Raquel Pena of Lawrence Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft and Unemployment Fraud Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

Raquel Pena of Lawrence Sentenced to Prison for Identity Theft and Unemployment Fraud Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

BOSTON – A Lawrence woman was sentenced today in connection with her involvement in a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19-related unemployment assistance. Raquel Pena, 40, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge William G. Young to three years in prison and one year of supervised release. Pena was also ordered to pay restitution for […]

Merrimack Valley Hospice Teaches Grievers to Navigate Mealtime Solo

Merrimack Valley Hospice Teaches Grievers to Navigate Mealtime Solo

Lawrence – For those who are grieving, navigating new rhythms of grocery shopping, preparing meals and dining without a beloved partner can cause added daily distress. Recognizing the deep connection between food and mourning, Merrimack Valley Hospice offers “Cooking and Eating for One” classes among its free, virtual support groups offered via the Zoom videoconferencing […]

GLCAC Announces Food & Rental Assistance, Parenting Support Groups & New Live Show

GLCAC Announces Food & Rental Assistance, Parenting Support Groups & New Live Show

The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council, Inc. is now accepting applications for food and rental assistance programs and is enrolling parents in two support groups. In addition, GLCAC will launch a new monthly show on Facebook Live to feature the services it offers and to answer viewer questions. Sign Up for SNAP at GLCAC The […]

Accountability Needed in Division of Professional Licensure ~ IN YOUR CORNER SENATOR with DIANA DIZOGLIO

Accountability Needed in Division of Professional Licensure ~ IN YOUR CORNER SENATOR with DIANA DIZOGLIO

Oct. 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, The state Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) licenses and regulates more than 580,000 individuals, businesses, and schools to engage in over 150 trades and professions in Massachusetts, from plumbers and electricians to psychologists and optometrists. Its mission is supposed to be to protect the public through the establishment of […]

Marijuana Facilities Fail in Low Interest Methuen Election

Marijuana Facilities Fail in Low Interest Methuen Election

11/2/21 The question of whether or not Methuen should allow marijuana growing facilities to locate within the city was rejected by voters 2,266 to 1,681. Every single incumbent official was reelected. Only two races were challenged. Mayor Perry ran unopposed, as did East District Councilors Steve Saba and Eunice Zeigler. Central District Councilors Joel Faretra […]

DePena Pulls Off Upset Win, Defeats Kendrys Vasquez for Mayor of Lawrence

DePena Pulls Off Upset Win, Defeats Kendrys Vasquez for Mayor of Lawrence

  Former At-Large City Councilor Brian DePena pulled an upset win over Acting Mayor Kendrys Vasquez in Lawrence on Tuesday. Unofficial Results Brian Depena 6,093 Kendrys 5,338 LIVE VIDEO OF DEPENA AT LAWRENCE CITY HALL Vasquez was appointed mayor by the city council after Mayor Dan Rivera abandoned the job to work for Republican Governor […]

Average Bay Stater Would Give Up Four Years of Their Life to Keep Drinking

Average Bay Stater Would Give Up Four Years of Their Life to Keep Drinking

Life vs. Liquor: The average Bay Stater would give up four years of their life to keep drinking alcohol, survey reveals. One-third would give up caffeine for life, if they can continue drinking alcohol. 30% admit they ignore studies warning about alcohol health risks. Infographic included. Science and Sobriety: There are many behaviors and habits we’ve developed […]

Gladys Araceli Ceron of North Andover Sentenced for Performing Illegal Silicone Injections

Gladys Araceli Ceron of North Andover Sentenced for Performing Illegal Silicone Injections

Defendant injected individuals with silicone oil, which can cause stroke, death or disfigurement 10-9-21 BOSTON – A North Andover woman was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for performing illegal silicone injections in exchange for money. Gladys Araceli Ceron, 73, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to two years in […]

Dracut Man Indicted for Armed Robbery

Dracut Man Indicted for Armed Robbery

Defendant allegedly robbed three convenience stores on Christmas Eve 10/8/21 BOSTON – A Dracut man was indicted today in federal court in Boston in connection with the armed robbery of three convenience stores in Lowell and Tewksbury on Dec. 24, 2020. Michael Vangpa, 32, was indicted on three counts of interfering with commerce by robbery […]

Illegal Alien from Lawrence Sentenced for Trafficking Fentanyl –  Will Be Deported 

Illegal Alien from Lawrence Sentenced for Trafficking Fentanyl –  Will Be Deported 

9/30/21 BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his involvement with a drug trafficking organization based in Lawrence. Leisy Baez-Zapata, 23, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to time served (approximately 26 months in prison). Baez-Zapata will be subject to deportation proceedings. On April […]

Two Local Heroes Receive Purple Heart

Two Local Heroes Receive Purple Heart

Sept. 2021 ARMY SPECIALIST DONALD JARVIS Haverhill resident Donald Jarvis was awarded the Purple Heart last month from injuries sustained over nine years ago in Afghanistan. Army Specialist Donald Jarvis was injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) struck his vehicle. As a combat engineer, the mission of his unit was to conduct route clearance in […]