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Boyfriend Killed Woman In Haverhill Murder-Suicide: Report Boyfriend Killed Woman In Haverhill Murder-Suicide: Report
Boyfriend Killed Woman In Haverhill Murder-Suicide: Report A new report says that a Rhode Island man was responsible for the death of his girlfriend before shooting himself in Haverhill on Sunday, March 3.  Loren Marino, 24, of Haverhill, and Austin Amaral, 24, of North Providence, Rhode Island, were found shot to death at a home at 195 Broadway when police were called to perform a welfare check, the Essex County District Attorney said.  MassLive reported that Amaral was the one who pulled the trigger, according to the prosecutor's office.  Original Report: Haverhill Slayings Ruled Murder-Suicide An obituary for Loren said she wa…
Son Of Missing Haverhill Man Whose Remains Were Found In Saugus Asks For Help Son Of Missing Haverhill Man Whose Remains Were Found In Saugus Asks For Help
Son Of Missing Haverhill Man Whose Remains Were Found In Saugus Asks For Help A community is coming together to help pay for the funeral costs of a beloved Eastern Massachusetts father whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area months after he went missing. The remains of 53-year-old Essex County resident John Lawler of Haverhill were found on Sunday, Feb. 18 in a wooded area near David Drive in Saugus, according to the Essex County District Attorney.  Earlier Report - Skeletal Remains In Saugus ID'd As Haverhill Dad Missing Since July Lawler had gone missing in July 2023 after leaving the Salvation Army rehab center on Broadway in S…
Skeletal Remains In Saugus ID'd As Haverhill Dad Missing Since July Skeletal Remains In Saugus ID'd As Haverhill Dad Missing Since July
Skeletal Remains In Saugus ID'd As Haverhill Dad Missing Since July Officials have identified the remains found in a wooded area in Saugus on Sunday, Feb. 18, as a 53-year-old Haverhill father who went missing in July.  John Lawler's remains were found in a wooded area near David Drive by a person walking their dog, the Essex County District Attorney said.  Lawler was last heard from in July when he left the Salvation Army rehab center on Broadway in Saugus to purchase fishing supplies, reports said.  Lawler was a lifelong resident of Haverhill and an avid angler.  "Lawler left his home with his fishing rod. All of his belongings inclu…
Man Who Locked Himself Inside Danvers Home After Shooting Woman Several Times ID'd, Charged: DA Man Who Locked Himself Inside Danvers Home After Shooting Woman Several Times ID'd, Charged: DA
Man Who Locked Himself Inside Danvers Home After Shooting Woman Several Times ID'd, Charged: DA A 62-year-old man has been charged with attempting to kill a woman he shot multiple times on Monday, Feb. 5, before barricading himself inside a trailer in Danvers, authorities said.  Joseph M. Hurley, of Danvers, is charged with armed assault with intent to murder, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, the Essex County District Attorney said.  The ordeal began just after noon at a mobile home park at 98 Newbury Street when a woman called 911 to report she'd been shot multiple times and was hiding at a neighbor's home…
(Update) 54-Year-Old ID'd As Man Who Drowned In Byfield River: DA (Update) 54-Year-Old ID'd As Man Who Drowned In Byfield River: DA
(Update) 54-Year-Old ID'd As Man Who Drowned In Byfield River: DA A 54-year-old was identified as the man who drowned in a fast-moving river in Byfield on Thursday, Jan. 11, authorities said.  David Harwood, of Byfield, died after he got tangled in some brush in the Parker River near Forest and River streets, the Essex County District Attorney said. Witnesses said the fast-moving current prevented him from getting free.  A bystander waded into the water to help but couldn't reach him.  No foul play is suspected. Several local and state agencies took part in retrieving Harwood's body Thursday night.  Update: Newbury police annou…
3 Family Members Dead Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Nahant ID'd 3 Family Members Dead Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Nahant ID'd
3 Family Members Dead Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Nahant ID'd A 77-year-old man, his sister-in-law, and nephew have been identified as the three people found dead inside a home in Nahant on Monday, Jan. 8.  John Benson, his 74-year-old Youngae Benson, and 45-year-old Andrew Carruth were found by police after someone called authorities to perform a welfare check at a home on Cottage Street, the Essex County District Attorney said on Tuesday.  Firefighters said carbon monoxide levels were tested very high in the home, and residents were asked to stay away from the area Monday night. That advisory has been lifted.  It's unclear what cause…
