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

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.


Rowley Police Respond to Motor Vehicle Crash Involving Tractor Trailer

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Rowley Police Department
Scott A. Dumas, Police Chief
477 Haverhill Street
Rowley, MA 01969


Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Rowley Police Respond to Motor Vehicle Crash Involving Tractor Trailer

ROWLEY — Chief Scott A. Dumas reports that the Rowley Police Department is investigating after a motor vehicle crashed into a tractor trailer this morning, sending the driver and her infant to the hospital.

At 10:45 a.m., Rowley Police received a report of a two-vehicle crash on Haverhill Street (Route 133), between Route 1 and Main Street (Route 1A).

A preliminary on scene investigation indicates that a 40-year-old woman from Haverhill was traveling west in a 2016 Kia Sportage on Haverhill Street when she crossed the double yellow line and struck a tractor trailer that was heading east. The woman’s car then came to rest against a tree.

Rowley firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the woman from her vehicle. She was transported to an area hospital with injuries that are believed to be serious. Her infant, who was in the car at the time of the crash, was also transported to an area hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The driver of the tractor trailer, a 51-year-old man from New Bedford, was not injured.

Both vehicles sustained substantial damage and were towed from the scene.

Following the crash, Haverhill Street, from Main Street to Route 1, was closed in both directions for several hours. The road re-opened at 1:30 p.m.

Ipswich Police and Fire, along with the Newbury Fire Department, responded to the scene for mutual aid. The Massachusetts State Police’s truck team also responded to evaluate the tractor trailer.

The crash remains under investigation by the Rowley Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police.


Melrose Police Remind Residents To Secure Vehicles Following Motor Vehicle Break-ins


Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176


Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Melrose Police Remind Residents To Secure Vehicles Following Motor Vehicle Break-ins

MELROSE — Chief Michael L. Lyle and the Melrose Police Department are reminding residents to secure their vehicles and belongings following a recent uptick in motor vehicle break-ins.

Overnight on Monday, Nov. 27, a number of vehicles were entered through unlocked doors and rifled through. The break-ins occurred on Charles, Oakland, West Emerson and Winthrop streets, along with Lake Avenue.

In order to prevent motor vehicle break-ins and theft, Melrose Police are strongly urging residents to always lock their vehicles, even if it’s in the driveway, and to never leave belongings, especially those of value, in the car or in plain view.

“Don’t make it easy for criminals,” Chief Lyle said. “Lock your doors and don’t leave your belongings in plain sight in your vehicle. If you have something of value, take it with you, put it in your trunk or bring it in your house. Let’s all have a safe and happy holiday season.”

If community members see anything out of the ordinary, or find that any of their belongings have been stolen from their vehicle, they are encouraged to call the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.


Western Union to Reimburse Stoneham Residents Who Lost Money through Wire Transfer Scams

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Chief James McIntyre
47 Central Street
Stoneham, MA 02180-2044

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Western Union to Reimburse Stoneham Residents Who Lost Money through Wire Transfer Scams

STONEHAM — Chief James McIntyre and the Stoneham Police Department would like to alert residents who were victims of a wire transfer scam that they can now get their money back if they made payments through Western Union.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), people who lost money to scammers by paying through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are now eligible to receive their money back if they file a claim by Feb. 12.

The reimbursement eligibility comes after the FTC reached a settlement with Western Union earlier this year. Western Union agreed to return $586 million to settle the FTC’s claim that it did not adequately protect people from fraud.

“We’re happy to see that the victims of this scam will finally get their money back,” Chief McIntyre said. “In most instances, once someone falls victim to a scam involving wired funds, that money is gone forever. However, it’s still important for residents to remember to never wire money to someone they don’t know and to call police immediately if you feel you’re a target of a scam.”

For those who wish to file a claim, the FTC provided the following information:

  • If you already reported your case to Western Union, the FTC or another government agency, you might get a claim form in the mail. The forms were mailed on Nov. 13 and were sent from Gilardi & Co. LLC, which is handling the claims.
  • Claims can be filed online, however the Claim ID and PIN number are required. Both can be found on the form sent in the mail.
  • If you didn’t already report your loss, or you didn’t receive a claim form in the mail, go online to file your claim here.
  • If you’re submitting a new claim, or wish to change the pre-filled amount on the claim form you got in the mail, you’ll be asked for documentation that can be uploaded or sent in by mail. If you don’t have documentation, you can still complete the form and give as much detail as possible. Your information will be validated against your Western Union money transfer history.
  • You do not have to pay to get your money back. Don’t pay anyone who says they can file a claim for you. Nobody will call you to ask for your bank account or credit card number and it’s free to file your claim online.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice is handling the remission process. It will take up to a year to validate all the claims and return money to people affected.

For updates and claim forms, please visit