Left:A car parked at Longshoreman's Association President Bill Roach's home in Rye was hit by bullets early Friday morning.His
home was also struck.
Right: A facsimile of a tombstone, containing the letters R.I.P. along with Bill Roach's
initials, was recently left at the state port where Roach works.Courtesy photo
...PORTSMOUTH - A week before International Longshoreman's Association president Bill Roach's home and car were sprayed with six bullets, a facsimile of a tombstone with his initials on it was left at his place of business - the state-owned port.
Fifteen months prior to the August 24 shooting at his
Rye home, Roach
told the state Attorney General's office that Port Director Geno Marconi claimed to know a sniper he'd asked to "assassinate" Port critics.
By now I'm sure your aware of the drive by shooting that took place in Rye, at port employee Bill Roach's
stated that he
considered Mr. Marconi's statement to be serious," according to the AG's report."Mr.Roach
stated that he
did not report this matter to the police and that he
did not come forward sooner because he
feared retaliation from Mr. Marconi."
...Roach publicly urged Governor John Lynch not to reappoint Marconi to his job managing the Port, while pointing out numerous perceived shortcomings, including Marconi's use of racist and sexist language.
also published racist, homophobic and sophomoric emails sent from Port Authority computers to state- and city-owned computers used by Marconi
, Shattuck, Cumings and McQuate at their jobs.
also alleged Marconi
and other PDA employees used public vehicles for personal business, dropped private moorings using public forklifts, stored private boats on public property and accepted gifts of fish, fowl and liquor.