Wednesday, January 23, 2013
MassDOT announced today that driving on the Route 128 breakdown lane has been discontinued as a fourth travel lane is open.
Do you use the Route 128 breakdown lane on your way to work? Well, it's time to kick the habit. State Police are now looking out for drivers who use the breakdown lane on Route 128. In an effort to reduce the Route 128 bottlenecks between Route 24 and Route 9, the Mass Department of Transportation (MassDOT) added a fourth travel lane to I-93/95 along that stretch. With that addition, driving in the breakdown lane is now prohibited between Route 24 and Route 109. Signs along the highways and State Police patrols will inform drivers of the change, according to a MassDOT announcement Wednesday. The breakdown lane is now reserved for emergency vehicles and disabled cars. According to the release, drivers have been able to use the breakdown…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The teen worked at the Honey Dew Donuts in the Newton rest area.
Updated 10:30 p.m. Hopkins, who played basketball in the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League, was remembered by many on Twitter, including Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. "Malden mourns the passing of Reishaun Hopkins who sadly lost his life today," Christenson wrote. "I knew him via MNBL [the Malden Neighborhood Basketball League] and remember his smooth 3 point shot." Posted earlier: The teen who was struck and killed on Route 128 in Newton this morning has been identified as Reishaun Michael Hopkins, 18, of Malden, according to a State Police press release. Hopkins worked at the Honey Dew Donuts located in the Newton rest area and was scheduled to work the day shift, State Police said. Troopers responded to the scene around 6:30 a.m. …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The accident happend on the Route 9 east ramp from Hammond Pond Parkway.
A driver was transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital Wednesday morning after a single-car rollover accident at the Hammond Pond Parkway/Route 9 interchange. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to State Police. The accident occurred at 9:34 a.m. on the Route 9 east (Boylston Street) ramp from Hammond Pond Parkway. The vehicle involved in the accident hit a parked car and both vehicles were towed from the scene, State Police said. According to State Police, there was a passenger involved with the accident, but only the driver was transported to the hospital.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
"There's nothing that I can compare to what I saw down there," said one of the 25 troopers that helped out after Sandy devastated nearby states.
Before Hurricane Sandy's full scope of devastation in New York and New Jersey was even known, 25 men and women from the Massachusetts State Police were on their way to assist those who had been displaced from their homes. "When I reached out to ask if the state police would be willing to field a group of 25 people, I already knew the answer," Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Director of MEMA, Kurt Schwartz said in a press conference in Framingham Monday afternoon. "The answer was a resounding yes." One of the troopers was Brian Dunn, who works out of the South Boston barracks. "There's nothing that I can compare to what I saw down there," said the 28-year veteran of the force. "We were there when they came home for the first time. …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Be safe this holidy weekend.
Massachusetts State Police will set up sobriety checkpoints somewhere in Middlesex County over Thanksgiving weekend, from Friday, Nov. 23 into Saturday. Nov. 24. State Police say the purpose for the checkpoints "is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety."
Monday, November 12, 2012
Preventing people from looting their neighbors' homes is part of the troopers' work in New Jersey.
New Jersey called; Massachusetts answered. The state of New Jersey asked for help with devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, requesting that nearby states send law enforcement officers to help keep peace and order in the hardest-hit areas of New Jersey. On Saturday, a detachment of 25 troopers from the Massachusetts State Police was selected and sent, reporting to Fort Dix to be sworn in as police officers. The Massachusetts State Police officers are working with Louisiana State Police and New Jersey State Police in areas including Brick, Ocean Park, Seaside Heights and Palisades Park. Many of the MSP troopers are experienced with storm-related issues, especially after the destructive storms Massachusetts has experienced over the …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A Reading man faces charges after he allegedly struck a State Police cruiser on the Mass Pike in Newton, injuring a trooper and himself.
A Reading man faces several charges after he allegedly crashed his car into a State Police cruiser early Wednesday morning on the Mass Pike in Newton. Peter A. Okarma, 30, faces charges of operating to endanger, entering a restricted zone and driving under the influence, State Police said. According to State Police reports, a trooper was working a detail near Exit 16 on the westbound side of the Mass Pike around 2:45 a.m. Wednesday when Okarma allegedly struck the trooper's cruiser from behind. The force of the impact caused Okarma's car to flip over, reports said, trapping Okarma in the vehicle. Crews from the Newton Fire Department extricated Okarma, who was transported to Beth Israel Hospital. Okarma, who was driving a 2001 Toyota Rav …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Preliminary information indicates the body is that of Franco Garcia. An autopsy will likely reveal whether any foul play was involved.
Updated 1:46 p.m. with more information from the scene. Seven weeks after he went missing, officials say that the body pulled from Chestnut Hill Reservoir this morning is that of West Newton resident and Boston College student Franco Garcia. According to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, preliminary information shows that the body in the reservoir is Garcia. Conley said items found on the body as well as clothing helped officials identify Garcia. Officials will be able to "absolutely" confirm the identification once a full autopsy is complete, Conley said. The autopsy will likely be done today or tomorrow, he said. "I'd like to thank the community of Boston, the Boston College community, the city of Newton, the West Newton …
Reportedly there are no signs of foul play.
[UPDATE 11:08 a.m.] WBZ is quoting sources as saying the body found this morning in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir is that of missing Boston College student Franco Garcia. The sources say there are no signs of foul play. Here is our earlier coverage of the search for Franco Garcia. [UPDATE 10:24 a.m.]: State Police divers are packing up their equipment after two of them went into the Chestnut Hill Reservoir this hour. From where Patch reporter Melanie Graham and other media are located, it is not clear if the body has been pulled out of the water.] [UPDATE: 9:58 a.m.] Clarification: Cousins of missing Boston College student Franco Garcia have arrived at the reservoir; his parents are not yet on-scene. [UPDATE: 9:53 a.m.] The family of missing…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
A 21-year-old Newton man crashed his car on I-495 in Littleton Tuesday night.
A 21-year-old Newton man was flown to the hospital via med-flight Tuesday after he crashed his car into a tree on I-495 in Littleton. According to information provided by the Massachusetts State Police, the driver "suffered an unknown medical emergency and began swerving across the highway" before he crashed his 1998 Jeep Cherokee. He suffered serious injuries and was transported to Boston Medical Center. Littleton Fire Department responded to the scene and I-495 was closed for approximately 20 minutes while the med-flight helicopter landed. The highway was reopened shortly after the helicopter left the scene, State Police reported. State Police did not have any further information on the man's condition in their update.