Groveland Police Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Two Likely Involved in Farm Stand Theft

Groveland Police are looking for two people who allegedly stole a red cooler containing chicken eggs and expensive cooler packs from an unstaffed farm stand. Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen said officers were dispatched Tuesday, July 26, around 3:15 p.m., to King Street for a report of a theft. They learned two individuals believed to be responsible were traveling in an older model red Honda Odyssey. After an investigation, police also learned the people allegedly attempted to steal a metal lockbox containing money from the same stand. Gillen asked for the public’s help in watching out for the Honda which is believed to have a “loud, defective exhaust system.”

“There are many small farm stands in Groveland, and we urge the owners of these stands to secure all items of value in the hopes of preventing any future property loss,” Gillen said in a statement.

Methuen Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Bank Robbery

A Methuen man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Boston to armed bank robbery. Twenty-six-year-old Caio Costa pleaded guilty to armed bank robbery and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin scheduled sentencing for Oct. 31. Costa was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2021.

State Police Confirm Death of 49-Year-Old Man Who Barricaded Himself in Car Along I-495

A man, who police believe was connected to a series of bank robberies and who barricaded himself last night in car in the median of Interstate 495, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Massachusetts State Police this morning confirmed the death of 49-year-old Anthony Miele  of Quincy. Miele shot himself, causing what police said was “massive injury around,” at 9:10 p.m., while State Police negotiators tried to convince him to surrender. He was pronounced dead at 11:28 p.m. at Lawrence General Hospital. State Police Spokesman David Procopio said the standoff was set in motion just before 7 p.m. when a Massachusetts State Police sergeant saw a 2018 BMW 430XI, occupied by Miele, parked outside the Digital Federal Credit Union on Broadway, Methuen.

Updated: State Police Report Man Barricaded in Vehicle Near Lawrence and Andover Shoots Himself

Massachusetts State Police said an armed man who barricaded himself in a car on the median along Interstate 495 apparently shot himself. State Police gave the update around 10 p.m., saying the man “suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound” and was taken to Lawrence General Hospital. State Police Spokesman David Procopio told WHAV a follow up investigation will be led by the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Contrary to earlier reports, his condition is not known. Many motorists were stuck on the highway for hours after both sides of I-495 were closed around 7 p.m. Some vehicles were directed back along their routes, followed by lanes reopening after 10 p.m.

The scene began unfolding around 7 p.m. with State Police patrols and tactical units on the highway near the Lawrence/Andover line.

Feds Indict Haverhill and Lawrence Men, 18 and 19, For Alleged Gun Thefts From Derry Firearms Dealer

An 18-year-old Haverhill man and his 19-year-old Lawrence counterpart were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in New Hampshire for alleged conspiracy to steal a dozen firearms from a Derry, N.H., outlet. U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young said Gary Ortiz of Haverhill and Jaythean Diaz of Lawrence, were charged with one count of conspiracy to steal firearms from a New Hampshire Federal Firearm Licensee. They were both arrested in Lawrence Wednesday and released on electronic monitoring and a condition they abide by an 8 p.m.-6: a.m. curfew. According to court documents, the two men conspired with each other and other persons last Dec. 6, to steal firearms from Second Amendment Arms of Derry.

Atkinson, N.H., Lab Pleads Guilty of Failure to File Export Information on Shipments to Russia and Ukraine

An Atkinson, N.H., firm pleaded guilty in federal court to 14 felony counts of failure to file export information on shipments to Russia and Ukraine. U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young said Monday Intertech Trading Corporation, a laboratory equipment distributor, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 17, if the court accepts the binding plea agreement. Intertech will pay the maximum allowable fine of $10,000 per count and be subject to a two-year term of corporate probation and monitoring. According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2015 and 2019, Intertech exported laboratory equipment to Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere, falsely describing the nature and value of the exported items on the commercial invoices and shipping forms. In its plea agreement, Intertech admitted that it used false, innocuous descriptions such as “lamp for aquarium” or “spares for welding system,” rather than accurately identifying the sophisticated scientific equipment actually contained in the shipments.

Haverhill Motorcyclist, 28, Receives Serious Injuries in Plaistow; Other Driver Faces DWI Charge

A 28-year-old Haverhill man is being treated at a Boston hospital for, what were described as, “serious injuries” after he and the motorcycle he was driving were struck by an allegedly drunk driver early Friday morning in Plaistow, N.H.

Matthew J. Wilson suffered “serious injuries to his lower extremities” and was flown to Tufts Medical Center by Boston MedFlight, where he was listed in serious condition, according to a statement by Plaistow Police. Police said 27-year-old Joshua Somma of Fremont, N.H., was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony-level charge. Police said they came upon the crash at approximately 12:30 a.m., on Route 125 south, near 20 Plaistow Road. They said Somma was driving north and making a left-hand turn. Initial reports described the accident as a head-on collision with Wilson being thrown and suffering compound leg fractures.

Salisbury Woman Pleads Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Child; Area Police Aid Prosecution

A Salisbury woman pleaded guilty last Friday in federal court in Boston to the sexual exploitation of an infant. Twenty-six-year-old Desiree Daigle pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting a child. U.S. District Court Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Oct. 24. U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins’ office said in a statement the prosecution was assisted by the Amesbury, North Andover, Salisbury, Methuen and Haverhill Police Departments, among others.