Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 23, 2014


Compiled by Dustin Luca
The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

At 1:46 p.m., John Excellent, 26, of 800 Bullfinch Drive, Andover, was arrested on River Road and charged with failing to use a turn signal and operating a motor vehicle with a license suspended for OUI.

Friday, Jan. 17 — At 8:20 a.m., Daniel White, 30, of 35 South Rhoda St., Tewksbury, was arrested on Andover Street and charged with carrying a firearm without a license, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, a miscellaneous motor vehicle equipment violation and driving an uninspected motor vehicle.

At 1:49 p.m., Claudia Jaramillo, 28, of 10 East Constitution Way Apt. E, Methuen, was arrested on Lupine Road and charged on a warrant.

At 9:11 p.m., Faried Varmazyari, 35, of 16 Bowden Ave., Apt. 2, Medford, was arrested on Carter Lane and charged with assault and battery on a household member.

Saturday, Jan. 18 — At 12:03 p.m., Nancy Rojas, 46, of 6 Almont St., Methuen, was arrested on River Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle while unlicensed and on two warrants.

Sunday, Jan. 19 — At 12:53 a.m., William Quirk, 65, of 13 Launching Road, Andover, was arrested at his home and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

At 5:15 p.m., Cynthia Stackpole, 41, listed as a homeless Massachusetts resident, was arrested on River Road and charged with assault and battery on a police officer, trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.


Monday, Jan. 13 — At 2:35 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen on River Road as part of a police investigation involving a crash in Methuen.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 — At 9:11 p.m., a theft was reported on Lowell Street.

Thursday, Jan. 16 — At 8:04 a.m., a garage break was reported on Avery Lane.


Monday, Jan. 13 — At 11:09 a.m., illegal dumping was reported on Woburn Street.

Thursday, Jan. 16 — At 2:30 a.m., vandalism involving a cut gate chain was reported on Abbott Street at Pomps Pond.

At 10:44 p.m., police were called to Burnham Road on a report of “a truck on the soccer fields across the street from his house.” An officer responding to the call found the fields had been driven over; damage to town property was reported.

Saturday, Jan. 18 — At 6:57 p.m., vandalism in the form of cut Christmas lights was reported on Osgood Street.


Monday, Jan. 13 — At 7:07 a.m., a two-car crash was reported on River Street. One vehicle was towed.

At 8:26 a.m., a two-car crash with injury, requiring two tows, was reported on River Road.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 — At 7:40 a.m., an accident involving a single car into a brick wall was reported on Salem Street. The car was towed.

Friday, Jan. 17 — At 3:46 p.m., a four-car crash with injuries, requiring two tows, was reported on North Main Street.

Saturday, Jan. 18 — At 3:18 p.m., a single-car crash involving a car into a utility pole was reported on Walnut Avenue. The vehicle was towed.

At 6:25 p.m., a 911 caller reported a two-car crash on Route 125 at the intersection with Route 28. Injury was reported, and the State Police took over the response as the accident happened on state property.

Sunday, Jan. 19 — At 5:25 a.m., a two-vehicle crash involving a car and a plow was reported on Central Street. Injury was reported and both vehicles were towed. Further information wasn’t available.