New Hampshire Police Arrest Haverhill Man for Alleged Rape, Strangulation

South Hampton, N.H. police are crediting a good Samaritan with preventing further harm from coming to a woman who was allegedly strangled by a 28-year-old Haverhill man on two separate occasions last week. In a social media posting, the South Hampton Police Department confirmed the arrest of Haverhill’s Jordan Greenwood on July 6. According to police, a 911 caller reported a possible rape in progress inside a car around 11:30 p.m. Once on the scene, they met a visibly shaken woman who was being comforted by a man they say confronted Greenwood after hearing commotion and “forcibly removed” him from the car, preventing further harm to the woman. Greenwood was located by South Hampton police, with the aid of the East Kingston, N.H., Police Department, after a brief search and arrested for felonious second-degree assault.

Amesbury Road Marijuana Shop Battle Continues as Mellow Fellows, Haverwell Vie for Special Permits

To put it bluntly, when it comes to the special permit process regarding the marijuana shops hoping to open on Haverhill’s Amesbury Road, it’s become a “they-said, they-said” battle that doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon. So far, Stem, Full Harvest Moonz and CNA Stores have been given permission to do business in the city, with Mellow Fellows and Haverwell Market now preparing to go before the Council to plead their case ahead of Cannabis Control Commission licensing. The only problem: Both locations are within one half-mile of one another—and each is claiming they were the first to finalize their application to the city, giving them priority. Internal city documents reviewed by WHAV indicate Mellow Fellows, hoping to open at the former Seafood Etc. property at 339 Amesbury Road, was the first to be approved at 10:47 a.m. on July 2, with Haverwell receiving approval at 11:01 a.m.

Haverwell’s attorney Bill Faraci disputes this timeline, telling WHAV his client was denied due process—especially after filing initial application paperwork with the city on April 12.

Haverhill Man Allegedly Uses Steak Knife to Slash Tires of 12 Neighbors’ Cars

A Westland Terrace man has been arrested and charged with a dozen counts of malicious motor vehicle damage after Haverhill Police say he used a steak knife to puncture the tires of 12 neighbors in the overnight hours of July 4. Midnight shift Patrolman George Dekeon was dispatched to Westland Terrance just before 7 a.m. on July 5 for a report of tires being slashed on one vehicle, only to find several other cars parked in driveways that had flat tires consistent with knife punctures. After viewing neighbors’ surveillance footage, Dekeon determined a suspect—later identified as 31-year-old Patrick Tierney of 20 Westland Terrace—had carried a knife when he walked up to cars in driveways and punctured all four tires on each car. He also knocked over several plants and planters and a mailbox during the alleged crime spree. Dekeon caught up with Tierney at his home a short time later, where he expressed remorse for his actions and said he threw the knife involved in the incident in a trash barrel in front of his home.

Haverhill YMCA Childcare Program Receives $20K Cabot Foundation Grant

Students enrolled at the Haverhill YMCA’s before- and after-school programs next fall will see a revamped curriculum surrounding science, technology, engineering, arts and math—STEAM for short—thanks to a recently awarded $20,000 grant from the Cabot Foundation. YMCA Regional Director Tracy Fuller tells WHAV the funds will go toward supplies for the program, along with additional curriculum materials for the new school year. “We are continually exploring ways to expand our collaboration with the public schools to provide additional enrichment programming that is affordable to all. Cabot Foundation’s support helps us reach more children, deepen our community partnerships and strengthen our community.”

The YMCA program is offered at Haverhill elementary schools Greenleaf, Nettle, Pentucket Lake, Silver Hill, Tilton and Golden Hill. Located on Rogers Road, Cabot Corporation is a global chemicals and materials company headquartered in Boston.

Free Children’s Vision Screening Certification Program Takes Place in Haverhill July 18

Haverhill Promise, in conjunction with Haverhill Public Schools, is hosting a free children’s vision screening course for educators, nurses, parental volunteers, and anyone who work with children ages 3-5. The Thursday, July 18 course, sponsored by Children’s Vision Massachusetts and the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, along with Prevent Blindness, takes place at the Haverhill Public Library’s auditorium from 1-5 p.m.

Participants receive a certification upon completion of the course and all training materials, resources, technical assistance, and support is provided free of charge. For more information, call Shanyn at 978-420-1919.

Haverhill Council Grants Marijuana Shop CNA Stores Special Permit to Open on River Street

Veteran-owned and operated CNA Stores is the third retail marijuana shop to receive a special permit from Haverhill’s City Council, with the River Street location winning approval 7-1 Tuesday night to do business in the city. As in previous marijuana-related Council votes, Michael S. McGonagle abstained from the vote, as he owns the Amesbury Road property being eyed by the Mellow Fellows for their shop. Joseph J. Bevilacqua cast the lone no vote for CNA’s effort. CEO Robert DiFazio unveiled plans for CNA’s 1,800 sq. ft.

Haverhill Police Arrest N.H. Mom After Possible OD, Crash With Child in Car

A New Hampshire mom has been ordered to remain drug and alcohol free in the wake of drugged driving and child endangerment charges after a Haverhill Police report suggests she may have overdosed with her 7-year-old in the car. Fifty-three-year-old Liane Ouimette was behind the wheel of 2019 Subaru Forester just after 4:30 p.m. on June 17 when Haverhill Police Officer John Orsillo was dispatched to the area near DiBurro’s function hall on Route 125 for a report that Ouimette’s car had gone into a grass embankment after crossing two travel lanes of traffic. According to Orsillo, Ouimette’s car had “severe front-end damage” from the crash and he believed she suffered an overdose prior to the accident. Good Samaritans Paul Weinburgh, a retired 30-year Haverhill Firefighter and Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty, who was off duty at the time, happened upon the accident scene and stopped to help, with Weinburgh assisting Ouimette’s daughter out of the sunroof of the car. Finding Derry’s Ouimette “passed out” at the wheel in respiratory arrest, Weinburgh and Moriarty worked together to administer Narcan to her.

Haverhill YMCA Gymnasts Rank in National Competition

Thirteen gymnasts representing the Haverhill YMCA recently at a late June national competition in Dells, Wisc.,with seven participants placing in the top 10 nationally, YMCA Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller tells WHAV. Neveah Paradis placed in the top 10 in five categories, while Brooklyn Blais did so in four. Stella Stephanos, Elise Mayer, Kaelyn Mazzaglia placed in the top 10 in three categories each, with Mazzaglia taking first place in the vault competition. Additionally, Jianalyse Vega and Haley Goudreault each scored in the top 10 in one event.