Monthly Archives: August 2015

Medford Police Chief Leo A. Sacco Jr. at the Crossroads


  • I went down to the crossroads,
    Fell down on my knees.
    I went down to the crossroads,
    Fell down on my knees.
    Asked the Lord above for mercy,
    “Save me if you please.”
  • Police Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr. is like Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters…at the crossroads.  The story on embattled detective Stephen LeBert opened up a can of worms that are now slithering around the chief’s reputation, and reaching up to the second floor of 85 George P. Hassett Drive. 
  • Let’s look at the facts one by one, and the dark specter of Michael J. McGlynn hanging over the chief like a diabolical shadow, pure malevolence steering Buddy Sacco right, left, up, down, sideways…you get the picture.
  • Long before Stephen LeBert’s wrongful conduct caught up to him thanks to a  dashcam operated by Malden resident Michael A. Coates, there was that huge problem with Sergeant James Lee, brother of the late budget director, Richard Lee.  In retrospect, had Chief Sacco handled the case of Jimmy Lee with more precision and strength instead of the slap on the wrist, had the police department showed a little outrage at the vicious split of a woman’s lip by the alleged philanderer, well, there is so much nepotism (or as Johnny Byers calls it, NEPHEWTISM) in Medford politics that it is disgraceful.

      Nephewtism in Medford Politics

      Stephen LeBert has Uncle Dickie

      Reprobate Paul A. Camuso has Uncle Bob

      Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has Uncle Gene

       Attorney Brian D. Skerry has Step Uncle-in-Law  Attorney Johnny Granara

      Sgt Jimmy Lee had brother Richard Lee in a position of power.

Paul A. Camuso also had Aunty Carol, the community organizer, as his de facto  campaign manager

Sgt Jimmy Lee allegedly was philandering with at least two women, and he’s a married man.  Was he philandering on company time?  While he was obligated to “protect and serve” the public?  With the Ashley Madison breach something very intriguing was brought to the public’s attention again – that adultery is unacceptable in the military.  Why did Chief Sacco not only stand for it, but Sacco attacked the victim and praised the offender!


In addition to turning a blind eye to Jimmy Lee’s alleged philandering, the Chief of Police in Medford decides to throw the victim under the bus:

“This young lady has had a number of issues,” Sacco said. “If Sergeant Lee struck her, it was wrong. But she has a history.”

As a victim of TV3 Medford, after the police had determined twice that this writer was the victim, the sole victim, I received a phone call to “mediate” with the attackers.

Only in the city of Medford, but now the chickens and sparrows and pigeons are roosting on the broken police station windows and at the corner officer where McGlynn stares out in total confusion

upside down mike 2

Then Chief Sacco has to encounter the Stephen LeBert national news story and eat crow about Marjorie McMillan’s complaints that were presumably ignored.

McMillan met with the mayor and Chief Sacco about the incident last fall. Sacco says now that he couldn’t believe LeBert would behave this way. He allowed his opinions of McMillan—who he called a repeat complainer—to affect his judgement. 

The only conclusion that can be drawn is that Mayor Michael J. McGlynn has manipulated and abused the Chief of Police, handcuffed the police chief, so that perpetrators that are beneficial to McGlynn (think Medford Community Cablevision, Inc.) get away with the old proverbial term – murder – while citizens who complain are told by Sacco that:

a)they complain too much

b)they have “a history”


c) they get ignored.

That’s not protecting and serving the public. That’s protecting and serving the corrupt Mayor.

Chief Sacco appearing on August 25, 2015 at the Medford Public Library with the carpetbagger Facebook terrorist trespasser, Michael C. Ruggiero, is an embattled chief of police making another bad decision in a city that is fractured, upside down, and lawless beyond belief.



Lebert Unprofessional

Our previous article on Chief Sacco

A reader of the Transcript writes: 

  • Jeff Urciuoli
Sacco should say “I resign effective immediately, because I consider myself personally responsible for everything Stephen Lebert has done.” Then he should leave the stage, go home, and stay there.
*Stephen Lebert,  

*Sgt. Jimmy Lee,

*Alan Doherty and his bloated salary,

*Shawn Norton,

*Miguel Lopez, all five cops were on Sacco’s watch.

