Traffic Light Down

It was a little over a year ago that a Cadillac crashed and took out the front window of Danas Fruit & Confectionery at Gorham and Appleton streets.
Another car came darn close tonight following a two-car collision at the same intersection.

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A Subaru Outback and a Ford Mustang collided in the intersection a little before 8:30 p.m. The impact sent the Outback careening through a traffic light, which ended up on the car’s hood, and nearly into the store.
The front bumper of the car was about a foot from now-repaired window that was smashed in last year.

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At least three people were taken to the hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries, and there was a child in a car seat in the back of the Subaru.
No word on whether there are charges or anything because reports are still being written.

Stabbed In The Neck

A 29-year-old Lowell man was stabbed in the neck and a 26-year-old Lowell girl he was with suffered a cut to her hand when they were attacked by a man on Dublin Street near Adams Street this afternoon about 4:50 p.m.
Police were sent to the area after getting a 911 call about a man bleeding from the neck and a woman bleeding from the hand, and learned on the way that they may have been stabbed.

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Police immediately began searching for a Hispanic male, about 5’6, who wore a black hoodie and blue jeans. He was said to have run toward the North Common.
Both victims were both taken to Lowell General Hospital and both are expected to survive.
Once the victims were at the hospital and police got a chance to talk to them a bit more, they revealed that they knew their attacker, and detectives arrested that man about 6 p.m., after finding him at School and Pawtucket streets, just a few blocks from his house.

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Francisco Ramirez, 37, of 15 Marsh St., First Floor, in Lowell, was charged with armed assault with intent to murder (knife), and will be arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court.

Man Shot During Home Invasion

I’ve been working on a tight deadline since getting back from the scene of this incident tonight, so I’m just going to post my story and include some photos and a map link.
By Robert Mills
rmills@lowellsun.com
BILLERICA — Mike Tirone, of Billerica, was watching an action movie last night just as an armed home invasion down the street left an unidentified neighbor in critical condition with a gunshot wound.
Tirone, who lives with his wife and children on Upton Street in the Lakeside Mobile Home Park, said he noticed police lights outside about 7:30 p.m., but figured the cops had just pulled someone over.
His telephone rang.
Billerica Police were calling to tell Tirone and his neighbors to stay inside their homes. Police had tracked three suspects in an armed home invasion and shooting into his mobile home park.
Police said they were called to 45 Oak St., a white, split-level home just down the street from the mobile home park, at 7:12 p.m., for a report that a man was shot during a home invasion and robbery attempt made by three men who forced their way inside.

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This is a photo of 45 Oak Street that I found in the Billerica Assessor’s online database. Not sure how old it is.
The men fled on foot toward the mobile home park as a male resident of 45 Oak Street was left with two gunshot wounds from a shotgun, according to police radio broadcasts. That man was rushed to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where he was in critical condition late last night, police said.
A police canine unit was at the scene within about five minutes, and was later joined by at least two other canine units as police scoured the area for three white males in their 20’s, at least one of whom was armed.
As Tirone spoke with reporters, a state police helicopter circled overhead, using infrared cameras to scour trails, train tracks, power lines and roads in the area.
Police officers armed with semi-automatic rifles blocked off Oak Street and identified everyone who tried to pass down it.

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By 9 p.m., police had already checked surveillance video on a nearby business for evidence.
Tirone and another neighbor both said the area is typically quiet, and that they had never noticed trouble at 45 Oak St.
“It’s a tight-knit community when you’re in here,” Tirone said. “I’ve got three boys and my wife is at work, so I’m just hoping everything is okay.”
State Troopers from the ballistics and crime scene services units helped process the home for evidence as state police detectives attached to District Attorney Gerard Leone’s Office joined the investigation. Deputy Chief Daniel Doyle helped coordinate the investigation at the scene.
Police Chief Daniel Rosa soon arrived at the police station, releasing a brief statement about the shooting shortly before 10 p.m.
Tewksbury Police were at the scene within minutes since the incident occurred near the Tewksbury line, and Wilmington Police assisted as well.
Police radio broadcasts described the suspects as white males, 20 to 25 years old. The man with the shotgun wore a mask, stood about 6-feet tall and was skinny, according to radio broadcasts. The other two men were shorter, 5-feet, 5-inches to 5-feet, 6-inches tall. One wore a purple shirt and the other wore a red hoodie.
Police say the incident was not a random attack.
Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have information to call them at 978-667-1212.

Two Students Struck on VFW

City police were called to University Avenue and VFW Highway tonight for a report of a pedestrian accident with a male down, unconscious in the street at 9:14 p.m.
UMass-Lowell Police arrived soon after and actually found two people struck. An unidentified woman and a 24-year-old male, both students at the university, were struck by an outbound Nissan Maxima on VFW Highway.

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The woman suffered minor injuries, but the male had a fairly serious head wound. Medical crews did not think the injuries were life-threatening at the scene, but once the 24-year-old arrived at Lowell General Hospital officials there called for a MedFlight.
Latest update is that the 24-year-old was not flown out, though, and is now in critical condition at Lowell General Hospital. Hope he’s alright.
Police released the driver, an 18-year-old woman from Salem, N.H., and said she was not cited. Police said the man and the woman were crossing the street against a green light, while wearing dark clothing.
VFW Highway was closed while emergency crews treated the victims, causing a fairly lengthy traffic backup, but the road was reopened as soon as the victims were cared for.

