Milford Man Charged with Misleading Police, Failing to Surrender Gun

Mark A. Macrae, a Milford resident and dog trainer, faces charges in Milford District Court of misleading police about the location of his firearm, which police ordered turned in after suspending his license.

A Milford man who was ordered by police to surrender his firearm, ammunition and license has been charged with misleading officers about the location of the weapon.

Mark A. Macrae, 44, a dog trainer, was arrested at noon Tuesday on a warrant for failure to surrender a firearm, failure to report a lost or transferred firearm, misleading a police officer, and intimidating a witness. He was arraigned on the charges Thursday at released on $300 cash bail, and is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 6, according to court records.

Macrae was arrested Tuesday after a caller told police a dog had been in a van, on Alfred Road, for five hours. The dog was turned over to Milford animal control. According to the police narrative, officers seized "crack pipes and other items" from the van.

According to a police statement, Milford Police detectives Jason Ball and Antonio Carneiro and a patrol officer went on June 4 to Macrae's home and business address, at 5 Grant St., to seize his license to carry, all firearms and ammunition. Ball had recommended a suspension of the license based on "narcotic use" and Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin agreed, according to the court record.

Balll wrote that when they arrived at the house, Macrae told them his firearm and ammunition were at his "other house." On questioning, he said the firearm was at his father's house in Maine, but could not say where the house was, only that it "was near some skiing place, in the middle of nowhere." He later provided a phone number to police.

When Ball called the father, he reported he was "very curt and non-cooperative." He said he wanted to speak to his son first and would call back. Ball reported he made numerous attempts to contact the father, who was not answering the phone.

On June 13, Ball said he tried to follow up with Macrae. He made multiple trips to Grant Street, but made no contact. While enroute to court, he spotted his van outside police headquarters, and asked the dispatcher to have Macrae wait. Five minutes later, Ball said he returned and Macrae had left. He called him on his cell phone.

Ball's statement filed in court: "I identified myself as Detective Ball and asked him if he had his firearm from Maine, yet. [He] stated, "I don't know where it is. I thought it was in Maine but I drove all over and I thought it was in my other place in New Hampshire. ... I haven't seen it in six weeks. It could be in Maine still, but I can't find it." When Ball asked Macrae who brought the gun to Maine or New Hampshire, he responded "a friend."

"I then asked, 'does this friend have a name?' Macrae stated, "That's irrelevant."

Ball wrote that he then ordered Macrae to turn in the weapon or he would be charged. Macrae told the detective the gun "was never in Maine or New Hampshire" and said he had not seen it in six weeks, and last saw it in his van.

Ball said he told Macrae he was required to report the weapon as lost or stolen.

Ball filed a criminal application in court, seeking the arrest warrant, June 14.

"The Milford Police Department gave ample time for Macrae to surrender his firearm and has not done such. Finally, Macrae ... admits not knowing where his firearm is and 'has not seen it in six weeks' and not following the law in reporting it to law enforcement."

Ball stated he thought the firearm had been traded or exchanged by Macrae. "This officer believes the firearm is in the possession of a person that is not suited to possess a firearm."

