National roundup: Water pollution adds to town’s woes

Colorado
Flood-wrecked town has polluted water

The residents of the foothill town of Lyons, Colo., hit hard by flooding that damaged and destroyed their homes, businesses and roads, have another misery to contend with: the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been found in the town’s water system.

“We don’t want you using any of the water,” town administrator Victoria Simonsen said during a town hall meeting, which was broadcast online because the town is all but empty.

There’s no timeline for when the water and sewer systems will be restored, Simonsen said. Many Lyons residents were evacuated by a convoy of National Guard troops last week. If they want to return to a town that also lacks electricity and gas, officials said, they do so at their own risk.

— Associated Press

Massachusetts
Boston police chief hands in resignation

Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis, who led his department’s response to the Boston Marathon bombing, is stepping down, a department spokeswoman said Sunday.

The residents of the foothill town of Lyons, Colo., hit hard by flooding that damaged and destroyed their homes, businesses and roads, have another misery to contend with: the potentially deadly E. coli bacteria has been found in the town’s water system. (Jeremy Papasso/Associated Press)

Davis gave his resignation to Mayor Thomas M. Menino and will hold a news conference Monday to discuss his plans, police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said.

The decision by Davis to step down is perhaps not surprising. Boston is poised to have a new mayor for the first time in two decades after Menino opted not to seek another term this fall.

Davis was thrust into the national spotlight on April 15 when twin explosions near the marathon finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Davis, 57, has spent almost seven years as Boston’s top cop after being appointed by Menino in 2006. He previously served as the superintendent of police in Lowell, Mass.

— Associated Press

Pilot lands in Chicago: The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing early Sunday along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive because of mechanical issues. John Pederson told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was flying over the lakefront about 6 a.m. when an elevator on his experimental plane broke, causing the aircraft to shake. He landed in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park, authorities said. “There’s always a risk. I always look for a place to land,” said Pederson, 51, who has been a pilot for five years.

Chicago police said no one was injured.

— Associated Press

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