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Somerset Secures a MassWorks Grant


                 Baker-Polito Administration Announces $880K MassWorks Award for Somerset
          Award supports improvements to Route 6 aligned with significant commercial development

 

 

SOMERSET – November 16, 2018 – Today, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash joined Somerset Board of Selectmen Chairman Holly McNamara and other local and state officials to announce an $880,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for improvements to Route 6.

 

 

The MassWorks award will facilitate 760 linear feet of roadway and intersection improvements to support Fairfield Commons, a new 80,000 square-foot commercial development.

 

Improvements will include road widening, upgraded sidewalks, additional turn lanes and a new four-way signalized intersection at the junction of Route 6, Fairfield Commons and an existing Home Depot.

 

“Our Administration is committed to investing in programs like MassWorks, which impact not only local infrastructure, but also play a critical role in strengthening businesses and the communities that surround them,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “MassWorks is one of many administration initiatives that enable local communities to tap into private investment and accelerate local economic growth across the Commonwealth.”  

 

“Through the flexibility of MassWorks, we have been able to drive over two million square feet of new commercial space, made possible by listening to individual communities’ needs and by responding with individualized programs that benefit many stakeholders, such as this project, which will unlock development in Somerset,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The Governor and I are pleased to continue to make the investments in the public infrastructure our cities and towns need to create sustainable growth.”

 

 

“I am happy to be in Somerset to award $880,000 in MassWorks funding for roadwork to support Fairfield Commons and other businesses in the Route 6 area, which will bring substantial jobs and commercial opportunity to the area,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.  “Our office saw another competitive round of MassWorks for 2018 and we are happy to keep the momentum going across the Commonwealth in the year ahead.”

 

The Fairfield Commons site is a 14-acre parcel recently offered for sale by the town. The land was awarded to South Coast Hospitality in 2017 and has since been rezoned and permitted for $20 million in new commercial development, including a 111-room Marriot hotel, two stand-alone restaurants and 4,500 square feet of office space.

 

“I would like to express our gratitude for the state’s support,” said Somerset Town Administrator Richard Brown. “This is a project that is important to Somerset and we are excited about its potential to redefine the Rt 6 corridor.  MassWorks funding allows the town to support infrastructure improvements that will allow the project to move forward in developing much needed tax base and employment opportunities.”

 

The new infrastructure leverages $300,000 in private funding and will also enhance traffic flow along Route 6 to support additional development. An estimated 30 full-time jobs, 75 part-time jobs, and 125 construction jobs are expected. In addition, Somerset anticipates $3.5 to $5 million in new tax revenue to be generated.

 

“The MassWorks funding represents a significant investment in the Town of Somerset by the Baker-Polito Administration,” said Senator Michael J. Rodrigues. “The Route 6 improvements will allow the development of Fairfield Commons to integrate smoothly into the Town.  I applaud the administration for their support of this project, which will create new jobs and contribute tax revenues to Somerset.”

 

“Through our efforts on the state level, these MassWorks funds will further allow the town to engage in this important public-private economic development effort,” said Rep. Patricia A. Haddad, Speaker Pro Tempore. “Not only will it assist in creating local jobs, but it help facilitate a return of valuable tax revenues.”

 

Since 2015, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $275 million in MassWorks grants to support 138 projects in 106 communities. MassWorks funding has been critical to the addition of over 2 million square feet of commercial/retail space, approximately 10,000 full and part time jobs, more than 7,000 immediate housing units, at least 7,000 square feet of new public space and 1,200 new hotel rooms.

 

Through the 2018 MassWorks round, the Administration will award more than $82 million in new grants for 40 projects that intend to leverage $2.9 billion in private investment, and drive an anticipated 4,000 units of new housing and more than 9,000 full time jobs. 37 communities across the Commonwealth will benefit from this round’s investments.

 

Governor Baker signed economic development legislation in August that includes substantial new funding for municipalities, including another $250 million for MassWorks awards.

 

The legislation builds on the Baker-Polito Administration’s work to partner with communities to catalyze economic development and create new opportunities for residents across the Commonwealth, including the 2016 Job Creation and Workforce Development act, which authorized $1 billion to support economic development efforts across the state, including $500 million authorization for MassWorks Infrastructure Program, enhanced tools and the introduction of new strategies for job-readiness efforts. 

 

Learn more about MassWorks at mass.gov. 


 

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MA Thanksgiving Travel Info


 

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is encouraging members of the public to plan ahead for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period by recognizing that volumes may be higher at times on roadways throughout the Commonwealth, using the appropriate resources to make informed decisions on route and timing of travel, and considering public transportation if traveling to locations such as Logan Airport.


“We encourage everyone to allow more time than usual to travel to their destinations whether they are driving or taking public transportation,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The holiday get-away will start before Wednesday afternoon so drivers should consider their departure time and the routes they will take, and members of the public using buses, trains or subways should build more time into their trips. We encourage the use of technology tools such as www.mass511.com or wayfinding resources to make informed decisions about when to leave home.”

 

MassDOT is taking several steps to ensure safe and reliable travel for all citizens who utilize transportation systems across the Commonwealth and will be shutting down scheduled roadway construction for the Thanksgiving travel period effective at 12 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, per MassDOT’s long-standing policy.

 

Travel conditions will also be evaluated on Tuesday, November 20, and MassDOT will make adjustments to any ongoing scheduled construction activities as necessary.

 

“Our first priority is ensuring safe and reliable travel for motorists throughout the Commonwealth,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We want everyone to reach their travel destination so they can celebrate the holiday with family and friends, so we urge motorists to exercise safe driving habits at all times. Before setting out onto the roadways, all travelers should check traffic and weather conditions using the many available travel tools and make smart decisions on how to reach the places they need to go.”

 

MassDOT strongly urges all drivers to minimize distractions by turning off or putting away cellphones, traveling the posted speed limit, staying sober and having a designated driver, and devoting their full attention to what is ahead on the road.  MassDOT encourages travelers to make an extra effort to be courteous on the roads and report to law enforcement any reckless driving.

 

Free coffee will be served at the 18 MassDOT service plazas from 10 p.m. Thursday, November 22, through 5 a.m., Friday, November 23. The plazas serving free coffee include 11 service plazas along I-90 plus plazas along Route 3 in Plymouth, Route 128 in Beverly, Route 128/I-95 in Newton and Lexington, Route 6 in Barnstable, and the Route 24 northbound and southbound plazas.

 

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will have normal morning hours and will extend its hours to be open from 2 p.m., to 8 p.m., on Tuesday, November 20, and from 1 p.m., to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, November 21. The HOV lane will be closed on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, and will resume normal operations on Monday, November 26.

 

The Sumner Tunnel Swing Lane will open at 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, and will remain open until 5 a.m., Monday, November 26.  

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District reports that all travel lanes on the Cape Cod Canal’s Sagamore and Bourne bridges will be open throughout the Thanksgiving travel period.

 

For anyone traveling by air during the Thanksgiving holiday, you may continue to use any documents you have used recently to board airplanes. Massachusetts residents will not need a REAL ID credential for air travel until October 2020.

 

In addition, Massachusetts residents with a valid U.S. passport or passport card never need a REAL ID. For more information please visit REAL ID online.

 

At Boston Logan Airport, travelers should monitor www.massport.com for updated airline and airport information and Transportation Security Administration carry-on luggage regulations, The Massport website allows travelers to check flight status, parking conditions and public transportation options from their smartphone or tablet. Massport also encourages travelers to check with their airlines before heading to the airport for the most updated flight status and travel information

 

For travelers getting to and from Logan Airport:

•    MBTA Silver Line provides service between South Station and Logan’s terminals every 10 minutes. Outbound service from Logan Airport to the South Boston Seaport District and South Station is FREE.

 

•    To accommodate customers traveling to and from Logan International Airport, additional Silver Line 1 service will be offered from Sunday November 17, through Wednesday, November 21, as well as on Friday, November 23.

 

•    MBTA Blue Line provides subway service between points in Boston, North of Boston and Airport Station. Water transportation is also available from Downtown Boston and the Logan dock.

 

•    Massport provides free shuttle service to and from all terminals; the airport rental car center and the MBTA Blue Line Station. 

 

•    Logan Express serves 5 locations including Peabody, Framingham, Woburn, Braintree and Back Bay. There are also several bus and taxi options available.

 

The MBTA has also released the following information regarding travel during the Thanksgiving travel period:

•    There will be additional coach cars on select MBTA commuter rail lines leaving downtown Boston stations on Wednesday, November 21.

 

•    Commuter rail lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Wednesday, November 21. On Thanksgiving, November 22, commuter rail lines will operate on a Sunday schedule. On Friday, November 23, commuter rail will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

 

•    Subway service will operate on a regular weekday schedule on Wednesday, November 21, and will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. On Friday, November 23, subway service will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

 

•    Bus service will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day only.

 

•    The RIDE will provide normal service on Thanksgiving, November 22, but will not offer subscription trips.

 

•    On Wednesday, November 21, Hingham and Hull ferry service will operate on a modified weekday schedule, and Charlestown service will operate on a regular weekday schedule. On Thanksgiving Day, there will be no Hingham, Hull or Charlestown ferry service.

•    View the full MBTA holiday schedule.

 

 

Customers are also advised that the Registry of Motor Vehicles offices are closed for the designated state holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22. Please visit at any hour of the day the RMV online at www.mass.gov/rmv to skip the line and perform many transactions. In addition, AAA members now have the opportunity to conduct many RMV services at numerous AAA branch office locations in Massachusetts during AAA normal business hours.

 

Drivers are reminded to avoid littering on roadways. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $5,500 for the first offense.

For traffic and road conditions, drivers may use the following options to make decisions:

 

•    Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.


•    Download Waze, the real-time traffic navigation app that provides motorists with real-time traffic conditions across Massachusetts.


•    Visit mass511.com to view travel times, road construction, traffic alerts or crashes along a route. Incidents, road closures, lane closures, real-time live traffic cameras, and weather alerts/forecasts, can all be viewed on the interactive live Traffic Map.


•    Dial 511 from a landline or cell phone to hear information on current conditions on major roadways.


•    Register for a Mass511 account to create and personalize routes and alerts to be notified of events on those routes ahead of time.


•    Check MassDOT Highway Traffic and Travel Resources.


•    Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT as incidents that impact traffic flow are generally mentioned in tweets if they occur on the state’s major highways.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wishes all members of the public a safe and enjoyable holiday.


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Latest MA Overdose Numbers


              Massachusetts opioid-related overdose deaths decrease; presence of fentanyl at an all-time high

 

 

BOSTON (Nov. 16, 2018) - Opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts decreased in the first nine months of 2018 compared to the first nine months of 2017, according to the latest quarterly opioid-related deaths report released today by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

 

In the first 9 months of 2018, there were a total of 1,518 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths, as compared with 1,538 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in the first 9 months of 2017.

 

This estimated decrease follows a 4 percent decline between 2016 and 2017.

 

“The opioid epidemic, fueled by an all-time high level of fentanyl, remains a tragic public health crisis responsible for taking too many lives in Massachusetts,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “While there is much work left for all of us to do, we are encouraged that overdose deaths and opioid prescriptions continue to decline as searches on the Commonwealth’s Prescription Monitoring Program increase.” 

 

The latest report also indicates that the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl present in the toxicology of opioid-related overdose deaths continues to rise and reached an all-time high at 90 percent in the second quarter of 2018.

 

Meanwhile, the rate of heroin or likely heroin present in those deaths continued to plummet. In 2014, heroin or likely heroin was present in 71 percent of opioid-related deaths; by the second quarter of this year, that number had fallen to 37 percent.

 

 

Last month, the Baker Administration filed legislation seeking $5 million to support a regional, multi-agency approach to fentanyl interdiction and crime displacement by Massachusetts municipal police departments.  

 

The funding will supplement surveillance work and overtime costs for units engaged, and officers in the field will also work to get buyers into treatment.

 

In addition, last April, Governor Baker signed legislation that included a long overdue “fentanyl fix” to allow law enforcement to pursue fentanyl traffickers.

