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WSAR NEWS Archives for 2017-09

The Easement Decision


Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II announced today that as a result of negotiations, which commenced several weeks ago, between the City of Fall River & Clover Leaf Mills LLC, the parties have agreed that Clover Leaf will cease & desist any and all work regarding their current easement as recorded in the Bristol County Registry of Deeds and approved by the City Council on Feb 21, 2017.

 

Both parties agree that they have been acting in good faith and that cessation of activity on the easement at this point is in the best interest of the community.  They have further agreed to continue meeting with all interested parties, including those interested in the Bike Path, to arrive at a mutually satisfactory, safe, and esthetic change in the design in the future including additional amenities.

 

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Fall River City Council Tomorrow


The effort to perhaps rescind a Fall River City Council Decision regarding a request by Clover Leaf Mills, LLC for an easement at the Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail, put forth by Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II after an SRO session in Government Center last week will be taken up by the Fall River City Council tomorrow night. 

 

A ''Code Red'' Alert by proponents of the Bike Trail could result in a packed Council Chambers tomorrow. 

The easement is for water and sewer to a newly redeveloped Mill Complex. 

The regular Council Meeting will begin once a Committee on Finance session is concluded. 

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Bill Makes A Statement


Statement from Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick
"I have immense respect and admiration for our players, for how they conduct themselves professionally as New England Patriots and for how they represent themselves, their families and community as men. 

 

I have coached football for over four decades and one of the greatest things about being in this environment is the diversity of people, backgrounds, viewpoints and relationships we are fortunate to experience. 

 

As with any large group of people, there is a variety of perspectives and opinions on many topics.  Discussions occur between myself, individual players, groups and the entire team on an ongoing basis.  They concern the team and other issues surrounding the team. 

 

I am going to keep the specifics of those conversations private.  I will do what I feel is best for the team in my role as head coach and collectively, we will work together to find the best way to proceed."

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The Locked Door Issue


A series of locked Government Center doors this past Tuesday resulted in the cancellation of a Special Fall River City Council Session Thursday that was to have acted on decisions made by a Charter Revision Committee, which had accepted changers in provisions to the Charter that will be voted on in an up or down vote on the November Fall River Ballot. 

An Open Meeting Complaint was filed on Thursday, and WSAR was informed by the Fall River City Clerk's Office that the session was being called off as a precaution. 


A ruling by the Secretary of State's Office is expected to be handed down in a matter of days. 

 

The doors were inadvertently locked by staff members from the inside of the building. 

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Hernandez CTE


Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez had was his Defense Attorneys claim was an advanced case of CTE, after an examination of his brain following his suicide in his jail cell. 

 

As a result, the Hernandez Defense Team has filed a Federal suit versus the Patriots Franchise, and the NFL, on behalf of Hernandez's daughter. 

The CTE issues resulted in a billion dollar settlement being reached with a group of former players who maintain they were not aware of the risks that repeated concussions carried during their playing careers. 

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The FRHA No Smoking Policy


 
 
              WSAR has learned that a smoke free policy will go in force on the first day of November for all units of public housing under the auspices of the FRHA in compliance with federal regulations. 
                 The policy was adopted by the FRHA executive board in august. 
                 Those living in the dwelling along with guests, visitors and employees will not be able to smoke cigars, cigarettes, pipes or marijuana in their housing units once the policy goes into effect. 
                  Interior common areas, including elevators, bathrooms, stairwells, lobbies, laundry rooms and other areas will also be smoke free. 
                  Smoking will also be prohibited outdoors within 25 feet of FRHA property so as to prohibit second hand smoke from entering buildings through open windows. 
                  A four strike policy will have two written notices of violation, a private conference as a third provision, with a fourth offense involving FRHA legal counsel. 
               A document that tenants are to sign by September 29 is part of a four page release obtained by WSAR 

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Rhode Island DACA


Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that she and a coalition of individuals and organizations have secured more than $170,000 in commitments from donors to cover the $495 renewal fee for every DREAMer in Rhode Island who is eligible to apply for renewal of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by October 5, 2017, the final date by which all such applications must be received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

"A couple of weeks ago, when the Trump administration announced its plan to end the DACA program, we gathered in Central Falls and pledged to do everything in our power to stand up for Rhode Island's DREAMers," Raimondo said. "We're not going to allow $495 to stand in the way of our neighbors' dreams. Now is the time to fight for our values and take action against hatred and bigotry."

