Alleged Leominster Drunk Driver Charged with Endangering Child
LEOMINSTER -- A local woman was arrested on a child endangerment charge Sunday after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol while her 4-year-old daughter was in the car.
Samantha Bovenzi, 31, of 300 Brooks Pond Road, was charged with child endangerment while operating under the influence, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of property damage, leaving the scene of personal injury, and failure to yield at an intersection after striking another vehicle with her car while trying to turn onto Litchfield Street at about 3 p.m. Sunday.
According to court documents, Bovenzi struck a vehicle on Litchfield Street and then proceeded to drive home where she was found by police shortly after the crash.
The arresting officer described Bovenzi in their report as being “impaired by intoxicating liquor,” noting that she had a slight smell of alcohol on her breath and her eyes appeared glassy.
According to court documents, Bovenzi initially claimed another driver had struck her, but a witness at the crash scene followed Bovenzi to her home and positively identified her as the driver that fled the scene.
Neither Bovenzi nor her daughter were injured in the crash, though police noted in reports that their vehicle sustained “significant damage.”
The driver of the struck vehicle did suffer some injuries and was transported to HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital for treatment.
Bovenzi was arraigned Monday and released on personal recognizance. She has a pretrial hearing scheduled for Oct. 17.
Fitchburg woman faces drug distribution and weapons charges
FITCHBURG -- Police on Thursday arrested a city woman on drug distribution charges following a nearly seven-month investigation, according to court documents.
Lisa S. Mayers, 36, of 118 Myrtle Ave., was arraigned in District Court on six firearms-related offenses on Sept.. 7, according to court documents.
Police say Mayers purchased at least three guns at separate stores in New Hampshire and Maine, according to an investigative police report.
Mayers told police one of the firearms had been stolen, but found no evidence Mayers reported the gun stolen to police, according to the report. The other two firearms were “recovered” in Worcester and Boston, respectively.
Mayers was observed leaving the Myrtle Avenue residence carrying a “black bag,” according to the report. Police pulled over her vehicle on Summer Street for having a warrant outstanding for her arrest.
A police official noted in the report that given how Mayers “is known to buy/possess firearms (and) is believed to be involved in distributing cocaine” he searched the black bag.
Inside the bag the police official allegedly found about 30 grams of a white powder believed to be cocaine, a “brown substance in plastic,” pill bottles with Mayers’ name on them, and what appeared to be the birth certificate of a 23-year-old person, according to the report.
Mayers allegedly told police that as repayment for a debt she was given the cocaine, which she planned to sell, according to the report.
Police searched Mayers’ Myrtle Ave. residence after they were granted a “no knock” search warrant, which allows law enforcement to enter a home without first notifying residents.
Inside Mayers’ residence police allegedly found items including two firearms, three large-capacity magazines that were holding ammunition, and 20 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine, according to court documents.
Mayers was booked at Massachusetts State Police Leominster Barracks, according to court documents. A police lieutenant did not want Mayers “spending a night in a cell” because she was 7 months pregnant, Mayers told police, according to the investigative report.
Mayers was arraigned Friday, one day after her arrest, in District Court on charges of improperly storing a large-capacity weapon, possessing a large-capacity weapon, felony firearm possession, two counts of possessing a firearm without a FID card, possessing ammunition without and FID card, according to court documents.
She was ordered held without bail that same day for up to 120 days, according to court documents. Mayers is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Oct. 4.