Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Wicked Witch of Wellesley

"a portfolio manager from Wellesley.... a highly respected member of the community.... served two terms on the five-member elected School Committee.... and served... as an elected member of the Town Meeting"

Seems like a nice lady, right?

"troopers said they noticed a slight odor of alcohol on her breath and found a small glass in the vehicle containing an alcoholic beverage, they did not ask Greer to submit to a field sobriety test.... did not appear to be impaired"


As you read this account of elite excess and arrogance, ask yourself if you would receive the same treatment?

"Airport dust-up got nasty, trooper says; Motorist in SUV accused of assault" by Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff | April 1, 2009

Perhaps you've been there, idling in front of an airport terminal hoping your family member or long-lost college buddy appears before the approaching state trooper shoos you away. Margaret M. Greer was told to move along Sunday evening as she waited for her husband at Logan Airport, but police say she didn't go quietly - and ended up in court because of it.

Greer, a portfolio manager from Wellesley, allegedly lowered the window of her Mercedes Benz ML320 SUV just an inch when the trooper, Sergeant Danial Wildgrube, approached and told her she would have to move because she was obstructing traffic in a bus lane. Greer merely pointed to a nearby vehicle and told him to take care of that motorist first, Wildgrube said in his report of the incident. He said he repeated the demand, but she shut her window and ignored him.

What ensued before shocked onlookers was a protracted confrontation in which, court papers allege, Greer nearly ran the trooper over as she repeatedly drove out of reach, only to be chased down by the trooper as he tried in vain to wrest Greer from her car.

"I'm not stopping the car! Get away from me," Greer shouted repeatedly, according to one witness, George Kaniwec. Greer, 57, was charged yesterday in East Boston District Court with assault and battery on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, and failure to stop for a police officer. Her lawyer, Carol Starkey, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf, and Greer is to return to court May 13 for a preliminary hearing.

"Mrs. Greer is a highly respected member of the community and has plead not guilty to all allegations," Starkey said later. "There are two sides to every story, and we strongly contest the facts as presented by the Commonwealth and look forward to presenting our side of the story. It's very upsetting and traumatizing to her. . . . Anyone who has picked up or dropped off anyone at the airport may understand there's two sides to the story."

Wellesley Town Clerk Kathleen Nagle said Greer served two terms on the five-member elected School Committee, from 1995 to 2000, and served from 1995 to 2003 as an elected member of Town Meeting. Greer did not return calls made yesterday to her home and to her employer, Citi Smith Barney. Greer's driving record is mostly clean, with one "at fault" accident in 2004, according to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

On Sunday, Wildgrube's report says, the trooper got out his ticket book after she refused to move her car and walked to the front of the vehicle to take down the license number. Then, he reported, Greer gunned her engine and sped off, clipping him with her side mirror and forcing him to leap out of the way.

Wildgrube said he yelled at Greer to stop, but she continued driving until she was stopped by traffic a short distance away. The trooper approached again, opened the driver's-side door, and told her to get out because she was under arrest, but Greer refused and drove away again, he alleged.

Wildgrube said he caught up to her a third time as she sat in traffic in front of the terminal. He moved to the front of the vehicle and put his arms up. She allegedly hit the gas again, causing the trooper to place his hands on the hood. "She pushed me approximately 15 feet while I ran backwards fearing that I would fall under the car," Wildgrube wrote. "All the while she was looking directly at me."

Wildgrube said he was forced away from the car again, falling to the ground. He got up, opened the driver's-side door, and attempted to undo her seatbelt, he alleges, but she started driving away, dragging him along. Wildgrube said he broke free and Greer drove away, but he radioed in her plate number.

Greer was stopped by other state troopers on the Massachusetts Turnpike, near the entrance to the Copley tunnel. Although troopers said they noticed a slight odor of alcohol on her breath and found a small glass in the vehicle containing an alcoholic beverage, they did not ask Greer to submit to a field sobriety test. David Procopio, spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety, said Greer did not appear to be impaired.


Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said: "If a trooper asks you to move your car from a bus lane, you do it. . . . The trooper gave her every opportunity to do the right thing and she blew it. Now she's looking at a felony charge."


What, he forget!!!!?



