News Nearby: Killer Sentenced, Town Employees Pack Selectmen's Meeting

Each week we take a look at some of the stories making headlines in neighboring Patch towns.


Revere Man Faces Up to 25 Years for Reading Fatal Shooting Case

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone announced that a Revere man pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of Reading resident Joseph Ronan, 22, in August of 2011. Revere resident John Burke, 26, is facing up to 25 years in prison.

North Reading

Starbucks Planning to Open This Summer

Starbucks hopes to open a North Reading location on Main Street at some point this summer, according to Attorney James Senior, who is representing the landlord of Atlantic Plaza. The coffee shop will be located where the Sunrise Bagels is now.


Town Employees Pack Selectmen's Meeting

Just one day after town officials attempted to renegotiate municipal health insurance benefits that would reduce the town's expenditures by $1.3 million, town employees from multiple departments filled town hall to voice their displeasure, leading the Selectmen to halt the renegotiation and head back to the drawing board.


Vote on Varney Park Expected This Month

For North Chelmsford residents, the parkland around Freeman Lake is a point of neighborhood pride, and the Selectmen will act upon a $1.7 million improvement plan later this month, halting the final vote on the Varney Park Master Plan Committee's proposal until Selectman George Dixon, a resident of the area, has a chance to weigh in.


Arrest Of Alleged Drug Kingpin Should Dent Cocaine Supply In Region

Area police chiefs say that the arrest of a local drug kingpin and the seizure of more than 100 pounds of cocaine will put a serious dent in local drug trafficking, at least for the time being.

Jose Martinez, 51, of Andover, is being held on $5 million cash bail after allegedly being arrested with cocaine in his car that carried a street value of more than $2 million.


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