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The Sutter Administration released this statement today on a final extension of the parking ban in Fall River:

 

 

The Fall River parking ban has been extended until midnight tonight. The cause for the extension is the ongoing concern that emergency vehicles may have trouble accessing narrower roads. When the ban is lifted tonight and residents are shoveling out new parking spots for themselves, the city asks that residents please do not place snow back into the street. With parking returned to both sides of the street, it will be extremely difficult for large city plows to clean up snow placed back into the street.

 

Mayor Sutter once again would like to thank the citizens of Fall River for their ongoing cooperation and the many workers and volunteers who have been working around the clock since Monday morning to keep our city’s streets safe.

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School is canceled Friday, January 30. 

Dear FRPS Students, Staff and Families:  The safety of our students remains our utmost priority.  The present condition of many sidewalks will cause our students to be walking in the street, or potentially waiting in the street for busses. Additionally, tomorrow morning's forecast calls for decreased visibility due to snowy conditions.  The combination of decreased visibility and students in the streets causes a safety concern.  Putting our students' safety first, school is canceled tomorrow. We look forward to seeing all of our students on Monday, February 2.

 

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Fall River's Unemployment Rate for December moved up to 9.3%, up from November's 8.9% as the December numbers were released Thursday Morning by the Commonwealth's Department of Labor and Workforce Development. 
 
The official number of people who are considered unemployed in Fall River moved up by 179 from November to December. 
 
In New Bedford, unemployment declined by three tenths of a percentage point, from November's 9.4% to December's 9.1%. 
 
Unemployment in December for Somerset was unchanged at 6.5%, while in Swansea, unemployment moved up to 5.6%.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is a verbatim release from the Fall River Mayor's Office

 

 

Mayor Sutter has decided that the parking ban in Fall River will be extended until noon tomorrow (Friday, 1/30). After consultation with Community Maintenance Director Ken Pacheco, Chief of Police Dan Racine, Fire Chief Robert Viveiros, Traffic Director Laura Ferriera, Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown, and Chief of Operations Lou Pacheco in a conference call this morning, the Mayor concluded that the parking ban should be extended further.

 

City plows are currently in the process of widening streets to make them more accessible to emergency vehicles and improve accessibility to Fall River’s side streets. The public safety officials believe that ending the parking ban now would inhibit the plows from making significant improvements in those two areas. Tomorrow morning, Mayor Sutter will re-assess the situation and decide whether the ban needs to be extended beyond tomorrow. The potential for precipitation tomorrow and the chance of more snowfall on Monday will be taken into consideration.

 

The Mayor has scheduled a conference call again for tomorrow morning with the same participants as this morning’s call to assist him in making his decision.

 

Mayor Sutter would like to thank the people of Fall River for their cooperation and patience as the city responds to this historic storm. 

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Fall River Superintendent of Public Schools Meg Mayo Brown has told WSAR that there will be No School on Thursday, January 29, as a means to help keep staff and students off the roads as the clean up effort in the city continues; Mayo Brown says staff is trying to dig out at various buildings to get them ready for a possible Friday School Day. 

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The City of New Bedford is extending its parking ban till 6pm Thursday, with a State of Emergency remaining in force; New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell is asking that even with a non essential driving ban lifted in the Commonwealth as of Midnight Wednesday that drivers stay off the roads if they don't need to travel.

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Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter has indicated to WSAR that a parking ban that was instituted on Monday in advance of the Blizzard of 2015 will remain in force for at least 24 hours, as a means towards continuing the work of clearing snow from city streets. 

 

Sutter is also reminding citizens to clean sidewalks in front of their properties or businesses as a safety measure. 

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The Somerset MA Parking Ban has been lifted this morning, while in Fall River, the ban will likely be lifted at some point during the afternoon...

