Plaistow, N.H., Plans Street Paving This Week, Bans Parking

Paving of Wentworth and LaPerle Avenues and Birch, Ashe and Hemlock Streets in Plaistow, N.H. takes place this week. Continental Paving scheduled work for Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, depending on weather. The streets will be closed to through traffic, but remain open for local traffic, mail delivery, school buses and any emergency traffic. Plaistow Highway Supervisor Dan Garlington said no parking is allowed along the roads and any cars left will be towed at owners’ expenses. Those with questions may email Garlington at [email protected]

Convicted Child Rapist Found Hiding with Loaded Gun in Maine; Middlesex DA Seeks Rendition

A Methuen man, convicted of child rape, but who fled from his trial on April 14, was arrested today in Farmingdale, Maine. Thirty-eight-year-old Stephen Corbin Jr., who was found with a loaded gun, was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Maine Violent Offender Task Force. Massachusetts State Police Violent Apprehension Section received information that Corbin may be at a residence in Farmingdale. Task force members went to the house this morning and observed a car pull up with Corbin in it as a passenger, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office and Massachusetts State Police. Corbin is charged as a fugitive from justice and felon in possession of a firearm by Maine authorities.

Gov. Baker Fulfills Promise to See Residency Graduates at GLFHC’s 17th Annual Gala

Wednesday night was a night of looking back, looking ahead and celebrating being together and with the governor as Greater Lawrence Family Health Center hosted its first in-person event in more than two years. The 17th Annual Making a Difference Gala was hosted at the Andover Country Club with more than 400 guests to honor Johnathan Issacson, president and CEO of The Gem Group, a Lawrence-based promotional products company. Issacson was named as the Making a Difference award recipient for his company’s efforts during the pandemic. “The Health Center, Lawrence General and Holy Family, among others, were on the front line. It was at that time I received an email from Eileen Reynolds at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, titled ‘Hail Mary.’ They were struggling with COVID, had run short of PTE and needed help.

Rep. Campbell Says Methuen, Haverhill and the Region Benefit from $49B House Spending Plan

The recently passed $49 billion House spending plan for the state includes millions of dollars in education and unrestricted local aid as well as earmarks to promote an anti-violence gang program, expand accessibility at Greycourt State Park in Methuen, pay for electrical upgrades at the planned Cogswell ArtSpace in Haverhill and undertake other area projects. In a recent message to Methuen and Haverhill residents, state Rep. Linda Dean Campbell said Methuen will receive $56.6 million in Chapter 70 education aid and $6.1 million in local aid, a combined increase of $8.1 million over last year.  Haverhill will receive $73.9 million in Chapter 70 education aid and $11.1 million in local aid, a combined increase of $9.2 million over last year. “In this budget, we take a responsible approach—investing in the immediate needs of our workforce and working families while safeguarding against economic difficulties that may lie ahead due to national and international factors,” wrote Campbell. Local earmarks include $200,000 for safety upgrades and expanding accessibility at Greycourt State Park in Methuen; $50,000 for school mental health services in Methuen; and $50,000 for building improvements, including needed electrical upgrades, at Cogswell ArtSpace in Haverhill. Campbell also noted an amendment to this year’s House budget provides $85,000 for the NEADS service dog program for veterans.

Hot Lawnmower May Have Started West Newbury Fire that Destroyed Barn Tuesday

The hot engine of a lawnmower may be the cause of a fire that destroyed a West Newbury barn Tuesday. Fire Chief Michael Dwyer said while the origin and cause of the fire is under investigation, an initial review suggests “a hot, recently used lawnmower may have been put back in the barn and caused combustible materials inside the barn to ignite.”

There were no injuries as a result of the fire that was reported by the 11 Crane Neck St. homeowner via 9-1-1 around 7:24 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke showing from a two-story gambrel style barn. It was quickly brought under control, but officials said the barn will likely need to be torn down. Mutual aid at the scene was provided by firefighters from Groveland, Georgetown, Newbury and Newburyport.

Merrimack River Watershed Council to Use $352,000 Federal Grant for Cleanup Effort

The Merrimack River Watershed Council plans to use $352,000 in federal money to bolster cleanup efforts along the waterway. Congresswoman Lori Trahan said last week she “specifically requested” the aid when a recent government spending package was approved. The grant will be used for water quality monitoring, technical watershed modeling and green stormwater infrastructure design in Lowell, Methuen and Lawrence. During a presentation in Lowell with Lowell Mayor Sokhary Chau, leaders of the Merrimack River Watershed Council and community leaders, Trahan said, obtaining money for clean water is important. “We have an obligation to do everything in our power to stop pollution into the Merrimack River, which is woven into the fabric of every community in our region.

Sheriff Coppinger Receives Employer Honor for Supporting U.S. Military Reservists

Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger recently received the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense program called the “Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve.”

He was nominated by Essex County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Officer Gary Roy, who also serves as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. The award is presented to employers who support reservists through flexible schedules; time-off related to deployment and caring for families; and granting leaves of absence. The Essex County Sheriff’s Department has 29 guardsmen and reservists currently serving among its ranks. “It truly is an honor for me to serve Essex County alongside these brave men and women who have volunteered to serve our country in the National Guard and military reserves. They are called upon to serve in every sort of emergency, including weather events, pandemics, as well as military missions, and then they come back to work at the Sheriff’s Department and serve our communities,” Coppinger said.

No Injuries in Three-Alarm Groveland Fire; Six Residents Displaced, but Rabbit Rescued

There were no injuries, but a pet rabbit was rescued and six residents displaced as a result of a three-alarm fire at a Groveland home Monday. Acting Fire Chief Daniel Briscoe said the Groveland Fire Department were dispatched to a fire just after 6 p.m., at 182 Center St., a two-story, two-family building. Firefighters found heavy fire showing and quickly called for a second and third alarms, bringing in mutual aid from West Newbury, Amesbury, Newbury, Merrimac, Haverhill, Lawrence, Georgetown, Boxford and Topsfield. “Our firefighters worked quickly and aggressively to save this home from becoming a total loss,” Briscoe said, thanking, what he called, “our extensive and dedicated mutual aid partners who came into Groveland not only to help work the fire scene but also to provide station coverage during the incident.”

A GoFundMe page was created for the Douphinette family, long-time Groveland residents. Fire companies established a water supply and attacked the fire from inside and outside of the building.