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Weekly Recap: Car Pulled From Mystic Lake, Transportation Conversation

A look back at Medford's top stories of the week.

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VIDEO: Man Crashes SUV Into Lower Mystic Lake

A man crashed a 2002 Mitsubishi Montero into Lower Mystic Lake at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The crash took place near the intersection of Mystic Valley Parkway and Sagamore Avenue.

The man, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, was unharmed. He was able to exit the SUV before it submerged, roughly 30 feet from shore, police said.

Police Log: Nov. 22-25

There were 10 arrests in the log, including arrests for assault and battery, drug offenses and OUI.

Massachusetts didn't make the top 10 high school graduation rates in the nation, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, but Medford schools have a higher graduation rate than the state average.

Some 60 People Attend ‘Conversation’ on Public Transportation's Future

MassDOT, which oversees public transportation on roads, rails and tarmacs here, held a meeting at the McGlynn Middle School Tuesday night, part of a series of “conversations” statewide, to hear ideas about the transportation system people want and what the state agency needs to do to achieve that vision.

We cannot afford the transportation we have, Jonathan Davis, acting general manager and rail and transit administrator of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, told the audience of about 60 people in his brief opening remarks. Yet MassDOT has heard, Davis said, that people need more public transportation. Davis, who identified himself as a Medford resident, said he rides the T every day to and from work.

Twenty-plus people presented opinions, complaints and suggestions at the two-and-a-half hour meeting.

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