Saturday, March 8, 2014
From news service reports
High-speed chase ends with police shooting two
A 31-year-old man is held after a high-speed chase that ended with Saugus police shooting at his car.
Jonathan Colleran of Stoneham pleaded not guilty Monday in Lynn District Court to charges including assault with a dangerous weapon. A judge revoked his bail on four pending cases.
Colleran's attorney said he has gunshot wounds to his chest, back and left arm, and his passenger, a 33-year-old woman who wasn't charged, was hit in her left arm. They were released from a hospital.
Authorities said the chase started around 2 a.m. in Stoneham and police broke off when it reached 100 mph. Then the car was seen on Route 1 in Saugus, driving on a tireless front rim.
Police cornered the car on a side street. As officers approached, the car drove toward them, and one officer fired.
Oyster beds on Vineyard closed over contamination
Massachusetts health and fishery officials are shutting down more oyster beds, this time on Martha's Vineyard, due to bacterial contamination.
The state announced Monday that oyster beds in Katama Bay in Edgartown have been closed after two cases of gastrointestinal illness linked to Vibrio parahaemolyticus
In both cases, the people who were sickened by consuming the raw oysters have recovered.
Late last month, the state shut down several South Shore oyster beds due to contamination by the same bacteria.
Since May, the Department of Health has received 50 reports of laboratory-confirmed Vibrio in Massachusetts residents. Some of the cases were traced to out-of-state oyster beds.
There were 27 cases reported during the same time period last year.
The naturally occurring bacteria are often found in oysters harvested in warmer waters.
No further instances found of EEE, West Nile in samples
No further instances of West Nile virus or eastern equine encephalitis have been found in mosquitoes in Rhode Island.
The state's Department of Environmental Management said last week that two mosquito samples had tested positive for the viruses. On Monday they announced that tests of the remaining 142 mosquito samples turned up no further evidence of either disease.
The state routinely traps mosquitoes to check for West Nile and EEE. Both diseases are more prevalent in late summer and early fall. No human cases of the diseases have been reported yet this year.
Sen. Shaheen's daughter running for local council
A daughter of New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is running for City Council in Portsmouth.
Stefany Shaheen said she has learned a lot about what it takes to dedicate oneself to public service from the decades her parents have spent in politics.
Shaheen was born in Portsmouth in 1974 and has made it her home for the past seven years. She is co-founder and chief operating officer of Good Measures, a Boston company that develops online tools and services to help people better manage their health. She's chaired the New Hampshire Commission on the Status of Women.
Covered bridge connecting two states going to one lane
Repairs are starting on one of the longest covered bridges in the United States, which connects New Hampshire and Vermont.
The two-lane Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River, is going down to a single lane for up to eight weeks starting this week.
The 449-foot-long wooden covered bridge was originally built in 1866 and was rebuilt in 1989.