Early Morning I-495 Crash in Haverhill Kills Driver, Injures Passenger

A driver was killed and passenger injured in an early morning crash Saturday on Interstate 495 in Haverhill. Massachusetts State Police from the Newbury barracks were dispatched to the single-automobile crash at 12:25 a.m. on the northbound side of the highway near exit 52, Route 110. Police have not yet released the identity of the person killed or other identifying details about those in the car, but did say the passenger received “minor injuries.”

Police expect to issue a full report Monday.

Whittier Tech to Bring Back Sports Thanks to Two Convincing Students; School to Tap Off-Campus Space

With a little convincing by students, Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School has had a change of heart and will bring back sports immediately. The change, which brings back football, girls and boys soccer, girls volleyball and cheerleading, requires the school to find additional space off campus. Superintendent Maureen Lynch told WHAV she credits two students in particular for showing her the way. “I had two amazing kids meet with me yesterday. They were respectful and thoughtful.

Gov. Baker in Area Visit Says Haverhill to Host Permanent COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Haverhill will soon be receiving a permanent COVID-19 vaccination clinic staffed by Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. The announcement came Thursday as Gov. Charlie Baker visited a Lawrence effort where the Health Center is teaming with the Lawrence Housing Authority to bring vaccinations directly to residents. “Lawrence Family Health Center has distributed over 12,000 vaccines to date and are now doing close to a thousand shots a day and expect that number to increase over the next three or four weeks as they operate sites in Lawrence, Methuen and soon to be in Haverhill,” Baker said. The Haverhill site bolsters other effort, including mobile and pop-up clinics provided by the agency that recently opened Haverhill Family Health Center on Main Street. Health Center President and CEO John M. Silva used the opportunity to give a progress report.

Whittier Tech Sophomore from Haverhill Wins SkillsUSA Tee-Shirt Design Contest

Amely Hussein of Haverhill was recently selected as the winner of the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Tee-Shirt Design Contest. Hussein, a sophomore graphic communications student at Whittier regional Vocational Technical High School, was the top choice out of more than 100 entries submitted by students from across the state. Her design features the skyline of the City of Boston, gears to represent technical shop programs and the colors from the SkillsUSA Massachusetts website and logo. “I felt really happy and almost cried when I found out I won,” Hussein said. “I feel really proud to be chosen and I know my family is just as excited for me.”

Superintendent Maureen Lynch said Hussein’s creation was inspired by research she did into the organization and important symbols in the state that she incorporated into her sketches.

Judge Holds Man Charged with Driving Into Women, Stabbing Woman’s Neck and Eyes

The 23-year-old man charged in Wednesday’s attack on his neighbors allegedly ran down a mother and pregnant daughter—ages 54 and 26—with his car, got out to stab the older woman in the neck and tried to stab out her eyes. Jake T. Kavanaugh, of 15 Fairview Farm Road, Haverhill, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing at his arraignment Thursday in Haverhill District Court. First Justice Cesar A. Archilla also ordered a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital and called for Kavanaugh to return to court Tuesday, March 23. Kavanaugh pleaded not guilty to armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, mayhem and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. A witness said he was driving by when he saw a gray Audi sedan off the side of the road into a tree and a man stabbing a woman with a box cutter and appeared to be “cutting the woman’s neck off.”

Haverhill Police Officer Katelyn Tully reported that Salem.

Gov. Baker in Merrimack Valley Today to Tour Health Center-Administered Vaccination Site

Gov. Charlie Baker is in the Merrimack Valley today to tour a vaccination site for Lawrence seniors and provide an update on COVID-19 vaccination. Baker visits St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Lawrence Mayor Kendrys Vasquez and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center President and CEO John Silva.

Haverhill Council Balks After Being Left Out as Brandy Brow Road Land Supplants Corliss Hill Lot

Haverhill’s city administration appears to favor purchasing one parcel in East Haverhill over another to protect water supplies. It ruffled feathers among members of the City Council this week, however, when it left out the body that remains partly responsible under law for decision-making on such land deals. Councilors responded by a largely symbolic 6-3 vote against ratifying the mayor’s decision. The lack of approval, however, could eventually cause questions about the property’s proper title. Haverhill considered buying the 22.5-acre parcel owned by Daniel and Mark Byra at 97 Corliss Hill Road.

Ruth’s House Showcasing Local Artists Beginning with Veteran Mark Nystedt

Ruth’s House, which operates a Lafayette Square, Haverhill, thrift shop and provides clothing and employment training opportunities to individuals and families, has begun showcasing local artists. During March and April, the public may view work by Mark Nystedt of Haverhill at Ruth’s House, 111 Lafayette Square. Nystedt describes his works as “Biblically based mono-prints, on paper, 23x35 with oil-based printer’s ink, framed, and depicting abstract realist interpretations of mountains, fire, blood, snow, etc.” He is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served as a submarine electrician and nuclear propulsion plant operator. He graduated from UMass Amherst with a bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. He has worked as a graphic artist and a technical illustrator until retiring in 2002.