Methuen Officer Recovering After Prisoner Spreads Fentanyl at Police Station

A Methuen police officer is recovering after a Wednesday night arrest of a man wanted in two states led to fentanyl exposure at the city’s police station, Chief Joseph E. Solomon confirmed. Twenty-eight-year-old Kyle Dennis was arrested on three outstanding warrants just after 4 p.m. on May 8 and was in the process of being booked at the Methuen police station when a needle fell from his pants, according to police. After officers searched Dennis, he allegedly grabbed a plastic bag that was taped between his legs, ripped it open and spread its contents all over the booking area and onto Officer Patrick Waldron. Waldron was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Solomon said. “Tonight we bear witness to two very different people: One, a decorated, honest, good police officer doing his job.

Nettle’s Corkery Up for Principal Role at Andover’s West Middle School

Nettle Middle School Principal Timothy Corkery has been named a finalist for a principal position in the Andover Public School system, that district confirms to WHAV. Andover Public Schools Communications Director Nicole L. Kieser tells WHAV Corkery is vying to succeed retiring West Middle School Principal Rebecca Franks. The other candidate for the position is Tracy Davis Sands, from Kingston Tenn., Kieser said. Shawsheen Road’s West Middle School prides itself on being an “active” learning environment for 10- to 14-year-olds, with intellectual, physical, social and emotional development a focus of school activities, according to the school website. Corkery, a retired Navy commander named Nettle principal in 2013, has seen the Boardman Street school through a wealth of behavioral issues in recent months.

Columbia Gas $80M Settlement for Merrimack Valley Gas Disaster a ‘Good Deal,’ Says Rivera

Columbia Gas and its parent company NiSource Inc. Tuesday announced plans to pay Lawrence, Andover and North Andover an $80 million settlement eight months after a gas-related fire disaster rocked the Merrimack Valley communities Sept. 13. Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera joined Andover Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan and North Andover’s former Town Manager Andrew W. Maylor for the press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the settlement Rivera heralded as a “good deal.”

“This settlement represents the best efforts of the municipalities to get the most dollars from Columbia Gas,” Rivera said. “We all wish the number was higher, but if you take into account the time value in money, and take the cost of lengthy litigation into account, this is a good deal. This provides much-needed money to pay the bills that would otherwise fall to taxpayers to support the restoration and settle claims.”

Through the agreement, $57 million is earmarked for road repairs, $10 million for expense reimbursement and $12.8 million for claims and losses incurred by the municipalities, officials said.

Groveland Says ‘Yes’ To New High School; Elects New Town Clerk

Voters in Groveland elected a new Town Clerk, filled two vacancies on the Board of Selectmen, and approved funding for a new regional high school. Voters also denied giving the green light to Marijuana sales while voting to have their elected Tree Warden become appointed. About 2200 residents turned out Monday to vote, according to outgoing Town Clerk Anne M. Brodie. In the race for Town Clerk, it was Elizabeth M. Cunniff who came out victorious with 931 votes. Bonnie J. Wood came in second with 394 votes.

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, North Shore to Merge, Create $95 Million Agency

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore Elder Services are expected to merge by July 1, creating a Lawrence-based agency with a $95 million budget and 460 employees. The combined agency will operate as Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, under the direction of CEO Joan Hatem Roy. Clients in Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody and Salem will still see the name, North Shore Elder Services, officials said. “This is an important and exciting action for both agencies as well as for the older adults and their families in the 28-community service area,” Hatem Roy said. “Our combined strengths and resources will create many opportunities for innovative and expanded services.”

The nonprofit agency has managed a range of programs and services since 1974 offering a variety of choices to “help people maximize their independence and enable them to live safely.” Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley currently serves 23 cities and towns within Greater Haverhill, Greater Lawrence and Greater Lowell.

Accident Update: Police Identify 23-Year-Old Haverhill Woman Killed in Crash

Three weekend accidents—Friday, Saturday and Sunday—claimed the lives of two Haverhill residents. Seventy-two-year-old Robert Bergeron of Haverhill died Friday night after being struck by an automobile while walking  just before 8:30 p.m. near 61 Kenoza Ave. Twenty-three-year-old Devanah Walker of Haverhill was killed around 6, Sunday night, after the Toyota sedan, in which she was a passenger, collided with a 2004 Chevy Blazer on the Haverhill-Methuen line. Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon said it appears the Toyota, heading toward Haverhill, crossed the center line and struck the Blazer head on. The driver of the Chevy, a 63-year-old Methuen man, and the driver of the Toyota, a 20-year-old Haverhill woman, were transported to Lawrence General Hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

Groveland Voters To Choose Selectmen, Town Clerk in Balloting Today

Groveland voters go to the polls today to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen, elect a town clerk and make decisions about a new regional high school, marijuana stores and whether the tree warden should be appointed. Voters will also have to identify people to fill four posts where none have expressed interest in the jobs. As WHAV previously reported, after a dozen years as town clerk, Anne Brodie is stepping down. Vying to succeed her are John P. “Jack” Bevelaqua, Norma J. Bird, Elizabeth J. Cunniff, Bonnie J. Wood and Katherine M. Young. Bevelaqua is a former host of the Open Mic Show, heard over WHAV.

Haverhill Woman Dies in Sunday Night Methuen Crash

A 23-year-old woman from Haverhill was killed Sunday night after an SUV collided with a car on the Haverhill-Methuen line, Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. She was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the accident, Solomon said. As of 8 p.m. as local and State Police continued to investigate the crash scene along the busy stretch of road that carries traffic along routes 110 and 113, Merrimack Street was closed in both directions, from Haverhill at Tobey Avenue and Methuen at Brookdale Avenue. Stay with 97.9 WHAV FM for more on this developing story.