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Police Log: Main Street Billboards Crash to Ground

Two billboards on Main Street shortly before they collapsed on Thursday, April 10. Photo credit: Jim Pothier.
Two billboards on Main Street shortly before they collapsed on Thursday, April 10. Photo credit: Jim Pothier.

Monday, April 7

At 7:08 a.m., police arrested Richard J. Madison, 47, 352 Main St., Apt. 2, Tewksbury, and charged him with operating a motor vehicle with an expired license. Police made the arrest during a traffic stop on Main Street.

 

Tuesday, April 8

At 9:17 a.m., police received a call about a man going onto people’s property on trash day and collecting cans in the Turner Drive area. Police advised the man not to go onto people’s property to take the cans, but he could take them if the residents left them for recycling at the curb.

At 12:03 p.m., police received a call from a person who left his cell phone and wallet in a Walmart bathroom. The items were gone when he returned to get them. Police took a report.

At 5:46 p.m., police cited a driver for texting while driving at Park and Chestnut streets.

 

Wednesday, April 9

At 6:12 a.m., police responded to Park Street after a driver struck a mailbox and damaged a lawn. The vehicle was towed.

At 9:58 a.m., police arrested Raul A. Parra, 39, 18 Indiana Ave., Somerville, and charged him with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Police made the arrest during a traffic stop at Lowell and Abbott roads.

At 11:28 a.m., a Fieldcrest Terrace resident reported finding razor blades in his driveway.

At 2:25 p.m., a Pleasant Street resident reported vandalism. Police took a report.

At 7:52 p.m., a Macintyre Drive resident reported striking a deer in her driveway. The deer left the area.

 

Thursday, April 10

At 4:01 a.m., a Freedom Drive resident reported toilet paper in trees and on a house.

At 1:48 p.m., police arrested Alexander V. Cerqueira, 22, 3 Oak Knoll Ave., North Reading, and charged him with operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and failing to stop at a red light. Police made the arrest during a traffic stop on Main Street.

At 6:52 p.m., a Patley Road resident reported hearing a loud crash near Main Street. Police found that the billboards near Francis Street collapsed and were resting on power lines. RMLD responded to the scene to secure the wires and the billboard company was notified.

njchase1 April 15, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Re: the billboards crashing on Main St. I drove past the billboards after they collapsed. Do you know which company was responsible for maintaining these billboards and why their condition was allowed to deteriorate to this point?
Eileen M. April 15, 2014 at 03:28 PM
All of 28 has been allowed to deteriorate. Maybe that nasty garage across from Walgreens will collapse next.
KP April 16, 2014 at 05:23 AM
It was obvious it was going to fall yet nothing was done about it.
Joe Veno April 16, 2014 at 06:17 AM
That is good news they looked like crap anyways.

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