Methuen High Student, 16, in Court Today to Face Charges of Stabbing 15-Year-Old

A 16-year-old Methuen High School student is charged with armed assault to murder and related charges after a stabbing Monday morning at the school. The male student, unnamed because of his age, allegedly stabbed a 15-year-old male former student twice in the torso before 11:40 a.m., according to Methuen Police Chief Scott J. McNamara. The student was also charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, two counts assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon. McNamara said detectives are working with the School Department and others to find out how the student obtained the knife. Police said it appears he was let into the building by two other students who opened a locked side door.

Police Arrest Former Chelmsford Man in Cold Case Lawrence Murder of 11-Year-Old in 1988

A former Chelmsford man was arrested last night in connection with the murder of an 11-year-old girl nearly 34 years ago in Lawrence after investigators said they solved the cold case. Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said today 74-year-old Marvin C. McClendon Jr., now of Breman, Ala. was arrested and charged as a fugitive from justice following the issuance of an arrest warrant yesterday for the murder of Melissa Ann Tremblay, of Salem, N.H., on Sept. 12, 1988.  McClendon is being held at the Cullman County Sheriff’s office and will be arraigned in an Alabama court tomorrow. The timing of his return depends on his decision to waive rendition.

Man Recovering from Gunshot Wound, Another Arrested After Haverhill Shooting Saturday

Updated: Haverhill Police have corrected the age of the shooting victim, now reporting he is 38. 

A 37-year-old Brockton man is expected to be arraigned today in Haverhill District Court for allegedly shooting a 38-year-old man early Saturday night in the Lower Acre neighborhood. As WHAV reported first, Haverhill Deputy Police Chief Stephen Doherty said police were dispatched after receiving a report of “shots fired” around 7 p.m. at 25 Dover St., near Cedar Street. The unidentified man was taken to Holy Family Hospital Haverhill for what was described as a non-life-threatening wound. He was later released. Jake Houston of Brockton was arrested by Haverhill Police and charged with armed assault to murder and related firearm and assault charges, Doherty said.

Haverhill Patrolman On Leave Following Accident and Arrest on Drunk Driving Charge

A veteran Haverhill police officer was charged with drunk driving following a collision with a parked car last night in downtown Haverhill. Police said in a statement Patrolman Carlos Arriaga, who was off-duty, was involved in the accident just before 8 p.m., Sunday, near 216 Essex St. He was driving a 2017 Mercedes GLE 350 when his SUV struck a parked, but occupied, 2022 Honda CRV, resulting in, what were deemed, “minor injuries” to both drivers and damage to both vehicles. Police said Arriaga was placed on administrative leave, a common practice pending court action and internal disciplinary review. Arriaga was arrested in August 2019 on domestic violence charges of assault and battery on a family/household member and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Grand Jury Indicts 18-Year-Old in Connection with February Shooting Death of Methuen Man

An 18-year-old Lawrence man has been charged with murder and gun crimes in connection with the February shooting of a Methuen man. Yanuel Mejia was indicted by an Essex County grand jury yesterday for murder; carrying a firearm, subsequent offense; and possession of a loaded firearm. He was arrested last night in Lawrence through a cooperative effort by the Essex State Police Detective Unit, Methuen and Lawrence Police detectives. Mejia is expected to be arraigned in Salem Superior Court today. Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett and Methuen Police Chief Scott McNamara recounted 22-year-old Ewdy Lopez, of Kimball Road, was shot to death Feb.

Haverhill Police Say Search Yielded Loaded Machine Gun, Two Arrests at Mount Washington Home

Haverhill and State Police seized, what police called, a loaded machine gun and ammunition after a raid Tuesday at a Mount Washington home. Twenty-four-year-old Hector Bido and 21-year-old Antonio Bido, both of 15 Proctor St., second floor, Haverhill, were arrested after Haverhill Police Narcotics Unit and State Police Violent Fugitive Section entered their residence “in the early morning hours” with a search warrant. Police seized an AK-47 rifle, several rounds of ammunition, numerous gun clips and marijuana, according to a report issued Wednesday by Deputy Police Chief Stephen J. Doherty Jr.

A police arrest log showed the men were arrested a half hour apart after a warrant was served at 6:34 a.m.

Besides possession of a loaded machine gun, the men were charged with four counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device, possession of ammunition without a license, improper storage of a large capacity gun and possession of a marijuana with intent to distribute. “Great work by all officers involved,” wrote Doherty. The incident is the latest report of gun charges emanating from the city’s Mount Washington neighborhood.

Updated: Two-Person Haverhill High School Fight Brings Arrest; Special Public Meeting Monday Night

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story mentioned two conflicting meeting notices. School Committee Vice Chairperson Toni Sapienza-Donais has since clarified that there will be no closed-door session, but the public is invited to an open meeting Monday night at 7, in the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers in City Hall. A “fight” Thursday morning at Haverhill High School which resulted in an arrest of a female student is prompting a meeting of the Haverhill School Committee Monday night. Both Haverhill High Principal Jason Meland and Haverhill Police used social media to confirm the 11:30 a.m. incident, involving two students. Police said there were no injuries and Meland added separately, “The situation is under control and students are safe.” School Committee Vice Chairperson Toni Sapienza-Donais told WHAV the public is invited to ask questions and offer suggestions at a special School Committee meeting Monday night.

Hash Browns Order Brings Arrest of 21-Year-Old for Haverhill Armed Robbery and Assault and Battery

A 21-year-old Lynn man was arrested by Haverhill Police Monday morning within minutes of the man allegedly threatening to stab restaurant workers and stealing hash browns. Wetsny Louicius was charged with armed robbery and assault and battery. According to court documents, a South Main Street restaurant employee took an order of hash browns from Louicius around 9 a.m. and advised the man two would be a better value. The server told police Louicius then reportedly swore, said he wouldn’t pay, ran behind the counter and took hash browns from a station. When the server moved for her telephone, the man “grabbed her arm tight” and also reached into his backpack.