Storm along East Coast dumps snow, snarls traffic
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The National Weather Service says the potential for freezing rain overnight could cause problems for commuters from the Philadelphia area northward to New York City and Boston.
NWS meteorologist Greg Heavener says freezing rain is expected overnight into Monday, following much the same path as Sunday's storm.
That forecast comes after a powerful storm that crept across the country dropped snow, freezing rain and sleet on the Mid-Atlantic region Sunday. The surprisingly strong snowstorm turned NFL playing fields in Pennsylvania into winter wonderlands and dumped a foot of snow in Delaware.
Heavener says the Monday morning commute "in the Philadelphia area and north, to northern New Jersey and New York will likely be disrupted by freezing rain." He said the timing of the storm is still suspect.
2 dead, 3 injured in Mass. head-on crash
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - Western Massachusetts authorities have identified a man and girl killed in a head-on crash in Easthampton that injured three other people, and police have arrested a man accused of causing the accident.
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office says 71-year-old Charles Hoffman of Easthampton and a 3-year-old girl died in Saturday afternoon's accident.
Officials say Hoffman's pickup was struck by an oncoming van that crossed the center line while being driven by 32-year-old Mauricio Velasquez of Springfield.
Authorities say the girl who died was Velasquez's daughter. A woman riding with Hoffman and a second passenger in Velasquez's van were seriously injured.
Velasquez also was injured. He was charged with motor vehicle homicide, drunken driving and other crimes.
Velasquez is detained on $50,000 bail. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.
Officials ID woman who died in Mass. house fire
RUTLAND, Mass. (AP) - The Worcester County District Attorney's Office has identified a woman who died in a suspicious house fire in Rutland and says a homeless man has been charged with stealing the victim's SUV.
Officials say 53-year-old Diane Lamarche-Leader was the person found dead inside the burning home Friday morning. The medical examiner's office has ruled her death a homicide, although the cause of death is still under investigation.
Police say someone stole Lamarche-Leader's SUV, which was later recovered.
Authorities charged a homeless man, 35-year-old Amador Roman, with larceny and receiving stolen property in connection with the theft of the SUV.
Roman is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in District Court in East Brookfield. It's not clear if he has an attorney.
The district attorney's office didn't release any other information.
Woman struck and killed on Route 6 in Yarmouth
YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - State police are trying to determine why a 32-year-old woman who died after being struck by two vehicles on Route 6 in Yarmouth was walking on the highway.
State police identified the woman on Sunday as Jessica Spaid of Yarmouth. Officials say she died Saturday afternoon after being struck in the westbound lanes of Route 6 near exit 8.
Several people called 911 at about 5 p.m. Saturday to report a woman walking on Route 6 westbound. There were several more 911 calls a short time later reporting that a woman had been struck.
State police say the drivers involved in the accident were interviewed and were not cited for any traffic violations.
The accident forced the closure of Route 6 for about two and a half hours.
Pedestrian seriously injured on Route 9 in Hadley
HADLEY, Mass. (AP) - Officials say a man has been struck by a car and seriously injured on Route 9 in Hadley.
The Northwestern District Attorney's Office says the man was trying to cross the highway but wasn't in a crosswalk when he was struck at about noon Sunday.
Authorities say the driver of the car wasn't injured and is cooperating with police. No charges or citations have been issued.
Hadley police and state police are investigating the accident.
Officials didn't release any other information.
MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS
Mass. to give $8 million in mental health grants
BOSTON (AP) - Applications are being accepted for $8 million in grants designed to improve the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services in Massachusetts.
State Attorney General Martha Coakley says funding for the grant program comes from money recovered by her office in a settlement of a consumer protection lawsuit against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, over the illegal marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.
One of the goals of the program is to support and evaluate new projects to improve mental health services for veterans, children, victims of violence, low-income populations and other underserved groups.
Applicants must be from local, county or statewide government bodies, nonprofit organizations or law enforcement, public safety or criminal justice groups in Massachusetts.
Mass. group honored for immigrant integration work
BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition has been awarded one of four 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives.
The national award honors MIRA's New Americans Integration Institute for its work to help newcomers contribute more fully to the economic, civic and social fabric of the U.S.
Launched by MIRA in 2011, the institute works to strengthen integration pathways for immigrants, primarily by promoting citizenship, entrepreneurship and the removal of barriers to educational access.
The E Pluribus Unum Prizes program was established in 2008 by the Migration Policy Institute's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy with support from the J.M. Kaplan Fund.
The national award is accompanied by a $50,000 prize.
Burlington to take power from Maine wind project
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Boston-based wind power developer has signed a deal to sell power from a planned Maine wind power project to the municipal electric department in Vermont's largest city.
First Wind, which owns a wind-power project in Sheffield, Vermont, is planning an 18-tower wind farm in Hancock, Maine. The company plans to sell 25 percent of that project's power outlet to the Burlington Electric Department for 10 years.
Burlington Electric Department also will receive renewable energy credits as part of the deal.
BED is seeking to source 100 percent of its supply needs from renewable energy. The addition of the energy from the Hancock Wind project will bring the utility to 92 percent.
Springfield holds tax-foreclosed property auction
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The city of Springfield is putting 25 tax-foreclosed properties on the auction block, including 21 houses.
The auction is scheduled for Wednesday evening at City Hall.
Mayor Domenic Sarno says the auction benefits the city by returning property to the tax rolls, protecting neighborhoods from urban blight and promoting home ownership.
Tina Quagliato, the deputy director of neighborhood stabilization, tells The Republican newspaper the auction can result in some good deals for house hunters. The properties are sold "free and clear" of all back taxes and liens.
This is city's third such auction this year.
There are also commercial properties available at the auction.
The city website has details of the properties for sale.
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