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Rockland man wins lottery, uses as excuse to avoid speeding ticket

February 27, 2014 05:31 PM

A Rockland man not only won the lottery Thursday morning, but also used the winning ticket to help him avoid a speeding ticket in Hingham.

According to Hingham police Sergeant Steven Dearth, a man was driving on Sharp Street around 11 a.m. when he was pulled over for going 49 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.

“[The officer] stopped the car, and when he walked up to the car he could see the driver was shaking … at first he didn’t know what was the issue,” Dearth said.

The driver told the officer he had just won the lottery for $50,000, and was on his way to Braintree to cash the ticket, Dearth said.

The officer was skeptical, Dearth said, until the driver showed him the winning ticket.

Lottery officials couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday evening. WCVB reported that 22-year-old Scott Lowe from Rockland had won $50,000 on a $2 scratch he purchased in Hanover. He did go to Braintree and cashed the ticket, the TV station said.

Dearth said the officer never asked for the driver's license, but gave him a spoken warning and cautioned him about getting to Braintree safely.

“He said, ‘You've got to get there slow, otherwise you won’t be able to use your winnings’,” Dearth said.

Opening of Trotter Road in Southfield

January 13, 2014 02:30 PM

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Farmelant
January 13, 2013
Mills Public Relations
(617) 350-6200

Trotter Road Entrance Opens, Giving SouthField Residents Easy Access to South Weymouth, Rockland and Abington

Much anticipated entrance serves hundreds of residents at SouthField Highlands

(Weymouth, MA) –The Commons at SouthField Highlands today reacted to recent the opening of Trotter Road entrance to Route 18 in South Weymouth. The apartment community, currently the largest project at the SouthField mixed-use real estate development, lauded the development as a win for residents who now have easy access to nearby businesses and services in Abington, Rockland and South Weymouth.
"This vital roadway improvement connects residents at The Commons at SouthField with a short ride to Route 18 in South Weymouth, Abington and Rockland,” said Richard J. High, president of John M. Corcoran & Co. LLC. “As the region’s premier transit-oriented community, SouthField provides residents with easy access to everything the South Shore has to offer, so investments like these really make a positive impact.” The Bill Delahunt Parkway, which connects Weymouth Street in Rockland to Shea Memorial Drive, opened in August. Both the parkway and the Trotter Road extension were funded through state and federal grants. Previously, SouthField Highlands' residents were limited to accessing the community via the Shea Memorial Drive entrance on Route 18.

Earlier this year, SouthField celebrated the opening of a “Kiss & Ride” drop-off/pick-up space at the South Weymouth Commuter Rail Station, which added a much-needed access point for people who travel on MBTA Kingston/Plymouth Line to and from Boston. In October, John M. Corcoran & Co. broke ground on construction of the $18.2 million apartment building at the 1,400-acre SouthField development in Weymouth. Construction of 72 new apartment homes, which represents the second phase of The Commons at SouthField Highlands, is expected to be complete during the summer of 2014. Upon completion of the 72-unit residential community, Corcoran’s investment at SouthField is expected to be over $60 million.

About John M. Corcoran and Company
John M. Corcoran and Company specializes in the development and management of apartment communities and commercial properties delivering superior customer service and maintaining exceptional quality standards. Corcoran-managed properties are characterized by thoughtful planning, welcoming interiors and luxuriant landscaping.

About The Commons at SouthField Highlands
The Commons at SouthField Highlands offers luxury eco-living in 226 beautifully designed apartment homes in Weymouth, MA at the vibrant 1,400-acre SouthField community located just 25 minutes south of Boston. Residents enjoy convenient commutes just minutes from Route 3 and walking distance to the MBTA Commuter Rail while taking advantage of SouthField’s array of open green spaces.

South Shore towns combine designated driver campaigns

December 24, 2013 01:37 PM

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Information courtesy of Hingham Police

Traffic safety statistics from 2008 through 2012 showing fatalities involving drivers with blood alcohol content higher than .08 percent.

South Shore communities are combining efforts to reduce drunk driving with a districtwide designated driver program.