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.BRISTOL COUNTY...
   EAST FREETOWN         26.0   458 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   SOMERSET              24.0  1235 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   FALL RIVER            23.1   805 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER
   ACUSHNET              22.2   605 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER
   NEW BEDFORD           21.0   808 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   TAUNTON               20.8   700 AM  1/28  NWS OFFICE
   MANSFIELD             19.8   548 PM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER
   FAIRHAVEN             19.0   629 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   NORTH ATTLEBORO       18.9   306 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   NORTH DIGHTON         18.4   558 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   SOUTH DARTMOUTH       17.5   921 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   NORTH ACUSHNET        16.0   806 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   WEST ACUSHNET         14.3  1229 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
 

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has lifted a non essential travel ban for the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts beginning at midnight tonight.

 

The ban had been lifted for Western Massachusetts earlier in the afternoon. 

 

The Administration also says Logan International Airport will be operational tomorrow afternoon as Jet Blue will likely have the first flights to leave Logan, and a full complement of flights will likely be running on Thursday. 

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Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter has indicated to WSAR that in conversations he has has with the Commonwealth's Lieutenant Governor, its likely that a ban on non essential travel will be lifted for the South Coast at midnight. 

 

Sutter also tells WSAR that Fall River's current Parking Ban will be lifted tomorrow afternoon, likely at the same time that Government Center will reopen to the public. 

 

Governor Baker lifted a portion of the driving ban for Western Mass earlier this afternoon. 

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These are the unoffical snow totals from NOAA's website...


BRISTOL COUNTY...
   EAST FREETOWN         25.5   225 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   SOMERSET              24.0  1235 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   NORTH ATTLEBORO       18.3  1247 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   NEW BEDFORD           18.0   848 AM  1/27  NONE
   TAUNTON               17.8   100 PM  1/27  NWS OFFICE
   SOUTH DARTMOUTH       17.5   921 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   MANSFIELD             16.8  1112 AM  1/27  TRAINED SPOTTER
   FAIRHAVEN             14.5   931 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   WEST ACUSHNET         14.3  1229 PM  1/27  HAM RADIO
   FALL RIVER            13.2   913 AM  1/27  HAM RADIO

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At 12 PM today, Governor Baker issued an Order rescinding the travel ban for all roads in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties, with the exception of Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike).  The travel ban remains in effect for all other areas of the Commonwealth, including all of Interstate 90.  The Order is effective immediately.

 

The non essential driving ban remains in effect for Bristol County and all of Southeastern Massachusetts until further notice. 

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The Austin Intermediate School in Freetown has been opened as a Shelter should anyone need it in that community. 

 

In Fall River, the shelter at BMC Durfee remains in operation; it had about 30 people using it last night and into this morning. 

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Non Essential Travel Bans remain in place in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island this morning, along with bans in New York and New Hampshire. 

 

MassDOTs District Five in Taunton says roads are snow covered and are being plowed.

 

Fall River reported a wind gust of 52 miles and hour around 12:30 this morning; winds are moving between 24 and 42 miles an hour this morning.

 

There are small pockets of power outages in Rhode Island this morning, as National Grid and NStar have crews on the ground and soon to arrive to handle outages as they occur.

 

Once the storm is over, below zero temps could be in the offing for the SouthCoast  this weekend.  

 

 

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is now under a State of Emergency, with a non essential driving ban set to begin at midnight tonight. 

 

The following exceptions shall exist for the ban and all drivers are encouraged to remain safe and use their best judgment:

 

·         Essential emergency response professionals

·         Medical, healthcare and human service workers, including shelter personnel

·         Essential public transit and support workers

·         Public and private personnel supporting public works and utility operations

·         Essential state employees

·         Those traveling for essential medical procedures

 

·         Vehicles and personnel delivering essential supplies to healthcare facilities.

 

StStates of Emergency are also in effect in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York

 

 

 

 

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Triple A Northeast is reporting that gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down 7 cents from a week ago. 
 
Triple A says the average for a gallon of regular self serve gasoline is now at $2.08 a gallon, with prices lower by 38 cents in the last month. 
 
