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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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Decisions from The Diocese


FALL RIVER — After months of study and discussion by laity and clergy in planning sessions, parishioners in one area of Fall River learned at Masses this past weekend of the steps to be taken to renew their parishes.

 

While these steps will mean change and some sacrifice, taken together they offer a vision for transforming struggling parishes into vibrant and sustainable Catholic communities of faith.

 

Creating a New Catholic Community Collaboration

 

In a letter to parishioners of Good Shepherd, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and St. Stanislaus Parishes, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., explained that the four communities, three of which were already engaged in joint planning since June, would now do so in a more cohesive and coordinated way –with the Cathedral- as a group of parishes to be called the Catholic Community of Central Fall River. This community will also include parishioners from the former parish of St. Bernadette, which closed in August, and St. Anne’s.

 

The Bishop has appointed a Franciscan priest with extensive administrative experience to lead this community and guide parishioners as they plan for the future. Father Thomas Washburn, O.F.M., a New Bedford native who formerly served in national leadership posts for his religious community, will become rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral and administrator of Good Shepherd and St. Stanislaus Parishes, effective October 31. He will be assisted in pastoral ministry to the parish collaborative by Father Juan Carlos Muñoz Montoya as parochial vicar, and Father Brian Albino who will remain as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish.

 

In his letter to parishioners, Bishop da Cunha wrote, “This I know: we are better positioned as a community of faith to confront our challenges collaboratively, not separately, as individual parishes.”

 

He pointed to advice given to him frequently in a series of regional listening sessions earlier this year and again expressed in parish planning meetings, “…by focusing on strong lay and priestly leadership, consolidating our ministries, building on our combined human and financial resources, and reimagining the efficient use of our churches and facilities, we can plan with renewed vigor and inspiration.”

 

This move comes as the Fall River Diocese faces many critical challenges from changing demographics, a decline in parish membership and participation, aging facilities and fewer priests. These issues are especially felt in its cities because of the large concentration of churches there. The four parishes of the new central Fall River grouping are all within an approximate two mile area.

 

 

St. Anne’s Parish

 

All of these factors have impacted St. Anne’s Parish, also located in that vicinity. It has been without use of the main floor of its landmark church since 2015 because of its deteriorating condition. Bishop da Cunha addressed that situation in a separate letter to parishioners of St. Anne’s Parish this past weekend.

 

An architectural report estimated the cost for repairs to the church ranged from a low of $5 million to simply make the upper church useable, to $13.5 million for a complete renovation and restoration. Since last March the parish administrator, Father David Deston, and a committee of parishioners have been at work exploring the feasibility of a capital campaign to pay for it with assistance from a professional fundraiser and planner.

 

After investigating many fundraising options and reaching out to prospective major donors, the committee reported to Bishop da Cunha that, while most St. Anne’s parishioners were prepared to donate, overall response among donors capable of making the large gifts necessary for a successful multimillion dollar campaign “was tepid at best” and the prospect of raising the money highly unlikely. Offering no formal recommendations, they left the decision on the future of the parish to the Bishop.

 

Bishop da Cunha also sought additional counsel from an ad hoc group of Greater Fall River area business and community leaders concerning the likelihood of raising the funds necessary to restore the church. It was the consensus of that group as well that there were not sufficient resources to restore and maintain the iconic church.

 

With prayerful consideration of all the information at hand –the work of the St. Anne Parish Planning Team, input from community and business leaders, relevant parish statistics on membership and Mass attendance, and the high cost of even minimal repairs, Bishop da Cunha reached a difficult decision that he shared with parishioners in his letter this past weekend: St. Anne Parish will close.

 

“I do this with heavy heart, knowing the genuine deep loss you will all feel,” wrote the Bishop.

 

At the same time, Bishop da Cunha expressed his commitment to finding an alternative use for the church building. “It is my intention to form an ad-hoc committee whose singular mission will be the adaptive re-use of the St. Anne building, “explained the Bishop.

 

“This ‘Committee for the Adaptive Re-Use of St. Anne’s’ will support the Diocese in its efforts to explore other uses for the building that will preserve its architectural heritage in line with the needs of the community.”

 

Bishop da Cunha will be with the parishioners of St. Anne’s and celebrate the final Mass before the closing of the church on Sunday, November 25th, the last day of the Church’s liturgical year.

 

Parishioners from St. Anne’s are invited to join any of the neighboring parishes that will now make up the Catholic Community of Central Fall River. Beyond simply joining, they are encouraged to take an active role in the planning for this new community, to bring their vision, aspirations, and abiding faith to the parish collaboration as it evolves.

 

Holy Rosary and Holy Cross Chapels

 

With only three priests now to provide ministry at the four remaining Central Fall River parishes, it will also be necessary to close Holy Rosary and Holy Cross Chapels. Their final Masses will also be celebrated the weekend of November 25th. In recent years, both chapels have had only one weekend Mass.

 

“There are many details to be worked out, many questions and concerns to be considered; that is indeed the work of strategic planning,” said Bishop da Cunha in closing his letter.

 

“I am confident, he continued, with the talent and commitment of our clergy and laity working together, “we will establish a renewed and refreshed Catholic community of Central Fall River, and continue rebuilding our Diocese in faith and hope.”

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The Summary of The Federal Investigation of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II


Fall River Mayor Arrested for Scheme to Defraud Investors


Defendant used investor funds to pay for lavish lifestyle, political campaign and student loans

 


BOSTON – Jasiel F. Correia II, the Mayor of Fall River, was arrested this morning and charged with wire and tax fraud in connection with a multi-year investment fraud scheme.

 

Correia, 26, was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. Correia was arrested this morning and will appear in federal court in Boston this afternoon.

 

As alleged in the indictment, in 2012, Correia founded SnoOwl, an app designed to connect local businesses with their target consumer market. In approximately January 2013, Correia began seeking investors who were willing to provide investment money for SnoOwl in return for equity in the company.

 

In order to incentivize potential investors, Correia falsely represented that he was a successful tech entrepreneur who previously sold another app for a large profit, that investment funds would be used to develop the app, and that he would not take a salary or otherwise draw compensation from SnoOwl.

 

According to the indictment, seven individuals invested a total of $363,690 in SnoOwl.

 

However, rather than using the investment funds to develop the app as Corria certified in signed agreements with investors, it is alleged that Correia used at least $231,447 – approximately 64% of the money invested – to fund his own lavish lifestyle, burgeoning political career and other business ventures.

 

Specifically, the indictment alleges that Correia used the investment funds to purchase tens of thousands of dollars of luxury items, including a Mercedes, jewelry and designer clothing; to pay for personal travel and entertainment, including tens of thousands of dollars on airfare, hotels, restaurants, casinos, and adult entertainment; to pay down personal student loan debt; to fund his political campaign; and to make charitable donations in his own name.

 

 

As alleged in the indictment, Correia concealed the theft of funds from investors by providing false positive updates on SnoOwl’s status and refusing to provide the company’s financial records, which would have revealed his fraud.

 

In addition, Correia concealed his ill-gotten gains from the IRS when filing his 2013 and 2014 individual tax returns.

In the spring/summer of 2015, Correia announced his candidacy for mayor of Fall River.

 

Notwithstanding the facts that he had fraudulently taken hundreds of thousands of dollars of investor money and that SnoOwl was floundering, Correia touted his stewardship of SnoOwl to Fall River voters as one of his primary qualifications for mayor.

 

By May 2017, Correia was aware that SnoOwl was the subject of a federal investigation, and instructed an accountant to file amended 2013 and 2014 personal tax returns.

 

Because the accountant relied on false information from Correia, the amended returns classified SnowOwl as a sole proprietorship, instead of a partnership, a critical distinction for tax purposes.

 

As a result, Correia was not assessed any tax liability for any of the investor money that he took for himself, and he actually received a refund from the IRS in June 2017.

 

The charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, a fine of up to twice the loss involved and restitution.

 

The charge of filing false tax returns provides for a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss.

 

Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Christina Scaringi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Regional Office; and Glenn A. Cunha, Massachusetts Inspector General, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary Hafer, Chief of Lelling’s Criminal Division, and David Tobin, of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit, are prosecuting the case.

 

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II Released This Statement Late Thursday PM


Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia released this statement on his Facebook page late Thursday Afternoonafter he was indicted by Federal Investigators on counts of alleged Wire Fraud and allegedly filing False Federal Income Tax Returns :

 

 

''To the great residents of Fall River, I want you all to know that I am innocent of the allegations + charges made against me today. I look forward to my day in court! And thank you to everyone who has reached out offering your support!''

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The Special Council Session


A Special Meeting of The 9 member Fall River City Council is set for 6pm Tuesday, in order to, according to Council President Cliff Ponte, to ''discuss the recent criminal indictment of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II'', and ''any motions that the City Council might take regarding the leadership of our city''

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Happenings at the Fall River Public Library Next Week


Fall River Public Library Events – Week of October 8, 2018

 

Fall River Public Library, 104 North Main Street, has the following events scheduled for the week of October 8, 2018. 

 

Monday, October 8 –     Both library locations are closed for Columbus Day

 

Tuesday, October 9 –     Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Main Library. 
For children ages 3-5. Walk-ins welcome. 


Computer Basics Workshop, 11 a.m., South Branch. Call 508-324-2708 to sign up. This is the first of three beginning computer classes at the South Branch. 


            ESL Tutoring, 11:30-12:30, Nagle Room, Main Library.
        ESL Tutoring, 12-1, Meeting Room, Main Library. 
(New students welcome. Call 508-324-2700 or arrive 5 minutes early to sign up.) 
Teen Game Night, 6 p.m., Main Library. Teens 12-18 are invited to enjoy video games, board games, or card games. 

 

 

Wednesday, October 10 – Movie Matinee, 1 p.m., Main Library, featuring Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,
a documentary about Mr. Rogers. 


            Make & Take Crafts, 3:30 p.m., South Branch. Autumn tree craft. 


Family Movie, 4:30 p.m., South Branch, featuring Hotel Transylvania 2. 

 

Thursday, October 11 – Cookbook Author Talk: For the Love of Portuguese Food by Milena Rodrigues, 6:30 p.m., Main Library. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. 

 

Saturday, October 13 – Pregnancy & Labor Support Class, 10 a.m., Main Library. (Registration required. Call the adult circulation desk at 508-324-2700, ext. 2, for information/registration.)


            Adult Craft Circle, 10 a.m., South Branch. All crafters welcome! 
            Adult Craft Circle, 2 p.m., South Branch. All crafters welcome! 
 

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Wilbur School Transformation


A local developer is a step closer to an agreement to buy the empty Wilbur School Building in Somerset for $125,000 in order to transform the property into a retail office housing mix, with ten market rate apartments, to go along with other professional amenities. 

