Regional Roundup: Accident on Rt. 123 Leaves 1 Dead, Attleboro Councilor Rips Storm Cleanup, and More

A look at some of the region's top headlines from the past week.

Norton: Driver in Route 123 Accident Pronounced Dead

William Lozeau, of Norton, was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital Tuesday following an accident on Route 123.

The 50-year-old W. Main Street resident hit a town plow truck head on near St. Mary's Church. The driver of the plow, Rhode Island resident George Guptill, was travelling in the eastbound lane when Lozeau came from the opposite direction into that lane.

The accident caused the road to be closed for an hour and a half. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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Attleboro: Councilor Rips City’s Handling of Storm

Attleboro Ward 4 City Councilor Jonathan Weydt said there were numerous “issues” with what happened in his ward during and after the recent blizzard. He shared his opinion during a colorful commentary at the Tuesday council meeting that was abruptly shut down by Councilor Peter Blais.

“I do feel there was some good work done, but we had a lot of problems in Ward 4 ...We had issues in Ward 4, a lot of issues," Weydt said.

Blais, who was chairing the council’s public works committee meeting at the time, cut off Weydt, and said he would not "entertain discussion about problems," but said this should be a topic for another meeting. Weydt said he did not believe the discussion would ever take place.


Foxborough: Keeping Invensys in May Come Down to Tax Break

 Invensys, with roots 104 years old in Foxborough, has expressed “significant” interest to remain in town but needs a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program approved in order to invest $30 million worth of renovations to existing infrastructure.

Steve Sacco, senior vice president of Invensys, informed selectmen last week the company is approaching the end of two building leases in town and has started looking at its options both in and outside of Foxborough.
Sacco said one of the company’s proposed options – and one that many in Foxborough will be relieved to hear – is to remain in town and invest $30 million into the leased Cocasset Building on Mechanic Street and the Neponset Building on Neponset Avenue.

In order for Invensys to make that kind of investment on its current buildings and remain in Foxborough, Sacco said the town would need to approve the company’s TIF application under the state-run program.

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Mansfield: Public Hearing for Dog Attack Set for 2/27

The Mansfield Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 last night to have a public hearing and accept a report by animal control concerning a complaint filed about a vicious dog attack.

The public hearing will take place on February 27 as recommended by Town Manager William Ross to leave time to give notice and advertise the hearing.

Filed by the lawyer of Dawn Herbert-Miller, the complaint from January 3 stems from a dog attack on Herber-Miller’s six year old son.

The bites from the dog reportedly left the child in such sever damage that he needed over 400 stitches, surgery, and ongoing treatment.

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