Haverhill Corrections Officer Receives Probation for Attempt to Smuggle Drugs to Prisoner

A former 29-year-old Essex County Sheriff’s Department corrections officer from Haverhill was sentenced to probation Monday in federal court for his role in trying to smuggle drugs to a prisoner at the Middleton jail. Gregorit Sanchez was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Angel Kelley in Boston to five years’ probation with the first year to be served in home detention. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said in a release the court acknowledged that U.S. sentencing guidelines suggest 30-37 months in prison and the prosecutor recommended a sentence of 30 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. In March, Sanchez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and other controlled substances and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, cocaine and other controlled substances. Sanchez was charged in December 2021, along with 20 other individuals.

State Restores 911 Mass. Emergency Lines; Residents May Now Call 911 in Emergency

Updated: The Massachusetts 911 system was disrupted and unavailable for a time today, but state officials now report service was restored. The public may now resume calling 911 for emergencies. The Massachusetts State 911 Department says it continues to investigate the cause of the disruption. –Earlier–

Local police and fire departments said this afternoon the statewide 911 emergency system is out of service, and state officials said they are investigating the cause. The outage comes as a dangerous heat wave settles in over Massachusetts and as Boston prepares to host a victory parade for the NBA champion Boston Celtics on Friday.

With New State Limit on Family Shelter Stays, Emmaus Haverhill Finds Options for Those Affected

Following a new state policy limiting shelter stays to nine months, Haverhill’s Emmaus House says it has identified housing options for three quarters of the 19 to 20 families who may be required to move on. Al Hanscom, the organization’s vice president of operations, told WHAV there used to be no time limit at emergency assistance sites, which are for unhoused families and pregnant women. Gov. Maura T. Healey announced last fall the system reached capacity at 7,500 families. Around 150 will be asked to leave in early July, according to a press release from her office. “As far as Emmaus, we have always strived to be able to help rehouse people, and it is more difficult in today’s world than in the past and it’s not because of these policies,” he said.

Haverhill Ranks Flooding Highly as Regional Authority Assesses Environmental Risks

Haverhill city councilors plan tonight to hear a rundown of city projects meant to reduce risks posed by the natural environment. They are mostly water-related. Of the 18 listed, roughly half are devoted to flooding alone, while most of the rest address it in part. Overseen by city departments—and sometimes in coordination with state or regional agencies—they range from zoning changes for drinking water protection to the Ralph T. Basiliere Bridge replacement. Police Chief Robert P. Pistone, also the city’s emergency management director, will present on the city’s section of the 2024 Merrimack Valley Region Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is currently in the public comment stage.

New Weekly Haverhill Recovery Support Group Meets Thursday Nights

The Haverhill Overdose Prevention Education—or HOPE—team of Northeastern Family Institute sponsors a weekly recovery support group Thursday nights. The peer support group helps those 18 and up build a foundation of support and begin their journey of recovery with free meetings with coffee and refreshments. Certified HOPE Recovery Coaches Bob and Andrea, as well as HOPE Program Director Charlie Manzi facilitate the meetings based on their lived experiences with recovery. Meetings take place every Thursdays, from 5:30-7 p.m., at NFI Massachusetts, 76 Winter St., Haverhill. Attendees may either walk in or sign up in advance by calling 978-373-1181, ext.

HC Media Names Belfiore Executive Director, Promotes Bowden, Paris, Ellson, Scott

Matthew Belfiore has been named executive director of HC Media, operator of public access, education and government cable television channels in Haverhill. Belfiore, longtime director of operations, joined the HC Media in 1996. He is the recipient of two National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors awards and nine National Alliance for Community Media awards, and was nominated for two New England Emmy Awards in 2024. “Matt brings with him the technical knowledge and the creative mindset to bring HC Media to the next level,” said Stephanie Guyotte, president of HC Media board of directors. “He has been the biggest champion of HC Media and has a commitment and enthusiasm that is unmatched.

Whittier Tech Carpentry Students Complete Haverhill Fire Station Sign, Raised Garden Beds

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Carpentry students from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School completed new signs for Haverhill’s Rocks Village Fire Station and two handicap-accessible raised garden beds for Haverhill Brightside, Team Haverhill and Haverhill Garden Club. Students constructed and painted a 20-foot sign for the Rocks Village Fire Station in Haverhill. It replaces one originally built by Whittier Tech students in the 1990s that deteriorated. The sign was built at the Whittier Tech shop, using plywood as a backer and medium density overlay for the face of the sign. They then framed and trimmed the sign with a composite material more durable than traditional wood.

Alleging ‘Poor Sportsmanship’ by Adults, League Ejects Private Haverhill Youth Softball Teams

Near the end of the season, just before playoffs began, a regional youth softball league disqualified all of Haverhill’s teams after umpires refused to continue servicing their games. According to a May 28 email from the Essex County Women’s Softball League Advisory Committee, the area umpire association described “continued issues of poor sportsmanship” on the part of the private, pre-high school program. Only the 12-and-under and 14-and-under teams could not compete in the playoffs, according to a social media post by Haverhill Girls Softball. The post continued the Essex County league does not provide playoffs for younger players. Though she does not have direct knowledge of the situation, Umpire-in-Chief for USA Softball’s Massachusetts Association Dianne Weissbach said, in her experience, parents and coaches are almost always the problem.