Man Wanted In Killing Of Mother Of 2 In Lawrence On Christmas Arrested In Texas: DA Man Wanted In Killing Of Mother Of 2 In Lawrence On Christmas Arrested In Texas: DA
Man Wanted In Killing Of Mother Of 2 In Lawrence On Christmas Arrested In Texas: DA A 53-year-old man wanted in the murder of a 21-year-old woman at her Lawrence apartment has been arrested in Texas, authorities announced on Friday, Dec. 29.  Santana Guerrero Temporo will face charges in the death of 21-year-old Diosmary Mejia when he is returned to Massachusetts, the Essex County District Attorney said. Temporo is being held in Texas on a fugitive from justice charge.  Police found Meija's body in her 243 Salem St. apartment after family members called officers to perform a welfare check around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26. Investigators said her death w…
Apparent Homicide Victim Found In Lawrence Basement: DA Apparent Homicide Victim Found In Lawrence Basement: DA
Apparent Homicide Victim Found In Lawrence Basement: DA Police found a body on Tuesday, Dec. 26, in a basement apartment at a Lawrence home during a welfare check, authorities said.  The body — whose name was not released, but was reported to be a 21-year-old woman — was found just before 8 a.m. at a home in the 200 block of Salem Street, the Essex County District Attorney said.  Police were called to "check the well-being" of the person living in the basement apartment. That's when they found the body.  Police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community, though they did not elaborate on the condition of the body o…
'Overwhelmed With Love': Fundraiser For Father Killed In 'Freak' Saugus Accident Tops $75K 'Overwhelmed With Love': Fundraiser For Father Killed In 'Freak' Saugus Accident Tops $75K
'Overwhelmed With Love': Fundraiser For Father Killed In 'Freak' Saugus Accident Tops $75K A GoFundMe for a husband and father who was killed in a freak accident outside of a Saugus restaurant has far surpassed its goal, reaching more than $76,000 as of Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 6.  Patrick Kenney Jr., 42, was found with a knife wound outside of Kowloon restaurant at 948 Broadway just after 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Paramedics rushed him to Mass General, where doctors pronounced him dead, the Essex County District Attorney said.  He leaves behind a wife and twin children.  Related: Father Of 2 Killed In 'Freak Accident' Outside Saugus Family Restaurant Pat…
Teen Busted In Fatal Shooting Of Salem State Basketball Player: DA Teen Busted In Fatal Shooting Of Salem State Basketball Player: DA
Teen Busted In Fatal Shooting Of Salem State Basketball Player: DA Police in Essex County have arrested an 18-year-old man and charged him with fatally shooting Carl-Hens Beliard in a car early Wednesday morning, Nov. 1, authorities said.  Missael Pena Canela, of Salem, is charged with murder following the shooting near 22 Forest Avenue, the Essex County District Attorney said.  Related: Ex-North High Basketball Star Killed In Halloween Night Shooting: DA Police were called to the area just before 1:30 a.m. and found Beliard bleeding from a bullet wound. Paramedics rushed him to Salem Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, the prosecutor said.  …
Salem State Student Killed In Halloween Night Shooting Near Campus: DA Salem State Student Killed In Halloween Night Shooting Near Campus: DA
Salem State Student Killed In Halloween Night Shooting Near Campus: DA An 18-year-old Salem State University student was shot and killed in a car near the Essex County college Wednesday morning, Nov. 1, authorities said.  Police received a 911 call just before 1:30 a.m. about a shooting near 22 Forest Avenue. When they arrived, officers found Carl-Hens Beliard bleeding from a bullet wound, the Essex County District Attorney said.  Related: Teen Busted In Fatal Shooting Of Salem State Basketball Player: DA Paramedics rushed Beliard to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. An initial investigation suggests this was not a random act, …
Haverhill Man Charged With Slaying In Lawrence Agrees To No Bail: DA Haverhill Man Charged With Slaying In Lawrence Agrees To No Bail: DA
