For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Burlington Police Department Announces Success of Holiday Handicap Parking Enforcement Program
Proactive Campaign Meant to Prevent Misuse of Disabled Parking Spaces During Holiday Shopping Rush
BURLINGTON — Police Chief Michael R. Kent is pleased to announce that the Burlington Police Department is in the final stages of an enforcement program meant to ensure that the disabled are able to properly access designated parking spaces during the holiday shopping and travel times.
Chief Kent assigned two officers per day for 10 days immediately before and after Christmas to enforce Disabled Parking laws throughout Burlington, including at the town’s busiest shopping centers and the Burlington Mall.
Operation Access saw the Burlington Police Department issue 154 Disabled Parking Violation Tickets and 15 tickets for the misuse of a Disabled Parking Placard by a person not named on the placard.
“Disabled Parking spaces exist to provide those with limited mobility a fair and equitable opportunity to shop, dine, and enjoy all that Burlington has to offer. It is not meant to provide a close parking spot to someone who doesn’t feel like walking a few extra yards,” Chief Kent said. “I am very pleased with these results and proud of men and women the Burlington Police Department for adopting this program over the holiday season.”
The Operation Access program was headed by Sergeant Gerard McDonough in the police department, in cooperation with the Burlington Disability Access Commission.
“It is disappointing that this pilot program was such a success, because it means a lot of people are violating the law,” said Bob Hogan, Chair of the Burlington Board of Selectmen. “Abuse of Disabled Parking Spaces is wrong, and it goes against the very spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed to ensure that the disabled have the same access to programs, services, stores, and restaurants as everyone else.”
The 169 total tickets issued represents a nearly 60 percent increase in December full-month Disabled Parking Space Violation tickets in just 10 days. Over the last two years, the Burlington Police Department issued an average of 100 such tickets each December.
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For Immediate Release
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627 or 781-533-9398
Burlington and Bedford Police Arrest Man After Pursuit With Stolen Motor Vehicle
BEDFORD — Burlington Police Chief Michael R. Kent and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno report that a man has been arrested after he led police on a pursuit with a stolen vehicle through the two communities.
WILLIAM MATTHEW TIGHE, AGE 29, OF TEWKSBURY, was arrested and charged with:
- Receiving Stolen Property (Motor Vehicle)
- Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License
- Failure to Stop for Police
- Use of a Motor Vehicle without Authority
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Motor Vehicle)
- Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Speeding, Marked Lanes Violation, and Fail to Stop for Signal
At 10:07 a.m., a member of the Burlington Police Department was patrolling the area of Winn Street near Cambridge Street when he observed a red Honda Civic travelling westbound on Winn Street. The officer followed the vehicle Southbound on Cambridge Street (Rt. 3A.) A check of the motor vehicle’s registration revealed that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the morning out of Lowell.
Burlington Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Cambridge Street near the intersection of the Burlington Mall Road. As two officers approached the suspect vehicle, the operator put the vehicle in reverse, drove over a sidewalk striking the curb causing the right front tire to blow out. The vehicle then subsequently sped off onto Rt. 128 Southbound.
Two additional marked Burlington Police cruisers proceeded after the vehicle in an attempt to stop it. The vehicle was able to exit Rt. 128 South and proceed onto Rt. 3 North. At this point, the vehicle’s speeds had slowed down, but the driver refused to stop.
The vehicle entered Bedford and continued on Burlington Road back toward the Burlington line before striking a Burlington Police cruiser.
Members of the Bedford Police Department responded to assist. TIGHE was arrested and then complained of minor injuries. He was transported by the Bedford Fire Department to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington and released later this afternoon.
TIGHE allegedly stole the vehicle out of Lowell. He also had outstanding arrest warrants stemming from previous incidents involving the Tewksbury and Billerica Police Departments.
The investigation is a joint effort between the Burlington Police Department and the Bedford Police Department.
“This was an outstanding effort by Burlington and Bedford police officers to carefully pursue and capture a fleeing felon without any innocent people getting harmed,” Chief Kent said. “I am very proud of the hard work put in today.”
“What we saw today was another example of the unprecedented level of cooperation and teamwork that exists among municipal police departments in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” Chief Bongiorno said. “Our officers worked together expertly and took a wanted felon off the streets.”
Additional Charges may be pending based upon the completion of the investigation.
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Burlington Police Seek Help in Identifying Medallion from 1975 Cold Case:
Burlington Police recently sought assistance from The Poughkeepsie Journal, in Poughkeepsie, NY in order to identify a Medallion found in 1975 Homicide Case. This case has yet to be solved and are seeking any assistance in identifying the medallion.
If you have any information please contact Lt. Glen Mills via phone: 781-272-1212 address: Burlington Police Department Attn: Lt. Glen Mills 45 Center St. Burlington, MA 01803 or Fax: 781-270-1920.
You can view the article online: The Poughkeepsie Journal
You can view the Press Release: Unsolved 1975 Homicide