 

``While there are very modest signs of progress, we work to provide continuous treatment for this chronic disease and to identify interventions for the highest risk populations,’’ said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. ``We will continue to expand access to treatment and recovery services in the highest impacted communities.”

 

 

While the overall opioid-related overdose death rate declined in 2017, it rose by 44 percent for non-Hispanic black males compared to 2016.

 

``There is an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths among black males and we are focusing our efforts on tailoring our services to the needs of these communities,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. ``We are also targeting public awareness campaigns to black communities in the Commonwealth, including a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of carrying naloxone, the opioid reversal medication.”

 

 

Other findings of the 2018 Q3 report include:

 


•    The percentage of opioid-related overdose deaths where prescription drugs were present has trended downward from 2014 through 2016 and has remained stable since then. In the second quarter of 2018, 17 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths had prescription opioids present in toxicology.  


•    In the third quarter of 2018, there were just over 547,000 Schedule II opioid prescriptions reported to the Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program (MassPAT); this is a 35 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2015 when there were 841,990 Schedule II opioid prescriptions. 


•    In the third quarter of 2018, registered MassPAT providers conducted approximately 1.7 million searches, which represented an additional 57,000 searches over the previous quarter. 


•    Approximately 246,000 individuals in Massachusetts received prescriptions for Schedule II opioids in the third quarter of 2018; this is a 37 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2015 when 390,532 individuals received these prescriptions. 
•    In the second quarter of 2018, the greatest number of suspected opioid-related overdoses treated by Emergency Medical Services continued to be among males aged 25-34, accounting for 25 percent of opioid-related incidents with a known age and gender.  


Last month, Governor Baker announced $36 million in new federal funding to expand overdose education and naloxone distribution, office-based opioid treatment, access to medication-assisted treatment, and recovery support services. 

 

In addition, DPH will use a new $4.7M grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to scale-up prevention and response activities, including improving the timeliness and quality of surveillance data.

 

 DPH will establish an incident command structure in response to the opioid epidemic, enhance MassPAT, and provide training to community health workers, treatment providers, law enforcement and other professionals who work with individuals with opioid use disorder.

 

In August, Governor Baker signed the Administration’s second major legislative action to address the opioid crisis since taking office, expanding the Commonwealth’s prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery strategies.  Building on the success of the STEP Act, the new law mandates, in part, that all prescribers convert to electronic prescriptions by 2020; creates a commission to establish credentialing standards for recovery coaches; expands medication-assisted treatment to emergency departments and five Houses of Correction; and improves access by creating new pathways to treatment in the emergency department.

 

For more information on the Commonwealth’s response to the opioid epidemic as well as links to the latest data, visit www.mass.gov/opioidresponse. To get help for a substance use disorder, visit www.helplinema.org or call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at (800) 327-5050.


 

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Swansea and Somerset Police Arrest a Trio of Suspects


On Thursday, 11/15/18, at approximately 2:33 A.M. Officer Thomas Nolan observed a black  Honda Accord having a Connecticut registration commit motor vehicle infractions on Main St.

 

 Officer Nolan effected a motor vehicle stop where the Honda came to rest on Elm St.  

 

As Officer Nolan exited his cruiser and approached the rear of the Honda it accelerated rapidly driving off into Somerset at a high rate of speed.  

 

The Somerset Police Department was notified and searched the area for the Honda.


     Swansea Officer Kyle Harmon observed the Honda traveling west on Wilbur Ave as it re entered Swansea.

 

 Officer Harmon attempted to stop the Honda that refused to stop.  

 

Somerset Officer Mike Demoranville assisted Officer Harmon in pursuing the Honda.  

 

The Honda committed several motor vehicle infractions including driving over a lawn on Wilbur Ave. and colliding with Officer Harmon’s cruiser.  

 

The Honda fled the scene ultimately traveling on O’bannon Place which is a dead end street.  

 

The Honda drove across a lawn through a back yard where it crashed into a thick wooded area where all three occupants fled the vehicle into thick brush.

 


     A K9 was requested and Swansea Officers Nolan, Dan Walsh, Detective Jonathan Boyd, and Sgt. John Souza created a perimeter and assisted in the search of the occupants.

 

 Somerset Officer Jared Linhares and his K9, Viepo, responded and searched the wooded area assisted by Officer Harmon.  

 

The three occupants were located hiding in a rear yard off of Willet Ave. in thick brush and were taken into custody without incident.  

 

The driver of the Honda was identified as Clayon Richards age twenty nine of Inwood, NY.

 

 The passengers were identified as Taiquan Teixeira age twenty four of Fall River, MA, and Joshua McKay Smith age twenty of Fall River.

 

 All three occupants were transported to the Swansea Police Station where they were booked and held until they were later transported to the Fall River Criminal Justice Center for arraignment.

 


     Both Teixeira and McKay Smith were charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, and trespassing.  Richards was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, trespassing, operating a motor vehicle without a license, refusing to stop for police, operating a motor vehicle to endanger, malicious destruction of property less than $1,200, two charges of leaving the scene of a property damage crash, and marked lanes violations.
 

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Dual/Iranian Canadian National Sentenced for International Money Laundering


 


BOSTON – A dual citizen of Iran and Canada was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for international money laundering.

 

Omid Mashinchi, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to two years in prison, one year of supervised release, ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, and a personal money judgment of approximately $7,616.

 

In July 2018, Mashinchi pleaded guilty to five counts of international money laundering.

 

He was charged in a sealed indictment in January 2018 and arrested in April 2018, when he flew to the United States; he has been in federal custody since.

 

On five occasions in 2017, Mashinchi transferred funds from a bank in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to a bank in Boston knowing that the money was derived from drug trafficking.

 

On Jan. 28, Mashinchi transferred $37,794; on July 28 he made two transfers, one for $49,915 and another for $49,445; and on Aug. 3, he made two more transfers, one for $49,930 and another in the amount of $49,645.

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MEMA Snow Update


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an updated forecast for moderate to heavy snowfall across much of the Commonwealth, strong winds, minor riverine flooding, and urban area flooding.

 

The Thursday evening commute, especially in the southwestern portion of the Commonwealth, will be impacted with snowfall rates of 1 – 2 inches per hour.  

 

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for much of wester, central and northeastern MA.  

 

A High Wind Warning has been issued for the Cape and Islands. 


Precipitation is expected to start in southwestern Massachusetts by 5 p.m. this evening, spreading to the northeast, arriving in Worcester by 7p.m., Boston by 8 p.m., and northeastern MA by 9 p.m.  

 

Snow will be moderate to heavy at times, with snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour possible, reducing visibility to ½ mile and accumulating quickly.  

 

Accumulations of 4-8 inches in western and central MA, 4-6 inches along the 495 belt, and 1-2 inches along the 95 belt are expected.

 

 The Cape and Islands are expected to receive little to no accumulation.


Snow will transition to sleet, freezing rain and then rain from south to north through the evening and overnight.

 

Higher elevations may not transition to rain, but rather remain a wintry mix.

 

There is still  some uncertainty on the exact timing of the precipitation change from snow to sleet / freezing rain to rain, with a potential shift by 1-3 hours possible.

 

The timing of changeover will impact the overall snowfall accumulations – less if the transition occurs faster, and more if the transition occurs later.  

 

Whether the wintry-mix precipitation falls as mostly sleet rather than freezing rain will also impact ice accretion totals.
Areas that transition to rain may receive up to an inch of rainfall.

 

Areas with sleet and freezing rain could see 0.10 inch of icing – and potentially 0.25 inch in higher elevations.  Minor river flooding on the Charles (at Dover), the Sudbury (at Saxonville), and the Taunton (near Bridgewater) is expected Saturday into Sunday. 


Wind gusts of up to 40-50 MPH along the eastern Massachusetts coast and the Cape and Islands are possible, developing around midnight and lasting into Friday morning. Winds will gust to 20 – 25  mph inland. 


Impacts:
•    Snow, sleet, and freezing rain will result in hazardous travel conditions across Massachusetts this afternoon and tonight, especially on untreated bridges, overpasses, and secondary roads. This evening’s commute is likely to be impacted.


•    Accumulations of 4-8 inches in western and central MA, 4-6 inches along the 495 belt, and 1-2 inches along the 95 belt are expected.  The Cape and Islands are expected to receive little to no accumulation.


•    Ice accumulations of 0.10” – and up to 0.25” in higher elevations – in western and central MA.


•    Areas where strong winds occur may see some tree damage and isolated power outages.


•    Additional minor river flooding is possible starting Friday and continuing into the weekend as wintry precipitation melts, combines with rainfall, and flows into already elevated rivers.
 

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Fall River October Homicide


A 39-year-old Fall River man who was the victim of a brutal October 9 robbery and assault with a hammer in Fall River died from his injuries on Friday at the McCarthy Care Center in East Sandwich.

 

The victim, Lance Correia, had been removed from life support at Rhode Island Hospital at the request of his family and then transferred to this hospice facility.  

 

The victim’s severe head injuries from the October 9, 2018 assault left him with limited brain function and unresponsive.

 

 

Adam Levesque, 38, and Jamieson Silvia, 44, both of Fall River were arrested in connection with the assault last month and are both being held in custody at this time.

 

Both men were officially charged today with murder. An arraignment date for Levesque and Silvia has yet to be scheduled by the court.

 

A third defendant connected to the assault, Shannon Smith, 36, of Fall River, continues to be held in custody on a single charge of armed robbery.

 

On October 9 at approximately 11:40 pm, Fall River Police were dispatched to 202 Rock Street after receiving 911 calls regarding an unresponsive male at that location.  

 

Upon arrival, first responders located the victim, who was bleeding heavily from his head.

 

 He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where he remained in critical condition for the next several weeks prior to his eventual death.

 

Defendant Silvia was arrested the day after the assault and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury and misleading police.  

 

He was found dangerous at a subsequent dangerousness hearing held in Fall River District Court and is currently held without bail.

 

Defendants Levesque and Smith fled the state shortly after the assault and were arrested in New York City on October 18th by Massachusetts State Police, Fall River Police, New York City Police & US Marshalls. B

 

oth were rendited back to Massachusetts and found dangerous after dangerousness hearings were held for both of them on October 29 in Fall River District Court. They both remain held without bail.


 

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U-S Irish Federal Fraud Case


                Former Canton Resident Extradited from Ireland Pleads Guilty to Mortgage Fraud Charges
                           First Extradition to the United States from Ireland since 2012

 


BOSTON – A dual U.S.-Irish citizen pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to charges arising out of a multi-year mortgage fraud scheme.

 

Patrick Lee, 45, formerly of Canton and Easton, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and making an unlawful monetary transaction. Chief U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing for Feb. 28, 2019.

 

Lee was extradited from Ireland to the United States last year to face the charges. It was Ireland’s first extradition to the United States since 2012.

 

Between July 2005 and May 2007, Lee engaged with others in a mortgage fraud scheme.

 

Specifically, Lee or a relative bought five multi-family buildings in Dorchester and South Boston, financed those purchases with fraudulently obtained mortgage loans, and quickly converted the buildings to condominiums which facilitated the resale of individual units in the buildings to straw buyers.

 

The straw buyers were recruited for this purpose and their purchases were financed with fraudulently obtained mortgage loans.

 

The straw buyers were assured that they would not have to put any money down or pay the mortgages, and that they would get a fee at closing and/or a share of the profits when the properties were sold.

 

The loans were funded with interstate wire transfers from the mortgage lenders to the closing attorneys’ conveyancing accounts, and the proceeds were then distributed to Lee and/or a family member, the recruiters, and others involved in the scheme. According to the government, mortgage lenders suffered losses of more than $1.5 million.

 

The charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.

 

The charge of unlawful monetary transactions provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the amount of criminally derived property. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Kennedy Office Hours This Weekend


 On Sunday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III will hold office hours for Freetown, Lakeville and Seekonk as part of his ongoing Tour 34.
 
