Haverhill Police Charge 23-Year-Old Lawrence Man with Cocaine Trafficking

A 23-year-old Lawrence man was taken into custody in Haverhill last night, charged with cocaine trafficking. Ivan Garcia was arrested near 80 8th Ave., shortly before 8 p.m. He was also charged with drug possession upon his arrest by Patrolman Matthew Woodman. Garcia is expected to be arraigned in Haverhill District Court today.

Court Orders Haverhill Man Held Without Bail After Alleged Gun Threat Against N.H. Woman

A 29-year-old Haverhill man is being held without bail after allegedly pointing a gun at a Manchester, N.H., woman and attracting a SWAT team response New Year’s Eve day. Fernando Landor, 251 Washington St., #1, Haverhill, was arrested by Derry, N.H., police after the incident in Manchester, N.H. He was charged with criminal threatening with deadly weapon, reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, and violation of a protective order. At his arraignment in Thursday afternoon in Hillsborough County Superior Court, Assistant County Attorney Amy Manchester requested Landor be held without bail and the judge agreed. The incident began Tuesday morning when a woman who has a protective order against Landor told Manchester Police the Haverhill man parked his car near hers. After she confronted him, he allegedly left his car, reached into his pocket as she walked away from him.

Year-in-Review: 2019 Began and Ended with Fears Over Gang Gun Violence in Haverhill

When it comes to gangs, Haverhill’s year ended as it began with fear over gun violence from two rival gangs. At the end of 2018, Mayor James J. Fiorentini acknowledged the city’s gang problem—which turned into a gun war two years earlier after a Swasey Field shooting—by saying he was “hopeful” the crime rate can improve. In February, Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro told city councilors of his department’s plan to combat gang-related violence. He said, however, one of the challenges is when shooting victims—most of whom belong to a gang—refuse to come forward to police. “When they’re shot, they don’t cooperate with us.

Year-in-Review: Murder of Haverhill Nursing Home Patient Brings Shock and Grief

Haverhill learned first from WHAV of the city’s only murder of 2019—the beating death of a 76-year-old nursing home patient Saturday night, Oct. 5. Police say Robert Boucher died when his 83-year-old roommate Jose Veguilla allegedly used his walker to beat him to death. Both were residents of Oxford Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 689 Main St. Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett told WHAV, “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.”

In court the next day, Dr. Kerry Nellington told Haverhill District Court Judge Patricia Dowling the roommate suffers from dementia and a traumatic brain injury as the result of a fall.

Alleged Gang Member Tied to Saturday Shooting Participates in UTEC Violence Prevention Program

At least one of the two Lawrence brothers arrested in connection with Saturday’s Mount Washington shooting is a participant in UTEC’s gang violence prevention program. At their arraignment Monday in Haverhill District Court, 20-year-old Aidan Z. Rodriguez and his 18-year-old brother, Isaac R. Rodriguez were ordered held without bail until a hearing next week. Court documents reveal Aidan Rodriguez is employed by UTEC as a cook. While UTEC’s Gregg Croteau declined to talk with WHAV on the record, the nonprofit recruited to Haverhill in 2018, has always made clear its mission is to work with gang members most at risk, get them off the streets and mentor them after they return from serving time in prison. In an on-air interview with WHAV in 2018, UTEC’s Director of Streetwork Jonathan Lunde explained.

Region’s Mayors Meet in Haverhill City Hall, Call Gangs a Regional Problem and Seek Strategies

The mayors of Haverhill, Lawrence and Methuen say gangs are a regional problem and came to Haverhill City Hall with police to discuss strategies for fighting gangs, guns and drugs. Meeting in Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s office, they discussed how the three police departments work together to fight crime and discussed ideas for improving communication and cooperation. “Gangs are a regional problem, so we need to work together to identify gang members and make sure we are all keeping the heat on them,” Fiorentini said in a statement. “During the meeting it became very clear to me that police in Haverhill, Lawrence and Methuen are doing a great job talking and working together every day, and we all agreed we want to see that continue and even increase it whenever and wherever we can.”

Besides Fiorentini, participating in the recent meeting were Haverhill Police Chief Alan R. DeNaro; Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera and Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque; Methuen Mayor James P. Jajuga, Methuen Police Executive Captain Kris McCarthy, Methuen Police Lt. Ron Valliere and Methuen Mayor-elect Neil Perry. Fiorentini’s office said the meeting was part of “stepped-up attention being placed on gangs in Haverhill and neighboring communities,” adding, Fiorentini recently hosted neighborhood meetings in various parts of the city to discuss gangs and crime with residents.

Groveland Police Arrest Two Haverhill Teens After Alleged Stolen Car Chase; Third Man Still on Run

Two Haverhill teenagers are under arrest and Groveland Police are searching for a third after the trio allegedly stole a minivan and led police on a chase Saturday morning. The two 14-year-olds, both from Haverhill, were arrested after being pulled over and fleeing from the minivan, reported stolen in Haverhill. The driver was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle. failure to stop for police, leaving the scene of property damage and two counts of unlicensed driving. Groveland Police charged the second teen with resisting arrest and being a minor in possession of marijuana.

Updated: Haverhill Shooting, Second at Same Address Since Sept., Brings Brothers’ Arrests; No Injuries

Two brothers are expected to be arraigned today in Haverhill District Court in connection with a Saturday shooting incident—the second at the same address since September—in the Mount Washington neighborhood

No injuries were reported, but there was property damage at 65 Jackson St. Ext.—near High Street and not far from Swasey Field. Haverhill Police arrested 20-year-old Aidan Rodriguez and his 18-year-old brother, Isaac Rodriguez. They were charged with assault with intent to murder and other firearms violations. The location was roughly the same as a Sunday, Sept.