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.


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


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.

My wife did it

Lowell Police have cars going to both Saints Medical Center and 19 O’Brien Terrace, because the hospital just told police that a man walked into the emergency room with a stab wound to his arm.

According to police radio broadcasts, the man said his wife stabbed him in an apartment at 19 O’Brien Terrace.

Units are still en route. Police want to get the wife’s side of the story too.

I’ll update with more once I have it. This doesn’t sound like a life-threatening wound by any stretch, though.

UPDATE: I’m told this wasn’t so much a stab wound as a small cut to the arm. The injury was described to me as very minor.

This was a domestic “squabble” between a husband and wife who are both in their late 50’s. The wife was arrested for domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife), but I don’t think anyone is going to recommend the death penalty here.

For those just now catching this, the call came in at 10:24 p.m., and units were clear by 10:50.

Flying bottles and a stabbing in Lowell

Tonight was a very quiet and peaceful night, until now.

About 10:15 p.m., police got called to Loft 27, at 27 Jackson Street, after someone threw a bottle through a window. According to one of my Twitter followers who saw this occur, there were three young men.

Moments after the initial dispatch, officers were updated that the owner of a second unit called police and reported a second window broken.

While officers were en route to Loft 27, a 22-year-old stabbing victim walked into the emergency room at Lowell General Hospital.

According to both police and one of my Twitter followers, who called police, one of the rock throwers was a “heavier white guy in a white sports jersey, baseball cap, baggy sports short.”

The second individual was a “taller thinner white guy in a monochromatic plaid shirt.” The third individual was a brown-skinned guy, shorter, in a gray sleeveless T-shirt and gray sweatshirt.

Solid descriptions. My Twitter followers know what’s up! Continue reading

Stabbed in the chest

Tewksbury Police were called to the Motel 6 at 95 Main Street just before midnight, when a clerk working the front desk called 911 and told police a man had walked into the lobby with a stab wound to his chest.

The victim told the clerk he had been in room 107, and then he left.

Police say they arrived to find a knife and a guy named Kendrick Sanders, 58, of 82 Gorham St., Lowell, inside of room 107.

A short time later, police found the victim, a 49-year-old Lowell man whose name has not been released, walking on Wentworth Avenue  in Lowell, about a mile from the motel.

Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital, where he remains in stable condition.

Sanders, who is pictured, was charged with attempted murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He is being held, and will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

State Police attached to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office are assisting the investigation.


The incident that occurred at 72 Walker Street in Lowell this afternoon started off as nothing life-threatening.

At 5:22 p.m., Lowell Police got a 911 call reporting that a third-floor resident of 72 Walker Street stabbed a second-floor resident in the hand and then fled back upstairs into his apartment.

By the time I arrived on scene minutes later, there were over a half dozen police cruisers there.

The suspect on the third floor of the red house pictured above was armed with knives and refused to leave his apartment.

The suspect was later identified as Craig Monahan, 25, of 72 Walker St., Unit 3.

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