Danielle Lizotte June 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
There is no doubt that all people whose lives have been taken over by addiction are complete people. There are good and bad sides to them, and their families suffer from their actions. Does that mean the public doesn't have the right to know when someone in their community is arrested for breaking its laws? None of the people protesting the publication of this article protest the many other arrests that are published in the news. And now not only have this man's actions hurt his family, he has now wasted police resources (taxpayer money) by not being forthcoming about the whereabouts of his firearm as they followed up on his evasive answers. Now that he has had this public exposure I really hope that Mr. Macreae is inspired to get the help he needs. It sounds like he has done a lot of good and has a gift for working with people and animals. I think it is fine to post supportive statements for him, but to attack the press for reporting arrests is not how our democratic society should work.
Quack June 24, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The only person with any responsibility here is Mr. Macrae himself. His actions prompted the police to act as they did. His actions promoted the unbiased reporting of the police log. No one has it out for Macrae, just law abiding citizens who have the luck to be his neighbors. Maybe Mr. Macrae can go hang out with the Roosta on Emmons St.
Cooldude1990 June 24, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Danielle Lizotte Yes people should and do have the right to know when someone is arrested and yes many others if not all arrests are published on patch but for Mary MacDonald to go out and wright a hole article about the incident is pushing it a little too far. This incident should have been posted in the police log and that’s it. I don’t see Mary righting an article on every single police log describing their personal life.
Babs01757 June 24, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Why is Mary suddenly the bad one for doing her job...reporting the news? This is hardly the first time a story has been written about something in the police blog. It seems to me the if Mr. Macrae been truthful and honest with the MPD it would not have gotten to this point. It seems like he was a good person that got himself caught up in a bad situation. However, now there is a gun that is unaccounted for and likely has fallen into the wrong hands. I do not know anyone involved in this but the story written seemed unbiased to me. Mary just reported the facts. For those that know, care and support Mr. Macrae why don't you turn some of your anger and frustration into a positive direction and provide the support that I'm sure his family is going to need to get through this difficult time. I will keep and his family in my prayers.
Quack June 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Don't break the law and compound the offense with lies. Travel the straight path and remain a "private citizen!." I want Mary to highlight neighborhood threats and DRUGS!
Em June 24, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Mary, you are extreamly pathetic. Not only did you NOT have to write this article bashing this man, you also put his family in danger. Everyone has access to this. Do you understand how cruel kids can be these days? It's sad. And this situation isn't really anyone else's business but the families. Let someone dig up something on you and see how it goes, because apparently you must be Little Ms. Perfect...
Em June 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Mary, you may be "doing your job" but shame on you. Mark is a wonderful father, man. Yes it is sad that this has happened to him. A bad situation has already been stirred up and you posting an article has made things ten times worse. You had put his family in danger. How would you feel if your husband and children had to go through this, you would not want your buisness posted where EVERYONE can see it. Being a little more private on this article would have been nice. I love my family and we stick together.
Danielle Lizotte June 25, 2012 at 12:43 AM
So how should it be decided Cooldude, which arrest situation gets reported on?
Myd Nevins June 25, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Ok.. Em. please explain how the family is now in danger. I really want to hear this. One interesting thing is that Macrae was charged with intimidating a witness.. and now look how his friends and family are treating someone who simply reports it. Its almost amusing that if it weren't for the rage exhibited by the family here, I'm guessing this article would have just been forgotten in a day. You all are bringing the additional attention to him. Not Mary. If anyone should feel ashamed its the loons that are bashing Mary.
Quack June 25, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Okay Mary bashers...Where do you come from? This not normal behavior. The good guys I know don't have drug paraphernalia in their cars. Are you so naive to really think this is a good guy?
Em June 25, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Myd.. do you know this man? Do you know his life story?? The family is already having bullying issues because this was made public. Did you know that bullying is a serious offence in which you can be arrested for???? Because it is. So now his children face that danger. And quack, i do not reside in milford. So i dont really get much news from there. But when my family is hurting, i step in and defend/support them. Take the time to think. If this was your family, would you want this broadcasted? Everyone knowing YOUR business? Or do you prefer privacy? You people are so narrow minded it amazes me. And the cop is ASSUMING the firearm os in the wrong hands... ever hear the saying, "assuming makes an a** out of you and me"? Plus none of you know facts or details. This is all from someone who didnt consider the repercussions of her actions. But go figure.... the media not getting their facts straigh..haha
