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March 15, 2013

Tip leads to teenager's arrest on firearms charges

LAWRENCE — A 17-year-old seen who was allegedly showing off a loaded, 9 mm pistol was arrested early Wednesday afternoon on Sargent Street.

Stephen Laboy, 17, of 127 Howard St., first floor, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm without an FID card, illegal possession of a loaded firearm and illegal possession of ammunition, police said.

Laboy was arrested after a detectives got a tip he was “brandishing” the black handle of weapon in his waistband while he was sitting on the front steps of 26 Sargent St., according to a report by Detective Kevin Nigohoisian.

Police found one round of 9 mm ammunition in the pistol.

Laboy was convicted in Haverhill District Court of illegal possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He was additionally charged as a felon in possession of a firearm following a drug conviction, according to police records.

Two uncommon crashes happen within minutes

ANDOVER — Police responded to two unique crashes within minutes of each other Wednesday — one involving a cow hit by a car, and another involving a car hitting the town’s senior center on Whittier Court.

Police were first called out to Blanchard Street on reports of “a cow in the road” at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday. Moments later, a 911 call was made from the scene reporting that a vehicle driving down the road hit the cow.

The cow was not injured, but the vehicle sustained over $1,000 in damage so severe that it had to be towed from the scene, Police Lt. William Ouellette said.

The cow was loose because the fence that usually keeps it on its Blanchard Street owner’s property was damaged in a recent storm. No action against the cow’s owner is expected, according to Ouellette.

Then, at 9:22 a.m., police were called out to Whittier Court on reports of a vehicle driven by a senior citizen jumping the curb in front of the Center at Punchard, formerly the Senior Center.

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