Grand Jury Indicts Three Men in Connection with Nov. 21 Haverhill Stabbing Murder

Three men connected with last November’s stabbing murder of a 26-year-old in Haverhill were indicted today by an Essex County grand jury. Indicted were 20-year-old David Trongeau and 19-year-old Kaiden Henderson for murder and armed robbery and 24-year-old Devaughn Johnson for two counts of being an accessory after the fact. The indictments move the cases out of Haverhill District Court and into Essex County Superior Court where the men face more severe penalties if convicted of the crimes. Trongeau was the first to be charged in the Nov. 21 murder of Jose F. Vasquez Jr. at a Marble Street home.

Haverhill Police Arrest Summer Street Pair on Drug-Related Charges Tuesday

Two Summer Street residents were arrested by Haverhill Police on drug dealing charges Tuesday night. Forty-six-year-old Noel Tuitt and 35-year-old Vanessa Whitaker were each charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drugs laws. Whitaker was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. They pair were taken into custody separately between 7 and 8 p.m.at their home.

Woman Accused of Stealing Payroll Tax Money from Local Businesses Agrees to Guilty Plea

The 65-year-old owner of a payroll firm, previously accused of stealing from businesses in Haverhill and Danvers, was charged in federal court and agreed to plead guilty to defrauding clients by diverting money set aside by her clients for payroll taxes. Patricia Lindau, of Newburg, Maine, who operated Northeast Abacus of Newburyport until recently, was charged and has agreed to plead guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. According to the plea agreement filed Monday, the government will recommend a sentence of incarceration at the low end of the guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release and restitution of $1,393,430. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled. Lindau was previously charged on the state level by District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, whose office reported complaints last summer from two unnamed, small businesses—in Haverhill and Danvers.

Methuen Man, 30, to Serve More Than Three Years in Federal Prison for Fentanyl, Cocaine Dealing

A 30-year-old Methuen man was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison last Thursday after being convicted of possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute. New Hampshire U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said Alberto Rosario was found with fentanyl, crack cocaine, and $800 while he was a passenger in a car pulled over by Nashua, N.H., Police June 6, 2018. Police believed the car was involved in drug trafficking. Murray’s office said Rosario was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver later admitted to driving Rosario from Lowell to Nashua and acknowledged that Rosario was distributing drugs.

Haverhill Man, 42, Faces Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Drug Dealing Charges

A 42-year-old Haverhill man was charged this week with dealing in methamphetamine and fentanyl following his arrest. Raymond Pramataris, of 107 Cedar St., was arrested just before 4 p.m., Tuesday, at his home. He was taken into custody by Haverhill Patrolman Michael Tortorise and faces charges in Haverhill District Court.

Feds Indict Methuen and Lawrence 24-Year-Olds for Half Million Dollar Theft of COVID-19 Loans

Two 24-year-old men from Methuen and Lawrence, who were previously arrested for using stolen identities to obtain federal disaster assistance money, were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury. As WHAV reported in December, Ramon Joseph Cruz, of Methuen, and Darwyn Joseph, of Lawrence allegedly received a half million in disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. They were each indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud and aiding and abetting and one count of aggravated identity theft. The men are accused of using stolen identity information of U.S. citizens to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Specifically, they were said to have opened fraudulent bank accounts which were then linked to other fraudulent bank accounts to receive the money.

Driver in Downtown Haverhill Hit-and-Run Accident Two Years Ago Awaits Court Hearing

A driver has been cited by Haverhill Police in the hit-and-run death of a 59-year-old Haverhill man nearly two years ago. Charles O. “Chucky” Burrill Jr. was killed Jan. 25, 2019 when he was struck while on a Main Street crosswalk near White’s Corner in Haverhill. However, as late as last year, officials said the crash remained under investigation. A spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett told WHAV yesterday the unnamed individual has not yet appeared in court.

Haverhill Man, 25, Faces Drug Dealing Charges Following Arrest

A 25-year-old Haverhill man faces drug charges following his arrest Thursday night by Haverhill Police. Paul M. Fagundes of 440 North Ave., Haverhill, was arrested just after 8 p.m. by Haverhill Police Detective Sean Harrison. Fagundes was charged with two counts of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and possession of a class B drug.