Police: Making dent in gang violence may take years

Police Chief Alan DeNaro is warning that it could be years before marked improvement is seen.in the city’s gang problem, after two recent murders in Haverhill.

While about 100 residents gathered downtown to discuss safety in their city at a vigil, DeNaro told the City Council at last week’s meeting that his department is working on securing probable cause to arrest a suspect in the murder of 40-year-old Jeffrey Larkin, and is confident in the district attorney’s ability to prosecute the suspect in the murder of 20-year-old Nike Colon. Both men were shot to death within two weeks of each other.

“The city was shaken when we had two horrible homicides take place within a couple-week period,” said Mayor James Fiorentini.

DeNaro promised that he will implement the new gang unit in the Police Department regardless of what he receives in terms of funding next year, and spoke of “nontraditional” policing techniques that

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One Week With: 2017 Cadillac CTS Vsport

HOBOKEN, New Jersey — In my late teens, I occasionally snuck out in my old man’s V-8-powered E60 BMW 550i M Sport while the ‘rents were on vacation. I was enamored by how easily it carved corners with heroic precision, especially given my limited driving experience. (Sorry dad—if you just found out by reading this, at least I didn’t break anything!)

When that E60 was brand new, Cadillac was in the early years of its transformation away from being a purveyor of front-wheel-drive marshmallows, a transformation led by the CTS. As it evolved from its first iteration 2003, the sedan matured and evolved from merely good to downright fabulous.

In this era of numbing electric power steering and computer controlled this-and-that, the third-generation Cadillac CTS is a refreshingly true driver’s car. Upon first sampling in its 2014 introductory year, its balance of performance and luxury brought sensations similar

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Toys ‘R’ Us Customers Lament Store Closings: ‘I Want to Cry Right Now’

A multigenerational destination

Mary Nicholas of Carthage, Mo., remembered going to the zoo one year when her daughter, Emma, was around 4 years old. At one point, Emma pointed to a giraffe and said, “Look, Mama, it’s Geoffrey” — the chain’s gangly cartoon mascot.

“So, yeah, it’s kind of a punch in the gut for us to see how much online shopping has affected things,” Ms. Nicholas said, lamenting how the digital age is, as she put it, swallowing us whole.

“I’m going to miss the magic,” she said. “I want to cry right now because we had so much fun there.”

The fun of seeing toys in person

Marilyn Tandy lives in a rural part of Jasper County, Mo., and has shopped for at least two generations at the Toys “R” Us store in Joplin.

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Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 1951 Cadillac Custom

Hand-built by famous custom car builder John Gimelli, this multi-year build is known as “The Golden Dream.” This 1951 Cadillac Custom was an over-the-top, no-expense-spared vehicle. The car is a stunning gold, with black leather seats and the same gold in the interior. Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 1951 Cadillac Custom | ClassicCars.com

Some features include a custom split window, air-ride suspension, and power from an 8-cylinder engine with Bob Ream fuel injection liked to an automatic transmission. Barrett-Jackson Countdown: 1951 Cadillac Custom | ClassicCars.com

This show-quality custom has been in a private collection until now.

Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction is scheduled for January 13-21 at the Westworld complex.

Jump to a Barrett-Jackson 30-Day Countdown vehicle:

1966 Shelby Cobra

918 Porsche Spyder

1967 Shelby Mustang

1957 Maserati 3500 GT

1969 Camaro ZL1 COPO

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1966 Shebly GT350

1971 Plymouth Hemi

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An officer was called to a High Street address, at 11:10 a.m., for a case of telephone larceny, forgery or fraud.

Fire and police were dispatched to the vicinity of Atlantic Avenue and Cleveland Road, at 1:35 p.m., after a dog walker reported a strong outside odor of gas. National Grid responded, but no trace of gas could be detected.

A person walked in the station, at 6 p.m., and left a letter of his concerns regarding a vehicle, parked in a private driveway, that he believes is not properly registered. He said the car, with a Virginia license plate, had been there for almost 21/2 years. He included a picture he had taken of the vehicle and its license plate. The man complained that when he moved into town nearly 30 years ago, he was told he had 30 days to obtain a Mass. registration or he would be in violation

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Police log

The following items are from logs on file in the Police Department:



Matthew Sweet, 26, of Raymond, N.H., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 242 Winter St., 3:17 p.m.

