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Retired Lawrence Officer Dies Two Days After Warrant Issued for His Arrest

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Former Lawrence Police Officer William Hale

BREAKING…. LAWRENCE…

By: Tom Duggan
UPDATED 4/16/14

The Valley Patriot has learned Wednesday afternoon that Former Officer William Hale passed away Wednesday. 

Story Posted on 4/15/14 below

An arrest warrant has been issued for former Lawrence Police Officer Billy Hale after he failed to appear in court today on the matter of his refusal to pay $70,000 in restitution and his failure to appear for a probation hearing this morning in Lawrence District Court.

Former Officer Hale admitted to forgery, uttering a false check and larceny over $250 when he took advantage of an elderly woman named Elizabeth Lacey whom he was taking care of.

From 2005 to 2007, Hale endorsed and cashed nearly twenty of Ms. Lacey’s pension checks. In 2007 Hale forged Lacey’s signature on 19 checks issued from a Sovereign Bank checking account. 

All in all, Hale was accused of stealing more than $66,000 in checks belonging to Ms. Lacey.

Hale, a retired 33 year veteran of the Lawrence Police Department is 77 years old. 

Ms.  Lacey died at age 89 on May 1, 2007. Hale’s admission came on October 4th of last year after he first tried to lay claim as the beneficiary of her will, a will that was changed shortly before she died.

an Appeals court threw out Hale’s claim to Lacey’s estate. Family members of Ms. Lacey have long contended that Hale manipulated “Aunt Betty” into changing her will and took advantage of her ailing condition to lay claim to her estate when she passed. 

Carrie Kimball of the Essex county District Attorney’s Office confirmed for the Valley Patriot this afternoon that Hale now has a warrant out for his arrest and will not be granted bail when caught.

 

 

 

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover Massachusetts, a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, a 1990 Police Survivor and hosts the Paying Attention! Radio Program on 980WCAP in Lowell, Massachusetts. You can email your comments to valleypatriot@aol.com.

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2 Responses to Retired Lawrence Officer Dies Two Days After Warrant Issued for His Arrest

  1. Mark Berube Reply

    April 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    how is this possible if he is dead ” Carrie Kimball of the Essex county District Attorney’s Office confirmed for the Valley Patriot this afternoon that Hale now has a warrant out for his arrest and will not be granted bail when caught.”

    • judy Reply

      April 22, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      The story was posted 2 days before..they were just reposting the story to his death ..the judge ordered him to come in to court with $40,000. Or he was going to jail…the warrant was issued after not showing up for court ..2 days later he passed away ..

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