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Sgt. Timothy Kelly arrested by Lowell police last week

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A Tewksbury police sergeant was put on leave after being arrested on drunken driving charges last week in Lowell.

Sgt. Timothy Kelly, 48, was charged by Lowell police with operating under the influence of alcohol, the Lowell Sun reported.

Police Chief Tim Sheehan told the paper Kelly was put on leave last Friday and an investigation is underway.

Kelly has been with the department since 1995, is a member of the motorcycle unit and has worked as the town’s K9 officer, according to the department’s website.

Kelly was scheduled to be in court Friday.

Woman eight months pregnant involved in drunken crash, police say

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ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Prosecutors say an Attleboro man drunkenly rammed his pickup truck into the rear of his pregnant daughter’s car during an argument.

Joseph Moore III was held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to charges including drunken driving and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The Sun Chronicle reports that the 25-year-old woman, who’s eight months pregnant, declined medical treatment at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors say the woman drove away after an argument and Moore, with a blood alcohol content of .20, chased her and rear-ended her at an intersection. He then fled to a relative’s home.

Prosecutors say the impact knocked the cellphone from her hand.

Moore’s lawyer said vehicle damage was minor and noted that his client’s daughter did not obtain an emergency restraining order.

Prosecutors say girlfriend knew man under different name

Gerald Fraize

SALEM, N.H. — A Massachusetts man has been accused of trying to strangle a woman at a Salem hotel and then leading police on a high-speed chase.

Salem police said a woman told them Gerald Fraize, 38, attacked her in their room at La Quinta Inn on March 23. When officers arrived, the saw a car described as Fraize’s leaving the area.

In court Wednesday, Fraize denied that he was behind the wheel of the car, saying he asked an acquaintance to pick it up for him. He said he looks forward to his day in court and believes most or all of the charges against him will be dismissed.

Fraize is facing eight charges, including second-degree assault and simple assault.

Prosecutors said Fraize, who his girlfriend knew as Jerry Crosher, attacked the woman in their hotel room.

“He’s accused of strangling a woman in a hotel room,” said prosecutor Jason Grosky. “When she sought the help of another, he’s accused of taking her cellphone and throwing it into a toilet, rendering her unable to call for help.”

Police said that when they arrived, Fraize took off, weaving in and out of traffic and making his way to Interstate 93 south. Prosecutors said Massachusetts police clocked Fraize going 120 mph.

The chase was called off for safety reasons, and Fraize was eventually arrested in Derry by members of the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

Grosky said Fraize has a long criminal history dating back to the 1990s, and his driving license had been suspended in New Hampshire.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash only. Fraize is scheduled to appear back in court within 10 days for a probable cause hearing.

Chase led police through several towns

After crashing a stolen Acura, a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

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NEWTON, Mass. — A suspect was taken into custody in Bedford on Monday after leading police on a wild chase through several towns.

The suspect was arrested on Springs Road after the vehicle struck a pole, according to Billerica police. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound and was taken to a local hospital, sources said.

Images: Police chase

The incident started in Newton, where shots were fired during a carjacking in West Newton Square. The suspect vehicle fled to Billerica, where a second carjacking was reported on Nashua Road.

The suspect led police to Carlisle, where shots were fired. The suspect then crashed the second stolen vehicle, a Toyota Tundra, in Concord and carjacked a Ford Flex at gunpoint on Lowell Road.

“There were numerous cruisers on the side of the road. The gentleman just crashed the car, and we heard someone say he hijacked the car,” witness Jason Drinkwater said. “It’s crazy. In Concord, it’s crazy.”

The suspect then fled to Hanscom Air Force Base, where the car drove through the guard gate. The driver continued and was arrested on Springs Road in Bedford when the vehicle struck a pole, police said.

The suspect was not identified.

Driver taken to hospital with serious injuries

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Police say a luxury car that was speeding in New Bedford has hit and knocked down a tree, killing the passenger. The driver is being treated for serious injuries at Rhode Island Hospital.

WPRI-TV on Saturday identified the passenger as 28-year-old Winnitue Montrond of New Bedford. The injured driver is 30-year-old Luismiguel Fernandes of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Police say an officer saw the car heading south on Route 18 at an estimated speed of 80-to-100 mph at 11:30 p.m. on Friday. The officer followed the vehicle, but a 911 call came in to report that the vehicle had crashed at the corner of Warren Street and West Rodney French Boulevard.

The passenger was pronounced dead at hospital.

Police are still investigating the crash.