Sunday, November 18:
 
1:00PM              Holds Freetown-Lakeville office hours 
Freetown Council on Aging
227 Chace Road
Freetown, MA 
 
2:30PM              Holds Seekonk office hours 
Seekonk Fire Station
500 Taunton Avenue
Seekonk, MA  
 
As with all Tour 34 stops, the office hours are open to any constituents of the 4th Congressional District. For 

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A Sunday Medal Ceremony



79 TO RECEIVE MARIAN MEDAL IN CEREMONIES NOV. 18

 

FALL RIVER — Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will award the Marian Medal to 79 laypersons from parishes throughout the Fall River Diocese at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 327 Second Street, Fall River.

 

First presented in 1968, the annual award recognizes members of diocesan parishes for their dedicated service to the Church.  Recipients are nominated for the award by their pastor.

 

The medals will be blessed and presented in the context of Evening Prayer of the Church and Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 

 

Made of sterling silver, the Marian Medal is embossed with a Miraculous Medal on one side and the Fall River Diocesan coat-of-arms on the other.

 

The Marian Medal recipients for 2018 are listed below by deanery or area.

 

Attleboro Deanery

José Acevedo, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Attleboro; Elizabeth Johnston, St. Mary Parish, Mansfield; Anthony J. Karpinski, Jr., St. Mark Parish, Attleboro Falls; Helen Keough, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, Seekonk; Corrine Lupoli-Joyce, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Seekonk; Jeanne MacDonald, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Attleboro; Herbert McEvoy, Sacred Heart Parish, North Attleboro; Laura Vergow, St. Mary Parish, Norton; John Vigorito, St. Mary Parish, North Attleboro; and Mary Irene Vincent, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Parish, South Attleboro. 

Cape Cod & Islands Deanery

 

Paul Carney, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, North Falmouth; Lisa Chalke, Corpus Christi Parish, East Sandwich; Jean Clark, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Orleans; Fran Coco, St Peter the Apostle Parish, Provincetown; Barbara Cormier, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Wellfleet; Jovina Santos Dean, St. Margaret Parish, Buzzards Bay; Valerio L. Destefani, Good Shepherd Parish, Vineyard Haven; Michael J. Donly, St. Anthony Parish, East Falmouth; Hugh Drummond, Holy Trinity Parish, West Harwich; John Fuller, St. Patrick Parish, Falmouth; James Hines, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Osterville; Anne Fusco Lemaitre, Our Lady of the Cape Parish, Brewster; James Livingston, Christ the King Parish, Mashpee; Barbara Murphy, Our Lady of Victory Parish, Centerville; George Pereira, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Pocasset; Dorothy R. Scarlett, St. Pius X Parish, South Yarmouth; Erik Wendelken, St. Mary/Our Lady of the Isle Parish, Nantucket; and Monica Wieting, Holy Redeemer Parish, Chatham.

 

Fall River Deanery

Maria Helena Botelho, Santo Christo Parish, Fall River; Antonio Branco, St. Bernard Parish, Assonet; Daniel Cunha, St. George Parish, Westport; Paul Doiron, Holy Name Parish, Fall River; Patrick Fingliss, St. Patrick Parish, Somerset; Alice Garvin, St. Louis de France Parish, Swansea; Joyce Elizabeth Gendreau, St. Dominic Parish, Swansea; Jan J. Grygiel, St.Stanislaus Parish, Fall River; Rita Guidotti, St. Joseph Parish, Fall River; Augustine Medeiros, St. Anne Parish, Fall River; 

 

Also, Anne Marie Menard, St. Thomas More Parish, Somerset; Manuel Miranda, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Swansea; Helena Pacheco, Espirito Santo Parish, Fall River; Aida Reis, Good Shepherd Parish, Fall River; Monique Robinette, Holy Trinity Parish, Fall River; Jose Sobrinho, St. Mary Cathedral Parish, Fall River; Donatilde Sousa, St. Michael Parish, Fall River; Auracelia Souza, Our Lady of Grace Parish, Westport; Urania Tabicas, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Fall River; Carlos Tavares, St. John of God Parish, Somerset; and Robert Tripp, St. John the Baptist Parish, Westport.

New Bedford Deanery

 

Ana Aldarondo, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, New Bedford; Antonio Baganha, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, New Bedford; Lawrence Bizarro, St. Mary Parish, Fairhaven; Paul Foster, St. Joseph Parish, Fairhaven; Suzanne Gent, St. Joseph-St. Therese Parish, New Bedford; Patricia Grenda, St. Patrick Parish,Wareham; Rosalina Jovel, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, New Bedford; John Laronda, Jr., St. John Neumann Parish, East Freetown; Catherine Levine, St. Anthony Parish, Mattapoisett; Cidalia Lopes, Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, New Bedford; Michael McCormack, St. Mary Parish, New Bedford; Michael K. McDermott, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, New Bedford;

Also, Anne Medeiros, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Acushnet; William O’Neil, St. Julie Billiart Parish, North Dartmouth; Joseph E. Paiva, St. Rita Parish, Marion; Dorothy Roncka, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, New Bedford; Harriet Servais, St. Lawrence Martyr Parish, New Bedford; Theresa Marie Souza, St. Francis Assisi Parish, New Bedford; Edward Souza, Immaculate Conception Parish, New Bedford; Carol Sylvia, St. Mary Parish, South Dartmouth; and Sharon Vieira, Holy Name of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, New Bedford.

 

Taunton Deanery

Lois M. Achtelik, St. Nicholas of Myra Parish, North Dighton; Kathleen A. Bendixen, Immaculate Conception Parish, North Easton; Kevin Brennan, Holy Cross Parish, South Easton; Jean Desrosiers, St. Jude the Apostle Parish, Taunton; Kathleen Duarte, St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, Taunton; Gabriel Leitao, Brazilian Apostolate at Holy Rosary, Taunton; Jeannette Marie Paige, Annunciation of the Lord Parish, Taunton; Thomas P. Quinn, Holy Family Parish, East Taunton; and Beverly Vargas, St Ann Parish, Raynham. 

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Gas Buddy Says Wait


GasBuddy, the only company connecting drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, is recommending motorists hold off on filling their tanks for now thanks to the large, 7% single-day drop in the price of crude oil, which extended the record streak of 12 days that oil has moved lower. 

 

The national average has already shed 24 cents per gallon in the last month alone with some states seeing even bigger monthly declines: Michigan is down 33 cents, while Delaware, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky are all down 32 cents on average versus a month ago. 

 

Today's drop in oil prices will extend the decline in gas prices for perhaps several more weeks in nearly all states, at a time of year millions of Americans are preparing to hit the road. Most states could see a decline of 5-15 cents per gallon ahead of Thanksgiving, with more to come.

 

 "Today's market plunge was astounding and a dramatic turnaround in market psyche in the last month. A 26% drop in the price of oil is absolutely shocking given the environment and concern ahead of the Iran sanctions that the oil market was not supplied with enough oil," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "Motorists need not be in a hurry to fill their tanks. Today's sell-off will extend and accelerate the declines seen at the pump, just in time for Thanksgiving. The best tip I can suggest is to shop around for the lowest prices as some stations will pass on the savings faster than others." 
 

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Fall River Shooting Suspect in Court


On Friday November 9, 2018, the Fall River Police Department announced that Johny J. Rios was identified and wanted for his involvement in two shootings that occurred in Fall River, MA.

 

Today At approximately 11:30AM, RIOS surrendered directly to the Fall River District Court accompanied by his attorney. He was arraigned on the charges he faces from both incidents.

 

Thank you to everyone who provided information in an effort to locate him.
 

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Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica In Fall River


Fall River area veterans and those throughout New England are spearheading efforts to pay for the construction of a smaller scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall that will be constructed in Fall River in time to be unveiled in 2020, with the initial pieces arriving in 2019. 

 

Fall River Veterans Agent Ray Hague told WSAR News that fund raising efforts continue and there are various ways you can donate by either calling the Veterans office, visiting the VietnamMemeorialWall.org webpage or their GoFundMe page. The city of Fall River will have exclusive rights to the smaller version of the wall for all of New England. 

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Corporation Counsel Says Fall River Dodges 6-Figure Legal Battle


Fall River Corporation Counsel Judge Joseph Macy tells WSAR News that the city of Fall River may have dodged a 6-figure legal battle when the city council refused last week to invoke Section 3-8 of the city's charter that might have attempted to recall Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia ll on a temporary basis, replacing him with an acting mayor. 

 

Macy gave council a cost estimate had the provisions in Charter Section 3-8 been challenged. He told WSAR News provisions in the charter need to be made clearer from a legal and layman point of view. 

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A Possible Indictment Law


Fall River City Council member Stephen Long tells WSAR News that he continues to research a potential home rule petition that could be carried to Beacon Hill that would stipulate if elected public officials are the subject of indictments in the Commonwealth, that they would then immediately resign. 

 

Long told WSAR News that he agrees with the provisions that indictments are not convictions and that one is innocent until proven guilty but that those under indictment have a choice to make.

 

Bristol 6th District State Rep Carole Fiola tells WSAR News that she's willing to work with the city council if it wants to produce something. 

 

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia ll has maintained he will not be resigning from office while battling a federal indictment of 9 allegations of wire fraud and 4 of allegedly filing false tax returns. 

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MA RMV Warning on Third Party Websites


Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles Cautions Customers to be Aware of Unofficial Registry Websites
Provides key tips to be used to identify mimic sites
 
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is cautioning customers to make sure that they are using the official MassDOT RMV website Mass.gov/RMV when they are trying to renew a license or registration, schedule a road test, or process any transaction online. Customers may inadvertently come across unofficial third-party websites or “mimic sites” that advertise similar services but have no affiliation with the RMV.

 


Customers can use the helpful hints listed below to determine whether the website they are using is the official site for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.


•    Massachusetts uses the abbreviation “RMV.” Any website using the phrase “Department of Motor Vehicles” or “DMV” should be avoided.
•    Make sure the Commonwealth’s seal is located somewhere on the page. This will help ensure that it is an official government website. If it cannot be found, customers should leave the site immediately.
•    The Registry will never charge a customer to check the status of a license, registration, or title. If the site requires payment to access this information, it is an unsecured mimic site.
•    At Mass.gov/RMV, a customer will never be charged to access Registry forms and information, but unofficial third-party sites may charge for this service. Their information is also not guaranteed to be accurate.
•    The Registry never charges for address changes. If a customer uses a mimic site, the change cannot be guaranteed to have actually gone through.

 


Any information on these third-party websites may not be accurate, and any details or payments that customers submit may not be secure.

 

The RMV is not responsible for the content or actions taken by these sites. For more information on the dangers of third-party services, visit the Mass.gov/RMV.


If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation by calling the Consumer Hotline at (617) 973-8787, or toll-free in MA at (888) 283-3757 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m., to 4:30 p.m. 
For the latest Registry updates and information, follow the RMV on Twitter @MassRMV.
 
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FRPD Suspect Wanted


The Fall River Police Department is announcing that Johny J. RIOS (Age:23 DOB:11-25-1994) has been identified as the shooter from the incident that occurred on Monday October 29, 2018. 

 

The investigation was lead by Detective Luis Vertentes but involved members of the Major Crimes Division and Special Operations Division Gang Unit.

 

As part of the investigation, RIOS was also identified as the shooter in the daylight shooting that occurred in July on Rocliffe Street.

 

if anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of RIOS are asked to contact Detective Vertentes at 508-324-2796. Anonymous Tips are accepted through use of the TIP line by calling 508-672-TIPS.
 

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The Recall Logo Spat


The group seeking to recall Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia has been told by the city's corporation counsel to cease using their current log or face legal action. 

 

In a letter to Dawn Saurette dated November 6, Joseph Macy indicated to the 10 signers of the recall petition that ''you are using a logo so strikingly similar that copyrighted and trade marked by the city as to be virtually identical''.

 

The primary spokesperson for the recall, Joseph Pereria, tells WSAR that the group will comply and will alter the logo using masking tape on its remaining signs. 

 

The second recall effort in four years in Fall River has until November 19 to secure at least 2510 signatures of registered voters that will then be certified in the Elections Division. 

