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Police Log: Panhandler Problems, Owner Of Lost Dog Sought

Aug 17, 2015 02:33PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Department.

Some residents have problems with the panhandlers that often are found begging at the entrance driveways near Wal-Mart and Home Depot. One particular man not only had a problem but was rather persistent and considered the issue to be a matter of the highest urgency.
On Sunday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m., Dispatch received a 911 call from a man reporting that a man who had arrived to panhandle at Wal-Mart had just pulled into a parking space in front of him. Further, he alleged the panhandler then assaulted him.
An officer was dispatched to the scene and spoke to both the caller and the panhandler and determined that, in fact, no assault had taken place.
A short time later, the same man called 911 once again. This time, he alleged the panhandler was parking illegally. Once again, an officer was sent to the scene and determined that there was no illegal parking.

  • Colby Charles Riddle, 27, 48 Saunders Circle, Tewksbury was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 13 and charged with possession of a Class A drug as well as an outstanding warrant.
  • Christine E. Wheaton, 22, 310 Trull Road, #2, Tewksbury, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 13 and charged with possession of a class A drug.
  • Elizabeth A. Donovan, 39, 311 Lowell St., Apt. 1303 Andover, was arrested on Monday, Aug. 17 and charged with three counts of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Additional Calls:
  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 5:45 p.m. -- A person called Dispatch and reported finding a stray dog wandering on Marshall Street. The caller said the dog was probably a mixed breed and weighed about 30 pounds, wearing a blue collar with green whales on it. The caller said he was going to take the dog home and perhaps to the Shawsheen Animal Hospital.
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 2:01 a.m. --  Police received a 911 call from a County Road resident reporting a 21-year-old intoxicated man who was throwing up. Emergency crews responded to the scene and the man was taken by ambulance to Winchester Hospital for treatment.
  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 9:40 p.m. -- Police received a 911 call from a Chandler Street resident reporting that his son had overdosed. Five offices and emergency crews responded to the scene and the victim was taken by ambulance to LGH Saints Campus for treatment.


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