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April 1, 2013

Methuen school custodian appeals firing

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Methuen police arrested Winn in March 2009 on gambling charges after two men said they placed thousands of dollars in sports bets with him. He admitted to sufficient facts for one of the charges, and his case was continued the case without a finding, according to court documents.

In 2007, Reuter was charged after trying to buy cocaine in a Home Depot parking lot with her children in the car. Reuter’s trial judge, Michael Uhlarick, said in court last month that Hogan had suggested Reuter took the money from the union to satisfy a drug habit.

Scannell originally fired Reuter on May 26, 2011, after criminal complaints for larceny were filed in Lawrence District Court, and Reuter appealed to the Civil Service Commission. Reuter and the School Department signed a settlement agreement in November 2011 that brought her back to work, at a lower base wage that totaled $43,222.40 per year. Six months later, on May 27, 2012, her pay was bumped back up to a salary of $62,905, the rate she was paid before she was fired, according to School Department records.

Civil Service did not issue any ruling in that case, and Reuter withdrew her complaint as part of the agreement.

Scannell released a copy of the settlement agreement to last summer, but key terms of the agreement were redacted. A request to the School Department last month for an unredacted copy of the agreement was denied.

Winn resigned from the School Department in June 2012.

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