Remains found on Lakeshore Drive identified...

Jun 20, 2019 by

Published in the June 20, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Wakefield Chief of Police Steven Skory confirmed today that the remains located outside a residence on Lakeshore Drive in Wakefield on Monday have been positively identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner through dental records as Clifford Bates, 54, of Dracut. On April 29, 2018, Wakefield Police responded to Lakeshore Drive for a report of a missing person. The caller reported that her brother, Clifford Bates, had walked away from a voluntary sober home in Wakefield and that she was concerned about his well-being. Police learned that Mr. Bates had walked away from the home at approximately 7:30 a.m. and when he did not return staff at the home contacted the decedent’s sister. Police also learned that Mr....

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Downtown plans hashed out at fourth forum...

Jun 19, 2019 by

Published June 19, 2019 By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The fourth in a series of “Envision Wakefield” public forums drew about 50 residents to the Americal Civic Center last night for an update and a question and answer session on the planned $15 million infrastructure and revitalization project for the downtown area. The stated goal of the downtown revitalization initiative is to “conceptualize improved multimodal transportation and accessibility, enhance aesthetics and develop a unique identity for the town.” Two different Town Meetings have appropriated a combined $821,500 for Phases 1 and 2 of a design process that is expected to result in over $15 million in federal funding administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for the project. Town Councilor Edward Dombroski, who has taken a lead role in spearheading the project, reminded...

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Jun 19, 2019 by

Published June 19, 2019

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Police investigating human remains found behind home...

Jun 18, 2019 by

Published in the June 18, 2019 edition. WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Wakefield Police Department are investigating the apparent discovery of human bones on residential grounds in Wakefield. At 10:24 a.m. Monday, a landscaper working at 15 Lakeshore Drive located what appeared to be human bones, shoes and clothing under some brush behind a shed located in the back yard of the residence. The preliminary investigation suggests the remains had been outside for an extended period of time. Due to the condition of the remains, a cause of death and identity are not immediately available. The brick Colonial style home was recently sold and has reportedly been vacant for several months. It was surrounded by yellow crime scene tape yesterday. Even as police detectives conducted their investigation, roofers working on the...

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