Public Meetings: Haverhill City Council Committee Follows Up on Westland Terrace Tire Slashing

The public has opportunities to shape policy this week as various Haverhill boards meet. In the interest of transparency in government, WHAV provides this list of upcoming meetings every week. A lack of emergency contacts and supervision of a Westland Terrace group home is before the Haverhill City Council’s Public Safety Committee this Wednesday. Councilors expressed frustration last July after a July 5 incident where one of the group home’s tenants was arrested for allegedly using a steak knife to slash a dozen neighbors’ tires. Tuesday, Nov.

Fiorentini’s ‘Aggressive’ Approach to Combat Gang Violence: Community Meetings, Reconvening Task Force

One week after Haverhill Police arrested a known gang member for allegedly shooting at a city couple on Washington Street, Mayor James J. Fiorentini is doubling down on his efforts to eradicate violence in the area. As part of what he calls a “broad and aggressive approach” to combat gangs and gun violence in Haverhill, Fiorentini on Friday announced a Dec. 5 community meeting to be held in the Mount Washington neighborhood along with the Haverhill Police Department as a first step to discuss issues in the city. “We’re going to continue our broad and aggressive approach to fighting gangs and gun violence with a series of initiatives including at least two community meetings, supporting neighborhood crime watches, reconvening my gang task force and other initiatives that are still in the planning stages,” Fiorentini said. The meeting takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Somebody Cares New England Building at 458 Washington St.

Judge Sets $100K Bail for Accused Lawrence Shooter Who Injured Two During Haverhill Police Chase

The Lawrence man wanted in connection to a shooting in that city is being held on $100,000 cash bail after taking Haverhill Police on a chase last week, Judge Stephen Abany ruled. Twenty-seven-year-old David Hernandez appeared in Haverhill District Court Thursday to answer to three counts of leaving the scene of personal injury and two counts of drug possession after being arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Lawrence on Nov. 6. In his attempt to evade State Police, Haverhill detectives and FBI agents, Hernandez struck three cars—including one driven by a grandmother with her 5-year-old granddaughter inside—during a rush hour pursuit near Broadway and Monument Street. Two people were treated for minor injuries after the accident, police said.

Man Wanted for Lawrence Shooting Takes Haverhill Police on Chase That Sends Two to Hospital

A 27-year-old Lawrence man sought on multiple firearm violations including armed assault with intent to murder was arrested Wednesday after leading Haverhill Police on an afternoon car chase that sent two people to the hospital, officials said. David Rafael Hernandez was taken into custody by Officer Conor Rogier Nov. 6 at 4:42 p.m. on a warrant out of Lawrence District Court for his alleged involvement in a shooting in Lawrence Aug. 25. The Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted the Haverhill Police Gang Unit with his arrest.

No Bail for Gang Member Police Say Attempted to ‘Gun Down’ Haverhill Couple on Washington Street

A known gang member police say attempted to “gun down” a Haverhill couple in what may have been a case of mistaken identity has been ordered held without bail, a Haverhill District Court judge ruled Friday. Twenty-three-year-old Mario Acosta will spend the several days behind bars on two counts of armed assault to murder on the order of Judge Patricia Dowling as he awaits a dangerousness hearing Nov. 8. Picked up on a warrant Friday morning, Acosta also faces one count of carrying a loaded firearm without a license, driving with a suspended license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. According to police, a 29-year-old Haverhill woman said she and her boyfriend were confronted Oct.

Police Arrest Known Haverhill Gang Member for Washington Street Shooting

Haverhill Police Friday arrested a 23-year-old known gang member they say is allegedly responsible for the Wednesday afternoon shooting in the city’s Mount Washington neighborhood. Mario Acosta was taken into custody Friday morning without incident on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a loaded firearm without a license and other charges including motor vehicle violations. He is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Haverhill District Court. Acosta stands accused of firing “multiple shots” in the area of 294 Washington St. just before 4 p.m. Oct.

Police Charge Groveland Man, 52, With Child Rape

A 52-year-old Groveland man was held without bail on multiple child rape charges in Haverhill District Court Friday after being arrested by Groveland Police, the Essex District Attorney’s office told WHAV. Christopher Shramko pleaded not guilty to three counts of rape of a child with force and one count of child rape aggravated by age difference in front of Judge Patricia Dowling, who also ordered him to stay away from and have no contact with the victim, whose age was not disclosed. According to police, the victim and Shramko are known to one another and Shramko is alleged to have raped her multiple times during one date “several years ago.” He was arrested by Groveland Police at his home Thursday night after the victim disclosed the allegations to a mandated reporter, who in turn contacted authorities. “While these allegations are deeply troubling, we do not believe that there was a threat to the public at large,” Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen told WHAV in a statement. Shramko next appears in court for a dangerousness hearing on Nov.

WHAV Investigates: How Haverhill Police Reconstruct Accidents, Collaborate with DA to File Charges

Editor’s Note: The public has expressed skepticism—or worse—about the slow pace of automobile fatality investigations and the roles of police departments and the District Attorney’s office. One case dates back to last Jan. 25 when Charles Burrill was walking from his home on Groveland Street to the downtown bus station when he was struck and killed at White’s Corner. No charges have yet been brought. This story aims to shed light on what’s involved in investigations.