Updated: Methuen Police Identity Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Hit and Run

The victim of Monday night’s hit and run accident in Methuen has been identified as 57-year-old Timothy Lafferty. Methuen Police and Fire provided aid at the scene after the pedestrian was struck at 8:40 p.m., at 253 Jackson St., but Lafferty succumbed to his injuries. Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section responded to the scene and identified several pieces of evidence, while Methuen Police were notified of a potential suspect vehicle at a nearby residence, according to a police statement. “A sedan with front end damage was seized by police as part of the ongoing investigation, and the Methuen Police Patrol and Criminal Investigations Bureau is actively working to identify the individual who was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash,” the statement continued. Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon is asking residents who live between Ranger Road and Pleasant Valley Street to check their security cameras for a vehicle heading towards Pleasant Valley Street around that time.

Updated: Haverhill Police Arrest Two for Mount Washington Shooting; Victim Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries

A Lawrence man was airlifted to a Boston hospital with life-threatening injuries after being shot Sunday night in Haverhill’s Mount Washington neighborhood. Two are under arrest in connection with the shooting, which took place around 6 p.m. near Freeman Street and Ashworth Terrace, but their names were initially not available. Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett confirmed this morning two people were arrested, but one is a juvenile. They are scheduled to be arraigned today. “Obviously, these things are very concerning to us.

Methuen Police Continue to Investigate Weekend Shooting on Independence Drive

Methuen Police are seeking the public’s help to identify those responsible for an early Sunday morning report of gunfire on the city’s Independence Drive. According to Chief Joseph E. Solomon, officers were called to the area of 5-9 Independence Drive around 5 a.m. on Oct. 13 for a report of several shots fired and while shell casings were found nearby, no victims were located at area hospitals. Witnesses reported hearing four or five shots and told police “several suspects” fled the area on foot before leaving the area in a silver Honda CRV and dark four-door sedan. Anyone with knowledge of the incident or security footage that may be helpful is asked to call Methuen Police at 978-983-8698.

Lawrence Teen Drives Himself to Hospital After Being Shot in Methuen: Police

An 18-year-old Lawrence teen suffering from several gunshot wounds drove himself to Holy Family Hospital after being shot Thursday night in Methuen, Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. At approximately 9:57 p.m., the police department received 911 calls for shots fired in the area of 189 Broadway, Huse Road and Brown Street, before Holy Family Hospital called to let them know the man had made his way to the main entrance of the emergency room. The teen was MedFlighted to a Boston-area hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. When officers were dispatched to all three locations, evidence of a shooting was found on Huse Road. Methuen Police Department Officer Tim Getchell and his explosive K-9 partner Buddy searched the area for firearms evidence with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police, Solomon said.

Judge Sends Haverhill Man With ‘Extensive Criminal Record’ Accused of Car Breaks to Detox

A Haverhill man police say is responsible for nine city car breaks and was recently brought up on charges for 35 breaks in Tewksbury is headed to a 28-day court-ordered detox program. Keegen MacRae faced Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany this week, where he was ordered held without bail and sent to the rehabilitation program. MacRae’s punishment comes two months after he allegedly broke into cars on Germain Avenue, South Cogswell and South New Streets. An investigation by Haverhill Police Det. James Cotreau into the crimes allegedly committed by MacRae found that the 24-year-old, said to be homeless at the time of his Aug.

Police Seize Ammunition, AR-15 Magazines From Home of Haverhill Man

Clarification: An original version of this story referenced the seizure of memorabilia in Vavak's home. Police did not seize the items, simply located them in the residence as part of the investigation. Haverhill Police intending to perform a well-being check on a man’s pets after his September arrest ended up finding more than $46,000 worth of Nazi memorabilia and weapons in his Old Ferry Road home following a search warrant execution, leading a judge to bring him up on new charges. Taken into custody Sept. 4 after a neighbor dispute, 55-year-old disabled veteran Stephen Vavak was declared a danger to the community this week after being summonsed to court on nine counts of possession of a large capacity firearm/feeding device and unlicensed possession of ammunition.

Haverhill Sees First Murder of 2019 as Nursing Home Patient, 83, Beats Roommate, 72 to Death With Walker

The 83-year-old nursing home patient police say allegedly used his walker to beat his 72-year-old roommate to death Saturday night appeared before a judge Monday, where a forensic psychologist determined he “had no rational appreciation” for the circumstances of the murder charge he faces. After speaking with Oxford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center patient Jose Veguilla and his family, Dr. Kerry Nellington told Haverhill District Court Judge Patricia Dowling the man suffers from dementia and a traumatic brain injury as the result of a fall. Nelligan also told Dowling Veguilla confused her for the attorney hired to represent him, Jonathan Shapiro. “While he knew he was at the court, he doesn’t know the day, month or even the year. He also from one moment to the next could not remember if he had an attorney or if that attorney was myself or his counsel,” Nelligan said.

Haverhill Nursing Home Patient, 76, Dies After Assault by 83-Year-Old

A 76-year-old Haverhill nursing home patient is dead and an 83-year-old is charged in connection with his death. The victim, Robert Boucher, was assaulted sometime before 7:30, last night, at Oxford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 689 Main St., according to Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. “Police found a 76-year old male suffering from injuries a result of a physical assault.  He was transported to Holy Family Hospital where he was pronounced dead,” Kimball said. Jose Veguilla, Boucher’s roommate, was arrested and taken to Holy Family Hospital and later Bridgewater State Hospital where he is being evaluated, she said. He will be arraigned Monday at Haverhill District Court.