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Ex-Lawrence firefighter indicted on arson charges, resigns from force
SALEM, Mass. — A former Lawrence firefighter has been indicted on numerous arson charges by the Essex County grand jury. He has also resigned his position with the Fire Department.
Recovery Will Finish More Than A Year After Gas Explosions
ANDOVER, MA -- Columbia Gas of Massachusetts has until next Halloween to repave roads, fix sidewalks and replace furnaces and boilers that were repaired to get residents in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence through the winter under a deadline set Monday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Ut
Three bars in Lawrence face discipline
LAWRENCE — The city's reputation for a lawless nightlife will go on display Wednesday when the Licensing Board considers allegations against three bars – one for hindering a police investigation into a shooting, a second for taping over smoke detectors and renting hookahs, and a third for covering u
Broken traffic light on Route 114 in North Andover causing commuter delays
NORTH ANDOVER — A broken traffic light on Route 114 at the intersection of Route 133 is causing commuter delays Tuesday morning. Lt. EJ Foulds, spokesperson for the Police Department, said the light was first reported out at 7:20 a.m., and that it had been "knocked loose from its bracket," likely du
Gas recovery will extend into fall 2019
The Department of Public Utilities has set an Oct. 31, 2019, deadline for the remaining Columbia Gas restoration work following the Merrimack Valley gas disaster, indicating that recovery efforts will continue well into the new year.
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.
Man who suffered stroke to celebrate Christmas at home after 8 years
METHUEN, Mass. - A Methuen man and stroke victim whose family thought he would never be able to come back home is celebrating Christmas with his loved ones after eight years. Ana Gonzalez says her husband, Jesus "Manny" Gonzalez went in for surgery to have a hip replacement when something went wrong
Sixth-grade Haverhill girl is in coma, on life support, superintendent says
HAVERHILL — A girl who is a sixth-grader at Consentino School is in a coma and on life support, school officials said. Grief counselors were available to students and staff at the school Monday and are there again Tuesday after school officials were notified about the girl's condition.
Drug kingpin sentenced to 12 years in federal prison
PORTLAND – A Parsonsfield man has been sentenced to 12 years and five months in federal prison for his role in what police have described as the largest fentanyl bust in Maine.
Day care owner joins those suing Columbia Gas
SALEM, Mass. — The owners of North Andover home where a day care business also operated are among those suing Columbia Gas after a series of gas-driven fires and explosions across the Merrimack Valley on Sept. 13, according to court papers.
Foundation Set To Release Third Stipend To Gas Explosion Victims
NORTH ANDOVER, MA -- Columbia Gas of Massachusetts customers that did not have gas service restored by Thanksgiving will be eligible for a third stipend beginning this week. The Essex County Community Foundation said Friday its Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund would be following the release of
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 day after the gas restoration deadline, here's where things stand
LAWRENCE, Mass. - More than three months and two restoration deadlines have passed since the Merrimack Valley gas explosions and fires left many residents and businesses without gas service.
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.
Four flee burning home in Haverhill
HAVERHILL — A home on Broadway sustained heavy damage in a fire Sunday morning, but no one was injured. Deputy Chief Robert O'Brien said firefighters responded to a call for a fire on the second floor of the three-unit home shortly before noon. The fire was under control within 45 minutes, he said.
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.
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.
DPU sets final deadline for all gas recovery work
BOSTON — The Department of Public Utilities has ordered Columbia Gas to work with a Massachusetts-based engineering firm to monitor the final stages of recovery from the gas disaster of Sept. 13.
AG: Methuen council violated meeting law
METHUEN — The City Council violated the Open Meeting Law by failing to give proper notice of a budget meeting held in June, according to the state attorney general's office. In a decision issued Dec. 12, the attorney general's office ordered the council's “immediate and future compliance with the Op
Immigrant mural unveiled in Haverhill
HAVERHILL — Vibrant colors, patterns and images meticulously painted on the side of the Garibaldi Club depict the city’s immigrants from the past and present. The colorful mural, revealed Sunday morning, features 144 immigrants from around the world who share a connection to Haverhill, said artist A