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.

Update: Methuen Police Reportedly Arrest Motorcyclist That Allegedly Ran Down 62-Year-Old Woman

Methuen Police reportedly arrested a motorcyclist Monday who was accused in a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash Sunday night. Methuen Police Chief Scott J. McNamara said in a statement a 62-year-old Methuen woman, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead after police received a report at 8:37 p.m., that a person was found by a passerby lying in the roadway near 471 Lowell St. Methuen Police Officer Michael Cabral arrived to multiple people flagging down his cruiser. He began administering medical aid to a woman—later identified as Pamela O’Neil—until Methuen Fire Department paramedics arrived on scene. As part of the its investigation, Methuen Police obtained video surveillance that showed a Harley Davidson motorcycle, possibly with a dark red and grey two-tone fender missing, which showed a motorcycle, traveling at a high rate of speed that struck the woman.

Federal Grand Jury in Boston Indicts Haverhill Man Among Others for Alleged Drug Dealing

A 30-year-old Haverhill man was one of 16 people indicted by a federal grand jury on a case related to drug dealing and money laundering that allegedly distributed tens of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine. David Delauri of Haverhill faces charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances that was first brought against 16 people in November of 2022. Others are Lawrence Michael Nagle of Saugus; Christopher Nagle, Revere; Javier Bello, Beverly; Anthony Bryson, Billerica; Frantz Adolphe, Lynn; Soyanna Lages, Somerville; David Muise, Swampscott; Alexander Villar, Danvers; Edward Ortiz, Swampscott; Yaira Ramos-Rivera, Billerica; Jose Garcia, Roslindale; Chevon Dorce, Lynn; and Gino Castillo, Salem. The superseding indictment handed down in Boston adds two counts of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition for defendant Nagle; three additional counts of possession with the intent to distribute various controlled substances against Nagle and Castillo; as well as a money laundering conspiracy charge against Nagle and two new co-defendants Nancy Lopez of Saugus; and Samuel Saillant of Lynn. Lopez was arrested Thursday and, following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston, was released on conditions.