Plaistow Police Arrest North Reading Man Allegedly Waving a Knife Outside of Bar

Plaistow, N.H., police arrested a North Reading man late Sunday night after receiving reports of a man waving a knife in the parking lot of a local restaurant. Derek Vadala was charged with felony reckless conduct, felony criminal threatening, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and misdemeanor simple assault.

Police went to Crow’s Nest Bar & Grill, 181 Plaistow Road, at 11:08 p.m. Witnesses told police Vadala was being disruptive. Security employees asked Vadala to leave when he allegedly brandished the weapon and threatened them. It was also alleged that Vadala “chest bumped” a security employee, police said. Vadala was located a short distance away by Officer Edward Barrasso who conducted a motor vehicle stop and made the arrest.

Fed Gang Crackdown Today Nets 32 Arrests; Four from Haverhill, Five from Methuen

Thirty-two people—including four from Haverhill and five from Methuen—were charged with federal and state drug and gun charges during a large sweep this morning. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said 79 guns, including assault weapons, were seized. More than 70 federal, state and local police officers carried out the arrests of individuals alleged to have sold a large number of firearms and a variety of controlled substances, including fentanyl, heroin and cocaine. Eighteen of the 32 defendants are alleged to be members or associates of the Trinitarios street gang in Lawrence. From Haverhill, 31-year-old Kevin Gomez, also known as “Monkey,” was charged in federal court with distribution of and possession with intent to distribute heroin and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Haverhill Neighbor Asks City to Resolve Issues Behind Gang Gun Violence; Police Cite New Challenges

Councilors last night endorsed a resident’s plan to create an anti-gun violence task force and learned of the police department’s latest challenges, including gangs’ recruitment of juveniles. Joanna Dix, who conceived of the task force, said she wants to look at issues underlying the gun violence, including economic, social and political disadvantages faced by neighbors in the two city trouble spots. “I really want a meeting that is data strong. I kind of want to know where we’ve been and where we are now as far as the gun violence in the neighborhoods. Also, I want to really start the discussion about kind of lifting up the people in the Mount Washington neighborhood (and) the lower Acre where the gun violence is happening,” Dix told councilors.

Feds Charge North Andover ‘Short Sale’ Firm with $500,000 Fraud Scheme

The operators of a North Andover mortgage short sale assistance company were charged Friday in federal court with defrauding mortgage lenders and investors out of nearly $500,000. Gabriel T. Tavarez, 39, and Jaime L. Mulvihill, 40, who founded Loss Mitigation Services were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Tavarez also was charged with aggravated identity theft. The charges involve proceeds from about 90 short sale transactions, allegedly defrauding the Federal National Mortgage Association, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling’s office said the charges arise out of the pair’s alleged scheme to steal undisclosed and improper fees from mortgage lenders in connection with short sales of homes.

Public Meetings: Haverhill City Council Committee Follows Up on Westland Terrace Tire Slashing

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. A lack of emergency contacts and supervision of a Westland Terrace group home is before the Haverhill City Council’s Public Safety Committee this Wednesday. Councilors expressed frustration last July after a July 5 incident where one of the group home’s tenants was arrested for allegedly using a steak knife to slash a dozen neighbors’ tires. Tuesday, Nov.

Fiorentini’s ‘Aggressive’ Approach to Combat Gang Violence: Community Meetings, Reconvening Task Force

One week after Haverhill Police arrested a known gang member for allegedly shooting at a city couple on Washington Street, Mayor James J. Fiorentini is doubling down on his efforts to eradicate violence in the area. As part of what he calls a “broad and aggressive approach” to combat gangs and gun violence in Haverhill, Fiorentini on Friday announced a Dec. 5 community meeting to be held in the Mount Washington neighborhood along with the Haverhill Police Department as a first step to discuss issues in the city. “We’re going to continue our broad and aggressive approach to fighting gangs and gun violence with a series of initiatives including at least two community meetings, supporting neighborhood crime watches, reconvening my gang task force and other initiatives that are still in the planning stages,” Fiorentini said. The meeting takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Somebody Cares New England Building at 458 Washington St.

Judge Sets $100K Bail for Accused Lawrence Shooter Who Injured Two During Haverhill Police Chase

The Lawrence man wanted in connection to a shooting in that city is being held on $100,000 cash bail after taking Haverhill Police on a chase last week, Judge Stephen Abany ruled. Twenty-seven-year-old David Hernandez appeared in Haverhill District Court Thursday to answer to three counts of leaving the scene of personal injury and two counts of drug possession after being arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Lawrence on Nov. 6. In his attempt to evade State Police, Haverhill detectives and FBI agents, Hernandez struck three cars—including one driven by a grandmother with her 5-year-old granddaughter inside—during a rush hour pursuit near Broadway and Monument Street. Two people were treated for minor injuries after the accident, police said.

Man Wanted for Lawrence Shooting Takes Haverhill Police on Chase That Sends Two to Hospital

A 27-year-old Lawrence man sought on multiple firearm violations including armed assault with intent to murder was arrested Wednesday after leading Haverhill Police on an afternoon car chase that sent two people to the hospital, officials said. David Rafael Hernandez was taken into custody by Officer Conor Rogier Nov. 6 at 4:42 p.m. on a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for his alleged involvement in a shooting in Lawrence Aug. 25. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted the Haverhill Police Gang Unit with his arrest.