Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Tuesday 1/3/12

1. Stoneham, Saugus shootings related according to police

Two separate shootings in Stoneham and Saugus are apparently related according to to a press statement issued by the Stoneham Police Department today. A Stoneham resident was reportedly shot and taken to a Medford hospital Monday night while a Somerville resident was treated for a gunshot wound at Melrose/Wakefield Hospital after an incident in Saugus. Neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries, and both have been released from the hospitals according to police who believe a drug deal gone horribly wrong is to blame.

According to a report from Fox 25 News, the man accused was arrested Tuesday afternoon when his vehicle was located in Salem, NH where he lives. Steven Ferrer, 21, was taken into custody and charged by the Salem Police with possession of marijuana. Charges stemming from the shootings in Massachusetts are expected to be filed tomorrow.

2. State Police release data on Lt. Governor’s November crash

According to data released by the Massachusetts State Police, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray was driving 100 miles per hour, without a seat belt, and possibly had fallen asleep behind the wheel in the moments before he totaled his state-owned car. Murray emerged unscathed from the accident, however, the circumstances surrounding the crash were questioned in the weeks that followed. Following the crash, Murray asked for and passed a sobriety test. The Lt. Governor will be ticketed $555, but will not face other charges. Murray said in a statement that he accepted the black box data and took full responsibility for the accident.

3. MBTA fares to increase, hearings scheduled

Get ready to open the wallet wider for that ride on the MBTA. Administrators unveiled two possible scenarios that involve fare increases and service cuts needed to close a widening budget gap. Under one scenario, fares will increase by 43% while the second scenario increases fares by 35%. Under both scenarios, MBTA ferries and weekend commuter rail service would be eliminated. Nighttime service on the commuter rail would end at 10PM. In the second scenario, bus routes would be cut drastically, generating savings that would allow for just a smaller fare increase. Officials will host 20 public hearings in the coming months to engage riders in the process.

4. Revere, Malden, Peabody Mayors sworn in yesterday; Everett, Beverly today

A number of local Mayors in NoBo communities were sworn in yesterday while others will take the oath office today. In Malden, Mayor-Elect Gary Christenson of Malden, Mayor-Elect Daniel Rizzo of Revere, and Mayor-Elect Ted Bettencourt, Jr. were sworn in at separate ceremonies. Today, Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Jr. of Everett and Mayor Bill Scanlon of Revere will be sworn in to their third and ninth terms respectively. Be sure to check back on Wednesday for complete coverage of the ceremonies in Everett, Malden, and Revere.



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