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March 26, 2014

Wasting no time

Waste company exec testifies he was threatened to make truck donation to Dominican Republic city


But under cross examination by Ted Cranney, Degnan’s defense attorney, Walczak agreed the donated trash truck was “obsolete by industry standards.”

Also under questioning by Cranney, Walczak admitted he was fired from Allied Waste in January 2011 for lying about an Allied employee’s worker compensation case. After he was fired from Allied, Walczak took a job with another trash company, Russell Disposal. While he was with Russell, Walczak said he tried to obtain another trash contract with the city of Lawrence.

During his cross examination, Cranney also showed some inconsistencies between what Walczak told authorities and what he later testified to at grand juries, including that he told FBI agents that while he was Allied Waste’s general manager he didn’t feel pressured to donate the trash truck to the Dominican Republic.

Cranney asked point blank if Degnan ever threatened to rip up Allied’s trash contract with Lawrence if a trash truck wasn’t donated.

“No, he didn’t,” Walczak said.

Cranney also presented grand jury minutes where Walczak testified he didn’t think Degnan’s concern over the trash contract and the trash truck donation were related.

On redirect from Patten, Walczak said he never heard from Degnan again on waste issues after the trash truck was donated to the Dominican Republic.

The final witness of the day was William Cash, Allied’s maintenance manager, who prepped the trash truck prior to its donation. Lantigua went to Tyngsboro, where the truck was stored, prior to it’s delivery. Cash testified he was accompanied by other Latino men who he was told were from Lantigua’s “home country.” Degnan was not with them, Cash testified.

Cash said the truck was repainted, $800 worth of newer tires were installed over a four hour period. He also said vinyl decals reading “Donated by Mayor Lantigua,” were applied to the truck. Doherty Sign in Dracut made the Lantigua signs at a cost of $54. Allied paid for it, Cash said.

The trial resumes this morning in Lawrence Superior Court.


Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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