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten FRPD Capture


21 Year Old Tyannah Martinez, who had been listed as one of the members of the FRPDs 10 Most Wanted List, was apprehended Wednesday Afternoon, according to a post on the FRPDs Facebook page. 

 

An FRPD Detective and other members of the FBI Gang Task Force captured Martinez near the intersection of Hamlet and Montaup Streets in Fall River. 

Martinez has 8 outstanding warrant that include four different felonies. 

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Warren Speaks At Brown University


      CBS 12 in Providence reports that Massachusetts Senior Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to side step questions about running for the Democratic Nomination for President in 2020. Warren told a suburban Massachusetts audience earlier in the summer that would take a "hard look" at the idea.

 

      Warren was in Providence Wednesday night lecturing an audience of Brown University students on the American Economy, amid her contention that the economy is not working well for everyone. She told a story about her Mother being able to raise a family of 3 and pay a mortgage on a Sears minimum wage job. 

 

      Warren tells CBS 12 she hopes to introduce anti-corruption legislation that could pass the House and perhaps a Republican-controlled Senate. She did not give an answer confirming or denying her intention to run for a bid in the 2020 presidential election when asked by CBS 12. 

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Triple A Warns Against Driving While Sleepy


                      FEEL TIRED DRIVING HOME FROM WORK THIS WEEK?  YOURE NOT ALONE

 


New AAA Northeast research shows Bay State evening commuters face greater drowsy driving crash risk after clocks roll back


    Massachusetts drivers, beware the weekday witching hour: AAA Northeast finds that in the four weeks following the fall time change, Bay State crash data compiled from 2010-2016 show a dramatic increase in weekday crashes involving motorists commuting between 5pm and 6pm.


     Research finds that the average number of 5 to 6pm crashes in Massachusetts per year during the 7-year span jumped from 581 the four weeks prior to the fall time change, to 907 crashes in the four weeks following the change—an increase of more than 55 percent.


     AAA Northeast also finds that crashes involving Bay State pedestrians more than tripled during the same 5 to 6pm time frame from 2010-2016, averaging ten incidents per year in the four weeks leading up to the clock roll-back, and spiking to an average of 35 pedestrian-related crashes in the four weeks after the change.


     “AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research tells us that in the weeks after we change the clocks, many people don’t sleep as well, and that can lead to drowsy driving, which poses a significant danger on our roadways,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “This week is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, and what was once called a silent killer now receives more attention than ever before as a factor in vehicle crashes.” 


      The difficulty in detecting drowsiness following a crash makes drowsy driving one of the most underreported traffic safety issues. 

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:


•    Drowsy drivers are involved in an estimated 21 percent of fatal crashes, up from 16.5 percent back in 2010.
•    37 percent of drivers report having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point in their lives.
•    An estimated 328,000 crashes each year nationwide involve a drowsy driver; 109,000 of those crashes involve serious injury and about 6,400 are fatal.
•    More than half of drowsy driving crashes involve drivers drifting out of their lanes or off the road.

 

With clocks rolled back and darkness arriving earlier this week, law enforcement historically reports an increase in the number of crashes. And with college applications due, exams looming, and sports practices in full swing, teenagers are identified as the most sleep-deprived segment of the population – logging an average of 6.5 hours of sleep each night, when their bodies actually require more than nine hours.


“This week – Drowsy Driving Prevention Week – is a great time for parents to talk with their teen drivers about the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel,” said Maguire. “As parents, we worry about a host of impairments that can endanger our kids – everything from drunk driving to cell phone use to texting. Drowsy driving is equally dangerous, especially for tired teens.”


AAA reminds parents to watch for signs of fatigue in themselves and in their young drivers. And remember the following tips:
•    Don’t drive when you’re sleepy.
•    If you feel drowsy, try to pull over immediately, park in a safe place, and nap for 20 minutes.
•    Travel with an alert passenger who can relieve you at the wheel if you feel tired.
•    Coffee, energy drinks, driving with windows open and radio blasting are not sleep substitutes.
•    Schedule a break every two hours or 100 miles.
•    Travel at times when you are normally awake. Sleeping less than six hours increases your risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Sleeping less than four hours is extremely dangerous. 

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Former R-I Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Sending Obscene Material to a Child


                     Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Sending Obscene Material to a Child

 


PROVIDENCE - A former Narragansett, RI, police officer pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to a charge of transfer of obscene material to a minor, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Harold H. Shaw, and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

 

Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Chief Judge William E. Smith, Matthew C. Riley, 51, of Narragansett, admitted to the Court that in approximately late 2015 or early 2016, he began communicating with an individual via a website and through text messaging and other messaging communication technologies, such as Snapchat and Kik messenger.

 

Early in their communications, the person with whom Riley was communicating told him that she was 15-years-old and that she was a 9th grade student. On May 9, 2016, in a series of texts with the 15-year-old, Riley discussed what time her high school day ended; that she was in 9th grade; and that she did not turn 16 until October.  

 

During his communications with the 15-year-old, Riley identified himself as “Chris M.” and told her he was 29-years-old, lived in Boston, was in the Navy, and worked as a physical therapist.    

      

Over the course of a few months, at times stopping for days or weeks, and then resuming, Riley’s communications with the 15-year-old included sexually explicit communications, including graphic, sexually explicit pictures of himself and videos of himself committing a sex act.

 

Riley is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1, 2019.

 

The transfer of obscene matter to another individual who has not attained the age of 16 years is punishable by statutory penalties of up to 10 years in federal prison, 3 years supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Additionally, upon conviction, Riley will be required by statute to register as a sex offender.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise M. Barton.

The matter was investigated by the FBI and Rhode Island State Police.

United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch acknowledges and thanks the Nebraska State Patrol for their continued assistance investigating and preparing this matter for prosecution.

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Providence Man Faces Federal Narcotics Counts


                   Providence Man Indicted on Drug Trafficking, Firearm Charges

 


PROVIDENCE - A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned an eight-count indictment charging a Providence man with trafficking fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

According to court documents, in August 2018, Newport Police detectives launched an investigation into the alleged drug trafficking activities in Newport of Franklin Valenzuela, 23.

 

The investigation included purchases of fentanyl by a Newport detective allegedly from Valenzuela.

 

During the course of the investigation it was learned that Cranston Police detectives were also investigating Valenzuela’s alleged drug trafficking activities.

 

On August 31, 2018, an undercover Newport Police detective ordered a quantity of heroin from Valenzuela, who allegedly agreed to deliver the heroin to an apartment complex in Newport.

 

On that date, Newport and Cranston Police and members of the Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force established surveillance in the area of the apartment complex in Newport and of Valenzuela’s Providence residence.

 

Valenzuela was surveilled as he left his residence in Providence and drove to Newport. Officers moved in and took Valenzuela into custody as he entered the apartment complex parking lot.

 

As Valenzuela exited the vehicle, several small bags of heroin allegedly fell from Valenzuela’s lap. He was also found to be in possession of $1,393 in cash. According to court documents, Valenzuela consented to a search of his Providence residence, where law enforcement allegedly seized 75 grams of cocaine and 18 grams of crack cocaine in small plastic bags, 423 grams of marijuana, a disassembled firearm and $7, 807 in cash.

 

Also seized was a bag containing an unknown quantity of fentanyl. Due to the dangerousness of fentanyl, per DEA policy, the narcotics were immediately placed in sealed evidence bags and sent to the Northeastern Regional Laboratory  to be tested.

 

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Franklin Valenzuela with possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base; possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; distribution of cocaine; distribution of fentanyl; and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

The indictment of Valenzuela is announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Field Division Brian D. Boyle, Newport Police Chief Gary T. Silva, and Cranston Police Chief Colonel Michael J. Winquist.

 

An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled for Franklin Valenzuela who is presently detained at the ACI as a probation violator on a previous Rhode Island state court conviction.

 

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald R. Gendron.

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Joseph Kennedy lll's Statement


     Massachusetts 4th District Congressman Joseph Kennedy lll raised an estimated $5 million for Democratic contenders in house and senate races in various states. Kennedy's campaign office says that during the new completed election cycle, he traveled to 17 states and was the Vice Chair for the Northeast Region of the D.C.C.C.

 

     In a statement released from his office Wednesday, Kennedy says "with control of the house, Democrats will fight for a health care system that cares for all, an economy that works for all and a society that promises dignity to all."

 

     Kennedy worked on behalf of 18 Democratic contenders - 11 of which have secured congressional seats, with 5 others set to be decided on when all the ballots have been certified. 

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Fall River Guy with Gun


At approximately 9:45am this morning a concerned citizen called 911 stating that they saw a male with a gun enter a green mercury mountaineer in the McDonald’s/Rocky’s Hardware parking lot on President Avenue.

 

A partial plate was also obtained. This information was broadcasted to all patrol units to be on the lookout.

 


A short while later, Officer Paul Furtado initially observed a vehicle matching the description and partial plate match near Wal-Mart on Quequechan Street.

 

He began following the vehicle along with Officer Kelly Furtado. Special Operations Division Officers Michael Hadaya and Joshua Carreiro also were in the area and attempted to affect a traffic stop.

 

Despite all of these officers attempting to stop this vehicle, the operator accelerated and drove on to the sidewalk to avoid being stopped.

 

The vehicle continued north on Quequechan Street toward Pleasant Street. At this time, a short pursuit began. Officers converged toward the area of Pleasant and Quequechan Streets.

 

The suspect continued on Quequechan Street, travelling on the wrong side of the road and disobeying traffic control signs.

 

The operator swerved to avoid colliding with another police vehicle that was travelling south on Quequechan Street.

 

The vehicle then mounted the curb and sidewalk causing significant damage to the wheels and ultimately disabling it at the intersection of County Street and Quequechan Street. Two suspects fled from the vehicle and a foot pursuit began.

 

A perimeter was established and one of the suspects was cornered in the rear yard of 275 County Street. After a brief struggle, the male was taken into custody and identified as Kristopher Ferreira (d.o.b. 09-28-1978) of 16 Russell Street, Apt #1, Fall River, MA.

 

The Bristol County Sherriff's Department K9 unit assisted with tracking a second suspect to no avail.

 

At this time the investigation continues in an attempt to identify and locate him. Two female passengers in the vehicle were detained and questioned as part of the investigation.

 

Officers canvassed the nearby area where the apprehended suspect had ran through and located a replica pellet pistol that had been discarded.

 

Kristopher Ferreira faces numerous charges to include Disturbing the Peace while Armed, Failure to Stop for Police, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be added. The suspect vehicle was seized and towed to the Fall River Police Department for further investigation.
 

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Does Jasiel Want a Deal?


In an hour long interview with WSARs Marc Dion on Tuesday, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia indicated that he held out hope that he could convene Federal Prosecutors in Boston to sit down with him and have a conversation that could avoid a trial that Correia says he wants to fast track. 

Correia continues to maintan that he has done nothing wrong as Fall River's Mayor and that his issues stemming from the Sno Owl Smart Phone App stem from a company that he began when he was 19. 

Correia also promised to release FBI transcripts of interviews with those he considers political opponents. 

Correia's next court date is December 6.

 

The entire interview is avaliable in the Audio on Demand portion of WSAR.com

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Jasiel and Marc Tuesday Morning


Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II has chosen to invoke an offer of equal time made by WSAR and appear as a guest on the ''Marc Dion'' Show Tuesday morning following WSAR News at 10am. 

The primary organizer of the Recall Effort Dawn Suarette, was a guest Monday Morning, with the entire two hour show in the Audio On Demand portion at WSAR.com.

Organizers of the Recall indicated Sunday Night on their Facebook page that they may have all the signatures they need after Election Night is concluded that they may have all the signatures they will need when Election Day is finished on Tuesday.

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Gasoline in Massachusetts This Week


                                      GAS PRICES DOWN ONE CENT, SAYS AAA

 

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down one cent this week, according to AAA Northeast. 


AAA’s November 5 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.79 per gallon.

 

The Massachusetts price is three cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.76.

 

A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 32 cents lower at $2.47.  


“Gas prices are at their lowest since back in the spring,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “If the crude oil market remains steady, prices in the short term will likely continue to fall.”


