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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Two charged after crashing stolen car

From the Eagle Tribune;

Two charged after crashing stolen car
By Cara Hogan

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Posted: 06/22/2011 12:14 AM
ATKINSON — Two Lawrence men, allegedly driving a stolen car, led police on a high-speed chase through town before crashing early yesterday morning.

Detective Sgt. Philip Farrar said Officer Kevin Donnelly was on a routine patrol and tried to pull over a white 1994 Honda Accord for speeding on Sawyer Avenue at 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

"The car didn't stop and there was a short pursuit of about a mile or so," Farrar said. "Donnelly called it off because it got too excessive in speed, up to 70 mph on back roads."

The Honda crashed shortly afterward at the intersection of Sawyer Avenue and Main Street, going straight through the intersection and hitting a stone wall.

Farrar said the two men fled the vehicle. "I apprehended them 30 minutes later on the other side of town on Lewis Lane. They offered no resistance when arrested," he said.

Farrar said the two men had disturbed the neighborhood while they ran from the police, knocking on and trying to open doors.

"They were trying to get help, I guess," Farrar said. "A woman said they told her they had missed the school bus, which we got a chuckle out of."

Jeremiah Torres, 18, and Irvin Diaz, 19, both from Lawrence, allegedly stole the car earlier yesterday morning in Lawrence before driving to Atkinson.

Both were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, conduct after an accident, operating after revocation, reckless driving and disobeying a police officer.

The two men are both known gang members in Lawrence, according to Farrar.

"Lawrence (police) said they have both been involved in shootings down there," Farrar said. "These guys are bad guys; they're the real deal. It would appear that Atkinson is a throughway to Salem from Lawrence and Haverhill, all the crime from Lawrence heading our way every day."

Torres and Diaz are in custody, Farrar said, held on $25,000 cash bail each. They are scheduled for video arraignment today in Plaistow District Court.


Anonymous said...

Wow, Farrar FINALLY did SOMETHING?.......let's make him CHIEF BEFORE CON-MAN gets back and Farrar's retirement date next week.

Anyone see something STRANGE about this LET article?

Farrar is a piece of S--t just like the Con-man. LET is in the bag for the town of Atkinson, just like the Con-Man is in control of what they publish.

If Farrar is SUCH A GREAT MAN, why hasn't he done anything GREAT just before he retires?

We can tell you why..........because Con-man is sick and he needs some good scoops till he gets better.

Farrar and the Con-man are two peas in a pod with the ET willing to do their beck and call.

What a SAD town the town of Atkinson has become.

Good riddins Farrar and may the Con-man go with you. You BOTH disgrace the BADGE YOU PIN UPON YOUR CHEST!

Anonymous said...

BOS gets MRI to fix APD ASAP or S.H.I.T. hits fan ASAP.

Anonymous said...

Hey J... A.., Farrar is one of the best cops we have on the force and thats not taking anything away from the rest of us. Leon please stop harassing Phil because he did what needed to be done on Val Cat.

Anonymous said...

So your theory is the chase and the stolen vehicle by the gang banger is all made up? MRI will help solve this as well, maybe they are working with Lawrence as well.

Anonymous said...

Please don't delete my comment because of your bias.

"Joyce, did you read this mornings paper. You need to apologize to the APD.

Thank you Detective Farrah and Officer Donnelly on a job well done. Hope you get the recognition you deserve for protecting our streets and homes.

Thank you, thank you for using such great judgement.

Anonymous said...

Please explain to me why the blog administrator has not published this mornings article about the two officers from the APD who put there lives on the line yesterday morning?

Why the administrator deleted a comment of praise for these two men.

Is the administrator bias, only sharing one side?

Anonymous said...

Nice work Farrar & Donnelly!

From your friends in Salem

Anonymous said...

Oh looks who's up, if you can't say something about a job well done, say nothing at all.

Good Job guys.

We always have your back as you have ours.
Glad to have these two off the streets.

Hampstead thanks you too.

Anonymous said...

Finally something to be proud of Atkinson for.

