasurechest.org/ or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Debbies-Treasure-Chest-98824641050/.

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