 

The Somerset Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday by a 3-0 vote to authorize Somerset Town Administrator Richard Brown to begin negotiations with Alex Stylos, the owner of Sherwood Building, which has completed rehab projects in Fall River and Taunton. 

Some in the audience had concerns about the apartments becoming Section Eight Units; Somerset Selectman Holly McNamara tells WSAR that RFP for the building prohibits that from happening, and that Market Rate Apartments are specified in the agreement. 

 

 

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Fall River City Council Public Safety Committee


The Public Safety Committee for the Fall River City Council will meet this coming Wednesday at 5:30pm with a one item agenda that will focus on the hospitalization of Fall River Police Officers due to the malfunction of CO 2 Equipment in their patrol vehicles. 

 

At least one FRPD Patrolman has been hospitalized this summer after the malfunction of sensors that were designed to detect issues with Carbon Monoxide. 

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The MA Gaming Commission and Region C


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has received a request to re-open Region C (Southeastern Mass.) for the award of a Category 1 gaming license.

 

As part of that process, the Commission is requesting comments on the items listed at the following link. Please submit comments by emailing mgccomments@state.ma.us with ‘Region C’ in the subject line, or by mail to:

 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission
101 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

 

The comment period will remain open until the close of business on November 30, 2018.
 

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Gaming Operation Busted


Six Individuals Indicted in Connection With Running Major Illegal Gambling and Money Laundering Scheme
10/01/2018


Office of Attorney General Maura Healey


BOSTON — Six individuals and a Swansea-based company have been indicted in connection with a large-scale investigation into an illegal gambling and money laundering scheme in Southeastern Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

 

Last week, a Statewide Grand Jury indicted the leaders of this alleged criminal enterprise and company Televend, Inc. on the following charges:

 

Clifford Wilson, age 56, of Dighton
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Organizing and Promoting Gambling (1 count)                
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)

 

Deodato Faria, age 68, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Organizing and Promoting Gambling (1 count)                
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)

 

John Camara, age 59, of Somerset
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Conspiracy (1 count)

 

Antone Oliveira, age 75, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Intimidation of a Witness (1 count)
Conspiracy (1 count)

 

Natercia Teixeira, age 44, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)

 

Mario Teixeira, age 52, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)

 

Televend Inc., in Swansea
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Organizing and Promoting Gambling (1 count)                
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)

 

These indictments are the result of an investigation by the AG’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police.

 

The AG’s Office alleges that these individuals distributed illegal gambling devices to dozens of establishments throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. The machines, which operated like casino slot machines, were in direct competition with Lottery products and for customers who opted to play the games.

 

The AG’s Office also alleges that there were various aspects of Televend’s business that were almost entirely cash based, which allegedly enabled laundering of the illegal gambling proceeds.

 

In late May and early June 2018, a coordinated series of raids led by the State Police dismantled the criminal enterprise and removed the machines from the host establishments. In total, the AG’s office recovered several dozen machines and more than $140,000 in cash.

 

This case was investigated by the AG’s Office after the Massachusetts Lottery, the Alcoholic Beverage and Control Commission, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and various law enforcement agencies received complaints about the illegal gambling scheme.

 

The defendants will be arraigned on the charges in Bristol Superior Court at a later date.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General John Dawley, Jr., and Division Chief Patrick Hanley, of the AG’s Gaming Division, with assistance from Financial Investigator Katherine Metoyer, Senior Financial Investigator James O’Hara, Senior Financial Investigator Krista Roche, Senior Digital Evidence Examiner Kenneth McCarthy, the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab and Paralegal Zachary Gregoric.

 

The case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Special Service Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Technical Surveillance Unit, the State Police Division of Field Services, the Connecticut State Police, the Rhode Island State Police, the Gaming Enforcement Unit assigned to the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the State Office of Investigations, the Massachusetts Lottery, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s Office, the Bristol, Suffolk, Middlesex and Plymouth DA’s Offices and the Stoughton, New Bedford, Brockton, Dartmouth, Dighton, and Fall River Police Departments.

 

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UMass Dartmouth Portugal Cooperation


On September 28, 2018, officials from Portugal’s Camões Institute, the lead Portuguese government unit responsible for the internationalization of higher education, visited UMass Dartmouth to extend a partnership agreement between the two institutions for two more years.

 

Chancellor Robert E. Johnson and Camões Institute President Luís Faro Ramos signed an agreement that will fund six Ph.D. students as they pursue their doctorates and assist in the teaching of undergraduate and graduate Portuguese language courses. The Institute has committed $48,000 per year to fund three of the students while the university will fund the other three.

 

“By learning more about Portuguese culture, language and literature, our students will find a deeper appreciation for the country that has had such an enormous impact on the culture and economy of our region,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson. “This partnership will give our students the global mindset they need to succeed on both sides of the Atlantic.”

 

“Recognizing the key role of the longstanding partnership with UMass Dartmouth, Camões Institute remains committed to the sponsoring of three teaching fellows and the promotion of the teaching and growth of Portuguese Language and Culture through the education of students, scholars and teachers of Portuguese Studies,” said Anna Amado, Director of Language Studies at the Camões Institute. “Therefore, it was with great pleasure that Ambassador Luís Faro Ramos, President of Camões Institute, accepted the invitation to be a guest speaker of the 15th Annual Conference on Portuguese Language Education (UMass Dartmouth), which in turn offered the perfect setting to formalize the renewal of the Protocol Cooperation between the two institutions.”

 

The renewal of this partnership strengthens the university’s longstanding linkage to the Portuguese-speaking world.

In the spring of 2018, Chancellor Johnson awarded the Chancellor’s Medal to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of the Portuguese Republic at the annual State House Day of Portugal celebration.

 

Following the State House ceremony, Chancellor Johnson joined President De Sousa and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa aboard the tall ship Sagres for the signing of student and faculty exchange agreements between UMass Dartmouth and several Portuguese universities.

 

Those agreements grew out of a February 2018 visit by Chancellor Johnson to Portugal where he met with university officials and Camões Institute representatives as part of his effort to enhance UMass Dartmouth’s relationship with the Portuguese-speaking world. 
 
As a sign of his commitment to the Portuguese community, Chancellor Johnson moved the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture from the College of Arts and Sciences to the Office of the Chancellor.

 

UMass Dartmouth also houses the nationally recognized Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Department of Portuguese, and the Tagus Press, which publishes Portuguese literary works.

 

UMass Dartmouth’s connection to the Portuguese-American has grown beyond its historical focus on culture and literature to science and health care:
 
•    The School for Marine Science and Technology has formed a doctoral education partnership with Brazil’s University of São Paulo Institute of Oceanography. 

 

•    The College of Nursing partners with the University of the Azores on the “Bridging the Atlantic” community-nursing student exchange program.

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Patriots Friday Injury Report


The Patriots remain touchdown favorites Sunday versus Miami at Gillette Stadium, but finished paractice Friday with 11 players listed as questionable for Sunday, including Tight End Rob Gronkowski, with an ankle issue, Patrick Chung, who remains in the NFLs Concussion Program, and Josh Gordon with a Hamstring issue. 

WSAR will feature the Patriots and Indianapolis Thursday at 5:30pm with an 8:20 kick, as the Patriots will feature their solid blue Color Rush Uniforms for Thursday Night NFL Football. 

 

 

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New Bedford Shooting Conviction


A 24-year-old New Bedford man who shot a New Bedford Police officer during the execution of a search warrant at his home in 2014 was convicted in Fall River Superior Court yesterday and sentenced to serve up to nine years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

 

Nathan Manuel-Jackson pleaded guilty yesterday to a multi-count indictment charging him with armed assault with intent to murder and possession of an illegal firearm.

 

In early 2014, members of the New Bedford Police Department were conducting a narcotics investigation into another individual, who was believed to be conducting a cocaine distribution operation out of Mr. Manuel-Jackson’s apartment.  

 

Sgt. Jonathan Lagoa set up surveillance on the address on the night of January 24th and saw the target of the investigation arrive in a tan Cadillac and enter the building through the rear porch.

 

At approximately 11:15 pm, police entered the common hallway and stairway leading to the second floor apartment. Police were aware of knives in the apartment and a locking mechanisms at the rear door. As police began to ram the door, officers heard "cops, cops".

 

 Sgt. Lagoa was in front of the door as gunshots came from the apartment. Sgt. Lagoa turned and attempted to push the officers behind him down the stairwell. He then felt a sharp pain and burning in his arm and chest, and realized he was shot. He then fell down multiple stairs. Other detectives then immediately transported Sgt. Lagoa to St. Luke's Hospital, from where he is then transferred to Rhode Island Hospital. 

 

 

Remaining detectives continue to try to gain entry, however, the door was barricaded from the inside.

 

The defendant then advised police that he would open the door and surrender.

 

Four other individuals within the apartment, three males and one female, with one of the males being the target, were then secured. A subsequent search of the apartment resulted in the seizure of  four .380 caliber shell casings in the front living room in front of the entry door.

 

The door, which was solid wood, had 4 holes similar in size to the casings clustered approximately four to five feet high. Three spent projectiles were found lodged within the wall and ceiling of the stairwell leading to the apartment that police were in at the time of the shooting.

 

When secured, none of the persons had weapons. A search of the apartment for the firearm led police to one of two bedrooms in the apartment where there was a large hole in the plaster wall.

 

A camera probe was inserted into the hole and a gun was observed at the bottom of the channel. The wallboard was removed and a Kal-tec P3 .380 caliber was recovered. Only a small amount of marijuana was recovered with no other contraband located. 

 

The defendant told police that he heard the banging on the door and shot through the door four times.

 

The defendant stated that he thought they were being robbed again and told police that a week prior, their door had been kicked in and he was pistol whipped and robbed at gunpoint.

 

That incident was not reported to authorities at the time.  

 

Sgt. Lagoa was treated and observed at Rhode Island Hospital, but was later released without surgery

 

Judge Raffi Yessayan sentenced the defendant to serve seven-and-a-half years to nine years in state prison, to be followed by six months of home confinement. Upon his release from prison, the defendant will also be on probation for two years.

 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Robert DiGiantomaso.

 

“This case highlights the dangers that police face every day, especially when executing search warrants. But for the grace of god, Sgt. Lagoa could have been killed and other officers seriously injured,” District Attorney Quinn said. “The sentence recommendation in this case was discussed several times with Sgt. Lagoa. It took into account the very serious nature of the crime and the defendant’s lack of criminal record.  I have nothing but admiration for Sgt. Lagoa’s fairness and humanity towards the defendant.” 

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Still More West Nile in The Commonwealth


- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced four new cases of West Nile virus in Massachusetts this year.

