Mother shares harrowing tale of addiction

“I’m addicted and it’s disgusting.”

Lexi Lamoureux wrote those words in her journal before she died, losing a decade-long fight against her addiction to heroin at the age of 28.

“I hadn’t read that until after she was gone,” said her mother, Susan Lamoureux, who read through Lexi’s journals after her death, coming to understand the mental struggles her daughter had endured.

“It was the most heartbreaking thing because she knew what it was doing to her, but she couldn’t stop.” 

Lamoureux shared Lexi’s story in a Facebook post that went viral, inspiring responses from families across the globe, including Greece and Ireland, thanking her and sharing their own struggles with losing a loved one. It has resonated on the North Shore, where Lexi, who grew up in Maine, spent much of her time living, working and studying, in Salem, Danvers, Rockport, Gloucester and Essex.

“Because of that I felt a stronger need to reach more people,” Lamoureux said. In the months since Lexi’s

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Whole Foods plaza plans move forward

BEVERLY — The fate of a building permit for the new Whole Foods plaza lies in the hands of the city.

CEA Group, the developer behind the Brimbal Avenue project, filed an application for the permit several weeks ago, according to the firm’s attorney, Tom Alexander.

It usually takes about a month for a permit to be issued, but because of the massive scale of the project — which includes a Whole Foods, a bank, a restaurant, and multiple other retail spaces — it could take longer, Alexander said.

Provided the permit gets the go ahead, Alexander said the developer hopes to start work again in the spring. The plaza is tentatively planned to be open in spring 2019.

“The developer’s plans are to start pouring the foundations in the spring as soon as the frost is out of the ground,” he said.

Construction is set to continue throughout the warmer months next year, Alexander said.

“The plan is that the

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QOTD: Which Newer Vehicles Will End up as Overpriced “Collectibles”?

Image: Kzenon/Bigstock.comThere are a lot of charlatans on the internet, and some members of this special category of people want you to purchase their car as an investment. Anyone who’s browsed the sale ads knows the type of person I’m referring to here:

“No joyrides!”

“Very rare, collectible car!”

“Special opportunity!”

“No lowballers, I know what I got.”

Of course, what they’ve usually “got” is a vehicle priced firmly in loony bin territory. Today we want to know: In the near future, which newer vehicles will be worth far less than what these opportunistic sellers are asking?

This question is the inverse of one asked back in February, where we picked out more recent vehicles that will actually be collectible in the future. I’m going to impose the same two rules as last time, as they seemed to

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Peabody’s Carter helps US team win gold, takes individual silver at fencing world championships

Jane Hall Carter has done it all in the world of fencing, highlighted by her capturing a national championship at the age of 15.

But the Peabody native had been away from international competition for several years, so Carter didn’t know how she’d fare after being asked to take part with the U.S. National Veterans team at the World Championships in Colorado Springs.

As it turned out, Carter pleasantly surprised even herself by helping her squad capture a gold medal. She also garnered an individual silver medal in foil.

“Friends told me I should try it out, but I had no idea what to expect,” said Carter, who in turning 50 in March became eligible for this event for the first time. “I went to a local competition and won, then took second at an event in Baltimore. They took the best two of three results, so with a first and a second

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Gloucester District Court: Pole walker jailed for drug trafficking

A three-time Greasy Pole champion who’s been held in Middleton Jail since his June arrest on drug trafficking charges will stay there for nearly seven more months.

Kyle Barry, 29, of Gloucester was sentenced to a year in jail by Judge Ellen Flatley after pleading guilty in Gloucester District Court to charges of possession of possession of a Class C substance with intent to distribute and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute. Barry will serve the remainder of his year’s term after being credited with 122 days already served.

A charge of trafficking in heroin or other Class A drugs, such as fentanyl, was dropped on a nolle pros order. A charge of possessing a Class B drug was also dismissed at the request of the commonwealth. 

Barry was one of three people arrested with fentanyl and other drugs in their clothing and in their vehicle when police pulled them over

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Splunk embraces industrial IoT

Australian wind farm operator Infigen Energy has been named as one of the beta customers of Splunk Industrial Asset Intelligence (Splunk IAI) – a new system is designed to make it easier for customers to use Splunk’s data analytics capabilities to analyse data from industrial systems and devices.

Victor Sanchez, application architect at Infigen Energy, said Splunk IAI had helped the company unify disparate and complex data across its six wind farms.

“We are looking forward to using IAI to monitor turbine sensors and measure temperature, vibration, wind speed and generation activities,” he said.

