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January 31, 2014

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

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Thanks to the quick action of family members and firefighters, everyone got out of the burning building safely.

We thank the city’s firefighters for their effort and for their skill.

JEERS to what Haverhill police were calling an armed robbery ring targeting city stores.

Last week, police arrested 19-year-old Matthew Clougherty and charged him with two armed robberies at knifepoint, one of the Quik Mart at 764 Main St. on Dec. 9, the other of American Grocery at 426 Main St. on Jan. 22. He was arraigned Monday and held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for today.

Police arrested two other Haverhill residents Tuesday and said the trio acted together in a series of armed robberies during the last two months while other times acting alone. Arrested were Cristina Gatzimas, 32, and Shane Valido, 30. They were both charged with participating in the Jan. 22 robbery of American Grocery. Valido was also charged with a Dec. 24 robbery of Quality Liquors in which he allegedly pistol-whipped a store clerk.

The string of armed robberies across Haverhill was disturbing and a source of great danger to residents. It is gratifying that police have suspects in custody for these serious crimes.

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