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WSAR NEWS Archives for 2016-10

Swansea Motorcycle Fatal

Sunday at approximately 3:30 p.m. Swansea Police received multiple 911 calls reporting a motor vehicle crash involving a motorcycle on Maple Avenue, south of Route 6.  The operator of the motorcycle has been identified as Jamie Tavares, 44, of Swansea.
Mr. Tavares was transported by Swansea Ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  An initial investigation of the scene indicates Tavares was travelling south on Maple Avenue when he collided with a Volkswagen Jetta travelling north on Maple Avenue being operated by a 52-year-old Swansea woman. The driver of the Jetta was uninjured in the crash.
The crash is being investigated by the Swansea Police Accident Reconstruction Unit with assistance from the Swansea Police Detective Division and State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. No foul play is suspected in this matter at this time.


UMass Dartmouth Investigation



This is a release from administrators at UMass Dartmouth about a shots fired incident over the weekend 


Late this afternoon, the Department of Public Safety confirmed that multiple gunshots were fired in the area of Cedar Dell. The DPS had received an initial report at approximately 3 a.m., and responded immediately, but found no evidence of gunshots at that time and the reports were attributed to fireworks. A preliminary investigation at that time failed to confirm either fireworks or gunshots being discharged. No witnesses were available to provide further information.

Later this afternoon witnesses came forward with evidence indicating that gunshots were fired, causing damage to three motor vehicles at a Cedar Dell parking lot. There is no indication that anybody was injured. The case is under an active investigation and the campus is secure at this time.

Anyone who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form at


The Beaches in Swansea

Proponents of a Swansea Beach Revitalization Project are vowing to try again by perhaps shrinking a proposal from its current $3.9 million dollar price tag, while warning that some redesign may be needed to rethink a proposal that failed to get the needed two thirds of more than 1100 Swansea voters who attended a single article special town meeting earlier this week. 


Opponents argued that spending millions on a beach on the New England Coastline was not a wise expenditure of public dollars, as it could be only be used for a small portion of the year. 


The StreetScape Order

As the Fall River City Council prepares to debate and perhaps vote on a Streetscape and Municipal Department Equipment proposal that will be debated first in Finance Committee Tuesday Night, a pair of Fall River City Councilors are asking the other seven members to halt the proceedings so the streetscape proposal, submitted by Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II this summer, will be voted on at a General or Special Election in 2017. 

Council Members Ray Mitchell and Richard Cabeceiras submitted the order as part of a 135 page Council Packet available on the city's website; the order asks that the streetscape proposals be combined into a single loan order, with no contracts be executed until voters have a chance to decide the issues. 




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