Oscar Colon, 28, 18 Warren St., operating with a suspended license, speeding in violation of a special order, possession to distribute drugs, failure to stop/yield, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, negligent operation, failure to stop for police, improper turn, passing violation, 18 Warren St., 1:43 p.m.

Elizabeth Reynolds, 29, 21 Broadway, check forgery, uttering a false check, 21 Broadway, 6:25 p.m.

Christopher Kasian, 34, 24 Salem St., number plate violation, uninsured motor vehicle trailer, unregistered motor vehicle, abandoning a motor vehicle, South Elm Street, 7:32 p.m.



Samantha Lavalley, 31, listed as homeless by police, disorderly conduct, 44 Nichols St., 11:532 a.m.

Patrick Bussey, 19, 80 Blossom St., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 19 Railroad Ave., 8:32 p.m.



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MANHUNT: Police call off search for suspect in Beverly

BEVERLY  — Police called off their search at 8 p.m. in the area of Sohier Road and Brimbal Avenue for a suspect wanted in connection with a domestic incident, a search that has been running since late Wednesday afternoon.

At 6:55 p.m., Beverly police identified the suspect as Charles Dixon, 32, of 3 Archstone Circle, Reading. He’s listed as weighing 160 pounds, at a height of 5 feet, 10 inches. He’s wanted on an outstanding warrant for charges of witness intimidation, threats to kill and violation of an abuse prevention restraining order.

A Beverly police officer safety bulletin described Dixon as having 43 adult arraignments, including “several firearms violations, and assault and battery charges.” He was thought to be armed.

The case triggering the search launched on Oct. 15, when a Beverly resident reported to police that “her former boyfriend and father of her child threatened to have her and her unborn child killed,” according

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Tobin Bridge fix to cause commuting headaches

BOSTON — The 68-year-old Tobin Bridge is set for a major facelift, and North Shore motorists can expect delays over the next two years.

Work gets underway on a $41.6 million renovation of the 2-mile-long truss bridge over the Mystic River on April 22. The project focuses on a 1,675-foot stretch of the bridge into Chelsea.

It will mean lane and ramp closures well into 2020, according to the state Department of Transportation.

That’s likely to create headaches for tens of thousands of commuters who cross the bridge each day.

MassDOT officials are urging motorists to plan ahead, as one lane on the lower deck, Route 1 northbound, will be closed through November 2018.

“We encourage people throughout the Greater Boston area to recognize the upcoming traffic impacts on the Tobin Bridge and make smart choices if they will be traveling along the Route 1 corridor or throughout the region,” state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver

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New veterans director Alicia Reddin steps into job

 A 32-year-old Navy veteran, who is a mother of two and swing dances competitively, is the new Director of Veterans Services in Andover.

Alicia Reddin was the District Director of Veteran Services for Melrose, Wakefield and Saugus and also serves on the Post-Deployment Council at the Statehouse. She lives in BiIlerica with her family and starts her job in Andover on March 1.

Riddin served in the U.S. Navy as an “EO” (equipment operator) with the Seabees, a Navy construction battalion that was established in 1941 after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Riddin replaces former Director of Veteran Services Michael Burke who was 54-years-old when he suddenly retired on Oct. 23 after 10 years in the job. Health issues were troubling him, Director of Community Services Joseph Connelly said at the time. Burke earned about $80,000 annually.

The town’s Veteran’s Office was among several town departments that were reorganized and now report to Connelly. Other departments also reporting to

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Star-spangled career: Bruins’ Rene Rancourt reflects on a life defined by the national anthem

Rene Rancourt wonders a lot of things about his career.

What if that hard check during a hockey scrimmage in Lewiston, Maine, had never landed? What if he’d been pressed into battle in Vietnam, like a lot of his Army buddies were?

What if Kate Smith hadn’t been sick on Oct. 21, 1975? What if John Kiley, director of music for the Boston Garden and Fenway Park, didn’t have his number?

“Wow. If those things didn’t happen, who knows where my life would have taken me?” said Rancourt, who for the last 42 years has performed the national anthem before Boston Bruins home games. 

“God, I’m a very lucky guy,” he said. “I had no idea where my voice would take me. I get emotional when I think about it. What a ride it has been. What a ride.”

Rancourt’s “ride” — performing for the Bruins and their fans, making appearances, singing at weddings — ends

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