Good work Atkinson Police!

Anonymous said...

Detective Sgt. Farrar, please reconsider and stay. Atkinson Residents need you. Selectmen come and go, just ride the storm a little longer. Change is less then a year away.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't the below (see link) news story posted on this "non-bias" blog? Because it shows police dealing with real issues, not legal adult birthday parties, and doesn't fit the agenda of this blog?

Oh, by the way, the story is in the Eagle Tribune, so I guess it really happened. Because, a poster on this blog believes if it isn't the Tribune it never occured.

Atkinson Police police chase ends in arrest of two Lawrence gang members:

Anonymous said...

Officer Donnelly, you are a busy man. Why there must be 4 submissions on the blog congratulating yourself. We get it already.

Anonymous said...

This could of ended badly. Kids getting on school buses, runners out for their morning run, commutters on there way to work.

Well done Officer Donnelly and Detective Farrar.

Good to know Atkinson is in good hands.

My wife and I live in that area. Scary to have this happen so close to home.

Anonymous said...

"Just the facts, mam, just the facts."

Anonymous said...

This is when you are thankful you have an experienced Officer behind the wheel. If this was a new officer or someone not familiar with our streets...most chases end in death, or costing the city major $$$. Officer Donnelly needs to be commended.

Anonymous said...

I heard Farrar got these notorious gang members off of maple Ave (not Lewis Lane), maybe they were going to Friel's house for a breakfast meeting.

June 22, 2011 10:20 AM

Anonymous said...
Thank you APD for making Atkinson look good in the paper. I'm sure surrounding towns thank you to.
Glad no one was hurt.

June 22, 2011 10:45 AM

Hope MRI will recommend a better work environment, support from the BOS, and an increase in wages to keep our fine officers in the Atkinson.

Get well soon Chief! You have a great staff!

Enjoy the good news.

Anonymous said...

Going to sleep well tonight knowing two criminals, who hurt, steal, and want to bring harm to others are off our streets. Thank you Atkinson Police. Now if we could get rid of the trouble makers in our town who run this blog.

Anonymous said...

MRI can report on overdue improvements to the APD. The facts speak for themselves. The shine on a sneaker, its still a sneaker. Atkinson needs a qualified, professional police department or Plaistow take over.


Anonymous said...

1) A car was speeding on Sawyer Ave

2) Atkinson police attempt to pull car over, lose car in high speed chase

3) 2 men (both gang involvved and previous shooters?) apprehended 30 minutes later after knocking on residents doors

Seems to me this isn't evidence either way regarding the quality of our police department.

2 known gang members and previous shooters were wandering through neighborhoods knocking on doors for up to 30 minutes. Were surrounding towns called in to help? Did Phil get called and come to the aid of the officer?

Seems if the idiots didn't crash their car the story would have been, "Atkinson police attempt to pull over speeder, fail."

Not that the cop should have continued the high speed chase (especially seeing a kid on a motorcycle was killed in one in Atkinson a few years ago)...

Anonymous said...

For the record, the suspects were caught on Wason Lane off of Maple Ave not Lewis Ln like article stated. And yes mutual aid was received by Plaistow PD for the incident. Good job by all the police officers involved. It was very fortunate no was injured when the suspect vehicle flew the intersection of Sawyer and Main st and hit the embankment/rocks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you administrator for posting the article and moving the comments. I'll just say that we knew the blog would give this story a negative spin.

Living do close the where this took place. I'm pleased and proud of our Police Department for the way this went down.

Chases do usually end in someone getting hurt, innocent residents were at risk. If you're dotting the I's and crossing the T's, everything was handled professionally.

Yes the APD was spot on, we should all be proud. Give praise where it I'd do.

Anonymous said...

Great story for Atkinson!

Anonymous said...

Great story for Atkinson:

MRI orders Atkinson to hire full time police officers trained and qualified who obey the laws of the state and supply accurate and truthful police logs that are available to the public.

Anonymous said...

Isn't the state law on noise one of the laws police in Atkinson ignore?

Anonymous said...

