Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 23, 2014


Andover ambulance involved in hit-and-run

An Andover Fire Department ambulance sustained around $500 in damage after getting hit by another vehicle in Lawrence on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

An Andover ambulance crew “had just dropped a patient off at Lawrence General Hospital” and was on its way back to Andover when “somebody struck the bumper of the ambulance, backed up and took off,” according to Fire Chief Mike Mansfield.

The accident was reported on Beacon and Amherst streets at 7:33 p.m. Tuesday, according to police records.

Nobody in the ambulance was injured in the accident, and Andover police detectives took photos of “minor damage to the ambulance” caused by the crash as part of an ongoing investigation, Mansfield said.

Assault charge for state rep’s son

Michael Lyons, son of state Rep. Jim Lyons, was arrested Jan. 8 after police responded to an early-morning domestic call at the family’s home.

Lyons, 20, of 12 High Vale Lane, Andover, was charged with assault and battery on a household member, according to police.

Police were called to the home at 8:30 a.m. on a report of a “domestic in progress,” in which an apparently intoxicated Michael Lyons was arguing with his mother, Bernadette Lyons, according to Lt. Edward Guy.

As the argument escalated, 19-year-old brother Tyler Lyons intervened, at which point Michael Lyons began to assault him, Guy said.

Michael Lyons fled the scene prior to police arriving and was tracked down and placed into custody a short time later without incident with the assistance of a State Police K9 unit, according to Guy.


The following incidents were reported in Andover police logs from Monday, Jan. 13 to Sunday, Jan. 19:


Wednesday, Jan. 15 — At 1:08 p.m., Howard Silvernale, 29, of 56 Monadnock Highway, Swanzey, N.H., was arrested on Route 93 southbound in the area of Methuen and Dascomb Road and charged with possession of a class A drug.

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