Lawrence Teen Drives Himself to Hospital After Being Shot in Methuen: Police

An 18-year-old Lawrence teen suffering from several gunshot wounds drove himself to Holy Family Hospital after being shot Thursday night in Methuen, Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. At approximately 9:57 p.m., the police department received 911 calls for shots fired in the area of 189 Broadway, Huse Road and Brown Street, before Holy Family Hospital called to let them know the man had made his way to the main entrance of the emergency room. The teen was MedFlighted to a Boston-area hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. When officers were dispatched to all three locations, evidence of a shooting was found on Huse Road. Methuen Police Department Officer Tim Getchell and his explosive K-9 partner Buddy searched the area for firearms evidence with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police, Solomon said.

Methuen’s Presentation of Mary Academy Closing After 60 Years ‘With Great Sadness’

After 60 years of educating students in the Merrimack Valley, Methuen’s Presentation of Mary Academy is closing its doors, the private Catholic school announced Thursday in a letter to families. Citing a “steady decline” in enrollment and added increase in families needing tuition assistance, Head of School Rose Maria Redman said the Presentation of Mary Sisters are no longer financially able to support the school. “The dedication of the administration, faculty, staff and Advisory Board has been extraordinary and despite these valiant efforts we have continued to face immense financial and enrollment challenges,” the letter, co-authored by Sr. Helene Cote, read. The decision to close the school comes two months after the August announcement that the portion of the Searles Estate at 209 Lawrence St. in Methuen that houses the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary would shutter.

Campbell Endorses Markey in Senate Re-Election Bid

Methuen’s Rep. Linda Dean Campbell is lending her support to Ed Markey in his bid for re-election to the United States Senate, calling him the leader among elected officials when it comes to environmental issues. Serving as a member of the U.S. Senate since 2013, Markey has proved a pivotal voice for Merrimack Valley climate change efforts, Campbell says in her endorsement, issued this week. “We need his leadership now, more than ever, to combat climate change,” Campbell said. “On a local level, it has been a privilege to work with him on the need for more federal investment in infrastructure to eliminate combined sewer overflows into the Merrimack River, and also to ensure we have needed federal assets here in the Merrimack Valley to combat drug trafficking.”

Last week, 2020 Senate challenger Joe Kennedy agreed to take part in a climate debate proposed by Sen. Markey as part of the Democratic primary. Kennedy, the grandson of former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, launched his primary challenge campaign against Markey in September.

Containers of ‘Crystallized Substance’ Prompts Sunday Hazmat Response in Groveland

Local and state fire officials responded to Salem Street in South Groveland Sunday night for a report of a possible gas leak after containers of a “crystallized substance” and a “flammable substance” were located at 748 Salem St. Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen and Interim Fire Chief Joe Santapaola tell WHAV in a statement there is no danger to the public after the incident, which did not necessitate resident evacuations. Along with Groveland Police, a hazardous materials crew from the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services remained until 10 p.m. to declare the scene safe.

Methuen Police Department Considers Relaxing Ban on Visibility of Officers’ Tattoos

Residents of Methuen: The police department wants to hear your thoughts on guns—tattoo guns, that is. In a social media post late last week, the department’s patrolman’s association said they are considering relaxing their current ban on visible tattoos for officers in uniform and are seeking the public’s input via an online survey. According to the department, a change in their current “strict” tattoo policy would align with departments in cities like Pittsburgh, Penn., Houston and Austin, Texas, who relaxed their rules to allow officers to reflect their personalities through ink. “Times change and our agency believes change can be good. A change in policy will also open up a new group of applicants who can now pursue a career as a police officer,” the agency said.”

The new proposal would affect tattoos from the short-sleeve line to the wrists or ink visible on the legs.

State Orders Columbia Gas to Cease All Non-Emergency Work Across Massachusetts

One week after a gas leak described as “major” forced the evacuation of 146 homes locally in Lawrence’s South Broadway area, the state’s Department of Public Utilities has ordered Columbia Gas to cease all non-emergency work in Massachusetts. In a letter to Columbia Gas President Mark Kempic Thursday, DPU Chairman Matthew H. Nelson said “troubling issues” – led officials to impose the restrictions. In addition to the recent Grade 1 gas leak in Lawrence, Nelson also pointed to Columbia’s Sept. 11 report of issues relating to abandoned service lines from the September 2018 Merrimack Valley gas disaster. Columbia Gas has vowed to fully comply with the state’s request.

Boxford Crash Claims Life of Natick Woman

A Thursday afternoon crash on Route 95 in Boxford claimed the life of a Natick woman, State Police tell WHAV in a statement. Just after 1 p.m. on Oct. 3, the 65-year-old driver was behind the wheel of a 2017 Honda CRV headed northbound in the area of Exit 52 when she crashed into an embankment to the right side of the roadway and came to rest in the woods. The sole occupant, the woman was pronounced deceased on the scene. Her identity is being withheld pending family notification.

Patsy Schena Case Moves to Superior Court as Haverhill Man Indicted for 82-Year-Old’s Murder

An Essex County Grand Jury Thursday indicted a 48-year-old Cedar Street man for the June murder of Groveland’s Patsy Schena, moving the case to Superior Court, District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office confirms.

Leedell Graham was indicted for murder, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and home invasion Oct. 3 in connection with the June 21 death of the former Groveland town building inspector. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court at a later date. As WHAV reported last summer, Graham is said to have known Schena through “business dealings” not related to Schena’s town position. The medical examiner declared Schena’s death the result of “blunt and sharp force trauma” and court records indicate Graham allegedly used a lamp from Schena’s Governors Road home to kill him.