Haverhill Man, 76, Faces Motor Vehicle Homicide Charge in Pedestrian Death Two Years Ago

A 76-year-old Haverhill man has been charged with motor vehicle homicide in connection with a downtown Haverhill hit and run accident more than two years ago. Dimitrios Zaralidis of Haverhill has been summoned to be arraigned Thursday, May 13, in Haverhill District Court, said Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Kimball responded to a WHAV inquiry. WHAV first reported last January that a then-unidentified driver was cited by Haverhill Police in the hit-and-run death of 59-year-old Charles O. “Chucky” Burrill Jr.

Zaralidis, who recently appeared before a district court clerk magistrate in what is usually a confidential hearing, was charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, leaving the scene of property damage and crosswalk violation. “The complaint alleges that Mr. Zaralidis struck and killed Charles Burrill as he was crossing Main Street on Jan.

Haverhill Police Behavioral Response Unit Set for May Launch; Mirrors Orange County, Fla., Plan

Last summer, Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro marched out in front of a Haverhill Black Lives Matters protest march in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. DeNaro tells WHAV his efforts to create the department’s civilian behavioral response unit, slated to launch in May, is a continuation of those steps to deescalate violence and address core issues. “What I see and what I hear from the public in my 44 years of doing this is that we need to come up with some more nontraditional ways of dealing with the issues that are presenting themselves in 2021,” he says. The police chief says one or two mental health clinicians will work with police officers, ride in patrol cars and assist the public with mental health needs. DeNaro lists some possible examples.

Crackdown on Off-Road Vehicles Brings Arrests of Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover Residents

Residents of Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover were among six arrested, 20 cited and three summonsed to court during an operation Wednesday to crack down on use of off-road vehicles on Lawrence streets. The joint Lawrence and State Police and Essex County Sheriff’s Department effort also retrieved a stolen motorcycle, stolen plate and resulted in 13 vehicles being towed. Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez explained the goals in a statement. “As widely reported in the media, with the onset of warmer weather police departments across the Commonwealth, including the Lawrence Police Department, are getting increasing complaints regarding reckless and dangerous operation of motorcycles and off-road vehicles on public ways. Operating off-road vehicles such as ATVs, dirt bikes and unregistered motor-scooters is unlawful as they are not intended for use on city streets,” he said.

Grand Jury Indicts Haverhill Man Accused of Attempted Murder; Kavanaugh Well Known to Police

The 23-year-old man accused of running down two of his neighbors twice with his car and brutally stabbing one of the women was, as expected, indicted Monday by a grand jury. Jake T. Kavanaugh, of 15 Fairview Farm Road, Haverhill, is likely to be arraigned in Superior Court in early April, said Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Kavanaugh now faces greater penalties in Superior Court. He was originally charged with armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Kavanaugh is well known to police, having been arrested in 2018 on drug charges along with Erika J. Maczuba Benner and Joseph Maxwell “Max” Benner.

Following Recent Violence, Behavioral Response Unit to Soon Join Haverhill Police

Three months after Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro asked for a social worker to help police, his wish was granted Friday after two high-profile incidents of violence which may have mental health causes. When he appeared before the City Council in December, DeNaro cited suicides, drug overdoses, domestic violence, runaways and other situations where a social worker would be helpful in defusing immediate problems and getting help for individuals as well. Last week, DeNaro renewed his call for help. (See earlier WHAV story.)

“These last two high-profile cases we had—both the homicide and the victims who ran down on Liberty Street—fall into the realm of a behavioral response unit…to reach them in hopes of preventing these things,” DeNaro told WHAV. Those incidents involve 35-year-old Diecryk Garcia, accused of murdering John Rosado with a metal pipe last week, and Jake T. Kavanaugh, accused of running down two women with his car twice and then attacking one with a box cutter on March 3.

Prosecutor Names 34-Year-Old Haverhill Murder Victim at Arraignment of Alleged Killer

The 34-year-old man killed following a fight Thursday afternoon at a Winter Street home was identified this morning as John Rosado. At the arraignment of his accused killer, 35-year-old Diecryk Garcia, the Essex County District Attorney’s office charged Garcia struck Rosado in the head with metal pipe. Garcia, who lives at 127 Winter St., where the murder took place, was ordered held without bail by Haverhill District Court First Justice Cesar A. Archilla. Archilla also entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of Garcia, who is charged with murder. Garcia was also ordered to undergo a competency evaluation before a probable cause hearing Monday, March 29.

Updated: Man, 34, Dies Following Thursday Afternoon ‘Altercation’ on Winter Street, Haverhill

A 34-year-old man is reported dead after suffering what the Essex County District Attorney’s office called “blunt force trauma” after an “altercation” Thursday afternoon on Winter Street in Haverhill

Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett said 35-year-old Dieryk Garcia of Haverhill was taken into custody. He will be arraigned on a charge of murder Friday in Haverhill District Court. She did not identify the victim, but said earlier he was first taken to a local hospital with “life-threatening” injuries before being airlifted to a Boston hospital. Haverhill police were dispatched around 4:30 p.m. to 127 Winter St., near downtown Haverhill. The Essex District Attorney’s office, Haverhill Police and Essex State Police Detective Unit are investigating.

Motorcyclist, 37, Airlifted to Boston with Serious Injuries; Haverhill Police Make Drunken Driving Arrest

A 37-year-old man was airlifted to a Boston hospital for treatment of serious injuries and a 60-year-old Salisbury woman has been charged with drunken driving in connection with the incident just before 5, this afternoon. According to Haverhill Police, an unidentified motorcyclist and a pickup truck driven by Martha Iannazzo, collided on the onramp from River Street, Routes 110/113, northbound onramp to I-495. Haverhill Police and Fire and Trinity EMS provided emergency aid. The motorcyclist was taken to nearby Westgate Center for to be MedFlighted to Boston, according to a statement from Interim Capt. Meaghan J. Paré. Iannazzo was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of liquor causing serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injuries, possession of a class B drug and driving with an open container of alcohol.