Monday, May 20, 2013
Click-It or Ticket enforcement starts on Monday.
Beverly police are urging everyone to buckle up as motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday. The Beverly Police Department will take part in the 2013 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization from May 20 to June 2 and crack down on motorists who are not belted. It is part of a national effort that will also include the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division, the State Police and other local police departments. “As we kick-off the busy summer driving season it’s important that everyone buckles up every time they go out, both day and night – no excuses,” said Beverly Police Sgt. Russ Rollins in an announcement about the effort. “Our officers are also prepared to ticket…
Saturday, May 18, 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…
Friday, May 17, 2013
A trash shed was destroyed and nobody was injured in a Thursday evening fire in Beverly Farms.
A trash shed was destroyed by fire outside a condominium building in Beverly Farms on Thursday evening, but damage was limited to a nearby garage and kept far away from a any homes. Nobody was injured in the fire, said Beverly Fire Department Deputy Chief Peter O'Connor. The fire was first reported at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday as a house fire, said Beverly Police officer Ken Rollins. When firefighters arrived they found that it was instead a detached trash shed that was burning in the pakring lot of a multi-million condominium building at 54 Oak St. The shed was destroyed and trees and a power line above the shed were also burned. The fire also spread to a corner of a nearby garage. "It was just a wall of fire right here," O'Connor said, …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Four boaters were rescued from just off Dane Street Beach on Thursday afternoon.
Four people – including two young children – were plucked from the cold ocean water on Thursday afternoon when their sailboat capsized. It happened at about 2:45 p.m. when the boat overturned in the water of Mackerel Cove between Lynch Park and Dane Street Beach. Deputy Harbormaster Mark Souza said the four boaters were taken by the harbormaster boat back to the city pier where they met a Northeast Regional Ambulance Service ambulance which checked them out took them to Beverly Hospital. They had no major injuries, Souza said. Beverly Police assisted with the rescue and the Fire Department was standing by at Dane Street Beach in case they were needed. The rescued boaters included two adults and two children – age 4 and age 5. The ocean …
Winds are expected to pick up to at least 30 mph in the afternoon.
The National Weather Service is warning of the increased danger of brush fires in Beverly on Thursday afternoon and night as a fire burned in a Beverly park. Beverly firefighters were fighting a large brush fire in Sally Milligan Park at about noon on Thursday, according to a tweet from John Duffill. A brush truck from the state Department of Fire Services was also headed there to help Beverly firefighters. Fire hoses used to fight the fire was stretched across Cross Lane and the road was closed. Counties across Eastern and Central Massachusetts are all under the fire warning. Winds are expected to pick up to at least 30 mph in the afternoon. The wind coupled with “low relative humidities” will cause the risk of fire, according to the …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Monday is the deadline to nominate a Beverly police officer that "has contributed
significantly to improving Issues of public safety or quality of life" in Beverly.
The deadline is coming up to submit a nomination for an award for a top local police officer. The Beverly Police Department and the Community Advisory Committee are looking for nominations of a Beverly police officer who has "contributed significantly to improving issues of public safety or quality of life " in Beverly during the past year. The award will be handed out at the Landmark School. The department and committee ask that nominations include the name of police officer being nominated, a brief rationale for the nomination and contact information for the person making the nomination. Nominations should be sent to Sgt. Phil McCarthy by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for nominations in Monday May 13. The award is being…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Beverly firefighters who were volunteering at the Boston Marathon were honored on Monday for their response after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month.
Eight Beverly firefighters were honored on Monday night for their response to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings after what has been a seemingly average day of volunteering at the annual race. The eight firefighters from the Beverly Fire Department were volunteering with seven firefighters from the Cambridge Fire Department. "In the moments after the bombing our firefighters' actions were nothing short of heroic," Fire Chief Paul Cotter said. The response by Beverly firefighters "brought confidence and stability to an otherwise chaotic scene," Cotter said. Some of them helped evacuate the VIP bleachers and others helped remove security fence from near the victims, he said. The honored firefighters included Deputy Chief Peter O'…
Monday, May 6, 2013
A man was killed when his motorcycle veered off of Sohier Road Sunday afternoon.
Beverly and state police officials are investigating the cause of a deadly motorcycle crash on Sohier Road Sunday afternoon. Police declined to identify the victim early Monday morning, pending the notification of his family. The motorcyclist was traveling north on Sohier Road when the bike struck the curb, left the roadway and slammed into a utility pole near the Tozer Road intersection, police said. A state police accident reconstruction team was called to the scene and the investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. Beverly Patch will post additional information as it becomes available.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Everyone from the police and fire department to Beverly High School teachers are ready to help out at Saturday's hometown visit from American Idol Top 3 contestant Angie Miller.
It remains unclear exactly how many people will come to Beverly on Saturday for Angie Miller's American Idol hometown visit parade and concert, but public safety officials are planning for up to 30,000 people. Beverly Police Chief Mark Ray said that his department is used to handling large gatherings, such as parades and fireworks, but those are annual events. "The thing that makes this different is that the crowd size is variable," Ray said, noting the city has never hosted anything like an American Idol hometown visit. A parade is scheduled to start at City Hall at 3 p.m. and head north on Cabot Street to Beverly High School, where Miller will put on a concert at 4 p.m. Planning for the event has happened over the past week, with a crowd…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Dartmouth men joked with Tsarnaev about his resemblance to the FBI suspect photos, then “freaked out” when they concluded it was really him.
Federal law officials believe three classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev destroyed evidence in Darmouth while the suspected bombing brothers fought police in a gunfight in Watertown. In a complaint filed in federal court Wednesday, special agent Scott Cieplik claims suspect Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov destroyed or concealed a laptop and backpack filled with fireworks. Third suspect Robel Phillipos, meanwhile, is being charged with lying to federal officials. According to the complaint, the April 18 night started when Kadyrbayev texted Tsarnaev, needling his friend about his resemblance to the FBI photos released earlier that day. Tsarnaev wrote back "LOL" and then said Kadyrbayev could go get anything they needed from Tsarnaev's UMass…