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

Body found in Dracut still unidentified

It has been over a week since a boater spotted a dead body in the Merrimack River near 197 Merrimack Avenue (Route 110).

Investigators from Dracut Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office have still not identified the body.

Today police released even more details about the description of the man who was found dead.

Police say the man was a white male, 20- to 41-years-old. He was 5’9, about 120 pounds, and had red body hair.

Police say he had no scars, no tattoos, and bad teeth. Police were unable to determine his eye color.

He was wearing white Nike Airmax sneakers, size 11.5, but he only had size 9 feet. He was wearing dark blue nylon pants with three vertical white stripes down the legs, with an Adidas bathing suit underneath. He was wearing a Casio watch, not a Seiko, as was initially reported. He was also wearing a light-colored polo shirt with the name and logo for “Corporate Chefs,” on it.

Police have contacted Corporate Chefs, which is based in Haverhill and has closer locations, but company officials checked for past employees who are unaccounted for and did not discover any.

Dracut Police Deputy Chief Dave Chartrand said investigators are pursuing all possible leads, but have still come up empty so far.

“We have researched all missing persons in the area and have not encountered a viable match,” Chartrand told me. “We have also been in contact with the local homeless shelters, to no avail.” Continue reading

Search for Leo Coutu continues

The search for 49-year-old retired corrections officer and father of three, Leo Coutu, continues in Dracut, so I’m posting his photograph once again, as well as a story my co-worker Evan Lips put together on the ongoing search today.

Evan’s story is here:

By Evan Lips
elips@lowellsun.com
TYNGSBORO — Nearly seven days have passed and still they search for Leo  Coutu.
They’ve looked behind almost every thicket, under every culvert and even inside nearly every vacant house in the 49-year-old’s hometown of Dracut.
On Monday morning, the search for Leo resumed in a new place: Just over the town line in Tyngsboro, as volunteers fanned out across the neighborhood surrounding Lake Mascuppic. Continue reading

Dracut man still missing

Several people tweeted at me and sent me messages on Facebook on my days off asking why NEMLEC was in Dracut while helicopters were overhead, and I directed them to the ongoing story of Leo Coutu, a 49-year-old Dracut man who has been missing since Tuesday about 5 p.m.

Over 100 people from NEMLEC, local police, and volunteers searched for Coutu over the last few days. He is still missing.

Coutu is 5’4, with a slim, 130 pound build. He has fair skin, gray hair, and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and white, striped polo shirt, bue shorts and sneakers.

Coutu is the son of the late Edmond “Gus” Coutu, a former Lowell city councilor and school committee member. He worked as a corrections officers for 22 years, and worked for a time at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

My colleague Jen Myers attended a press conference held by Coutu’s family in Dracut today, and reports that his 19-year-old daughter was crying as she pleaded with anyone who spots her father to help. Continue reading

Two arrested for theft of a dog

I’m a little busy here since I’ve got a lot to accomplish before my vacation starts at midnight tonight, but here’s a story I just cranked out about the alleged theft of a pit bull in Dracut today.

By Robert Mills
rmills@lowellsun.com
DRACUT — A Dracut couple is facing charges they stole a dog from another couple during an altercation on Methuen Street, and then struck a woman with a car as they fled with the dog.
Deputy Chief David Chartrand said Emanuel Lima, 28, and Ashley Dewolfe, 27, both of 21 Wigham Ave., met up with a couple they know on Methuen Street in the area of Hillside Drive about 7:15 p.m.
“They met to talk about money that was owed between the couples, and the discussion turned into an altercation,” Chartrand said.
The victims in the case, who police did not identify, had their dog, a pit bull, in their car when the fight broke out.
“They took the dog from the victims’ vehicle, placed it in their vehicle, and began to flee,” Chartrand said.
As Emanuel and Dewolfe fled, their car struck the female victim, who was taken to Lowell General Hospital for observation, Chartrand said. Her injuries did not appear to be serious, he said.
Emanuel and Dewolfe had fled the area by the time police were contacted, but the victims told police where they live.
Chartrand said Emanuel and Dewolfe were arrested at their home a short time later. Continue reading

Be careful with fireworks

Some bystanders and folks stuck in traffic on Wood Street, across from Market Basket, in Lowell this evening got a pretty good first-hand look at how city police respond when they think they’ve moving in on suspects in a shots fired incident.

Police were called to Lincoln Street, near Angle Street, where Lincoln Street goes under the Lowell Connector tonight about 6:45 p.m., when a 911 caller reported a single gunshot had just been fired from a blue Mitsubishi Lancer occupied by four Asian males.

The caller said the shot was fired into a cement wall under the overpass.

Police had a license plate for the car from the 911 caller, and the gang unit quickly found the car at 34 Wood Street across from Market Basket. Officers called for backup when they saw four men in the yard out back. Over a dozen police cruisers surrounded the house on Wood Street. Continue reading

Is this guy your Valentine?

If he is, some detectives in Billerica might want to talk to you about that gift that just made your day yesterday.

Police say the guy pictured in this entry stole a “large amount” of jewelry from an undisclosed store on Valentines Day, and they’re asking for the public’s help with figuring out who he is.

Police say the man is believed to be 35 to 45 years old, and about 230 pounds. He left in Hyundai Elentra GT from the early 2000’s.

Police aren’t releasing the name or address of the store, or any further details. Anyone who thinks they know this guy is asked to call Billerica detectives at 978.667.1212.