This week was a busy one in Salem. If you missed anything, we've got you covered with our Week in Review. Want to discuss this week's events with your neighbors? Talk about it in our questions section. Have an opinion? Send a Letter to the Editor by contacting Editor Aubry Bracco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rescue workers successfully found Salem resident Victoria Perry after an after-dark search on the coastline and water off Winter Island Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Police asked for the public's help in locating Perry after they received a call at 5:17 p.m. Tuesday evening.
- Exterminators were brought into senior housing after bedbugs were discovered. Residents of the Morency and Dalton apartments were affected by the infestation, officials said. The Salem Housing Authority used bug-sniffing dogs to locate areas of infestation last week. A resident said bedbugs were initially discovered after another resident went to the doctor about bites.
- The Zoning Board of Adjustment's public hearing on the application for a special permit for Community Health Care, Inc., to open a methadone clinic for treatment of opiate addiction on Highland Avenue was continued Wednesday evening. The meeting, which had been moved to Nathaniel Bowditch School to accommodate the crowds that were expected to attend, was postponed due to the lack of Planning Board members present.
- On Wednesday it was reported the CEO of Dominion Energy, Mark McGettrick, confirmed the company will no longer invest in the Salem Harbor Station Power Plant. McGettrick also said he believes the plant will close within five years. At Thursday's City Council meeting, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said the plant's potential closure could cause a "severe hardship" among taxpayers. The City has received a $200,000 grant from the state, which will be used to examine potential reuse options.
- The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reversed Jerome McNulty's first-degree murder conviction Thursday and demanded he receive a new trial. McNulty was convicted of stabbing girlfriend Linda Correia to death in March 2001. "Delays in communicating the availability of counsel" and the allowance of the defendant's "entire, signed, statement" as a body of evidence was also cited as an error.
- Friday morning the members of the Salem Fire Department responded to a fire in a ninth-floor apartment at the Salem Housing Authority. No injuiries were reported. Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Giunta said the fire was caused by an unattended candle. Officials said sprinklers prevented the fire from spreading and causing more extensive damage.