Update: This lady must have been SOMEONE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT to have gotten THIS AMOUNT of PRINT in the Globe. Somebody down there know her or something?

Meg Greer

Second VP – Wealth Management, Financial Advisor

Portfolio Manager, Smith Barney Div., Citigroup Global Markets

Margaret (Meg) Greer is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and holds the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. She joined Smith Barney as a Financial Consultant in 1997, and has thirty years of individual investing, corporate and small business experience. Meg is a frequent public speaker and has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Good Day New York,” The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes Magazine and Money Magazine. In addition to her business success, Meg is committed to community service and education. She has served as Vice Chairman of the Wellesley MA School Committee and an elected member of the Wellesley MA Town Meeting. She has been a Board Member and Troop Leader for Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council, with whom she created the Smith Barney Financial Camp for Girls. Meg lives in Wellesley, with her husband, Gordon, has two grown children, and works in the Waltham, MA, Smith Barney office."

And check out the SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHS!!


Margaret M. Greer has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting a police officer.

Margaret M. Greer has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting a police officer. (WBZ-TV)


Photo of Margaret Greer, left, and...
Photo of Margaret Greer, left, and her booking photo, right.

Also see: AmeriKa's MSM: We Take Care of Our Own (Part II)

Let's see if something (booze) is missing from the Globe report...

"After airport tiff, a plea for help on Craigslist; Witnesses sought to confrontation" by Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff | April 2, 2009

The posting on Craigslist by a user named Matron appeared at 3:59 a.m. Monday, just hours after a high-powered Wellesley portfolio manager had been released from police custody following an explosive parking altercation with a state trooper at Logan International Airport.

Matron described herself as "a middle-aged lady driving a silver van" and said she had "an altercation with a Mass State Cop outside Terminal B around 8:15 p.m.

"I am seeking witnesses who were there and saw the State Trooper bang on my car and try to get through my door," Matron wrote in a message deleted, along with a rambling missive, yesterday after published a story about the postings. "Several State Police cruisers pursued me and arrested me on the Mass Pike. Please help me, if you saw this event."


The description nearly matches the alleged confrontation Sunday night involving the portfolio manager, Margaret M. Greer, who is accused of sideswiping a trooper with her side-view mirror, driving at him so he had to run backward for 15 feet, and dragging him for a short distance as she drove away. The one difference: Instead of a silver van, Greer was driving a silver Mercedes Benz ML320 sport utility vehicle.

There is no definitive evidence that Greer used the alias Matron and trolled Craigslist for witnesses. Greer did not respond to a message yesterday seeking comment. Her lawyer, Carol Ann Starkey, declined to discuss "anything about any discussion that occurred on the Internet."

"Mrs. Greer is taking these allegations very seriously," said Starkey, adding that Greer "strongly refuted" the accusations and had her own side of the story for ready for a courtroom.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney's office, said: "Prosecutors are aware of the postings and are examining them for any potential connection to our Logan Airport case."

If Greer did post the query on Craigslist, she apparently did not uncover any witnesses, or sympathy, in cyberspace. A poster named golf22 wrote: "I'm sure the District Attorney appreciates your help in rounding up witnesses to testify against you as to the several illegal actions you took."

Mr_Twister added: "We'll all be *VERY* happy when the judge throws the book at you."

Greer, 57, pleaded not guilty Monday in East Boston District Court to charges that included assault and battery on a police officer. She is accused of closing her window and ignoring an order to move out of a bus lane from the trooper, Sergeant Danial Wildgrube.

What followed was described in court papers as a battle of wills between a trooper with a ticket book and an executive in a hulking SUV. Matron defended herself, saying she was "blocked in by a bus on one side, and cars parked in front of me, and behind." The chase on the turnpike "was slow speed, and required five state cruisers," Matron wrote, "I was freaked out and traveling at 50."

When the posters turned nasty, Matron sharpened her rhetoric.


"Wake up people, you are being controlled by a government who thinks they can do anything," she wrote. ". . . When has it become a crime to pull up to the curb to pick up your husband at the airport?"

A rambling lecture followed.

"Why did the State Police come after me?" Matron wrote. "The same reason that the IRS audits every pizza parlor owner in town, but never audits Enron Corporation. The same reason the SEC audits all those you know who are a registered brokers, but never audited Bernie Madoff. . . . Because it's easy for the cops to pick on these helpless people. . . .