The national average for a gallon of regular self serve gasoline is $2.03
 
The range in prices this week is 56 cents from a low of $1.93 to a high of $2.49.
 
 
 
 
 
 



36-year old Jason Valliere of New Bedford is set to charged with murder in connection to a Thursday Afternoon Homicide outside a Metro PCS location in the 200 block of Coghassall Street in New Bedford. 

 

The Bristol County D-As office indicates that Valliere, who is accused of allegedly shooting a Dartmouth man last Thursday Afternoon, is set to be arraigned in New Bedford District Court. 

 

Valliere turned himself into New Bedford Police on Friday after an active manhunt. 


 

 

 

 



Peter Pan Buses is shutting down service between Providence and New York City this afternoon, along with service between Boston and New York, and also to Philadelphia. 

 

Bonanza Buses is shutting down all its routes on Tuesday.

 

The Southeastern Regional Transit Authority is suspending service as of 7pm tonight, which dependent on the approaching track of the upcoming Winter Storm Event. 

 

Anyone who uses SRTA on a regular basis is to anticipate that service tomorrow, Tuesday, will be delayed. 

 

Any questions should be directed to 508 999 5211. 

 

 

 



  • The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Blizzard Warning for Southeastern Massachusetts and all of Rhode Island that begins at 7pm tonight and continues through 1am on Wednesday. 
  • WSAR Senior Meteorologist Rob Carolon indicates that a foot to 24 inches of new snow could fall by time the storm tapers off on Wednesday; the peak of the storm could see 2 to four inches an hour of snowfall. 

At the peak of the storm, winds could move anywhere from 50 to 60 miles an hour. 

National Grid says it is preparing for the storm by moving equipment, manpower and material into areas that will see the most significant snowfall, while the Baker Administration in the Commonwealth is warning that roads and public transportation could be shut down on Tuesday. 

 

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Massachusetts State Police and New Bedford Homicide Unit Detectives are investigating what is being called a homicide, which happened this afternoon in New Bedford.
 
The NBPD says it got a 9-1-1 call regarding a shooting at a Metro PCS location in the 200 block of Coggeshall Street around 12:30 pm Thursday Afternoon. 
 
A male shooting victim was found in an area near a parking lot; the 36-year old shooting victim was taken to St. Luke's Hosptial where he was pronounced dead at 1:12pm.
 
Investigators in New Bedford are looking to talk to anyone in the area of Coggeshall Street and Belleville Avenue between noon and 1pm to contact the NBPD Detectives at 508 991 6300.
 
 
 
 
 
 



A Bristol County Grand Jury has indicited a 63 year old Somerset man on charges of Second Degree Murder, Assault and Battery on a person over 60, and recklessly permitting bodily injury by a caretaker in the death of 88 year old Sophie Kostek in August 2014. 
 
Micheal Kostek is being held on a $1 million cash bail after being charged in the Summer of 2014 with Assault and Battery on an Elderly person resulting in Serious Bodily Injury; Kostek will be arraigned on January 29 on the newest set of charges filed this week. 
 
 
 
 



Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter tells WSAR that he will likely appear before the next session of the City Council's Committee on Ordnances and Legislation next week to make a pitch for the creation of a Director of Operations and a Special Assistant to the Mayor. 

 

The Committee tabled the idea, telling WSAR it wanted more information about how the costs of the two slots, estimated at $115,000.

 

At least seven members of prior administrations have left Government Center in the past several weeks; Sutter tells WSAR that frees up a potential $500,000. 

 

Sutter has indicated to WSAR that he is building his administration in the same manner as Scott Lang did in New Bedford a few years ago. 



The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will close the I-195 east and westbound on-ramp from the new Water Street Connector and from Route 79/Broadway northbound on Saturday, January 24 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The closures are necessary to continue demolishing the Exit 5 ramp, which is above the I-195 on-ramps.

