Weekly Recap: Cocaine Bust; City Seeks $3.2M Loan
Take a look at what happened around Medford this week.
Here are some of the highlights from Medford Patch's coverage this past week. This is only a small sample—to see all the coverage, click on the News tab on the navigation bar.
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Early Tuesday morning, Medford Police and members of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team served a drug warrant at 55 Jerome St. in Medford and arrested three individuals on cocaine-related charges.
John Viera, 62, Michael Hendricks, 37, and Joseph Zimmerman, 39, were later arraigned and released. Viera was a victim in a Feb. 2011 shooting at the Jerome Street residence that killed his son, John Hatch.
Medford is seeking a $3.2 million interest-free loan from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) that would pay for many projects the city would otherwise have to bond. The money comes as part of a program to reimburse cities who have used low- or zero-interest loans from MWRA but also spent money from their own accounts on water projects.
With the money, Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn is requesting the purchase of new police cruisers, a new pumper truck for the Fire Department, an upgrade to the school security camera system and the replacement of the road leading to the Brooks Estate.
The clean-up from the biggest blizzard to hit the area in years will put the city's snow budget in deficit, according to a report on Boston.com this week. The city's $450,000 budget for winter operations was already low even before the storm from last weekend.
The school district also lost a total of three days because of the storm as students did not go back to school until Wednesday. Not only that but those kids are now on February vacation.