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Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Monday, December 19, 2011

MASSACHUSETTS – Tragedy and violence has struck through out the NoBo region today, with multiple car crashes involving pedestrians and several murders continuing to capture the headlines. Here’s a wrap-up of today’s Newsworthy stories in the NoBo region. Enjoy your evening!

1. A 63-year old Haverhill woman is dead after being crushed by a drunk driver early on Sunday, according to reports from across the web. The driver, Lisa Leavitt, was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail today, charged with the motor vehicle homicide of Karen LaPierre. According to the prosecutors, Leavitt, 37, had a blood alcohol level of .18. LaPierre’s husband was a witness to the tragic event. He saw Leavitt’s car heading toward his wife, yelling for her to get out of the way, however, she was crushed and pinned between two vehicles. LaPierre died when the car pinning her was removed was removed. Leavitt admitted to drinking, failed field sobriety tests, and told police “she had killed someone” while at the station following the event.

2. Police are still giving few details regarding the Peabody shooting deaths early Sunday morning of Jonathan Ramos, 23, and Richard Duran, 24, both of Peabody. Both men had been at a party at Duran’s home according to police. The deaths follow the brutal murder of an Andover couple last week. Check out newsworthy post from this morning for more information on the two unrelated incidents.

3. An 88-year old Peabody woman is suffering from life-threatening injuries after being hit by a car in downtown Peabody yesterday. The victim had to be flown to Mass General in Boston, suffering from “massive trauma” according to the Peabody Police. The driver of the car has been identified by police as Yang Lo of Medford. She was uninjured and remains free pending a further investigation into the accident.

4. According to a press release and an article posted on the ItemLive.com, police have arrested a Swampscott man wanted in connection with a stabbing in Revere. Responding to a call of a disturbance at 2:10AM, Officer Todd Pierce and Sgt. Jonathan Locke arrested Jamaal Andrade, 28, on multiple charges and warrants. Revere Police later picked up Andrade, charging him with armed assault and battery with intent to commit murder. The stabbing took place at a Revere house party on Sunday.

5. Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill creating a special commission to study the use of state electronic benefit transfer cards, according to a report by the Boston Herald. A recent scandal in Lynn has prompted the review, where low-income residents bought cocaine with taxpayer money at local convenience stores. The cards are meant to be used to buy food. All the suspects involved have pleaded not guilty.

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