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Vehicle break-ins reported in Newton, Sudbury

Newton Police Department

NEWTON, Mass. — Newton police are searching for a car that may be connected to recent break-ins.

Police said there have been vehicles that were broken into in Newton and Sudbury, and they’re looking for the owner or driver of a vehicle that may be connected to the crimes.

Newton police said they’re looking for a Mercedes Benz with Florida plates.

Anyone with information about the vehicle, owner or driver is asked to call the Newton Police Department Detective Bureau at 617-796-2104.

Chase began in Fall River, ended in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A police chase that began in Fall River, Mass., ended in Rhode Island when the suspects’ car crashed into a utility pole.

Police say Massachusetts state troopers began pursuing the car in Fall River on Monday night, and officers from Rehoboth and Seekonk in Massachusetts picked up the pursuit. Officers followed the car into East Providence, R.I., where it crashed just after 11 p.m.

Two people in the car have been released from a hospital after being treated for minor injuries.

East Providence police told The Providence Journal that they arrested the driver, Troy Llewellyn of Fall River, during a foot chase after the crash. He faces numerous charges including possession with intent to deliver narcotics and resisting arrest.

It’s not clear if Llewellyn has a lawyer.

Company under fire over allegations it knew about problems

BOSTON — A new report from a private watchdog group says 303 people died when the airbags on GM vehicles failed to deploy.

This comes from a review of crashes involving air bag failures over a 10-year period.

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The automaker recently recalled 1.6 million vehicles, including Chevy Cobalts and Saturn Ions, because of faulty ignition switches. That failure could cause the airbags to become disabled.

GM has come under increasing fire in recent days over allegations they knew there were problems with the cars in 2001.

GM says because this latest review does not take into account what caused the air bags to fail it is pure speculation.

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service

EVERETT, Mass. — Tasked with developing a portion of its own revenue, the state Department of Transportation is closing in on plans to raise Registry of Motor Vehicle fees, in addition to the previously announced 5 percent increase in MBTA fares.

Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia Blue told the News Service the RMV has still not yet determined the size of the fee increase and will make a presentation to the state Transportation Board on March 19.

State Department of Transportation officials in late January described Registry fees as “the only viable revenue source” to close a projected $55 million budget gap for fiscal 2015. The Registry collected $550 million in revenue in 2013, including $134 million in motor vehicle inspection fees.

Registration fees, title certificates and driver’s license fees are other top revenue generators at the RMV.

At a budget hearing Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey laid out efficiencies through telecommunications and bridge-building technology and plans to team up with New England states for the purchase of salt and tires and move 4,000 employees off the debt-funded capital plan.

The transportation chief who helped the unsuccessful push for Gov. Deval Patrick’s larger tax package last year also discussed the fiscal constraints the department faces and the potential monetary blow if a ballot referendum passes, repealing the law that indexes future gas tax increases to inflation.

“Toll revenue cannot be used to meet our obligation to pay for transportation staff on the operating budget. Therefore, the one revenue source we can and we will turn to is registry fees,” Davey said.

He also said, “The repeal of the gas tax indexing will result in a loss of an estimated $2 billion in capacity for projects over the next decade. This will be a significant cut to an already underfunded long-term transportation program.”

Tens of thousands of registered voters have signed petitions to put a gas tax indexing repeal measure on the November ballot, arguing against automatic tax triggers and asserting that lawmakers should have to vote each time the gas tax is raised.

The July 2013 tax law required MassDOT to fund a portion of its budget through its own revenues and savings. Davey said Patrick’s fiscal year 2015 budget increases transportation funding by $141 million, including $55 million from MassDOT revenues, allowing the state to move employees from the capital budget to the operating budget.

Rep. Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican who has been outspoken in favor of repealing the gas tax indexing, said he would “avoid” talking about that when Davey appeared before the House and Senate Ways and Means committees at Everett High School.

“I’m happy to debate you any time on the gas tax,” Davey said.

While Diehl did not respond at the hearing, he reacted swiftly to a News Service tweet reporting on Davey’s challenge. “Equally happy to debate the Secretary on taxation without representation, anytime,” Diehl tweeted.

Davey said MassDOT has been in discussion with other New England states about jointly purchasing salt and tires, and he said the Public Private Partnership Commission, which was established by a 2009 transportation reform law, held its first meeting last May.

“Currently, the commission is studying the possibility of a third, tolled bridge over the Cape Cod Canal, the construction of ‘managed lanes’ on Route 3 South and enhancements to state-owned real estate parcels such as rest stops adjacent to state highways,” Davey said.

The state faces a potential funding shortfall, as the Federal Highway Trust Fund is scheduled to go into deficiency in August, Davey said. If that happens, he said, “We’ll be cutting projects throughout the state.”

Davey also said the MBTA, which powers trains with electricity, has undertaken energy efficiency projects over the last four years that have reduced annual consumption by 8.8 million kilowatt hours and saved $1.75 million.

