UPDATE: Police Nab Methuen Shooting Suspect, 17, in Haverhill

On Wednesday afternoon, Methuen Police took a 17-year-old Haverhill teen into custody in connection to the shooting in Haverhill. Solomon praised the joint efforts of Methuen and Haverhill’s police departments, along with the Massachusetts State Police. He remains held on $500,000 bail pending arraignment in juvenile court Thursday. ORIGINAL STORY:

A Haverhill juvenile is being sought by Methuen Police in connection with Sunday afternoon’s shooting on that city’s Davis Road, Methuen Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. An arrest warrant has been obtained for a juvenile on charges including assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury and armed assault with intent to rob.

Motorcyclists Allegedly Terrorize, Flash Gun at Haverhill Woman, 23, in Road Rage Scene

A 23-year-old Haverhill woman was allegedly terrorized by a motorcycle gang—where one member “flashed” a pistol—after a “road rage” incident early Saturday afternoon. Forty-six-year-old Albert Menkello of Malden was arrested by Haverhill Police around 1:30 p.m., Saturday, and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon and two counts of drug possession. An hour earlier, the Haverhill woman said she was driving along River Street near Westgate Center when she was cut off by four motorcyclists. In Haverhill District Court Monday, Menkello was ordered held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing this Thursday. Upon arrest, police said, Menkello was found with a 357 magnum Ruger, bullets, brass knuckles, two shanks, several needles, a Xanax pill and five vials of anabolic steroids.

Lowell Trio Threatens to ‘Shoot Down’ Haverhill Family’s Door During Weekend Break-In

A Haverhill mother and her two children were left shaken after police say a Lowell trio demanded entry into their Lafayette Square apartment Friday night, threatening to “shoot down” the door if she didn’t comply. Jesse Bauchman, Anthony Decontreras and Tysean Meyer faced Haverhill District Court First Justice Stephen Abany Monday after being arrested by Haverhill Police Patrolman Jared Brady May 31 on a felony charge of nighttime breaking and entering, destruction of property and threat to commit a crime. Brady, a member of Haverhill’s gang/narcotics unit, was first on scene Friday, catching up with the men while doing undercover surveillance on the exact address in question. Brady was in an unmarked cruiser parked in the CVS lot around 8:30 p.m. Friday night when a 911 caller reported seeing four males—the three codefendants and a 15-year-old male juvenile—park in the same CVS lot and run across the street and up to the second floor. The caller said they were possibly armed.

Methuen Police Investigating After Teen Shot, Pushed Out of SUV on Davis Road

Methuen and State Police are currently investigating after a brazen Sunday afternoon shooting left a 17-year-old male with life threatening injuries, Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. Local police responded to Davis Road just after 12:20 p.m. and spoke to a witness who saw a black SUV with tinted windows push the teen out and drive off, Solomon said. The victim, a student at Methuen High School, lives on Davis Road. He was shot once and underwent surgery at Lawrence General Hospital before being transported to a Boston-area hospital. Davis Road remains closed at this hour as police continue to investigate the crime.

Fight Over Scarf Leads to Hit-and-Run; Bradford Man, 21, Stands Accused of Injuring Twin Brother

A Memorial Day weekend car accident left a Bradford family with one son in the hospital and his twin brother behind bars after what police say was a hit-and-run that began over a sentimental wardrobe item. Haverhill Police responded to the intersection of Lincolnshire Drive and Haymeadow Circle Sunday, May 26 just before 5 p.m. for a report of a car accident. Sgt. Jamie Landry, Sgt. Kevin Lynch, Officer Justin Graham and Officer Zachary Phair found 21-year-old Bradley McLaughlin drifting in and out of consciousness face down on the pavement.

Haverhill Man Gets Four Years in Prison for 2018 Armed Red Hen Market Robbery

A Haverhill man is set to spend three to four years behind bars for his role in the November 2018 armed robbery of River Street’s Red Hen Market, Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office tells WHAV. Joseph Fowler saw his original charge of armed robbery while masked reduced to armed robbery as the result of a guilty plea deal in Salem Superior Court this week and apologized when accepting his sentence, Blodgett’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball said. As WHAV previously reported, Fowler was arrested by Lowell Police in December 2018 on a warrant out of Haverhill in the wake of what police say was a brazen daytime cash grab in which he entered the River Street convenience store appearing to purchase a lottery ticket and candy bar and instead demanded cash from the clerk. On his way out of the store, police say Fowler dropped a knife. Police were alerted to Fowler’s whereabouts after surveillance images of the incident were circulated to media outlets and a relative contacted authorities, Kimball said.

Haverhill Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Fentanyl Trafficking, Firearms Charges

Twenty-seven-year-old Nicholas Messina pleaded guilty in a New Hampshire federal court to drug trafficking and firearms charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray said Wednesday. The Haverhill man’s admission comes after he was arrested at a Nashua, N.H. hotel with fentanyl, cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash and a loaded firearm, police said. During an interview after his arrest, Messina said he intended to distribute the drugs. “Drugs and guns are a potentially lethal combination. Traffickers who use firearms to further their distribution activities present a heightened concern for law enforcement agencies,” Attorney Murray said after Messina’s plea.

Judge Sets $30K Bail for Haverhill Man Who Forced Police to Strip Search Him to Locate Hidden Fentanyl

A 24-year-old city man forced Haverhill Police to do an intimate strip search after he attempted to conceal suspected fentanyl while being booked for a motor vehicle-related arrest on May 22, WHAV has confirmed. Pierre Thibault has been ordered held on $30,000 bail after being arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute approximately 20 grams of suspected fentanyl and suspected crack cocaine. According to Detective Sean Harrison, Thibault was found to be driving with a suspended license when Haverhill Police encountered him on River Street. Once stopped, police say Thibault was in possession of a “rock like substance” in his sweatshirt pocket, which Harrison believed to be crack cocaine. While awaiting transport back to the Bailey Boulevard police station, Officer Zachary Bouchard observed Thibault “moving his buttocks in an unusual manner as if he was trying to manipulate something,” Harrison said.