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Dartmouth Perfection


One hundred percent, A+ grades all around, a perfect score.

 

The Dartmouth Correctional Complex received a 100 percent score from the American Correctional Association on its recent national accreditation audit. Meeting or exceeding each one of approximately 400 standards set forth by the ACA impressed Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, but what made him most proud was what the auditors said about the staff.

 

“One of the auditors who had worked in corrections his whole life said if he was ever to go back into it, he would apply right here in Dartmouth because of the morale, attitude and professionalism of the staff,” Sheriff Hodgson said. “That really stuck with me.”

 

Three ACA auditors from Georgia, Florida and New Jersey spent three days combing over operations at the Dartmouth correctional facilities (Bristol County House of Correction, the Women’s Center and the ICE Detention Center). Their audit included tours of each facility, conducting interviews with staff and inmates, and scrutinizing hundreds of pages of policy and documents to verify compliance with national standards.

 

As a result, The Dartmouth Correctional Complex earned a perfect score on all aspects of facility operations, including security, health services, life safety, food services, inmate discipline, programs and services, staff training and administrative operations. The Dartmouth Correctional Complex is now only one of about 500 correctional organizations nationwide to earn ACA accreditation. Few received a perfect score.

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More Braga Paving


 

 

MassDOT will continue overnight lane closures on I-195 East and West on the Braga Bridge and at the approaches to it during the week of October 2.

 

The overnight closures will take place Sunday through Friday from 7:00 PM each night to 6:00 AM the following morning.

 

One travel lane will be maintained in each direction at all times.

 

The closures are necessary for paving, lane striping, and barrier removal. 

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Victims ID'd Regarding Triple Fatal


The deceased victims from yesterday’s crash on Route 195 in Westport are identified as follows.

 

The operator of the Dodge Caravan livery van is identified as John Oliveria, 68, of Dartmouth. Mr. Oliveria was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, where he was pronounced deceased. The livery was owned by Regal Transit of New Bedford.

 

The front-seat passenger of the livery is identified as Josephine Mazzocca, 55, of New Bedford. Ms. Mazzocca was determined to be deceased at the scene.

 

The front-seat passenger of the BMW 328i is identified as Karonlyne Camile Lima, 23, of New Bedford. Ms. Lima was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, where she was pronounced deceased.

 

As noted yesterday, the crash occurred when the livery crossed from the westbound side of Route 195, drove through grass median, and entered the eastbound side, where it struck the BMW head-on.

 

What caused Mr. Oliveria to lose control of the vehicle remains under active investigation.

 

Among the possible contributing factors that State Police are investigating are whether he suffered a medical incident just prior to the crash.

 

As noted yesterday, the remaining victims in the livery and BMW were as follows.

 

The rear-seat passenger of the livery, a 56-year-old New Bedford man, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

 

The operator of the BMW, a 25-year-old Fall River man, was also transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

 

The rear-seat passenger of the BMW, a three-year-old boy, was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

 

As noted yesterday, three other vehicles were involved in secondary crashes after the initial crash.

 

After the livery van careened off the BMW, it struck an Audi A4 that was traveling eastbound. The operator of the Audi, a 34-year-old Fall River man, was not injured (yesterday’s release erroneously stated that he was injured).

 

Also after the initial impact, the BMW was struck by a second vehicle, a Subaru Outback that was also traveling eastbound. That impact caused the Subaru to become fully engulfed in flames.

 

The operator of the Subaru, a 27-year-old Waterbury, Vermont, man, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

 

A fifth vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban was also traveling eastbound; it avoided colliding with the other vehicles but struck a sign post on the grassy median.

 

The operator, a 73-year-old man from Barrington, R.I., was not injured.

 

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by State Police from the Dartmouth Barracks and the State Police Detective Unit for Bristol County, with the assistance of the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

 

Please note that State Police do not release names of surviving crash victims, nor do we disclose specific familial relationships.

 

No further information is being released at this time.

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A Bridge for Big Papi


 Massachusetts took the first official step toward naming a bridge in honor of legendary Red Sox player David Ortiz tonight.

 

As part of a joint-plan between the House, Senate and Governor’s office, the House Committee on Ways & Means Committee put language out to poll as part of a supplemental budget that would rename the Brookline Avenue bridge, between Lansdowne Street and Newbury Street, and spanning the Massachusetts Turnpike, the “David Ortiz (‘Big Papi’) Bridge.”

