61-year-old slashed in neck and torso

UPDATE: Larry Landry, 41, of 235 Littleton Road, Chelmsford, was arrested at Bishop Markham Village, 198 South Street, in Lowell this afternoon.

He is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery on a disabled person, according to police.

The 61-year-old victim, who authorities have not identified, was upgraded to stable condition today at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He is expected to survive.

According to police radio broadcasts from Tuesday night, one of Landry’s family members lives in Bishop Markham Village.

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I was in a meeting at Lowell General Hospital regarding traffic in Lowell this evening when I checked my breaking news list on Twitter and discovered Chelmsford Police were calling for MedFlight to transport a man who was attacked with a knife at 257 Littleton Road.

I left Lowell General in a hurry.

After talking to a witness and friends of the victim at the scene, I believe I know the victim’s name and the name of a man who may be the suspect, but I’m going to withhold the victim’s name until I know his family has been notified.

I’m also going to withhold the possible suspect’s name, since the DA’s office is not confirming that they have a suspect. Lawsuits and all that, you know?

Jessica Pastore, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone, confirmed for me that police were called about 6:45 p.m., for a report of a 61-year-old man with life-threatening stab wounds.

That man was flown to an undisclosed regional trauma center and is still being treated at this hour. Continue reading

Home invasion, shooting, in Billerica

UPDATE: The DA’s office just confirmed Quentin Koehler, 22, of Billerica, died of a gunshot wound to the head as a result of this home invasion. Click this link for a copy of the press release.

Sorry it took me 15 minutes to update here, but I had to update my print edition story first since I’m literally 10 minutes from deadline.

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I got an email from the DA’s office this morning informing me that a 22-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot during a home invasion in Billerica this morning.

I called into the office to make sure folks were aware, and they were right on top of things.

Below is the picture Jen Myers had already taken of the home 795 Boston Road where the home invasion and shooting occurred.

Here is a link to the story Jen and one of my managing editors, Tom Zuppa, had already put together.

The DA’s office is handling the press on this case, and they haven’t released much else except to say this does not appear to be a random attack, and that the victim was taken to Lahey Clinic.

Here is the interesting thing Tom and Jen dug up. They report: Continue reading

Road rage shooting of a 16-year-old

There isn’t really a local angle to this story, but it’s disturbing enough and close enough that I decided to blog about it anyway.

A 16-year-old girl from Maine was shot in the arm early this afternoon during a road rage incident that unfolded on Interstate 495 North in Merrimac.

State Police say they were called at 12:17 p.m.

Above is a picture from state police of the Nissan Xterra the girl was a passenger in when she was shot. You can see the rear window that was broken by the gunshot.

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Arrest made in Lowell shooting

A 27-year-old Nashua man is in Lowell Police custody tonight facing charges he shot a man at Walker and Branch streets in the leg on May 26.

I’ve known this guy was a suspect in this shooting for a while, but Lowell Police did not want to comment until they actually had him in custody.

Vernon Davis, 27, of 41 Brinton Drive, Nashua, has been in police custody since June 10 at 7:20 p.m., when he was arrested by Nashua Police following a traffic stop on the Henri Burque Highway in Nashua.

Nashua Police say Davis, a convicted felon, was in possession of a handgun during that traffic stop.

He was also already wanted on a warrant for stalking, though I don’t know the details of the stalking charge. Click here to download the press release Nashua issued at the time.

Nashua Police charged Davis with being a felon in possession of a firearm and a fugitive from justice.

At about the same time Davis was arrested, Lowell Police sought, and later obtained, a warrant charging him with the May 26 shooting on Branch Street, in which a 25-year-old Lowell man was shot in the thigh.

That shooting, as you can see if you click the link above, was the first in Lowell since October of 2011.

Davis will be arraigned Thursday in Lowell District Court on both the stalking charge and a shooting-related count of armed assault with intent to murder.

Home Invasion in Lowell

I missed one!

Although I have to admit, someone mentioned this incident to me in passing on Tuesday night and I was busy chasing the robbery story so I never realized they were talking about an entirely separate incident.

A man in his 30’s who lives at 750 Merrimack Street called police Monday at 7:32 p.m., and reported that a man with a knife had just kicked in his door.

The victim told police he heard a knock on his door, opened it with the chain lock still engaged, only to have the man at the door kick the door and break the chain lock.

The suspect, who was armed with a knife, then stole a necklace from the victim and fled.

Police did not immediately release a description of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Correction officer stabbed in the neck

I’m a little late in blogging about this because I had to write a story about it for the paper first, but one correction officer was stabbed in the neck and at least six others were taken to the hospital following an attack by inmates at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley today.

I got tipped off to this story by my colleague Marisa Donelan, who is city editor at our sister paper, the Fitchburg and Leominster Sentinel and Enterprise.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Diane Wiffin tells me five of the seven correctional officers hospitalized in this incident have already been released from area hospitals, and WRKO radio’s Michelle McPhee is reporting the officer who was stabbed has been stabilized.

Wiffin said she was limited in what she could say about this incident, so I’m going to type out the statement she gave me over the phone. Wiffin has always been very nice to me, but she simply was not able to elaborate on this statement.

“At 1:30 p.m. today an emergency response was initiated when a correction officer was assaulted by an inmate with a weapon in the general population housing unit at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

During the response, two other CO’s were injured in an attempt to restrain the inmate. By 1:32 p.m., the housing unit was secured. Souza-Baranowski is in lockdown pending an investigation.

Seven CO’s were taken to the hospital. Continue reading

The early bird gets… stabbed four times

I work the night shift because that’s when a lot of the city’s crime occurs.

Today was an exception.

At 6:51 a.m., police were called to the area of Cabot and Merrimack streets for a report of a man with a knife.

Officers arrived to find a group of men around a 25-year-old Lowell man who was suffering from stab wounds to his leg, chest and arms. He was stabbed twice in the arm.

The man told police he was walking in an alley nearby when he was approached by a Hispanic male with long hair, who was wearing a red shirt. That man ripped a necklace from the neck of the 25-year-old, and then stabbed him during the ensuing struggle, according to police.

The 25-year-old was taken to Lowell General Hospital, and then transferred by ambulance to an undisclosed Boston hospital., according to police. His injuries were not life threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to police via Text-a-Tip, by texting TIP411 (847411) with the subject “LPDTIP.”
Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.