 

The cases include a man in his 60s from Plymouth County who was hospitalized, a woman in her 40s from Worcester County who is hospitalized, a woman in her 40s from Middlesex County who was not hospitalized, and a man in his 60s from Middlesex County who was hospitalized with his illness.

 

This brings the total of reported West Nile virus cases to 29 this year.

 

``The potential for people to be exposed to West Nile virus by a mosquito is continuing,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.  ``It remains important for people to use mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves to reduce exposed skin because mosquitoes will continue to be quite active, especially on warmer days with high humidity.”

 

 

In 2017, there were six human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts. 

 

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease.

 

Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

 

 

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. To learn more, or to see all WNV and EEE positive results, visit the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page.

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An Update on The Argosy Bus Situation


At approximately 4:00PM on Thursday September 27, 2018, Fall River Police received reports of a school bus being operated erratically.

 

It was determined that the bus had students on board from the Argosy Charter School.

 

At approximately 4:20PM, Fall River Police located the bus at the intersection of King Phillip and Tuttle Streets. The bus was found parked roadside and there was no indication of any motor vehicle crash involving the bus.

 

Officers immediately entered the bus to further investigate. Upon their initial assessment of the situation it was determined that there were several children complaining of minor injuries.


There were eleven (11) students that complained of minor injuries and as a precaution were transported to area hospitals for evaluation. All of the students were later cleared and released to their parents or guardian.


As part of the investigation, the operator was identified as Kimberly Samson (d.o.b. 10-19-1973) of Westport, MA. She was employed as a driver for the Fisher Bus Company of Somerset, MA who are contracted by the Argosy Charter School to provide transportation for students.

 

After speaking with numerous students on board of the bus, it was determined that Ms. Samson had missed several required bus stops during the beginning of her route to transport children home.

 

Despite missing the stops, she continued driving missing more stops along the way. A disturbance began between Ms. Samson and the children.

 

An adult bus monitor on board also witnessed this behavior and further confirmed the tumultuous environment on the bus. Numerous children on board were asking Ms. Samson to stop the bus but she continued to drive. Students on board began contacting their families which then triggered police to be notified.

 


Ms. Samson eventually was driving on King Philip Street approaching the intersection of Tuttle Street when she abruptly stopped the bus causing the students to be forced forward. It was at this time, Police were able to locate the bus parked roadside.
 

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Patriots Injury Report


The Patriots have indicated that for the second consecutive day, Rob Gronkowski was a limited participant in terms of Patriots practice in Foxboro both Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

Patriots Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, acquired from the Browns for a 5th round draft pick earlier this month, has a hamstring issue and continues to be a limited participant in practice this week. 

 

Safety Patrick Chung is dealing with a concussion and was limited in practice so far this week. 

 

The Miami Dolphins reported that former Patriot Danny Amendola was a full participant in practice. 

 

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FR School Bus Incident


At approximately 4:00PM, Fall River Police received reports of a school bus being operated erratically.

 

It was determined that the bus had students on board from the Argosy Charter School.

 

At approximately 4:20PM, Fall River Police located the bus at the intersection of King Phillip and Tuttle Streets.

 

The bus was found parked roadside and there was no indication of any motor vehicle crash involving the bus.

 

Officers immediately entered the bus to further investigate.

 

Upon their initial assessment of the situation it was determined that there were several children complaining of minor injuries.

 

Fall River Fire Department EMS responded to evaluate and transport them to area hospitals for further evaluation. At this time the injuries have been determined to be minor and none of them are life threatening.


The operator of the bus was brought in for questioning and the investigation is currently on going. At this time, all children have been released to their parents or guardians. This investigation is still ongoing and further updates will follow.
 

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Where is Moses?


OPERATOR OF FALL RIVER GLASS COMPANY CHARGED 
WITH FAILING TO PAY REQUIRED EMPLOYEE TAXES
 
BOSTON – The owner of a Fall River-based glass company was charged in an indictment in connection with failing to pay the IRS taxes he withheld from his company’s employees. 
 
Moses Rapoza, 83, of Lakeville, was charged in an indictment unsealed today with one count of filing a false tax return and eleven counts of failing to pay over to the IRS the taxes he withheld from employee wages. Rapoza’s whereabouts are currently unknown.  
 
According to the indictment, Rapoza was the owner and operator of Global Specialty Glass Contractors, Inc., a glass installation business located in Fall River. From 2011 through 2014, Rapoza allegedly withheld income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes from wages he paid to his employees, but failed to pay the taxes to the IRS on behalf of the employees. Rapoza allegedly filed a false Form 941 tax return with the IRS, knowing that it understated the amount of wages paid to employees, and that – although he had withheld more than $170,000 in taxes from employee wages – he failed to pay those taxes over to the IRS.
 
The charge of filing a false tax return provides for a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of failure to pay over taxes provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
 
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor A. Wild of Lelling’s Economic Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
 
The details contained in the indictment are allegations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
 

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Flare Gun Shooting


On Tuesday September 25, 2018 at approximately 3:26PM, Fall River Police responded to 42 Tecumseh Street for a report of shots fired.

 

The caller stated that a male had been shot in the face with a flare gun. Officers responded and identified the victim as Joshua Oliver (d.o.b. 09-10-1995).

 

He had suffered a single wound to the forehead and was conscious.

 

Mr. Oliver was immediately transported to Rhode Island Hospital for further treatment. He remains there in stable but serious condition.


Officers Keith Pires and Keith Custadio of the Uniform Division lead the investigation assisted by Detectives from the Major Crimes Division. After speaking with witnesses, it was determined there was an argument between Mr. Oliver and a male identified as Rajheem Chardonette (d.o.b. 06-18-1994) possibly regarding their gang affiliations.

 

During the argument, Chardonette pointed a flare gun at Mr. Oliver and discharged a single flare round striking him in the forehead.


Chardonette was later located and taken into custody.

 

The investigation continues to determine a better understanding the events that unfolded this evening. Chardonette was initially booked on the charge of "Armed Assault with Intent to Murder" he will be arraigned on Wednesday

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Red Sox Rain Out


The Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles are rained out tonight (Tuesday) and will finish their three game series with a day night double header. 

 

Game One will be on WSAR at 12:20 Wednesday (tomorrow) with a 1:05 first pitch, with game 2 coverage at 6:25.

 

The Red Sox have already clinched the American League East and Home Field advantage for an ALDS and the ALCS.

 

The Sox were swept by the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros a year ago in the A-L Postseason. 

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The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Fall River


The Correia Administration is indicating that it will ask for $300,000 from Free Cash Line Items in order to help bring a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Fall River, where it will join the Gold Star Monument and a Monument to Korean War Veterans on the Fall River Water Front in 2020. 

 

The Fall River City Council will take it up as a Committee on Finance in October 

 

A fundraising effort continues to raise the more than $1 million needed to complete the project which will involve the actual construction of the replica wall and the landscaping needed at the site. 

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Gasoline This Week In The Commonwealth


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


AAA’s September 24 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.83 per gallon. The Massachusetts price is two cents lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.85. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 21 cents lower at $2.62.  


“Motorists in more than half the country are seeing cheaper or stable gas prices at the start of the workweek,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Supply and demand are in sync as the Fall begins, though recent increases in crude oil will bear watching over the coming weeks.”


The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 40 cents, from a low of $2.69 to a high of $3.09. 

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DPH on Hep A


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today announced that 65 Massachusetts residents experiencing homelessness and/or substance use disorder statewide have recently acquired acute hepatitis A infection, a viral infection that affects the liver and can cause severe illness. One person has died as a result of their infection.

 

DPH also today issued a public health alert about the hepatitis A outbreak, encouraging local health departments to work with clinical and community-based agencies providing services to people experiencing homelessness and those with substance use disorder, especially those injecting drugs, to educate them about the health risks and to offer vaccine.

 

The Department will hold a call Wednesday with local boards of health officials.

 

Of the 65 hepatitis A cases, 45 percent are located in Boston with an increasing number in other cities and towns, including the Southeast and metro Boston areas. In early August, DPH and the Boston Public Health Commission issued a clinical advisory when it became apparent that there was ongoing transmission occurring among residents experiencing homelessness and/or substance use disorder.

 

Most of those affected in Massachusetts and elsewhere also have evidence of hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection highly associated with injection drug use, making their illness more severe.

 

“We have seen a spike in cases of hepatitis A, with outbreaks being reported in at least 10 other states in similar populations, constituting thousands of cases nationwide,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “As part of our statewide response here in Massachusetts, we are reaching out to all local health departments to encourage and assist their efforts to provide education and vaccinations for people at risk.” 

 

“There may be misconceptions about the different types of hepatitis,” said Dr. Catherine Brown, state epidemiologist. “Hepatitis A infection can be prevented through vaccination and one dose of vaccine can provide substantial protection. It can also be prevented through proper hand washing, especially after using the toilet and before eating. There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A infection; most otherwise healthy people recover on their own.” 
 

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UMass Homeless Study This Week


UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing seniors to create “Cardboard Village” to study homelessness Sept. 26

More than 100 senior College of Nursing students and faculty will spend the night on the campus quad in cardboard boxes.

 

On Wednesday, September 26, more than 100 senior College of Nursing students and faculty, joined by Dean Kimberly Christopher and Assistant Dean Karen Barnett, will create a “cardboard village” on the campus quad where they will spend the night in cardboard boxes with one blanket.

 

“Cardboard Village: A Glimpse into the Lived Experience of Homelessness” will be held in front of the Claire T. Carney Library. The event is open to the public from 6-8 p.m., when students will discuss the effect of homelessness on community, mental health, maternity, and pediatric nursing.

 

As part of the project, students will collect non-perishable items and men’s and women’s sports socks that will be distributed to Arnie’s Cupboard, the university’s food pantry, and local shelters. Donated items may be dropped off at the cardboard village from 6-8 p.m.

 

“Nurses are well poised to help combat homelessness,” said Assistant Professor of Community Nursing Maryellen Brisbois, who is coordinating the project. “By understanding that people are not in their situation by choice, we can provide holistic care without bias and provide support and education to improve their lives and work toward social change.”

 

In 2009, Dr. Brisbois received an Early Career Award from the Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing for a cardboard village project she directed at Worcester State University.

 

According to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness and housing instability in Massachusetts remains very high. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress indicate that there were 17,565 people in Massachusetts counted as experiencing homelessness across the state as of January 2017.

 

Included are:
•    11,298 people in families with children
•    6,267 unaccompanied adults
•    469 unaccompanied youth
•    853 veterans
•    1,238 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness

 

While nurses are well poised to care for this vulnerable group across the lifespan, in both hospital and community settings, students’ perceptions of homeless populations and homelessness are not fully known. As part of the project, students will journal their perceptions of homelessness before, during, and after this experience.