Haverhill Man Charged With Slaying In Lawrence Agrees To No Bail: DA A 36-year-old Essex man is accused of killing a man and leaving him on a Lawrence sidewalk with a fatal head wound, authorities said.  Kristopher Graciale was charged with murder on Thursday, Oct. 19, and voluntarily agreed to be held without bail, the Essex County District Attorney said. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.  Police believe Graciale attacked Nathan Mucci on Oct. 8. Paramedics found Mucci on the sidewalk of Chandler Street in Lawrence unresponsive and bleeding from a "significant" head wound. They rushed him to an area hospital, where Mucci died three day…
Drugs, Gun, Cash: Road Rage Fight Leads To Felony Busts In Salem, Cops Say Drugs, Gun, Cash: Road Rage Fight Leads To Felony Busts In Salem, Cops Say
Drugs, Gun, Cash: Road Rage Fight Leads To Felony Busts In Salem, Cops Say A 30-year-old Salem man was behind bars on felony drug charges along with a woman after he allegedly got angry during a traffic dispute and pulled a handgun, authorities said.  Bryan Brito, 30, and Sandra Pimental, 58, both of Salem, are charged with trafficking in cocaine — more than 200 grams — and trafficking in cocaine — 18 grams or more— respectively, the Essex County District Attorney announced. Brito also faces assault with a dangerous weapon (handgun), vandalizing property, and possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug.  Salem police said they began investig…
14-Year-Old Gunned Down Teenage Woman In Lawrence: DA 14-Year-Old Gunned Down Teenage Woman In Lawrence: DA
14-Year-Old Gunned Down Teenage Woman In Lawrence: DA A 14-year-old Lawrence boy was arrested and charged with shooting and killing a Lawrence woman on the street, authorities said.  Jobe Santiago is charged with murder following the Sept. 6 killing of Angie Aristy near 300 Howard St., the Essex County District Attorney. He is being tried as an adult.  A second teenager was charged with assault with an attempt to rob in the killing, the prosecutor said. Related: Loved Ones Starts GoFundMe For Murdered 19-Year-Old Lawrence  Aristy's friends and family posted several memorials to the woman on social media following her killing. Many wrote s…
(Update) Man Dies From Wounds After Lynn House Party Attack; 3rd Death In Weekend (Update) Man Dies From Wounds After Lynn House Party Attack; 3rd Death In Weekend
(Update) Man Dies From Wounds After Lynn House Party Attack; 3rd Death In Weekend Update: The family of a 21-year-old who was shot while at a Lynn house party early Saturday morning, Sept. 2, has started a GoFundMe in his name.  Jandriel Heredia was called the heart of the family and their angel. He died on Sunday after succumbing to his wounds from the previous night's shooting.  The boy with the biggest heart and biggest smile, snatched from us in an instant and so senselessly. He did not deserve this, no one did. We are incredibly heartbroken, we are holding tight to his mother Iverca Cuevas and praying she finds strength to go on after losing her only son. …
Woman Admits To Killing Owner Of Newbury Greenhouse, Leading To Its Closure: DA Woman Admits To Killing Owner Of Newbury Greenhouse, Leading To Its Closure: DA
Woman Admits To Killing Owner Of Newbury Greenhouse, Leading To Its Closure: DA A 71-year-old woman pleaded guilty Tuesday, Aug. 15, to driving into and killing one of the family members who owned the Byfield Greenhouse and Garden Center last year, authorities said.  Janet Bach, of Marblehead, was given an 18-month suspended sentence and three years probation after pleading guilty to motor vehicle homicide, the Essex County District Attorney said. She will also lose her license for 15 years and must pay $8,700 for the funeral expenses of the woman she killed: Susan Sforza Nico, 47, of Seabrook, New Hampshire.  Sforza Nico, a manager of the…
Salem Man Murdered Missing Woman; Police Searching For Her Body: DA Salem Man Murdered Missing Woman; Police Searching For Her Body: DA
Salem Man Murdered Missing Woman; Police Searching For Her Body: DA A 33-year-old Salem man is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning, Aug. 8, in a woman's disappearance and killing, authorities said. Her body is still missing. Pablo Vicente is accused of killing the woman, the Essex County District Attorney said.  Salem police received a tip that Vicente had harmed her and opened an investigation. They discovered evidence of foul play and arrested Vicente.  Police were searching for her body Tuesday morning. The DA's office is not releasing the woman's name until they speak with her family.  This is a developing story. Check back with Da…
