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The Measles in The Commonwealth


STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ALERT RESIDENTS ABOUT POTENTIAL EXPOSURE 
TO SECOND CASE OF MEASLES IN LOWELL


Those exposed or developing symptoms are urged to contact their healthcare provider

 

BOSTON (November 17, 2018) The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed that a second case of measles was diagnosed in Lowell on November 15. During the infectious period, the individual was present in a number of locations that could have resulted in exposures to other people. An earlier patient was diagnosed with measles on November 8.

 

Both diagnoses were made at Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC). However, “there are no known links between the two cases,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “Our efforts now are to identify people who may be at risk of getting ill and to get them vaccinated.  Getting vaccinated within 3-5 days of an exposure can reduce the likelihood of getting measles.”  

 

Measles is very contagious. People who are not immune and visited any of the locations on the below specified dates and times may be at risk for developing measles.  

 

Anyone who visited these locations on any of these dates during the times listed is advised to contact their health care provider to confirm their immunization status.

 

Lowell CHC is reaching out to its patients who were potentially exposed there, and has established vaccination clinic hours for those patients.

 

DPH urges all those who do not know their measles immunization status to get vaccinated with at least one dose of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

 

 Measles vaccine given within 72 hours of exposure may prevent measles disease, and vaccination beyond this window will provide protection from subsequent exposures. DPH, the Lowell Health Department and Lowell CHC are working to contact individuals at high risk for exposure.


Exposures to this individual may have occurred at the following locations and times:

T.J. Maxx, 288 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford                
Sunday November 11, 2018 
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                      

Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., Lowell                                   
Thursday November 15, 2018
4:00 p.m. –- 9:00 p.m.
                                                                
Walmart Supercenter, 333 Main St., Tewksbury                               
Thursday November 15, 2018 
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                      
                                                                
Those who were exposed and begin to develop symptoms of measles should call their healthcare provider before visiting an office, clinic, or emergency department.

 

Visiting a healthcare facility may put others at risk and should be avoided. Anyone who has had measles in the past or has received two doses of the vaccine is unlikely to develop measles even if exposed.

 

Early symptoms of measles occur 10 days to 2 weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold (with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes) and a rash occurs on the skin 2-4 days after the initial symptoms develop.

 

The rash usually appears first on the head and then moves downward. The rash typically lasts a few days and then disappears in the same order.  

 

People with measles may be contagious up to four days before the rash appears and for four days after the day the rash appears.

 

People who have had measles, or who have been vaccinated against measles per U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, are considered immune. The CDC recommendations are:


•    Children. Children should receive their first dose of Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12-15 months.  School-aged children need two doses of MMR vaccine.  


•    Adults. Adults should have at least one dose of MMR vaccine. Certain groups at high risk need two doses of MMR, such as international travelers, health care workers, and college students. Adults born in the U.S. before 1957 are considered immune to measles from past exposures.  

 

For additional information, contact your local health department or DPH at 617-983-6800. To learn more about measles, visit the DPH website here.   
 

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A Statement From Ken Fiola following Friday's RDA Meeting


WSAR News has received the following statement from Ken Fiola - BC EDC, regarding last night’s RDA meeting:

 


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I am deeply saddened and disheartened by the recent actions of the Fall River Redevelopment Authority (FRRA). Last night the FRRA intentionally chose to hold a meeting knowing that I was on vacation and unable to attend and answer any of their questions.

 

 

With the exception of one member, Joe Oliveira, the FRRA Board denied my November 13th request to hold the meeting when I was back from vacation. Instead of agreeing to meet when I was back from vacation, the FRRA posted a meeting on November 14th for a Friday night meeting on November 16th.

 

On November 15th I asked the FRRA Chair to patch me into the meeting via phone or FaceTime. This request was agreed to by the Chair and I stood by on November 16th waiting to be plugged into the meeting but the call to participate never came in as the FRRA Board refused to patch me into the meeting so I could answer questions.

 

 

Rather than rescheduling the meeting at a time in which I was available or allowing me to be patched into the November 16th meeting, the FRRA met and conducted a kangaroo court to sever a very productive twenty-year economic development relationship.