 

Signage will be in place for the detour routes. Police details will be present at the work site and along the detour routes to maintain traffic flow. The following detour routes will be in place for Saturday, January 24 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM only:

 

  • All traffic on Water Street Connector and Route 79/Broadway northbound destined for I-195 will take Pocasset Street westbound.
  • Traffic destined for I-195 eastbound will use the temporary on-ramp across from the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Traffic destined for I-195 westbound will continue on Pocasset Street to south Frontage Road and follow the signs to I-195 using Exit 6.



Gasoline Prices in the Commonwealth are down 10 cents in the latest Triple A Northeast Survey, indicating the sixth consecutive week of double digit price reductions. 
 
Triple A Northeast's Survey finds the average of a price of regular self serve unleaded gasoline at $2.15 a gallon. 
 
WSAR has noted price points locally from a low of $1.94 to a high of $2.29 locally over the weekend. 
 
The national average for a gallon of regular self serve unleaded is at $2.06
 
Triple A Northeast finds a 74 cent price range from a low of $1.95 to a high of $2.69.
 
 
 
 
 
 



Fall River Director of Public Health Dr. Henry Valencourt tells WSAR that there is still time to get a flu shot from your personal physician for the Winter Flu Season, even with a weaker version of the vaccine compared to a year ago. 

 

Valencourt tells WSAR that his office is noting one particular strain of the flu which is making its way through New England this month; he says you can tell within 48 hours if what you have is a cold, or something more serious. 



The first session for the Fall River City Council's Committee on Ordinances and Legislation committee for 2015 happens this coming Wednesday, with four items on the Agenda, including the first steps towards perhaps creating a Special Assistant to the Mayor and a Chief of Operations. 

 

The item was tabled and sent to the committee by the full council last week. 

 

A discussion on noise will be taken off the table after a discussion earlier this fall, as a city bus company was dinged for $1,000 in a recent noise complaint. 



The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will close the I-195 east and westbound on-ramp from the new Water Street Connector and from Route 79/Broadway northbound on Saturday, January 17 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The closures are necessary to demolish the Exit 5 ramp, which is above the I-195 on-ramps.

 

Signage will be in place for the detour routes. Police details will be present at the work site and along the detour routes to maintain traffic flow. The following detour routes will be in place for Saturday, January 17 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM only:

 

  • All traffic on Water Street Connector and Route 79/Broadway northbound destined for I-195 will take Pocasset Street westbound.
  • Traffic destined for I-195 eastbound will use the temporary on-ramp across from the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Traffic destined for I-195 westbound will continue on Pocasset Street to south Frontage Road and follow the signs to I-195 using Exit 6.



Six Discussion Items are on the New Business Portion of the Agenda for the Somerset Board of Selectmen Wednesday Night at 6pm at the Somerset Public Library.
 
Among the items, future town office renovations and how to clean up stored items in the basement of the town offices in Somerset.
 
An Acting Town Administrator is also one of the six discussion items, as are zoning proposals.  
 
 
 
 



The Fall River City Council will meet tonight for the first time in 2015, and will elect a President and Vice President for the second year of a two year term.

 

Joe Camara secured five votes a year ago to become Council President, while Ray Mitchell became the Vice President, as both have served multiple times in those slots.

 

A single resolution will ask the Committee on Public Safety to meet to discuss Pedestrian Crossing Signals on Broadway at Middle Street and Bradford Avenue.

 

Council will also accept a communication from the City of New Bedford for a South Coast Rail Lottery Ticket to be administered by the Massachusetts State Lottery.  

 

 

 

 



 

Due to weather conditions, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has rescheduled the following traffic changes for after the morning rush hour on Wednesday, January 14 as the final phase of traffic detour implementation for Stage 1B construction of the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project.