110 MPH Without Any Headlights – At Night

State Police had a heck of a chase up Interstate 93 tonight that passed through Wilmington and Tewksbury before coming to a crashing stop in Andover, where a fairly intense search was brought to a close with help from the airwing.
I first started listening in as the chase came up the highway in Stoneham at about 85 mph.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said it began in Boston, where officers tried to stop a black Chevrolet Malibu that nearly struck several pedestrians.
A state trooper tried to stop the vehicle on 93 north in the tunnel, and before long the driver was fleeing at 100 mph, according to police radio broadcasts.
By the time he got to the area of Route 129 in Wilmington, the driver was going was going 110 mph with his headlights off, according to state police radio broadcasts.
A trooper near the Dascomb Road exit in Tewksbury flattened the car’s tires with stop sticks, and the car crashed as it tried to navigate an exit ramp at Route 133 in Andover.
Two passengers remained in the car, and were not arrested.
The air-wing arrived within minutes, and used an infrared camera to spot the suspect crawling through the woods near the ramp from Route 133 to 93 South. A trooper in the helicopter then guided a trooper on the ground to where the suspect was hiding.
The trooper who made the arrest found the suspect in waist-deep snow, and led him out of the woods, according to police radio broadcasts.
Procopio said the driver has been initially identified as Eduardo Rodriguez, 31, of Lawrence.
Rodriguez will be charged with operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and speeding.
UPDATE: Once Rodriguez was in custody, state police learned he was wanted on a warrant from Middlesex Superior Court charging him with armed home invasion. He was also wanted on a warrant from Woburn District Court charging him with threatening to commit a crime.
Procopio said Boston Police also plan to file charges in connection with this incident.

110 MPH Without Any Headlights – At Night

State Police had a heck of a chase up Interstate 93 tonight that passed through Wilmington and Tewksbury before coming to a crashing stop in Andover, where a fairly intense search was brought to a close with help from the airwing.
I first started listening in as the chase came up the highway in Stoneham at about 85 mph.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said it began in Boston, where officers tried to stop a black Chevrolet Malibu that nearly struck several pedestrians.
A state trooper tried to stop the vehicle on 93 north in the tunnel, and before long the driver was fleeing at 100 mph, according to police radio broadcasts.
By the time he got to the area of Route 129 in Wilmington, the driver was going was going 110 mph with his headlights off, according to state police radio broadcasts.
A trooper near the Dascomb Road exit in Tewksbury flattened the car’s tires with stop sticks, and the car crashed as it tried to navigate an exit ramp at Route 133 in Andover.
Two passengers remained in the car, and were not arrested.
The air-wing arrived within minutes, and used an infrared camera to spot the suspect crawling through the woods near the ramp from Route 133 to 93 South. A trooper in the helicopter then guided a trooper on the ground to where the suspect was hiding.
The trooper who made the arrest found the suspect in waist-deep snow, and led him out of the woods, according to police radio broadcasts.
Procopio said the driver has been initially identified as Eduardo Rodriguez, 31, of Lawrence.
Rodriguez will be charged with operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and speeding.
UPDATE: Once Rodriguez was in custody, state police learned he was wanted on a warrant from Middlesex Superior Court charging him with armed home invasion. He was also wanted on a warrant from Woburn District Court charging him with threatening to commit a crime.
Procopio said Boston Police also plan to file charges in connection with this incident.

Pregnant Girl Stabbed

Police were called to the Grip Project house at 319 Wilder Street today at 5:07 p.m., when a woman called 911 and said she had been stabbed.
Officers found the 17-year-old girl who is pictured below suffering from at least one stab wound that penetrated her lung, according to police radio broadcasts, which also indicated she is 3-months pregnant.

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She was rushed to the UMass-Lowell parking lot at Broadway and Pawtucket Streets where she was loaded into a MedFlight helicopter and flown to a Boston trauma center.
I have no updates on her condition or the condition of her baby.
About a block down the street, at 275 Wilder Street police found a 20-year-old woman with a stab wound to the hand.
She told police she had been pushed against a car in the driveway, pictured below, by several people and stabbed. She was taken to Lowell General Hospital.

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No word yet on arrests or any more information. Last I heard police were still trying to determine if both women were stabbed in the same place and what the whole story is.
Police are still searching for the attacker and the weapon used. Video shows crews working on the 17-year-old and Officer Brian Kinney searching for the knife that was used with his canine.
The Grip Project house has been controversial for years due to lots of police activity there, but neighbors told me it has been quiet lately. The only problems they were reported were lots of yelling sometimes.

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Neighbors universally agreed there have not been problems there lately, though. The house moved to Wilder Street several years ago after problems led to neighborhood pressure to move it from it’s former location on Varnum Avenue, near Mammoth Road.
A few years ago one of the residents at the house was charged with a homicide in Lowell.
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UPDATE: Detectives arrested Stephanie Gonzales, 20, of 275 Wilder Street about a half hour ago. She is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife). Bail has not yet been set. She’ll be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
She is the 20-year-old who was cut in the hand.
The victim and her child are both expected to survive. They’re stable at a hospital in Boston.
And police have confirmed the stabbing did not occur at the Grip Project. The victim, who is a resident there, just went there to call 911 after she was stabbed.
Taya Dixon Mullane, of the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group, said there have been no issues with the Grip Project lately. In fact a director at the Grip House has been working closely with the neighborhood group for the last year or so.
“They’ve really been forthcoming and very open. They really have tried to be a good neighbor,” Dixon Mullane said.
I also got a statement from a spokesman for the Grip Project. The organization is cooperating with police and hoping the best for the victim.
“Grip’s chief responsibility is, has been, and always will be to provide a safe and supportive community. Thus our thoughts are with the hospitalized young woman, and our focus is on supporting her peers during this challenging time,” wrote David Ball.