 

Review of the meeting tape clearly shows that the majority of FRRA Board members acted as judge and juror with a complete disregard of process.

 

The FRRA purposely took this opportunity to make false statements about the audit requirements, City Pier and Old Second Street project.

 

They also made numerous false accusations against the Bristol County Economic Development Consultants (BC EDC) and myself as the overseer of these projects.

 

Their accusation of gross negligence and misconduct exhibited by me would be laughable if it weren't so damning to the BC EDC and myself. These accusations are without merit but nevertheless very serious and long lasting.

 

Logical and satisfactory answers to their questions and concerns could have been provided by myself as part of the meeting but the FRRA was not interested in answers.

 

Rather, as appointees of the Mayor, the majority of FRRA members were interested in carrying forth an ugly political agenda initiated by the Correia administration to undermine the BC EDC and my personal and professional reputation.

 

Upon my return from vacation, I will provide answers to the issues raised and documentation to support those answers. In the meantime, the BC EDC and I will respectively explore our legal options against the FRRA with regard to breach of contract as well as slander and defamation of character against those FRRA members who willfully and maliciously chose to tarnish my reputation.

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Somerset Secures a MassWorks Grant


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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Learn more about MassWorks at mass.gov. 


 

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MA Thanksgiving Travel Info


 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For travelers getting to and from Logan Airport:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

•    View the full MBTA holiday schedule.

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


•    Check MassDOT Highway Traffic and Travel Resources.


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

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


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Latest MA Overdose Numbers


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Other findings of the 2018 Q3 report include:

 


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 

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Swansea and Somerset Police Arrest a Trio of Suspects


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

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Dual/Iranian Canadian National Sentenced for International Money Laundering


 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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MEMA Snow Update


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Fall River October Homicide


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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 

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U-S Irish Federal Fraud Case


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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Kennedy Office Hours This Weekend


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

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A Sunday Medal Ceremony



79 TO RECEIVE MARIAN MEDAL IN CEREMONIES NOV. 18

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Attleboro Deanery

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

Cape Cod & Islands Deanery

 

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

 

Fall River Deanery

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

 

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

New Bedford Deanery

 

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

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

 

Taunton Deanery

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

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Gas Buddy Says Wait


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Fall River Shooting Suspect in Court


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

 

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

 

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

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Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica In Fall River


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

 

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

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Corporation Counsel Says Fall River Dodges 6-Figure Legal Battle


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

 

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

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A Possible Indictment Law


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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MA RMV Warning on Third Party Websites


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

 


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


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

 


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

 

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


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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The Recall Logo Spat


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten FRPD Capture


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

 

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

Martinez has 8 outstanding warrant that include four different felonies. 

 

 

 

 

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Elizabeth Warren Speaks At Brown University


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

 

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

 

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

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Triple A Warns Against Driving While Sleepy


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

 


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


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


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


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


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


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

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:


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

 

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


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


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

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


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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

      

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Providence Man Faces Federal Narcotics Counts


                   Providence Man Indicted on Drug Trafficking, Firearm Charges

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Joseph Kennedy lll's Statement


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

 

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

 

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

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Fall River Guy with Gun


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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Does Jasiel Want a Deal?


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

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

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

Correia's next court date is December 6.

 

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

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Jasiel and Marc Tuesday Morning


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

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

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

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Gasoline in Massachusetts This Week


                                      GAS PRICES DOWN ONE CENT, SAYS AAA

 

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


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

 

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

 

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


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


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

 

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


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


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

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New Bedford Heroin Trafficker Sentenced


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Papa Geno's Gets A New Owner


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

 

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

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

 

 

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Patriots Questionable List For Sunday


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

 

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

 

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

 

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More Purple Questions


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

 

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

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A Second Amazon Headquarters


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

 

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

 

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

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Discouraging Beer Tossing At Rolling Rallies


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

 

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

 

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

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FRPD Pursuit of Vehicle


 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Correia on The Recall and the Indictment


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

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

 

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

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