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May 21, 2010 - 3
Rockingham Toyota Celebrates 25th Anniversary
submitted by Sonny Tylus
On April 21, Rockingham Toyota celebrated 25 years in business with family, friends, employees, and business associates. At the event, Emmett Horgan related how he had to sell everything he owned. He had to buy the franchise and ended up renting an apartment when he moved here. The business started with 30 employees, and now employs around 130 people between the different dealerships. At the time, Toyota wasn’t the brand that it is today. Horgan, being a New York Yankees fan, also stated how they were ahead of the Red Sox in the standings at the time. In part of his speech, he thanked long-time friends George Koury and Judge Marshall, who helped him out in the early days of business. Over the years, he has been a great supporter of non- profit organizations like the Salem Boys & Girls Club, where he served as president, and which he still continues to support. Toyota presented Horgan with a beautiful glass trophy in recognition of his 25 years of ownership. In closing, Horgan related how Toyota sales are up, even with all the recent troubles they have had.
Ryan, Carolyn, Emmett Horgan, and Chris Sento, a representative from Toyota
Remembering our Heroes: Fundraiser in Memory of SSG Edmond Lo
submitted by Tom Deyak
On June 13, 2009, our country suffered a great loss when Staff Sergeant Edmond Lo was killed in action while in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was deployed with the 797th EOD Company to Baghdad, Iraq, for his second tour of duty with the Army. He provided EOD support to the 25th Infantry Division in multi-national division north, where he bravely and selflessly eliminated devices intended to impose destruction and harm to others. Over the course of his career, he was praised for saving many lives by successfully disarming numerous improvised explosive devices (IEDs) before one detonated, tragically ending his life. Edmond will always be remembered for his loving presence and all the joy and laughter he brought to those around him. In memory of SSG Lo, we would like to hold the First Annual Edmond Lo Memorial Pasta Night Fundraiser, which will feature a raffle to raise money for the SSG Edmond Lo Memorial Scholarship Fund. The SSG Edmond Lo Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in honor of SSG Lo in recognition of his insurmountable courage and bravery and dedication to our country. This awards scholarships to Salem High School students who meet the criteria and exemplify the morals and values of an outstanding citizen. The Pasta Night Fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 4, at the Derry-Salem Elks from 5-8 p.m. For tickets or more information, e-mail events@memoriesof edmondlo.com
, or visit www.memoriesofedmondlo.com
Soda Bottle Pyrotechnics
by Ron Penczak
Salem Police are anxiously awaiting a phone call from a person
who will identify any or all three men who threw a soda bottle filled with green liquid and eight pennies (used as shrapnel) from a car at the Mall of Rockingham parking lot. The soda bottle was a homemade bomb. The explosion occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Fortunately, no one was hurt and there was no property damage. Under different circumstances, this bomb could have injured innocent bystanders or, because of its instability, might have hurt the makers of the bomb. Witnesses told police that the bomb was thrown from a blue Subaru Legacy with three male passengers under the age of 20. If you have any information about this gunman, call Crimeline of Southern NH at 893-6600 or 1-800-498-4040, or go online to www. crimelinesnh.com
. Your call will be completely anonymous, and you will be issued a secret Crimeline number known only to you and Crimeline. The caller could earn up to $1,000 from Crimeline. Please—if you know anything, be a good citizen and make the call.
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Salem Man Dies after Jump from Bridge in Methuen
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz
A Salem man with a lengthy criminal history in the local area fled from police in a stolen vehicle and ended his life after jumping off a bridge early Tuesday morning. Police in Methuen, MA, say that Stephen Gotto, 35, of Salem was a passenger in a stolen vehicle that led police on a pursuit through several towns before the vehicle ran out of gas. The vehicle came to a stop on Route 110 in Methuen, and rather than surrendering to police, Gotto ran through the woods and leaped into the Merrimack River, according to Steve O’Connell, spokesman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. Police followed the man and made
several attempts to convince him to come back to shore on his own, but he
wouldn’t comply. Police from Lawrence and Methuen, along with Lawrence firefighters, attempted to rescue Gotto, launching
an 18-foot inflatable boat into the Merrimack River. Gotto’s body was pulled lifeless from the river about 200 yards from where he jumped. He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after life-saving measures were taken to save his life. “He was never conscious,” said Lawrence Fire Captain Kevin Loughlin. Loughlin stated that the air temperature was only about 30 degrees, leaving the water at only about 40-plus degrees. Police say Gotto was in the water about an hour by the time he was found and pulled into the boat. The driver of the vehicle is identified as Joe Messina, 41, of Holbrook, MA. Messina was arrested at the scene and is charged with motor vehicle theft, along with other motor vehicle-related charges. The investigation is still ongoing with the Methuen Police Department and Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the District Attorney’s office. Lawrence General Hospital staff refuses to comment.
Gotto has a lengthy criminal background in the Salem area. Last
year, he was considered a suspect in several burglaries for which he was eventually arrested. He has also been arrested numerous times over the past several years for various thefts and drug charges.
Aggressive and Unwanted Magazine Salespeople Arrested in Salem Again
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz
Police made arrests for the third consecutive year in a row of employees from Urban
Development Solutions for conducting illegal soliciting in Salem. On Wednesday, May 12, police received several complaints of aggressive door-to-door salespeople in several Salem neighborhoods. Police say they do not have proper permitting, many do not carry identification, and many have outstanding warrants in other states. “They go door-to-door attempting to sell magazines and have used questionable practices,” Police Captain Shawn Patten said. “Salem police arrested numerous members of the same group last year at this time,” he added. Four suspects were arrested May 12 after calls from several residences.
Police are asking any residents to call them at 893-1911 if these solicitors come to their doors or are seen in their neighborhoods. Arrested were Gregory Edmonson, 32, homeless, held without bail as a fugitive from justice out of Minnesota, false reports to law enforcement, and
also charged with soliciting without a peddler’s license; Kyle Larkins, 26, Queens, NY, soliciting without a peddler’s license; Eric Hopkins, 25, Jackson, MI, soliciting without a peddler’s license; and Fabian Griggs, 19, Coon Rapids, MI, soliciting without a peddler’s license. All subjects were held on $200 cash bail except Edmonson, who was held without bail pending extradition.
Salem High Students Charged in Bullying Incidents
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz
A total of five Salem High School students have been charged with criminal
harassment. The charges stem from a lengthy investigation conducted by Salem police. School officials notified School Resource Officer Matthew Norcross of a possible bullying situation within the classroom. The victim, a 16-year old girl, sent a text message to her mother while at school, communicating to her that she was being picked on and “couldn’t take it anymore.” The victim’s mother took action and contacted school officials while her daughter was in class. School officials removed the victim from the classroom and contacted Salem police.
According to police Captain Shawn Patten, the effect the harassment had on the victim resulted in a medical evaluation, which resulted in the victim being hospitalized for a week. Detectives and School Resource Officers began an intensive investigation, interviewing approximately 30 students as well as school staff. As a result, Officer Norcross met with all students and staff at Salem High School to discuss the problem with bullying and the potentially tragic outcome, as well as the serious consequences of such behavior.
According to Captain Patten, five students – two girls and three boys ages 15 to 17 – were charged in the case. Four of the juveniles will be served juvenile petitions to appear before a judge at Salem District Court. The 17-year-old male has been charged as an adult. He turned himself into police on May 12, and was released on $300 personal recognizance, pending arraignment at Salem District Court.
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