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Melville announces candidacy for Peabody Councillor-at-Large


Sunday, March 5, 2017: Ryan Melville today announced his candidacy for Councillor at Large in Peabody. “After speaking to many residents in Peabody, I am choosing to run as I feel it is important to bring a fresh perspective and new energy to the council,” said Melville. “I truly believe we can continue to have a thriving business community here in Peabody while supporting our schools and our seniors, that will be the core of my mission as I embark on the campaign trail.”

Melville, a 31-year-old lifelong Peabody resident and combat veteran of the War in Afghanistan, is a first time candidate for public office. Melville, a graduate of the Peabody School system, was awarded a full scholarship to UMASS-Amherst. At UMASS, Melville enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard and served in Afghanistan from 2010–2011.

Melville’s campaign will focus on continuing to make Peabody a place where those born and raised in Peabody as well as those choosing to make Peabody their home can thrive and prosper. If elected, he intends to focus on quality of life issues, supporting his fellow veterans and preparing Peabody for the next generation while also continuing the great tradition of supporting the city’s senior citizens who made this community the great place it is.

The Committee to Elect Ryan Melville will be hosting a Campaign Kickoff Friday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at the Italian American Citizens Club, which is located at 7 Blaney Ave. in Peabody. Those looking to get involved should contact Jon L’heruex at 1-978-882-2177 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Facebook Page: Committee to Elect Ryan Melville.


Washington Street home damaged in fire


Multiple families are displaced after a single-alarm fire on February 28 caused extensive damage to the 116 Washington St. building. No one was hurt in the incident. It is unclear how the fire began.

Smoke was reportedly emanating from the building’s basement when 911 was called at 8:08 a.m. According to the Fire Department, the blaze ventilated through several windows up to top floor of the two-story wood frame building.All people were out of the building when the fire department arrived. Crews on Engine 1 worked on the scene while Engine 5 provided water supply. The team was able to bring the fire under control by 8:34 a.m. In total it is estimated that property damage accrued close to $100,000, along with $25,000 in losses from contents.

By Melanie Higgins


Peabody resident sentenced to 10-11 years in prison for 2015 murder


A Peabody man was sentenced on February 23 by Salem Superior Court Judge Thomas Drechsler to 10-11 years in state prison for the June 2015 murder of his longtime girlfriend, 55-year-old Cheryl Young. Brandon Hoar, 61, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter by a jury on February 10. Prosecutors had originally sought to charge Hoar with first-degree murder.

Hoar’s attorney, Drew Segadelli, had argued over the course of the trial that the former General Electric machinist was acting in self-defense after believing that Young, who suffered from bipolar disorder, had a “crazy look” in her eye and posed a threat to the child. He said that Hoar killed her after originally trying to stave her off physically and, being unable to do so, used the knife as a last resort. Young was significantly larger than Hoar, who is 5’8”. According to Marilyn Boudreau, Young’s sister, the deceased woman had struggled with both mental illness and substance abuse for years.

Peabody police had originally responded to a call on June 16, 2015, requesting a well-being check. After they arrived, officers found Hoar sitting on the front steps of the 1 Gates Rd. home and Young inside with a knife through her chest, according to the police report. The victim’s 5-year-old granddaughter, who was supposed to be involved in a custody hearing at Salem Probate Court that day, was allegedly asleep in a neighboring room when police arrived on the scene. Hoar told officers that the girl had witnessed the killing.

By Melanie Higgins


Centennial Ball tickets on sale March 20

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. and the Peabody Centennial Committee are pleased to announce that tickets for the Centennial Grand Ball will go on sale Monday, March 20 in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall. The Centennial Grand Ball will take place on Sunday evening, May 7 in the lower Nordstrom’s wing of the North Shore Mall from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Tickets are $100 per person and include a gourmet dinner served by renowned North Shore event planner, the Party Specialist. The Centennial Grand Ball is black tie optional and will feature live music from the Beantown Swing Orchestra. Guests will arrive to the Ball on a red carpet and be treated to hot hors d’oeuvres during a pre-dinner cocktail hour.

The Centennial Grand Ball is the final event marking Peabody’s 100th birthday. For more information, contact Mary Bellavance at 978.538.5704.


Home where double-murder occurred condemned

The site of last month’s double-murder has been condemned by the Health Department. The 19 Farm Ave. home, which is owned by Stanley and Lucy Pikul, was determined “unfit for human habitation” on February 23 after the department had conducted an inspection of the home the previous day.

The violations included extensive blood residue on the floors, walls and furniture, broken windows, bags of garbage and “combustible” material strewn throughout the house, no heat or hot water, and large holes and crumbling plaster. As per department regulations, the owners have been ordered to correct the violations and vacate the property, which apparently was habited by one other person.

The time frame for the cleanup ranges from 24 hours to 30 days. Director of the Board of Health Sharon Cameron said that the board did not issue a permit to demolish the building, although demolition of the building could potentially be ordered after one year if minimum health standards in the state sanitary code are not met.

The Health Department was previously at the property in 2008 due to complaints that an automotive repair business was being operated on the premises. Complaints against the property also included clutter associated with the alleged business.

Two bodies belonging to occupants of the home, Jennifer O’Connor and Mark Greenlaw, were discovered on February 18. The alleged double-murder perpetrators, Michael Hebb and Wes Doughty, have since been taken into custody and are being held without bail.

By Melanie Higgins



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