 

The legislation states the honor is “in recognition of his athletic accomplishments during fourteen seasons as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and his personal contributions to the Commonwealth, notably, his charitable commitment to children in New England and the Dominican Republic who do not have access to the critical pediatric services they need, and in helping our city heal in the face of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy.”

 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will place a “suitable marker on the bridge bearing the designation in compliance with the standards of the department.”

 

“David Ortiz’s accomplishments and heroics on and off the baseball field have made him a living legend, and his heartfelt contributions to the communities here and in his native Dominican Republic have made him an icon,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “As a lifelong Red Sox fan, I am thrilled to be able to help our Commonwealth create a lasting ‘Thank You’ to Big Papi through the renaming of this bridge.”

 

 “I’m so excited to be part of this process of giving David Ortiz, one of the greatest Red Sox of all time, his proper due by naming a bridge in his honor,” House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) said. “David has not only been an extraordinary baseball player, he has been an exemplary and inspirational member of our community, most notably after the Boston Marathon bombings. As a fan, I will miss his stride up to the plate followed by a clutch hit and the ballpark exploding into applause.”

 

“David Ortiz has been a big part of our community both on and off the field,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “Whether is it leading the Red Sox to multiple World Series Championships or all of his charitable work, he has truly been the pride of Boston.  I am proud that we can honor him by naming this bridge after him so his legacy can live on after his playing days have ended.”

 

 “David Ortiz has meant so much to the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and all of Red Sox Nation,” said Representative Brian S. Dempsey, House Chair of the Committee on Ways & Means (D-Haverhill).  “Whether it be his clutch curse breaking hits on the diamond, his now legendary speech to rally the spirits of this city in the aftermath of the Marathon Bombing, or his prodigious charity work, ‘Papi’ has left a lasting impact.  I am proud that we can recognize his efforts and wish him well as he ends his career with what we hope is another memorable playoff run.”

 

 “As a Red Sox fan, I’m proud that the Commonwealth is taking this step to recognize one of our athletic legends,” said Senator Karen E. Spilka, Senate Chair of the Committee on Ways & Means (D-Ashland). “David Ortiz is a major force in baseball, and he has also made significant contributions to our community over the course of his long career.”

 

Once the House Ways & Means Committee poll is completed, the House will act on the measure tomorrow. The legislation will then go to the Senate.

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The latest on Wednesday's Westport Fatal Accident


Yesterday at about 8:12 a.m., troopers from the State Police Barracks in Dartmouth responded to a multi-vehicle crash on Route 195 eastbound between Exits 10 and 11 in Westport that resulted in three fatalities.

 

Preliminary investigation by troopers indicates that a 2005 Dodge Caravan livery vehicle traveling westbound crossed the median and struck a 2007 BMW 328i that was traveling in the left lane on the eastbound side head-on.

 

Two occupants of the livery vehicle that crossed the median suffered fatal injuries, as did one occupant of the BMW that was struck head-on, a 23-year-old New Bedford woman.

 

Two passengers in the BMW, a 25-year-old man from Fall River and a male toddler from New Bedford, survived the crash but were transported to hospitals with injuries. The toddler was taken to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the adult male to Rhode Island Hospital.

 

A third occupant of the livery vehicle survived the crash and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.

 

Victim identities are not being released at this time. The ages and genders of the victims from the livery vehicle, as well as the name of the company that owns the livery, are not being released because the family notification process is still underway.

 

The livery vehicle rolled over after the initial impact with the BMW. After the initial head-on impact, preliminary investigation indicates that a 2008 Subaru Outback traveling eastbound struck the BMW; the Subaru then caught on fire.

 

The Subaru driver, a 27-year-old Vermont man, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.

Two other eastbound vehicles also suffered minor damage from impacts after the initial crash.

 

A 2001 Audi A4 operated by a 34-year-old Fall River man was struck by the livery Caravan. A Chevrolet Suburban operated by a 73-year-old Rhode Island man also suffered damage when it impacted one of the other vehicles. The A4 driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Charlton Hospital.

 

The facts and circumstances of the crash, including why the livery crossed the median strip, remains under investigation by Troop D of the Massachusetts State Police with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and State Police Detective Unit for Bristol County. Troopers were assisted on-scene by Wesport Fire and EMS and MassDOT.

 

Updated information will be released at an appropriate time.

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