"Please do not think you are holier than me, because you are not," Matron continued in her posting. "When it happens to you, I hope I can be there to support you."

Yeah, yeah, CRY ME a RIVER, lady -- and THEN GO TAKE a DRINK (that was KINDLY OMITTED from the Globe's follow-up report, imagine that).


And the SYMPATHY does NOT STOP THERE, folks(?)!!!

The full-size pickup truck was there only seconds when the burly State Police trooper approached and blew a whistle that echoed throughout Terminal C at Logan Airport, urging the car to move.

But Paula Anderson just waited. "I was trying to get my son's attention," the Saugus woman said, as her son loaded his luggage into the truck yesterday. Then they were off.

Her timing was perfect. But for others, the system of picking up a relative or friend at an airport terminal can be confusing, frustrating, even intimidating.

With federal policies banning parking outside airport terminals, state troopers are quick to move cars picking up passengers who are not yet waiting by the curb with their luggage ready in carts that ironically read, "Go Ahead and Push Me."

The question is where do you go? Drivers who do not correctly time their arrival, whether they are early or their passenger is still retrieving luggage, can expect to pay to park at a rate of $3 just to enter the lot, and $6 for those who are there for more than 30 minutes. Few know about a cellphone lot where drivers can wait at the other end of the airport.

See: Don't Park at MassPort

Some choose to just drive in circles around the terminal until their passenger is curbside. Melissa McCagg of Malden circled the busy roadways three times to pick up a relative after a trooper shoed her away from Terminal C yesterday, after she was there for just seconds.

"They have been moving us constantly," she said. "They should at least give us a minute."

This is a "newspaper" I'm reading a reporting on?

Luis Falcon, 27, of Puerto Rico found a perfect spot away from troopers' view in between two terminals, where parking is still prohibited but in an area that seems to get less scrutiny. Falcon, who had already been shoed away from Terminal C while waiting to pick up his aunt, was checking the rearview mirror for approaching troopers.

"They just told me I got to move," but never said anything about that spot, he said.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said the federal Transportation Security Administration prohibits curbside parking at terminals as a safety and security policy. He said troopers do have discretion in letting drivers park momentarily, letting them wait if they can see their passenger nearby or if the passenger is just grabbing luggage. Many times the decision depends on the traffic, he said.

But in today's post-9/11 world, troopers remain vigilant, he said, pointing out cases in which people have parked their car, got out, and entered the terminal, leaving the car alone.

Did she OPINE about THAT WHOPPER of a LIE, Globe?

See why you need to FACE UP to 9/11 TRUTH, readers?

"In this day and age, that's a red flag and something we can't allow," he said. "We have a job to do; one is to keep the traffic moving and, two, to keep the safety and security of the airport." For some, the system can be intimidating, as state troopers in uniform whistle and holler at cars to move. Some see it as confusing and many as frustrating.

I'm tired of the Globe playing good cop, bad cop.

This guy was a BAD COP in the Globe's eyes and WE KNOW WHY!!!!

State Police allege a Wellesley woman refused to move her sport utility vehicle Sunday, then drove at a trooper who tried to record her license plate number. The woman, Margaret M. Greer, 57, a former Wellesley School Committee member, faces several charges, including assault and battery on a police officer. Through a lawyer, she has disputed the police version of events and has pleaded not guilty.

Nothing about the BOOZE in the CAR, 'eh?

Bob Cummins of Holliston has perfected the system after 13 years driving limousines. He has been frustrated by some troopers who seem a little overzealous, he said, and confused by the system of roads at the airport.

Unless, of course, they are ending the life of young Mr. Woodman.

But Cummins, who was picking up a relative yesterday, has learned to use what is somewhat of an unknown at the airport: the cellphone lot. The lot seems far from the central part of the airport and difficult to find by following signs. But it allows drivers to wait and contact their passenger for a perfect arrival.

Cummins waited with a coffee and a newspaper, then wasted no time picking up a relative who called to say she was ready. "It took me less than two minutes to get here," he said. "When you follow the rules, it runs perfectly, it really does."


Need I even comment, reader?

Wouldn't be the firt time the Globe has covered up things.