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Official Determine Chemical Leak Led to North Andover Explosion

Official Determine Chemical Leak Led to North Andover Explosion

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. The explosion last year at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, North Andover, was the result of a mechanical failure allowed air to react with a volatile chemical that resulted in spontaneous ignition and the explosion. State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, North Andover Fire Chief William McCarthy and North


Groveland Officer on Leave After Allegedly Sleeping on Job

A Groveland reserve police officer was placed on administrative leave after allegedly falling asleep in his cruiser Thursday. Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen reported Friday the department received a photograph and video of the officer who appeared to be asleep. The officer was not officially identified, but Gillen said the officer was hired about a year


Taking Lead, Copper from Andover School Water Proves Tough

Andover Superintendent of Schools Sheldon Berman. Andover Public Schools are working to remove lead and copper from water systems after elevated levels were found at two schools earlier this year. Officials have removed several outdated and broken water fixtures from the West Elementary School and Shawsheen Preschool after elevated lead levels were found in fixtures


Police: Man Was Selling Heroin from Andover Hotel Room

A loaded Glock semi-automatic handgun, heroin and cash were among the items seized at an Andover hotel. (Courtesy photograph.) A 26-year-old Lawrence man is facing charges of trafficking more than 100 grams of heroin that, Andover police said Monday, was sold from a hotel room where two children were also present. Police said Chay Jomar


Two-Alarm Georgetown Blaze Damages Offices; No Injuries

Fire crews from Georgetown Ladder 1 on the roof of 65 Central St. (Photograph courtesy of Georgetown Fire Department.) Firefighters were able to contain a two-alarm blaze Sunday morning to one area of a Georgetown commercial complex. No injuries were reported at the building housing a CVS/Pharmacy, law firm, yoga studio and two physician’s offices,


Sununu: N.H. Towns That Postponed Local Elections Took ‘Risk’

Plaistow’s polling place is at the Pollard School. Communities north of the border who postponed local elections because of Tuesday’s major snow storm took the action “at their risk,” warned New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. Atkinson and Plaistow were among those New Hampshire communities postponing elections. “I don’t think we’re in a position to mandate