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THE WEEK IN REVIEW – Eagle-Tribune

Police: Men were selling fentanyl on Haverhill walking trails Police said a New Hampshire man with an outstanding arrest warrant out of Lawrence District Court for trafficking fentanyl was allegedly selling the same potent narcotic to customers he arranged to meet on recreational trails in the Millvale Reservoir and Winnekenni Park areas of Haverhill. Police said the many walking trails that meander through both recreational areas are heavily used by adults and children.

When the man was arrested on Millvale Road along with his alleged driver, police seized 141.3 grams of fentanyl along with a handgun and two, loaded high-capacity magazines that he said he bought for his protection. Police charged Joshua Smith, 29, of 6 Spring View Terrace, Plaistow, and Jordan Polizzotti, 27, of 27 Pine Road, North Hampton, New Hampshire, with trafficking in fentanyl, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a loaded firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of unlicensed ammunition, and possession of large capacity magazines. Smith was also charged with possession of a Class C drug, while Polizzotti was also charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Both men were arraigned on the charges on Monday in Haverhill District Court, which is temporarily located in the Newburyport District Courthouse. Judge Patricia Dowling set bail on Smith at £35,000, and revoked his bail on an active case out of Lawrence District Court. Dowling set bail on Polizzotti at £15,000, and scheduled probable cause hearings for Nov.

29. According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on Oct.

20 just after 5 p.m., members of the Haverhill Police Narcotics Unit were patrolling the Millvale Road area. Police had received information that “Smitty” (Joshua Smith) was arranging to meet with customers on recreational walking trails in the Millvale Reservoir and Winnekenni Park areas on a daily basis to sell them fentanyl.

Police noted that both areas are heavily frequented by adults and children. Members of the narcotics unit came upon a blue, 1998 Volkswagon Passat with New Hampshire plates parked across from the main entrance to Millvale Reservoir. Polizzotti was the driver and Smith was his front seat passenger, police said.

Detectives saw Smith exit the vehicle with a backpack, then approached Smith and Polizzotti. Police said Smith threw a small bag containing a white, chunky substance onto the ground. Police said both men had outstanding warrants for their arrest and that Polizzotii has a suspended driver’s license.

Police said Smith asked one officer to speak to him at a distance from Polizzotti, so that Polizzotti could not hear, then told the officer, “I have something I’ve never had before in my life.” Smith told the officer that he had a gun in his backpack. Smith said he never shot a gun before, and told the officer that he had recently bought it for protection because someone tried to rob him, according to the police report. Police searched the backpack and found a loaded, black 9mm Remington handgun, along with a quantity of fentanyl, a bag of syringes, a glass vial of a yellow liquid believed to be steroids, and a small bag of marijuana and a grinder.

Police said the gun had nine rounds in its 18-round magazine. An additional 18-round magazine loaded with 17 rounds was found in the vehicle’s trunk. Neither man had a license to carry a firearm or a license to have ammunition, police said.

Polizzotti told police that Smith sells fentanyl, and that Smith gives him some in exchange for rides to make drug deals. During booking, police found a small plastic bag of fentanyl inside Smith’s sock, and another bag tucked inside his butt cheeks. Smith had £1,098 in cash in his pocket, which police seized as proceeds of the drug trade.

Police said the suspected fentanyl weighed 141.3 grams, and that it would be sent to the state drug lab for testing along with the suspected steroids. During a recorded interview with police, Smith said he could not tell police where he got the drugs or the gun, because he was in fear for his life. — Mike LaBella

Women’s City Club turns 100 The Women’s City Club of Haverhill celebrated its 100th anniversary on Oct.

3 at the Phoenician Restaurant in Haverhill. Club President Marge Wood welcomed everyone and thanked the “Celebrate 100 Committee,” which included Phyllis Farfaras, Donna Graham, Janice Hardiman, Barbara Salack, Carma Selvaggio and their Chairperson, Judy Dionne, who worked tirelessly to make the event the success that it was.

Wood then introduced Mayor James Fiorentini, who presented her with a citation on behalf of the city, congratulating the club for its 100-year milestone. The President’s Table also included invited guests Peter Carbone, director of the Haverhill Historical Society; the Rev. Frank Jewett of Advent Christian Church; Allison Colby-Campbell, Haverhill Life contributing writer and photographer; Kenneth and Virginia Thurston, club data base originator; and Muriel Boles, graphic designer.

