Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Wednesday 12/28/11

MASSACHUSETTS – A fallen firefighter to be memorialized, another public official’s corruption conviction, and a State Trooper feels further disgrace. Here’s today’s NoBo Newsworthy Wrap-Up!

1. The fallen Peabody firefighter atop the headlines since before the holiday will finally be put to rest on Friday, according to reports from A scholarship has already been established in honor of Rice who died a week to the day of his scheduled memorial, which has been organized and planned by the Boston Fire Department. Another report indicates that outgoing Peabody Mayor Michael J. Bonfanti has canceled his farewell reception out of respect to the fallen firefighter’s family.

2. The former director of the Revere library pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than $270,000, and will serve six months in the Suffolk County House of Correction as well as pay full restitution to the city. The Daily Item reports that Robert Rice Jr., 46, pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement by a city officer and 15 counts of procurement fraud. Prosecutors dropped three counts of larceny over $250 in exchange for his guilty pleas.

3.  A Stoneham State Trooper accused of evading Saugus police last month attempted to plead guilty to driving violations today, but his plea was rejected after prosecutors said they were seeking a drunken driving charge. According to this WCVB report, McCarthy, an off-duty Massachusetts State Trooper, was pulled over for a lane violation, and then allegedly drove away before stopping later. Saugus police say they smelled alcohol on the trooper’s breath and saw an empty beer bottle in his back seat. McCarthy has since been suspended.


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