Methuen’s MSPCA Hosting Low-Cost Spring Vaccination Clinic This Weekend

Methuen’s MSPCA at Nevins Farm will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Sunday, March 24 with no appointment necessary. Pet owners are invited to bring their dog on a leash or cat in a carrier, along with any available previous vaccination records, to 400 Broadway in Methuen from 7-11 a.m.

Services, including microchipping, are available on a first-come, first-served basis from volunteer veterinarians, groomers and vet technicians. All money raised will benefit the homeless animals cared for at Nevins Farm. Available services and pricing:

$15 Rabies Vaccination
$15 FVRCP or DHLPP vaccination (distemper)
$25 Microchip (permanent identification)
$45 Rabies vaccination, Distemper, & Microchip
$10 nail trims

Haverhill Man Receives 15-Year Federal Prison Sentence for Fentanyl Sales, Gun Crime

A 31-year-old Haverhill man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison for dealing in the deadly drug fentanyl and having a gun during a drug trafficking crime. Joshua Smith was hired by an illicit drug organization to sell fentanyl to customers from various New England States, according to New Hampshire U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray. He was charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl and possessing a firearm to further drug trafficking. Smith previously pleaded guilty Dec. 18.

Methuen Shooting Victim Dies; Police Arrest 24-Year-Old for Murder

A 30-year-old man shot during an early morning party Friday at a Methuen hookah shop has died, and a 24-year-old stands accused of murder. Kelvin Frias of Lawrence died this morning after being treated at a Boston hospital for a gunshot wound to the head, according to Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett and Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon. Meanwhile, Remy Salazar, also of Lawrence, was arrested Friday afternoon in Nashua, N.H., on unrelated warrants after being tracked to a home there by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section. The Essex State Police Detective Unit and Methuen Police obtained an arrest warrant Saturday afternoon charging Salazar with murder. “I commend the excellent teamwork among the Mass, State Police assets and the Methuen and Nashua, N.H., police that resulted in the suspect’s apprehension without further incident thus eliminating the threat to the public’s safety,” said Solomon.

Three Receive Injuries After Box Truck Collides With SUV in Georgetown

A Friday morning accident on Georgetown’s Route 133 sent three people to area hospitals for injuries said to range from minor to serious, Massachusetts State Police tell WHAV. The accident took place around 10 a.m. March 15 when police say a 2018 Ford SUV and 2015 Isuzu box truck collided near Route 133 and Route 95 in Georgetown. Police said the SUV’s driver, a 79-year-old woman, and her 83-year-old male passenger—both of Georgetown—were taken to Newburyport’s Anna Jaques Hospital for minor and serious injuries respectively. The 22-year-old Gloucester man driving the box truck was also taken to Anna Jaques before being medflighted to Boston’s Tufts Medical Center for further treatment of serious injuries. State Police—with the assistance of Georgetown Police—continue to investigate and no charges have been filed as of Friday afternoon.

Methuen Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting at Hookah Party; Man Sustains ‘Life Threatening’ Injuries

A man shot during an early morning party at a Methuen hookah shop is receiving treatment at a Boston hospital after police say shots were fired in the area of 170 Broadway around 3 a.m. Friday. Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV the 30-year-old victim’s injuries are critical and “life threatening.”

Solomon said a preliminary investigation into the March 15 shooting suggests that gunfire took place at a gathering at the Mr. Hookah vape shop. The shooting was not a random act of violence and believed to be specifically related to a prior incident at that location, Solomon said. A gun was recovered and police, including K-9 team Officer Michael Havey Jr. and his dog Rumi, continue to investigate the area on Broadway near Oakland Avenue.

Haverhill Nursing Home Failed to Have Narcan Available During Resident Overdose, Says AG Healey in $180K Settlement

Haverhill’s Oxford Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center will pay $180,000 to settle allegations from Attorney General Maura Healey’s office that the facility failed to have Narcan on hand during a resident overdose, among other compliance-related infractions. In a statement issued Wednesday, Healey said Oxford is among seven care locations across the state to pay various fines to resolve allegations that “directly led to death, injury or potential injury to nursing home residents.”

“Every nursing home resident deserves to live in a safe environment, with dignity and access to high-quality care,” Healey said. “These settlements hold facilities accountable and will help restore the trust families need when making critical decisions about the care of their loved ones.”

Owned by Athena Healthcare Systems, the location at 689 Main St., failed to adequately train staff on how to treat residents with substance issues or how to administer the life-saving opioid reversal drug naloxone. In the suit, Healey alleged the facility did not have Narcan on hand during at least one overdose incident. As part of the settlement, Oxford must hire an independent compliance monitor for a three-year evaluation period, with results reported to Healey’s office.

Election 2019: Plaistow, N.H. Town, School Results

Fewer than 4,000 ballots were cast Tuesday in Plaistow, N.H., electing several local leaders for town positions. Here are the results:

Selectman: John A. Blinn and Greg Taillon elected

Budget Committee: Dennis Heffernan, Peter Bracci and Maxann Dobson elected

Planning Board: Laurie Milette elected

Library Trustee: Rosemarie L. Bayek and James Peck elected

Town Clerk: Martha L. Fowler elected

Treasurer: Kerry Pateles elected

Supervisor of the Voter Checklist: Gayle Hamel elected

Auditor: Bob Hamilton elected

Trustee of the Trust Funds: Tammy Bergeron elected

To view a summary of voters’ special ballot question responses, visit Plaistow.com.

Nevins Library in Methuen Looking for Literacy Volunteers

Nevins Memorial Library is looking for tutors to join the Literacy Volunteers of Methuen. The group is seeking volunteers to work with students to sharpen their English language skills. Upcoming tutor orientations take place March 30, April 2, April 4 and April 13. To donate your time and talents, call Kathleen Kenny at 978-686-4080, ext. 32.