Groveland Police Chief Gillen Completes Missing and Exploited Children Training

Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen this month completed the Missing and Exploited Children Seminar for Chief Executive Officers in Alexandria, Va. The invitation-only program, which took place June 4-6 at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, is designed exclusively for law enforcement leaders, 911 communications center directors and Massachusetts Missing Children Clearinghouse managers. Gillen called it “one of the most valuable experiences for me in my 35 years as a law enforcement officer.”

He added, “To have been selected was an honor in itself, but to be able to bring this knowledge home and put it into practice is a plus for the entire Groveland community." Gillen is now one of more than 6,000 public safety leaders who have completed this specialized training program.

Northern Essex Community College Honors Four Retirees with Emeritus Status

Four recent Northern Essex Community College retirees were elevated to the honor of emeritus status during the institution’s 57th Annual commencement last month. Joseph LeBlanc of Haverhill, Jane Gagliardi of Gloucester, Karen Blanchard Mitchell of Bow, N.H., and Charlene Kennedy of Richmond, N.H., received the rank of emeritus—an honor that recognizes sustained excellence in performance, character and meritorious service to the college. LeBlanc was named Professor Emeritus of English. He joined the college’s English faculty in 1988, and served for more than a decade as advisor to the “Observer,” the award-winning, student newspaper, and coordinator of the college’s Journalism Program. “Joe was demanding but well-loved and greatly respected,” said Glenn.

Haverhill Man, 28, to Serve 46 Months in Prison for Fentanyl Trafficking

Twenty-eight-year-old Trevor Ahearn is the latest Haverhill man to be sentenced for his role in a far-reaching fentanyl trafficking conspiracy involving what the United States Drug Enforcement Administration called a “vast network” of dealers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray said Wednesday that Ahearn has been sentenced to 46 months in prison after pleading guilty last fall to his role in conspiring to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl. Murray’s office said Ahearn was tasked with selling the drug to customers across New England, with suppliers providing him at least one 200-gram bag each day he worked, expecting him to sell it for $6,000 in proceeds. He is 33rd person to be charged in connection with the drug ring, Murray’s office said. Alex Noonan, Fernand V. Miranda and Miguel Alvarez are among the defendants from Haverhill.

Lowell Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Home in Methuen

A 23-year-old Lowell woman was killed early Friday morning when the 2010 Honda sedan she was driving crashed into a home on Methuen’s Riverside Drive, Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. Justice Johnson was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where she later died from injuries sustained in the 2:36 a.m. crash at 1058 Riverside Drive. An initial investigation found that Johnson was driving westbound on Riverside Drive and crossed the center line and crashed into the home. Methuen Police and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section continue to investigate the accident.

Methuen Man Wins $1 Million on Lottery Scratch Ticket

Methuen’s Anastasios Vouthourelis is the Massachusetts State Lottery’s latest $1 million winner after hitting big on a scratch ticket purchased in Tewksbury. Vouthourelis opted for a lump sum payment after purchasing his ticket during a coffee run at Energy North, 1700 Shawsheen St., Tewksbury, the Lottery tells WHAV. The store is set to receive $10,000 for selling the ticket. The Methuen resident is the sixth person to win the Lottery’s “Cash in a Flash” game, with 10 $1 million prizes still available.

Senate Approves Hands-Free Cellphone Bill 40-0 in Distracted Driving Victory

For the third consecutive session, the Massachusetts Senate has approved legislation requiring hands-free use of all mobile devices while driving, but this time the House and Gov. Charlie Baker are on board too. The State House News Service reports senators voted unanimously 40-0 this week to approve the bill, which bans the use of phones and similar technology behind the wheel save for a single tap or swipe to enable a hands-free mode. They had passed similar legislation passed twice before, but those bills died in the House. The House approved its own version of similar legislation 155-2 last month. The two bills have some differences, most significantly regarding collection of racial and ethnic data at traffic stops to track for bias, that leaders will need to reconcile in order to move a bill to the governor's desk.

UPDATE: Police Nab Methuen Shooting Suspect, 17, in Haverhill

On Wednesday afternoon, Methuen Police took a 17-year-old Haverhill teen into custody in connection to the shooting in Haverhill. Solomon praised the joint efforts of Methuen and Haverhill’s police departments, along with the Massachusetts State Police. He remains held on $500,000 bail pending arraignment in juvenile court Thursday. ORIGINAL STORY:

A Haverhill juvenile is being sought by Methuen Police in connection with Sunday afternoon’s shooting on that city’s Davis Road, Methuen Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. An arrest warrant has been obtained for a juvenile on charges including assault and battery resulting in serious bodily injury and armed assault with intent to rob.

PHOTO: Georgetown’s Putnam Works Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in Arabian Sea

Georgetown resident Olivia Putnam is giving back to her country as an aviation electronics technician 2nd class in the United States Navy, her military command staff tells WHAV. Working aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea, Putnam is deployed to support naval operations and maritime stability in the western Indian Ocean. Among her recent duties on the ship included the inspection of an F/A-18F Super Hornet from the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron in the hangar bay aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.