  • Open Water Street Connector to one-way traffic (eastbound) and re-open a portion of Route 79/138 (Broadway) to two-way traffic from Columbia Street north for access to Water Street Connector.
  • Close Anawan Street/Pocasset Street to through traffic between Davol Street and the Work Out World parking lot (local access maintained).



The Berkley Dighton Bridge will be closed from the hours of 9 AM to 2 PM starting today, Monday, January 12th through Thursday, January 15th. Traffic will be diverted along detour routes during the time of the closure.

 

Traffic from Dighton to Berkley will head north along MA-138 N and turn right onto 5th St to Continue onto W Water St. From there traffic will head southeast on Plain St toward E Water St, and continue south on E Water St toward Berkley St. Making a sight left onto Berkley St, traffic will follow through the end of the detour arriving at the Berkley St/Elm St intersection.

 

Traffic from Berkley to Dighton will head northeast on Berkley St toward Desautels Ct, making a slight right onto E Water St. From there traffic will head northwest on Plain St toward W Water St, and after that travel southwest on W Water St toward Staples Ave. Making a light right onto 5th St, traffic will turn left onto Somerset Ave, continue onto Lawton Ave, and continue onto MA-138 S/Somerset Ave arriving at the Center Street intersection. 

 



Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter and Fall River Superintendent of Public Schools Meg Mayo Brown are set to be in Suburban Boston along with members of the Bristol Legislative Delegation on Wednesday, January 14, to discuss the possibility of a partnership to construct a new BMC Durfee High School. 

 

A release Friday Night indicates that a Feasibility Study will likely be launched for a new High School in Fall River after an application was submitted in 2014. 

 

The current BMC Durfee building was finished in 1978 as an open classroom model, which was popular with public educators at the time. 

 

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges cited what are being termed as ''significant facility concerns'' during a 2013 accreditation visit. 

 

 

 

 

 



Jury Selection in the First Degree Murder Trial for former Patriot Aaron Hernandez started Friday and will continue for a portion of next week, as Defense and Prosecution Attorneys will sift through at least 1,000 questionnaires to find a jury of 18 people that will hear evidence and render a verdict in February or March of 2015. 

 

A rule issued by Judge E Susan Garsh that NFL logos or Patriot logos will be banned was put in force on Friday according to ESPN.com, as a man wearing a Bruins Jersey while waiting in a security line allegedly yelled ''Go Pats'' in an area where potential jurors were waiting for elevators in the Fall River Justice Center.

Some observers were seen wearing Patriots gear into pre trial hearings in 2014 before the rule was put into place. 

 

 

 

 



MassDOT has rescheduled the following traffic changes to begin after the conclusion of the morning commute on Monday, January 12, as the final phase of traffic detours for Stage One B Construction of the Route 79 Braga Bridge improvements project. 
 
MassDOT plans to open the Water Street Connector to one way traffic eastbound and to reopen a portion of Route 79 and Broadway to two way traffic from Columbia Street North for access to the Water Street Connector. 
 
Anawan Street and Pocasset Street will be closed to through traffic between Davol Street and The Work Out World Parking lot, with local access maintained. 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Massachusetts Governor Baker has instituted an immdiate hiring freeze across most aspects of Commonwealth Government on Beacon Hill. 
 
Baker has also called for a comprehensive review of all departments in the first 100 days of his administration, in an effort to streamline government. 
 
Agencies are being told to withdraw job postings, are prohibited from hiring contract employees and puts limits on the hiring of temp staff. 
 
Its estimated that savings of $6.5 million could be achieved. 
 
 
 
 



Citizens for Citizens Director Mark Sullivan Jr. will be leaving his post at the end of January after 43 years at the helm of the area's Federally Designated Anti Poverty Agency. 
 
Sullivan has served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Agency which has handled heating grants and other elements of Federal Aid since its formation. 
 
Citizens for Citizens indicates to WSAR that a new Director will be hired by the organization's Board of Directors of Citizens for Citizens at the end of the month. 
 
