MassDOT Plans Daytime Groveland Detours for Resurfacing Work, Safety Upgrades

Drivers traveling in and around Groveland this fall should be advised the Massachusetts Department of Transportation intends to close a single lane of Route 113 (Main Street) starting this week to carry out construction work. From 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through the fall, the lane closure runs from the West Newbury town line to Elm Park, MassDOT said, with a single traffic lane maintained during roadwork. Detours may be in place. Part of a $1.2 million improvement project that includes resurfacing and safety upgrades, the project is expected to wrap up in May 2020.

Opposing Street Change, Haverhill Woman Learns She Can Fight City Hall…and Win

Despite the popular saying to the contrary, you can fight city hall and win. Antoinette Metheny, a 15-year Bellevue Avenue resident, discovered that last night when stood alone against a city plan to change the name of the portion of the street where she lives. City Engineer John H. Pettis III was before the City Council saying a part of the street with three houses would better align with adjacent Hillside Street. Metheny, of 21 Bellevue Ave., wouldn’t have it. She complained changing her address is no small task in this day and age.

Accident on Methuen’s Route 110 Snarls Monday Rush Hour Commute After Driver Hits Car, Utility Pole

A person police say was suspected of drugged driving was given two doses of Narcan Monday night after allegedly sideswiping a car and slamming into a utility pole on Methuen’s busy route 110 just before 7 p.m., Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon tells WHAV. The accident, which took place near the Sons of Italy function hall, knocked live wires onto Merrimack Street, which is also known as Route 113. The road, which takes motorists north to Haverhill or south into Methuen, was closed to traffic for several hours as National Grid cut power to the area in order to remove the old pole and install a new one. A function already in progress at the Sons of Italy was canceled as a result.

According to Solomon, a 911 call came in from a person who said he was sideswiped by a driver that allegedly hit his car before driving into a pole. The person who made the call was not injured.

Haverhill Patrolman at Center of School Immigration Fray Chooses to Retire After 31 Years

The Haverhill patrolman, who came under fire last spring for allegedly telling middle school students they could be deported if present illegally, has retired. Embattled Patrolman Stephen Iannalfo recently retired from the Haverhill Police Department. He had been assigned as a school resource officer at Albert B. Consentino School. According to one parent’s complaint, Iannalfo told students at the school last April they could be deported if they are inside the United States illegally. He had been on paid administrative leave until his retirement.

Haverhill Councilor Calls for Statewide Marijuana Advertising Ban; Plan Before Council Tonight

Haverhill City Council Vice President Thomas J. Sullivan says the city won’t need to regulate marijuana advertising—as discussed last week—because he hopes the state will outright ban pot-related billboards. Sullivan placed an item on this week’s agenda, asking his colleagues to support a plan to ask the city’s statehouse delegation to nix marijuana advertising altogether. During an interview at WHAV, the councilor explained his proposal. “This matter belongs in Boston at the statehouse because we need legislation filed to ban marijuana advertising on public billboards. It’s really as simple as that.

Haverhill Man Scratches Gang Affiliation Into Police Station Cell After Jackson Street Shooting

An 18-year-old self-described gang member brazenly bragged about having his gun out in broad daylight Sept. 15, going so far as to tell a Haverhill Police officer involved in arresting him for Sunday’s Jackson Street shooting he wished he turned the gun on that officer instead. As WHAV previously reported police say 7th Avenue’s Brian Grande was one of three people allegedly involved in a shooting just before noon in the city’s Mount Washington neighborhood Sunday. After a 911 call was made, officers responded to High Street and Jackson Street Extension to interview possible witnesses. People in the area told police they saw a blue Ford Focus hatchback driven by a woman pull out from behind a white van parked in front of 43 Jackson St.

Haverhill Man Allegedly Flees from Police After Causing Accident in Stolen Jeep at Groveland’s Nicole’s Variety

A Haverhill man is facing several charges in two cities after police in Groveland say he allegedly stole a Jeep Cherokee and caused an accident at Nicole’s Mini Food Store last week. Carson Hamilton spent the weekend behind bars on drug possession and motor vehicle-related charges stemming from a Thursday Haverhill Police arrest, and now Groveland Police tell WHAV more charges are on the way after they tied him to last week’s convenience store accident. Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen told WHAV he intends to charge Hamilton with leaving the scene of property damage, driving with a revoked license and receiving stolen property in the wake of the Sept. 11 accident at the School Street strip mall. Hamilton was ultimately taken into custody Thursday, Sept.

Three Haverhill Firefighters Graduate State Academy

Haverhill has three brand-new recruits headed to fight fires in the city: John Dill, Anthony Lucia and Shane Surette, who graduated from the state’s firefighting academy Friday. The men are among 32 firefighters from 17 departments going to work across the state after completing the 50-day program under the direction of State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. Leominster Deputy Fire Chief Scott Cordio, also an academy instructor, addressed graduates during Friday’s ceremony at the Department of Fire Services in Stow. Training for the new firefighters included search and rescue, ladder operations and fire attack skills, among other life-saving behaviors. The Massachusetts Fire Training Council also named them certified hazardous materials first responders.