Adalberto Medina, accused of being the central figure in a fraud conspiracy flashes a smile in court. (Staff photo by Allegra Boverman)
It’s a story that just keeps growing. Staff writer Jarett Bencks has been doggedly pursuing the unraveling story of a man prosecuters say was central in a fraud ring that provided licenses and new identities to illegal immigrants and known drug dealers — often both.
This week I sit down with Jarett to go behind the headlines and talk about what we know and how much further this case may go.
A Danvers detective photographs this single car vehicle, which crashed through a Danvers Walmart June 2. The car was driven by a 93-year-old man who accidentally hit the gas instead of the break. Four people were taken to area hospitals. (Photo by Mark Lorenz/Salem News)
The Massachusetts Legislature is considering increasing the licensing requirements for older drivers following a bizarre spate of accidents where older drivers were behind the wheel. The June 13 accident in Stoughton that resulted in the death of a 4-year-old girl may just be the boiling point for the issue. But as the state considers mandatory eye testing based on age alone, some are calling for a more widespread reform that targets drivers in specific risk groups outside of age.
This week, Behind the Headlines sits down with Elizabeth Dugan who teaches at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She’s also author of “The Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and their Families.”
Michael Graffeo, manager of Lawton Landing Realty LLC, of Salem, N.H., speaks with Joanne Curley, who owns Lawton's Famous Frankfurters at the corner of Canal Street and Broadway in Lawrence. Land next to the restaurant is slumping into the river, imperiling the restaurant and forcing Curley to close it until further notice. (Eagle-Tribune photo by Angie Beaulieu)
It’s a Lawrence institution, but if you dropped by Lawton’s Famous Frankfurters this week, you were greeted by a closed door and yellow caution tape. This week Behind the Headlines sits down with Lawton’s owner Joanne Curley to talk about why the local landmark’s doors are shut and what the future holds. Oh, and we also talk dogs.
COMING MONDAY: Eagle-Tribune reporter Bill Kirk has the complete story in Monday morning’s paper, or check eagletribune.com on Monday.
UPDATE: Eagle-Tribune story by Bill Kirk
A 1998 Toyota sits in the front of the Danvers Walmart after a 93-year-old man crashed into the store.
On Tuesday, a 93-year-old man crashed his car into a Danvers Walmart sending six people to the hospital and injuring a 1-year-old child. One day later, a 73-year-old woman crashed into a crowd in Plymouth sending at least seven people to the hospital. The issue of older drivers and whether they should face additional licensing restrictions is once again rearing its head. This week, Behind the Headlines sits down with Eagle-Tribune reporter Bill Kirk, who reported on this often controversial issue in this morning’s paper.
Melissa Halstrom in 2007 after her arrest for running a prostitution ring in North Andover.
The quaint Elm Street neighborhood in North Andover doesn’t strike most as a place where you’d find prostitution. But this week, Melissa Halstrom was found guilty of recruiting three young teens to work as prosititues before one of them finally reported the activity to police.
This week, Behind the Headlines sits down with Crystal Bozek who has been covering the trial.