Judge Orders 18-Year-Old Man Accused of Stabbing Murder Held Without Bail at Arraignment

The 18-year-old man accused of Tuesday night’s stabbing murder was ordered held without bail during an online arraignment this morning. District Court Judge Allen Swan ordered Oscar Quinones, of 22 Sunrise Drive, Bradford, held until at least June 8 for a probably cause hearing. Typically, such crimes are presented to a grand jury for possible indictment. Should Quinones be indicted, the case would move out of District Court to the Superior Court level. Quinones was charged with murder in connection with Tuesday night’s stabbing death of 19-year-old Efrain Indio Maisonet of Haverhill at a parking lot near the rear of Haverhill Stadium.

Today’s Obituaries—April 9: Jacuby

Michael E. Jacuby, 63, died Wednesday, April 8. Born in Haverhill, Jacuby was educated in the Haverhill School System and attended Whittier Vocational Technical High School. He would later work as a Utility Worker at United Utilities for more than 10 years. Services are private. Arrangements are by H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Home, 210 S. Main St., Bradford.

Final Construction Phase Begins at Haverhill’s New Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Mill Brook Park

The final construction phase of Haverhill’s new Vietnam Veterans Memorial—which will feature two new monuments—got underway yesterday with many thanks and little fanfare. Knight Construction of Walpole began preparations at the new Mill Brook Park site. The landscape masonry contractor will be creating brick-paved walkways to two circular areas where footings are to be placed for monuments, said Ralph T. Basiliere, chairman of Haverhill’s Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Ad Hoc Commission. He describes some of the work taking place. “We’re bringing in a seven-ton obelisk and a new ‘13’ memorial and education stanchions made of granite.

Police Arrest 20-Year-Old in Connection with Bradford Car Break and Theft

A 20-year-old Haverhill man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly broke into an automobile in Bradford. Gian Franco Gonzalez, of 27 Victor St., was arrested about 4:45 a.m. on Lincolnshire Drive. Gonzalez was taken into custody by Patrolman Richard St. Louis and charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny under $25 from a motor vehicle, attempting to commit a crime, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Haverhill Council Recognizes Businesses Stepping Up to Meet the COVID-19 Challenge

The Haverhill City Council took the opportunity during Tuesday’s meeting to recognize local businesses that have adapted production facilities to help in the fight against COVID-19. One of those is Southwick which has transformed from making Brooks Brothers clothing to creating face masks for front line workers during this crisis—a transition that Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua said provides two benefits. “This is an opportunity for them to do two things. One of which, it brings the employees back which is critically important. But secondly, what they’re doing is that they are providing for an urgent need.

Update: District Attorney Identifies 19-Year-Old Stabbing Victim Killed Tuesday Outside Haverhill Stadium

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The 19-year-old killed last night outside of Haverhill Stadium has been identified as Efrain Indio Maisonet of Haverhill. Carrie Kimball, spokesperson for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, made the announcement shortly after 5 p.m. She also confirmed the stabbing took place at a parking lot near the rear of the stadium. Eighteen-year-old Oscar Quinones, of 22 Sunrise Drive, Bradford, was charged with murder after police were dispatched at 8:40 p.m., last night, to Haverhill Stadium, 117 Lincoln Ave. Quinones was formally arrested about 4 a.m. by Detective Kevin Portnoy. Kimball said earlier Maisonet was taken to Holy Family Hospital’s Haverhill campus for treatment of multiple stab wounds.

Haverhill Schools Ponder June Graduation, Senior Activities if Social Distancing Remains in Effect

If social distancing is still in effect when Haverhill High School seniors are scheduled to graduate, June 5, a special celebration will still take place as well as formal summer event. While May 4 is still Gov. Charlie Baker’s official day for returning to normalcy after COVID-19, Superintendent Margaret Marotta says she is “suspicious” of the date. Appearing live on 97.9 WHAV FM Tuesday, Marotta says special events such as senior activities, the prom and graduation will be observed one way or another. “We talked with some of our vendors. We were going to be having our prom—about pushing those sorts of things out further into the summer.

Haverhill Chamber Turns Relief Effort Towards Local Retailers Harmed by Forced Closures

Following on the success of its Dollar-for-Dollar Gift Card program for restaurants, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is helping retailers give customers 25 percent off future purchases. The “#HaverhillLocal” program is open to Haverhill stores whether or not they are members of the Haverhill Chamber. The group will reimburse participating businesses 25% of total purchase prices, up to $100 per customer. For example, stores may sell a $100 gift card for only $75. Appearing live Friday on WHAV’s “Win for Breakfast” program, state Rep. Andy X. Vargas said the initiative is similar to what is being offered to restaurant owners.