 
 
 
 



The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will implement the following closures in Fall River from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 10 to allow National Grid to perform project-related utility work in the area:

 

  • Central Street (Route 79/138) between Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard and Water Street
  • Exit 5 off I-195 westbound
  • North/South Davol Street (Route 79) between the U-turn and Central Street
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 Police details will be present at the work site and along the detour routes to maintain traffic flow. The following detour routes will be in place for Saturday, January 10 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM only:

 

  • I-195 westbound traffic destined for Route 79/138 and points north should use Exit 6 or reverse direction at Exit 4.
  • North/South Davol Street (Route 79) traffic destined for points south should use President Avenue, Robeson Street and Bedford Street.
  • North/South Davol Street (Route 79) and Central Street traffic destined for points north should use North Main Street and President Avenue.
  • Central Street (Route 79/138) traffic destined for points south should use South Main Street.
  • Central Street (Route 79/138) traffic destined for the Battleship Cove or Water Street areas should use Pocasset and Anawan Streets.



The community of Somerset could begin construction of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget with a deficit that could reach $7 to $8 million. 
 
Somerset Selectman Scott Lebeau indicated during the first meeting of 2015 for the Board of Selectmen at the Somerset Public Library that Fiscal Year 2016 would be another difficult phase. 
 
Lebeau says Somerset was able to use Free Cash and Stabilization dollars for FY 2015, while raising property taxes by around $700,000.
 
Department heads in Somerset were told this week to prepare budgets with cost savings in mind, while Lebeau is asking Somerset residents for ideas on what could be done to lower the cost of government. 
 
Somerset is also preparing its search for a Town Administrator with ads on various websites and publications such as the ''Boston Globe''.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     



Fall River Police Investigators have arrested a pair of suspects in connection with an alleged home invasion that happened Tuesday Night at 10:20pm in the 100 block of Rock Street; at least one person inside the apartment was stabbed during an altercation. 
 
A 27 year old Rock Street Resident told police he had invited one of the two suspects into his apartment; the suspect then left the apartment and returned with a second male; the FRPD says an argument ensued over demands made for the victim's wallet and cell phone. 
 
The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of a stab wound from a pocket knife. 
 
24 year old Michael Alexander of the 400 block of Bluehill Avenue in Boston, and 24 year old Barron Sylvia Moals of the 600 block of Durfee Street were arrested on various counts related to the Home Invasion; Alexander also has 7 outstanding warrants from 2013 and 2014. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                  



A pair of Fall River men have been arrested in connection with the Armed Robbery of a Tedeschi's location in the 1200 block of Pleasant Street in Fall River.
 
The incident happened Monday Night just before 6:30 when store clerks say the suspects entered the location wearing masks and displaying a knife, taking money from a register. 
 
FRPD officers canvassed the area, finding witnesses who indicated the pair had entered 1280 Pleasant Street and changed clothes; officers then followed the suspects onto Flint Street and detained them, while other officers located clothes and a mask with an eye hole cut in the hallway of 1280 Pleasant Street. 
 
A knife was also seized as evidence. 
 
The FRPD arrested 22 year old David Fields of 900 block of Locust in Fall River, who faces four counts in relation to the Monday Night Robbery and 3 outstanding warrants from 2013.
 
24 year old Tyler Ferreira of 50 Willow Street in Fall River faces two counts in relation to the robbery. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                     
                      

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In what is being termed as ''an initial move to restrcture the city's Law Department'', Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter has announced that Corporation Counsel Elizabeth Sousa and Assistant Corporation Counsel Christy Diorio will not be retained by his administration.

 

Assistant Corporation Counsel Gary Howayeck will remain in Fall River's Law Department.

 

In statement issued this afternoon, Sutter indicated ''the transistion team conducted interviews of these members of the City's Law Department and decided these changes were necessary''.

 

Sutter says the slots in the Law Department will be filled in the near future. 

 

 

 

 



The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has the Region C Issue back on its docket at the Commission's first meeting for 2015 this coming Thursday. 
 