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Outstanding Citizen for 2018 Named


 


The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Karl Hetzler, President and co-founder of H&S Tool and Engineering, as this year’s Outstanding Citizen Award winner.

 

The Outstanding Citizen Award is presented by the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce to an exceptional individual within the community in memory of Roger Valcourt.

 

The Outstanding Citizen Award has long been designated as the most prestigious award within the business community. It is bestowed annually upon a citizen who has a long record of volunteerism and leadership that has produced a measurable and lasting contribution to the region. The standard is high because of an outstanding individual named Roger Valcourt.

 

The Outstanding Citizen Award was named in memory of Roger Valcourt. Mr. Valcourt passed away very suddenly in 1979. He was a person who bestowed great character and commitment to community along with a reputation for excellence. The Chamber has since paid tribute to the life and achievements of Roger Valcourt through the annual presentment of the Outstanding Citizen Award. 

 

“We are pleased to honor Karl Hetzler with this award, stated Mike O’Sullivan, President and CEO of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce. His leadership and volunteerism have had such an incredible impact throughout the region. The effects of Karl’s actions and support will be felt for years to come.”

 

Organizations and people throughout the region can help in honoring Mr. Hetzler and all that he has accomplished by attending the 52nd Roger Valcourt Memorial Dinner on Thursday November 8, 2018 at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Massachusetts. The Valcourt Memorial Banquet includes a celebratory dinner and the presentation of the Outstanding Citizen Award to Mr. Hetzler. 

 

For more information, please contact the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce at (508) 676.8226, or email communications@bristolcountychamber.org.


 

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Mosquitoes in Rhode Island


The 107 mosquito samples from 27 traps set on Sept. 11 have tested negative for both West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today.

 

Results from traps set Sept. 17 will be reported next week.

 

To date, in Rhode Island, 10 mosquito samples from seven communities (Central Falls, Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Tiverton and Warren) have tested positive for WNV, and four mosquito samples have tested positive for EEE. Connecticut and Massachusetts continue to report positive findings of WNV in mosquito samples. Positive findings of WNV in Southern New England have been higher this year than recent years.

 

 

“With temperatures starting to cool, mosquito numbers are naturally dwindling,” said Alan Gettman, state Mosquito Abatement Coordinator. “Because the first hard frost doesn’t usually occur until October, however, the risk of being bitten remains high. We think it’s prudent for Rhode Islanders to continue to use caution to reduce mosquito bites until then.”

 

Personal protection is the first line of defense against mosquitoes that may carry WNV, EEE, or other diseases – and the most effective way to avoid infection.

 

With WNV and EEE established throughout the state, DEM and the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) remind the public to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and prevent being bitten, whenever possible. 
 

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FRPD Credit Union Branch Arrest


SUBJECT: FALL RIVER – Armed Robbery / Arrest Saint Anne’s Credit Union South Street
DATE:  September 21st, 2018

 

On September 20th, 2018 at approximately 03:50 pm Officers of the Fall River Police Departments Uniform Division responded to Saint Anne’s Credit Union 2031 South Main Street on a report of an unarmed robbery.

 

Upon arrival, Officer William Pavao was informed that a male had entered the bank and approached the counter. The suspect unfolded a note and handed it to a teller.

 

The note directed the teller to give all the big bills.

 

Upon receiving the cash the suspect, described as a white male with a bushy beard, wearing a black ball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, and jeans, fled from the bank headed north.

 

 

Officers canvassed the area. During that canvass, Officers Frederick Mello and Jonathan Estrella located a witness who observed the suspect run past. The witnesses identified the suspect as a kid he knew from the neighborhood named Kalvin.

 

The witness went on to say the suspect ran by without saying hi. Officers Estrella and Mello performed a social media search and located a Kalvin Boule with a picture. A surveillance photo was obtained from the Saint Anne’s Credit Union Surveillance system for comparison and found to be a match.

 

 

Officers Estrella and Mello went to St. Anne’s Credit Union and presented their findings to lead Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras and Officer Pavao. Past addresses were checked and that revealed that Boule was the male in the surveillance photo and had just left a King Phillip Street address on foot heading for an appointment in the north end. 

 

 

Local taxicab services were checked and one was found to have picked up a male on South Main Street heading for South Coast Marketplace on Canning Boulevard.

 

Officers were dispatched to South Coast Marketplace and on their arrival observed a taxi with a lone male occupant. As the officers approached, the male fled the cab but was quickly captured by Officers Guy Furtado, Daniel Mello, and State Trooper Brian Kilfoyle.

 

Kalvin M. Boule age 25 of 184 Globe Street Fall River was taken into custody and charged with Unarmed Robbery.                      

    


 

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Case One of Triple E


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year, following testing completed at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

 

The mosquito samples were collected on August 17 in the town of Lakeville in Plymouth County. This single finding does not indicate elevated risk from EEE at this time, but personal protection from mosquitoes remains a high priority. Mosquito trapping and testing will continue in the area to monitor risk.

 

There have been no human cases of EEE so far this year and none acquired by a Massachusetts resident in 2017.

“We have been fortunate over the last several years to see little evidence of EEE activity,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel, MD. MPH. “Despite that, we know EEE occurs in Massachusetts and this is a timely reminder of that fact.”

 

“The drought in 2015 through 2016 reduced the species of mosquitoes that are responsible for amplifying EEE virus in the bird population,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “The last couple of years have been rebuilding years and our job will be to continue to closely monitor EEE activity through the mosquito surveillance done in conjunction with the Mosquito Control Districts.”

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FRPD captures Bank Branch Robbery Suspect


On September 15th, 2018 at approximately 12:40 pm Officers of the Fall River Police Departments Uniform Division responded to Bay Coast Bank 490 Robeson Street on a report of an unarmed robbery.

 

Upon arrival, Officer Amy Robinson was informed that a male had entered the bank, approached the counter and called a teller over. The suspect threw a crumbled piece of paper at her that directed her to give all the big bills. Upon receiving a small sum of cash, the suspect, described as a white male, wearing a red and white hat, a red sweatshirt, and wearing clear plastic gloves on his hands, fled from the bank headed north on Robeson Street.

 

Uniformed officers canvassed the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Detectives from the Major Crimes Division were notified and responded. Crime Scene Unit Detectives processed the scene and collected physical evidence which included the note and surveillance photos.

 

Detective Derek Beaulieu of the Major Crimes Division was assigned the case and obtained the full surveillance video from Bay Coast Bank. With that as a base, wanted poster were created and circulated to Law enforcement Agencies. 

 

Shortly after the photos were circulated Det. Beaulieu received a tip identifying the male in the photo as Joshua R. Infantino age 30. Det. Beaulieu with the assistance of Detectives Dwaine Cabeceiras, Matt Rezendes, Moses Pereira, and Luis Vertentes gathered information about Infantino which lead to a basement apartment at 722 North Main Street Fall River.

 

Detectives Dwaine Cabeceiras, Matt Rezendes, Moses Pereira, and Luis Vertentes were able locate and take Joshua R. Infantino into custody without incident.


Joshua R. Infantino age 30 with a last known address of 722 North Main Street Fall River was placed under arrest on a charge of Unarmed Robbery. Infantino is due to appear in Second District Court 186 South Main Street today.


 
                               

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Fall River PD Top Ten


The Fall River Police Department has added two fugitives to the “Top Ten Most Wanted.”

Rebecca Nater Payne age 39 LKA 386 Locust Street #3 Fall River, Ma. Is wanted for
Possession of Class E Drug, and Possess to Distribute a Class B Drug – subsequent offense                                                     
         

Mark A. Avery age 43 LKA 552 Buffington Street Fall River, Ma. Is wanted for
Possess to Distribute Class A Drug, Possess to Distribute Class B Drug, and 3 counts Possess to 
Distribute Class E Drug                                                         
    

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of anyone listed in the TOP TEN is asked to call the Fall River Police Department at 508-676-8511 or leave your tips anonymously at 508-672-TIPS (8477)                 
     
 

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Biting Bugs Going Out With a Bang


Department of Public Health announces an additional human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts
Recommends precautions for avoiding mosquito bites

 

 

BOSTON (September 18, 2018)  - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced an additional human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The most recent case is a woman in her 60s from Suffolk County who is hospitalized due to her illness.

 

“This is the 13th case of West Nile virus acquired in Massachusetts by a resident,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “It is not surprising that we are seeing more cases than usual this year given the intense mosquito activity that has been detected during the season.’’

 

``With shorter day lengths we are starting to see the numbers of mosquitoes go down,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “However, it is definitely too early in the season to become complacent. Risk of additional transmission to people continues to be elevated.”

 

On Monday, DPH and the Boston Public Health Commission announced the 12th case of West Nile virus this season:  A man in his 50s from Suffolk County who became ill on September 11 and is currently hospitalized.
 
In 2017, there were six human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts.  

 

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

 

While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.

 

When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.
 

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Fall River Phone Scam


The Fall River Police Department has been notified by the Fall River Fire Department (FRFD) that Telemarketers are calling individuals claiming they represent the FRFD and are collecting donations. 

 

 Fire Chief John Lynch stated that the FRFD is NOT soliciting funds and categorically states no such fundraising is taking place.

 

This is a phone scam.
     
The numbers appearing on caller ID’s are 978-908-2395 and 508-418-0979.

 

 If you have further questions regarding donations please contact the Fall River Fire Department at 508-324-2743.

 

If you feel you are the victim of a scam please contact your local police.
 

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Fall River Public Library Events Next Week


Fall River Public Library, 104 North Main Street, has the following events scheduled for the week of September 24, 2018. 

 

Monday, September 24 – New Movie Mondays featuring Jurassic World, 6 p.m. 


Tuesday, September 25 – Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m. For children ages 3-5. Walk-ins welcome. 
            ESL Tutoring, 11:30-12:30, Nagle Room
        ESL Tutoring, 12-1, Meeting Room 
(New students welcome. Call 508-324-2700 or arrive 5 minutes early to sign up.) 


The Zen Zone featuring a Reiki Night, 6 p.m. 15 minute sessions available on a first come, first served basis. 


Book Talk: Seven Miles After Sundown, 6 p.m. “East End Eddie” Doherty talks about fishing the Cape Cod Canal. Books available for sale and signing. 


Wednesday, September 26 – Movie Matinee featuring Jurassic World, 1 p.m. 
            Book Club featuring Forever by Pete Hamill, 5:30 p.m. 


Saturday, September 29 – Pregnancy & Labor Support Class, 9:30 a.m. (Registration required. Call the adult circulation desk at 508-324-2700, ext. 2, for information/registration.)


