Here are some of the stories that made headlines nearby last week.
MEDFORD—A third man has been charged in connection to an attack on a Salem Street jogger on St. Patrick's Day last year. Ryan Shea, 20, of Somerville turned himself in to Medford Police Monday on charges he and three other men allegedly shouted from a car at a man jogging near the intersection of Salem Street and Park Street about 7:30 p.m. March 17. They got out of the car to punch the victim, break a bottle over his head and stab him, according to police reports. The victim suffered a punctured lung in the attack and spent two days at Massachusetts General Hospital.. He was released on personal recognizance by Judge Maurice Flynn during an arraignment Monday at Somerville District Court, according to court filings.
MELROSE—Commuter rail riders who park at one of Melrose's three stations to head into Boston face a $1 per day increase in parking lot rates starting mid-March, under a proposal given an initial OK by the aldermen on Monday night. The proposed daily parking rate increase from $2 to $3 would pay for three new pay-and-display units at the city's commuter rail station parking lots. Currently only the Highlands stop has a functioning parking pay machine.
STONEHAM—The Stoneham Board of Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of creating a seven-person committee to look into bar seating restrictions and the possibility of securing beer and wine licenses only for some establishments in town Tuesday night at Town Hall.
The committee will consist of two restaurant owners who also are members of the Chamber of Commerce, three residents and Selectmen Robert Sweeney and John DePinto.
Sharon Iovanni, executive director of the Chamber, lauded the Selectmen for wanting to form the committee and offered to help moving forward.
WAKEFIELD—Crawlers were told to start their engines at the Liberty Tree Mall's Diaper Derby, held on Saturday, Feb. 25. In three rounds, babies under twelve-months competed to race to the end of a colorful mat, with the rules including no walking, and no getting off the mat. The fastest babies, Elin Busch from Wakefield, Kenzie Cole from Danvers, and Christopher Rowe from Swampscott each received a trophy for winning the competition.