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December 13, 2013

Firm fined $90K for illegal dumping in Methuen

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A voice message left at a phone number listed to T.J. Battye Trucking, 51 Old Ferry Road, Methuen, seeking comment was not returned yesterday.

Battye had problems with neighbors and Methuen officials in the 1980s and 1990s over machine noise and chemicals in nearby Hawkes Brook. He admitted in federal court in 1986 to burning down a neighbor’s barn after the neighbor’s complained about Battye cutting down trees on their Renfrew Street property. At that time, Battye was implicated as a conspirator, though not indicted, in the federal case for helping to burn down an unprofitable Broadway lounge in 1984.

William Buckley, the director of community development for Methuen, said the Old Ferry Road site had been the subject of previous enforcement orders going back years.

“It’s in an area that’s very sensitive environmentally,” Buckley said.

The attorney general’s office filed its claims against Battye in Suffolk County Superior Court in 2011.

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