            Breaker Space, 10 a.m. Tech take-apart for kids and parents. Walk-ins welcome. 

 

For questions about any of these programs, Kate Kulpa at 508-324-2700, ext. 110. 
 

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Red Sox Yankees Schedule Change


The New York Yankees in consultation with MLB and the Red Sox have moved this afternoon's game to a 7:05 start time at Yankee Stadium, after heavy rain was forecast for the Tri State Area this afternoon; the same remnants of Tropical Depression Florence are going to be part of New England's Weather Pattern this afternoon. 

 

Herb Chambers Pre Game at 6:20 this afternoon on WSAR with a 7:05 first pitch.

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Still More WNV


BOSTON (September 17, 2018)  - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today announced the 12th human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year and the fifth case in Suffolk County, which includes Boston. The most recent case is a man in his 50s from Suffolk County who is currently hospitalized.  He became ill on September 11.

 

``Labor Day is often considered to be the unofficial end of summer,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “But it is not the end of the mosquito season. September is still the peak of transmission season and additional cases of WNV infection are likely to occur. Risk from West Nile virus will continue until the first hard frost.”

 

“This patient became ill less than a week ago, indicating that West Nile virus is actively being transmitted from mosquitoes to people,” said Dr. Jenifer Jaeger, Director of BPHC’s Infectious Disease Bureau.  “That’s why it is important that people in greater Boston and elsewhere continue using insect repellents, covering exposed skin, and moving indoors when mosquitos are biting.’’

 

In 2017, there were six human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts

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The Hoodie Rolls The WR Dice


 

The Cleveland Browns announced Monday they traded wide receiver Josh Gordon and a conditional 2019 seventh-round draft pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2019 conditional fifth-rounder.

To make room for Gordon on the roster, the Patriots cut former Browns first-round pick Corey Coleman. The Browns signed free-agent wide receiver Rod Streater.

The Browns made it public over the weekend they were planning to release him after the sides reached a point where the team said it was best to move their separate ways.

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday," general manager John Dorsey said in a statement released Saturday. "For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally, and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well."

 


After initially saying they would release him, the Browns shifted to exploring trade options for Gordon.

The final straw for Cleveland came by way of Gordon injuring his hamstring at a promotional photo shoot, per Rapoport.

Selected in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon has proven to be an exceptional talent -- when he's on the field. Availability has been Gordon's biggest issue, with the receiver missing all of 2015 and 2016 due to suspension and returning for the final five games of 2017. Of 98 possible games (counting each game from Cleveland's 16-game regular-season slates from 2012-2017 and the first two contests of 2018), Gordon has appeared in just 41.

As a result, typing "six seasons with the Browns" in reference to Gordon isn't entirely accurate. Cleveland has stuck with the receiver through multiple violations of the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, offering support when possible through each violation, even as they resulted in extended absences. After finishing the 2017 season healthy, Gordon missed 2018's training camp to ensure his health and wellness, and the Browns again supported Gordon, welcoming him back in the final two weeks of the preseason.

The receiver has admitted in personal pieces published by various outlets that he's struggled with substance abuse since he was in middle school, and that he never played a game sober prior to his 2017 return.

Seemingly in a better place, Gordon returned to the field in Week 1 and caught a game-tying touchdown in Cleveland's eventual tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But just days later, things turned toward separation between the Browns and Gordon, who thanked the organization via an Instagram post.

 

 

Now, back to the football part of this story: Gordon has shown himself to be a rare talent, leading the NFL in receiving in 2013 with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite only appearing in 14 games. He's since found the end zone just twice in the ensuing five seasons.

His catch against Pittsburgh in a steady rain proved, though, why Cleveland stuck by him for so long. It's also why a good amount of teams were interested in Gordon when news of his availability became public.

New England has attempted this type of deal before, bringing in a variety of receivers who found success elsewhere (Chad Johnson, Kenny Britt, Brandon Lloyd, Michael Floyd, etc.). Gordon is on a different tier than those wideouts, though, and is worth the risk as long as he can stay on the field.

It remains to be seen what Gordon will be able to do for the Patriots. One thing is for sure, though: The image of Tom Brady tossing touchdowns to a streaking Gordon sure is tantalizing.

 

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CoastSweep Cleanups Locally


The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that COASTSWEEP, Massachusetts’ statewide beach cleanup, has officially begun and encourages volunteers to join dozens of cleanups along the coast this fall.

 

Organized by the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), COASTWEEP cleanups will be held throughout September and into early November.

 

Since 1987, thousands of COASTSWEEP volunteers have removed hundreds of tons of marine debris and other trash from Massachusetts beaches, lakes, rivers and seafloor.

 

Westport Westport Town Beach/East Beach 9/22 

 

Steve Connors Westport River Watershed

Alliance

outreach@wrwa.com

508-636-3016

 

Wareham Little Harbor Beach 9/22 Karin Osmond kjobx2@gmail.com

508-868-2933

 

Fairhaven Fort Phoenix Town Beach 9/30 Mary Lou Nicholoson Be the Solution to Pollution bethesolutiontopollution@gmail.com

508 496-070 

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Merrimack Valley Gas Explosion Aftermath Recruitment


     The President of the Bristol County Plumbing and Natural Gas Inspectors Association is recruiting those in the field to help in the Merrimack Valley as the task of inspecting and restoring natural gas service will begin this week. 

 

     Chris Costa is the Taunton Plumbing Inspector and told WSAR News that in his role he is looking for those with certification to help by donating a day of their time, for which they will be compensated. Costa said mutual aid is coming in from various locations and that while electricity was restored, the natural gas restoration could take several weeks. 

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Triple-A Northeast Gas Prices


     The price of a gallon of regular gasoline is up by $0.01 this week, according to Triple-A Northeast.

 

     Triple-A's most recent survey finds a gallon of regular gasoline in Massachusetts is at an average of $2.84/gallon - one cent lower than the current national average, $2.85.

 

     Mary Maguire is the Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for Triple-A Northeast. She told WSAR News that Hurricane Florence had little or no impact on gasoline prices. She said prices have not seen much movement because until the Gulf Coast, which is home to dozens of refineries, the Carolinas only house pipelines and terminals.

 

     The range in prices in the latest Triple-A survey is $0.45 from a low of $2.64 to a high of $3.09. 

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You Too Can Be A Dealer


Bristol Community College expands hospitality education offerings with non-credit casino dealing course

            The job opportunities in the casino industry seem endless. With more than 1,000 casinos in the United States – including two new facilities in Massachusetts, one just over the state line in Tiverton, RI and another in Lincoln, RI.

            Bristol Community College anticipates a growing demand for casino dealers in our area in the coming years. To meet this demand, the college has designed a non-credit casino dealing course tailored to meet the growing need and help you land a job as a casino dealer – a job that allows participants to make a good living and thrive in a position that is promising in our region and throughout the country.


Real world preparation


            This non-credit dealing course is part of Bristol’s unique Hospitality Management degree program, known for its world-class training in preparing students for real-world job experiences. It’s important to know that all casinos have their own policies and procedures to learn, but our course helps you know how to deal the most popular casino games, helping students to succeed faster.


Program details


            All classes in this engaging non-credit course are taught in Bristol’s innovative Casino Lab, located at the Bristol Community College Taunton location at the Silver City Galleria, 2 Galleria Mall Drive. Classes are offered in the evenings, or on weekends.

            The cost for the course is $399 and includes the 130 instructional hours required by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

            To register for the non-credit casino dealing course or for more information, please contact E. Jon Bjornson, coordinator of hospitality management, by phone at 774.357.3143 or email e.jon.bjornson@bristolcc.edu.

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Keating Amendments


FIVE KEATING AMENDMENTS TO BE SIGNED INTO LAW

 

Amendments are critical to the district

 

Washington, DC - Today, five amendments authored by Congressman Keating passed the House and are now headed to the President’s desk for signature.  Two of the amendments are included in the House Amendment to S. 3021, the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (WRDA), a bipartisan, bicameral agreement advancing this Congress’ water resources infrastructure priorities.  The other three amendments are included in the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019 (MINIBUS), which provides funding for key parts of our government for FY19.

 

  1. The first Keating Amendment in WRDA directs the Army Corps to prioritize expedited completion of dredging in Plymouth Harbor ahead of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing in Provincetown and then Plymouth, Massachusetts.
    1. This amendment originally passed the House in June as part of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. 

 

  1. The second Keating Amendment in WRDA gives the Army Corps the required congressional authority to repair or replace any of New England’s federally owned bridges that are necessary for evacuation during extreme weather or natural disasters.
    1. This amendment originally passed the House in June as part of H.R. 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. 

 

  1. The first Keating Amendment in the Minibus provides funding for the Veterans Administration (VA) to create an opioid abuse healthcare kit for community healthcare providers.
    1. This amendment originally passed the House as part of H.R.5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019.

 

  1. The second Keating Amendment in the Minibus provides funding for administrative costs at the VA to ensure providers at VA health facilities complete a continuing medication course in pain management.
    1. This amendment originally passed the House as part of H.R.5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019.

 

  1. The third Keating Amendment in the Minibus provides funding for marine and hydrokinetic technology research and development.
    1. This was not originally included as an amendment in House legislation.  Instead, Congressman Keating worked with colleagues across the aisle and in the Senate to secure its inclusion in the final legislation.

 

Said Congressman Keating:

“These five provisions will have a great impact on our district. First, the much-needed Plymouth Harbor dredging project will prepare us for the anticipated increase in marine traffic due to the Plymouth 400 celebrations, as well as make way for the Mayflower II to return home.

 

“The Cape Cod Canal Bridges, along with other critical evacuation infrastructure, play a fundamental role in providing for the public safety of the nearly 250,000 people who live on the Cape and Islands. My second WRDA amendment grants the Army Corps the ability to push forward with efforts to ensure safe passage over the Canal, and I look forward to continue working with Army Corps leadership to ensure that our government provides the safest, most resilient evacuation routes it can.

 

“As our district struggles with the highest rates of opioid abuse and overdoses, particularly among our veteran populations, my first two amendments in the Minibus will ensure that the VA is providing the appropriate type of pain management care and that community healthcare providers have the best tools possible as they serve members of our community struggling with addiction.

 

“My final amendment in the Minibus provides funding for a specific area of renewable energy where our district is a true leader: marine and hydrokinetic energy. If we want to continue to be a hub for renewable green energy, and the jobs that come with that industry, we need to invest in its further development.”