Chugs Chugs choo choo. Who cares about noise as long as we get paid.

Anonymous said...

Joyce, you haven't apologized to the APD for your rude attacks on the Detective and the Officer who came to your aid. Be a good neighbor, allow people to have fun in there own homes. They weren't hurting you, putting you in danger. Yet you attacked our APD for not doing what you wanted them to do. They used good judgement that night, they used good judgement Tuesday morning.

What did you do you attacked them publicly, now you can't even thank them for getting two very dangerous criminals off our street.

You really still talking noise today. Get earplugs!

Anonymous said...

I did not see any rude postings from Joyce about any of the police, but I have seen alot of nasty attacks by you to her.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, so why is this guy calling out an individual and begging for their thanks for something they are not connected to?

This is a wild and crazy request, give it up.

If you need so much praise for going your job (by accident no less, no pun intended), then maybe you have too low expectations of yourselves. The rest of us expect you to do your job all the time and not go attacking people who ask you to do it.

When are you retiring? Not soon enough I say.

MAcciard said...


Don't know why you are posting this here, but to be fair, the loud music, and fireworks were going on after midnight. That does violate a couple of laws, and the police probably should have directed them to knock off the fireworks in a densely packed residential neighborhood, and turn the music down to a dull roar, as my mother would have said.

But I get the gist that being fair, is not your aim with this post.

Anonymous said...


These posts look like the officers berating a citizen. Why are they not on the job?

Anonymous said...

Because intimidating citizens is part of the job but that's will end. We need FBI. NOT MRI.

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Anonymous said...

I'm not a cop, but if you need to believe I am go ahead.

Anonymous said...

Detec. Farrar has been chosen by the Lions for their award this year. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Detective Farrar. No one deserves it more from all the unprofessional treatment you get from the BOS, all because the TA wants to make more money and get his friends jobs. $75,000 is not enough for him, he wants to be Chief, Lieutenant and Detective. Until he's in for $100 thousand +, then he'll need more, it's going to cost you a fortune, but you don't care, it will be worth it "right".

Anonymous said...

Great job PD!

Anonymous said...

Why would any decent cop or other person bash a resident? I find this to be totally unacceptable and unprofessional. I really don't care if you think parties out of control are acceptable for our town. I doubt very much neighbors of these peole think differently than you do. You are only disgracing the PD.

Anonymous said...

I think the neighbors must hate them and the for letting it continue, but if you want to lie to yourselves, go ahead.

Anonymous said...

The people who run this blog, "bash"residents every day, that why you run it. It makes the little fishes feel big. Some of us post here to give back what you dish out.

I think it's funny the Joyce was outed. Using her own rag to file a complaint exploded on her. Her removing post that had her name in them, no attack, just couldn't handle the heat. What goes around is coming around.

Anonymous said...

She doesn't run the blog. Nice try but she doesn't. She told Barbara Snicer that she didn't like the article that it was counter-productive and was going to ask to get it removed. That was her mistake. Barbara Snicer is the person who came on here and started this attack. Nice going.

Why is it you can criticize people for being nasty then do the same thing and you act as if it's ok for you, but not them. It's twisted. Nasty is nasty no matter who is doing it.

Anonymous said...

Outed, she and you have been nasty to many time to pay the piper as they say. Looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

So which "friend" did she ask to remove??????

Anonymous said...

Pay what piper? Whatcha going to do? Sounds like another threat.

It's all in your head.

Anonymous said...

The Dept is self destructing before our eyes. Anyone have any marshmallows?

Anonymous said...

You can email the webmaster is you have a request, you don't need to know who is running it.

Anonymous said...

I think the town and pd have outed themselves by attacking residents who are within thier rights to file a complaint about noise when it was seen by everone who drove down this main street that day and other days.

Have you taken a step back and look at your inappropiate reaction to this and your incessant insults? If not, please do so.

Anonymous said...

Nope, I did nothing no attacks from me, just can't stand the unhappy neighbor who for one night of the year can't handle a little noise and celebration for her neighbor. Glad I don't live near her.

