911 text option already paying dividends

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Local officials note calling 911 remains best option in most cases By Hope RudzinskiCitizen Chronicle Intern “Call if you can; text if you can’t.” That’s the new motto sweeping across Massachusetts police stations, with respect to the new 911 texting system, which went into effect in December. Texting? You read that right. […]

Local 911 services impacted by nationwide outage

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Restoration announced, but problems remain ‘sporadic’ REGION — Public safety officials have fielded a litany of inquiries as a critical outage has prevented the successful completion of phone calls to 911 on Friday due to technical problems. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported Friday afternoon that 911 service has […]

Silver Alert leads to Spencer man being found in Worcester

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Spencer PD: Byrnes found “safe and uninjured” SPENCER — A local elderly man was found after authorities issued a Silver Alert and called for the public’s help finding him on Monday evening. The Spencer Police Department reported Thomas Byrnes, aged 85, of Spencer, “suffers from serious memory impairment,” had last […]

As Merrimack Valley Recovers, Investigation Begins Into Fires, Explosions

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By Colin A. Young COURTESY STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 14, 2018….Public safety officials in the Merrimack Valley are getting a clearer view Friday morning of the destruction from Thursday’s fatal gas-related explosions and fires and though an over-pressurized gas distribution system is thought to be at […]

Tornado leaves dozens homeless, injures one in Webster

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📸 Mark Cruz courtesy photo of damage in the immediate aftermath of a tornado in Webster on Saturday morning. At least two buildings to be torn down due to damage By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer Shaun@TheCitizenChronicle.com WEBSTER — As many as 50 locals are homeless and one woman suffered minor […]