Sunday November 18, 2012

Massachusetts:

Police across N.E.

to address safety

FRAMINGHAM (AP) -- Police across New England are combining their efforts to reduce accidents and fatalities through the holiday season.

The effort is focusing on aggressive, distracted and impaired drivers.

The New England State Police Administrators Conference is holding a news conference on traffic safety efforts Monday. It will be at the Massachusetts State Police headquarters in Framingham at 10 a.m. Law enforcement officers from the six-state region are planning to attend.

Massachusetts:

DA to use drug money for safety

SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni has initiated a program aimed at making neighborhoods safer through the use of drug forfeiture money.

The court can order the forfeiture of money and property at the request of the district attorney’s office after convictions for drug offenses. Prosecutors can also initiate civil forfeiture proceedings to seize property and money involved in illegal drug activity.

Prosecutors use the money in a variety of ways in an effort to reduce crime and make communities safer.

Mastroianni’s office says he may distribute a portion of the funds to qualified community organizations that focus on drug education, drug rehabilitation and other anti-drug or neighborhood watch programs.

Vermont:

Lawmakers to discuss ‘taxing the cloud’

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Whether to levy Vermont’s sales tax on so-called cloud computing will be up for discussion at the Vermont Statehouse.

Cloud computing happens most often when businesses, instead of buying software to run their processes, go on the Internet and pay to use software housed on computers located elsewhere.

Lawmakers this past spring passed a one-year moratorium and called for a study of whether the state should impose its sales tax on cloud computing services.

At a Statehouse session set for Monday, a special committee set to study the issue is to hear from state tax officials and analysts.

New York:

Man dies in mall parking garage crash

LATHAM (AP) -- A New Jersey man has died after crashing his car into a pillar in an upstate New York parking garage.

Police say the accident happened just after 7 p.m. Friday at the Latham Circle Mall in Latham, just north of Albany.

They say 23-year-old Matthew Reilly crashed into a pillar in the mall’s parking garage.

Reilly was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Reilly was the only person in the car when it crashed. Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

New Hampshire:

Patient receives $5M

in misdiagnosis case

EXETER (AP) -- A New Hampshire jury has awarded $5 million to an Epping woman in a medical misdiagnosis case.

A Rockingham County jury issued a verdict Thursday in favor of Noel and Adam Jodoin in a medical negligence case against Dr. Ellen Johnson. A former radiologist from Advanced Diagnostic Imaging in Exeter, Johnson was ruled at fault for the misdiagnosis in a case involving Noel Jodoin in August 2007.

The suit said that after Jodoin had a CT scan following a long and severe headache, Johnson failed to find abnormalities of clinical significance.

Jodoin was flown to a Boston hospital, where intracranial hemorrhages were detected, requiring brain surgery.