Babs01757 June 25, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Mary has written many articles about people that have violated the law. A few of the most recent ones being the guys that vandalized MHS by tearing up the new turf field, Roxy the dog and her owner had several articles written about them and so did the Sciolis's assault, there were the 2 people that assaulted a woman by kicking, punching and assaulting her with granite tile, the manslaughter conviction that was over turned for the mom that threw her baby in the trash, the guy that pointed a handgun at someone outside the RMV and there are many, many others. The people bashing Mary must not read the Patch on a regular basis. Get over it. Mr. Macrae created this situation by having drug paraphernalia in his van and by not cooperating with MPD. I feel bad for his family because they may be innocent victims in this. As a parent you have a responsibility to be a role model to your children. He messed up but he can get the help that he needs and turn this around for his children. And as someone else said, if people would stop bashing Mary for doing her job then this would not have received so much attention.
Frank June 25, 2012 at 04:19 AM
I wouldn't have given this story a second thought if it weren't for all the angry posts blaming the reporter. Now, I can't possibly forget this guy's name or alleged behaviors.
Myd Nevins June 25, 2012 at 09:58 AM
The way I see it, if the gun is in the possession of someone other than the registered owner, its in the wrong hands. That's not assuming by police. Thats the law. Seriously. I doubt the family is in any harm. Actually, maybe it is. Not by fault of Mary though. By fault of its own. But because so far, all it seems to do is provoke fights where there should be none. I see more bullying on the part of the "family" than by the general public. I'm still not sure how you aren't understanding how the media works. Mary is taking info directly from the police report. She's not making things up. She is writing what is legally public record. If you want to get all pissed off about what you think aren't facts, why aren't you calling the the police about what they write in their reports? I actually know why. Its because you consider Mary an easier target.
Myd Nevins June 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Ok Em, if you want to get the facts straight in public eye, why don't you and the rest of the family tell us specifically where the gun is? You seem to be implying you know the truth about the incident.
Andie June 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM
It seems the family is bitter and they should be. But they shouldn't be mad at a person who is just doing her job the way she's always done it. Factual and informative. The family needs to take some of that negative energy and apply it to Mark to get any help he needs. Actually I would of never remembered his name if it wasn't for Marks family and friends comments on here bashing Mary. Their the ones making it a big deal. They should of just kept quiet. Pretty much like he's doing with the where abouts of his gun.
John Tehan June 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Wow. I'm truly amazed at the attitude of the Macrae family and their supporters. Shame on Mary? Shame on all of you - Mary has done nothing wrong. Last time I checked, Milford was in a country with a free, unfettered press. It's lamentable that Mark has had some problems, and now his family has to face the consequences, but Mary and Milford Patch have done nothing wrong. In fact, Mary has done everything right, by reporting what is clearly a public safety issue in the news category Public Safety! To the Macraes and their supporters - you're all concerned about bullying, so you respond by bullying the reporter? Mark is charged with intimidating a witness, and you respond by intimidating a reporter? Please get Mark the help he so clearly needs, and think about changing your collective attitudes. Or don't - and maybe we'll see more of you in the police blotter or the Public Safety news...
Alexis MacRae June 25, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Em, don't worry about it. Most of the people aren't part of our family, but the only reason our family is upset by it is because if bits of information that aren't very relevant to the story. We know he is going to be reported about online and in the paper but there are parts that don't necessarily need to be in there and unless people know the whole story they won't understand why that information could be potentially dangerous, I have four younger sisters besides myself that need to get through this as well. Thank you for the support and keeping my dad in your prayers.
Em June 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
You all state we are "intimidating" mary. Look up the definition. And if you feel we are "intimidating" mary, look at your posts... are you not doing the same? Clearly you all are perfect :) have a good day!
Ed Bertorelli June 25, 2012 at 03:16 PM
A little background helps if people are willing to LISTEN. Massachusetts has some of the most strict and severe guns laws in the U.S. These laws affect how local police departments must handle firearms issues. Missing firearms and ammo are serious violations in Mass. and the police are obliged to investigate and secure the weapons. When you add another 'issue' into the mix like drugs, booze or domestic violence-the police are obligated to intervene whenever these items are combined. This sounds like a very painful family situation right now and help should be provided . I commend the police and the persistence they exhibited.
MilfordMomof3 June 25, 2012 at 04:25 PM
A little background does nothing to change the fact that he broke the law. If it was my husband or family member, I would feel bad too and defend them. But that doesn't change the fact he brought this on himself and will have to live with the consequences from it. This reminds me of the story a while back with the drug dealer arrested on Dilla. His family rushed to comment what a great guy he was and how no one should judge. I am sorry, but I WILL judge people who bring drugs into the community my children are a part of. The same goes for someone who can't find his weapon. Follow the law and your family won't have to rush to defend you when caught.
skylar June 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Maybe communities should work harder on breaking down known "drug houses" in any town...how about going after the landlords who know they exist? I am sure there are a TON of neighbors with children who hate living in situations on the same street, where is their safe haven or rights? The problem out there is so much bigger than Marks. We are not dismissing what went on and he is dealing with the consequences, but Marks family should be able to heal and not have things so public such as his career, it was so well known in this area and it was their bread and butter...You have to remember there are innocent children involved who can read and a wife who is now alone raising them along with trying to keep it all together. Lets just be respectful....please.
