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April 24, 2008

Haverhill news round up

A Consentino Middle School student will be charged with a felony because he wrote a "hit list" containing the names of fellow students. A memo e-mailed by Superintendent Raleigh Buchanan to School Committee members on April 11, said the boy is receiving psychological care and was suspended for the maximum 10 days allowed by school rules. Deputy police Chief Donald Thompson said the boy will be summonsed to court and charged with making threats to kill. This is the second such arrest in the last two weeks of a Haverhill student.

A pair of students were charged with a string of car breaks in the high school parking lot. Sgt. John Arahovites said Officer Shawn Scharneck was pulling into the lot at 137 Monument St. about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 10, when he heard a car alarm sounding and saw two people running behind the storage trailers parked at the rear of the lot. When he caught up to them they were out of breath and covered with mud. Security video showed the pair wearing the same clothing in the three other car breaks that have occurred during the past week. After an investigation, Scharneck arrested Mark Rutherford, 18, of 20 Mechanic St., and Randie Matthews, 18, of 473 Groveland St. They were both charged with four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and two counts of larceny under $250. Arahovites said the pair had been stealing iPods, cell phones and cash.

Vandals smashed two 5-by-7-foot windows in the rear of the Hunking Middle School. Custodian Mark Barnes called police at 9:39 a.m. Thursday, April 10, to report the damage. The windows are in the music room at the rear of the school. Police said it was reported that several people were in the rear of the building playing basketball and skateboarding early Wednesday night. Officer Larry Newman is investigating.

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