Jewett then blessed the luncheon that followed, and the event concluded with entertainment by locally known vocalist, Bobby G, who sang a variety of standards, show tunes and requests. Anyone interested in joining the Women’s City Club may attend a meeting as a guest of a current member and see what the club is all about, or you can contact Marge Wood at 603-382-8380 for more information. Meetings are generally held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Advent Christian Church Hall, 160 Carleton St.

The club’s next meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.

7. — Mike LaBella

FBI releases new report on Sandy Hook shooter with Haverhill ties A newly released FBI profile of Adam Lanza concludes that he didn’t just “snap” and decide to walk into the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec.

14, 2012, but instead had engaged in careful, methodical planning that started 21 months earlier. Lanza, who killed 26 people, including 20 children, has family roots in Haverhill and Southern New Hampshire.

When FBI profiler Andre Simon met with victims’ families in July 2014 at a hotel in Southbury to go over his final report, he gave everyone a one-page synopsis of his findings that included a reference to the shooter “contemplating the attack as early as March of 2011.” The report doesn’t reveal how investigators determined that information. Simon’s report is among more than 1,500 pages of FBI documents related to the shooting at the Newtown school that left 26 dead, including 20 first-graders. The documents include FBI interviews with neighbors of Adam Lanza, friends of his family, and an hourlong interview with a woman who communicated online with Lanza for more than two years.

The unidentified woman recounted for two FBI special agents how Lanza wrote about his meticulous spreadsheet of mass killers, professed his love of Harry Potter books and told her about a nightmare of being in a mall during a mass shooting. The woman told FBI agents that she first “met” Lanza online more than two years before the shooting after spotting his postings on a website related to the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School. They communicated about once a month after that, but the woman said she did not know Lanza’s real name or where he lived.

She told agents that he referred to the spreadsheet he created “meticulously documenting the details of hundreds of spree killings and mass murders.” She said Lanza wrote about mass killers with respect and understanding, saying such attacks were merely the symptoms of a broken society. She told the FBI that Lanza rarely spoke about his family or personal life, but said he once wrote that he liked the Harry Potter stories, and in particular the “idea that at the age of 11, the kids were taken away from their families.” She told the FBI he was “the most fixated and disturbed internet associate she had ever encountered.” Adam Lanza was the son of Peter Lanza, 54, a Haverhill native, and Nancy Lanza.

Adam Lanza was born in Kingston, New Hampshire, in 1992. He had an older brother Ryan Lanza, who was initially mistakenly identified as the Sandy Hook shooter. Nancy and Peter Lanza moved with their children from Kingston in 1998, when the boys were 10 and 6.

Several family members still live in the Haverhill area. The newly released FBI documents show that the FBI opened a grand jury within days of the shooting to collect information from internet sites that Lanza frequented. There also are field notes from agents who canvassed the Yogananda Street neighborhood in Newtown where Lanza lived.

One neighbor told agents that the FBI had visited the Lanza home several years earlier because Adam had hacked into a government computer system when he was in ninth grade. The neighbor said Lanza made it through the second level of the unnamed government computer system before federal agents showed up at the house. The neighbor said that Nancy Lanza, the shooter’s mother, told them the agents remarked that Adam was so smart “he could have a job with them someday.”

Adam Lanza shot his way into the school on Dec.

14, 2012, and killed 26 people, including 20 first-graders. He fired 154 shots in five minutes before killing himself. Before going to the school he killed his mother in their home, shooting her four times with a rifle as she slept.

FBI agents assisted the state police in the aftermath of the shooting. The documents released Tuesday are mostly redacted grand jury subpoenas and interviews agents conducted, as well as records obtained from schools and health providers. The investigators’ handwritten field notes on the day of the massacre show how the agents, during their initial canvass of witnesses, gathered a wide range of information about Nancy and Adam Lanza’s relationship that would later shed light on his increasingly isolated existence in the weeks before the murders.

One unidentified person told agents that Nancy Lanza had confided that Adam Lanza had not left his bedroom for three months prior to the shootings and that she only communicated with him via email. Several mentioned that Adam Lanza had been freaked out by Storm Sandy when the family home lost power for days. “He had no real friends,” an investigator noted, “and would not go out of the house to a hotel when electricity (was) out during Hurricane Sandy.”

Another family friend told agents that while in school, Adam Lanza was “bullied, but not excessively, for his social awkwardness and his physical gait.” Lanza weighed only 111 pounds at the time of his death. The FBI profilers, after reviewing Lanza’s journal writings, internet posts and interviewing the few relatives who knew him, concluded Lanza had an “extremely rigid and inflexible worldview.” The FBI presented its profile of Lanza to the state police and victims’ families in 2014.

