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Four Charged in Connection With Organized Illegal Gaming and Money Laundering Scheme

Four Charged in Connection With Organized Illegal Gaming and Money Laundering Scheme

Illegal Gaming Company Allegedly Laundered More than $1 Million in Proceeds SALEM – Four individuals have been charged in connection with operating an illegal gaming and money laundering scheme through…

Unfunded Mandates Hurt Methuen Taxpayers

Unfunded Mandates Hurt Methuen Taxpayers

By: DJ Deeb – April, 2017 There have been many noteworthy stories about the City of Methuen this past month. New contracts have been approved by city officials, the Marijuana…

State, Local, And Federal Cops Take Back The Streets of Lawrence

State, Local, And Federal Cops Take Back The Streets of Lawrence

LAWRENCE UNDER SIEGE By: Tom Duggan – 4-30-17 HERE COME THE FEDS After a significant spike in violent crimes over the last six months, Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick has…

MA Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Rejects Racism Claims Against Lawrence Police

MA Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) Rejects Racism Claims Against Lawrence Police

 Defendants in Discrimination Case Say They May Be Filing a Defamation Suit Against Fellow Officer By: Tom Duggan – 4-26-17 The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) has ruled in favor…

Boxford’s Police Problems Start and End with Selectmen – VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (4-17)

Boxford’s Police Problems Start and End with Selectmen – VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (4-17)

VALLLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL April 2017   A few months ago The Valley Patriot began to investigate the goings on at the Boxford police station. Rumors about a department out of…

The Valley Patriot Print Edition (#162) April, 2017 – Incompetent MassHealth

The Valley Patriot Print Edition (#162) April, 2017 – Incompetent MassHealth

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE APRIL 2017 EDITION Tom DugganTom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, a #1 Best Selling Author, Host of…

Tom Duggan is a Guest on WMEX with State Rep. Geoff Diehl

Tom Duggan is a Guest on WMEX with State Rep. Geoff Diehl

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Valley Patriot publisher Tom Duggan appeared on WMEX with State Rep. Geoff Diehl who recently attended The Valley Patriot’s 13th Anniversary BASH and wanted to talk…

Common Sense Updates to State Zoning Laws – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Common Sense Updates  to State Zoning Laws – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives – Feb. 2017 Last session, as co-chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, I was tasked with reviewing proposals for…

Mass. Medical Society Publicly Supports Foreign Muslims But Not Mass. Doctors

Mass. Medical Society Publicly  Supports Foreign Muslims  But Not Mass. Doctors

By: Dr. Bahrani Padmanabhan – Feb. 17 Recently in response to an Executive Order from President Trump which sought to delay by 3 months the entry of citizens from 7…

40R Zoning and Methuen’s Downtown

40R Zoning and Methuen’s Downtown

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Feb. 2017 Methuen has made some significant strides in recent years leveraging State investment in projects to renovate the High School, build the Methuen Rail…

 $193 Million in Illegal Payments  by MassHealth

 $193 Million in Illegal Payments  by MassHealth

Deficiencies Similar to Previous MassHealth Audit Findings  BOSTON, MA — State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today issued an audit of the behavioral health program at MassHealth, which found that MassHealth…

Court Upholds Conviction of Former Lantigua Chief of Staff, Lenny Degnan

Court Upholds Conviction of Former Lantigua Chief of Staff, Lenny Degnan

By: Tom Duggan – 3/30/17 Former Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua’s Chief of Staff Lenny Degnan, was denied an appeal of his conviction for his role in soliciting a bribe from Allied…

Methuen School Committee Ambush is Unacceptable

Methuen School Committee Ambush is Unacceptable

Last month, the Methuen School Committee went into executive session (a private meeting excluding the public) for the purpose of ambushing School Committee Member Jana DiNatale. Her offense? She dared…

Business owner, company, paid $150K for Covering Up Illegal Campaign Contributions

Business owner, company, paid $150K for Covering Up Illegal Campaign Contributions

J. Derenzo Companies, a Brockton-based construction business, and its owner, David Howe, made a $125,000 payment to the state’s general fund to resolve campaign finance issues, according to a disposition…

MA Auditor Finds More Than $17.6M in MassHealth Fraud

MA Auditor Finds More Than $17.6M in MassHealth Fraud

Bump Says Findings Pointing to Persistent Deficiencies in Payment System BOSTON, MA — Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today announced that during a one year period, her office’s Medicaid Audit Unit…