Look up each story. You’ll find them on or just Google the names of those officers to see how scandalous this truly is.

Sacco went from being the Colin Powell of Medford to its Roger Goodell. To pick one council candidate out of 16 is a huge error in judgment. That the candidate – Ruggiero – has only lived in Medford for 10 months, is one thing.  That Ruggiero was caught by residents allegedly trespassing, writing vicious, nasty, untruths on private  Facebook pages and harassing a senior citizen, it says it all.     Sacco’s poor judgment is mind boggling.  Showing up at the library with the likes of a “sneaky” individual like Ruggiero (and that’s what one of Ruggiero’s colleagues called him on Monday, “sneaky”) is just not right.

That’s not protecting and serving. That is enabling someone, Michael C. Ruggiero, that Chief Sacco should be investigating, not endorsing with this foolishness.



Bob Penta Quietly Helped A Constituent During Tragedy

When a Medford resident lost his life partner, a man who had lived with him for close to two decades, the most traumatic moment of the man’s life, one person made a phone call to see if he could be of assistance.  The man who had the integrity to reach out to a constituent in that constituent’s time of need was Robert M. Penta.

Without Bob Penta’s assistance in helping make the funeral arrangements, I absolutely don’t know what I would have done.  It was inconceivable of me to think that a crisis of this magnitude would be upon me when life was good and getting better.  Two guys who would have dinners at Carroll’s, Bickford’s, Bertucci’s, Joe’s American Bar and Grille, Applebees, the 99s, Outback in Medford and in Burlington – we had our rotation of dinner establishments and had great conversations with the members of the staff at each restaurant.   We had our vacations planned for 2014, we had lots of plans, but one very cold week in the winter of 2014 ended a partnership of two guys who just got along so very well.   As a lovely woman at one of the restaurants said “He was the yin to your yang.”

yin yang



In ancient Chinese thought, the concept of two complementary and opposing influences, Yin and Yang, which underpin and control all nature. 

In traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine, the goal is to have a proper balance of such forces.
A woman who I invited as a guest to Paul Donato’s breakfast at Anthony’s was divorcing her husband.  I was closer to her but always got along with her husband, so we had breakfast together a few weeks ago, he and I.  He has a new girlfriend, she has someone else, but we wanted to stay in touch on our own now that their lives had changed, as had mine.   He, an attorney, has a sharp mind, so I posed a question.  “We had a commitment to stay together forever.  When he passed on did he make good on the agreement?”  My friend said “He didn’t have a choice.”   Wise man, good answer.      I kept the passing as private as possible as my friend was a very, very private man.   Me being outgoing, into rock and roll, he being quiet and introspective, and into classical music, it really was a pairing of opposites that worked wonderfully.
Bob Penta had met my friend at Carroll’s – as had Rick Caraviello and a few others.  Robert Cappucci never realized it, but he and my partner had struck up a conversation at Carroll’s one night when I wasn’t there, and my friend had planned on voting for Cappucci after meeting him in person.  He found Mr. Cappucci genuine.  Every birthday my friend would get a birthday card from State Rep Paul J. Donato and it made him smile.  He looked forward to them actually, and voted for Donato many times.