Construction projects have been handled more quickly by closing down facilities – such as the Callahan Tunnel – providing incentives and penalties for on-time completion, and completing much of the construction work off-site on bridge projects.

“We are finishing projects in days, not years,” said Davey, who asked the Legislature to grant MassDOT the ability to reimburse utilities for their costs on a broader array of projects.

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Some areas see more than 3 inches of snow


MANCHESTER, N.H. —Several accidents were reported across New Hampshire Thursday as light snow pushed through the state.

Click to view photos of the messy road conditions and subsequent crashes across the state.

State Police responded to at least 50 spinouts and crashes on Interstate 93, Interstate 89 and the Everett Turnpike during a three-hour period Thursday.

A jackknifed tractor-trailer forced the closure of I-89 southbound near mile marker 6.2. The road reopened before 3 p.m.

There were also several accidents and a few rollovers reported in the Concord and Canterbury area, and in the Warner area on I-89.

“We encourage the motorists to be careful. Slow your vehicle down. If there’s ever a time when you think you need to drive slower, it’s now,” said Lt. Chris Wagner of the New Hampshire State Police. “You see white on the ground, understand that there’s a little bit of pavement in there, and you can see black. Don’t let that be a false sense of security. The roads are very slick.”

The vast majority of the crashes were minor. No significant injuries were reported.

The snow was expected to taper off by the evening. Areas from the Seacoast to the Merrimack Valley could more than 3 inches of light, fluffy snow.

39 vehicles get top safety ratings

2014 Honda Accord

WASHINGTON —Honda Motor Co. has topped the insurance industry‘s annual list of the safest new vehicles.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety on Thursday gave 39 vehicles top safety ratings for 2014. That is dramatically fewer than the 130 on the list last year because vehicles now must meet tougher standards.

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For the first time, the vehicles need top crash test scores and a good front crash prevention system – such as warning systems or automatic braking – to get its highest designation.

Honda, which also owns the Acura brand, had the most winners of any automaker. Eight of its vehicles making the list.

The list is often used by safety-minded car shoppers and by automakers in advertising.


Police: Snow, ice on cars can become deadly projectiles

DANVERS, Mass. —After the first snow storm of the season, some people are not only rusty driving in it, but they’ve also forgotten to clear it completely off their cars.

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You’ve seen drivers with inches of snow on their roofs, you may even be guilty of it yourself.

Ian White pulled into a gas station with a thick layer on top of his car.

“We were in a rush this morning to leave and didn’t get to do this one,” he explains.

State police say there are no good excuses and on Monday they were issuing warnings to drivers.

“The snow, depending on what time of day it is and how cold or how warm it is, it can turn into ice. Sometimes the snow falls off roofs lands on cars and into windshields. It’s almost like a cinder block,” says Trooper Michael Crowley.

Crowley says all it takes is a little extra time and a snow brush and it can make the difference in stopping an accident even preventing death.

“I did not know that would happen. Maybe I should clean off,” White said when told of the crackdown and potential damage.

He took his arm, swept it over the car and in minutes, he was on his way.


Police are looking for a silver 2012 Range Rover like the one pictured above with New Jersey license plates U26 BVD in connection with a fatal carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills, N.J.  CBS NEW YORK

SHORT HILLS, N.J. - Authorities are searching for two suspects wanted in the deadly shooting of a man who had just finished holiday shopping with his wife at an upscale mall in northern New Jersey.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says the shooting happened around 9 p.m. Sunday at The Mall at Short Hills. She says two men confronted a couple returning to their vehicle on the third level of a parking deck.

Murray says the husband, a 30-year-old Hudson County resident, was shot in the head as he opened the door for his wife before the men took off in his silver 2012 Range Rover. His wife was not injured.

The man was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Authorities found the couple’s silver 2012 Range Rover Monday morning on Renner Avenue in Newark, about 11 miles from the mall where the shooting took place, reports CBS New York.

The name of the victim has not been released.

Authorities are asking those with information in connection with the shooting to contact them.


Police chief says city will reimburse drivers

MEDFORD, Mass. —Some Medford residents are outraged that their cars were towed during the height of the weekend snowstorm; they say they were only following police instructions.

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Kate Raftery said her husband’s car was parked on the even side of their street on Saturday night during a snow emergency, just as a memo posted on the Medford Police Department website ordered. But she said all vehicles on the even side were towed and the couple had to venture out at midnight, in the height of the storm, to retrieve it.

After they paid the tow company $100 and were issued a $50 ticket, Raftery said she called Medford police to find out what happened. She said she was told that the memo was wrong and parking was supposed to be on the odd side, but there was nobody immediately available to correct it.

As for the $150 in charges, Raftery said police told her to take it up with city hall on Monday.

Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco said it turns out that one incorrect and undated release was taken down from the department’s website at midnight, and another removed at about 1:30 a.m.

“We’ll have to correct the wrong,” he said. “We are disturbed by it. . . we’re looking to remedy the situation.”

Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn told NewsCenter 5 that he was also looking into the incident.



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