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.

UMass Lowell Researchers Study Whether Yoga May Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

The practice of yoga has withstood the test of time with generations turning to it for spiritual, mental and health benefits. Now, UMass Lowell public health Associate Professor Herpreet Thind, among a group of researchers, is investigating whether the wellness practice can be used to help manage Type 2 diabetes. The National Institutes of Health-funded research comes as a growing number of people are diagnosed with diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the condition affects 38 million Americans—approximately 90% to 95% of whom have Type 2 diabetes. People with the disease can suffer from high blood sugar levels due to the body’s inability to effectively process insulin.

Vargas Receives Resident Backing for Narcan Bill Included in House Opioid Legislation

The Massachusetts House of Representatives last week passed an opioid bill, covering the licensing of recovery coaches, making opioid overdose reversal drugs more accessible, protecting harm reduction providers and removing barriers new mothers in recovery face when they give birth. Rep. Andy X. Vargas, who championed the legislation, won support from Haverhill resident and advocate Nate Robertson. “Opioid addiction has caused incredible damage to our communities, and I am proud that the Commonwealth has continued our steadfast commitment to dismantling stigma and supporting those struggling with addiction,” Vargas said. The bill still must be approved by the Senate and signed by the governor to become law. Vargas said the bill’s approach was shaped by a review of what other states were doing to save lives, included providing Narcan upon discharge from treatment facilities.

Superior Court Jury Convicts Haverhill Man in Murder of Former Groveland Building Inspector

A jury in Salem Superior Court convicted Leedell Graham of Haverhill for the 2019 murder of Patsy “Pat” Schena, who was 82 when he was killed inside his home on Governor’s Road in Groveland. Graham was found guilty of murder in the first degree with extreme atrocity or cruelty and breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny over $1,200. Sentencing by Judge Kathleen McCarthy-Neyman is scheduled for Friday, June 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Salem Superior Court. “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,” Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker said in a statement this morning. As WHAV reported five years ago, police said former Groveland building inspector Schena was said to have known Graham through “business dealings” not related to Schena’s town position.

Jaskelevicus, Cote, Hamm Increase Leadership Roles at River Run, Pentucket Bank

Familiar faces at Newburyport Bank and Pentucket Bank are taking over from Jonathan H. Dowst, who previously served as chief executive officer of Pentucket Bank, co-chair of the River Run board, and president of River Run, the mutual holding company of the two banks. As of this past Monday, Stephen Jaskelevicus was named acting chief executive officer of Pentucket Bank and Scott D. Cote was named as co-chairman of the board of River Run. Cote joins Lloyd Hamm Jr., CEO of River Run and chief executive officer of Newburyport Bank, as co-chair of the River Run Board. Hamm will also serve as acting president of River Run. Jaskelevicus has been with Pentucket Bank since 2010, most recently serving as its executive vice president, chief credit officer.

Lawrence Woman, 37, Dies in North Andover Crash; Other Driver Faces Motor Vehicle Homicide Charges

A Lawrence woman was killed late Sunday night and a North Andover woman criminally charged after a vehicle crashed into a building in North Andover. Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker’s office said Tuesday 37-year-old Diana Melo of Lawrence was pronounced dead after being taken to Lawrence General Hospital following the approximately 11 p.m. incident. Vickiana Vargas-Guevara was charged with motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and being negligent; motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation; leaving the scene of a collision resulting in death; leaving the scene of property damage; driving under the influence of liquor; and reckless operation. North Andover Police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision and Reconstruction Section continue to investigate. Vargas-Guevara was arraigned in Lawrence District Court Monday.

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.