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October 4, 2013

Council candidate was hit with no-trespass notices

METHUEN — City Council candidate Robert LeBlanc was banned from the campus of Greater Lawrence Technical School in 2005 for undisclosed reasons.

A lawyer representing the school sent LeBlanc a no-trespass notice on April 11, 2005, prohibiting the former Methuen town manager and well-known local attorney from “entering any portion” of the school’s Andover campus. The school serves Methuen, as well as Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

“Should you enter or attempt to enter the premises, you may be considered to be committing a criminal trespass,” wrote lawyer Wayne F. Simmons Jr. “You are hereby further informed that this office is prepared to take all lawful action in order to protect the school and its students.”

That letter came three years after a letter banning LeBlanc from all Barnes & Noble bookstores for his “activities” at the Salem, N.H., store in April 2002.

LeBlanc, 68, of 2 Plumwood Drive, said this week that the letters are baseless and were being circulated as a personal attack before the Nov. 5 municipal election. LeBlanc is one of five candidates vying for three at-large councl seats.

“That’s the Methuen way. Isn’t that timely?” said LeBlanc. “People trying to stir up trouble for me.”

The Greater Lawrence Tech letter from the firm Morris, Rossi & Hayes of Andover was titled, “Re: Trespassing on the grounds of Greater Lawrence Technical School.” The letter states that it was served via constable to 188 Broadway, Methuen, which at the time was the location of LeBlanc’s law office.

The letter indicates copies were sent to Andover police Detective Charles Heseltine and to Frank S. Vacirca and Marybeth Sullivan., who at the time were Tech’s superintendent and principal, respectively. Two calls to current school officials were not returned this week.

Michael Morris, a lawyer representing the school, also refused to comment on the letter.

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