REP'S ACCUSER COULD TAKE STAND MONDAY

The alleged victim in Rep. Carlos Henriquez's assault and battery trial is expected to take the stand Monday morning. Henriquez's defense attorney Stephanie Soriano-Mills told the News Service Friday she expects Katherine Gonzalves to testify Monday after Arlington Police Inspector Edward DeFrancisco completes his testimony. The defense has so far highlighted variations in accounts Gonzalves gave police and questioned her attitude following the alleged attack on the early morning of July 8, 2012. "She's smiling in the photos. She has heels on. It just doesn't add up," Soriano-Mills told the jurors in her opening statement. The prosecution alleges Henriquez became angry at Gonzalves and struck her across the face, grabbed her by the neck and punched her in the chest area while the two were in the back of a rental car near Gonzalves's mother's home in Arlington Heights. - A. Metzger/SHNS

WAYS AND MEANS RELEASING PET DISASTER AND NEWBORN SCREENING BILLS

With House leaders planning a formal session on Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee over the weekend opened polls on six bills that could surface for votes during what so far has been a lackluster 2014 session.


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Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey put two bills before the committee with amendments, including one (H 891) he said would simplify the preparation of the state banking commissioner's list of legal investments that has not been updated since 1983, and another (H 992) that would put real estate appraisal management companies under the supervision of the Board of Registration. Dempsey also asked the committee to recommend without amendment a bill (H3664) establishing a "Boston Strong" license plate for at least $50 with proceeds, after expenses, going to the One Fund for marathon bombing victims. The committee is also releasing a bill (S 1172) requiring emergency plans for the evacuation of pets during an emergency or disaster and another bill (S 1919) requiring the Department of Public Health to develop regulations for hospitals to perform congenital heart defect screenings on all newborns through pulse oximetry testing. The last bill set for release (S 1395) establishes a Scusset Beach State Reservation Trust Fund with a $2 admission surcharge to the Sandwich beach going toward maintenance and preservation. The poll was scheduled to close at 10 a.m. - M. Murphy/SHNS

BUS-PLUS PROGRAM ADDS ROUTES ON NORTH SHORE: A Massachusetts Department of Transportation program to purchase vehicles for regional bus companies has born fruit in the form of new routes to several North Shore communities. The Coach Company is adding a new roundtrip on its bus from Newburyport to Boston and on its route from Haverhill through Groveland, Georgetown, Boxford, Topsfield and Peabody to Boston. MassDOT expects additional route enhancements and said it has provided 31 new buses to Peter Pan Bus Lines, Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company, DATTCO, Bloom Bus Lines, Yankee Line and Greyhound in addition to Coach. The program is funded through a Federal Transit Administration State of Good Repair grant, and the state will coordinate with other New England states and New York, according to MassDOT. "We are successfully following through in our promise to increase service in Massachusetts and across New England, and we look forward to additional enhancements for customers in the months ahead," said MassDOT Transit Division Administrator and MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott in a statement. South Station's bus terminal has routes to cities just outside Boston in addition to longer trips to New York City and other points around New England. - A. Metzger/SHNS

OUTGOING REVERE REP'S AIDE SEEKING TO SUCCEED HER

Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein's chief of staff is running for in the April 1 special election to succeed the Revere Democrat. RoseLee Vincent announced Sunday night that she would vie for the seat. Vincent has lived in Revere her whole life and worked for Reinstein's father, the late former Rep. William Reinstein, before working for Kathi-Anne Reinsten, who ran unopposed to succeed her father in the House. Vincent lives in St. George, a pink condominium building on Revere beach, and grew up in Ward 6, where she still owns a home. Revere voted for a casino at the Suffolk Downs horse track that shades over the Boston city line, though East Boston voted it down. A new Revere-only proposal will be before Revere voters Feb. 25. The district also includes portions of Chelsea and Saugus. - A. Metzger/SHNS