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Car crashes into Lawrence building
LAWRENCE — A driver escaped injury Sunday when a car crashed into a building on Amesbury Street about 11 a.m. The car failed at the intersection of Amesbury and Canal streets and struck the brick building, according to police, who said the brakes apparently failed.
Columbia Gas customers in Merrimack Valley expected to have gas restored Sunday
LAWRENCE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - Today is the deadline for Columbia Gas to restore all homes in the Merrimack Valley after about 7,500 customers were impacted by gas explosions in September.
MERRIMACK VALLEY GAS DISASTER: A SPECIAL REPORT
On Sept. 13, over-pressurized natural gas lines sparked explosions and fires across three Merrimack Valley communities. Flames leaped from rooftops, black-gray smoke smudged the late-afternoon sky in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Fire trucks and police vehicles pushed their way through gridlo
'We've taken hard hits'
NORTH ANDOVER — The reality of the impact of the Sept. 13 natural gas disaster set in for the McDonoughs when they went trick-or-treating with their children this year. The North Andover family of five still did not have gas in their home, but they wanted the holiday to feel as normal as possible. S
'I have absolutely no trust for the gas company'
NORTH ANDOVER — For Kevin O'Donnell, the most infuriating aspect of the three months he went without natural gas was the utter lack of control he had over his own home. O'Donnell and his wife, Andrea, were fortunate not to lose heat, since they use oil in their house. However, from Sept. 13 until De
5 New Homes For Sale In The Andover Area
ANDOVER, MA — On the hunt for a new house, and want to get a better feel for what's available near you? Perhaps you could use some assistance finding the perfect place for you and your loved ones? Not to fear! To keep you up to date, we at Patch have compiled an up-to-date batch of five new listings
Lawrence woman can't shake visions of escape
LAWRENCE — Christina Rodriguez can't get the image of her neighbors carrying luggage across the bridge from South Lawrence out of her head. Rodriguez, without gas into December, said that vision will stay with her long into the future.
A witness and a victim
LAWRENCE — Thursday, Sept. 13, started out "really, just like any other day" for Kevin White. But about 4:15 p.m., the freelance photographer said his cell phone "started blowing up" with calls asking if he was aware of multiple fires being reported simultaneously in Lawrence.
'It has changed how we feel about things'
LAWRENCE — Some mornings Rich Padova, 58, awakens from a dream and forgets he's a grown man and married. Then he remembers that he and his wife, Lori, have been living the past three months in his boyhood bedroom at his father's house in Lawrence.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain could impact roads Sunday night into Monday morning for parts of Massachusetts
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to fall Sunday morning and night, but some areas of Massachusetts could see snow overnight. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. Monday for the western and central parts of Massachusetts.
Impatiently waiting: Palmer's owner applied pressure to get relit by Nov. 9
ANDOVER — Even when the doors of Palmer's Restaurant finally opened after two months, chef and owner John Ingalls remained nervous. The holidays are a busy time for Palmer's, the multiple dining rooms and tavern space a popular spot for Christmas and New Years get-togethers.
Restoration close, but mission far from complete
LAWRENCE — Gov. Charlie Baker stood in front of the leaders of three municipalities affected by the Sept. 13 gas disaster on Wednesday, making the announcement that Columbia Gas had reached substantial completion of its restoration efforts.
2 Massachusetts people arrested on drug trafficking charges
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested two Massachusetts people for Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin/Fentanyl on Thursday. MDEA Commander Scott J. Pelletier said agents from the Cumberland District Task Force arranged the delivery of fentanyl and heroin from Luis Ortiz of Lowell Massachusetts. O
No Arrests Seven Years After Brutal Andover Murder
ANDOVER, MA -- Thursday marked the seventh anniversary since John and Geraldine Magee were found shot to death in their home at 7 Orchard Crossing in Andover, and has they have done every year since 2011, Andover Police and Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett renewed calls for the publi
Max & Riley owners worry about future
ANDOVER — Fire is not an unfamiliar force to the owners of Max & Riley in downtown Andover. In October 2016, when their women's clothing boutique was located in Boston, it sustained severe smoke damage following a fire in a neighboring store, forcing them to close for almost two months for repairs.
Two Massachusetts residents charged with selling heroin in Maine
Two Lowell, Massachusetts residents were arrested on charges of aggravated trafficking in $34,080 worth of heroin and fentanyl in South Portland on Friday. Arrested were Luis Ortiz, 24, and Tatiana Rosado, 27.
Gas workers move out of homes, mice move in
Since the Sept. 13 gas explosions and fires struck the Merrimack Valley, 91 days have passed and 98 percent of gas restoration has been completed, but one big, new problem has arisen: mice.
Area Roundup: Gloucester swim wins opener
The Fishermen opened up the season on Thursday night with a big win over Salem on the road. Gloucester was led by its 200 freestyle relay team of Mila Barry, Caroline McKay, Willow Barry and Cecelia Adelfio, who won with a time of 1:58.47 and qualify for the state sectional meet later this winter.
Lawrence couple charged with fentanyl, cocaine trafficking
BOSTON – A Lawrence couple was charged with fentanyl and cocaine trafficking after an investigation involving state and federal authorities, according to Attorney General Maura Healey.
Lawrence fatal accident victim identified
LAWRENCE – The woman who was killed in Wednesday evening's pedestrian accident has been identified as Maria Rodriguez, 61, police said. The female driver involved in the accident at Essex and Hampshire streets has not yet been named by police.