A one-page, seven-point summary of the Behavioral Analysis Unit’s findings, printed on FBI letterhead, was passed out to the 50 people who attended the meeting. The profiler concluded: — In the weeks and months preceding the attack, Lanza’s deteriorating relationship with his mother was a significant challenge and stressor in his life.

— There was no evidence to suggest that Lanza viewed the attack as a “video game” or as a game. — Lanza was fascinated with past shootings and researched them thoroughly. — There is evidence to suggest that Lanza had an interest in children that could be categorized as pedophilia.

Although the profiler acknowledged there is no evidence Lanza ever acted on that interest. The unidentified woman’s internet conversations with Lanza expounded on his loneliness and social awkwardness. She told federal agents, according to their summary, “Lanza seemed to have no friends or people he could turn to for support or assistance and did not appear to have any enjoyment of life.”

In his postings, Lanza expressed displeasure over natural light, the taste and texture of food, and the feel of clothing. The woman said Lanza at least once had “casually mentioned suicide” and saw death as an escape from his joyless existence. But she told the FBI Lanza never directly expressed an interest in killing himself.

The woman also told agents it was clear Lanza was knowledgeable about guns, but never indicated that he owned weapons and never suggested he would hurt others She said Lanza also wrote about his nightmares. Lanza wrote that he dreamed he was in a mall during a mass shooting, and found himself alone in a shoe store with the shooter, trying to persuade him to commit suicide before the police could arrest him.

In another, he described watching bullies emptying the backpack of a victim, who then pulled a gun and began shooting his tormentors. Lanza stopped communicating with the woman in the summer of 2012, and he later wrote that he had “committed virtual suicide,” destroying his computer hard drive and losing his online virtual identities. He eventually re-established his online identities, with the woman last hearing from him in early December 2012, days before the shooting.

— Staff and wire reports Downtown train bridge work causes more detours Drivers who encountered a detour recently where the train bridge crosses Washington Street can expect more of the same as winter approaches.

Officials with MassDOT said roadway milling and paving scheduled to take place Nov.

2 and 3 will also require a similar detour directing drivers to seek alternate routes. MassDOT spokeswoman Lisa Battiston said milling and paving will be limited to the general area under and around the bridge. In 2014, the state approved spending £100 million to rebuild the deteriorated downtown train bridge, a century-old span crossing the Merrimack River that some local officials feared would eventually collapse.

The project also includes repairs to the substructure for the bridge piers in the river, and rebuilding the Washington Street Bridge and the North Approach Bridge. City and state officials have said the project will have an impact on commuters and some downtown businesses. Railroad bridge construction that took place two weeks ago in that area made it more difficult to travel to and from the western end of downtown.

Police Capt. Stephen Doherty said the detour was in effect from Oct.

17 at 7 a.m. to Oct.

19 at 7 p.m. He said it wasn’t the first time that a detour was set up in that area.

“At other times, they’ve limited travel to one lane of traffic,” he said. Doherty said the MBTA’s contractor submitted a detour plan to police, who posted a traffic advisory on their Facebook page on Oct.

16. Police also issued a robo call warning residents of the detour.

He said to expect the same kinds of notifications about upcoming bridge construction work. Battiston said the recent detour was put in place to expedite painting operations, including touch-up, blasting and priming, applying a middle coat and top coat, and caulking, and that it affected the east track of the Washington Street Bridge. She said the MBTA Project Team worked with the city to put this detour in place, in lieu of doing two to three single-lane closures under the bridge.

Battiston said the contractor worked extended hours to minimize disturbances due to the detour. Drivers heading west were detoured onto Moulton Way, then to Essex Street and onto High Street. When drivers reach the top of the hill, they were directed to turn left onto Washington Street, then down the hill to the lights, where the Comeau Bridge meets River Street.

Drivers heading east on River Street, or north on the Comeau Bridge, were asked to turn left up Washington Street, then down High Street to Essex Street. Doherty said there was some driver confusion initially, but that traffic soon ran smoothly in that area. Battiston said the length of roadway on Washington Street that will be impacted by milling and paving in November is about 180 feet and goes from Railroad Square, past Washington Avenue to the driveway of the parking garage for the apartment building at 170 Washington St.

The milling and paving also goes about 180 feet up Washington Avenue from Washington Street to just past the entrance of the MBTA commuter rail parking lot. She said milling and paving is done to correct for any construction impacts and restore the roadway to equal or better condition. Major bridge work that will impact Washington Street traffic is scheduled to be done by this winter, however, certain minor work is weather dependent and may need to be done in the spring, Battiston said.

— Mike LaBella

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