The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 57 cents, from a low of $2.52 to a high of $3.09.

 

AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.


Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:


Self Serve                                           Grade                         
$2.79 ($2.52-$3.09)                            Regular Unleaded                   
$3.10 ($2.85-$3.49)                            Midgrade Unleaded                
$3.25 ($2.93-$3.59)                            Premium Unleaded                 
$3.20 ($2.99-$3.39)                            Diesel  
            Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by visiting AAA.com/FuelFinder. 
 

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New Bedford Heroin Trafficker Sentenced


A 39-year-old New Bedford heroin trafficker was convicted at trial last week in Fall River Superior Court and sentenced to serve up to  a decade prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

 

Joseph Jackson was convicted by a jury of his peers last Thursday of trafficking in excess of 100 grams of heroin.  The trial lasted three days and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kristen Wiley.

 

Judge Renee Dupuis sentenced the defendant to serve eight to ten years in state prison.

 

On November 29, 2014, after an extensive investigation into the defendant’s alleged heroin trafficking operation, New Bedford Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s home.

 

 Once inside, detectives located and seized eight bags of heroin, weighing a total of 108 grams, along with more than $10,000 in cash.

 

“I am pleased that the jury convicted the defendant for drug trafficking that involved a large amount of heroin,” District Attorney Quinn said.  “He reaped a substantial profit from selling heroin, as over $10,000 was seized from his apartment.  There must be accountability for defendants who continue to profit off of the opiate crisis.”

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Papa Geno's Gets A New Owner


The ''Boston Globe'' and the ''Boston Herald'' are among the New England Media reporting that the remaining Papa Geno's and Deangelo's franchises are being sold in an arrangement that will need to be approved by a bankruptcy court. 

 

The Suburban Boston based ownership closed a number of Massachusetts and Rhode Island locations before announcing Monday it will sell to Wynn Church Capital after first filing for bankruptcy. 

The firm buying the remaining properties says it wants to modernize locations and increase its digital footprint in terms of ordering capability. 

 

 

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Patriots Questionable List For Sunday


The New England Patriots have released their final injury update before Sunday Night's game with Green Bay at Gillette Stadium, as Rob Gronkowski, with ankle and back issues, Running Back Sony Michel, with a knee issue, and Wide Reciever Julian Edelman are all listed as questionable. 

 

In total, 13 Patriots are listed as Questionable for Sunday, while OL Shaq Mason and Guard Brian Schwenke are listed as out for Sunday's prime time event. 

 

Coverage on the Patriots Network Sunday on WSAR at 5:30pm

 

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More Purple Questions


In a letter included in the meeting packet for the upcoming Fall River City Council Meeting on Tuesday in Government Center, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is asking the City Council's Committee on Ordnances and Legislation to re open discussion on the Pay As You Throw Program, which the Mayor in the letter references as the ''Purple Bag Program'', as he did during the 2017 campaign cycle. 

 

Correia asked the the program be ended in the most recent municipal budget, but council put the program back into the document in order to collect what was seen as necessary revenue. 
 

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A Second Amazon Headquarters


     The Digital Edition of the Boston Globe is reporting that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is continuing to offer little information as to where a second Amazon Headquarters might be located. 

 

     Bezos was interviewed in New York Thursday night by journalist Walter Isaacson. Bezos told Isaacson Amazon will gather and study data, but the final decision will be made "from the heart."

 

     Boston was part of a second round and apparently remains in contention. The Greater Fall River area also submitted a proposal touting access to both Boston and Providence. 

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Discouraging Beer Tossing At Rolling Rallies


      While the Red Sox and the city of Boston continue to discuss how to discourage a seemingly new tradition of throwing cans of beer for Red Sox players to catch during future rolling rallies and victory parades.

 

      The Boston Red Sox Manager, Alex Cora told reporters this week he knew there was no harm intended.

 

      The new tradition got its start during the Patriots most recent rolling rally when Rov Gronkowski caught some beers tossed toward him, as did other Patriot players. 

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FRPD Pursuit of Vehicle


 

 

On Wednesday October 31, 2018 at approximately 4:30PM, Detectives from the Major Crimes Division observed a gray 2018 Subaru Legacy Sedan with Tennessee Registration Plates in the south end of Fall River.

 

It is a vehicle of interest regarding the shooting which occurred on Monday October 29, 2018.

 

This vehicle was originally captured on a nearby video surveillance camera moments after the shooting occurred.

 

Detectives were in a full out effort to locate this vehicle as they believed the individuals in it were suspects in the shooting.


After spotting the vehicle, Major Crimes Division Detectives briefly engaged in a pursuit of the vehicle when it failed to stop for them once they activated their emergency lights.

 

Due to the time of day, heavy traffic and Halloween activities that were beginning, Fall River Police called off the pursuit and the vehicle information was broadcasted to all surrounding police agencies including the Massachusetts State Police and Freetown Police Department to be on the lookout.

 

Shortly after broadcasting this information the vehicle was seen by Freetown Police and they began pursuit, the vehicle then was briefly chased through Freetown.

 


Ultimately, the vehicle changed direction and re-entered the highway travelling south back toward Fall River.

 

Massachusetts State Police continued pursuing the vehicle as it made its way through Fall River.

 

Fall River Police saturated the south end of the city in an effort to locate the vehicle of interest.

 

The vehicle was found abandoned near the Italian Progressive Club on Slade Street in Fall River.

 

Two individuals were seen exiting the vehicle and began fleeing on foot. It is believed that the two individuals were males. They were seen fleeing in opposite directions. One was last seen wearing jeans and a red hooded sweatshirt, the other male was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

 


Massachusetts State Police Airwing was deployed in the area in an effort to locate both of the individuals that had been in the vehicle.

 

Fall River Police K9 Unit was also deployed in attempt to track the suspects. Unfortunately all efforts were exhausted in trying to locate these males.

 

Fall River Police seized the abandoned vehicle and it was towed to the Police Department for further investigation.
An around the clock effort continues regarding this shooting lead by Detective Luis Vertentes and Dwaine Cabeceiras.

 

Anyone that may have information regarding this incident are asked to contact Detective Luis Vertentes or Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras of the Major Crimes Division at 508-324-2796. Anonymous Tips are also accepted using the TIP Line @ 508-672-TIPS(8477). Facebook Messages are also accepted.

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Correia on The Recall and the Indictment


Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II told the Thursday Edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom'' that a 13 count Federal Indictment on Wire Fraud and False Federal Income Tax Returns is part of an ongoing ''Witch Hunt'' and that the indictment is a challenge he will deal with. 

Regarding the ongoing recall effort, Correia tells WSAR that he will not challenge Recall Signatures legally, as had been done in the recall of Will Flanagan in 2014. 

 

Correia continues to maintain that he will survive the recall and will be vindicated in Federal Court in Boston. 

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UMass on Birthright Citizenship Executive Order


UMass Dartmouth faculty Q&A on possible birthright citizenship executive order

 


Recently, President Trump indicated that he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship, the concept that being born in the United States makes one a citizen.

 

The 14th amendment to the Constitution states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

 


UMass Dartmouth professors Dr. Lisa Maya Knauer (Sociology & Anthropology), and Dr. Mark Santow (History) were asked to explore the historical context and potential ramifications of such an action.


What was the historical context that caused the Federal government to adopt the 14th Amendment in 1868?


Santow: The birthright citizenship embedded in the 14th amendment is the very keystone of our post-Civil War constitutional order, which recognizes all Americans as civic equals.


The birthright embedded in the amendment was a decisive, clear and intentional move away from citizenship rooted in race that was at the heart of the 1857 Dred Scott decision.

 

For those of an 'originalist' bent, the intentions of the Congress that passed the amendment were unambiguous: people born in the U.S. are full-fledged American citizens, with all the rights therein. Only Native Americans and the children of foreign diplomats were excluded. 


In many ways, the 14th amendment is the foundation of modern American multiracial democracy.


If the executive order is signed and found legal, what are some implications for the country?


Knauer: This would challenge the citizenship of many people born in the U.S. to parents who were not citizens at the time that their children were born. 


It is not known whether there are plans to limit citizenship to children born to U.S. citizens or, for example, the children of permanent residents or H-1B visa holders.

 

In either case, this would increase the number of "mixed" immigration status families in this country. 


This could affect many UMassD students and the commonwealth more broadly as there is a high percentage of foreign-born adults in the region, and not all of them were citizens at the time their children were born.


Dr. Lisa Maya Knauer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UMass Dartmouth. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Knauer research has focused on the Guatemalan immigrant experience.


Dr. Mark Santow is an Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Santow has studied and written about social policy, race, and American cities and contributes to adult education programs in urban 

areas.
 

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JKIII In Somerset and Swansea on Saturday


 On Saturday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III will hold office hours in several communities throughout the southern part of his district, as part of his ongoing Tour 34.
 
Saturday, November 3:
 
9:00AM                Holds Freetown-Lakeville office hours 
Apponequet Regional High School
100 Howland Road
Lakeville, MA 
 
10:30AM              Holds Raynham office hours 
Raynham Police Station
53 Orchard Street, Training Room
Raynham, MA 
 
 12:00PM             Holds Somerset-Berkley office hours 
Somerset-Berkley Regional High School
625 County Street
Somerset, MA 
 
1:30PM                 Holds Swansea office hours 
Swansea Free Public Library
69 Main Street
Swansea, MA 
 
3:00PM                 Holds Dighton-Rehoboth office hours 
Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School
2700 Regional Road
North Dighton, MA 
 
As with all Tour 34 stops, the office hours are open to any constituents of the 4th Congressional District. For questions please call Congressman Kennedy’s Newton Office at (617) 332-3333.
 
 

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New Bedford Cab Robbery Arraignment


A 23-year-old New Bedford man connected to the August 10th attempted robbery of a taxi driver, which eventually led to the death of the defendant’s co-robber, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing during his arraignment this morning in Fall River Superior Court.


Kyle Dawson was indicted earlier this month on charges of involuntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  

 

He pleaded not guilty to the charges today and will be subjected to a dangerousness hearing on November 8th to determine if he will be held without bail for 180 days while the case proceeds against him.


On Friday, August 10, 2018, members of the New Bedford Police Department responded at 1:12 a.m. to the area of 20 Bentley Street for shots fired.  

 

When they arrived at the scene they located a male identified as Christopher Dunton, 24 of New Bedford, on the roadway outside of a Yellow Cab, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  

 

Mr. Dunton, who was one of the passengers in the cab, was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

 

Police investigation revealed that the cab driver picked up Mr. Dunton and Mr. Dawson from an address on Cottage Street.  

While in the cab, the two males attempted to violently rob the cab driver by placing him in a choke hold and utilizing a knife.  

 

The cab driver was able to escape the cab and fired three shots that struck Mr. Dunton.  The cab driver had a valid License to Carry.  

 

 

During today’s arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Morrissette detailed the facts of the case and also revealed that after a thorough investigation, it has been determined the cab driver acted in self-defense and criminal charges against him are not warranted.  

 

The cab driver was the victim of an attempted robbery in 2005 and his friend, a fellow cab driver, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in 2015.  

 

After the 2015 murder of his friend and colleague, the cab driver went and lawfully obtained a License to Carry a firearm for protection.  

 

The cab driver discharged his firearm within seconds of being violently assaulted in his own cab by two passengers – one who placed a knife to his side and another who put him in a chokehold while yelling “shank him, shank him.”  Under all the circumstances presented in this case, the District Attorney’s Office finds the cab driver’s use of deadly force to protect himself was warranted and lawful.  


“After a thorough investigation, it is clear that the cab driver acted in lawful self-defense and the use of deadly force was justified under the circumstances.

 

The victim was violently robbed by two men who threatened his life while choking him and putting a knife to his side. Fortunately he was able to extricate himself and get out of the cab,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said. “He still faced a potentially life threatening situation and fired three shots from a hand gun he was lawfully entitled to possess and carry.

 

The victim had previously been robbed and his close friend, Donald DePina, had been brutally murdered while driving his own cab in 2015. The loss of any life is tragic but I hope the cab driver and Mr. Dunton’s family can move forward with their lives.”

