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March 15, 2013

Tip leads to teenager's arrest on firearms charges

Staff reports
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

The driver was parked in a handicap parking space in front of the building when she “somehow may have hit the gas, causing her vehicle to unexpectedly propel further,” Ouellette said.

The car hit another parked car before driving up on the sidewalk in front of the building, narrowly missing a pedestrian and eventually hitting the Center at Punchard.

Damage to the building was minor, mostly to the bottom of a window, according to Ouellette.

Police respond to rash of car breaks

ANDOVER — A number of vehicles were entered and searched by an unknown person on Poor and Kenilworth streets Wednesday night between 9:41 and 10:20 p.m.

Police were first called to the scene after a Poor Street resident reported that “he was looking out his window and noticed a light on in one of the vehicles.” The caller found that both of his vehicles had been entered and the doors were left open, according to police reports.

After responding to the first call, an officer in the area checked the rest of Poor Street and homes on nearby Kenilworth Street, where he found at least three more cars that had recently been searched, according to Ouellette.

Of those vehicles, only one of them had something stolen — a GPS navigation unit, from one of the cars on Kenilworth Street, Ouellette said.

All of the vehicles were left unlocked prior to the incident being reported, according to Ouellette.

The following items were recorded in area police logs this week:



Vandalism: Cyr Circle, 9:08 a.m.

Theft: Truck broken into, Colonial Drive, 1:53 p.m.

Theft: Money stolen from room, Lowell Street, 6:10 p.m.

Arrest: Brian Banks, 47, of 311 Lowell St. in Andover, violating an abuse prevention order, North Main Street, 8:02 p.m.


Theft: Decals taken from vehicle, Dale Street, 12:08 p.m.


Accident: injuries reported, tows required, Main Street, 7:50 a.m.

Illegal dumping: 10-12 tires reported, Chandler Road, 8:10 a.m.

Arrest: Damon Beckerman, 18, of 8 Old South Lane in Andover, possession of a class A drug, Old South Lane, 5:41 p.m.

Accident: Personal injury reported, tow required, Harold Parker Road, 5:50 p.m.



Arrest: Joseph Chester Williams, 32, of 156 Shore Drive, Salem, N.H.; illegal possession of a class B narcotic, driving without a license, failure to use turn signals and an outstanding warrant, 453 Prospect St., 12:14 a.m.

Arrest: Mark Quinn, 51, of 45 Beacon St., Lawrence; illegal possession of heroin and failure to use turn signals, Ferry and Prospect streets, 12:33 p.m.

Arrest: Patrick James Quinn, 42, of 45 Beacon St., Lawrence; illegal possession of heroin, Ferry and Prospect streets, 12:32 p.m.


Arrest: John Osborne, 34, of 3 Primrose St., Billerica; illegal possession of cocaine and resisting arrest, 54 Parker St., 12:31 p.m.

Arrest: Angel Luis Martinez, 34, of 117 Lowell St., #2, Lawrence; driving without a license and failure to yield at an intersection, Hampshire and Elm streets, 7 p.m.

Arrest: Theodore Whitney Jr., 31, 262 Pleasant St., Tewksbury; driving after license revocation, Route 495, 4:13 p.m.

Arrest: Christopher Morales, 19, of 38 Shattuck St., Lawrence; distribution of cocaine, illegal possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute and two outstanding warrants, 54 Parker St., 1 p.m.

Arrest: Genderson Peguero, 18, of 185 Newbury St., Lawrence; illegal distribution of cocaine and illegal possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute, 54 Parker St., 12:57 p.m.

Arrest: Christian Paulino, 18, of 18 Philips St., first floor, Lawrence; illegal distribution of cocaine, illegal possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute, Parker Street, 1 p.m.

Arrest: Michael Melendez-Perez, 23, homeless; illegal possession of cocaine, violation of city weapons ordinance, three outstanding warrants, 106 Haverhill St., 5:52 p.m.


Arrest: Lori Bannon, 49, of 20 Riversedge Drive, Salem, N.H.; domestic assault and battery, 90 Lowell St., 12:02 a.m.



Larceny from vehicle: 246 Broadway, 12:26 p.m.

Arrest: Georgie G. Diaz, 18, 72 Dracut St., Lawrence, possession of class B substance with intent to distribute, failure to stop for police, operating negligently to endanger, attaching plates to a motor vehicle, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle, operating without a license, speeding, defective equipment, Interstate 495 south, 2:14 p.m.

Vehicle theft: 73 Tenney St., 4:03 p.m.

Shoplifters: Walmart, 70 Pleasant Valley St., 4:39 p.m.

Hit and run: 104 Pleasant Valley St., 7:57 p.m.


Larceny from vehicle: 278 Oakland, 9:44 a.m.

Larceny of checks: 57 Conrad St., 11:29 a.m.

Larceny: Snow blower missing, 208 Phillips St., 11:30 a.m.

Larceny: Bobcat reported missing, 17 Hampshire Road, 4:19 p.m.

Disturbance: Lorenzo Court, 9:29 p.m.

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