The 2014 vacations to Maine and elsewhere did not happen.  When I picked up his ashes at Casper’s in Dorchester (thanks to the kind people at Cincotta’s in West Medford) I came home holding them tight, not letting the heavy box go from my arms, and a TV movie was on, strange, the only time Casper the Friendly Ghost was on my set, not something I would watch.  It was a message.   Lieutenant JJ McLean phoned a few days later offering condolences, and he said to phone the police anytime if I felt ill and they would be there for me.  Bless them.  It’s a private matter that I didn’t discuss on the internet, it was personal…and still is personal
Bob Penta phoned a man in distress and made the right phone calls to somewhat ease an emotional burden that I would not wish on anyone. The unexpected and excruciating task of burying a loved one.
On Christmas day, 2014, I received an e mail from another city councilor, one who is not running for reelection.  It was one of the most abusive and appalling things an elected official could do.  The content was meant to destroy the holiday – it was a cruel and vicious note about being alone on the holidays.  
That individual threw salt in the wound because he, clearly, got a sick pleasure from kicking a dog when the dog was down.
City Councilor Robert M. Penta, on the other hand, showed dignity, concern, sensitivity and compassion.   Both men want to be Mayor of the City of Medford.   Thankfully, only the right person out of the two is running for Mayor.  When a resident lost the most important thing in his world, one man stepped up to the plate, very quietly, with no fanfare, not looking for anything in return.  Bob Penta didn’t need my vote or my life partner’s vote.  He already had them.  Bob Penta reached out for no other reason but because it was the right thing to do.    
For years a 501c3 violated the Internal Revenue Code rules and would relentlessly bash Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Stephanie Burke, Rick Caraviello and Robert Penta, but they – with a special delight – used the ugly word “homophobe” in reference to the senior member of the city council.  My experience in this city is proof that the 501c3 in question was not being honest with the citizens.  The councilor, now a lame duck, aligned with the 501c3 was the one who harassed a gay household in Medford.  The candidate belittled by the 501c3 was the person who showed compassion.
In my time of need one man in Medford had the dignity to reach out and help in a truly sad time of total distress and catastrophe.    That’s the man my late life partner would have voted for to be Mayor of our city.  That’s the man I’m voting for to be Mayor.  It’s exactly what my life partner would do had I been the one to pass on first.  It will be 19 months this week that my friend passed on. If Bob Penta hadn’t been there for my family at that crucial moment, I really don’t know what I would have done.


Duplicitous City Solicitor Mark E. Rumley Reneges on Promise…again

A Special Report by Joe Viglione


City Solicitor Mark E. Rumley promised the citizens of Medford, Massachusetts an election for a new board of directors for the access TV station, to be held January 19, 2008.     Rumley was warned when a business partner of Harvey Alberg’s spilled the beans that there would be no election. Rumley, on the board of directors of MCC TV3, knew in advance that Frank Pilleri had no intention of holding an election.  The Solicitor absolutely failed the city by not having the appropriate amount of board members at a December 2007 board meeting. That phony individual, Frank Pilleri, who couldn’t prove in a court of law that an assertion of perjury against him was false (meaning, Frank Pilleri couldn’t prove that he didn’t commit perjury in the filing of corporate documents, under oath)  broke his agreement and “counteracted” the city-wide election.   Rumley called it “the darkest day in the history of Medford Public Access,” but the lip service(s) from the solicitor couldn’t disguise the fact that the solicitor did NOT do his job.  

     The result was a lawsuit against the city of Medford, court action against an 82 year old man, multiple lawsuits against another former member, TV3 going down to defeat in spectacular fashion, but the Mayor’s cousin, David Skerry, enriching himself at the expense of cable TV subscribers.  Skerry was the best friend of the late brother of Mark E. Rumley and don’t think that this charade wasn’t orchestrated by Michael J. McGlynn because it was.  It’s part of McGlynn’s “Medford Media Blackout” which has served the dishonest Mayor very well over the past few decades.


What’s truly vulgar about how Rumley approaches victims of TV3 is that he re-victimizes them either with his legalize – ignoring TV3 crimes to make them look permissible or by trying to put the victims on the spot.  “Well, Joe, I think public access is obsolete.”  That’s lawyer-speak for “get the fuck out of my office, the Mayor stole your access, Fuck You, Joe.”   But the response from the citizen who is not a lawyer was quite telling.  “Oh, education is obsolete? Seniors in Stoneham learning computers, kids learning computers in other cities” (paraphrased.)   “Duh” – Rumley looked like a deer caught in the headlight.     You see, that is how Rumley operates, and it is NOT why the citizens pay him so handsomely…what, $102k one year?    If you use the term “Mickey the Dunce” Rumley will scream from the rooftops “ethnic slur” (on what planet? that was NEVER the intent!)  If you say “Gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette” Rumley’s associate that he shared an office with, State Rep Paul Donato will say “Stalin said that.” (purportedly it was one of Stalin’s henchmen that said it…but that wasn’t the INTENT) the point is, they have an answer for everything and Rumley tries to put you, dear resident, on the defensive when he knows that he has done wrong. 

