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Geox Helps To Track Down Suspect; Phony Prescription Foiled

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

Chalk it up as another successful assignment for the quadriped cop.

K9 Geox helped officers track down a fleeing suspect during a search on Wednesday, Sept. 12

The incident began when an officer was investigating a person acting suspiciously on Woburn St.  near the Salter School. According to Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, that person was identified as Jason Fidalgo, 25, of 27 Bernier St., Lowell.

After identifying Fidalgo, officers learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. When he heard he had an outstanding warrant, Fidalgo allegedly took off on foot across Woburn Street near Pete's Variety Store and into the nearby neighborhood.

Officers, including Geox and his handler, established a perimeter and took up the search. Geox tracked Fidalgo to Highland Avenue, where he was located and placed under arrest.

Lowell man nabbed trying to pass false prescription

The sharp eye of a local pharmacist successfully spotted a phony prescription a Lowell man was attempting to have filled.

Paul G. Siopes, 410, 230 Mt. Hope, Lowell, handed in a prescription at the The pharmacist noticed something fishy about the prescription and called the office of the doctor who had supposedly written it. The doctor confirmed the prescription was a forgery and the pharmacist immediately called the Police Department.

Officers responded to the scene and arrested Siopes. He is charged with uttering a false prescription and attempting to obtain a prescription by fraud.

Arrests:

Mark L. Walker, 35, homeless, was arrested on Sept. 15 on a warrant.

James W. Devine, 23, 15 Littlefield Ave., Tewksbury, was arrested on Sept. 11 on a warrant.

Steve J. Escott, 47, 190 Moody St., Waltham, Mass., was arrested on Sept. 11 on a warrant.

Additional Incidents:

A woman called police on Friday, Sept. 14 and said that her son had been down at the Livingston Street Recreation Area. While there, she said he had been bullied, offered drugs, had witnessed a fight and had watched another child's bike and shoes be taken and thrown into the woods. An officer spoke with the woman.

The Chief of the Railroad Police called at 9:18 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 and reported that a small truck had been abandoned along the railroad tracks near the Market Basket headquarters. A tow truck was dispatched to remove the truck and the owner was notified.

On Thursday, Sept. 13 at 4:12 p.m., a Patrick Road resident called police and reported that their Jack Russell Terrier had been bitten by a German Shepherd and that the owner of the German Shepherd was refusing to pay for the Jack Russell's medical bills. Animal control was notified of the situation.

On Thursday, Sept. 13 at 4:35 p.m., a woman called police and said she had been bitten by a dog in the Lake Street area. No charges were filed by officers spoke with all parties.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com

Mike September 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Free Jason Fidalgo! He's a great man and didn't deserve to be arrested
Tom Warren September 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Mike - Whomever you are. Your sadly mistaken. I found this kid in my back yard at 6:15 A.M a couple months back. I can't prove he was trying to break in (That would have been a really bad idea) but I did find him suspiciously trying to peak in. He said he was "walking to work" and was being chased and was hiding. Considering I've seen him driving and Audi A4 & and Audi S4 I find this story hard to believe. I can tell you that my house is armed and my Sheriff and Police neighbors are as well. Not something he should get in the habit of doing if he doesn't want to find himself on wrong side on that situation. We have children and anyone found creeping around our property at odd hours will be treated as hostile. We will be keeping our eyes peeled.
Melissa Gleaton September 17, 2012 at 06:19 PM
"Chief of the Railroad Police" - huh? o.O
Mike September 17, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Hmm didnt know that i will keep a lookout for him. I heard it over the police scanner when he ran from the cops and I was shocked that he thought he could get away. Thought he was a good kid but I guess not. He better get his life on track and stay away from your neighborhood
Steevo September 18, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Yeah I was wondering the same. Heap Big Chief?

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