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SALEM, N.H. -- A man from Massachusetts has been arrested and accused of leading police on a chase through Atkinson in a stolen car.
Police said the car was speeding and weaving between school buses when it crashed into a stone wall.
The Atkinson Police Department said its officer had to break off the chase because Irvin Diaz, 19, was weaving in and out of traffic and putting lives at risk. Diaz is facing five charges including a felony charge of receiving stolen property.
Police said Diaz stole the car in Massachusetts and led police on a high-speed chase through several towns, traveling as fast as 70 mph on back roads.
In court, the prosecutor said Diaz has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for assault in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The prosecutor asked that bail be set at $25,000 cash only, calling Diaz a flight risk and danger to the community.
Diaz responded by asking for a lower cash bail, in part because he is a parent.
"I was wondering if you all could let me out for $920 because I got a daughter to take care of, and I haven't been in trouble in so long," Diaz said. "I haven't been in trouble for a while, actually."
Diaz's bail was set at $25,000.
Police said Diaz and his passenger were arrested without incident about 30 minutes after fleeing the scene.
The passenger was later released. Police said they had nothing to hold him on.

Anonymous said...

Great catch APD

Anonymous said...

Farrar... cut those bangs off over your forehead. ok?

Anonymous said...

Administrator, please remove last post. This is a personal attack (like Mrs. Lafrances) and will not be tolerate! RIGHT

Anonymous said...

Great arrest, I'm difinitly investing in a security system. Gang members driving through Atkinson at 6:30am is bad news. Our police taking one down should help deter future problems.

Does any have recommendation on alarm systems?

Anonymous said...

Chief is back. Oh well.

MAcciard said...

I see the moderators of this blog bash(by this I mean discuss) Town officials not non town official residents.

Maybe you can give an example

Anonymous said...

Farrar, dont listen to the whackjob critic. Your bangs are so cute. I love them. They make you soooo handsome, please keep them hanging out. When I see your dashing bangs I swoon, oooh and aaah. If you grow a pony tail to match, I will pee in my pants.

Anonymous said...

Town officials are residents. You are attacking them personally. You attack anything for your cause. You are a bottom feeder who uses a blog to feel bigger.

Sadly our BOS not only let you attack residents but help you, so you don't attack them. They are cowards.

You are nothing but a bully and you make money at it.
Nothing you have done has improved this town.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Bangs are sexy. So now!

Anonymous said...

They remind me of Captain Kangaroo!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of Antonio Banderas.

MAcciard said...

To 7:55 am, I don't know what you are talking about/

Who had "made money" attacking town officials?
Why is it wrong to criticize a police chief who breaks the law, or violates court orders?

I thought criticizing your government was your Constitutional Right?

What could the selectmen possibly do about this blog? Although they have been willing to spend tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars in legal fees to try and find out who owns and runs it.

Anonymous said...

Chief, are they giving you enough morphine, oxicontin and Valium? You really oughta get off the blog. It can't be good for your blood pressure. You can just settle up with them all when you feel better. How about a big Bill Bill Fred and TA farewell bash. Kegs of beer, fireworks, party till dawn.

There once was a board of selectmen
Who thought they could mess with our Chief
They found out the hardway
There is a goodway to the highway
But noway to take on the King.

Anonymous said...

Farrar is leaving, don't scare people with your nonsense. He is dying to retire.

Anonymous said...

I hear real criminals with a stolen car hit Atkinson stole property from town. Everyone get a Colt revolver because in Atkinson you better protect yourself.

Anonymous said...

Let me guess, they stole the missing grant equipment. Do they get a reward?

Anonymous said...

The people who are being robbed is the taxpayers. The PD is the leader of the gang.....

Anonymous said...

How can anyone return to work after major heart surgery? What if he returns and has drops dead on the job? Will we get sued by his family for the BOS letting him return to work?

Phil. It's time. Retire now and save face before you are forced out. And you have to give up EA too and it won't be run by one of yoru monkeys.

Anonymous said...

