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January 4, 2013

White powder scare may be part of spree

LAWRENCE — A white powder scare at a Canal Street office Wednesday may be connected to a string of similar discoveries at business across the Merrimack Valley in mid-November, police said.

A card with white powder sent to Arbour Counseling could be part of the same batch sent on Nov. 16 to businesses in Methuen, Lawrence and Haverhill, police said.

The powder found Wednesday was not harmful. The samples found in three envelopes in November turned out to be baking soda.

The envelope opened Wednesday was postmarked Nov. 16 but did not reach the counseling office until January because of an address problem.

A worker in the counseling office opened the car and then noticed white powder on her fingers, according to a report by Detective Brian Voisine.

On Nov. 19, envelopes containing baking soda were sent to Home Depot at the Loop in Methuen, Home VNA at 350 Merrimack St., Lawrence and Edwards Law Office at 36 Bailey Blvd., Haverhill.

Police, fire and the regional hazardous materials team all investigated those incidents, which were sent by a Haverhill man described by authorities as “mentally ill.”

The following incidents were recently recorded in area police logs:

ANDOVER

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Arrest: David Martinez, 22, of 13 Shepley St. in Andover, operating of motor vehicle with a revoked license as well as a warrant charge, Haverhill Street, 10:48 a.m.

Theft: Sweetbriar Lane, 11:51 a.m.

Dog bite: Longwood Drive, 1:10 p.m.

Arrest: Ilvamar Jordao, 29, of 181 Mount Vernon St. in Lowell, operating a motor vehicle while unlicensed, failing to wear a seat belt, River Road, 3:11 p.m.

Domestic incident: Brown Street, 9;13 p.m.

LAWRENCE

Sunday, Dec. 30

Arrest: William Henry Robichaud, 42, of 192 Arlington St., second floor, Lawrence: attempt to commit larceny, 194 Arlington St., 7:21 p.m.

Arrest: Pedro Garcia Jr., 27, of 91 Shawsheen Road, #3, Lawrence; domestic assault and battery and domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 91 Shawsheen Road, 8:23 p.m.

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