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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 12:05 am

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:


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.


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.

Arrest: Cheryl Rajotte, 57, of 20 Atkinson St., Lawrence; trespassing, 118 So. Broadway, 8:35 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 31

Arrest: Alfred Enrique Espinal, 35, of 45 Spruce St., #2, Methuen; domestic assault and battery, 45 Spruce St., 7:29 p.m.

Arrest: Theresa Marie Nagel, 38, of 94 Lilley Ave., Lowell; illegal possession of heroin, 320 Haverhill St., 2 p.m.

Arrest: Keith Allen Bishop, 45, of Shirley Way, #36, Litchfield, N.H.; conspiracy to violate drug law and failure to use turn signals, Acton and Broadway streets, 10:27 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 1

Arrest: Ramon Deleon, 51, of 19 Hancock St., Lawrence; drunken driving, revoked license, 1 General St., 8:16 p.m.

Arrest: Joshua Solis, 20, of 190 Bruce St., Lawrence; armed home invasion with a firearm, two counts of assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, 52 Manchester St., 4 p.m.

Arrest: Juan Oquendo Jr., 30, of 61 Hilldale Ave., #1, Haverhill; domestic assault and battery, breaking an entering in the nighttime, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property and two counts of intimidating a witness, 2 Leonard Ave., 4:24 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Arrest: Farrah Vander-Heyden, 30, of 93 Potter Road, Wilton, N.H.; illegal possession of heroin, 187 Broadway, 10 p.m.

Arrest: Crystol Pelletier, 23, of 11 McLaren Ave., Nashua, N.H.; knowingly being present where heroin is kept and driving without a license, 187 Broadway, 10 p.m.

Arrest: John Herczeg, 42, of 412 Abbott Farm Lane, Hudson, N.H.; knowingly being present where heroin is kept, 187 Broadway, 10 p.m.

Arrest: Eddie Anderson, 55, of 15 Elsworth St., Lowell; disorderly conduct, 187 Broadway, 10 p.m.

Arrest: Inyemar Suazo, 29, of 18 Saunders St., #1, Lawrence; illegal possession with intent to distribute heroin, failure to stop or yield, driving negligently to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer, intimidating a witness and making false statements to police, Williams and Ferry streets, 10:35 p.m.

Arrest: Matthew Martino, 26, of 40 Forest Lane, Brentwood, N.H.; domestic assault and battery, breaking and entering, larceny, trespassing and two outstanding warrants, 166 Park St., 6:22 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 2

Crash: With injury, 88 Lowell St., 8:50 a.m.

Counterfeit: Employee reported counterfeit $20 bill, Subway, 181 Pelham St., 4:03 p.m.

Shoplifting: Rite Aid, 176 Haverhill St., 6:42 p.m.

Larceny: Waitress reported customer left without paying, Plaza Azteca, 552 Broadway, 8:46 p.m.

Arrest: Kelly Bradshaw, 29, 265 Center St., Groveland, OUI drugs, possession of a class A substance, 55 East St., 11 p.m.


Wednesday, Jan. 2

Evading taxi fare: 40 Varnum St., 12:25 a.m.

Motor vehicle accident: 501 Broadway, 8:44 a.m.

Motor vehicle accident: 400 Lowell Ave., 10:48 a.m.

Motor vehicle accident: 280 Main St., 12:12 p.m.

Breaking and entering: 35 Woodcock Ave., 3:36 p.m.

Motor vehicle accident: 56 Plaistow Road, 4:12 p.m.

Disturbance: 6

Neighbor dispute: 11 Park St., 7:49 p.m.

Arrest: David Ford, 58, homeless, violation of a restraining order, How Street, 8:34 p.m.

Loitering/disorderly: 76 Summer St., 9:14 p.m.

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