(Update) Officials ID Man Killed By Train In Andover (Update) Officials ID Man Killed By Train In Andover
(Update) Officials ID Man Killed By Train In Andover Update: The man hit and killed by an Amtrak train on Thursday afternoon, July 27, has been identified as 85-year-old Zhongli Zhang, the Essex County District Attorney said.  Original: A man on foot was hit and killed by a Maine-bound Amtrak train as he crossed the tracks in Andover on Thursday afternoon, July 27.  The man was struck around 4:30 p.m. at 10 Railroad Street near the intersection with Essex Street, the Essex County District Attorney said. The man's name was withheld until investigators can speak with his next of kin.  Authorities said the man was trespassing whe…
Police ID Motorcyclist Killed In Gloucester Crash Police ID Motorcyclist Killed In Gloucester Crash
Police ID Motorcyclist Killed In Gloucester Crash Update: Essex County officials identified the 64-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash in Gloucester on Tuesday, July 25, as Bradley Moroni of Rockport.  Original: A motorcyclist died Tuesday, July 25, after crashing their bike in Gloucester, authorities said.  The wreck happened just before 12:30 p.m. on Andrews Street, the Essex County District Attorney said. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and it's unclear what led to the incident.  Paramedics rushed the rider to Addison Gilbert Hospital, where doctors declared them dead.  Authorities…
(Update) Police ID Body Pulled From Shallow Water In Salisbury (Update) Police ID Body Pulled From Shallow Water In Salisbury
(Update) Police ID Body Pulled From Shallow Water In Salisbury Update: Authorities identified the man that was pulled from the ocean Tuesday morning as Xhoi Docnoka, 28, of Seabrook.  Original: The body of a man was found floating face down in the ocean early Tuesday morning, July 25, in Salisbury, authorities said.  The man's name is being withheld until authorities reach his next of kin.  A person walking on the beach around 1 a.m. near 4 Ocean Front Drive found the body and called 911. Police said the man was found floating in ankle-deep water.  The Salisbury Police Department and the Essex County District Attorney are inv…
Attempted Murder-Suicide: 1 Wounded, 1 Dead In Lawrence Shootings, DA Says Attempted Murder-Suicide: 1 Wounded, 1 Dead In Lawrence Shootings, DA Says
Attempted Murder-Suicide: 1 Wounded, 1 Dead In Lawrence Shootings, DA Says Lawrence police are investigating two shootings that happened Thursday night, July 20, that left one person seriously wounded and another dead from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.  The first shooting took place around 6:45 p.m. at 324 Prospect Street, The Essex County District Attorney said. Paramedics rushed the victim to Lawrence General before they were airlifted to Boston for more treatment.  Minutes later and less than a mile away at 103 Summer Street, the person police believe is responsible for the first attack killed thems…
'Bad Rumors': Peabody Chiropractor Accused Of Filming Patient In Bathroom Denies Accusation 'Bad Rumors': Peabody Chiropractor Accused Of Filming Patient In Bathroom Denies Accusation
'Bad Rumors': Peabody Chiropractor Accused Of Filming Patient In Bathroom Denies Accusation Several patients of a Peabody chiropractor accused of secretly planting a hidden camera in his practice's bathroom reported receiving a text message from him Wednesday night, July 19, claiming he was the victim of a misunderstanding.  In the message that several people posted to social media, Scott Kline called the charges against him "(very) bad rumors and theories" and said his Back on Track office on Chestnut Street could remain open.  Hope you are doing well. I wanted to mention that recently there were false accusations made against me and there are some v bad rumors and theo…
(UPDATE) Man Killed His Roommate In Saugus: Police (UPDATE) Man Killed His Roommate In Saugus: Police
(Update) Man Killed His Roommate In Saugus: Police A man in Saugus is accused of killing his housemate after police found his body early Friday morning, July 7, authorities said.  George Finley, age 64, is accused of murdering 37-year-old Joshua Thomson in a house their shared at 315 Essex Street in Saugus, the Essex County District Attorney said.  A police spokesperson said they received a call around 6:30 a.m. of an "unattended death," but prosecutors changed that determination to homicide after detectives and medical examiners investigated the scene.  Finley will be arraigned on Monday. 
