Developing Story: Man Dies of Apparent Gunshot Wound to the Head on Haverhill’s River Street

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An as-yet unidentified man appears to have died from a gunshot to the head around noon on River Street in Haverhill. Both Haverhill Police Chief Robert P. Pistone and Deputy Chief Stephen J. Doherty Jr. arrived on scene just after Haverhill Fire Department dispatchers called for first aid at 12:13 p.m. for an apparent gunshot victim. Firefighters and Trinity EMS went to the area of 337 River St., on the north side of the street between Hall and Ayer Streets. Indications at the scene suggested the man was pronounced dead around 12:28 p.m.

Haverhill police referred WHAV to Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office, which typically takes responsibility for releasing details of unexpected deaths.

Haverhill Wins Round in Cannabis Impact Fee Case, But Judge Calls City’s Eventual Success in Question

Haverhill won the latest round against a suit brought by a downtown cannabis retailer, but the Superior Court judge expressed no confidence the city will eventually succeed. Superior Court Judge James F. Lang called his own decision “constrained” by the need for more factfinding. Stem Haverhill previously asked the court to quickly conclude the case over disputed local impact fees in Stem’s favor. The case was heard Nov. 15 in Newburyport and the decision was made public Monday.

Haverhill Brings Holiday Cheer Downtown with Hometown Holiday Celebration Friday Night

Haverhill’s Hometown Holiday Celebration presents live music, awards, contests, Santa’s arrival, the annual tree lighting downtown and other holiday activities this Friday night. Formerly called the city’s “Christmas Stroll,” the reimagined event brings a coalition of partners, including Destination Downtown Haverhill, which this year’s presents “Deck the Downtown Awards.”

“I applaud Destination Downtown Haverhill, the Haverhill Chamber and all our great volunteers, businesses and performers who have come together to plan and execute this year’s downtown holiday celebration,” Mayor James J. Fiorentini said. The mayor said he will be will be arriving by trolley with Santa at 6:30 to light the Christmas tree in Washington Square. In addition to the tree lighting at 6:30, live musical performances take place at at G’s Restaurant, 35 Washington St., and an Ugly Sweater Party at The Peddler’s Daughter, 45 Wingate St. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance.

Give a Gift in Support of Local News and Programs on #GivingTuesday; Early Contractors Offers Match

On this Giving Tuesday, WHAV is pleased to renew its commitment to help the charities and causes you already support. Not just on GivingTuesday, but every day, WHAV features deserving nonprofits in local news, Community Spotlight and live guest spots over the radio, online, in newsletters and social media, via podcasts and in so many other ways. WHAV hears daily how passing along this information gives civic groups, charities, veterans organizations and others a bottom-line boost in the forms of larger audiences, bigger donations, ticket sales and awareness. WHAV, Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, would not be able to help without your ongoing support. As WHAV returns to its downtown landmark, your generous—let’s call it a “Homecoming”—gift supports a high level of continuing service to the community.

Women’s City Club of Haverhill Presents Holiday Gift Swap, Rick Scalise Music Dec. 13

A holiday gift swap with holiday music sets the scene for an upcoming magical meeting of Women’s City Club of Haverhill. The club’s festive December meeting takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the lower level of Advent Christian Church, 160 Carleton St., Haverhill. Doors open at 11:45 a.m.

Musician Rick Scalise returns to the club to entertain on his keyboard. Members may also take part in a holiday gift swap.

Election Day was Weeks Ago, but State Law Keeps Haverhill and Area Towns at Work on Voting Results

Although Election Day was almost three weeks ago, the balloting season isn’t over until the Governor’s Council certifies 2022 results likely this Wednesday. Haverhill City Clerk Linda L. Koutoulas and her office were still working up until last week on post-processing ballots that arrived over the weekend and the Monday before Election Day. She explains, by state law, these votes are not counted until after the election and are handled in a public session advertised in advance. “It’s just a very long process. You take the ballot.

WHAV Supports Your Favorite Causes Every Day; Help Support Its Downtown ‘Homecoming’

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, adding nonprofits to a string of post-Thanksgiving movements that include Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday. Every day, WHAV helps the charities and causes you already support by featuring these worthy groups in local news, Community Spotlight and live interviews over the radio, online, in newsletters and social media, via podcasts and in so many other ways. Not just on GivingTuesday, but every day WHAV gives civic groups, charities, veterans organizations and other nonprofits a bottom-line boost in the forms of larger audiences, bigger donations, ticket sales and awareness. In a very real sense, your support of WHAV, Greater Haverhill’s only public radio station and nonprofit local news service, leverages your charitable backing. On this GivingTuesday WHAV asks for your generous “Homecoming” gift as it returns to its downtown home to better serve you.

L’Arche Boston North Plans New Accessible Home with the Help of Haverhill Bank on #GivingTuesday

Haverhill Bank is matching contributions up to $20,000 to help L’Arche Boston North meet its $40,000 end-of-year fundraising goal. The match comes in time for GivingTuesday and remains in effect through the end of the year. “We are so grateful to Mr. (Thomas L.) Mortimer and all our friends at Haverhill Bank for their incredible support of our mission and for all they do to champion inclusion and belonging,” said the group in a statement. L’Arche Boston North, the nonprofit that organizes the Longest Table every summer now seeks the community’s help in setting the table at its new accessible home. For the first time in almost 20 years, L’Arche is adding a new home to continue to fulfill the promise of a home for life made to families and members almost 40 years ago.