The Commission will also hear from its Research and Responsible Gaming Division regarding its Play Management Policy, in which those who decide to play Slots or Video Poker can set their own loss limits using their Players Card. 
 
The Commission will also discuss the location of ATMs in the Planville Slot Parlor, which is under construction, along with the MGM Springfield property and the Wynn proposal in Everett. 
 
The Commission could also make its first public comments on a suit from the City of Boston that seeks to have Boston residents vote up or down on the Everett Project. 
 
 
 



According to Fall River's Director of Community Maintenance the price of the Purple Trash Bags that debuted with the Pay As You Throw Program in August 2014 is staying the same, after some unsubstantiated rumors cropped up this week that the price was going up. 

 

It is not, according to Ken Pacheco, who tells WSAR that any price increases for the Purple Bags would have to be initiated on the Sixth Floor with a discussion with the nine member city council, and the process is not happening, because the price of the bags is not increasing. 



Triple A Northeast is reporting that the price of a gallon of regular self serve unleaded gasoline is down 10 cents this week, which marks the 17th consecutive week of declining gasoline prices. 
 
Mary McGwire is the Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for Triple A Northeast; she tells WSAR that $2 a gallon gasoline is a possibility during the first quarter of 2015. 
 
 
The Massachusetts average for a gallon of regular self serve unleaded is $2.36 a gallon, while prices have dropped by 42 cents over the last month. 
 
WSAR has noted a price range of $2.11 to $2.59 locally in Fall River, New Bedford, and Somerset over the weekend. 
 
Triple A Northeast is reporting their range in prices is 72 cents, from $2.18 to $2.89. 
 
 
 
 
                 
                    



Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn and Fall River Police Chief Dan Racine are indicating that 24 year old Jeffrey Souza is being charged with a single count of murder in the New Year's Day Shooting Death of 28 year old Kyle Brady of Fall River.

 

Souza is already being held on a pair of weapons charges in relation to the Thursday Morning Shooting on the first day of 2015.

 

Quinn says he will handle the arraignment of Souza tomorrow after his appointment by Governor Patrick last week to become the new Bristol County District Attorney.

 

 

 

 



Former Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan called the FRPD Saturday afternoon after a break in outside his Monroe Court Apartment Building, which resulted in the arrest of a suspect who allegedly threatened to kill the former Mayor of Fall River. 

 

According to a release from the FRPD, the primary suspect in the break ins, identified as Andrew Rax of the 200 Block of Grove Street in Fall River, was found to have three wallets and other items related to the break in of Flanagan's vehicle, including other items from other cars in the immediate vicinity. 

 

Rax has been charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering and larceny of over $250. 

 

Flanagan told the FRPD that the interior and outside lights of his vehicle were on; when he went outside to confront Rax, Flanagan says the man allegedly threatened to kill the former mayor; Rax was allegedly armed with a baseball bat during the verbal confrontation. 



Four items of unfinished business await the Somerset K through 8 School Committee at North Elementary School on Monday Night at North Elementary School at 6:30pm.

 

A first reading for a policy on Classroom Observation, missions and goals for each sub Committee and the conclusion of an Open Meeting Complaint, along with the creation of a R-E-A-D-S Collaborative Capital Reserve Fund are on the docket for the first meeting of 2015. 

 

 

 

 

 



The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will implement the following traffic changes as the final phase of traffic detour implementation for Stage 1B construction of the Route 79/Braga Bridge Improvements Project.

 

The Water Street Connector will be open to one-way traffic (eastbound) and a portion of Route 79/138 (Broadway) will be reopened to two-way traffic from Columbia Street north for access to Water Street Connector.

 

Anawan Street/Pocasset Street will be closed to through traffic between Davol Street and the Work Out World parking lot (local access maintained).

 

Stage 1B  detour route maps can be viewed in English, Portuguese and Spanish on the website.  



