The DPW Director has ordered the blue parking ban lights be turned on at Noon on February 12, 2019. We are expecting a moderate snow storm that will impact the area during the evening commute tomorrow. In an abundance of caution, we are issuing a ban to start at 12pm. Please plan ahead and have your vehicles removed so the DPW can clear streets and sidewalks.
MANCHESTER BY-THE-SEA — Chief Edward Conley reports that a Manchester Police Officer has resigned after the conclusion of an internal affairs investigation into the sale of a private firearm that was taken from the police department’s storage.
Howard Lewis was appointed a reserve officer in 2008 and a full-time officer in June 2010. He had been assigned to the 12-8 a.m. shift and served as the department’s primary firearms instructor when he was placed on Administrative leave on Dec. 15.
On Nov. 19, 2018, a Manchester-by-the Sea resident came to the police station to retrieve a firearm, a vintage German Luger, that had belonged to his father, which had been take for safekeeping by the police department at the request of the owner’s wife in 2014. However, no such firearm could be located at the police station.
A department-wide email was sent inquiring about the missing Luger, and an internal investigation was launched.
The investigation determined that Lewis sold the firearm through a licensed firearms dealer in Gloucester and received a check for $650. Faced with the evidence of the investigation, Lewis resigned from the department.
The Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department has reimbursed the family for the loss of their firearm and formally apologized to them.
“In this instance, an officer circumvented the department’s evidence system by failing to report that he was in possession of private property and then selling that property for his own gain,” Chief Conley said. “This action violated the public trust and violated the very mission of the Manchester Police Department, and I am satisfied with the outcome. I again extend my sincere apology to the family who was affected by these actions.”
The Essex District Attorney’s Office was consulted on this investigation.
Chief Conley, who was appointed in October 2016, also reports that there are no indications that any other firearms, evidence or other property is missing from the department.
The state 911 system is currently experiencing intermittent interruption of service related to problems with a nationwide internet service provider. This is a national problem also impacting most of Massachusetts, including here in Manchester-by-the-Sea.
As a result, residents are temporarily urged contact the police or fire department for assistance by dialing 978-526-1212
Motorists or those on state property/highways needing State Police assistance can also call the Massachusetts State Police Newbury Barracks at 978-462-7478 or the Danvers Barracks at 978-538-6161 or any of the following State Police emergency call centers:
- Shelburne Control PSAP 413-625-8200
- New Braintree Control PSAP 508-867-1170
- Northampton Control PSAP 413-586-1508
- Framingham PSAP 508-820-2121.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
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Yesterday was the last day for Endicott College Intern Evan Mercier after a semester with us. Evan proved to be a well rounded, educated, and motivated young man during his time here. He played a vital role in preparing us for Accreditation and also with our Property Room management. Evan, we wish you the best, and thank you to Endicott College.
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