Haverhill Police Officer Faces Assault Charge After Match.com Alert Leads to Fight With Girlfriend

Arraigned without notice more than two weeks ago, a longtime Haverhill Police officer appeared in Newburyport District Court for a hearing Friday on charges of assault and battery on a family/household member and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon following an incident on Wednesday, Aug. 7, WHAV has confirmed. According to a police report, Sgt. James Keenan was dispatched to a reported disturbance at Arriaga’s home Aug. 7 at 11:55 p.m., after a female caller said she was being “attacked” and “assaulted by Carlos Arriaga and she wanted to file a complaint.”

Arriaga told Keenan he and his girlfriend came home and had a few drinks before going to bed.

Haverhill Forms Diversity Committee to Encourage Minority Teacher Recruitment: ‘We Need to Do Better’

Members of Haverhill’s Latino Coalition are among the locals cheering the recent formation of a Haverhill Public Schools’ Diversity Committee, created with the intention of encouraging minority teacher recruitment. The School Committee last Thursday voted unanimously to form a task force to hire educators of color, with members Scott W. Wood Jr., Gail M. Sullivan, Maura Ryan-Ciardiello and Richard J. Rosa among those taking the lead to do so. They’ll be joined by volunteers from the Latino Coalition and the Haverhill Education Coalition, along with other community members to draft a plan of action and report back to the School Committee within 90 days. Latino Coalition President Ismael Matias leaned on Wood to bring attention to the issue affecting 37 percent of city students. “We believe this diversity committee should and can make concrete plans to find and hire more qualified teachers of color, especially Latinos.

Haverhill Police Thwart Attempted Autofair Ford Robbery

A Haverhill man who attempted to steal tires from a city car dealership was caught in the act this week by Haverhill Police, and later allegedly admitted that had the incident happened in Lawrence, he and his nephew would have “gotten away” with the con. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Realejo was arrested Aug. 18 after police say he and 20-year-old Christian Tejada attempted to steal tires off a truck from Broadway’s Autofair Ford before being caught by Haverhill Officers Kevin O’Brien and Justin Graham. Local authorities had been notified of the alleged theft in progress by Autofair security staff. The men were seen fleeing the scene in a silver minivan and followed onto Computer Drive by Haverhill Police before the van hit a slick patch of road and crashed, according to a police report obtained by WHAV.

Buckley, Driscoll Named to Haverhill’s Vietnam Memorial Commission

Haverhill’s Vietnam Memorial Ad Hoc Commission is celebrating the appointment of two new commissioners—and a major fundraising boost—this week as renovations to the memorial at Mill Brook Park continue. Driscoll Funeral Home’s Patrick Driscoll has become the 14th member of the board tasked with overseeing upgrades to the landmark honoring the city’s Vietnam war dead, Commission Chairman Ralph Basiliere tells WHAV. He joins Haverhill Veterans’ Services Officer Amanda Buckley, who came aboard earlier this summer. Their appointments come shortly after the departure of Vice Chairman Christopher Smardz, Basiliere said. “We are excited to welcome Patrick and Amanda to our team.

Amesbury Road Neighbors Ask Council ‘Do We Matter?’ Amid Marijuana Special Permit Debate

Tuesday’s marijuana special permit process for Mellow Fellows and Haverwell Market left many unanswered—and unexpected—questions after the five-hour meeting, but one thing is for certain: Haverhill city councilors did hear the pleas of Amesbury Road neighbors. During a public hearing for both the Haverhill-based Mellow Fellows trio and Newburyport businessman Christopher Edwards from Haverwell Market, residents expressed concern over everything from property values to crime and even the packaging of edibles. Shop owners—and councilors—patiently heard each concern. Shattuck Street resident Chris Todino has attended most if not all of the previous cannabis-related public meetings, and stood with his neighbors to ask the council to deny both permits. “I understand there is a great opportunity from a revenue perspective, but we live in the neighborhood,” he said.

Haverhill’s Guertin Signs Two Additional Book Deals

Haverhill author and former Tilton School teacher Annemarie Riley Guertin has two additional book deals under her belt after signing on the dotted line with publishing company Familius, she tells WHAV. Christopher Robbins took on Guertin’s latest two picture books, “Finding Mr. Trunks”—a story about a stuffed animal lost at the airport—and “Thunderstormaestro,” in which a child learns not to fear thunderstorms, the educator says. Both are set for publication in 2021. The new books come 18 months after Guertin released her debut “How the Finch Got His Colors” in 2018. Her latest, “Why the Evergreens Keep Their Leaves,” based on Florence Holbrook's 1902 classic “Why the Evergreen Trees Keep Their Leaves in Winter,” hits stores Sept.

Haverhill Firefighters’ Cornhole Tournament Raises $3,200 for MDA

Members of the Haverhill Fire Department Local Union 1011 came together for a day of fun for a cause Aug. 17, raising $3,200 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through their cornhole tournament. The bean-bag toss awarded a $400 cash prize to the winner and $200 to the runner-up, with proceeds from food and raffle ticket sales going to the MDA, organizer Doug Burrill tells WHAV. “It’s great that the brotherhood of local 1011 brought the community together to raise money for a good cause,” Burill said. Next up, the union plans a 5-K walk/run in downtown Haverhill—kicking off from Essex Street’s Smith’s Tavern—on Sunday, Oct.

Wednesday Afternoon Lightning Strike Leaves 9,000 in Haverhill Without Power

A Wednesday afternoon lightning strike that hit a National Grid substation in Groveland has knocked power out to 9,249 customers in Haverhill, the utility company told Mayor James J. Fiorentini just before 4 p.m.

Impacted neighborhoods include Ward Hill, Riverside and portions of River Street. Crews continue to diagnose the issue, Fiorentini said. Just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Haverhill’s Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro, who also serves as the emergency management director, said a previously issued tornado warning had expired, but warned that several of the city’s intersections were without working traffic lights. Residents are asked to stay off the road when possible and be mindful for flooded roadways. Lights are said to be out in the Water and Main Street area.