A Fall River Man has been arrested in connection with the city's first Homicide of 2015, which happened in the early morning hours of Thursday, New Year's Day. 

 

28-year-old Kyle Brady of Fall River has been identified as the victim of the shooting, as he was found dead at the scene, at the intersection of Albert and Huard Streets around 1:17 Thursday Morning. 

 

24 year old Jeffery Souza, of the 100 block of Mott Street was arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation; Souza is charged with single counts of carrying an illegal firearm and carrying a loaded illegal firearm after being arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation; Souza was arrested in Newport RI shortly after noon on Thursday, and faces charges of being a fugitive from justice.

 

Souza will likely be arraigned in Rhode Island, before being returned to Massachusetts next week to face weapons counts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Investigators in Fall River, which involve the Major Crimes and Uniform Division of the FRPD, and the Homicide Unit, and Mass State Police, are investigating Fall River's first Homicide of 2015, which happened in the early morning hours of Thursday.

 

Fall River Police found a male shooting victim at the intersection of Albert and Huard Streets around 1:17am Thursday Morning; the victim, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The Bristol County D-As office has indicated to WSAR that the investigation is considered ''extremely active and ongoing''.

 

 

 

 

 

 



While the personal income tax rate will drop to 5.15% in Massachusetts beginning in 2015, an earned sick leave policy in the Commonwealth goes into effect with the new fiscal year this summer, while the minimum wage in the Commonwealth will move to $9 an hour. 

In Rhode Island, the Corporate Tax Rate will drop from 9 to 7% while a franchise tax will be repealed, and a $64,400 credit will be applied to the Ocean State's Estate Tax, with a threshold of $1.5 million for 2015. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will implement the following closures in Fall River from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 3 to allow National Grid to perform project-related utility work in the area:

·         Central Street (Route 79/138) between Durfee Street/Milliken Boulevard and Water Street

·         Exit 5 off of I-195 westbound

·         North/South Davol Street (Route 79) between the U-turn and Central Street

 

Bicyclists and pedestrians can access the waterfront using the crossings at President Avenue and Anawan Street. There will be no pedestrian or bicycle access to the waterfront on Central Street between Heritage State Park and Harbor Street. Local access to area attractions and abutting properties will be maintained at all times. All businesses are open. Motorists should follow the Battleship Cove Area signage for access to the waterfront.

 

Police details will be present at the work site and along the detour route to maintain traffic flow. The following detour routes will be in place for Saturday, January 3 from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM only:

  • I-195 westbound traffic destined for Route 79/138 and points north should use Exit 6 or reverse direction at Exit 4.
  • North/South Davol Street (Route 79) traffic destined for points south should use President Avenue, Robeson Street and Bedford Street.
  • North/South Davol Street (Route 79) and Central Street traffic destined for points north should use North Main Street and President Avenue.
  • Central Street (Route 79/138) traffic destined for points south should use South Main Street.
  • Central Street (Route 79/138) traffic destined for the Battleship Cove or Water Street areas should use Pocasset and Anawan Streets.

MassDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes to avoid delays. Drivers who must travel through the affected area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution while approaching and traveling through the work zone.



In front of a packed gathering in the Fall River Government Center Atrium, soon to be former Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter took the oath of office to become the new Mayor of Fall River, serving out the final year of a two year term after former Mayor Will Flanagan was recalled earlier this month. 

 

Sutter told the gathering that he would introduce a plan in the first six months of the term to deal with issues involving Downtown Fall River, the Waterfront, The Bio Technology and Life Sciences Park, and other economic elements. 

 

Sutter indicated that he planned to work with the nine member City Council and the six member School Committee; Sutter will chair his first School Committee Session on Monday January 12. 

 

Sutter greeted supporters after the event, which was attended by incoming Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and current Massachusetts 9th District Congressman Bill Keating, who defeated Sutter in a race for the newly created seat in the 2012 election cycle. 

 

 


 

 

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