“With real-time insight on data correlated from various sources we can predict turbine behaviour and maintenance needs. For instance, if we get a read on higher than usual wind speeds, we will be alerted much more quickly about the likelihood of a turbine stopping, and proactively plan for the circumstance.”

Splunk’s director of IoT, Seema Haji, told IoT Hub that

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Restaurant row grows – Eagle

HAVERHILL — The commercial area of Plaistow Road in Haverhill continues to grow and not unlike the downtown, has evolved into a restaurant row of its own. 

New eateries have sprouted along this busy strip, including the 110 Grill, which opened several months ago at 1175 Plaistow Road, across from the McDonald’s restaurant.

A new Five Guys, part of a world restaurant chain based in Virginia, is planned for 89 Plaistow Road, on a site that is opposite Uno Pizzeria and Grill and adjacent to the Haffner’s gas and car wash.

The Portland, Maine, based Aroma Joe’s plans to open a coffee shop next year behind Five Guys, according to an official from that rapidly expanding coffee company. Aroma Joe’s has locations throughout Maine and New Hampshire, and recently opened a shop in Leominster, Mass.

Mr. Mike’s, a longtime favorite along this busy strip, recently underwent the biggest renovation project in its 42-year history in an

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New Hampshire Police Logs – Eagle


Dec. 27

Arrest: Michael Prescott, 29, 267 Hampstead Road, Derry, assault, 7:23 p.m.

Dec. 28

Arrest: Mindy Elizabeth Ferrin, 26, 59 Merrill Ave., Haverhill, Mass., theft, bench warrant, disorderly conduct, 12:49 p.m.

Arrest: Paul Michael Smith, 33, 18 Summit St., Framingham, Mass., theft, bench warrant, 12:49 p.m. 

Dec. 29 

Arrest: Lindsay Nicole Daske, 28, 26 Chandler Ave., Plaistow, attempted theft, 2:51 p.m.

Dec. 30

Arrest: Ricardo T. Miro, 30, 20 Beechwood Road, Sandown, motor vehicle/disobeying officer, motor vehicle/reckless operation, motor vehicle/theft (taking without consent), 11 a.m.

Jan. 2

Arrest: Markis Tito Santiago, 25, 66 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill, Mass., theft, 12:49 p.m.

Arrest: Jasmine Marie Silva, 25, 293 Jackson St., Lawrence, Mass., theft, 12:49 p.m.

Jan. 6 

Arrest: Paul Joseph Dichiara, 21, 68 Whittier St., Newton, theft, 11:52 a.m.

Jan. 7

Arrest: Michelle Anne McMahon, 26, 6 Emeline St., Woburn, Mass., alcohol/open container, 9:10 a.m.

Jan. 12

Arrest: Ernest W. Standley, 57, 14 South Pleasant St., Bradford, Mass., motor vehicle/conduct after accident, 10:17 a.m.

Arrest: Rebecca Adames, 27, 212 Arlington

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Alleged shooter held without bail – Eagle

HAVERHILL — A documented gang member who allegedly shot another gang member from a car his girlfriend was driving was deemed a danger to society and was ordered held without bail. His girlfriend was released on a number of conditions.

At a dangerousness hearing on Monday in Haverhill District Court, Judge Stephen Abany found probable cause to hold Vincente Delarosa, 20, of 98 Temple St., unit 2, Haverhill, without bail, pending his next court date.

According to the Essex district attorney’s office, Delarosa’s girlfriend, Taylor Couture, 18, of 542 Merrimack St., Methuen, was also found to be dangerous but was released on a GPS device and ordered to remain with her father on 24-7 house arrest. She must stay away from and have no contact with any known gang members, officials said.

Abany scheduled probable cause hearings for Feb. 23.

Delarosa and Couture were arraigned on Jan. 22 and charged with attempted murder, assault and battery with

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Police: Suspect in Sunday shooting tied to gang | Haverhill news … – Eagle

HAVERHILL — A 20-year-old documented gang member and his teenage girlfriend were ordered held without bail on charges they pulled up alongside another car on Portland Street on Sunday and shot the 20-year-old male driver, sending him to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the victim and his male passenger are affiliated with gangs in Haverhill as well.

Police charged Vincente Delarosa, 20, of 98 Temple St., unit 2, Haverhill, and Taylor Couture, 542 Merrimack St., Methuen, with attempted murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a gun), unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, and discharging a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling.

Both were arraigned on the charges on Monday in Haverhill District Court, where Judge Patricia Dowling ordered them held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Monday, Jan. 29.

Court officials indicated both defendants will require superior court certified lawyers to represent them

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