State Police confirm one person died as a result of a single-car crash and rollover Friday afternoon on Interstate 495 south in Haverhill. First responders were dispatched about 2:30 p.m. to a report of an accident with an occupant trapped inside in the median near the Broadway/Route 97 overpass. Haverhill Fire Department and Trinity EMS were first on scene. There was an initial call for a medical airlift and second ambulance, but the requests were cancelled as the outcome became clear.
Several of Haverhill’s new or promoted leaders rolled up their sleeves Thursday morning, heard from veterans and pledged to do their parts to resolve transportation, communications bottlenecks and other issues. Mayor-elect Melinda E. Barrett and incoming Councilors Ralph T. Basiliere, Ward 1; Katrina Hobbs-Everett, Ward 2, and Devan M. Ferreira, Ward 3, met with leaders of Veterans Northeast Outreach Center to learn about day-to-day issues and better understand how the city may be able to better help. The meeting was organized by Basiliere, who served last year as interim veterans services officer for the city and spoke publicly about his personal association with the organization.
A well-intentioned effort to beat the seasonal clock and repaint some yellow lines instead brought some red-faced city workers, but there was no other harm. Crooked road surface markings on upper Washington Street that became joke fodder were covered up this week and repainted Thursday. Shawn Regan, spokesman for Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini, said the Highway Department set out to do the right thing when a city contractor got backlogged and couldn’t complete the road painting job.
Methuen Police topped the leaderboard of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Pink Patch Project this year, raising $3,690 for the charity. Police Chief Scott J. McNamara said the department provided pink Methuen Police Department patches throughout the month of October in exchange for $10 donations to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Members were also authorized to wear the pink patches themselves in exchange for making a $10 donation to Dana Farber.