Campanello firing remains mystery

Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on Monday fired Leonard Campanello, the city’s famous police chief, for misleading investigators who were apparently probing his relationships with two unidentified women who allegedly feared for their safety.

Campanello gained national fame for his work to steer drug addicts to treatment rather than jail; he was honored at the White House in July. He appears to have been brought down for making up a story about his cell phone being stolen and deleting 653 texts sent to and from one of the women during a single day. Gloucester officials declined to discuss Campanello’s relationship with the women, but insisted the chief was being fired for lying to investigators and mishandling evidence and not because of anything to do with the women.

Romeo Theken said she had lost confidence in Campanello and called his actions “entirely unethical and unacceptable.”

The chief’s attorney, Terrence Kennedy, read a statement calling the investigation a “witch hunt” and described the city’s pursuit of text messages on Campanello’s cell phone as a “red herring.” Kennedy, a member of the Governor’s Council, said Campanello would pursue his rights to mediation and arbitration under his contract.

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BEACON HILL

Another one bites the dust: The director of fleet operations at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Michael Crowley, resigned on the heels of the ouster of DCR deputy director Matthew Sisk. (Boston Herald) Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Baker calls Sisk’s actions “appalling.” (State House News)

MUNICIPAL MATTERS

The Boston Pops will take over the staging of the city’s annual Fourth of July concert and fireworks, but it’s unclear how the event will change. (CommonWealth) Pops conductor Keith Lockhart says the event will be different. (Boston Globe)

A Brazilian festival at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence left the turf field and track in such a mess that Mayor Daniel Rivera says the city intends to sue the production company to replace the surfaces. (Eagle-Tribune)

Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson writes about how a street address mixup can quickly escalate into a tense situation if the person involved is black.

Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan named former Stoughton police chief Paul Shastany as interim chief of the town’s police department, which is reeling from a scandal surrounding missing evidence. Sullivan tapped former Boston Superintendent-in-Chief David Linskey to develop new procedures for handling evidence. (Patriot Ledger)

Former Dracut selectman Cathy Richardson admits committing animal cruelty, a charge that probably cost her her seat. (Lowell Sun)

Fall River officials are coming under fire after workers cleaning up Oak Grove Cemetery removed urns and planters and left them in a heap in the woods, including some items that were very old or had historical significance. (Herald News)

For the second time in three months, a group of Southborough residents are demanding that selectmen remove a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for what they deem to be “sexist and appalling treatment of women.” (MetroWest Daily News)

ELECTIONS

Election prognosticator Nate Silver says a new poll showing Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson at 24 percent in his home state of New Mexico gives him a chance that he could win there and create a “plausible” scenario that there would be a deadlock in the Electoral College vote. (FiveThirtyEight)

Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire said during a debate with her challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, that Donald Trump is “absolutely” a role model for children. Within hours, she issued a statement saying she had “misspoke.” (New York Times)

Immigrants who have become US citizens could play a pivotal role in the outcome of the presidential race in New Hampshire. (Boston Globe)

Oh, yeah, there is a debate tonight featuring Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, who a lot of voters probably couldn’t pick out of a line-up. Here’s a primer and a run-down of what to watch for. (Boston Globe)

James Aloisi, in the first part of a series on presidential races past and present, examines how the notion of sacrifice has gone out of style. (CommonWealth)

BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Secretary of State William Galvin’s office files a complaint against Morgan Stanley for holding in-office sales contests designed to get clients to take out loans against their accounts. (Masslive)

The New York attorney general’s office ordered the Trump Foundation to cease soliciting donations because the organization is not properly registered with the state to collect funds. (U.S. News & World Report)

The US Labor Department sues Analogic Corp. of Peabody for wage discrimination against female assembly line workers. (Salem News)

EDUCATION

Brown University physicist Michael Kosterlitz and two other American scientists will share the Nobel Prize for their work on superconductors and other topics. (Boston Globe)

Brockton officials are looking for measures to address violence at Brockton High School after a series of fights over a few days left 16 students suspended. (The Enterprise)

Columnist Alex Beam, who generally favors irony over outrage, rips US Attorney Carmen Ortiz over her report on Boston Latin School and Mayor Marty Walsh for expediently going along with it. (Boston Globe)

Mary DeLai, the school superintendent in Wilmington, resigns in the wake of a failed Breathalyzer test. (Lowell Sun)

HEALTH/HEALTH CARE

An association representing health insurers raises concerns about the expansion of Boston Children’s Hospital. (State House News)

A new report shows the population on Cape Cod is aging much faster than the rest of the state. While all other counties are expected to show slight increases in population growth, Barnstable County is projected to lose 13 percent of its population by 2035 because of deaths outnumbering births. (Cape Cod Times)

The Hanover Planning Board approved an application for a medical marijuana dispensary after the owners agreed to a restriction that if Massachusetts voters legalize recreational pot, the dispensary would not deal in retail marijuana. (The Enterprise)

Off-label prescription versions of fentanyl are proving deadly. (STAT)

TRANSPORTATION

A new Orange Line stop to service the Wynn casino in Everett could be in the cards. (Boston Globe)

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT

Quincy is taking out a $1.5 million interest-free loan to replace privately-owned lead water pipes found in more than 140 homes in the city. (Patriot Ledger)

With the drought continuing, Worcester plans to keep purchasing water from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority at a cost of $1.7 million a month. (Telegram & Gazette)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE/COURTS

A Republican editorial hails the efforts of Springfield law enforcement in reducing crime in the city. (Masslive)

The Washington Post examines the Annie Dookhan case and asks what happens when a state drug chemist lies for years.

Superior Court Judge Tina Page called the handling of videos showing a Springfield police officer terrorizing two juvenile suspects “borderline prosecutorial misconduct,” according to a tape of the Sept. 15 hearing. (Masslive)

A proposal to cut the length of briefs in federal appeals courts from a maximum of 14,000 words to 12,500 has triggered intense opposition from the many lawyers who say the reduction would harm their ability to get their points across in complex legal matters. (New York Times)

Springfield defense lawyer James J. Martin is charged with raping one client and sexually assaulting another. (Masslive)