Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 16, 2014


Compiled by Dustin Luca
The Andover Townsman

---- — Accidents lead to cars hitting buildings

Cars involved in two separate crashes in town over the weekend ended up hitting buildings, one a business and the other a home.

The first accident involving a car hitting a building was reported on North Main Street at 5:43 a.m. Friday. In that accident, a 79-year-old driver started to have “a medical episode” and triggered an accident, according to Police Lt. Edward Guy.

After the accident, the car continued “across several lawns and ended up coming to rest at (John Anton’s Fabricare),” Guy said. Drivers of two vehicles involved, including the 79-year-old individual, were taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Damage to the building was minor.

Then, at 9 p.m. Saturday, a 40-year-old woman from Methuen was driving on Carriage Road when thick fog impaired her ability to see ahead of her, causing her to cut across Dascomb Road and up onto residential property, according to Guy.

“The operator of the motor vehicle was unable to apparently judge where Carriage Road ended, and ended up going through the stop sign and across Dascomb Road, knocked over a section of fence and continued straight, crashing into the front door of 120 Dascomb Road,” Guy said.

The driver of the car then left the scene on foot, but she was found a short time later. She “is going to be summonsed for leaving the scene of an accident with property damage,” Guy said.

The damage to the property was mainly in the form of a fence that was knocked down, according to Guy.


The following items were recorded in Andover police logs from Monday, Jan. 6 to Sunday, Jan. 12:


Monday, Jan. 6 — At 1:43 p.m., Joseph St. Laurent, 33, of 172 Pleasant St., Methuen, was arrested on North Main Street and charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation and on five warrants for six separate charges.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 — At 11:12 a.m., Brandon Wanthal, 18, of 56 Wildwood Road, Andover, was arrested at his home and charged on a warrant.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 — At 9:55 p.m., Linda Dionne, 52, of 266 Andover St., Lawrence, was arrested on North Main Street and charged on a warrant.

Friday, Jan. 10 — At 5:47 p.m., Amy Hannnula, 24, of 20 Post Office Ave., Andover, was arrested at her home and charged on a warrant.

Sunday, Jan. 12 — At 1:54 a.m., Thomas Brunton, 25, of 56 Whittier St., Andover, was arrested on Park Street and charged with a stop sign violation, failing to use a turn signal and operating under the influence of liquor.


Monday, Jan. 6 — At 10:18 a.m., a theft was reported at a store on Main Street.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 — At 4:25 a.m., police were called to a car on River Road that had four milk crates around it. They found that the wheels were partially removed, each held on by one single locking lug nut. The owner of the vehicle, who was in Florida, was contacted.

Thursday, Jan. 9 — At 7:58 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported on River Road.

Saturday, Jan. 11 — At 11:49 a.m., a wallet was reported stolen on Lowell Street.


Friday, Jan. 10 — At 8:12 p.m., police were called to Cloverfield Drive after a homeowner reported “someone may be in the house with her. She hears music playing outside of her bedroom.” Police at the scene determined “it was a clock radio in one of the bedrooms that had gone off.”

Sunday, Jan. 12 — At 10:35 a.m., an assault was reported on Andover Street.

At 3:40 p.m., police were called to Farrwood Drive after a 911 caller believed “there was a man with a gun in the area.” Police at the scene found “a father and son playing with Air Soft” guns.


Monday, Jan. 6 — At 1:49 a.m., an accident involving a truck that crashed into a house due to icy conditions was reported on Essex Street. The truck was towed from the scene, and National Grid was called out to handle downed utility lines.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 — At 5:06 p.m., police were called to an accident on Route 125 in the area of Gould and Wildwood roads, where a caller reported “a deer ran out in front of him, causing damage to the front of the vehicle.” With the deer in the middle of the road, it then “caused a three-car crash going northbound.”

Thursday, Jan. 9 — At 6:13 a.m., a two-vehicle crash, involving two tractor-trailers, was reported on Ballardvale Street.

At 12:22 p.m., a hit-and-run crash was reported on Red Spring Road.

At 2:44 p.m., a two-car crash requiring one car to be towed was reported on Lowell Street.