Thursday, May 23, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken driving – at least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. What do you think? Is the proposal reasonable? About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. There were 114 DUI fatalities in Massachusetts in 2012, which were 34 percent of traffic-related fatalities last year, according to Mothers …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
An overturned tanker on Route 3 late Friday night forced the closing of multiple roads.
A fuel tanker rolled over on Route 3 late Friday night prompting a regional Hazmat team to response after fuel began to leak. WCVB.com reports that the tanker, which was carrying 1,100 gallons of fuel according to state police, overturned near the Lowell Connector and began leaking its contents. Authorities closed all roads within 1,000 feet from the crash site as a precaution. Those roads included Route 3 north at Route 129 and Route 3 south at Drum Hill Rotary. WCVB reports that state police have stated the cause of the crash is still under investigation. There were no reported injuries from the incident.
Excerpts from the Chelmsford Fire Department for the week of May 5 to 13, 2013
May 5, 9:13 a.m. - A brush fire was reported on Littleton Road. May 5, 2:05 p.m. - An outdoor fire was investigated near the corner of Richardson Road and Princeton Street. May 7, 5:25 p.m. - A small area of mulch was on fire on Parkhurst Road. May 8, 8:56 a.m. - A motor vehicle crash on the corner of Glen Avenue and Chelmsford Street resulted in what first responders first believed to be a fuel leak. May 8, 4:27 p.m. - Firefighters received a call of a brush fire near the railroad tracks along Tyngsboro Road. May 9, 4:01 p.m. - Injuries were reported from a crash that involved three vehicles near the intersection of I-495 and Route 3. May 10, 2:30 p.m. - Firefighters were called to rescue a kayaker on the Merrimack River in North …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The fire was reported at approximately 1:00 p.m.
The right lane on Route 3 Northbound just before Exit 32 (Drum Hill) has been closed due to a brush fire reported near the Stedman Street overpass. We will have more information as it becomes available. 1:41 p.m. - The fire has been contained, Chelmsford firefighters are finishing the call. Traffic should be back to normal fairly soon.
Late last night, the operator of a vehicle involved in a crash fled from the scene near the Billerica Road exit of Route 3 Northbound.
For the second time this month, an individual has fled from police on foot near the area of Billerica Road. At approximately 2:15 a.m., the operator of a vehicle involved in a crash on Route 3 Northbound near the exit to Billerica Road fled from Massachusetts State Police, prompting pursuit from Chelmsford Police cruisers and the force's K9 unit. By around 2:30 a.m., the individual was located by Billerica Police, and placed them under arrest. Chelmsford Fire Department personnel were also needed due to a fire that started in one of the cars related in the crash.
The following information was supplied by the Chelmsford Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Suspects allegedly broke into homes in the South End of Concord, NH yesterday.
The Concord,NH Police Department has arrested three Massachusetts residents on burglaries and other charges, after alleged incidents in the South End on May 14. Robert Cappella, 24, of Chelmsford, Mass., was also charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and criminal liability for conduct of another, as well as receiving stolen property, all felonies. Brandon Seeley, 25, of Malden, Mass., was charged with four counts of burglary, five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary, attempt to commit burglary, and receiving stolen property, all felonies. Nicole Taylor, 39, of Billerica, Mass., was also charged with five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and receiving stolen property, all felonies. According to Lt. Timothy O’…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
People from around the country take part in a candle-light vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to honor the fallen including officers from Massachusetts.
More than 19,000 names of fallen law enforcement officers are etched into the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC -- and more are added every year. This week marks National Police Week, the week where police officers killed in the line of duty, such as Chelmsford Police Officer Donald Adams, are remembered. Adams was killed in 1927, and each May 15, the Chelmsford Police Department honors him at the Chelmsford Police Station and at his grave in Forefather's Cemetery. The keepers of the police memorial figure one law officer in the United States dies in the line of duty every 57 hours. For this year's ceremony, 321 names were added to that wall. Among them: Middlesex County Correction Officer James …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Excerpts from the Chelmsford Fire Department log for the week of April 28 to May 6, 2013.
April 28, 12:34 a.m. - Firefighters investigated a possible illegal burning at the corner of Jessie Road and Turnpike Road. April 29, 7:50 p.m. - Smoke was investigated in the area of Golden Cove Road. April 29, 9:11 p.m. - Illegal burning was reported on Littleton Road. April 30, 5:39 p.m. - Propane caused a reported grill fire on Noble Drive. May 1, 2:33 p.m. - A bark mulch fire was reported near vehicles on Parkhurst Road. May 3, 17:09 p.m. - There were two motor vehicle accidents on 495 Northbound in the space of an hour, with paramedics treating an individual with a possible broken wrist during the first accident.
Friday, May 10, 2013
We will have more information as it becomes available.
A car fire at Central Square spread to the building across from Fishbones near Cushing Place at approximately 3:30 p.m. According to Fire Department scanner accounts, the fire was knocked down by approximately 3:45 p.m. following a wall being removed from the building. Patch will obtain more information as it becomes available.