Columbia Park Home Invasion Sends Two to Hospital; Police Seek Leads

Haverhill Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying armed and masked men who invaded a Columbia Park home last night and demanded money. An adult woman and a child were injured and sent to a local hospital for treatment, according to Captain Robert P. Pistone. The injuries were called “non-life-threatening.” The home invasion was reported just after 9 p.m., at 2 Columbia Park, when “multiple masked men entered an apartment at that location armed with a pistol and demanded money,” he said. Besides the woman and child injured, other children were also present. “Haverhill Police do not believe this to be a random attack; rather a targeted attack based on the investigation.

Second Man Arrested for Haverhill Richdale Brawl Mouths Off to DA, Judge: ‘You’re Lying’

A second Haverhill man arrested for the April 5 Richdale fight lost his temper with a Haverhill District Court judge and assistant district attorney during arraignment last week over what the man said were false claims that made him “look bad” in the wake of a bloody convenience store brawl. WHAV was the only news outlet in the courtroom April 18 when Stephen Hines lost his temper and mouthed off to Haverhill District Court First Justice Stephen Abany and Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo so much so that Abany threatened to remove him from the courtroom. A defiant Hines, brought into the courtroom in cuffs with four court officers surrounding him, faced a judge after being arrested on a fugitive from justice charge Wednesday. At arraignment, he faced one count of unarmed robbery—allegedly stealing $2.00 during the Richdale melee—and assault and battery, police said. As DePaulo recounted the facts of the case, Hines couldn’t hold his tongue, causing Abany to take action.

Maple Avenue Game Night Escalates to Stabbing; Haverhill Man Stands Accused

A 22-year-old Haverhill man is recovering from what police call non-life threatening stab wounds after a Thursday night fight broke out inside a home on Maple Avenue. Officers responded to 3 Maple Ave., No. 3 just after 7 p.m. April 18 to break up a fight between two men that had escalated to a stabbing. According to witnesses, several people were drinking and playing board games when Frailyn Rodriguez—a resident of the Maple Avenue apartment—is said to have returned home and got into a fight with another man there as part of the group. According to police, “Rodriguez became upset because (the victim) was there and said ‘Why are you here?

Former Haverhill DPW Worker Gets Probation for Role in August 2018 City Hall Drug Deal

A former Haverhill city employee pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from an August 2018 drug arrest, receiving a one-year probation term from Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen S. Abany. Appearing in court Thursday, Kevin Moriarty saw two drug charges—one count of possession and one count of distribution—continued without a finding. By pleading guilty, Moriarty received one year of probation and was ordered to stay drug- and alcohol-free until April 2020, with random drug screenings. He also must complete court-ordered community service. A third charge, conspiracy to violate drug laws, was dismissed at the request of prosecuting attorney Stephen LaMonica, who called the outcome a “fair resolution to the case.”

Thursday was the sixth time Moriarty and his two codefendants, Erik Frasca and Steven Allen, appeared in court in connection with their August 2018 case.

Police Arrest Haverhill Man for Carrying Loaded Gun During River Street Traffic Stop

A Haverhill man was ordered held without bail this week after police on random patrol stopped him for broken tail lights only to locate a loaded handgun in the process. Jairold Jimenez, of 11 High St., was stopped for not having his rear lights on by Patrolman Cory Baldera on April 14. During the traffic stop just before 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of River and Beach Streets, Baldera discovered Jimenez had an outstanding warrant for 2018 motor vehicle-related charges. A subsequent “pat-frisk” by Baldera turned up a firearm in Jimenez’s pants pocket, the officer testified in an arrest report. Police determined Jimenez did not possess a license to carry the pistol, which was loaded with nine bullets.

Police Department Joins ‘Neighbors’ App to Offer Real-Time Haverhill Crime Information

Haverhill Police are getting a technology boost to fight crime in real-time though the department’s new partnership with the Neighbors app by Ring, the neighborhood watch-like program to keep communities safe and in contact with local law enforcement. The city is among the first in the Merrimack Valley to utilize the California-based technology to disseminate messages to residents, Ring public relations coordinator Kaleigh Bueckert-Orme tells WHAV. Using the free app, residents are able to enter their home or work address and receive text, photo or video alerts of activity within a half-mile to a five-mile radius. Users do not have to have the Ring doorbell to participate in the Neighbors app; any video footage or photos may be uploaded. Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro looks forward to the potential tips and community engagement the app, implemented at no cost to the department, will provide.

Haverhill Man Tied to 2016 Swasey Field Shootings Faces New Gun Charges After State Police Arrest

A Haverhill man tangled up in the city’s so-called “gang war” dating back to 2016’s Swasey Field shooting has been arrested and charged with new firearms offenses, State Police said last week. Mario Acosta, 23, was arrested by Trooper Steven Hanafin Wednesday night in Lawrence after being pulled over for marked lane violations, police said in a statement. Behind the wheel of a yellow BMW sedan with illegally tinted windows, Acosta and a 17-year-old female passenger were observed making “strange movements” that put Hanafin on alert. During the traffic stop, police located and seized a Polymer80 9mm handgun and an illegal extended high-capacity magazine loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition. While the juvenile was arraigned in Essex County Juvenile Court, Acosta faced a judge in Lawrence District Court, answering to several charges including possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without an ID card. Bail was set at $25,000.

Man Arrested for Bloody Richdale Brawl Over $4 Released Ahead of May Trial

A 41-year-old Haverhill man who was called a good Samaritan by eyewitnesses for sticking up to a panhandling bully by kicking and punching him at the White Street Richdale was released by a Haverhill District Court judge Tuesday following his April 5 arrest, WHAV can exclusively report. Charged with two counts of assault and battery—using a shod foot and the pavement—5-foot-4 Jeremy Coito was represented in court by Attorney Maria Murber. During Tuesday’s hearing, Judge Mary McCabe ordered him released on his own recognizance pending a bench trial in mid-May. Haverhill Police responded to a disturbance at 73 White St. Friday afternoon just after 4:30 p.m. to find a man on the sidewalk bleeding from his mouth, face and head, with witnesses identifying Coito as the aggressor.