Through the generosity of several local and national funders, no Rhode Island DREAMer will need to pay the $495 application fee to apply for a two-year extension of their DACA status. The Rhode Island Foundation is coordinating contributions and making grants to community agencies that have stepped up to do this work.

"As the state's community foundation, our mission is to meet the needs of all Rhode Islanders; DREAMers are Rhode Islanders," said Neil D. Steinberg, President & CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. "We are proud to work with our generous donors, the Governor, and local community agencies to provide the funding needed to offset the cost of DACA renewal fee payments for those who are eligible."

Created by President Obama in 2012, the DACA program grants temporary deportation relief and work authorization to eligible individuals who were brought to the United States as undocumented immigrants at a young age. On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration repealed the order establishing DACA and announced it will end the program in March. More than 1,200 DACA recipients live in Rhode Island and are directly impacted by the President's decision.

Governor Raimondo and a coalition of Rhode Island advocacy organizations also announced a joint effort to help DREAMers threatened by President Trump's repeal of DACA. The Rhode Island Center for Justice, the Immigration Clinic at the Roger Williams University School of Law, the Pro Bono Collaborative at the Roger Williams University School of Law, Progreso Latino, Dorcas International Institute and the Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities (CASO) will coordinate outreach and services including pro-bono legal representation and assistance filing DACA renewal applications.

"It is critically important to get the word out to Rhode Island Dreamers and other immigrants that help is available. We want immigrants to know they are not alone," said CASO chairwoman Marta V. Martinez.
 
Governor Raimondo also announced her appointment of staff in the Office of Constituent Affairs to serve as the administration's liaison to the network. The administration will also designate staff from other state agencies to serve as liaisons to DREAMers with questions about the impact of the end of the program and to direct DREAMers to resources and assistance.

 

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Gasoline Prices This Week


             Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down five cents this week, according to AAA Northeast.

 

             AAA’s September 18 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.65 per gallon.

 

              The Massachusetts price is three cents above the national average for regular unleaded of $2.62. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was fifty five cents lower at $2.10.

 

              “As Gulf Coast refineries come back on line and production picks up, we see prices at the pump leveling off and now dropping,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Historically, hurricane-related price spikes are dramatic but brief.”

 

                 The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 30 cents, from a low of $2.49 to a high of $2.79. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.

 

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

Self Serve                                           Grade                        

$2.65 ($2.49-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded                  

$2.87 ($2.72-$3.05)                            Midgrade Unleaded               

$3.02 ($2.82-$3.25)                            Premium Unleaded                

$2.66 ($2.49-$2.91)                            Diesel                                     

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.

 

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Fall River Crime Seminar


          The Fall River Police Department will be holding a series of three crime prevention seminars on
September 19, 20, and 21, at 6:00pm in the community room at the Fall River Police Station,
located at 685 Pleasant Street Fall River, Ma.
            Detective Lawrence Ferreira and Detective John McDonald will be instructing business owners
in subjects concerning crime prevention through environmental design and employee safety.
 
             The seminar will focus on areas such as: Robbery Prevention, Employees and Robbery and what
to do if confronted by a robber. These seminars are being funded by a Department of Justice
Grant.
               All business owners and the general public are welcome to attend any of these trainings.
If you are looking for more information you may contact FRPD Business Liaison Officer Lt.
Paul Gauvin or Sgt. Tom Mauretti 508-676-8511 xt. 253
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An Undisclosed Hammer For The Red Sox


Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today:

"Several weeks ago, the New York Yankees filed a complaint with the Commissioner's Office alleging that the Boston Red Sox violated certain Major League Baseball Regulations by using electronic equipment to aid in the deciphering of signs being given by the Yankees' catcher. The Commissioner's Office has conducted a thorough investigation of the allegation. Today, I am prepared to disclose the results of that investigation.

"At the outset, it is important to understand that the attempt to decode signs being used by an opposing catcher is not a violation of any Major League Baseball Rule or Regulation. Major League Baseball Regulations do, however, prohibit the use of electronic equipment during games and state that no such equipment 'may be used for the purpose of stealing signs or conveying information designed to give a Club an advantage.' Despite this clear Regulation, the prevalence of technology, especially the technology used in the replay process, has made it increasingly difficult to monitor appropriate and inappropriate uses of electronic equipment. Based on the investigation by my office, I have nonetheless concluded that during the 2017 season the Boston Red Sox violated the Regulation quoted above by sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout.

