Updated: Bomb Squad Detonates Device at Haverhill Home, Man in 60s Faces Charges

State Police Bomb Squad technicians this afternoon conducted, what they called, “a controlled detonation” of an explosive device and leftover explosive materials at a Haverhill home. Residents near the 5 Rosebud Ave, Haverhill, home who had been evacuated as a safety precaution were allowed back into their homes, according to a statement from Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone, Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien and state Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine. An as-yet unnamed man, described as being in his 60s, faces criminal charges in connection with the device. He was driving a Freightliner truck, stopped by State Police on Interstate 495 in Wrentham and taken to an area hospital. Officials said the highway was shut down while the truck was swept for hazards

As WHAV reported earlier, Haverhill Police were dispatched to the home not far from the Methuen line after receiving a report around 8 this morning of, what was originally described as a possible “incendiary” device.

Georgetown Police Arrest Haverhill Teen for Alleged Assault, More After Drinking Party

A Haverhill teen was arrested Thursday in Georgetown on a variety of charges, including assault and battery on a police officer, after an alleged drinking party. The 17-year-old boy, not identified because of his age, was arrested in connection with a drinking incident around 5:30 p.m. at American Legion Park, according to Police Chief David Sedgwick. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, trespassing, being under 21 in possession of liquor and disturbing the peace

Police received reports that a group of people drinking alcohol on the beach, a violation of town bylaws. Officers found two males and four females socializing near a tree and several were in possession of alcohol. Everyone except the teen boy obeyed an order to disperse.

Judge Sends Haverhill Man, Found Guilty of Groveland Murder, to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole

Leedell Graham of Haverhill was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2019 murder of 82-year-old Patsy “Pat” Schena. A jury in Salem Superior Court found 53-year-old Graham guilty this past Tuesday of first degree murder with extreme atrocity or cruelty and breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny over $1,200. Schena was killed inside his home on Governor’s Road in Groveland. The sentence was imposed by Judge Kathleen McCarthy-Neyman. “While no one can undo this horrific murder, we hope that the verdict in this case brings Mr. Schena’s family some small measure of peace in the knowledge that justice has been served,” said Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker.

Grand Jury Indicts 41-Year-Old Haverhill Man for Alleged False Pandemic Jobless Claim

A Haverhill man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly filing a false Massachusetts Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim in 2020 for an ineligible man who was living in Brazil at the time. Forty-one-year-old Julio Roncaly Morais was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date. According to court documents, Morais filed a state pandemic benefits claim June 3, 2020, on behalf of an unnamed man who was living in Brazil before and after the claim was filed. In the application, Morais allegedly certified under penalty of perjury that the other person was a resident and able and available to work in Massachusetts, but was unable to due to the pandemic.

Superior Court Jury Convicts Haverhill Man in Murder of Former Groveland Building Inspector

A jury in Salem Superior Court convicted Leedell Graham of Haverhill for the 2019 murder of Patsy “Pat” Schena, who was 82 when he was killed inside his home on Governor’s Road in Groveland. Graham was found guilty of murder in the first degree with extreme atrocity or cruelty and breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny over $1,200. Sentencing by Judge Kathleen McCarthy-Neyman is scheduled for Friday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Salem Superior Court. “While no one can undo this horrific murder, we hope that the verdict in this case brings Mr. Schena’s family some small measure of peace in the knowledge that justice has been served,” Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker said in a statement this morning. As WHAV reported five years ago, police said former Groveland building inspector Schena was said to have known Graham through “business dealings” not related to Schena’s town position.

Lawrence Woman, 37, Dies in North Andover Crash; Other Driver Faces Motor Vehicle Homicide Charges

A Lawrence woman was killed late Sunday night and a North Andover woman criminally charged after a vehicle crashed into a building in North Andover. Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker’s office said Tuesday 37-year-old Diana Melo of Lawrence was pronounced dead after being taken to Lawrence General Hospital following the approximately 11 p.m. incident. Vickiana Vargas-Guevara was charged with motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and being negligent; motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation; leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death; leaving the scene of property damage; driving under the influence of liquor; and reckless operation. North Andover Police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision and Reconstruction Section continue to investigate. Vargas-Guevara was arraigned in Lawrence District Court Monday.

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.