 

 

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Operation Golden Ticket


On 02/19/18 the Swansea Police Department began investigating a breaking and entering and larceny from the Verizon store at 728 GAR Hwy, Swansea, MA. Ptlm Amy Gallant and Det Keith Chomka arrived on scene and began investigating this incident. The store was broken into on the night of 02/18/18 and a second time in the early morning hours of 02/19/18 by the same three individuals while one other remained patrolling the area as a look-out vehicle. The individuals have been identified as William “Willy Wonka” Rodriguez a/k/a “Chocolate Man” , 47, Chepiel “Chep” Sanchez, 40, Ignacio “Iggy” Duran, 41, all of Lawrence, MA and Nelson “Pito” Rodriguez, 43, of Fitchburg, MA. An associate of these involved, Marilyn Santiago, 38, was also charged with 2 counts of accessory after the fact for her involvement. After the first entry was made the crew stole approximately $90,000 worth of merchandise. During the second entry the crew cut open multiple safes and stole a little over $2,000 cash.

 

After a lengthy investigation, officers were able to tie this incident to that of a ring committing crimes across 4 states including, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Det Keith Chomka worked closely on a six month investigation with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and more than 50 other agencies in a task force on “Operation Golden Ticket” in attempts to identify and arrest these individuals.

 

On 08/20/18 the Essex County Grand Jury secretly returned 177 indictments against the five involved which included breaking and entering, larceny, receiving stolen motor vehicles. This crew was also known to the task force to be stealing ATM’s. These charges include 17 commercial and ATM burglaries and 12 stolen vehicles totaling over $300,000 in stolen property and currency.

 

William “Willy Wonka” Rodriguez, a/k/a Chocolate Man, 47, was arraigned on 60 counts, including 2 counts of conspiracy, 14 counts of breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony, 9 counts of possessing burglarious tools, 11 counts of breaking into a safe or depository, 12 counts of receiving stolen motor vehicle, subsequent offense, 9 counts of larceny, 1 count of receiving stolen property, 1 count of resisting arrest, and assault dangerous weapon.

 

Chepiel “Chep” Sanchez, 41, was indicted on 61 counts, including 2 counts of conspiracy, 14 counts of breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony, 9 counts of possessing burglarious tools, 11 counts of breaking into a safe or depository, 11 counts of receiving stolen motor vehicle, 9 counts of larceny, receiving stolen property, 2 counts of resisting arrest, money laundering, and assault dangerous weapon.

 

Ignacio “Iggy” Duran, 41, was indicted on 10 counts, including 2 counts of conspiracy, possessing burglarious tools, 2 counts of breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony, 2 counts of breaking into a safe or depository, receiving stolen motor vehicle, larceny, and resisting arrest.

 

Nelson “Pito” Rodriguez, 43, was arraigned on 44 counts, including 2 counts of conspiracy, trafficking in fentanyl over 10 grams, 6 counts of possessing burglarious tools, 9 counts of breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony, 7 counts of breaking into a safe or depository, 7 counts of receiving stolen motor vehicle, subsequent offense, 6 counts of larceny, and receiving stolen property.

 

William “Willy Wonka” RodriguezChepiel “Chep” SanchezNelson “Pito” RodriguezIgnacio “Iggy” Duran, were all also indicted as Habitual Offenders under the Massachusetts Habitual Offender statute, Chapter 279, Section 25, due to their extensive criminal histories and prior state prison sentences. A Habitual Offender under Massachusetts law is a defendant who has two prior convictions in which they were sentenced to prison terms greater than three years. With the Habitual Offender sentence enhancement, a sentencing judge, upon conviction of a felony, must impose the maximum sentence permissible for that felony. In this case, each count of Breaking and Entering in the Night Time carries a 20 year state prison term as a maximum penalty, and each Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle count carries a 15 year state prison as a maximum penalty.

 

Essex County Assistant District Attorney Phillip Mallard and Massachusetts State Police Sergeant  Robert Labarge lead the task force and ADA Phillip Mallard is prosecuting this case.

 

Operation Golden Ticket led to indictments pertaining to the following incidents that took place over nine nights during the period of February 2018 through April 2018.

February 9, 2018

  • Theft of a Jeep Cherokee in Waltham, MA
  • Break-in to a Dunkin Donuts in Needham, MA, and Theft of an ATM and Currency valued at $3,600
  • Break-in to a Gulf Station in Needham, MA

 

February 10, 2018

  • Break-in to an Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Portsmouth, NH,
  • Theft of a Five Vehicles from Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Portsmouth, NH,
  • Break-in to Healthpoint Fitness in Waltham, MA,  and Theft of a Citizens Bank ATM containing $52,000

 

February 19, 2018

  • Theft of a Plymouth Voyager in Fall River, MA,
  • Break-in to a Verizon Wireless Store in Swansea, MA, and Theft of over $90,000 in Electronics

 

  • Break-in to United Check Cashing, in Medford, MA,  and Theft of a Safe containing $10,000 in cash
  • Break-in to a U-Haul branch in Malden, MA

 

February 24, 2018

  • Theft of a Dodge Caravan in Plainfield, CT
  • Break-in to a Verizon Wireless Store in Plainfield, CT, and Theft of over $35,000 in Electronics

 

March 3, 2018

  • Theft of a Ford Van in West Springfield, MA,
  • Break-in to a Florence Bank ATM, in West Springfield, MA, and Theft of approximately $61,000 cash

 

March 7, 2018

  • Break-in to a Mobil Station in Hanover, MA, and Theft of approximately $8,000 in cash

 

March 16, 2018

  • Break-in to Doctor Wheels in Yarmouth, MA
  • Theft of a Jeep Cherokee in Yarmouth, MA,
  • Break-in to a Bank of America ATM in Bourne, MA
  • Break-in to Ukrainian Federal Credit Union in Westwood, MA, and Theft of $10,000 cash from an ATM

 

March 30, 2018

  • Theft of a Jeep Cherokee in Newburyport, MA
  • Break-in to a North Shore Bank ATM in Plaistow, NH
  • Break-in to a Speedway in Needham, MA, and Theft of a Safe

 

April 21, 2018

  • Break-in to a Citizens Bank ATM in Marlborough, MA
  • Theft of a Dodge Intrepid in Pawtucket, RI
  • Break-in to State Line Convenience in Attleboro, MA, and Theft of over $10,000 in Cigarettes
  • Theft of a Ford Van in Attleboro, MA

In total over 50 law enforcement agencies across New England contributed to the investigation, which was led by Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s Office. The following law enforcement agencies and sheriff departments assisted in the investigation: Attleboro, Boston, Bourne, Chelmsford, Gardner, Fall River, Fitchburg, Hanover, Harwich, Haverhill, Hudson, Lawrence, Leicester, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Medford, Methuen, Milford, Needham, Newburyport, Newton, Swansea, Springfield, Tyngsborough, Yarmouth, Wakefield, Waltham, West Springfield, Westwood, Worcester, in Massachusetts; Bedford, Nashua, Pelham, Salem, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Plaistow, in New Hampshire; Pawtucket, Providence, in Rhode Island; Plainfield and Waterbury, in Connecticut, and Olde Orchard Beach in Maine.  The Essex County Sheriff Department, Boston Regional Intelligence Center, the Bristol County Sheriff Department, the Massachusetts State Police Fusion Center, National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, the Connecticut State Police, the New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Department of Correction, and the Rhode Island State Police also contributed to the investigation.  Assistance was also provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

All five involved have been arrested.

 

William “Willy Wonka” Rodriguez, a/k/a Chocolate Man, was held on $500,000, and for violation of his parole out of New Hampshire.

Chepiel “Chep” Sanchez, was held on $200,000.

Nelson “Pito” Rodriguez, was held on $60,000.

Ignacio “Iggy” Duran, was held on $15,000.

Marilyn Santiago, was held on $1,000 which was posted.

The defendants are due back in Salem Superior Court on October 11, 2018.

 

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JKIII and A Health Care Score


KENNEDY PROPOSES HEALTH CARE SCORE FOR NEW LEGISLATION

 

Rule would require estimate of health coverage losses for new legislation

 

Washington, D.C. – After 3.2 million Americans lost health insurance in 2017, Congressman Joe Kennedy III proposed a new rule requiring an estimate of potential health care coverage losses under any legislation introduced in the House of Representatives.  Similar to already required budget estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, Kennedy’s proposal would prohibit Congress from passing laws that would take away health care from constituents.

 

“Congress should not be in the business of taking health care away from our constituents. Our policies should reflect our belief that health care is a right for all of our neighbors rather than a privilege for the healthy and wealthy. By requiring a health care score on all legislation brought to the House Floor, Congress can halt the decline in health insurance coverage under the Trump Administration, and renew our march towards universal coverage.”

 

According to Kennedy’s proposed rule, “It shall not be in order to consider a bill, joint resolution, or conference report which, if enacted into law, would reduce the number of individuals in the United States with health insurance, as determined by the Congressional Budget Office in consultation with the Joint Committee on Taxation.”

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New Additions to Patriots WR Core


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed running back Kenjon Barner and wide receivers Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler. Terms of the contracts were not announced.

Barner, 29, was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Oregon. The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder was most recently with the Carolina Panthers through training camp this summer and has also had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers. Barner has appeared in 44 regular-season games with one start and totaled 77 rushing attempts for 317 yards with three touchdowns and 21 receptions for 127 yards. He has also returned 30 punts for 259 yards and 22 kickoffs for 498 yards. Barner has appeared in four postseason contests as a reserve and tallied one punt return for 10 yards and five kickoffs for 115 yards. 

Coleman, 24, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns (20016-17). The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (15th overall) of Cleveland out of Baylor in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was traded by Cleveland to Buffalo for a 2020 seventh-round draft pick on Aug. 8 and then released by Buffalo on Sept. 1, 2018. Coleman has played in 19 NFL games with 18 starts and has 56 receptions for 718 yards and five touchdowns.

Fowler, 27, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos out of Michigan State on May 10, 2014. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder spent his rookie season on the Broncos practice squad and made his NFL debut with Denver in 2015. Over the past three seasons, Fowler has played in 45 regular-season games with five starts and caught 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns. He also appeared in three postseason contests with the Broncos in 2015 and had two receptions for 35 yards as part of Denver’s Super Bowl 50 championship team. Fowler was signed by Chicago on April 16, 2018 and released on Sept. 1.

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MA Campaign Limits Set


Statewide candidate spending limits set

BOSTON – Seven candidates for statewide office who did not agree to campaign expenditure limits under the Commonwealth’s public financing program and whose opponents have agreed to statutory spending limits for the upcoming general election have filed the required statements declaring the maximum amounts their campaigns will spend through Nov. 6.

