Haverhill Corrections Officer Receives Probation for Attempt to Smuggle Drugs to Prisoner

A former 29-year-old Essex County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer from Haverhill was sentenced to probation Monday in federal court for his role in trying to smuggle drugs to a prisoner at the Middleton jail. Gregorit Sanchez was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley in Boston to five years’ probation with the first year to be served in home detention. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said in a release the court acknowledged that U.S. sentencing guidelines suggest 30-37 months in prison and the prosecutor recommended a sentence of 30 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. In March, Sanchez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and other controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and other controlled substances. Sanchez was charged in December 2021, along with 20 other individuals.

Methuen Party Shooting Incident Leaves Eight Injured—Two Listed in Critical Condition

Eight people were injured—including two listed in critical condition—in a shooting incident early this morning in Methuen

Seven of the victims suffered gunshot wounds and one was significantly injured while fleeing the scene, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office and Methuen Police. The incident took place at about 1:55 a.m. at 100 Lindberg Ave., Methuen. Victims range from ages 17 to 23. Methuen Police were dispatched after a reported “pop-up” party was organized via social media. State Police detectives assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office and Methuen Police are investigating.

Haverhill Educator Faces Charges of Allegedly Sending Obscene Material to a Student

A 25-year-old educational support professional at Haverhill’s Gateway Academy in Haverhill was arrested yesterday and arraigned in court today on a charge of sending pornographic images of himself to a 16-year-old student. District Attorney Paul F. Tucker’s office said in a statement Justin Smith allegedly sent the images to the minor. Smith was arrested by Haverhill Police Thursday and arraigned today in Haverhill District Court on two felony counts of distributing obscene matter to a student. At the arraignment, the state asked that bail be set at $15,000. Judge Cesar A. Archilla set bail at $4,000 and ordered conditions requested, including to have no contact with the alleged victim, no contact with minors, stay away from schools and comply with GPS home confinement.

Essex DA Tucker Warns Residents of Rising Cryptocurrency Schemes

With cryptocurrency scams becoming more prevalent, Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker is advising citizens to beware of schemes that involve payments in cryptocurrencies at special ATMs.

In a public service announcement, Tucker presents an unnamed victim’s own story where the woman relates how she received a pop-up message on her laptop, instructing her to call Microsoft. She ultimately lost $13,000 after being told to make a deposit at a cryptocurrency ATM. Tucker says in his public service announcement she is not alone. “In Essex County, in the last calendar year 2023, we estimate that we’ve had about $10 million worth of reported fraud due to all different types of schemes,” says Tucker in his video

Cryptocurrency ATMs—also referred to as “crypto kiosks,” “bitcoin ATMs” or “BTMs”—look like traditional ATMs but allow customers to purchase cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, litecoin, dogecoin and Ethereum, using cash, debit or credit cards or bank transfers. With high transaction fees, cryptocurrency ATMs convert the user’s physical cash into cryptocurrency and send it to the user’s “digital wallet.”

Transactions are instantaneous, and criminals can immediately transfer payments, preventing recovery of the funds.

Haverhill Participates in Emerging Adult Leadership Academy for Better Justice Outcomes

Haverhill officials took part recently in the state’s first-ever Emerging Adult Leadership Academy, which provided five days of training and shared field experience regarding adults involved in the justice system. The Academy’s first cohort included the Haverhill Police Department and Essex County District Attorney’s office. It was organized by the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in partnership with the Municipal Police Training Committee, UTEC Training Center for Excellence and ForHealth Consulting at UMass Chan Medical School. UTEC CEO Gregg Croteau said, “The leadership academy represents a deep commitment to investing in strategies that are proving to be successful in reducing recidivism and increasing a range of positive outcomes.”

Guest speakers included Haverhill Mayor Melinda E. Barrett, Rev. Kenneth M. Young, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker. Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy explained the purpose is to “create successful pathways for emerging adults with a shared goal of improving people’s lives and strengthening our communities.”

North Andover, Haverhill Driving School Owner, Arrested for Drugs, Accepts Ban, $300K Settlement

The owner of a now-closed driving school with offices in Haverhill, North Andover and Andover school is banned from again owning such a business and must pay $300,000 to settle refund complaints with the Massachusetts attorney general. North Andover Auto School and owner Michael J. Larocque entered into a settlement related to the abrupt closing of his business following his October 2020 arrest on trafficking in the drug methamphetamine, as WHAV previously reported. The payment will be used to refund impacted consumers and for initiatives that promote consumer protection. Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell’s office said some students may have already received refunds through the driving school’s state-required surety bond. The settlement permanently bars Larocque from both operating any driving school and providing any form of driver’s education in the Commonwealth.

Police Arrest Second Plaistow, N.H., Auto Dealer on Alleged Failure to Provide Timely Vehicle Title

A second Plaistow, N.H., automobile dealer was arrested Wednesday on an allegation he did not provide a customer with a certificate of title following a vehicle sale. New Hampshire State Police said in a press release members of the Troop G Investigations Unit arrested 29-year-old Nicholas Giangarra of Newton, N.H., after investigators received information that Giangarra, an owner of JTS Auto & Truck in Plaistow, failed to provide a certificate of title to a new owner within the time required by law. Giangarra was arrested on a warrant without incident and charged with one count of Anti-Theft Laws: No Title to Transferee, a misdemeanor offense. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 12 in the Sixth Circuit Court – District Division in Concord on, 2024, at 8 a.m.

Police arrested a 42-year-old earlier on a similar charge as WHAV reported. Investigators said they are concerned there may be additional victims who have not yet made reports to police.

New Hampshire State Police Arrest Plaistow Man for Allegedly Failing to Timely Provide Vehicle Title

New Hampshire State Police yesterday arrested a 42-year-old automobile dealership owner from Plaistow, N.H., who allegedly failed to provide a provide a certificate of title to a new owner within the time required by law. State Police said in a press release members of the Troop G Investigations Unit arrested Jordan T. Shallow, an owner of ISellTrux in Hampstead, N.H. They said investigators also determined Shallow failed to mail or deliver a certificate of title or application to the Bureau of Title and Anti-Theft within the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles in Concord more than four months from the date of sale, “far past the time required by state law.”

He was arrested on a warrant without incident and charged with two counts of Anti-Theft Laws: No Title to Transferee and Failure to Deliver Title/Application. Both offenses are misdemeanors. Shallow is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, June 28, at 8 a.m. in the Sixth Circuit Court—District Division in Concord. Investigators said they are concerned there may be additional victims who have not yet made reports to police.