July 4, 2011

Atkinson police chief recovering from surgery
By Cara Hogan The Eagle Tribune Mon Jul 04, 2011, 01:39 AM EDT

ATKINSON — Police Chief Philip Consentino came home from the hospital Thursday after heart surgery on June 14.

Consentino had surgery to repair a leaky valve in his heart. He has been on medical leave from the police department while in the hospital.

"This was very major surgery," he said. "It was an eight-hour surgery. They ripped me up and sewed me back together."

Consentino said he's still in pain and can't return to work yet, but he's happy to be home again.

"I called (the station) two to three times a day to make any major decisions and answer questions while I was in the hospital," he said. "I'm home now, running things from the house, sorting out different bills and doing paperwork. I can't get out and run 100 miles per hour yet, but my brain and arms are still working, so I can still do something."

The longtime chief he should be able to get back into the office in a few weeks.

"I have an appointment with the surgeon next Tuesday and, hopefully, I'll get a clean bill of health," he said. "I'd say a couple of weeks and then I'll be able to get back, whether it's just light duty work, sitting at a desk or whatever."

Until then, Detective Philip Farrar is in charge.

"He seems to be recovering quite well and I'm hoping he'll be back real soon," Farrar said of Consentino. "In the meantime, we're holding our own here."

Farrar took over as second in command after Lt. William Baldwin left the department for a job in Plaistow. The selectmen voted to bring in an independent company to review the staffing needs of the department and put off hiring Baldwin's replacement. Just a few weeks later, Farrar announced he would be retiring this summer, leaving the department understaffed.

But now, Farrar said, Consentino's surgery has changed his plans.

"I put the retirement plans on hold for now just because I don't know when he's coming back, and I'm not going to walk away and leave him stranded," he said. "We've got a good crew here and we're doing fine. Everyone pitches in."

Selectmen's Chairman William Bennett said everyone is relieved the surgery went well.

"We're very happy that the chief is recovering so well," Bennett said. "We're glad to have him back in town and we look forward to him getting back in the saddle. "

There have been no problems at the department in Consentino's absence.

"The chief left a capable man in charge," Bennett said. "Farrar will remain in charge until the chief is ready to return."

The Atkinson community has stepped up to help Consentino and his wife during his recovery.

"The outpouring of people sending me cards, and calling and offering help has been absolutely amazing," Consentino said. "So many people took the time to send me a get well card and I really appreciate their concern. It gives you a warm feeling knowing there are people who care about you."

Anonymous said...

Good gawd. You think it could not be worse and then this. What is it going to take to get a functioning department? We deserve more than a 75 year old unqualified, frail Chief and a bunch of part timers. Farrar has never managed a Dept and is itching to retire. Why don't they use this opportunity to straighten out the PD?

Anonymous said...

We don't feel safe in Atkinson and we blame the Selectmen for incompetence for this part time run down police dept. Selectmen leave me worried about my childrens safety every day. Well f.... you and the horse you rode in on.

Anonymous said...

Ok Smith

Anonymous said...

My name is not Smith but you will know it soon enough.

Anonymous said...

"There have been no problems at the department in Consentino's absence."

I don't think this is true at all. We have the same problems and less people dealing with them. Did anyone notice the roar all weekend on the lake between the out of control boats, the fireworks? We do not live in a safe place and it all starts with the failing PD.

Anonymous said...

"We don't feel safe in Atkinson and we blame the Selectmen for incompetence for this part time run down police dept. Selectmen leave me worried about my childrens safety every day."

Isn't it the PD who are in charge of public safety? We can blame the Selecment for not firing them, but that's about it.

Anonymous said...

Selectmen are ultimately responsible for public safety under NH RSAs. Police dept is one tool they use to do the job assuming the PD isn't completely dysfunctional like ours. There's many aspects of public safety the BOS is responsible for but have nothing to do with our PD.

Anonymous said...

Fireworks should be banned from Big Island Pond also from being bought or sold in the state. My opinion.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that the BOS is more responsible than the PD? That's what it sounds like you are implying.

I think the first line of defense against crime and public safelty is the PD.