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Westford Police Provide Advice On Procedure Regarding Firearms Of Deceased Family Member


The following came from the Westford Police Records Department. Anyone accused of a crime is considered innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.

April 12, 12:27 p.m. – In the lobby of the Westford Police station, an individual asked for advice on some firearms left behind by a father who recently passed away.

The firearms are secure, but the family had no use for them according to the individual. No one in the family had a license to possess firearms.

Police informed the individual that they would gladly dispose of the firearms at the individual’s convenience.

April 13, 10:24 p.m. – A resident in an apartment complex on Tadmuck Road called police alleging that one of her neighbors was smoking, advising that smoking inside was now against the rules of the complex.

Upon arrival, the resident reported smoke in the hallway near her apartment. The resident believed the rule went into effect on April 1, but was unsure and could not provide a copy of the rules.

The resident was advised to contact the apartment housing authority regarding the incident. The officer indicated that he could not find smoke near the apartment.

April 14, 7:15 p.m. – An officer was dispatched to West Street after reports of a car crashing into the woods with two children inside.

Upon arrival, the officer spotted four males on the side of the road and the vehicle was now unoccupied.

The car skid from the Groton border to its resting location 20 feet into the woods, skidding across lanes and narrowly avoiding a telephone pole.

The driver of the car believed he hit a patch of sand and noted he was driving approximately 40 miles per hour.

Additional discussion with onlookers and other occupants of the car provided a similar story.

The driver was issued an unspecified citation and the car was towed.

April 16, 5:20 p.m. – A resident living near Hillside Avenue called police after spotting a dog running around the area without a leash.

The recent said she had seen the dog without a leash several times since December 2015 and indicated that it belonged to a particular neighbor nearby.

Officers talked to the neighbor, who was advised that it was against local bylaws to allow a dog off property without a leash.

The neighbor understood and was unaware of the bylaw, noting that he kept the dog in eyesight when it went beyond the front yard.

Officers notified the neighbor that town’s bylaw enforcement officer would be notified. No further action was taken.