Lawrence Teen Drives Himself to Hospital After Being Shot in Methuen: Police

An 18-year-old Lawrence teen suffering from several gunshot wounds drove himself to Holy Family Hospital after being shot Thursday night in Methuen, Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. At approximately 9:57 p.m., the police department received 911 calls for shots fired in the area of 189 Broadway, Huse Road and Brown Street, before Holy Family Hospital called to let them know the man had made his way to the main entrance of the emergency room. The teen was MedFlighted to a Boston-area hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. When officers were dispatched to all three locations, evidence of a shooting was found on Huse Road. Methuen Police Department Officer Tim Getchell and his explosive K-9 partner Buddy searched the area for firearms evidence with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police, Solomon said.

Judge Sends Haverhill Man With ‘Extensive Criminal Record’ Accused of Car Breaks to Detox

A Haverhill man police say is responsible for nine city car breaks and was recently brought up on charges for 35 breaks in Tewksbury is headed to a 28-day court-ordered detox program. Keegen MacRae faced Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany this week, where he was ordered held without bail and sent to the rehabilitation program. MacRae’s punishment comes two months after he allegedly broke into cars on Germain Avenue, South Cogswell and South New Streets. An investigation by Haverhill Police Det. James Cotreau into the crimes allegedly committed by MacRae found that the 24-year-old, said to be homeless at the time of his Aug.

Police Seize Ammunition, AR-15 Magazines From Home of Haverhill Man

Clarification: An original version of this story referenced the seizure of memorabilia in Vavak's home. Police did not seize the items, simply located them in the residence as part of the investigation. Haverhill Police intending to perform a well-being check on a man’s pets after his September arrest ended up finding more than $46,000 worth of Nazi memorabilia and weapons in his Old Ferry Road home following a search warrant execution, leading a judge to bring him up on new charges. Taken into custody Sept. 4 after a neighbor dispute, 55-year-old disabled veteran Stephen Vavak was declared a danger to the community this week after being summonsed to court on nine counts of possession of a large capacity firearm/feeding device and unlicensed possession of ammunition.

Haverhill Sees First Murder of 2019 as Nursing Home Patient, 83, Beats Roommate, 72 to Death With Walker

The 83-year-old nursing home patient police say allegedly used his walker to beat his 72-year-old roommate to death Saturday night appeared before a judge Monday, where a forensic psychologist determined he “had no rational appreciation” for the circumstances of the murder charge he faces. After speaking with Oxford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center patient Jose Veguilla and his family, Dr. Kerry Nellington told Haverhill District Court Judge Patricia Dowling the man suffers from dementia and a traumatic brain injury as the result of a fall. Nelligan also told Dowling Veguilla confused her for the attorney hired to represent him, Jonathan Shapiro. “While he knew he was at the court, he doesn’t know the day, month or even the year. He also from one moment to the next could not remember if he had an attorney or if that attorney was myself or his counsel,” Nelligan said.

Haverhill Nursing Home Patient, 76, Dies After Assault by 83-Year-Old

A 76-year-old Haverhill nursing home patient is dead and an 83-year-old is charged in connection with his death. The victim, Robert Boucher, was assaulted sometime before 7:30, last night, at Oxford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 689 Main St., according to Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. “Police found a 76-year old male suffering from injuries a result of a physical assault.  He was transported to Holy Family Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” Kimball said. Jose Veguilla, Boucher’s roommate, was arrested and taken to Holy Family Hospital and later Bridgewater State Hospital where he is being evaluated, she said. He will be arraigned Monday at Haverhill District Court.

Haverhill Man Nearly Chokes Trying to Swallow Drugs He Allegedly Hid From Police During Arrest

A city man well-known to police caused a scene in the middle of Main Street traffic last week when Haverhill Police narcotics detectives arrested him for fentanyl possession—and according to Det. Dana Burrill Jr., he didn’t go down without a fight. Burrill was among the narcotics detectives conducting surveillance near 389 Main St. on Sept. 27 around 7:30 p.m. when the unit became suspicious 32-year-old Moises Santana was involved in a suspected drug deal.

Patsy Schena Case Moves to Superior Court as Haverhill Man Indicted for 82-Year-Old’s Murder

An Essex County Grand Jury Thursday indicted a 48-year-old Cedar Street man for the June murder of Groveland’s Patsy Schena, moving the case to Superior Court, District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office confirms.

Leedell Graham was indicted for murder, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and home invasion Oct. 3 in connection with the June 21 death of the former Groveland town building inspector. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court at a later date. As WHAV reported last summer, Graham is said to have known Schena through “business dealings” not related to Schena’s town position. The medical examiner declared Schena’s death the result of “blunt and sharp force trauma” and court records indicate Graham allegedly used a lamp from Schena’s Governors Road home to kill him.

Judge Declares Haverhill Man Charged With Allegedly Kidnapping, Drugging Teen a Danger to Community

The Haverhill man arrested last week for allegedly kidnapping and drugging a teen reported missing from another state has been declared a danger to the community and remains behind bars for at least another month, a judge ruled Tuesday. Essex County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Carrie Kimball tells WHAV Mitchell George was “found dangerous” during an Oct. 1 Haverhill District Court hearing. He is held without bail until his next appearance in early November. The 46-year-old man is said to have allegedly drugged a male juvenile with a cough syrup like drink he called “homemade chocolate milk” before taking him to his Leyland Avenue home.