     You just have to know how to deal with the hypocritical son of a bitch who bullies the weak while cowering in fear if there’s a gang like Frank Pilleri’s thugs.  Rumley is SO OBVIOUS.   Not man enough to fight on a level playing field, Rumley chooses words to bash you over the head with, or puts your lawyer on the phone for an hour attempting to drive up your legal bill. That’s not an honorable City Solicitor when Rumley picks fights with those of us helping the community, while FAILING TO DO HIS JOB ON THE DIFFICULT TASK OF BRINGING FRANK PILLERI TO JUSTICE, BRINGING HARVEY ALBERG TO JUSTICE, BRINGING RONALD DELUCIA TO JUSTICE.   Rumley runs and hides like a coward when it comes to doing the real job, and will victimize the victim because, like Steve LeBert proved, in Medford, they use their positions of power to bully the weak.  How is Mark Rumley’s actions, on record, any different than the bullying by Detective Stephen LeBert?

    Now the new “rumor” they are spreading is that I hate the Catholic Church. You have to love the depth of their depravity.   From “ethnic slur” to “Stalin” to “he hates the Catholic Church” to “public access is obsolete” (so much for education unless the Mayor’s daughters are teaching you at their White Elephant special at the McGlynn school…God, what stupidity will they come up with because I properly used the term “white elephant” ???)  these creepy individuals, Mark E. Rumley, Mayor McGlynn, Stephanie Muccini-Burke, Paul Donato, they all have an answer for everything except for the answers to the pertinent questions about where our money has gone.

ANYONE so defensive to say that we don’t need access, or that Mickey The Dunce is an ethnic slur when THE INTENT WAS NOT THAT



1)THE PEOPLE’S FORUM – WHERE YOU ALLEGEDLY HAVE A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO TALK TO YOUR COMMUNITY WITHOUT BEING BASHED BY PAUL CAMUSO AND MARK RUMLEY, AS THEY BOTH DID TO ME IN THE MOST HIDEOUS OF WAYS (Rumley, who should know better, and Camuso, painted this writer as a man with Alheimer’z, an 82 year old man who died at the age of 84 after being harassed by Camuso)
“Talking about lawsuits against the city is doing a disservice to the people who are watching this particular forum tonight,” Rumley said.

It doesn’t get uglier than that, people, Mark Rumley squelching free speech.


Nothing like catching a city solicitor lying through his teeth!
1)September 23, 2009   Mark Rumley silences a person helping cable TV subscribers at the People’s Forum.  Rumley is the one citizens were trusting to get us access, but the son of a bitch was squelching free speech, abusing his power and slapping citizens around while TV3 did their little Chumley Report dance on his head. 
What a bully!  He picks on the weak and cowers at the specter of Frank PIlleri     Posted Sep. 23, 2009 at 12:01 AM


 September 23, 2009 Medford Transcript: “Talking about lawsuits against the city is doing a disservice to the people who are watching this particular forum tonight,” Rumley said
Trying to silence a citizen flies in the face of these lies from Rumley:
“The one sentiment that I have heard that I take great exception to is that the city is trying to limit speech,” said Rumley. “The notion the city would censor or squelch free speech is baseless and as city solicitor I would find any such effort repugnant.”
City Solicitor Mark E. Rumley / Medford Daily Mercuryon or about Nov. 16, 2008 (quoted from the 2nd Judge Jackson-Thompson hearing)
    • By Alex Ruppenthal

      Posted Jul. 23, 2014 at 8:24 AM


      TV3’s president says the station spent all of its savings — more than $130,000 — on operating costs before the now-defunct access station’s Board of Directors voted to dissolve the station last October.

      But officials want proof, since Medford Community Cablevision, Inc. (TV3’s legal name) is required to transfer all remaining assets to the city before it dissolves.