abigail blackburn October 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I don't know if people are still reading comments here, but I am leaving one in the hopes potential clients who are reasearching dog trainers will take my thoughts into consideration. Mr. Macrae has been working with my dog now for two months and I am beyond pleased with the results. Of note, I am a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with people suffering from addictions. I have also worked within a correctional facility with violent offenders as well as on an outpatient basis with police officers. This is irrelevent except for the fact that I have experience with assessing people on both sides of the law and I am not personally invested in Mr. Macrae or his family, nor do I consider myself naive about issues relating to substance abuse. Within one 45 minute session, he had effected tremendous change in this dog's behavior, had her complete attention and taught me very quickly what I needed to be doing and thinking about when at home with her. She has improved tremendously under his tutelage and I am learning how to be patient and appropriate when relating to her. Twelve years ago Mr. Macrae trained my previous dog, who was refusing to void outside and was also incredibly stubborn. She stayed with him for 2 weeks and came back completely trained and housebroken. I see the same high quality, long lasting work with his current implementation as I saw twelve years ago. He is professional, warm and extremely thorough. Dr. Abigail Blackburn
Sue McEvoy October 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I agree with Dr. Blackburn's comments 100%. I have been taking my dogs to Mark for over 15 yrs. and would never even consider going to anyone else. He has helped me deal with many difficult issues throughout the years with the many dogs I have owned and I am so grateful to have him as my dog trainer. One of my dogs had aggressive tendencies that led other experts to tell us he should not have contact with people or he should be put down. Mark took him for 3 wks and with alot of hard work and determination he became a changed dog. Ten years later we still have him and he is the kindest, most gentle dog we could ever ask for. He never gave up on him and had the expertise to deal with his issues. I believe Mark truly has a gift as a dog trainer and I would never go to anyone else with any of my dogs. Anyone who knows me, knows my dogs are my life and I would only trust them with the best...that being said, Mark Macrae is the best and I will always be grateful that we found such a wonderful dog trainer that has been behind us for so many years and will continue to be there for us in the future! Sue McEvoy
Shaine November 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Mark MacRae is a Master dog trainer. I studied under him 5 years ago and was very impressed by him. If he made a mistake, live and learn, but abusing his name and business online is hateful sport. I repeat: Mark is a Master dog trainer. He will rebound. His community ought to embrace him once again.
Whitney November 13, 2012 at 11:25 PM
So sad to learn of this news. We have used Mark for over 16 years for training and other pet related services. He has nothing short of a great job and has allowed us to live very happily with 3 beloved dogs over the years, the first of which would without a doubt had to be put down without his help. She turned out to be a great dog who was quirky, but without his training she would have clearly gotten herself into trouble. He has always been our trusted "person" for any questions we have had over the years and truly does a wonderful job working with animals and educating their owners. He always hired good people and they openly thought the world of Mark. When observing him working with dogs, you could tell he loved his work and has a gift for it, we were amazed at what he could have them learn to do. We have oserved him on many occasions with his lovely German Shepards and he always took great pride in protecting them from harm...installed a stepup system into the car to protect their joints...also installed a auto temp sensor in the car that would automatically turn his car's A/C on if it got too hot and the dogs were inside of it without him. Hope that animal community responds with empathy/compassion and his business remains viable. His services have made many dogs and their owners very happy over the years. I LOVE my dogs and would still ask him for help if needed. Good Luck Mark and PDT.
Errin Chapin November 19, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I made the mistake of thinking I was dealing with the same man I bought a dog fence from ten years ago. He has yet to return my five hundred dollars for collars he sold me and failed to deliver. That contract was signed early September. Beware.
Carol Andrews March 14, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Erin; I too used him over 10 years ago and he did a good job with training my dog. I tried using him again in 2012 and had a totally different outcome. He took my dog for training and to fix my fence. He never fixed my fence and I still don't know what he did for my dog. All I ever got was missed appointments and never one lesson.
Alisha Brunetti August 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM
My question is why anyone is writing a full page write up on for a topic still under investigation, unless they have a specific grudge or reason to want to hurt this person. Last I remember one is innocent unless proven guilty. No incriminating evidence besides some crack pipes which may have been used for training purposes were found? I wouldn't go so far as to say that he didn't do anything wrong here, but this certainly does not warrant the level of attention it has received. Anyone with common sense and a little bit of decency should be able to see that, but this report makes it look an awful lot like Marc is some sort of druggie - criminal. So much for impartiality.
Myd Nevins August 28, 2013 at 12:57 PM
Aren't you the one now who is bringing attention to a long forgotten article?


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