"In assessing the significance of this violation, the investigation established three relevant points. First, the violation in question occurred without the knowledge of ownership or front office personnel. Second, when the Red Sox learned of the Yankees' complaint, they immediately halted the conduct in question and then cooperated completely in my investigation. I have received absolute assurances from the Red Sox that there will be no future violations of this type. Third, our investigation revealed that Clubs have employed various strategies to decode signs that do not violate our rules. The Red Sox' strategy violated our rules because of the use of an electronic device.

"Taking all of these factors as well as past precedent into account, I have decided to fine the Red Sox an undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida. Moreover, all 30 Clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.

"In the wake of the Yankees' complaint to the Commissioner's Office, the Red Sox brought forward allegations that the Yankees had made improper use of the YES Network in an effort to decipher the Red Sox signs. The Commissioner's Office also investigated this allegation and the Yankees fully cooperated with the investigation. During that investigation, we found insufficient evidence to support the allegation that the Yankees had made inappropriate use of the YES Network to gain a competitive advantage.

"In the course of our investigation, however, we learned that during an earlier championship season (prior to 2017) the Yankees had violated a rule governing the use of the dugout phone. No Club complained about the conduct in question at the time and, without prompting from another Club or my Office, the Yankees halted the conduct in question. Moreover, the substance of the communications that took place on the dugout phone was not a violation of any Rule or Regulation in and of itself. Rather, the violation occurred because the dugout phone technically cannot be used for such a communication.

"Based on the foregoing, I have decided to fine the Yankees a lesser undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida."

 

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The Rhode Island Jobs Report


PROVIDENCE, R.I. -  Governor Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement today regarding the August Jobs Report:
 
"Rhode Island's job count remains at an all-time high, and our construction industry is helping to lead the way. Since the start of 2015, we've added nearly 5,000 construction jobs and nearly 17,000 jobs total. There are visible signs of this job growth with road projects being completed and cranes hanging over our Capitol City.
 
"However, with recent news that Benny's will close later this year and Alexion will shut down its Rhode Island operation next summer, we need to continue our efforts to ensure that every Rhode Islander has the skills they need to compete in the changing economy. There is a lot of encouraging news in this jobs report, but also clear signals that we have to keep working to strengthen the middle class."
 
The top five months for Rhode Island's job count, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are:
  • August 2017 - 499,700 jobs
  • July 2017 - 499,700 jobs
  • May 2017 - 496,600 jobs
  • June 2017 - 496,100 jobs
  • December 2006 - 495,700 jobs  

 

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Fall River 7-11 Robbery


 

 

On Saturday September 9, 2017 at approximately 1:00am, Fall River Police Officers responded

to a robbery at 7-Eleven located at 1040 North Main Street.
 
This male is wanted in connection
to the robbery.
 
He is described as a white male, light skinned, 30-40 years old with dark hair.
 
The male was approximately 5’7” – 5’8”, medium build wearing a grey long-sleeved pull over
and jeans.
 
Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect should contact Major Crimes
Detective Felicia Melo @ 508-324-2796 or the Anonymous Tip Line 508-672-TIPS (8477)
 

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Fall River Hit and Run


 
On Friday, September 8, 2017 Uniform Division Officer Bruce Oliveira responded to a hit & run
accident at Eastern Ave and Pleasant Street.
 
A 20 year old female was struck by a vehicle while
walking on Eastern Avenue.
 
The victim described the suspect vehicle as an older silver Dodge
pickup truck that fled the scene.
 
The victim also described the vehicle operator to Officer
Oliveira as a white male, between 40-50 years old with gray hair, a goatee beard and wore
glasses. She continued that the male was wearing a baseball cap with a dark colored button-up
flannel shirt.
 
The victim stated that two witnesses who observed the accident told the victim that they would
attempt to locate and follow the suspect pick-up truck to obtain a license plate number. Those
witnesses have not yet come forward.
 
At this time, the matter is still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case
should contact the Fall River Police Department Uniform Division, 508-676-8511.
 
 

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Gasoline This Week


According to Triple A Northeast, Gasoline Prices in the Commonwealth are unchanged, as a number of Gulf Coast Oil Refineries are either idle, operating at reduced capacity, or in the process of going back on line.

 

Self Serve Regular Gasoline is the Commonwealth is selling for an average of $2.70 a gallon is three cents above the current national average.

