Haverhill Police Officer Faces Assault Charge After Match.com Alert Leads to Fight With Girlfriend

A longtime Haverhill Police officer remains on paid administrative leave as his department investigates the circumstances surrounding the events leading up to his Aug. 7 arrest on domestic violence charges. City Solicitor William D. Cox Jr. tells WHAV 48-year-old Carlos Arriaga is off the job while Haverhill Police investigate the matter. Arriaga was arraigned more than two weeks ago without notice and as WHAV reported Friday, he appeared in Newburyport District Court for a hearing that same day on charges of assault and battery on a family/household member and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon following an incident on Wednesday, Aug. 7, WHAV has confirmed.

Haverhill Police Thwart Attempted Autofair Ford Robbery

A Haverhill man who attempted to steal tires from a city car dealership was caught in the act this week by Haverhill Police, and later allegedly admitted that had the incident happened in Lawrence, he and his nephew would have “gotten away” with the con. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Realejo was arrested Aug. 18 after police say he and 20-year-old Christian Tejada attempted to steal tires off a truck from Broadway’s Autofair Ford before being caught by Haverhill Officers Kevin O’Brien and Justin Graham. Local authorities had been notified of the alleged theft in progress by Autofair security staff. The men were seen fleeing the scene in a silver minivan and followed onto Computer Drive by Haverhill Police before the van hit a slick patch of road and crashed, according to a police report obtained by WHAV.

Haverhill Man Allegedly Assaults Another for Beeping Car Horn Too Often

A Saturday morning argument between two men turned violent after Haverhill Police say one man allegedly assaulted another for beeping his car horn too often, leaving the victim bleeding and swollen. In court documents obtained by WHAV, Patrolman Kevin Billings was dispatched to Haverhill’s Briarwood Road just before 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 17 for a reported disturbance. According to the alleged victim Kenneth Sciarappa, he was getting ready to leave his home to get coffee while his daughter was sleeping. When he heard a car beeping outside for a long period of time, Sciarappa went outside and told the person—later identified as Jorge Plaza—to “Stop f—king beeping.”

Twenty-three-year-old Sciarappa told police he and Plaza exchanged words after Plaza got out of his car.

Five Face Charges in Haverhill, Groveland Car Breaks

West Newbury Police have brought an end to an alleged ring of car breaks with the arrest of five individuals, that town’s Police Chief Jeffrey Durand said Friday. Durand confirms that a 17-year-old male juvenile from Jamaica Plain joins a 21-year-old man from Boston, a 20-year-old man from Boston and a 19-year-old man from Jamaica Plain in facing one count each of receiving stolen property under $1,200 and conspiracy to commit a crime. A fifth man, a 20-year-old from Jamaica Plain, has been arrested and charged with two counts of larceny under $1,200, two counts of credit card fraud and receiving a stolen credit card, among other offenses, police said. West Newbury Police were alerted to the allegedly fraudulent activity after receiving multiple reports of cars that were broken into overnight on June 16 in the area of Robin Road and Crane Neck Street. One item stolen included a TD Bank card.

No Injuries After Cedar Street Shooting Friday Night in Haverhill

Haverhill Police continue to investigate a late night shooting incident Friday, Aug. 16 in the city’s Acre neighborhood, WHAV can exclusively report. At 11:05 p.m. Friday night, Haverhill Police responded to the area of 53 Cedar St. for a report of shots fired and found an unoccupied parked car that had sustained damage consistent with being struck by a bullet, police spokesman Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr. told WHAV. There are no suspects at this time and no injuries were reported, Doherty said.

Haverhill Police Catch Woman Impersonating Sister During Fentanyl Arrest

A Gove Street woman was caught in a major lie by Haverhill Police last week when officers caught her impersonating her sister during a traffic stop and subsequent drug arrest. Twenty-seven-year-old Chantell Walsh was stopped by police on Haverhill’s Lafayette Street Aug. 8 by detectives looking to execute a search warrant for both her and her boyfriend, Erison Maldonado of Lawrence. Behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee with expired registration at the time of the stop, Walsh was driving with a suspended license. During her interaction with Det.

Teen at Center of HHS Gun Incident Faces New Charges of Alleged Assault on a Police Officer

The 16-year-old arrested after bringing what officials say was a gun to summer school faces a slew of new charges in the wake of the July 29 incident, WHAV confirms exclusively. Arrested after a school security guard is said to have seen him with a gun, the juvenile has been arraigned on four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, Essex County District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Carrie Kimball said Thursday. The alleged weapon was not located after a Massachusetts State Police Special Emergency Response Team joined Haverhill Police to search near the campus and along Route 97 Wednesday. Police initially arrested the teen about a mile away from the school near the intersection of North Broadway and Broadway. This is the second time the teen appeared before a judge to be arraigned on charges stemming from the incident.

Haverhill Safety Committee Mandates 911 Calls During Threats, Recommends Security Steps

A school Safety Subcommittee is looking to beef up security at all Haverhill public schools, mandating staff first call 911 during an emergency, police officers stay at work during summer events and a security director be named. These recommendations, among others, came during a public session following a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning of the Haverhill School Committee’s safety group. Members met with Haverhill Police to discuss issues related to last week’s report of a teenager with a gun at Haverhill High School. Subcommittee Chairman Scott W. Wood Jr. said he and School Committee member Gail M. Sullivan agreed staff must be informed or reminded to call 911 before taking any other action during an emergency. Police officers at the schools, known as school resource officers, should work summers when classes are in session.