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Police: Property violates junk car bylaws

Citations, non-compliance may lead to legal action

Shepard Road residents aren’t happy with David Pelletier’s decision to store abandoned vehicles and other items on his property. Police cited him multiple times for violating a town bylaw, but he has ignored those citations as well as orders from the Board of Health. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
August 01, 2012
STURBRIDGE — Despite receiving multiple warnings and citations from police for violating town bylaws, a Shepard Road resident has made no efforts to remove abandoned motor vehicles from his property.

David Pelletier's 181 Shepard Road property has been the subject of many resident complaints to the Board of Health and the police over the last three months. The property is filled with an array of items stored under tarps and at least four abandoned vehicles – including two campers – that violate town bylaw 3.02.

According to Sgt. Kevin Mercier, of the Sturbridge Police Department, officers hand-delivered a copy of the town bylaw to Pelletier on May 30 in an effort to induce voluntary compliance. On June 4, a follow-up letter was sent to Pelletier after police observed that his property was still in violation of the bylaw. The letter included a written warning that outlined the violations.

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