 

The director of Public and Legislative Affairs for Triple A Northeast, Mary Maguire, says prices should start to trend downward as the production of gasoline returns to normal. 

 

 

 

 

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The Pawtucket Hearings Begin


The Rhode Island Senate Finance Committee meets Thursday to begin a review of proposed legislation that would provide public tax dollars for a proposed $83 million ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox. 
 
The proposal would have the ownership kick in around $45 million, the city of Pawtucket $15 million and the State of Rhode Island the remainder for a ballpark and entertainment complex in Downtown Pawtucket. 

The International League's Triple A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox has drawn interest from Worcester, while Somerset and Swansea Selectmen have offered ideas regarding land. 

The first session in the Rhode State House in Providence will happen Thursday at 6pm with a video stream on The Rhode Island's General Assembly Website. 

 
 
 
 
 
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An Election Night Reminder


Standard Pharmacy will bring you coverage tonight on various social media platforms while also providing you on air coverage in between innings of the Red Sox/As game tonight on WSAR. 

Local Defense Attorney and Former Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan will be the centerpiece of our coverage at Fall River Government Center, as WSAR will utilize Facebook Live on WSAR's Facebook page. 

We'll also provide other updates on Facebook and other Social Media Platforms, including WSAR.com

 

Ric will provide complete coverage of the results tomorrow morning and on the Wednesday Edition of The WSAR Newsroom. 

 

 

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JKIII on DACA


Massachusetts Fourth District House Member Joseph Kennedy III took to the House Floor in Washington Thursday Morning, in an address available on his Twitter page, to attack the Trump Administration's decision this week to phase out the DACA program over the next six months, which also impacts students at New Bedford and BMC Durfee High School.

Kennedy said the House and Senate have an easy choice to make, as he shared stories of socially active children and young people, some of who gave their lives during the Civil Rights Movement as one example.  

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The Patriots Begin


A redesigned display of the now five Super Bowl Championship Banners greeted the 65,000 ticket holders at Gillette Stadium Thursday, as the Patriots prepared to open with Kansas City, as an 8.5 point home favorite. 

ESPN Boston.com posted pictures, available on WSAR's Facebook Page, of Pregame preparations that ended with the display of the new Super Bowl LI Banner at 8:15 EDT. 

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The Jasiel Chronicles


Following the issuance of a story on the Fall River Herald News' digital edition on Wednesday, and the Thursday Print Edition, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II indicated to WSAR on the Thursday Edition of the ''WSAR Newsroom'' that he would meet with editors and administrators of the newspaper after he said a story that alleged he admitted that he was aware of investigations by the FBI, HUD, and a continuing Grand Jury that could be looking into issues with SnoOwl, a product of a digital firm that Correia started when he was 19.

 

Correia tells WSAR that while he considered the initial story ''fair'', he had issues with the headline that appeared in the Print and Digital editions. 

 

Correia says rumors of investigations are products of his political opponents. 

 

The full interview is available in the Audio on Demand portion of WSAR.com

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Patriots Trade


The New England Patriots have traded CB Justin Coleman to Seattle for what is being termed by ESPN Boston.com as a late round NFL Draft Choice. 

The Seahawks signed Coleman to their 2015 traffic squad, after Coleman was cut by the Patriots; the Patriots then signed Coleman to their 53-man-roster, off Seattle's Practice Squad, in September 2015. 

Coleman played in 20 regular season NFL games over the past two seasons. 

 

 

 

 

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New Criminal Reform Package


Under current Massachusetts General Law, solicitation for murder is classified as a misdemeanor, while in Maine and New Hampshire, it could land you in jail for 20 years. 
 
Increasing the penalty for that offense is part of a reform package sent to Beacon Hill by the Baker Administration as the Great and General Court prepares to go back into formal session following the Labor Day Weekend. 
 
Somerset-Based Attorney and WSAR Legal Analyst Steve Sabre tells WSAR that the Administration likely felt it was time for an upgrade in penalties for planning to murder someone. 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Harvey Collection Effort


The Fall River Diocese will be asking parishioners next weekend to contribute to Catholic Charities as they continue to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Oklahoma.

The collections on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10, will be forwarded to Catholic Charities to assist churches in Texas and Louisiana, and the members of those churches.

 

You can also send contributions to the Fall River Diocese and mark ''Hurricane Harvey Relief'' in the Check Memo Line.  

 

 

 

 

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