Bill would aid domestic violence victims
BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill designed to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault by letting them break a lease without penalty.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem, said that under the bill, victims who live in private housing would receive protections similar to those available under federal law to residents of public housing.
The Newton Democrat said those protections include allowing victims to break a lease without undue financial penalty if his or her safety is in jeopardy.
Tenants would be required to give landlords written notification of their situation. Landlords also could request independent verification of their status as victims, though this information would have to be kept confidential.
The bill has been sent to Gov. Deval Patrick, who is expected to sign it.
NH man charged with assaulting infant
RAYMOND — Police in Raymond, N.H., say a 26-year-old man is facing charges of assaulting an infant less than a year old.
Police say they received reports that an infant about 2 months old had received injuries in recent weeks. An examination of the baby at the Exeter Hospital showed that the child had suffered multiple fractures.
The baby is not being identified, but police say the child was injured in a Raymond residence over the past several weeks.
Cavan G. Moore of Raymond faces three counts second degree assault on a victim less than a year old. He’s being held on $25,000 cash bail pending an arraignment in the Candia Circuit Court.
20 vehicles crash on I-93 in NH; 5 injured
NEW HAMPTON — Authorities in New Hampshire say 20 vehicles crashed in a chain-reaction accident during heavy snowfall on Interstate 93.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the crash happened near Exit 22 early Saturday afternoon. Boynton says the pileup left five people injured, but none of the injuries was life-threatening. Rescue workers took all five to hospitals.