Keeping Lowell Safe: Police Beat for October 2023 + Cold Weather Warriors

A late trick-or-treater, a driver who dashed and a near head-on collision were among the October cases for the Lowell Police Department. Officers have also been stepping up traffic enforcement and note many people still seem to be on their phones even though state law prohibits drivers from holding them.

In other news, LPD is running its annual Cold Weather Warriors Program. Now in its 9th year, the program is all about making sure kids who live within the Lowell Area Schools district are properly outfitted for the winter months. The department hands out coats, gloves, hats and boots to any student who seems in need.

While many referrals to the program come from schools, sometimes neighbors will call if they know a child who might need new gear. Parents can also contact the police station and make a request for their family. There is no application required.

If you’d like to support the Cold Weather Warriors Program, the LPD prefers the donation of gift cards, when possible. That allows them to purchase the specific items and sizes needed based on the year’s requests.

For more information or to make a donation, stop by the police station at 111 N. Monroe Street during normal business hours.

But back to the monthly stats…In total, the Lowell Police Department filed 232 case reports in October 2023, including the following:

  • 46 assists to other agencies
  • 26 pistol permits and sales
  • 25 suspicious situations
  • 22 general and motorist assists
  • 13 traffic accidents
  • 5 obstructing justice
  • 4 non-aggravated assaults
    4 family issues
  • 2 stalking/harassment
  • 1 breaking and entering

Lowell officers also made 115 traffic stops that resulted in 9 citations.

Accident Takes Out Power, Locks Down Schools

In an incident local residents and parents undoubtedly remember, a driver went off the road at Gee Drive and took out a power pole. The vehicle was traveling too fast for the road, and police say there were 350 feet of yaw marks before the accident site.

The crash knocked out power in the area, and the driver took off after their vehicle stopped. That prompted a call to nearby schools to alert them to the situation, and Lowell Area Schools made the decision to go into a soft lockdown for the rest of the day.

Lowell Light & Power was able to restore power quickly, and the driver was identified and located. In addition to citations for reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident, the person is required to pay for the damage to the electrical pole.

Breaking and Entering at Residence

A Lowell resident had been out of the country and returned home to find a person living in an outbuilding on their property. The person was apparently known to the homeowner but did not have permission to be in the building.

Cars Crash During Yellow Light

Two vehicles had a near head-on collision during a yellow light at the intersection of Main/Fulton and Bowes/Alden Nash.

One vehicle was traveling west on Main Street while the other car was turning left onto Alden Nash. The westbound vehicle did not think they could stop in time for the yellow light and ran into the second vehicle that was turning on the yellow light.

The vehicles spun around, and their airbags deployed. They eventually came to a rest next to a school bus. While the bus was technically involved in the accident, the police department says its involvement was limited to one vehicle stopped against its lug nuts. No damage was done to the bus, and no students were injured.

Late Trick-or-Treater

Halloween was an uneventful night for Lowell police officers with one exception. A person from outside the county brought a three-year-old to trick-or-treat at 9pm. However, trick-or-treat hours ended at 8pm.

The person approached one house that still had an exterior light on, but no one came to the door. The adult threatened to egg the property, and that statement was caught by a Ring security camera. The homeowner then confronted the adult and called police.

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