 

The involuntary manslaughter charge lodged against Mr. Dawson in this case related to his alleged wanton and reckless conduct in attempting to rob the cab driver with a knife while Mr. Dunton had the cab driver in a choke hold.

 

 This wanton and reckless conduct created a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to another person.  The defendant’s intentional participation in this conduct caused the death of Christopher Dunton.
 

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Freetown VS. Excel Recycling


     The community of Freetown is locked in a legal dispute this Fall with Excel Recycling, after the firm's license was not renewed by selectmen in Freetown earlier this Spring, according to the Digital Edition of the New Bedford Standard Times.

 
      Complaints of noise and air pollution have plagued a facility of Ridge Hill Road, which was the subject of a cease and desist order. That had both sides in court as Excel filed for an injunctive protection, and as Excel has continued to operate without a license. 
                       

      The case is being adjudicated in New Bedford as attorneys are arguing for more time for soundproof panels to be installed. Freetown's Board of Health, and its fire and police departments are also involved in the dispute. 
                       

      The two sides are back in court in December. 

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Fall River Murder Conviction


     A 24-year old Fall River man will spend life in prison without parole after being convicted of the March 2016 Taunton murder of 23-year old Vanessa Courtney.

 

A jury found James Sousa guilty of first degree murder and armed robbery.

 

The trial lasted one month before a verdict was delivered on Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court. 

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New Information from the FRPD regarding the Monday Shooting Incident


SUBJECT: Shooting Update from Thomas & Pleasant Streets



The 23-year old victim who suffered one single gunshot wound has been upgraded to stable
condition and is recovering at Rhode Island Hospital.

 

The Major Crimes Division has been working
tirelessly on this investigation.

 

At this time, Detectives have several persons of interest and are working
on several leads regarding this shooting.

 


It has been determined that this event was a targeted act of violence amongst otherwise known
individuals.

 

A post impact crime team has been deployed in the Flint Neighborhood comprised of both
uniform and plain clothes officers from the Special Operations Division.

 


Due to the severity of this incident and to preserve evidence in the investigation, the Fall River
Police Department is not releasing any suspect information at this time.

 

The victim will also remain
unidentified at this time out of respect to his privacy and safety.

 


Anyone that may have information regarding this incident are asked to contact Detective Luis
Vertentes of the Major Crimes Division at 508-324-2796. Anonymous Tips are also accepted using the TIP
Line @ 508-672-TIPS(8477).
 

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A Statement From Fall River's Mayor on The Recall Effort


Mayor Correia has released a statement in regards to the recall petition. 

 


“I am grateful to the citizens of Fall River who have stood by me and continue to support me.

 

I am touched by your words of kindness and encouragement and I intend to continue doing what I was elected to do - work hard each day to make Fall River a better and safer city.

 

I support any citizens right to petition under the rules of the charter.

 

In the event a recall petition does gain the necessary signatures, I ask that the citizens re-elect me so that our progress can continue.

 

I ask that the people of Fall River show their support by not signing the recall petition.

 

Thank you and God Bless.” –Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II 

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Clean Wind Energy In The Whaling City


     A day long symposium at New Bedford's Whaling Museum will focus on ways in which wind energy firms from the United States and the United Kingdom can combine on a growing wind energy industry along the eastern seaboard, including sites off Martha's Vineyard.

 

     Mitchell tells W.S.A.R News that the wind energy industry in the U.S is at a critical juncture and that the Southcoast is set to become a leading site for wind energy to thrive. European-based firms are actively looking for American investment opportunities when it comes to wind energy as the industry has taken root in the U.K.

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City Council President Signs Recall Petition


     The President of the Fall River City Council has indicated to WSAR News that he has signed a copy of the petition to recall Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia ll.

 

Ponte said if a recall does in fact happen at some point later this Fall or later into the Winter he has made no decision if he would appear on a recall ballot as a contender for mayor.

 

8 contenders ran including then-Mayor Will Flanagan in a December 2014 recall in Fall River. 


Ponte also indicated on the Tuesday Edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom'' that he would allow Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II to address the nine member Fall River City Council  this coming Tuesday, but if only if Correia would agree to take questions from Council Members. 

 

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New Bedford Man Arraigned On Halloween


     Bristol County prosecutors are confirming that a 23-year old New Bedford man connected to the August 10th attempted robbery of a taxi driver in New Bedford, which lead to the death of the defendant's co-robber, will be indicted in Fall River Superior Court on Wednesday October 31st on new counts that will be revealed in open court.

 

     Kyle Dawson was the target of an indictment earlier this month on charges of involuntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The incident in which Dawson was allegedly involved happened on the morning of Friday August 10th, when members of the New Bedford Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at a Bentley Street location.

 

     New Bedford Police Department officers found 24 year old Christopher Dunton outside of a yellow cab, after being shot by the cab driver during a botched robbery attempt. Dunton was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital.

 

     The two men were picked up at Cottage Street. Investigators allege that Dunton and Dawson tried to rob the cab driver utlizing a knife; The cab driver then escaped the cab and fired a series of shots that hit Dunton. The driver of the cab did have a license to carry a weapon.

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R-I Confirms Fatalities


DEM IDENTIFIES COUPLE WHO DIED AFTER BEING
PULLED FROM ROUGH WATER YESTERDAY


PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is identifying the couple who were pulled from rough surf off Fort Wetherill State Park in Jamestown yesterday. They are Kongjuan Wei, 51, and Xianzan Tan, 52, of 5 Calumet Street, Quincy, MA.

 

After responding to the 911 call, which came into DEM at 9:33 AM, Environmental Police Officer (EPO) Harold Guise stated that he was approached by Yongjian Chen, 20, who said he had come to Jamestown with the couple to go fishing.

 

Chen, who called 911, said other fishermen on the shore told him they saw a large wave knock Wei down onto the rocks and drag her into the water.

 

Chen said the witnesses told him Tan, who was fishing near his wife, jumped into the water to try to rescue her.

 

Chen arrived to see Tan struggling to swim and Wei slightly farther out in the water.

 

Chen said he saw Tan swimming for about five minutes before appearing to lose consciousness. Soon after, both Chen and the initial witnesses lost sight of both victims.

 

The US Coast Guard retrieved the victims from the water and brought them to shore where Jamestown Fire and EMS responders tried to resuscitate them. Jamestown Fire and EMS transported Wei and Tan to Newport Hospital where they were later pronounced dead.

 

 

Environmental Police estimate that yesterday’s surf was approximately six to eight feet, the remnants of the Nor’easter that came ashore on Saturday.

 

DEM extends its sympathies to the couple’s family and friends.

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UMass on Ballot Question 3


UMass Leadership Statement on Massachusetts Ballot Question 3

 

BOSTON – UMass President Marty Meehan and the chancellors of the five UMass campuses – UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, UMass Boston Interim Chancellor Katherine S. Newman, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline F. Moloney, and UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins -- today issued a statement regarding Massachusetts Ballot Question 3, which would repeal or keep in place the current state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation:

 

As public higher education leaders representing five campuses that host as many as 100,000 students, faculty, staff and guests each day in Massachusetts, we share a commitment to maintaining inclusive campus environments and ensuring that all members of our community feel safe, respected and valued no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin, gender identity or any other factor.

 

The state’s current public accommodation law ensures that transgender and gender-nonconforming persons can choose to use public restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity without fear of discrimination. It protects them from harassment in public places and preserves their dignity and safety. 

 

Present UMass policy assures that all members of our campus communities can choose a restroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity.

Repealing the provision in the state law protecting those rights would make current state law inconsistent with UMass policy, which could result in legal challenges to UMass.

Repealing the provision could also create confusion among university community members and guests, including prospective students, about rights for transgender and gender-non conforming persons on our public university campuses.
 

Regardless of the outcome of the election, and to the extent permitted by law, we will retain our present policy on restroom and locker room access on our campuses by allowing transgender and gender-nonconforming students, faculty, staff and guests to choose facilities consistent with their gender identity.
 

The UMass leaders made their statement in their capacity as state policy-making officials, expressing a shared view about Ballot Question 3.

Under state law, UMass leadership cannot expressly advocate for a particular vote on this or other ballot questions, but are permitted to summarize the anticipated effects of the ballot question on UMass and its operations.

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Fall River Shooting Information


SUBJECT: Shooting at Pleasant Street & Thomas Streets
DATE: Monday October 29, 2018 @ 10:00AM

 


At approximately 10:00AM, Fall River Police responded to the area of Pleasant Street and Thomas Street for a report a shooting.

 

Officers located a 23-year old male victim who was suffering from an apparent a gunshot wound to the leg.

 

Officers began immediately rendering aid to the victim and also used a tourniquet to aid in stabilizing the victim.

 

He was then transported by Fall River Fire Department EMS to Rhode Island Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

 

The identity of the victim will not be released at this time due to the nature of the incident and the ongoing investigation.


The initial investigation led the Fall River Police Department to believe there were possibly two suspects involved and who fled in a motor vehicle.

 

A description of the vehicle and suspects is not available at this time.

 

The Fall River Police Major Crimes Division is actively investigating to clarify additional details regarding the suspect(s) and suspect vehicle.

 

More information will follow later today.


Anyone that may have information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 508-325-2796. Anonymous Tips are also accepted using the TIP Line @ 508-672-TIPS(8477).

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Gas Prices This Week


        Gasoline prices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have remained the same this week, according to AAA Northeast.                         

 

        A gallon of regular gasoline averages $2.80 a gallon this week, one cent lower than the current national average.

 
        The Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for AAA, Mary Maguire says these gas prices may not last. She expects gas prices will likely start to increase as early as later this week ahead of the November 4th Iran sanctions announcement as well as the mid term elections.


        The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 48 cents from a low of $2.61 to a high of $3.09. 

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The Parade is Set


The Boston Red Sox and the City of Boston have set the day and time for the Parade that will honor the 2018 World Series Champions for Wednesday at 11am, following the traditional route that the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics have used in past parades. 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh indicated this morning that only one arrest was made, as crowds of people made their way to Fenway Park and other portions of Boston, and were peaceful late Sunday Night. 

 

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The Recall Countdown Clock is On


The organizers of the recall effort aimed at removing Fall River Mayor Jasiel F Correia II have confirmed to WSAR that it  is now official, as papers with the original 10 organizers were certified this morning in Fall River's Government Center. 

 

Petitions are being printed in the City Clerk's office this afternoon, as the 20 day countdown clock is now operating in order for those behind the recall to gather 2,510 signatures of Fall River Voters that will be certified this month. 

Its possible that a recall election, in which the current mayor could run to keep his office, will happen in the fourth quarter of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019. 

 

 

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The Patriots Friday Injury Report


The New England Patriots are 14.5 Road Favorites at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo Monday Night as coverage begins at 5:30pm with an 8:15pm Kickoff. 

 

New England reports that running back Sony Michel did not practice Friday due to a knee issue that has plagued him since training camp. 

Rob Grownkowski was a limited participant during practice in Foxboro Friday. 

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National Grid in Prep Mode


 National Grid is preparing for a powerful Nor’easter that will arrive in New England this weekend.

 

 The storm is expected to bring heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal flooding in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

 

The most severe weather is expected to begin in the early hours of Saturday morning and continue into Saturday night.


Current forecasts indicate that weather conditions could cause damage to the electrical system.  

 

High winds and heavy rain could cause major tree damage resulting in power outages across the region.  

 

National Grid considers this a Type 4 event, meaning three percent of its customers may be impacted for up to 24 hours.

 

 

As part of its preparations, more than 350 external line crews have been secured to assist National Grid’s 171 line crews in the region.

 

 More than 260 forestry crews will also be ready to assist in the restoration efforts once conditions are safe to do so.

 

Storm room operations will be opened up in Hopedale, MA; North Andover, MA; Brocton, MA; and, in Providence, RI.

 

 Staging sites are also being set up in various locations across the two states.
 
 

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Triple A New Vehicle Technology


According to new research from AAA, vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and others, can cost twice as much to repair following a collision due to expensive sensors and their calibration requirements. 


