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Nashoba Valley Tech Student Admits Possession of Marijuana at School

The following information was supplied by the Westford Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following are entries from the Westford Police log for April 16 and 17.

The Westford Police Log is available to the public at the  station on Main Street, with earlier logs available online at www.westfordma.gov

Additional information is available in certain cases from the Westford Police Records Department for a nominal fee, but not in any case involving an arrest.

Any instances where streets are mentioned without addresses shall be placed on the map as occurring on the first address on that street for geographical convenience unless otherwise stated even though the incident may have happened somewhere else on the street.

Monday, April 16

2:03 p.m. – Steven Tsaitsios, 48, 38 Brookside St. in Dracut, was arrested during a motor vehicle stop at the corner of Beaver Brook Road and Woodland Drive.

Tsaitsios has been charged with alleged operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, miscellaneous motor vehicle violations and outstanding warrants for arrests not specified on the log.

Tuesday, April 17

8:02 a.m. – Thomas Cormier, 46, 266 Salem Rd. #B in Billerica, was arrested at the corner of Granitville and Cold Spring Road during a motor vehicle stop for allegedly failing to appear for a court appearance on a charge not specified on the log.

Follow Up

April 6, 6:27 p.m. – An officer was dispatched to talk with a woman on Jennie Richards Road who called the police after a man was seen speeding down the street on his dirt bike.

She was concerned due to the fact that her children were playing in the street. She stepped into the street, asking the man to slow down, but according to the report, he replied by saying “get out of the way!”

According to the woman, the rider was wearing a helmet with a dark colored sweatshirt, was heavy set, and she believed she knew the individual personally, citing he lived on Old Lowell Road.

While the officer was talking to the woman, three other parties on dirt bikes were spotted on Jennie Richards Road heading onto Old Lowell Road, and the officer left in attempt to make contact with them, hoping they could find out more information on the rider.

The officer couldn’t find the bikers and went to the address of the alleged speeder. That man said his children owned small motorized bikes, but both of them were currently inoperable, which the officer was able to confirm.

April 13, 12:25 p.m. – Westford Police were dispatched to for reports of a student in possession of marijuana.

A Nashoba Valley Tech staff member confronted the suspected student, who immediately confessed to possession of a marijuana baggie within an empty cigarette pack.

The officer on the scene was able to confirm that the substance within the baggie was marijuana after opening the bag and smelling the contents.

During the interrogation, the student’s mother arrived, and they notified the mother about the potential consequences of marijuana possession within a school before issuing a citation to the student.

Police Reports indicate the student was fined $100 for a violation of Chapter 124 of the Westford General Bylaws: public use and consumption of less than an ounce of marijuana.

For questions about the log, please e-mail the editor at andrew.sylvia@patch.com

George April 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Is a fine the only punishment this student will get? Under Westford Academy's "zero tolerance" policy, this student would have been 'excluded'. Unable to attend school or school events for the balance of the school year. Seems like there should be some type of standard policy across high schools in the area. A fine vs. being excluded---hmmm? and isn't there some type of 'drugs in a school zone' that doubles the standard fines?
Andrew Sylvia April 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
George, I can check with Superintendent Klimkiewicz and Principal Pidgeon for a stand alone follow up on Nashoba Tech's policies, I am sorry to say I can't offer much clarity there at this moment. No information within the Police Report made mention of Nashoba policies, only public laws.

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