      TV3’s Board of Directors now has until Thursday, July 24 to produce financial records from the station’s final year or it could face legal action from the city.

      Last October, the board voted to dissolve the station following seven months of no broadcasting, allegations of racism and other problems.


    City Solicitor Mark Rumley said the city took possession of equipment from TV3’s former office at 32 Riverside Ave. in January. But Rumley said the city has not received any money from MCC, nor does it know how much money, if any, the organization still has.


    Medford officials demand TV3’s financial records 

    July 10, 2013 / Mayor orders Medford police investigation into allegations of hate speech at TV3 





    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Teary-eyed and angry Catholic parishioners across New York attended final mass services on Friday in some of dozens of churches closing or stopping regular worship services.

    The closures follow an announcement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York in November that it would consolidate 368 parishes into 294, reflecting a national trend of parish closures in the United States caused by low attendance, a shortage of priests and financial troubles.


    Mrs. Burke’s Disaster of a Campaign Hurts Medford Massachusetts

    A Special Report from Joe Viglione


    Medford Massachusetts is a city that has fallen behind Winchester, Somerville, Woburn, Stoneham, Malden, Arlington and so many other communities in Massachusetts, and there’s a sad and tragic reason for it.

    Do a timeline on the hideous news reports resulting from the poor management of Mayor McGlynn, Solicitor Rumley, ex-Budget Director Stephanie Muccini-Burke, City Clerk Ed Finn and the henchmen and cronies the lame-duck Mayor surrounds himself with (Jack Dempsey at the high school Exhibit A) you’ll find a level of dishonesty most other cities and towns are able to identify (especially after 28 years of it) and eradicate.  Of course when a McGlynn type is insulated by a powerful lobbyist brother, a mysterious alleged “campaign czar” cousin and a media blackout that turns the word transparency on its head, you have a prescription for trouble, trouble that embarrasses this once fine city and inhibits its ability to move forward.

    The failed “leadership” of Michael J. McGlynn garners screaming headlines such as the New York Daily News

    “Massachusetts cop threatens to shoot driver in head on dashcam video WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE

    or Silobreaker picking up The Medford Transcript article from July 10, 2013::

    “Mayor orders Medford police investigation into allegations of hate speech at TV3”  or the article on swastikas in Medford on Channel 7 / WHDH news, March 29, 2015 to a similar event April 8, 2013:

    “Swastikas found spray-painted on Tufts campus”  as well as April 8, 2013 – “Swastikas, Hate Speech Graffiti Afflicts Tufts University Campus, Medford (VIDEO)  to July 23, 2014

    “Medford officials demand TV3’s financial records”

    or the disgraceful connections between the DiPaola family and the McGlynn family resulting in these absolutely horrifying headlines – “

    11/28/10 What drove James DiPaola to suicide?

    The trouble that Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola was in before he committed suicide seemed — well, if not trivial, then certainly manageable.

    He considered, then walked away from, a sleazy but perfectly legal scheme that would have allowed him to collect his $98,500 pension and his $123,000 salary simultaneously. And he may have been playing it fast and loose with campaign funds.

    to  Stephanie Muccini-Burke’s secretary’s sister-in-law:

    Corruption investigation wrapping; deal would let sheriffs sister avoid prosecution  Posted: Jan 24, 2012 6:54 PM EDT

    to Mrs. Covelle’s corrupt husband, Robert Covelle:

    Bocci With Bobby: The old Mystic River Two Step

    Medford Housing Authority Scandal Speech Segment, Robert Covelle prior to resignation

     Medford officials demand TV3’s financial records

    to the Boston Globe on August 1, 2015

    Take away this bully’s badge

    Boston Globe1 day ago

    MEDFORD — Stephen LeBert is a roadside bully. Actually, he’s worse than that. He’s a bully …


    November 24, 2010

    Editorial: The sheriff’s double-dip pension deal – News ……/31124995…
    The MetroWest Daily News

    Nov 24, 2010 – When the Legislature enacted a pension reform act in June 2009, it was … County Sheriff Jimmy DiPaola tried to squeeze through this month.