Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In the News: road rage incident, no parade on the 4th

A 46-year-old Waltham man spat in a woman's face and threatened her with a metal pipe during a case of road rage Sunday in the area of Constitution Boulevard, police said. 
James M. Foley was arrested Sunday on West Central Street and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, disorderly conduct and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. 
Foley was held on $250 bail Monday at his Wrentham District Court arraignment.
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There is a glaring absence in the schedule of events for the Fourth of July celebration: The parade. 
Organizers have cancelled this year's parade in response to concerns about the condition of the roads along the route. They also cited road construction in the downtown area and the safety of parade participants and spectators. 
“Suppose a horse breaks a foot, someone in the band trips in a pothole or an antique car breaks an axle,” said Warren Revell, long-time co-chairman of the Franklin 4th of July Coalition. 
Revell said the coalition did not discuss its plans to nix the parade with town officials.
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