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

Bank robbery in Chelmsford

I did an earlier post on this incident, but it turns out the robbery in Chelmsford this evening was a bank robbery, not a robbery of a grocery store.

The confusion was caused because someone robbed the Citizen’s Bank branch inside of the Stop & Shop grocery store at 299 Chelmsford Street today just before 7 p.m.

Police now tell me that a man with a shirt or handkerchief wrapped around his head passed a note to a teller at the bank branch inside the grocery store and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He fled in an unknown direction after leaving the store.

Police describe him as a white male, average build, about 6’0. He was wearing a gray short-sleeved shirt, blue or black carpenter’s jeans and sunglasses. He appeared to have reddish hair and a short goatee.

No one was hurt. No weapon was shown. Continue reading

Rollover involving school vehicle

Chelmsford Police were called to the Drum Hill Rotary today at 3:11 p.m., for a report of a motor vehicle crash in which a school vehicle rolled over.

I’ve seen reports that this was a bus, but it was actually a minivan equipped with bus lights that is owned by the Lighthouse School in Chelmford, according to Lt. James Spinney.

All photos in this entry are by Bob Whitaker.

“A minivan from the Lighthouse School was coming up Northern Avenue and entering the rotary when it appears a sedan heading from the Drum Hill area to Route 3 North hit the minivan in the intersection,” Spinney said.

The impact caused the minivan, pictured below, to rollover. Continue reading

Route 3 northbound CLOSED

If you follow my tweets you’re already aware of this, but all northbound lanes of Route 3 were closed at Drum Hill about 30 minutes ago due to a rollover accident with ejection just south of Route 40.

State Police were called to the highway at 11:43 p.m., and found a single vehicle crash with one occupant out of the vehicle on the ground and another up and walking around.

The crash occurred in the construction zone just south of Route 40, so the first trooper on scene immediately asked state police dispatchers to have Chelmsford Police close the northbound lanes.

“It’s in the construction setup; no shoulder; no median; I’ve got a bottleneck here,” that trooper said. He even recommended some emergency vehicles approach the scene from the north, not the south.

I stayed put because this was obviously not a scene I could get to.

A male and a female were soon transported to Lahey Clinic, although it sounds like the ambulance may have diverted and taken the male to Saints instead. I have no information on how serious their injuries were. State Police did not call for photos or reconstruction, though, which is usually a good sign.

State Police radioed to Chelmsford Police that the highway could be reopened at 12:09 a.m.

UPDATE: James Turnquist, 22, of Merrimack, N.H., who was allegedly driving this car, was held on $5,000 cash bail Sunday after he was treated and released at Saints Medical Center, and then arrested for OUI-alcohol, OUI-drugs, negligent operation and marked lanes violation.

The passenger in Turnquist’s Ford Focus, an unidentified 27-year-old woman, is in critical condition at Lahey clinic with serious head and leg injuries.