News Nearby: Naked Man, Cemetery Thefts, Couple Killed

These stories have made headlines this week in towns close to Tewksbury.


Anyone driving through the town center knows that traffic can be particularly difficult, especially during peak hours, but recently that traffic has spilled off onto Billerica Road with a police detail limiting portions of the road to only one lane.

One Chelmsford Patch reader e-mailed us asking what was going on, and we found out what folks living in the area found out in the mail.


James and JoAnn Eckels, 82 and 72, were the type of couple that didn't let age define them and stayed active until the end, according to an article in the Eagle Tribune. The Andover couple died this past Friday in a car accident on Route 125. 

Daughter Marcella Eckels commented about her mother in the article.


After receiving calls on a regular basis from residents who have allegedly had items taken from their loved ones’ grave sites, police have set up cameras in Wildwood Cemetery on multiple occasions with no luck.

But during their latest surveillence efforts, officers lucked out with images of two separate incidents of graveyard theft. Now, Detective Pat Nally wants the community’s help in identifying the parties involved.

“It’s all the principle of the thing,” said Nally. “Whether it’s something worth $2 or something worth $50, these people are putting things out in memory of a loved one. Regardless of the money it’s a personal attack to everyone it happens to.”

North Reading


 obtained an arrest warrant for David Sanchez, 36, of 20 Chestnut St. on the charge of a subsequent offense of distribution of Heroin. The arrest warrant, issued by the Woburn District Court, was the result of an investigation into the distribution of Heroin within North Reading, police said.


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