(UPDATE) Police ID Man Who Drowned While Fishing In Haverhill River (UPDATE) Police ID Man Who Drowned While Fishing In Haverhill River
(Update) Police ID Man Who Drowned While Fishing In Haverhill River The body of a missing canoer who was pulled from the Merrimack River this weekend has been identified, according to authorities. Michael Ventura, of Apple Street in Haverhill, was fishing in the Merrimack River about 75 feet from the shore of 44 Margin Street on Sunday, June 24, the Essex County District Attorney said. Witnesses said he fell into the water and never surfaced. Witnesses tried to reach Ventura but were unable to save his life.  Haverhill Firefighters found his around 6:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, Massachusetts State Police Spokesperson Dave Procopio said.  This co…
Murder Indictment: 3rd Man Charged In Killing Of Lawrence Man In 2022 Murder Indictment: 3rd Man Charged In Killing Of Lawrence Man In 2022
Murder Indictment: 3rd Man Charged In Killing Of Lawrence Man In 2022 A Boston man was indicted this week with the murder of a Lawrence man in 2022, authorities announced on Wednesday, May 17.  Lee Harvey, 30, of Roslindale, was charged with robbing and killing 32-year-old Jose Delacruz outside of a Bank of America at 257 Essex St. in Lawrence on March 27, 2022, the Essex County District Attorney said.  The grand jury also returned indictments against Harvey on charges of carrying a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and armed robbery while masked, the prosecutor said.  Harvey is the third person arrested in connection with the robbery k…
Haverhill Man Convicted Of Killing Woman Outside Of Lawrence Nightclub: DA Haverhill Man Convicted Of Killing Woman Outside Of Lawrence Nightclub: DA
Haverhill Man Convicted Of Killing Woman Outside Of Lawrence Nightclub: DA A Haverhill man was found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2017 killing of a woman outside of a Lawrence nightclub, authorities announced on Thursday, May 11. He now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.  Luis Rodriguez, 30, was found guilty of murder with deliberate premeditation; armed assault with intent to murder; assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon; and carrying a firearm without a license, the Essex County District Attorney said. Rodriguez was accused of killing Aracelys Valdez Deleon, 40, of Lowell, and wounding a man on Easter weekend in 201…
Police ID Woman Hit, Killed Walking On North Andover Sidewalk Police ID Woman Hit, Killed Walking On North Andover Sidewalk
Police ID Woman Hit, Killed Walking On North Andover Sidewalk Authorities released the name of the 47-year-old woman who was killed when she was hit by a car while walking on a North Andover sidewalk on Sunday, May 7.  Angela Desmond of North Andover was struck while walking along Massachusetts Avenue near Route 125 by a Honda Civic around 1:30 p.m., the Essex County District Attorney said Tuesday.  Authorities rushed her to Lawrence General Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead.  Police have not released the driver's name because they have not been charged with anything at this time.
'Scream'-Masked Armed Robber In Peabody Ordered Held Without Bail: DA 'Scream'-Masked Armed Robber In Peabody Ordered Held Without Bail: DA
'Scream'-Masked Armed Robber In Peabody Ordered Held Without Bail: DA A man accused of robbing a Northshore Mall jewelry store while wearing the mask from the  "Scream" franchise was ordered held on Tuesday, April 18, without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, authorities said.  Starlin Batista, 21, of Peabody, is accused of one count of armed and masked robbery, the Essex County District Attorney said. He will return to court next week for a hearing to determine if he is too dangerous to be allowed bail before his trial.  Police said Batista walked into Kay's Jewelers around 1 p.m. on Monday in the Ghostface mask with a gun and demande…
Man Guilty In 2020 Haverhill Stabbing Murder; Faces Life In Prison: DA Man Guilty In 2020 Haverhill Stabbing Murder; Faces Life In Prison: DA
Man Guilty In 2020 Haverhill Stabbing Murder; Faces Life In Prison: DA A Merriman man was convicted on Thursday, April 13, of stabbing a man to death during an armed robbery gone wrong, authorities said.  Kaiden Henderson, 21, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of  26-year-old Jose Vasquez in 2020, the Essex County District Attorney said. Vasquez was killed on Nov. 21 in his Marble Street home in Haverhill.  Devaughn Johnson, 28, of Haverhill, was found guilty of accessory after the fact of armed robbery, but the jury acquitted him on accessory after the fact of murder, the prosecutor said.  Henderson faces a manda…
Death By Antifreeze: Salisbury Woman Accused Of Poisoning Boyfriend Denied Bail Death By Antifreeze: Salisbury Woman Accused Of Poisoning Boyfriend Denied Bail
Death By Antifreeze: Salisbury Woman Accused Of Poisoning Boyfriend Denied Bail A 64-year-old Salisbury woman was ordered held without bail on Tuesday, March 28, in the poisoning death of her boyfriend, authorities said.  Judy Church is charged with first-degree murder after she allegedly slipped a lethal dose of ethylene glycol into his Powerade bottle belonging to her boyfriend, Leroy Fowler, 55, in November, the Essex County District Attorney said. Ethylene glycol is found in antifreeze.  Prosecutors argued that Church was a flight risk and needed to be held behind bars while awaiting her trial, and the judge agreed.  Related: Judy Church Charg…
Second Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of 31-Year-Old Man In Methuen: DA Second Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of 31-Year-Old Man In Methuen: DA
Second Arrest Made In Shooting Death Of 31-Year-Old Man In Methuen: DA Police have arrested a second individual in addition to a 17-year-old from Methuen who is already facing charges for allegedly shooting a 31-year-old man to death over the weekend, officials said. Kelvin Francisco-Perez, age 22, of Lawrence was arrested while waiting for a flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Essex County District Attorney Paul Tucker reports.  Francisco-Perez was charged with accessory after the fact of murder and accessory after the fact of armed robbery in connection with the shooting death of 31-year-old C…