Judge Sends Haverhill Man, Found Guilty of Groveland Murder, to Life in Prison Without Possibility of Parole

Leedell Graham of Haverhill was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2019 murder of 82-year-old Patsy “Pat” Schena. A jury in Salem Superior Court found 53-year-old Graham guilty this past Tuesday of first degree murder with extreme atrocity or cruelty and breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny over $1,200. Schena was killed inside his home on Governor’s Road in Groveland. The sentence was imposed by Judge Kathleen McCarthy-Neyman. “While no one can undo this horrific murder, we hope that the verdict in this case brings Mr. Schena’s family some small measure of peace in the knowledge that justice has been served,” said Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker.

Similar to Haverhill, New Mobile Clinic Will Bring Care Directly to Methuen’s Unhoused Population

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A third mobile health clinic—the other two already serving Haverhill’s and Lawrence’s homeless—allows the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s homeless healthcare program to expand its direct-to-patient primary care into Methuen. During yesterday’s ribbon-cutting, Health Center President and CEO Guy L. Fish said, “It’s super, super important that we get under the bridges, to the shelters, to the hotels where new immigrant families are being housed, and bring healthcare to them because healthcare is a human right.” Mobile clinics are necessary for those who can’t navigate the hospital system, or don’t have the means to get there, he added. Roughly the size of a large RV, the brand-new vehicle has three rooms. In the frontmost, the three-to-five-person staff can do simple assessments—take vital signs, do lab work or offer vaccines, said Health Care for the Homeless Medical Director Dr. Ryan Dono. The middle one functions both as a waiting area and space for evaluation. The third room, separated by a door, looks like a scaled down doctor’s office, allowing staff to perform full physical exams.

He said they do mostly the same procedures as at their brick-and-mortar office, including women’s health exams, ultrasounds and treating Hepatitis C. “Being able to treat people for Hepatitis C in the moment is an amazing intervention,” he added.

Grand Jury Indicts 41-Year-Old Haverhill Man for Alleged False Pandemic Jobless Claim

A Haverhill man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for allegedly filing a false Massachusetts Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claim in 2020 for an ineligible man who was living in Brazil at the time. Forty-one-year-old Julio Roncaly Morais was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date. According to court documents, Morais filed a state pandemic benefits claim June 3, 2020, on behalf of an unnamed man who was living in Brazil before and after the claim was filed. In the application, Morais allegedly certified under penalty of perjury that the other person was a resident and able and available to work in Massachusetts, but was unable to due to the pandemic.

Role-Playing Game and 3D Printing Stores Hold Grand Opening June 22

Haverhill-based Creatorpult Design agency and Queen’s Gambit game store host a joint grand opening Saturday—which is National Free RPG Day—geared to tabletop role-playing game fans. Both companies plan events, sales, tours, demonstrations and giveaways. In addition, Creatorpult will be demonstrating its 3D printers and laser cutters all weekend. A subset of Creatorpult Games, Creatorpult Design specializes in 3D rendering, printing and engravings as well as repair for 3D printers for individuals and small businesses alike. Queen’s Gambit is a game and hobby shop focused on family boardgames, role-playing games, accessories, puzzles and more.

Haverhill Police Child Passenger Safety Seat Check this Saturday

In support of continued passenger safety awareness, the Haverhill Police Department sponsors a Child Passenger Safety Seat Checkpoint this Saturday. According to the department, three out of four car seats are not installed properly and could cause severe harm to child passengers. To prevent this, the department’s checkpoint will have certified passenger seat technicians at the checkpoint to assist with the instillation of new or already-owned car seats and provide further information about child passenger safety. The checkpoint takes place this Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Haverhill Police Garage, 93 Downing Ave., Haverhill, near the Department of Public Works.

Updated: Toddler in ‘Critical Condition’ After Falling into Swimming Pool at Haverhill Home

A two-year-old was reported in “critical condition” after, Haverhill Police said, the child fell into a swimming pool early Thursday afternoon on Groveland Street. Haverhill Deputy Police Chief Stephen J. Doherty Jr. told WHAV police officers were dispatched just before 12:30 p.m. to 209 Groveland St., Haverhill. When they arrived, the child was not breathing. Haverhill Fire and Police administered CPR on the unidentified toddler before lifesaving efforts were turned over to Pridestar Trinity EMS.

The child was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and then medflighted to a Boston area hospital. Doherty said the incident is under investigation.

With Ongoing Sewage Overflow Projects Top Priority, Haverhill Plans for Future Environmental Disasters

Haverhill’s top environmental challenge is heavy and frequent rainfall, according to a “natural hazard” assessment. If overwhelmed, combined stormwater and sewage pipes can overflow into the Merrimack River. Hanna Mogensen, of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, told Haverhill city councilors Tuesday night the regional assessment allows communities to access federal money for non-emergency measures and offers a “roadmap” to prevent future disasters. Led by Emergency Management Director Robert P. Pistone, also the city’s police chief, city department heads put together Haverhill’s part, identifying 14 ongoing projects key to disaster prevention. Introducing Mogensen, Pistone said the “plan is about 300-odd pages.

Petitioners Plan Rally at Haverhill Holy Family Hospital Campus Before Delivery of Demands to Healey

While the deadline for bidding on, and auctioning off, some Steward Heath Care-owned properties extended to mid-July, activists return to Haverhill today to tell state leaders to save Holy Family Hospital’s Haverhill campus and Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. The deadline to bid on the hospitals has been extended to July 15 with auctions set for July 18. As WHAV reported last month, Massachusetts Nurse Association Statewide Director Dana Simon told Haverhill city councilors he learned from private conversations with officials that Haverhill’s campus is a great risk of closing absent state intervention. “Within the highest level of the administration, there is a resignation, that maybe it’s just not so important to worry about Haverhill surviving,” Simon said. The public, advocates, caregivers and former patients were to gather at 10 this morning at Zin’s Park, across the street from the Haverhill campus of Holy Family Hospital, before sending a delegation to delivering petitions signed by residents of Haverhill and Ayer to the Gov. Maura T. Healy’s office.