Started in Hingham a decade ago, the program seeks to partner with local restaurants and bars, encouraging them to give the designated driver free non alcoholic beverages and reminding the establishments to serve responsibly.

“The best way to reduce drunk driving is to keep intoxicated persons from operating a vehicle,” organizers said in a release.

The program has grown in pieces over the last decade, starting in Hingham after a serious Thanksgiving night crash in the town in 2002.

Though the driver involved in the crash wasn’t coming from a Hingham restaurant, police said they started looking for ways to be proactive around the holidays.

The 2003 holiday season marked the first designated driver program for the town, with half of local businesses participating in the campaign. By 2005, every Hingham business was a participant, and the effort had become a year-round event.

The Plymouth County District Attorney’s office became involved in 2006, using money received from drunk driving forfeitures to provide magnets, stickers, and brochures.

Norwell Police came on board in 2010, followed by Rockland in 2011. As Marshfield joined in 2013, all four communities have come together with the District Attorney to make the program regionwide.

“The four communities together bring a total of over 70 establishments participating in the program and serve over 77,000 residents,” organizers said.

Police are optimistic about the expansion of the program, as the existing program has already reduced incidents of drunk driving, they said.

According to the release, 19 alcohol fatalities occurred in 2008 in Plymouth County. By 2012, that number had gone down to 12.

In all 14 Massachusetts counties, only Dukes, Middlesex, Plymouth, and Worcester had a decrease in drunk driving fatalities in the same time period, with Plymouth having the largest percentage decrease.

Yet there is still work to be done. Police said 56 people have been killed cumulatively in the last five years in Plymouth County due to alcohol-related crashes.

Continued enforcement and awareness campaigns are the answer, police said, and over time, the hope is the program reinforces the use of designated drivers, keeps the subject of drunk driving in the forefront of the public’s mind, and develops a relationship between restaurants and police before an incident occurs.

Snapshot: The cost of safety

September 19, 2013 05:19 AM

Fire Department spending as a percentage of all expenditure spending, fiscal year, 2012.

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Additional town-by-town snapshots.

Rockland man arrrested in Hingham on 4th OUI charge

August 29, 2013 03:09 PM

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A Rockland man arrested in Hingham Monday and charged for a fourth time with driving under the influence.

According to Hingham police, officers received a call at 4:41 p.m. saying a dark-colored Chevrolet pickup was “all over the road” and had difficulty staying in one lane.

The witness said she saw the car traveling north on Otis Street near the Hingham Bathing Beach lot. The motorist pulled off the road into a boat parking lot on Lincoln Street, and an officer arrived at soon afterward and saw a truck fitting the witness’s description.

The officer spoke to a man sitting in the driver’s seat, who denied that he had been driving. Accordind to police, the suspect told the officer that his wife had been driving and that his wife had gone for a walk. The suspect told police he had come to the area to get boat parts.

The suspect eventually got out of the car and police said he was unsteady on his feet. Several times, the suspect's knees appeared to buckle but he held on to the bed of the truck, police said.

Though the suspect denied he had been drinking, the man smelled strongly of alcoho and refused to take part in a field sobriety testl, police said..

Police also discovered that the man’s wife, who owned the car, was at home. Officers said the truck’s keys were found in the man’s front pants pocket, the man’s wallet in the driver’s door, and a man who came out of the boat store identified the suspect as the person who had been driving.

Richard F. Higgins, 49, from Rockland was arrested and charged with operating under the influence (fourth offense), driving with a license revoked for OUI, and operating to endanger.

The truck, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, was towed.

Higgins was held on $2,500 cash bail by the Clerk Magistrate and held overnight at the Plymouth County House of Correction.

Police said the suspect was arraigned on Wednesday at Hingham District Court. He was ordered to be held until the bail of $2,500 was posted. He will be due back in Hingham Court on Sept. 25.

According to police, Higgins was convicted for Operating Under the Influence in Quincy in 1987, in Norwell in 1995, and in Rockland in 2006. In 2011, Higgins's license was revoked for eight years for his previous offenses.

Police said that under Melanie’s Law, a conviction for OUI while a license is suspended or revoked for a prior OUI carries with it a minimum mandatory sentence of one year in jail, to be served in addition to any other sentence.

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