Even minor incidents that cause damage to this technology found behind windshields, bumpers and door mirrors can add up to $3,000 in extra repair costs.

 

With one-in-three Americans unable to afford an unexpected repair bill of just $500, AAA strongly urges consumers to perform an insurance policy review and consider the potential repair costs of these advanced systems.


“Advanced safety systems are much more common today, with many coming as standard equipment, even on base models,” said John Paul, AAA Northeast Senior Manager of Traffic Safety. “It’s critical that drivers understand what technology their vehicle has, how it performs and how much it could cost to repair should something happen.”

 


Previous AAA testing has shown that ADAS offers many safety benefits. However, minor vehicle damage that affects these systems may be inevitable. For the vehicles in AAA’s study, the repair bill for a minor front or rear collision on a car with ADAS can run as high as $5,300, almost two and half times the repair cost for a vehicle without these systems. 

 


Windshield damage is especially common, with more than 14.5 million replacements annually. Many safety systems rely on cameras positioned behind the windshield that require recalibration when the glass is replaced.

 

In addition, some automakers require the use of factory glass that meets strict standards for optical clarity. Replacing a windshield on a vehicle equipped with a camera behind the glass typically costs approximately $1,500, which can be as much as three times the amount to replace the windshield on a car without the technology.

 


“It is not unusual for windshields to get chipped or cracked, especially for drivers who commute on a daily basis,” continued Mr. Paul. “This may be an eyesore on a regular car, but when it falls in the line of sight of a camera or the driver, it becomes a safety issue that needs immediate attention by a facility qualified to work on these systems.”

 


Windshields are not the only area vulnerable to damage that could result in a costly repair or replacement. Vehicles with ADAS may also have radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors located in or behind the front and rear bumpers or bodywork, as well as built into the side mirrors. While most drivers may never find themselves in a collision, these parts can easily be damaged when pulling out of a garage, hitting a mailbox or bumping into other objects. 


Many variables such as the vehicle make and model, the type and location of the sensor and where the work is performed can affect ADAS repair costs. AAA’s research determined the ranges listed below for typical ADAS repair expenses. Note that these numbers are for costs over and above the normal bodywork required following a collision.


•    Front radar sensors used with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control systems:  $900 to $1,300
•    Rear radar sensors used with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems:  $850 to $2,050
•    Front camera sensors used with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keeping systems (does not include the cost of a replacement windshield):  $850 to $1,900
•    Front, side mirror or rear camera sensors used with around-view systems:  $500 to $1,100
•    Front or rear ultrasonic sensors used with parking assist systems:  $500 to $1,300

 


Once a driver finds that an ADAS has been damaged and requires repair, there are key factors to consider when selecting a repair facility.

 

Simply replacing the sensors of driver assistance systems is relatively straightforward and can be performed by most mechanics.

 

However, to restore the system to proper operation it must be calibrated, which requires special training, tools and information. Before having a vehicle repaired, AAA recommends that drivers verify whether the facility is able to properly repair and calibrate the damaged system(s), and request proof of the work once complete. 

 


As technology continues to evolve, drivers need to be better educated and more aware of their vehicle’s capabilities. This includes understanding how the vehicle systems work as well as how much repairs may cost if damaged. AAA recommends drivers review their insurance policy regularly to ensure they have the appropriate coverage to cover the cost of repairs for any damage and that deductibles are manageable to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. 

 


For this study, AAA evaluated three top-selling models in popular categories. The vehicle models were selected from AAA’s 2018 Your Driving Costs study and include a small sport utility vehicle, a medium sedan and a full-size pickup truck. To establish repair part types and costs, all replacement parts discussed are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components charged at their suggested list prices. 

 

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 67 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.7 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.


 

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JKIII Campaigning in the Heartland


Joseph Kennedy III is campaigning in Wisconsin and Illinois this week in the waning days before the November 6 midterm elections, meeting with college students at Marquette and capaigning for a Democratic nominee for Congress in Illinois. 

Kennedy has already campaigned on two seperate trips to Texas to assist the Democratic Senate Nominee running against Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, and has also made trips to Indiana and Michigan earlier in the election cycle. 

 

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Red Sox Heading to L-A


The Dodgers have checked out of their Providence hotels, where they stayed for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, according to CBS 12 in Providence, while the Red Sox will take their JetBlue Charter to Southern California where games 3 and 4 will happen starting Saturday Night with coverage at 7pm on WSAR with a first pitch at 8:09. 

 

Rick Porcello will get the Game 3 Start for the Red Sox, who lead the Best of 7 series 2-0. 

 

 

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Red Sox win Game One


The Boston Red Sox and L-A Dodgers endured a one hour rain delay at Fenway Park Tuesday Night before the Sox secured a game one win by a final of 8-4. 

 

Eduardo Nunez smacked a pinch hit three run homer to break the game open for the Sox. 

David Price is the Game Two Starter for the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park; coverage on WSAR at 7 tonight with a first pitch of 8:09pm. 

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Fall River City Council on 11-6


The Fall River City Council set the stage Tuesday Night in Government Center for November 6th, when it will attempt again to perhaps remove Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II on a temporary basis from office, if 7 votes are found to throw into motion a provision in the City Charter, section 3-8, that allows council to allow a mayor a temporary leave for illness or for cause. 

In a new legal opinion from Corporation Counsul Joseph Macy, the former judge warns that an expensive legal battle could ensue, as Correia's defense lawyers have already indicated they will seek recourse on behalf of their client. 

Council could also ask Correia to resign, or cast a vote of no confidence. 

Council member Derek Viveiros was dealing with family issues last night, but left a written communication with Council President Cliff Ponte that asked that the matters be tabled until the first term council member was back in Fall River. 

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Mega Millions $1.6 Billion


South Carolina Lottery Administrators confirmed early Wednesday Morning that at least one ticket sold there hit the correct combination of 5-28-62-65-70, with a Mega Ball of 5, while other state lotteries would likely know later today if other tickets with that combination were sold in their respective states. 

The $1.6 Billion Dollar jackpot was a world record for the largest amount of money available in a lottery game. 

The Powerball Drawing this week will have a prize of well over a half a billion to shoot for. 

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New Bedford Inks A Deal


NEW BEDFORD - The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the signing of a lease agreement with Vineyard Wind to utilize the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging and deployment location for its offshore wind project located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Vineyard Wind was selected in May, 2018 to provide 800 megawatts of cost-effective offshore wind power to Massachusetts and represents 5.5-6 percent of the state’s electric load. The project will strengthen Massachusetts’ clean energy economy and build upon the Commonwealth’s commitment to a diverse energy portfolio.

 

“The historic and bipartisan energy legislation we passed in 2016 created a competitive procurement process that put Massachusetts in position to host the first large-scale offshore wind project in the United States and be a national leader for this emerging industry,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With this agreement, Massachusetts workers and the South Coast to help lead thisnew frontier for American energy and establish a hub for offshore wind development on the East Coast.”
 
“By signing this lease agreement with Vineyard Wind, we have achieved another major milestone to secure long-term jobs and economic growth for the people of Massachusetts,”said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Establishing an offshore wind supply chain in Massachusetts is critical to our mission to strengthen our economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
 
Constructed and operated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is a 29-acre heavy-lift facility designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects, as well as handle bulk, break-bulk, container, and large specialty marine cargo.

 

 The first port in North America specifically built to support the staging and deployment of offshore wind components, the terminal has been engineered to sustain mobile crane and storage loads that rival the highest capacity ports in the world.
 
The lease agreement between MassCEC and Vineyard Wind represents a commitment to an 18-month lease at $6 million annually to use the terminal as the primary staging and deployment location for its offshore wind project.
 
“The Baker-Polito administration is committed to creating an energy portfolio that provides affordable rates to Massachusetts residents, while also reducing our carbon footprint, and offshore wind is integral to achieving these goals,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The agreement with Vineyard Wind will continue to establish New Bedford as a national epicenter for offshore wind development and move the Commonwealth closer to our ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets.”
 
In April, MassCEC released a report on the workforce needs and economic impact of the emerging offshore wind industry, finding that the deployment of 1,600 MW of offshore wind is estimated to support between 6,870 and 9,850 job years over the next ten years and generate a total economic impact in Massachusetts of between $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion.
 
“The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal provides Massachusetts with an important piece of infrastructure that will be critical in helping the offshore wind industry to establish operations in this new American marketplace,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike. “MassCEC is pleased to welcome Vineyard Wind as the first offshore wind developer to utilize this one-of-a-kind facility as we launch offshore wind in the United States.”
 
This announcement builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to grow the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy and meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

 

In 2016, Governor Baker signed into law bipartisan comprehensive energy diversification legislation requiring utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,600MW of offshore wind and approximately 1,200MW of clean energy.  

 

The terminal lease agreement is a product of a contract negotiated out of the 1,600MW authorized under the 2016 legislation.

 

The final acceptance of the Vineyard Wind contract is conditional upon and the regulatory approval at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), which is anticipated to be completed in early 2019.  The project also requires permitting approval from state and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
 
"Vineyard Wind has made the Port of New Bedford and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal a centerpiece of our proposal to build and operate an 800-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts because we truly understand the importance of the excellent port infrastructure and an existing supply chain that’s available right here, ready to help make offshore wind a lasting success,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Thaaning Pedersen. “Vineyard Wind’s initial investment and the Commonwealth’s commitment to clean energy will pay enormous dividends, in particular creation of a robust, sustainable supply chain that will stimulate new jobs and economic activity here on the South Coast."

 

 

“Today’s announcement not only cements Vineyard Wind’s commitment to stage the nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind project from the Port of New Bedford, but it reinforces New Bedford’s leadership position in offshore wind energy,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “The City’s partnership with the Baker-Polito Administration has played an important part in that success, and we look forward to our continued work with the Administration, Vineyard Wind, and the entire offshore wind industry to ensure that Massachusetts, and New Bedford in particular, maintains its lead in the years ahead.”

 

“The potential for serious job creation with significant clean energy production at competitive rates is exciting,” said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford).  “This milestone is not a mere promise to do something in the future, but a binding commitment to launch a new industry from New Bedford’s working port right now.”

 

"Renewable energy is critical to our planet's longevity,” said State Representative Paul Schmid (D-Westport). “Once again, New Bedford is taking a lead in lighting the way and I am proud to see the city at the forefront of offshore wind projects in Massachusetts. This project brings new possibilities and opportunities to the area along with a clean and renewable future.”

 

“I am excited to see that the state’s investment in the New Bedford terminal will serve one of its intended purposes,” said Rep. Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett).  “This agreement provides yet more evidence that port access is a major goal worthy of capital expenditures with direct benefits to maritime businesses and maritime workers.”
 
 

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The Recall Effort Seeking Clarification


The Digital Edition of The Fall River Herald News is reporting that the 10 Voters trying to start the process towards a recall of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II are still working to get proper certification of their original paperwork before a 20 Day Countdown will commence. 

 

If a recall were to actually happen, it would likely take place in December of this year, or in January of 2019. 

 

Recall organizers must collect at least 2,500 signatures of registered voters, submit them to the Elections Division for Certification, as reported this week by WSAR. 

Once that process is complete, Correia would be asked, as Will Flanagan was four years prior, as to whether he would leave office.

If the answer is no, City Council would then set the date for the second recall of a Fall River Mayor in Four Years. 

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Red Sox Game 1 and 2


Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora has indicated to the National Baseball Media assembled at Fenway Park that Chris Sale will go in Game 1 and David Price will start versus the Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday. 

 

The Series will then pause for a travel day on Thursday before Games 3 and 4 are played Friday and Saturday in Dodger Stadium in Southern Califorina. 

 

 

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Fall River City Council Tuesday


The Fall River City Council will meet Tuesday at 6pm with a Fiscal Year 2019 Quarter One Budget Report; the Council Meeting in the Second Floor Council Chambers will begin immediately following the conclusion of Finance.

Its unlikely that the trio of potential votes to possibly remove Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia under Section 3-8 of the Fall River City Charter, or to ask him to resign, or a No Confidence Vote, as Council Member Derick Viveiros will be elsewhere Tuesday. 