 

The candidates who filed statements with OCPF by the deadline of Sept. 10 are Gov. Charles Baker (R); Secretary William Galvin (D); Anthony Amore (R), candidate for state secretary; Attorney General Maura Healey (D); Treasurer Deborah Goldberg (D); Keiko Orrall (R), candidate for state treasurer; and Helen Brady (R), candidate for state auditor.  Baker and his running mate for lieutenant governor, Karyn Polito (R), were required to file one statement as a candidate team.

 

The statements are required from candidates who did not agree to statutory spending limits under the state’s public financing law.  Though they did not agree to the limits, the candidates are still required to declare a self-imposed spending cap if they are opposed by candidates who have agreed to limit spending. 

The self-imposed limits declared by each of the seven filers are:

 

Governor/Lt. Gov.

  • Baker/Polito: $20 Million. The spending limit for Baker’s general election opponent, Jay Gonzalez (D), now increases to $20 million from the statutory limit of $1.5 million.  Spending by lieutenant governor candidates also counts toward the gubernatorial cap of $20 million.  The lieutenant governor candidates are Polito and Quentin Palfrey (D).

Secretary

  • Amore: $2 million. The spending limit for Amore’s opponents, Galvin and unenrolled candidate Juan Gabriel Sanchez (Green-Rainbow), increases to $2 million from the statutory limit of $375,000.
  • Galvin: $1 million.  Galvin’s Republican opponent, Amore, set the limit at $2 million, increasing Galvin’s limit to $2 million.

 

Attorney General

  • Healey: $2.5 million.  The spending limit for Healey’s general election opponent, Republican James McMahon, now increases to $2.5 million from the statutory limit of $625,000.

Treasurer

  • Goldberg: $2 million.  Goldberg and Orrall set the same $2 million spending limit, which will also apply to unenrolled candidate Jamie Guerin (Green-Rainbow). The statutory spending limit for treasurer is $375,000.
  • Orrall: $2 million.

Auditor

  • Brady: $375,000. Because Brady set the spending limit at the public financing statutory spending limit for state auditor candidates, all candidates in the race remain limited to spending $375,000. The other candidates are incumbent Suzanne Bump (D); Libertarian candidate Daniel Fishman; and unenrolled candidate Edward Stamas (Green-Rainbow).
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The declared limits cover the general election campaign period: Sept. 5 to Nov. 6, except for unenrolled candidates, whose campaign period is Aug. 29 to Nov. 6.  

 

The amount of money in the State Election Campaign Fund available to participating candidates is approximately $742,850. The law calls for participating candidate teams for governor and lieutenant governor to be funded first, with any remaining funds to be distributed evenly to candidates for the other statewide offices who are eligible to receive public financing. Because Gonzalez qualified for public financing in the 2018 general election, no funds will be available for other races.  The spending limits are still in effect in the races where no public financing money is available.

 

Two candidates received public finance funding for their primary races – Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gonzalez and Robert Massie.  The Gonzalez Committee received $302,564 in public funds, and the Massie Committee received $164,842. Gonzalez won the primary.

 

General Election Spending Limits for all Statewide Races

Governor/Lt. Governor Team              $20 million

Secretary of the Commonwealth          $2 million

Attorney General                                 $2.5 million

Treasurer                                             $2 million

Auditor                                                $375,000

 

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Bristol Checkpoint This Weekend


Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Public Way in the Counties named below. 

 

The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. 

 

It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

 

 

THANKS TO A GRANT PROVIDED BY THE

HIGHWAY SAFETY DIVISION OF THE MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY,

A “SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT” WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNTIES LISTED BELOW:

 

           

COUNTY:        DATE: 

Bristol              Saturday, September 22, 2018 into Sunday, September 23, 2018

 

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Patriots Roster Moves


PATRIOTS RELEASE WIDE RECEIVERS CHAD HANSEN AND RILEY MCCARRON; PLACE RUNNING BACK JEREMY HIL ON INJURED RESERVE

 

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have released WR Chad Hansen and WR Riley McCarron. In addition, the Patriots placed RB Jeremy Hill on injured reserve.

 

    Hansen, 23, was claimed off waivers and awarded to New England on Sept. 2, 2018. The 6-foot, 202-pounder was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round (141st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft out of California. He played in 15 regular-season games with one start last year and posted nine receptions for 94 yards.

 

    McCarron, 25, was signed by the Patriots to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Sept. 6, 2018. The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder played in his first NFL game this past Sunday vs. Houston. McCarron spent the 2018 offseason with the team and was released on the final cut-down before being signed to the practice squad. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Houston out of Iowa. He began his rookie season on the Houston practice squad before finishing the season on the New England practice squad after signing on Sept. 22, 2017.

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Eagle Street Altercation


On Friday, September 7th, 2018 the Fall River Police Department School Resource Officer Daniel Mello was patrolling the Henry Lord Community School 151 Amity Street when an accident with injury was reported to him.

 

During the course of his investigation, SRO Mello learned that a 6-year-old Lord student’s foot was run over by the transportation vehicle dropping him off at the school.

 

 

   The 38-year-old operator for Town Transportation stated to Officer Mello that she dropped off two children at the school and thought they were both clear of the vehicle.

 

As she drove away, the right rear tire rolled over the child’s foot. The child was transported to St. Anne’s for evaluation and treatment. There were no other injuries reported to SRO Mello.

 

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Henry Lord Accident


On Friday, September 7th, 2018 the Fall River Police Department School Resource Officer Daniel Mello was patrolling the Henry Lord Community School 151 Amity Street when an accident with injury was reported to him.

 

During the course of his investigation, SRO Mello learned that a 6-year-old Lord student’s foot was run over by the transportation vehicle dropping him off at the school.

 

   The 38-year-old operator for Town Transportation stated to Officer Mello that she dropped off two children at the school and thought they were both clear of the vehicle.

 

As she drove away, the right rear tire rolled over the child’s foot. The child was transported to St. Anne’s for evaluation and treatment. There were no other injuries reported to SRO Mello.

 

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Rhode Island Murder Dismemberment Case


Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Jamie Barriera (age 37), of Warwick, Albert Barriera (age 53), of Warwick, and Louis Geremia (age 63), of Warwick, appeared today in Kent County Superior Court before Superior Court Justice Daniel A. Procaccini to plead to their roles in the August 10, 2015 murder and dismemberment of 36-year old Kerry Mello.

 

Jamie Barriera pleaded nolo contendere to second degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and mutilation of a dead body.  He was sentenced to a total of 70 years with 35 years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.  Albert Barriera pleaded nolo contendere to conspiracy to commit felony assault and mutilation of a dead body and was sentenced 10 years to serve. Louis Geremia pleaded nolo contendere to conspiracy to commit felony assault and was sentenced to a total of 10 years with four years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation

 

Two other co-defendants – Francisco Concepcion (age 38) of Warwick, and Graig Bustillo (age 41), of Providence – pleaded guilty earlier to their roles in the murder.  Concepcion pleaded guilty on July 20, 2016 to second degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and mutilation of a dead body.  Bustillo pleaded guilty on May 20, 2016 to conspiracy to commit murder.  Both are awaiting sentencing.

 

Had the case proceeded to trial, the State was prepared to prove that on August 10, 2015, Kerry Mello went to meet Jamie Barriera, Albert Barriera, Louis Geremia, and Francisco Concepcion at the residence of Albert Barriera on Shannon Drive in Warwick to discuss the group’s medical marijuana grow operation.

 

Upon arrival, Mello was physically assaulted by Jamie Barriera causing his death, after which Mello’s body was cut to pieces with a hand saw.  The co-defendants wrapped the body parts in a tarp and drove to a marina in Warwick where Jamie Barriera kept his power boat.  Bustillo drove Mello’s car to Boston in an attempt to cover up the murder.

 

Jamie Barriera, Albert Barriera, and Francisco Concepcion then put the body on the boat, drove out to sea, and dumped the body.

 

Mello’s torso was located by a fishing boat off Westport, MA on August 19th, and his legs and feet washed up on Goosewing Beach in Little Compton on August 21st.

 

Rhode Island State Police Adam Kennett led the investigation and Assistant Attorney General James Baum and Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy Healy prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of the Attorney General.

 

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Patriots and Jags Week 2


For the first time since 2016, the early lines for Week 2 in the NFL list the Patriots and Jacksonville as a pick em, meaning the Patriots are not favored in an NFL contest for the first time since the 2016 regular season. 

The Patriots were able to win and cover a 6.5 spread in week 1 over Houston on Sunday. 

The Patriots will being installing this week's game plan on Wednesday. 

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More West Nile


Department of Public Health announces 10th human case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts

Recommends precautions for avoiding mosquito bites

 

BOSTON (September 7, 2018)  - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the 10th human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The most recent case is a man in his 60s from Essex County who was hospitalized during his illness. The risk for additional cases of WNV is being raised to high in Lynn, Malden, Melrose, Revere, Saugus and Winthrop.

 

“Due to information about where this individual was most likely exposed and continued findings of WNV in mosquitoes in the area, there is an increased chance that additional human illnesses could occur,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “That’s why it is important that people continue using insect repellents, covering exposed skin, and moving indoors when mosquitos are biting.’’

 

``Although the weather is cooler right now, temperatures are forecast to increase again next week and so it continues to be extremely important for people to take these steps to avoid mosquito bites,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “With conditions still very favorable for the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, we recommend everyone continue to try and avoid being bitten.”

 

In 2017, there were six human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts.

 

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

 

People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

 

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

 

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitos. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

 

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin.

 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitos to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

 

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitos outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

 

Protect Your Animals

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitos near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitos. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

 

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.

 

 

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Somerset Road Closures


MassDOT Schedules Overnight Lane Closures on I-195 Eastbound and Westbound

Maintenance operations will continue through October

 

 

SOMERSET– The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that there will be overnight lane closures on Interstate 195 westbound and eastbound beginning at 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 9, and continuing each night through October 2018.  These closures are necessary to allow for nighttime cleaning and painting operations beneath the Wilbur Avenue/Route 103 Bridge over I-195.  Multiple lane closures are necessary to facilitate the temporary use of large pieces of construction equipment.

 

The work will begin above I-195 westbound lanes and progress to the eastbound lanes. The work is scheduled to occur overnight from 7:00 p.m., to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday nights through Thursday nights, and from 9:00 p.m., to 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The roadway may be limited at times to one lane of travel.

 

MassDOT encourages drivers to reduce speed and use caution, and allow for extra time throughout this area.

 

All work is weather dependent and is subject to change without notice.

 

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

 

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.

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

 

 

 

 

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City of New Bedford v ABC Disposal


City presses ABC Disposal to stop

unfairly targeting New Bedford residents

 

Letter cites ABC’s multiple violations of its contract with City

 

 

New Bedford, Massachusetts— In a letter today to ABC Disposal, the City of New Bedford put the company on notice that it is in violation of its contract with the City to collect residents’ trash and recycling, and threatened action unless the company complies.

