Plaistow Woman Who Owned Haverhill Bar Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement Charges

A Plaistow, N.H. woman who once owned and operated a popular downtown Haverhill bar pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges late last week and faces between 7 ½ and 15 years behind bars if convicted. Terri Barlow, the former proprietor of Washington Street’s Terri’s Place, entered a guilty plea in Rockingham, N.H. Superior Court Aug. 29 before Judge Andrew R. Schulman and will be sentenced in October, court officials tell WHAV. She also faces a fine of up to $4,000. According to court documents, Barlow made nearly $63,000 worth of unauthorized withdrawals from the bank account of Barlow Architectural Millworks owner Wayne Barlow—her former father-in-law—for her own gain, while working as the company’s bookkeeper.

NTSB Plans Sept. 24 Meeting to Determine Probable Cause of Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions

The National Transportation Safety Board plans to convene later this month in Washington, D.C. to determine the probable cause of the September 2018 gas-related fire disaster that killed a Lawrence teen and left 22 others, including three firefighters, injured. The public is invited to attend the session overseen by the Board’s five members. It will also be live-streamed online starting at 9:30 a.m.

Two months ago, Columbia Gas settled with the family of 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, the teen killed when an over-pressurized gas line resulted in what some city officials called an “Armageddon-like” scenario in the Merrimack Valley. Rondon was sitting inside a car when a chimney fell onto the car after a house explosion. Terms of the settlement were not released, though Columbia Gas also vowed to establish a scholarship fund in Rondon’s memory.

Mosquitos Test Positive for EEE in Methuen

A pool of mosquitos tested positive for the eastern equine encephalitis virus known as EEE in Methuen, that city’s Mayor James P. Jajuga, Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon and Fire Chief Tim Sheehy told WHAV in a statement Friday afternoon. The infected bugs were trapped on Aug. 27, according to the Methuen Health Department. The news comes shortly after a horse infected with the mosquito-borne virus turned up dead in Methuen, prompting city officials to elevate the immediate risk to “critical.”

Northeast Mosquito Control sprayed for mosquitos along the eastern edge of Interstate 93 last week, with additional spraying scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 7:15 p.m.-2 a.m. The next round of spraying is done by truck and happens east of Interstate 93.

Vargas, Campbell, Minicucci Endorse Markey for 2020 Sentate Re-Election Bid

As U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III continues his now-public debate over whether to challenge for U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s seat in 2020, a majority of the state Legislature— including local state Reps. Andy Vargas, Linda Dean Campbell and Christina Minicucci—are backing the incumbent. Markey announced endorsements from 116 Democratic state lawmakers on Tuesday, one day after Kennedy confirmed he’s been exploring a primary challenge and filed the fundraising paperwork necessary to launch one. “I am humbled to have the support of so many friends and colleagues across Massachusetts for re-election, and I pledge to fight for them and all communities in the Commonwealth every day,” Markey said in a statement. “The people of Massachusetts have always been at the forefront of the challenges of our time—universal health care, same-sex marriage, earned sick time, equal rights—and I want to continue leading those fights in the United States Senate.”

The list of supporters for Markey includes both House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka, among others.

Groveland Man Wins $1M on Scratch Ticket

Francis Bryan is one lucky guy! The Groveland man is the Massachusetts State Lottery’s latest $1 million winner after purchasing the very first winning ticket in the “$1,000,000 Lucky” instant game. Opting to take home a lump-sum payment of $650,000 after taxes, Bryan bought his ticket at Gerry’s Variety, 15 Elm Park, Groveland. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling his ticket, the Lottery said. Four additional $1 million prizes remain in Lottery game.

Methuen Takes Precautions After Upgrade to ‘Critical’ EEE Risk, Other Local Communities on Watch

Methuen’s local leaders are taking steps to keep residents safe after upgrading the city’s risk level for the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. Mayor James P. Jajuga announced a series of measures late Monday, including a mandatory end time of 7 p.m. for all public events on city property until Sept. 30. In addition, the Methuen Health Department is providing staff to answer resident questions daily starting at 8 a.m. Methuen Public Schools are expected to release a revised schedule of outdoor events in the coming days. The city plans to spray for mosquitoes in areas west of Route 93 on Thursday Aug.

Methuen Issues ‘Critical’ Risk After Horse Tests Positive for EEE

Methuen residents are advised to limit outdoor exposure after sundown effective immediately after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health elevated the city’s risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) to “critical” Monday afternoon. The designation comes on the heels of a horse testing positive for the mosquito-borne illness. Residents are asked to consider cancelling or rescheduling outdoor activities until further notice, Mayor James P. Jajuga said in a statement. City leadership plans to gather Monday afternoon to discuss how to handle the threat. “We are very concerned about the critical EEE designation.

Methuen Police Find Body at Nevins Bird Sanctuary; No Foul Play Suspected

The body of a deceased male was found in the water at Methuen’s Nevins Bird Sanctuary at noon Sunday, Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon told WHAV, though foul play is not suspected in the man’s death. An autopsy will be performed on the body to provide more details on how and when the man died, Solomon said. His identity is being withheld until that time. Two people walking on the trail Sunday afternoon found the body and went to the nearby Methuen police station to report the discovery in person. Given the proximity to the sanctuary, local police captains secured the scene within 20 minutes while they waited for state police to arrive and remove the body.