BROCKTON, Mass. — A Brockton man was arrested for drunk driving after police said he was asleep behind the wheel in the center lane at the intersection of Main Street and Legion Parkway early Monday morning.

The intersection is the same place where a 42-year-old father of three was killed in a car accident Saturday morning, the Enterprise reported.

Joao V. DeAndrade, 53, of 60 Martland Ave., Brockton was charged with drunk driving and failure to stop ior yield.

Police found DenAndrade asleep behind the wheel in a black Mercedes in the center lane on Main Street facing north at 1:57 a.m. Monday.

“His head was resting on his chest,” said Brockton Police Lt. Robert Sergio. “The operator’s foot was on the brake and the vehicle was in drive.”

When officers woke DeAndrade, Sergio said, he seemed confused. Officers asked him to put the car in park and he took his foot off the brake, rolled a couple feet forward before putting it in park.

Police said he failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

DeAndrade is expected to be arraigned in Brockton District Court Monday.

National campaign strives to change driving behavior, save lives
BOSTON — It’s estimated that distracted driving injures 400,000 people every year and kills thousands.

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On this week’s Boston Strong, a local woman whose father was killed by a distracted driver has made it her mission to put an end to what she calls selfish and sometimes fatal choices behind the wheel.

The public service announcement is stunning, bringing victims of both sides of distracted driving together.

It begins with the voice of Kate McGuire. At 17 she killed a man when she was distracted by a GPS and veered into the breakdown lane.

“I wasn’t texting. I wasn’t using my cellphone, but I killed someone,” said McGuire in the PSA.

Howard Stein, 62, was checking a load of materials in his truck when McGuire struck and killed him. He was a father, husband and soon to be grandfather. His daughter, Emily, also appears in the PSA.

“I was six months pregnant when my dad died. He was going to be fantastic grandfather,” Stein said in the PSA.

It’s an unlikely alliance in an effort to save lives.

“That’s what caused my dad’s death. That’s what changed my life forever. It was something so silly and so simply and unnecessary,” said Stein.

At Medford High School, Stein shared her story as part of a National End Distracted Driving campaign, which produced the PSA. The organization is spear-headed by Joel Feldman, who lost his daughter Casey in 2009.

“A man went to reach for his GPS. My daughter was in the crosswalk. He took his eyes off the road and hit her, and she died shortly thereafter,” Feldman told the students in the audience.

“I can’t bring my daughter back. But the next best thing I can do is keep you guys safe,” Feldman told the students.

Feldman said staying safe means better laws, better enforcement and education to help change driving behavior.

“Today drunk driving isn’t acceptable. And I can see a future where distracted driving is no longer acceptable,” said Feldman.

He said statistics show that just keeping the cellphone out of reach isn’t enough.

“About half of distracted driving accidents are caused by other things, like reaching, applying makeup, and dropping objects,” he said.

“It can wait. It’s not worth it. It’s a selfish decision to put someone at risk. Just picture the most important person in your life and what would your life be with them,” said Stein.

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Speeding Buses©

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Today I saw two different MBTA buses
at two different times
Going in two different directions
They had their employer name in common
Along with the facts that they were speeding and rushing through a yellow to red light
Then I saw a speeding school bus
So now is it a must that all buses of any kind have to speed
I thought about how it must have felt
Felt to be a passenger on a speeding bus that didn’t care about my life
Didn’t care about just how easy it would have been to take the life of everyone on the bus
And maybe the lives of innocent bystanders on foot or in cars
Why does anyone carrying passengers think it’s OK to speed
Is time so much more important than life
I know that keeping schedules are important but not more important than the safety of those you transport
I wish for not having to fear riding on buses
But I do fear riding on buses
I’m almost certain I won’t ride a bus again anytime soon

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Speeding Buses©
Was written by
Felina Silver Robinson
This poem was written after witnessing three speeding buses today. It scares me to think of how many lives are put at risk every day due to careless driving.

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.

3 Middleborough men seriously injured

Rochester Police

ROCHESTER, Mass. — Three Middleborough men were seriously injured Tuesday night in what police described as “a violent high-speed crash.”

The men, ages 18, 19, and 20, were traveling on Neck Road just before 6 p.m. when their car became airborne, sheared off a telephone pole and rolled over, ejecting two of the three passengers.

“The vehicle involved was completely destroyed,” said Rochester Police Chief Paul Mage.

All of the men were seriously injured. Two were taken to Rhode Island Hospital, the third was airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Their names were not immediately released by police.


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