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Fall River Former Coach Convicted


Brandon Rivera, a 37 year old Fall River youth basketball coach, plead guilty and was sentenced in the Fall River Superior Court on November 6, 2108, for molesting one of his 15 year old players, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced. 


On May 7, 2018, the mother of the 15 year old minor victim reported to police that the defendant, an old family friend and her daughter’s travel basketball coach, had been at her family home and took her daughter’s cell phone.  

 

The victim indicated to police that the defendant took her cell phone because he was upset that she was communicating with a boy her own age that he determined was bad for her.  

 

The victim stated that the defendant forcefully took her phone from her on May 4, 2018, grabbing her breast which caused bruising. Through further investigation the victim disclosed that the defendant had engaged in sexual encounters with her on 3 or 4 occasion at his home starting in October of 2017 and ending in May 2018.

 

 The defendant had sex with the victim and one time ejaculated on her stomach.

 

 The defendant also solicited naked photos of the victim.  A nude photo of the victim was located on the defendant’s phone by police.  Police also located school emails where the defendant discussed with the victim how she could minimize and deny the events that transpired between the two.  

 

The defendant’s phone contained text messages with the victim that confirmed their intimate relationship, the controlling nature of the relationship by the defendant and the bruising the child sustained from the May 2018 incident.

 

 Defendant was indicted and charged with Aggravated Rape, Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14, Assault and Battery and Possession of Child Pornography.  


At sentencing, Judge Mark Hallal imposed an agreed upon State Prison sentence of 5 to 7 years for a Statutory Rape and 8 years of probation to follow on charges of; Indecent Assault and Battery on a Person over 14, Assault and Battery and Possession of Child Pornography.  The Commonwealth was represented by Assistant District Attorney Lesly Leahy.

 

 Conditions of probation prevent the defendant from having any unsupervised contact with children; with limited exceptions for any biological children with notice and agreement by the other parent.

 

 The defendant must register with the Sex Offender Registry Board, attend sex offender treatment as ordered by the court and wear a GPS tracking device. The defendant cannot loiter or reside within 300 feet of any school, k-12, daycare, playground, public pool, arcade, theme park, skating rink, toy store or any other location where children under 18 may be readily observed to congregate.  

 

The defendant must seek prior approval if he has a legitimate reason to visit such a location.  

 

The defendant must successfully enter and complete a Batterers Program.  The defendant cannot coach children in any manner.

 
“This defendant took advantage of his position as a coach and family friend to sexually molest the victim.” District Attorney Quinn said. “The sentence holds the defendant accountable for this significant breach of trust but the victim will have to carry this with her for the rest of her life.”  

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Providence Cocaine Trafficker


PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence man today admitted to trafficking cocaine through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island, and to shipping packages containing cash to Puerto Rico.

 

 Appearing before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith, Eliot Figueroa-Rosario, 44, pled guilty to attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, announced United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Boston Division Joseph W. Cronin, and Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

 

According to court documents, for more than a year, United States Postal Inspection Service inspectors conducted an investigation into Figueroa-Rosario’s drug trafficking activities and his involvement in a series of packages shipped to and from Puerto Rico. 

 

In May 2017 and May 2018, Figueroa-Rosario was captured on video surveillance shipping parcels to Puerto Rico from the U.S. Postal Service Providence Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). A court-authorized search of the packages found them to contain $16,000 and $26,000 respectively. The cash was seized by law enforcement.

 

On June 15, 2018, a Priority Mail package mailed three days earlier from Puerto Rico and addressed to Figueroa-Rosario’s Providence residence was intercepted from the mail stream at the P&DC. The package was examined by a Rhode Island State Police K-9, which detected the presence of a narcotic odor. A federal court-authorized inspection of the contents of the package revealed 1160 grams of cocaine.

 

Several days later a Postal Service Inspection undercover agent delivered the package to Figueroa-Rosario’s residence. Figueroa-Rosario accepted the package and was arrested.