 

Spending limits for Vehicle Trade In and Police Cruiser Revolving Funds for Fiscal Year 2019 are also listed under Priority Matters. 

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World Series Game One


The Boston Red Sox will go with Chris Sale in Game One of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park Tuesday Night, while the Dodgers could go with Clayton Kershaw, who pitched the 9th inning in Game 7 of the NLCS on Friday. 

The Red Sox have been debating moving Mookie Betts to Second Base at some point, while J-D Martinez could move over to Right Field in Dodger Stadium this week, when the Series moves to the N-L Park: the N-L games will be played without a D-H. 

Both teams worked out Sunday at Fenway Park. 

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The Fall River Early Voting Schedule


The Schedule for Early Voting for Mid Term Elections in the Fall River Government Center Atrium will be as follows:

 

Monday, October 22, 9am-7pm


Tuesday, October 23, 9am-5pm


Wednesday, October 24, 9am-7pm


Thursday, October 25, 9am-5pm


Friday, October 26, 9am-5pm


Saturday, October 27, 9am-2pm


Monday, October 29, 9am-7pm


Tuesday, October 30, 9am-5pm


Wednesday, October 31, 9am-7pm


Thursday, November 1, 9am-5pm


Friday, November 2, 9am-5pm

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The Recall Process Has Begun


A Fall River housewife is preparing a strategy and the final documentation to start the 20-day clock on collecting enough signatures to attempt to recall Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia ll.

 

Dawn Saurette tells WSAR News it is likely the final certification process will be completed tomorrow. She said an election day strategy is being formulated to collect the necessary signatures.

 

Saurette notes she thinks a gathering signatures will be no problem and she wants to see a mayor running the city without distraction. 

 

Compared to the 12 items that were aimed at then Fall River Mayor Will Flangan, the reasoning for the Correia recall focuses on 1. After the mayor was indicated on 9 allegations of wire fraud and 4 of allegedly filing false tax returns. 

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Mayor Correia's Tuesday Presentation & Statement


WSAR News has obtained a copy of an e-mail that was sent to Fall River city employees late Monday afternoon, inviting them to the Fall River Government Center Cafeteria at 11 a.m on Tuesday where Mayor Jasiel Correia ll indicated he would be "delivering a statement."

 

An earlier press release had maintained that the event was aimed at New England-based media and Correia supporters.

 

F.R.G.T.V Employees had also set up a large monitor that Correia used to make the case that the SnoOwl smartphone application was not a prototype but did indeed function. Federal Prosecutors made the assertion one week ago that the app was "worthless."

 

F.R.G.T.V employees were also asked to raise the level of the sound in the room by Correia during the start of the SnoOwl portion of his Tuesday presentation. 

 

It's possible an ethics complaint could be field in connection to the event.

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Fall River Man Faces Alleged Burglary and Firearm Counts


A 26-year old Fall River man faces 7 counts related to an alleged burglary of a former girlfriend, along with firearm counts. 

 

Issac Allende Jr. is accused of breaking into a former girlfriend's apartment Tuesday night around 8:30 after entering through a bathroom window in an apartment in the 200 block of Johnson Street.

 

A Vizio T.V, Playstation console, various games and controllers as well as the woman's bedroom set were found to be missing.

 

F.R.P.D Officers found Allende several buildings away, as an extension cord was utilized for the game console. They also found the T.V. and a bed, along with the games in a back[ack as well as a pair of firearms - one loaded, the other empty. One of the weapons was found stolen in North Carolina. 

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Prepared Remarks from Mayor Correia



Prepared Remarks of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Delivered 10-16-18

 

Good morning everyone and thank you for being here today.

 

Without a doubt, the last week has been the most difficult of my life.

 

I want to thank my family, friends, my team and supporters. Your phone calls, texts, and emails of support have been incredible. Thank you!

 

As I reflect on my time as mayor of this great city I can confidently say that my team and I have accomplished many things that have moved Fall River forward.
•    A new Durfee high school is being built
•    A new charter school
•    Streetscapes and sidewalk improvements
•    Park improvements
•    Financial stability: Taking the city from a $500k deficit to an $8 million surplus
•    Privatizing trash and eliminating the $120 household fee
•    Opening a new chapter of economic development for our city – one that is inclusive not exclusive
•    Re-branding our city and changing our old slogan of “We’ll Try” to “Make it Here”
•    Increased investments in education, police and fire
•    Tackling the opioid epidemic


And so many other accomplishments.

 

But perhaps the best part of being Mayor has been attending community events, shaking the hands of our citizens and making our city a better place.

 

After a successful first term in office and my overwhelming 64% reelection by the citizens of Fall River to a second term, the city, today, is cleaner and safer and has a firm foundation for continued growth.

 

It is because of this profound belief and trust that I share with the citizens of Fall River that I am here today to address the most recent attempt to derail the progress we’ve been making.

 

Some politicians may run and hide. But I stand here today ready to respond directly to the false, politically motivated allegations that have been made against me.

 

As you all know, in November 2015 I was elected mayor after defeating a former District Attorney. We now know a federal investigation began shortly after I was sworn in as mayor in January of 2016. I do not believe this is a coincidence.

 

As I continued to challenge the establishment, the investigation seemed to grow more and more

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We know that the investigation was unrelated to SnoOwl and that the FBI and other federal agencies were seeking information in response to a smear campaign of false allegations being made by political enemies.

 

Those allegations related to city grants, fire truck purchases, privatizing trash, hiring choices and virtually every other decision I was making as mayor.

 

We also know there are no charges relating to any of my duties as mayor of Fall River.

 

And during this same time the business of SnoOwl continued, and there were no investor complaints. Out of seven investors only 4 are referred to in the indictment.

 

During 2016 the son of investor #1 repeatedly sought a job with the city.

 

Throughout this period, and because he was not qualified for the job, I continued to refuse to hire him but pointed him in other directions. The investor became upset as his cousin launched his mayoral campaign against my re-election in 2017. These are not coincidences, rather, these motives, false statements and exaggerated claims to federal agents led us to where we stand today.

 

TAX FRAUD

At the heart of the government’s charges against me is the theory that there was never a viable consumer product and that after becoming mayor I abandoned SnoOwl.

 

These allegations are false! I delivered a fully functional SnoOwl app that was available on the Apple App Store and I made explicit plans to transition SnoOwl to new leadership.

 

In fact, after being elected mayor I met with investors to transition the business to a new CEO. In consultation with investor #1, I was encouraged to hire his nephew to assume the role of CEO in early 2016. Yet the government asserts that I was concealing information.

 

In the Government’s indictment, they attempt to demonstrate that I stole money and that I filed fraudulent tax returns only after knowing I was under investigation. The indictment references an email, however, the government omits half of the email. I would like to show you the full email, not the one sided argument that led to these false charges.

 

Per advisor #1’s suggestion, a week later I engaged an accountant for the purpose of reviewing all SnoOwl financial records and preparing necessary financial statements and tax returns.

 

The government in the indictment suggests that the tax returns filed by me, prepared by accountant #1 were filed after I was made aware of a federal investigation in March of 2017 and for the purpose of concealing some type of inappropriate conduct.

 

Again, this is false.

 

In fact, as I just stated, the accountant was engaged with a formal engagement letter dated May of 2016, 9 months before March 2017.

 

Accountant #1’s efforts to prepare tax returns commenced long before I was aware of any investigation.

 

SNOOWL

In addition to these tax charges, the thrust of this case is that the SnoOwl app, which I put my blood, sweat and tears into developing since I was 20-years old, was somehow a scam.

 

When asked a question, “Was SnoOwl ever available to consumers?” at last week’s press conference, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling answered “No, it was just a prototype.”

 

That answer is just plain wrong!

The central theme of the government’s case is that investors were deceived because the SnoOwl app was not completed and not available to consumers.

This is demonstrably false!

 

Over the course of 4 years from 2013 to 2016 I worked diligently to honor my commitment to bring to market an app that had value.

 

I raised funds to launch SnoOwl. I hired a team of programmers to develop the app. I spent countless hours fine tuning SnoOwl’s brand, look and feel, and the visual design of the app.  All of that hard work paid off on May 19th, 2015, when Apple approved SnoOwl for download in the App Store.

 

Far from a prototype, according to Google Analytics; SnoOwl had over 3,000 users who used the app over 100,000 times.

 

Put simply, I worked incredibly hard to deliver a fully functional SnoOwl app, available to consumers via the Apple App Store, just as I told my investors I would achieve.

 

But for the unjustified attacks on me, SnoOwl would today likely be thriving.

 

So I stand here before you adamantly denying the charges that have been lodged against me. I state once again, unequivocally, that I am innocent of all of these charges.

 

I will continue to serve as the mayor of this city and to stand up for truth.

I will not be bullied out of office.

 

I humbly ask that the citizens, not the city council, not state and federal elected officials, not bullies, not the press or social media posts, but the citizens of the City of Fall River, to either re-affirm my status as mayor or challenge my status as mayor through the recall process.

 

This is America and I am presumed innocent until proven otherwise. I will not allow political enemies to remove me from office for their own selfish agendas.

 

I understand the enormous power and substantial financial resources that the government possesses. I must admit this is intimidating.

 

But I will not be deterred and am committed to doing my job every single day and clearing my name.

 

Once again, thank you to everyone who has shown their support and to the many people of Fall River who continue to stand by my side.

 

Thank you
 

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Swansea Town Hall Decision


Swansea Voters at A Special One Article Town Meeting rejected last night a debt exclusion  financing package that was modified in a proposal from Swansea Selectman Steven Kitchin.

 

The financing package that was approved on a close voice vote at Case High School had taxpayers financing $7.4 million dollars in a 20 year bond, while using $2 million in Free Cash to pay for the rest of the cost of a proposed new town hall. 

 

Out of 338 votes cast, 136 voted yes, 202 voted no; the article required a two-thirds majority for passage, and was defeated. 

Swansea Selectman Chris Carrerio told WSAR on the Monday Edition of the ''WSAR Newsroom'' that selectmen and administrators would go back to the drawing board and try again at some point this year to secure passage. 

 

 

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The Mayor Addresses Fall River


Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II will address the City of Fall River at 11am Tuesday Morning in the Cafeteria Portion of the first floor of Government Center. 

Correia is planning what is being termed as a ''statement to the media and gathered supporters''.

 

Correia's remarks are the first public statements he has made on his recent indictment since he met with reporters outside the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston Thursday Afternoon. 

WSAR is planning live coverage and will utilize Facebook Live.

 

 

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Governor Baker Sends Team To Florida


Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to send a 12-person management team to Florida to assist with response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

 

The request for additional assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is the National Emergency Management Mutual Aid System that facilitates state to state disaster assistance. 

 

The team includes 12 members of the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management team, including 3 employees of the D.C.R. 

 

Once the team is on the ground in Florida, it is likely they will be part of an emergency operations center or to coordinate staging and field operations in an impacted area. The team will likely be in the state through the end of the month. 

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The Price Of Gas This Week


The price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the Commonwealth remains the same as it was one week ago according to AAA Northeast. 

 

A gallon of regular gasoline in Massachusetts averages $2.84/gallon - $0.05 lower than the current national average.

 

Mary Maguire. the Director of Public ad Legislative Affairs for AAA Northeast, told WSAR that "consumer gasoline demand across the country has declined for a third week," and that "gas prices may be signaling that they are taking a turn toward slowly decreasing."

 

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is $0.41, from a low of $2.68 to a high of $3.09.

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Elizabeth Warren D.N.A Test Results


According to ABC News and the Digital Edition of The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Senior Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has released results of a D.N.A test giving what is being termed as "strong evidence" that she had Native American ancestry dating back several generations.

 

Warren provided the test results to the Globe on Sunday. The test was conducted by a Stanford University professor and an expert in D.N.A analysis. Warren told a Native American conference earlier in the year she never used her heritage as a career move. She also told Native Americans in Washington early in 2018 she was on a mission to help all Native Americans.

 

The issue of Warren's Native American ties has been an issue on some quarters since she ran for her first term in the U.S Senate. 

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