Wednesday, 12/8/11: NoBo Newsworthy Wrap-Up

MASSACHUSETTS – Embezzlement to the tune of $800K, the state’s newest doctoral program comes to the North Shore, and two stories out of the City of Lynn. Here’s a look at today’s top stories for the NoBo region. Enjoy the rest of your evening!

1. A former library employee in the Town of Saugus was arrested by FBI agents yesterday. The indictment included four counts of mail fraud, 10 counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft. Linda E. Duffy, 65, of Saugus was arrested, charged, and posted $100,000 bail and was released yesterday afternoon. The indictment alleges that Duffy drained funds from a decoy bank account at Eastern Bank in the name of the Saugus Public Library beginning in 2004 until her recent resignation in July.

2. An eighty-year old Lynn woman was criminally charged yesterday because she refuses to stop feeding flocks of ducks and geese that officials say are littering a pond, park, and neighborhood with unnecessary waste. An assistant magistrate at Lynn District Court charged Claire Butcher with violating a “no trespass” order issued against her in 2009. The Daily Item reports that city officials have asked Butcher to stop repeatedly. Butcher brings shopping carts full of bread to feed the birds at Flax Pond, “with no regard for city rules against it or the neighbors who’ve repeatedly complained”. The topic was a source of discussion across the web and talk radio yesterday.

3. A Lynn sex offender who has been the topic of conversation among residents in the city and surrounding communitiess after it had been discovered he was living quite close to a local school. Richard Galzerano has thirty days to move out of his Lynn, Massachusetts home, or the city will levy a daily, $300 fine against him. According to Ward One City Councilor Wayne Lozzi, Galzerano has violated city ordinance, and offered residents the opportunity to ask questions and vent concerns at a forum on Wednesday evening.

4. Federal immigration officials have arrested three Guatemalan men in Lynn after authorities in their native country issued warrants for their arrests. They have been accused of raping and killing a woman in a deserted area. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Wednesday that 25-year-old Danilo Candelario De Leon-Robles and two other men are in its custody pending deportation proceedings. ICE did not fully identify the other suspects except to say that they are aged 21 and they face additional charges in Guatemala.

5. According to an article in the Salem News, Endicott College in Beverly will officially become the first school on the North Shore to offer a doctoral program, after the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved their request to award a doctoral degree in educational leadership. The program will begin next fall. Endicott is a former two-year women’s school.


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