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Police Log: Garbage Truck Dumps Load After Fire, Man With 13 Warrants Arrested

Sep 22, 2015 02:18PM ● By Bill Gilman

A garbage truck traveling south on Route 495 was forced to dump its entire load on the Exit 39 offramp after the truck caught on fire. Photo by Rich MacDonald.

Emergency responders usually don't make too much of a stink about a vehicle fire. But when the vehicle in question is a garbage truck, it's hard to avoid.
Such was the came on Saturday, when Dispatch received multiple 911 calls just before 5 p.m. reporting a garbage truck on fire in the southbound side of Route 495 near Exit 39.
Police and fire units converged on the scene. The truck driver dumped his entire load on the berm of the Exit 39 offramp. Engine 3 reported the fire was put out quickly.
No injuries were reported. State DPW was notified for cleanup.

Tewksbury Man With 13 Warrants Arrested
A Tewksbury man with more than a dozen outstanding warrants was arrested by police at his home Saturday morning.
James F. Berry, 31, 12 Highland View Road, was taken into custody just after 9:30 a.m.
According to Police Records, Barry had warrants for driving with a suspended license (four counts), assault and battery on a police officer, larceny over $250, possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class A substance, conspiracy to violate drug laws, failure to properly identify himself to a police officer, resisting arrest and disrupting a funeral procession.
He was arraigned in Lowell District Court.

Additional arrests:
  • Colby Charles Riddle, 27, 49 Saunders Circle, Tewksbury, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21 and charged with possession of a Class A drug, distribution of a Class A drug and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
  • Christine E. Wheaton, 22, 310 Trull Road #2, Tewksbury, was arrested on Monday, Sept. 21 and charged with assault and battery, possession of a class A substance, possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute.
  • Dararith Ok, 29, 79 Thissell Ave., Dracut, was arrested on Saturday, Sept. 19, and charged with OUI-liquor (2nd offense), negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Additional calls:
  • Sunday, Sept. 20, 12:16 p.m. -- A person came into Police Headquarters and reported a resident of Secor Way let his dogs roam loose. The caller said those dogs often chased people who were walking their dogs. The Billerica Animal Control Officer was notified and responded.


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