Second Man Faces Accessory Charge in Connection with Methuen Murder

A second man was arraigned Monday in connection with the March 15 shooting death of a 30-year-old man in Methuen. Twenty-three-year-old Darren Jimenez, of Lawrence, was formally charged in Lawrence District Court, called an accessory after the fact following the murder of Kelvin Frias of Lawrence, according to Carrie Kimball, spokeswoman for Essex County District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett. Frias died the morning after being shot in the head at a gathering at Mr. Hookah vape shop, 170 Broadway, Methuen. Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon said the shooting was not a random act and believed to be specifically related to a prior incident at the store. Jimenez’ arrest follows the arrest of 24-year-old Remy Salazar, also of Lawrence, who is accused of firing the shot that killed accused of killing Frias.

Haverhill’s Historic Debt and Pension Liability Top Council Agenda

Haverhill’s long-term debt of more than $78 million, and what to do about it, is one focus of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Mayor James J. Fiorentini is expected to address the public about the lingering effects of the failure of the city-owned Hale Hospital almost 20 years ago. In his request to speak to councilors, the mayor called the liability “the largest municipal debt in the history of The Commonwealth.”

According to figures released last summer, the city still owes $4.5 million on deficits related to the hospital. The remaining debt is related to school construction, water and sewer costs and other borrowing. Fiorentini said he specifically wants to discuss “continuing state aid.” Over the years, former state Rep. Brian S. Dempsey delivered $22 million in additional state aid to help pay down the hospital debt.

Massport May Change the Way Ride Share Companies Flow Through Logan Airport

Massachusetts Port Authority officials are weighing a plan that would significantly change the flow of rideshare vehicles to and from Logan International Airport and would implement higher fees on the services, a combination of moves they say will reduce congestion and lower greenhouse gas emissions. According to the State House News Service, the proposal would funnel all trips on rides-for-hire apps such as Uber and Lyft into the ground floor of the airport's central garage for both inbound and outbound trips. Currently, vehicles can drop passengers off at the curb in front of terminals and pick up new rides in a shared parking lot. However, Massport officials say moving everything into one location would improve the flow of traffic, cut down on empty-car trips, and make it easier for drivers to find their next customers after completing a ride. Fees for service may also increase as a result, with arrival and departure fees for airport rides possibly jumping from $3.25 to $5 for single riders and $2.50 for shared rides.

Haverhill Woman Kicks, Punches Officer During Booking for Assault Arrest

A Lancaster Street woman originally arrested for alleged assault racked up a slew of additional charges after police say she kicked and punched the officer trying to take her into custody. Haverhill Police Officer Caitlin Brady was dispatched to 30 Lancaster St. last week for a report that Lisa Ricker allegedly assaulted another person and destroyed property shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday. During the booking process at the Bailey Boulevard police station, 56-year-old Ricker allegedly kicked and punched Officer Brady, spokesman Capt. Robert Pistone told WHAV. Brady was not injured and was able to get Ricker under control.

This Week’s Radio Drama: Post-Nuclear Apocalypse

After a nuclear war, the inhabitants of Earth move underground and continue the fighting in Paul A. Carter’s “The Last Objective,” to be heard Tuesday night on 97.9 WHAV FM. The post-nuclear holocaust story, a common Cold War genre, was first published in “Astounding Science Fiction” in 1946. It was adapted in 1951 for NBC radio’s “Dimension X.” Isaac Asimov offered this review of “The Last Objective:”
“Nevertheless, the coming of the nuclear bomb at the very end made it quite plain that World War III, if it ever comes, would finally achieve the crowning stupidity of war, the destruction of so much that no conceivable justification could exist for fighting. Here is a story that makes this quite plain in the military language that writers had learned from the war just concluded and yet a generation later, the world still prepares feverishly for a war only the insane would fight.”
Carter died in 2016 at age 90 after spending most of his career teaching rather than writing. Dr. Carter served as professor of history at Arizona State University, but also wrote non-fiction including “The Creation of Tomorrow: Fifty Years of Magazine Science Fiction” (1977) and “Another Part of the Fifties” (1983).

Fiorentini on Education Reform: ‘Haverhill Has Shown What Can Happen With Additional Funding’

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini joined mayors from across Commonwealth Friday to implore the Joint Committee on Education to reconsider a decades’ old funding formula that puts certain cities and districts at a disadvantage. Joining Fiorentini for the hearing were Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, among others, who spoke to the committee that included Haverhill’s state Rep. Andy Vargas, through the lens of their respective districts. Fiorentini was quick to acknowledge Haverhill’s school success—but reasoned more must be done. “Haverhill, Massachusetts has shown what can happen with some of the additional funding that is proposed here today and I’m proud to be here to support this bill,” he said. In his remarks, Fiorentini used the Tilton Elementary School turnaround grant as an example of how an underachieving population can end up with some of the highest MCAS score improvements statewide.

Haverhill High Cross-Country Coach Maguire Named to State Track Hall of Fame

Haverhill High School cross-country coach Michael Maguire marks his 30th year leading brown and gold athletes this month, but that’s not the only impressive milestone he’s celebrating. The longtime sports leader and HHS teacher was recently named to the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. One of three eastern Massachusetts coaches inducted this year, Maguire is in good company: His own track coach and mentor, Haverhill sports legend John “Coach O” Ottaviani, received the same honor in 1985. Telling WHAV he’s “honored and humbled” by the recognition from the group of 600 of his track coach peers, Maguire calls the honor a testament to those he’s worked with over the years. “It’s a credit to all of the wonderful student athletes I’ve had the privilege to work with.

Fourth Annual Barker Family Fundraiser for Sarah’s Place Is Sunday

Paper Potpourri’s Elaine Barker and her family are getting ready for their fourth annual St. Patrick’s-themed fundraiser to benefit Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health Center on Sunday at Haverhill’s Amvets on Primrose Street. Serving as a birthday remembrance for Barker’s late husband, Joseph, the bash includes food, raffles and music from The Chickenshack Blues from 2-5 p.m. A performance by Salisbury’s Bracken School of Irish Dance is also planned. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors payable at the door or online at Children under 16 are free.