Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The arrest happened early Monday.
North Andover Police responded to reports of stolen vehicles early Monday morning and apprehended one man in connection with them. Police say that when they collared him, he had the keys to a second hot car. Aaron Dean-Ganek, 22, 7 Walker Road, has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen motor vehicle and operating on suspended license. At shortly before 5 a.m. Monday, a resident on Edgelawn Avenue reported that her black Acura sedan had just been stolen. Officer Mike Reardon saw the vehicle traveling on Route 114 and, after back-up officers arrived, police stopped the vehicle, reportedly driven by Dean-Ganek, near the North Andover Mall. After police apprehended him, Lt. Charles Gray said they discovered he had a key to another …
Friday, February 1, 2013
North Andover honors public safety.
North Andover Police and Fire Department honored heroes within their ranks at the annual Exchange Club Public Safety Awards Banquet Wednesday night. North Andover had two winners for Officer of the Year. Police Chief Paul Gallagher selected Det. Robert Barter and Officer William Lynch for their efforts in a chase last year. Last June, a Maine man robbed the TD Bank on Andover Street and fled in his truck up I-495. Barter and Lynch pursued him -- first through North Andover up Route 125 northbound and then toward New Hampshire on 495 -- and helped in his capture near the New Hampshire border. Firefighter of the Year, selected by Fire Chief Andrew Melnikas, is Lt. William McCarthy. McCarthy was chosen for his years in fire safety instruction.
Friday, January 11, 2013
A local man who allegedly dragged a woman with his car following a domestic situation in Salem Friday night has been arrested in North Andover.
Police officers arrested a local man Friday night believed to have dragged his girlfriend from a motor vehicle in Salem. John Distefano, 25, of 42 Jerad Place Road, North Andover, was arrested on a charge of domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (car door). At approximately 9 p.m., Salem police officers responded to a report of a struck pedestrian at the intersection of Roslyn and Hazel streets. A 21-year-old woman found at the scene was rushed to Salem Hospital with what police called non-life-threatening juries. The incident reportedly followed a "domestic situation." After learning that the brown Nissan SUV involved in the incident was registered in North Andover, Distefano was located and placed under arrest shortly …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The device was donated by the Massachusetts Animal Coalition and Hopkinton Drug.
When pets run out of their homes in North Andover, it may be easier to get them back. Hopkinton Drug and the Massachusetts Animal Coalition have donated a microchip scanner to North Andover Animal Control Officer Amy McCarthy. “I am very grateful for the generosity of Hopkinton Drug and MAC," McCarthy said in a statement. "This will definitely help me do the important work I do." Microchips are tiny and have a registration number that can't be altered or removed. And since Oct. 31, Massachusetts animal control officers are required to scan stray animals for microchips. Once the chip is detected, the ACO can contact the microchip company and obtain the owner’s information. The donated scanners are able to read chips manufactured by other …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The New Jersey man hit several signs before crashing into another car, police said.
Police said a New Jersey man was under the influence of drugs when he crashed his SUV into another car on I-495 Sunday. Michael Smith, 22, of Wantage, N.J., was driving northbound on I-495 when his car struck multiple signs, police said. A state trooper tried to pull him over but he would not stop. Smith's truck eventually crashed into a sedan under the bridge at Exit 45. North Andover firefighters rushed to the scene. The driver of the sedan had minor injuries and was transported to Lawrence General Hospital. Smith was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of property damage. He is also charged with failing to stop for police.
Friday, August 24, 2012
The man was arraigned Friday morning.
A North Andover man was arrested Thursday night for allegedly threatening his wife with a gun. A woman reportedly called police at just before 10:30 p.m. and told them her husband had come home intoxicated and was threatening her with a gun. Police then rushed to the home on Adams Avenue. Christopher Nolan, 34, of 113 Adams Ave., was found at a neighbor's house and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a firearm without a license and assault on a household member. Nolan was held overnight and arraigned in Lawrence District Court Friday, held on without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Aug. 30.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The contract bumps up police pay a little bit.
The Board os Selectmen approved a contract with the North Andover police union Monday night. "I am very pleased with the cooepration between the union and town," Selectman Tracy Watson said. "We were able to ratify a contract that is mutually beneficial for both sides." The new contract, which was negotiated between Town Manager Andrew Maylor and the union, extends for three years and gives officers a 2.5 percent pay raise for this year (which ends next summer) and a 1.75 percent raise for each of the next two years. Also included in the contract was the ability for officers with 20 years or more on the department to buy back vacation time. In other Police Department news, it seems one of the cruisers has outlived its usefulness. Police …
Friday, August 3, 2012
By Melissa Gray
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Friday, August 3, 2012
The North Andover Police Department bid a fond farewell to one of its finest members. K9 Kyzer, veteran officer with 42 dog years of service, retired as his handler, Lieutenant Charles (Chuck) Gray, moved permanently to his new position as Division Commander of the Criminal Investigations Unit. Gray provisionally filled the position when Chief Paul Gallagher was promoted from it in August, 2011. Kyzer is certified to apprehend criminals, recover articles, conduct friendly searches and detect certain narcotics such as cocaine and heroin. He and Gray trained at the Boston Police K9 Academy under the mentorship of Troy Casey, head trainer. Over the past six years, Kyzer has served the department and surrounding communities well. He’s done it …
Local police keep child safety on their priority list.
Next week, thousands will gather at North Andover Middle School for National Night Out, to celebrate public safety. Much of that public safety effort has focused on children. With child abductions -- and worse -- in the news and online predators a threat in today's hyper-connected world, the North Andover Police are taking an aggressive proactive approach to preventing harm to local children. Recently, the department held a poster-making contest in which local kids designed posters about Internet safety for kids. Online predators have increasingly become a danger to more kids in recent years, with more and more kids getting smart phones and other types of access to the Internet. "Our School Resource Officer every year has classroom safety …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Here is your 2011 crime stats breakdown.
Next week, thousands are expected to gather at North Andover Middle School to celebrate National Night Out and acknowledge police and public safety in town. And it seems North Andover Police had a busy year last year. According to the Annual Town Report, police made 396 arrests in 2011. They also issued 286 summonses and 67 warrants for arrest and took people into protective custody 19 times. Here are a few of the highlights: Police also issued 2,953 citations in 2011. That includes 758 for speeding, 642 for inspection stickers and 448 for red light violations. Police Chief Paul Gallagher joined us recently for a live chat in which he emphasized traffic safety and community involvement in keeping the community safe. "... I would like to …