Haverhill Police Charge Three With Fentanyl Trafficking in Lafayette Square

Haverhill Police took 30 grams of suspected fentanyl off the streets over Labor Day weekend after arresting a Haverhill man and two Vermont residents for alleged drug trafficking in the city’s Lafayette Square. Officers Justin Graham and Jordan Bergevine were on patrol Saturday, Aug. 31 when they pulled over a car for having a broken windshield, making it unsafe to drive. During the stop, Graham and Bergevine were “led to believe that possible narcotics violations were occurring,” police said. As a result of the stop, 37-year-old driver Timothy Bilodeau of Granby, Vt., was arrested along with 35-year-old Lee Theriault of Lunenburg, Vt.

No Injuries After Monday Night Maple Avenue Shooting in Haverhill

Haverhill Police were dispatched to a Labor Day shooting on the city’s Maple Avenue just after 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, Capt. Stephen J. Doherty tells WHAV. No injuries were reported after multiple shots were fired in the area of 7 Maple Ave. There was “minor” property damage from a bullet that struck the six-bedroom apartment building, Doherty said. Police continue to search for suspects as the case remains under investigation.

Police Charge Homeless Haverhill Man With Disorderly Conduct After Disturbance on Winter Street

A 55-year-old homeless Haverhill man has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after police say he caused a scene in the fourth floor stairwell of the Winter Street YMCA Aug. 28. Haverhill Police Officers Katelyn Tully and Kevin O’Brien responded to 81 Winter St. around 7:15 p.m. to find Adam Matosic “sprawled out on the stairs and yelling,” Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr. tells WHAV. Matosic “appeared to be intoxicated,” Doherty said.

Haverhill Man Who Threatened to Kill 8-Year-Old During White Street Burglary to Spend 6-8 Years in Jail

The Haverhill man who threatened to kill an eight-year-old girl during a White Street burglary attempt in February has been ordered to spend six to eight years behind bars, a judge ruled Thursday. As part of a plea deal, Warren Street resident Nathan Whittier will also serve a two-year probation term, District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball told WHAV. He was indicted by an Essex County grand jury in May on a single felony count of unarmed burglary and assault.

As WHAV first reported in February, Haverhill Police sought the public’s assistance to identify the masked man later determined to be Whittier after he entered the home through an unlocked first floor window just after 5 a.m. on Feb. 3. Court documents revealed Whittier left the little girl quite shaken.

Haverhill Heroin Trafficker Gets 63 Months in Prison

A 37-year-old Haverhill man police say brought a young child along while trafficking heroin is set to spend more than five years in federal prison, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray’s office said Thursday. According to court papers, Samuel F. Baez sold heroin to an undercover New Hampshire State Police trooper on five occasions at retail stores in Plaistow, N.H. between January 2016-May 2016, bringing the child with him at least twice. Arrested in June 2016, Baez was in possession of what police say was a “distributable” amount of heroin. All told, 100 grams of the drug was seized from him during the investigation, police said. Baez pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing heroin with intent to distribute in July 2018.

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.