In Haverhill Monday, Gov. Baker Gets Close-Up View of Anti-Gang Violence Effort

Gov. Charlie Baker joined local and state officials this morning to receive a progress report on UTEC’s anti-gang violence program that was spurred by the shooting death of a 20-year-old almost a year ago. The meeting, taking place about a month before UTEC’s formal opening at 241 Winter St., Haverhill, provided insight into how Lowell-based UTEC staff engage gang members. UTEC CEO Gregg Croteau said he was moved following the murder of Nike Colon last May 17. “Within 24 hours of that, I got a call from the mother of Nike. She was calling me, simply to say, ‘thank you,’ because streetworkers she hadn’t known yet—Carlos and Eric—had been there the moment it happened,” he said.

Police Arrest Haverhill Duo, N.H. Man After Red Hen Market Cocaine, Fentanyl Bust

Haverhill Police arrested two city residents and a Plaistow, N.H. man last week after witnessing what they believe to be two consecutive drug deals on the city’s River Street. Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany imposed a $10,000 cash bail for Groveland Street’s Michael Brulport and $30,000 cash bail for Plaistow’s Robert Gill after police say they allegedly carried out a drug transaction at 79 River St., before driving across the street to the Red Hen Market to do another deal. According to Narcotics Unit Detective Dana Burrill Jr., Haverhill Police were conducting surveillance in unmarked cruisers before revealing themselves to Brulport and Gill just after 11 p.m. on April 24. Burrill said the pair met up with View Street’s Krystal Duke in the Red Hen parking lot to allegedly conduct another drug transaction before detectives met them with badges out and guns drawn. In the process, officers seized tan powder believed to be fentanyl from Gill and two plastic bags with a “white rock-like substance” believed to be crack cocaine that Duke hid in her bra, police said.

Columbia Park Home Invasion Sends Two to Hospital; Police Seek Leads

Haverhill Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying armed and masked men who invaded a Columbia Park home last night and demanded money. An adult woman and a child were injured and sent to a local hospital for treatment, according to Captain Robert P. Pistone. The injuries were called “non-life-threatening.” The home invasion was reported just after 9 p.m., at 2 Columbia Park, when “multiple masked men entered an apartment at that location armed with a pistol and demanded money,” he said. Besides the woman and child injured, other children were also present. “Haverhill Police do not believe this to be a random attack; rather a targeted attack based on the investigation.

Second Man Arrested for Haverhill Richdale Brawl Mouths Off to DA, Judge: ‘You’re Lying’

A second Haverhill man arrested for the April 5 Richdale fight lost his temper with a Haverhill District Court judge and assistant district attorney during arraignment last week over what the man said were false claims that made him “look bad” in the wake of a bloody convenience store brawl. WHAV was the only news outlet in the courtroom April 18 when Stephen Hines lost his temper and mouthed off to Haverhill District Court First Justice Stephen Abany and Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo so much so that Abany threatened to remove him from the courtroom. A defiant Hines, brought into the courtroom in cuffs with four court officers surrounding him, faced a judge after being arrested on a fugitive from justice charge Wednesday. At arraignment, he faced one count of unarmed robbery—allegedly stealing $2.00 during the Richdale melee—and assault and battery, police said. As DePaulo recounted the facts of the case, Hines couldn’t hold his tongue, causing Abany to take action.

Maple Avenue Game Night Escalates to Stabbing; Haverhill Man Stands Accused

A 22-year-old Haverhill man is recovering from what police call non-life threatening stab wounds after a Thursday night fight broke out inside a home on Maple Avenue. Officers responded to 3 Maple Ave., No. 3 just after 7 p.m. April 18 to break up a fight between two men that had escalated to a stabbing. According to witnesses, several people were drinking and playing board games when Frailyn Rodriguez—a resident of the Maple Avenue apartment—is said to have returned home and got into a fight with another man there as part of the group. According to police, “Rodriguez became upset because (the victim) was there and said ‘Why are you here?

Former Haverhill DPW Worker Gets Probation for Role in August 2018 City Hall Drug Deal

A former Haverhill city employee pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from an August 2018 drug arrest, receiving a one-year probation term from Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen S. Abany. Appearing in court Thursday, Kevin Moriarty saw two drug charges—one count of possession and one count of distribution—continued without a finding. By pleading guilty, Moriarty received one year of probation and was ordered to stay drug- and alcohol-free until April 2020, with random drug screenings. He also must complete court-ordered community service. A third charge, conspiracy to violate drug laws, was dismissed at the request of prosecuting attorney Stephen LaMonica, who called the outcome a “fair resolution to the case.”

Thursday was the sixth time Moriarty and his two codefendants, Erik Frasca and Steven Allen, appeared in court in connection with their August 2018 case.

Police Arrest Haverhill Man for Carrying Loaded Gun During River Street Traffic Stop

A Haverhill man was ordered held without bail this week after police on random patrol stopped him for broken tail lights only to locate a loaded handgun in the process. Jairold Jimenez, of 11 High St., was stopped for not having his rear lights on by Patrolman Cory Baldera on April 14. During the traffic stop just before 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of River and Beach Streets, Baldera discovered Jimenez had an outstanding warrant for 2018 motor vehicle-related charges. A subsequent “pat-frisk” by Baldera turned up a firearm in Jimenez’s pants pocket, the officer testified in an arrest report. Police determined Jimenez did not possess a license to carry the pistol, which was loaded with nine bullets.

Police Department Joins ‘Neighbors’ App to Offer Real-Time Haverhill Crime Information

Haverhill Police are getting a technology boost to fight crime in real-time though the department’s new partnership with the Neighbors app by Ring, the neighborhood watch-like program to keep communities safe and in contact with local law enforcement. The city is among the first in the Merrimack Valley to utilize the California-based technology to disseminate messages to residents, Ring public relations coordinator Kaleigh Bueckert-Orme tells WHAV. Using the free app, residents are able to enter their home or work address and receive text, photo or video alerts of activity within a half-mile to a five-mile radius. Users do not have to have the Ring doorbell to participate in the Neighbors app; any video footage or photos may be uploaded. Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro looks forward to the potential tips and community engagement the app, implemented at no cost to the department, will provide.