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May 8, 2014

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In an effort to expand this growing event, as well as provide a rural escape for inner-city residents, the committee will host the event along the river on the grassy fields of one of the oldest farms in the area.

— Mike LaBella

City eyes 6 sites for medical pot zone

The city is looking at six locations for a highly debated regional medical marijuana dispensary which will eventually open in Haverhill.

They are:

The Computer Drive commercial park off Route 97 that includes the Target and former Lowe’s stores

A busy retail area on Route 125 lined with stores and other businesses near the Plaistow, N.H., line and a new methadone clinic

An industrial area on the upper end of Hilldale Avenue near the Atkinson, N.H., line

Route 110 just off Interstate 495’s Exit 52, near Northern Essex Community College

The Neck Road end of the Ward Hill Business Park, near the Covanta waste-to-energy plant

The Hale Street industrial area near Lafayette Square, which is where a company has already proposed a medical marijuana dispensary in an old furniture building

The council’s Administration and Finance Committee has asked city Planning Director William Pillsbury to analyze the locations and report back to the committee at its next meeting, May 15 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

— Shawn Regan

Police: Man used butcher knife in liquor store holdup

Police said a liquor store in Bradford was robbed for the second time this year, and that in both cases it was by men wielding knives.

Police have released store camera surveillance photos of the man in the latest robbery, and are asking the public’s help identifying him.

According to a police report, about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday officer Kevin Lynch was dispatched to Quality Liquor Mart at 185 S. Elm St. on a report of a robbery. The store is near the train trestle near the Bradford side of the Comeau Bridge.

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