 

The letter cites multiple contract violations including the improper rejection of recycling bins and failing to notify residents of the reason(s) for rejection; failing to promptly notify the Director of Facilities and Fleet management of rejections; refusing to respond to residents’ calls for assistance; and issuing an unauthorized press release and holding an unauthorized press conference – all of which are express violations of ABC’s contractual obligations to the City.

 

“ABC has unfairly targeted New Bedford residents and improperly rejected many recycling bins that should have been collected. Diligent residents have correctly sorted their recycling and still found their recycling rejected, and that is simply unacceptable,” said Mayor Jon Mitchell

 

He added, “ABC is in direct violation of its contract with the City, and must come back into compliance immediately. I will continue to fight to protect taxpayers and ensure that ABC fulfills all its obligations so that residents can count on a reliable delivery of this important service.”

 

Background:

 

For nearly a year, ABC Disposal, Inc., has been demanding more money from the City of New Bedford. Although ABC entered into a contract with the City in which it agreed to collect the City’s solid waste and recyclables for a fixed monthly fee, ABC is now seeking additional payment because the contract has proved to be less profitable for it due to a change in the market for recyclables. 

 

The City has not been unsympathetic to ABC’s situation and has said that it might consider modification of its contract with ABC, provided that ABC demonstrate to the City that the change in the market for recyclables is jeopardizing ABC’s viability, as opposed to merely decreasing its profitability. Despite repeated requests by the City, ABC has refused to provide the City with the necessary information about ABC’s overall financial situation.

 

In an effort to extract more money from the City, ABC this week adopted a new tactic: rejecting many residents’ recycling carts under the pretext of ineligible materials being included in the carts.

 

ABC’s actions this week have resulted in multiple violations of the contract. The City has demanded that ABC cease these violations, and put ABC on notice that if it fails to do so, ABC will be in default, and the City will exercise all of its legal rights. 

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Bad Critters in New Bedford


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has notified the New Bedford Health Department of the finding of West Nile Virus in a primarily bird-biting mosquito sample obtained in the area of the New Bedford Business (Industrial) Park, located off of Phillips Road in the far north end of New Bedford. The mosquito is of the Culiseta melanura species and is mainly bird-biting.

 

The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project conducted its weekly round of spraying this morning, including the area of the New Bedford Business Park. This round targeted the area of Rural Cemetery in addition to areas including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park, the Poor Farm area, Custom House Square and the downtown area.  Spraying takes place between 2:00 am and sunrise on Thursday mornings, weather permitting. 

 

As part of the mosquito tracking program, the New Bedford Health Department will request that the BCMCP target key areas of the New Bedford for spraying, including public parks and locations that host large public events. 

 

Like EEE and West Nile, the New Bedford Health Department works closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to track other emerging mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus.  While Zika-carrying mosquitoes have not been identified the New Bedford area, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that the likelihood of becoming infected with Zika virus from a mosquito bite in Massachusetts is very low, residents are urged to take the general precautionary measures to prevent mosquito bites.  In addition, travelers to areas where the Zika virus has been detected in mosquitoes or humans should take extra precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during their trip.  This includes both females and males who travel to areas where the Zika virus is occurring.  If you or your partner is planning on traveling, you should check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information about where Zika virus is occurring: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-information.

 

The same precautionary measures are advised for EEE, WNV, and the Zika virus.  These include the following:

 

Avoid Mosquito Bites

 

  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – While mosquitoes are out at all hours of the day, their peak biting times are from dusk to dawn. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing, especially if you work or spend a lot of time outdoors.

 

  • Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

 

  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label.  DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin. 

 

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

 

  • Drain Standing Water - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently. 

 

  • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

 

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JCII gives Charlie a Thumbs Up


Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II is one of 10 Massachusetts Democratic Mayors among 22 overall who have officially endorsed the Baker/Polito Ticket for Governor. 

 

In a release from the Baker Campaign Website Thursday Afternoon, Correia says the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are ''leading by example'', saying that Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito have ''demonstrated their commitment to the South Coast'', mentioning the State Pier and South Coast Rail, saying the pair of Republican Incumbents have ''championed Fall River''.

 

Democratic Mayors from Lowell and Springfield also signed on with Baker Endorsements. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patriots Roster Moves


PATRIOTS MAKE ROSTER TRANSACTIONS

 

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed WR Riley McCarron to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and added TE Stephen Anderson to the practice squad. In addition, the Patriots placed 2018 second-round draft pick (56th overall) DB Duke Dawson on injured reserve.

 

    McCarron, 25, was signed by New England to the practice squad on Sept. 2, 2018. The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder spent the 2018 offseason with the team and was released on Sept. 1, 2018. McCarron originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Houston out of Iowa. He began his rookie season on the Houston practice squad before finishing the season on the New England practice squad after signing on Sept. 22, 2017.

 

    Anderson, 25, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Houston out of California on May 6, 2016. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has appeared in 28 regular-season games with five starts over two seasons with the Texans and totaled 36 receptions for 435 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson has also appeared as a reserve in two playoff contests. He was released by Houston on Sept. 1, 2018.

 

    Dawson, 22, was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the 56th overall selection out of Florida. The 5-foot-10, 202-pounder played in all 48 games during his college career and posted 82 tackles, six interceptions with three returned for touchdowns and 23 passes defensed. As a senior in 2017, he started in all 11 games and totaled 34 tackles, four interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and nine passes defensed.

 

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Service Projects at UMass Dartmouth on 9-11


 

 

UMass Dartmouth honors September 11 with community service

 

The 8th annual 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members

 

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, the UMass Dartmouth community along with Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA will once again collaborate on the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. This year’s day will consist of with two shifts: 12:00-1:30 p.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m. This community service event, hosted by the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, works to harvest thousands of pounds of fresh produce for local food pantries including Arnie’s Cupboard, located on campus.

 

“This event not only raises awareness about hunger issues, but the hands-on experiences of harvesting fresh produce fosters teamwork and a sense of place in the community,” said UMassD Chancellor Robert E. Johnson.

 

Last year, 250 UMass Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff harvested 12,335 pounds of fresh vegetables and removed 10,500 feet of plastic used to protect the plants during the growing season.

 

In the 2017-18 academic year, UMass Dartmouth students performed 256,978 hours of service valued at $8 million. Over 90% of the student body was involved in either service learning or community service/volunteerism. Registration for the event is encouraged. Please register here.

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The Blue Economy Grant


     UMASS Dartmouth has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the United States Department of Commerce and its economic development administration for the development of a Blue Economy corridor running along the south coast of Massachusetts.

 

     The grant will be utilized to help encourage collaboration to attract marine tech companies, talent and research funding. A Blue Economy Symposium earlier in the year on the UMASS Dartmouth campus attracted 100 higher education, government and industry administrators to discuss various challenges in the emerging marine economy.

 

     This ongoing project aims to examine the Blue Economy by looking at supply chain inventory, workforce, higher education research and challenges to exporting various products along the industry sector. 

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Sheriff Hodgson Wants To Crowdfund A Southern Border Wall


     After suggesting the advent of the Trump Administration that prison inmates might volunteer to build a proposed southern border wall between the United States and Mexico, Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson is now part of an effort to crowd fund the money necessary to build the proposed wall. 

 

     The National Sheriff's Association has created a crowd funding page called ''SheriffsWall.org.'' It promises that all the money collected would go towards the construction of a wall at the United States southern border. Sheriff Hodgson said the wall would ''stop the flow of MS-13 gang members, drug cartels and other criminal illegal aliens who continue to walk right in to the United States unabated.''

 

     Sheriff Hodgson presented President Trump with a plaque thanking him for his efforts in supporting law enforcement at his time in the capital. 

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Fall River Child Abuse Suspect Back in Custody


A 39-year-old Fall River man, who had his bail drastically reduced by a Fall River Superior Court judge despite facing serious charges of assaulting his 20-month-old daughter, has been arrested for allegedly committing another crime while out on release and is now back in custody, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

 

Carl Taylor was arrested in May, 2014, for causing substantial abuse to a toddler.  The young victim had extensive injuries and suffered seizures.  The injuries were consistent with violently shaking the baby.  The defendant has had a long history of abusive cases where he has served committed time.   

 

The defendant was then indicted in August, 2014 on charges of assault and battery on a child-causing substantial injury, assault and battery of a child with injury and reckless endangerment of a child.  He was ordered held on $20,000 cash bail at the time of his Superior Court arraignment.

 

While the case was proceeding through the system, the defendant was indicted in December of 2016 on a separate charge of witness intimidation after he allegedly attempted to have his wife confess to the crime he was charged with committing.  While he was in custody he continued to write his wife and mother, urging her to take the rap for both of them.  He stated she had a less serious criminal record, and would receive a more lenient punishment from the court.  The defendant  then allegedly wrote a letter to his lawyer, purporting to be his wife, and demanding that he go into court and plea the case. 

 

In October of 2017, despite the defendant’s lengthy criminal history, the very serious nature of the child abuse charges and the fact that he is accused of committing a new crime while the case was pending, Fall River Superior Court Judge Thomas McGuire agreed to reduce the defendant’s bail from $20,000 to $0. The defendant was immediately released back to the streets to live at a sober house in Boston.

 

On July 18, 2018, the defendant was arrested in Burlington on a charge of assault and battery on a pregnant woman (his wife).  In that incident, Burlington Police were called to a local motel after the victim wanted the defendant removed from their room.  The defendant, according to police, was heavily intoxicated to the point where could hardly stand when police arrived at the hotel.  Police officers witnessed the defendant slap the pregnant victim across the face. The assault was also caught on video surveillance.

 

When he was brought into Woburn District Court for arraignment on the new charge, prosecutors from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office successfully argued to have him held without bail for up 120 days under the state’s dangerousness statute.

 

After the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office was notified of the new arrest in Burlington, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Hendrie requested a warrant be issued for the defendant to be brought back into Fall River Superior Court for violating the condition of his release. He was eventually brought back into Fall River Superior Court late last week, at which point Judge McGuire ordered his bail to be set at $10,000 cash.

 

The defendant’s Bristol County cases have been pending for several years due to the fact that the defendant committed a new crime while in custody and the fact that he has fired four different defense attorneys. Our office has stood ready for trial since 2015.

 

“This is another example of a dangerous defendant who doesn’t belong out on the street. His bail was reduced from $20,000 all the way down to zero despite the fact that he was facing a very serious allegation and has an extensive criminal record,” District Attorney Quinn said.  “It comes as no surprise that, after being released by the court, he assaulted his pregnant wife while intoxicated.  The release of dangerous defendants needs to stop.  There is no reasonable justification for his release.”

 

 

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