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Newton mayor declares state of emergency; tree falls on police cruiser

Posted by Evan Allen  October 29, 2012 11:43 AM

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Newton Mayor Setti Warren declared a state of emergency Monday as winds whipped up from Hurricane Sandy, and a tree fell on a police cruiser late in the morning, police said.

Police have been fielding calls for trees falling on homes and branches down around the city, according to Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker.

At around 11:40 a.m. at Washington Street and Walker Street, said Apotheker, a tree fell onto a cruiser that the officer had just gotten out of. The officer was not injured, but Apotheker did not know the extent of the damage to the cruiser. Officers are currently on scene.

There have been no injuries reported in Newton, said Apotheker, but police are braced for stronger winds as the day goes on.

There has been no major damage so far.

"Not yet," he said. "That doesn't sound good, but not yet."

Mayor Setti Warren's declaration of a state of emergency will allow Newton to ask for additional state resources and apply for reimbursements for any storm-related damages from the federal government, according to city officials.

Police are advising residents to stay inside and not to park their vehicles on the street. People should keep their pets indoors and check on elderly and disabled neighbors.

Meanwhile, Chestnut Hill mall will be closing at 1 p.m. Monday, according to a spokeswoman.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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