Melvin Antonio Perez Medina of Lawrence Pleads Guilty in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

Melvin Antonio Perez Medina of Lawrence Pleads Guilty in Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Lawrence man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to his role in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy. Melvin Antonio Perez Medina, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of a […]

The Methuen Veterans Center: A New Vision for Veterans’ Services

The Methuen Veterans Center: A New Vision for Veterans’ Services

State Rep. Ryan Hamilton 10-23 I am proud to come from the Merrimack Valley, where we cherish and uplift our veterans and their families. I am also proud to come from a family who understands the sacrifice our veterans have made. My grandfather was a Korean War veteran and two of my uncles served in […]

Gaps in Testing Represent Weaknesses in Cannabis Control Commission ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Gaps in Testing Represent Weaknesses in Cannabis Control Commission ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

10-23 At the end of September, my office released an audit of the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC), diving into a commission that has the responsibility to build up oversight over a nascent industry. As this industry has evolved, so too has the CCC. This most recent audit specifically honed in on whether the CCC is […]

Still Serving, Chris Manning & the American Legion ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Still Serving, Chris Manning & the American Legion ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

  Haverhill native Chris Manning is the current Commander of American Legion Post 4 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Chris grew up in Haverhill, one of twelve children, his three brothers all served in the US Military. His dad served in the South Pacific during World War II, as a Machinist Mate First Class. His older brother […]

Our Shared Journey: Charting a Brighter Future for Lawrence, Methuen in the Heart of the Valley

Our Shared Journey: Charting a Brighter Future for Lawrence, Methuen in the Heart of the Valley

By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino 9-23 Dear friends and neighbors of Lawrence and Methuen, When I think of the Merrimack Valley, I envision a lively mosaic of history, culture, and innovation. At its heart lie two cities — Lawrence and Methuen — that embody resilience, community spirit, and potential. As your state representative, every decision […]

State Auditor DiZoglio Makes Sure There Are No Unfunded Local Mandates ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

State Auditor DiZoglio Makes Sure There Are No Unfunded Local Mandates ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

By: State Auditor Diana DiZoglio 9-23 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, Within the Office of the State Auditor is the Division of Local Mandates (DLM), a critical resource for our cities and towns. DLM was established in 1980 under the property tax limit initiative known as Proposition 2 ½. The DLM team assists in determining whether […]

Bridging the Digital Divide: The Affordable Connectivity Program

Bridging the Digital Divide: The Affordable Connectivity Program

By: State Senator Pavel Payano 9-23 In our modern, interconnected world, the internet has become a fundamental necessity, impacting every facet of our lives, from education and healthcare to employment and communication. However, for numerous families and individuals, a formidable obstacle remains – the digital divide. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) emerges as a pioneering […]

My Efforts to Increase Cultural Funding in the Valley

My Efforts to Increase Cultural Funding in the Valley

By: State Rep. Ryan Hamilton The Merrimack Valley is home to some of our Commonwealth’s finest arts and culture organizations. As the State Representative for Methuen and Haverhill, I can tour many of these historic landmarks and cultural attractions. This month, I want to highlight some of the significant events and projects underway in our […]

Joshua Cruz of Lawrence Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Use Stolen Identities to Fraudulently Purchase Vehicles

Joshua Cruz of Lawrence Pleads Guilty in Conspiracy to Use Stolen Identities to Fraudulently Purchase Vehicles

BOSTON – A Lawrence man pleaded guilty today to his role in a scheme to use the stolen identities of United States citizens from Puerto Rico to fraudulently purchase vehicles and other merchandise and apply for and utilize bank accounts and credit cards. Joshua Cruz, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire […]

Harrington Illegally Charging Flat Fees in Salisbury for Sewer Use

Harrington Illegally Charging Flat Fees in Salisbury for Sewer Use

Also Illegally using Sewer Funds for Construction On November 2, 2022, the Newburyport Daily News reported that the new Lafayette Road Sewer Project had an initial estimated cost of $18.5 million and quoted Town Manager Neil Harrington as saying: “The project is completely funded through the town’s sewer enterprise fund and that following the project’s […]

Methuen Taxpayers Should Be Angry Over Gallant Decision ~ PAYING ATTENTION! with TOM DUGGAN

Methuen Taxpayers Should Be Angry Over Gallant Decision ~ PAYING ATTENTION! with TOM DUGGAN

08/23 Just minutes after posting the story on-line about Methuen Police Captain Greg Gallant (story here) winning his Civil Service case against the City of Methuen for wrongful termination, the hate mail started pouring in. People were outraged, they were confused, and they were hostile. How could this be, many asked. How did Gallant get […]

Haverhill City Council Admits Violating Open Meeting Law ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (8-23)

Haverhill City Council Admits Violating Open Meeting Law ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (8-23)

On June 17th, the Haverhill City Council violated the state’s open meeting law by secretly discussing, drafting, finalizing, signing, and circulating a letter declaring that racism is BAD – as if we are all so stupid that we really needed them to tell us that. What this was really about, was the city council capitalizing […]

Hector Torres Rosario of Lawrence Sentenced to Over Six Years in Prison for Trafficking Fentanyl and Cocaine

Hector Torres Rosario of Lawrence Sentenced to Over Six Years in Prison for Trafficking Fentanyl and Cocaine

8/10/23 BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced on Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, in federal court in Worcester for conspiring to traffic fentanyl and cocaine in central and eastern Massachusetts. Hector Torres Rosario, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Margaret R. Guzman to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release. […]

Leonardo Lara, Leandro Martinez, of Lawrence Charged with Conspiring to Distribute 9 Kilos of Cocaine

Leonardo Lara, Leandro Martinez, of Lawrence Charged with Conspiring to Distribute 9 Kilos of Cocaine

8/10 BOSTON – Two Lawrence Men and a man from Lunenberg have been charged for their alleged roles in a cocaine distribution conspiracy. Leonardo Lara, 43, and Leandro Martinez, 41, both of Lawrence; and Merced Navarro-Morfin, 42, of Lunenberg, were indicted on one count each of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to […]

Methuen Captain Greg Gallant Wins Civil Service Case – City Ordered to Give Back Pay

Methuen Captain Greg Gallant Wins Civil Service Case – City Ordered to Give Back Pay

Aug. 4, 2023 [updated]  The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission has ruled that fired Methuen police Captain Greg Gallant must be returned to duty and given three years back pay after being illegally fired by Methuen Mayor Neil Perry. FULL RULING HERE Gallant v. Methuen, CS-22-388  Gallant was officially fired on June 9, 2022 after being put […]