 

A court-authorized search of the residence by U.S. Postal Inspectors and members of the Rhode Island State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force resulted in the seizure of, among other items, evidence of packages shipped from Puerto Rico to Figueroa-Rosario’s residence and $6,500 in cash found hidden in a floor vent.

 

Figueroa-Rosario is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15, 2019.

 

Attempted possession with attempt to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine is punishable by statutory penalties of 5-40 years of imprisonment; a term of supervised release of at least 4 years and up to life; and a fine of $5,000,000.

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Patriots Friday Practice and Injury Report


Tom Brady and Rob Grownkowski were removed from the Patriots Injury Report earlier this week after a walk through Friday practice in Foxboro prior to the Patriots leaving T-F Green Airport in their specially designed aircraft to meet the Dolphins Sunday in Hard Rock Stadium. 

Kick at 1 on WSAR...pregame coverage on the Patriots Radio Network at 10am Sunday Morning. 

 

Patriots are 7.5 point road favorites...

 

 

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Kennedy on Medicare for All


Republished from ''The Hill''.com

 

 

 

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) says he “would hope” to be able to support a revised "Medicare for all" bill next year, but said he has concerns with the current version of the bill.

 

Adding Kennedy as a co-sponsor of the Medicare for all bill would be a major boost in momentum for the effort, bringing on board a rising Democratic star whose legendary family has long been a leader in the push for universal health care.


Kennedy has come under pressure from progressive activists to support the current version of the Medicare for all bill, known as H.R. 676. But Kennedy told The Hill that his concerns with the way the current bill is written prevent him from signing on.


Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) is working on a revised version of the bill to introduce in the new session of Congress in January.


“I would hope I would be able to support that,” Kennedy said of the revised measure.


He says his concerns about the current bill include that it includes restrictions on abortion funding and could negatively affect investor-owned hospitals, which include Catholic hospitals in Massachusetts.


More broadly, he says the bill needs more vetting and detail, including spelling out how it would be paid for, and how its system of payment to doctors and hospitals would work.


The comments are a note of caution to progressives, who are energized at the prospect of voting on a Medicare for all bill now that Democrats have won back the House.


Kennedy said he “absolutely” supports the idea of single-payer health insurance, which has the government provide health insurance for everyone.


But he pointed to Republicans’ failure to repeal ObamaCare last year as a warning.


“I think that we have also seen over the course of the past two years that the details around health care actually matter,” Kennedy said.


“What I think needs to happen, which our Republican colleagues certainly did not do, to their detriment, is to actually come up with and put an awful lot of thought into what a strong single-payer bill would look like, and some of the alternatives, and actually flesh them out to get vetted,” he added.


Republicans have attacked the need for tax increases to pay for the trillions of dollars in costs of a Medicare for all, single-payer system.


“I think everybody's clear that taxes are going to have to go up in order to finance this,” Kennedy said, adding that the details of who gets taxed more matter. “How does that impact lower income families? How does it impact middle class families?” he said.


House Democrats are divided between progressives pushing for a vote on Medicare for all and more centrist members who want to take smaller, more measured steps to strengthen the Affordable Care Act.


Kennedy said he thinks “both” of those steps need to happen.


“There's no doubt that our country needs to continue this progress towards making sure that everybody gets access to health care that you need, when you need it, at a price you can afford,” he said. “That has been something that's one of the big driving motivators for me in my work here, it's been something that obviously members of my family have been working on for a very long time.”


 

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Cape Cod Federal Case


                              Cape Cod Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud
             Defendant involved in fraudulent lottery scheme defrauding victims of thousands of dollars

 


BOSTON – A Cape Cod woman pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to her role in a fraudulent lottery scheme.

Ashley Barrett, 26, of Hyannis, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for Feb. 26, 2019. On March 29, 2018, Barrett was arrested and was released from custody on conditions.

 

Between September 2013 and January 2016, Barrett and others devised a scheme to defraud elderly victims across the country by falsely representing to them that they had won millions of dollars in a lottery, and that, in order to receive their winnings, they had to pay a fee. The victims were directed to make payments to specific addresses. In July 2015, one victim mailed Barrett a check for $2,500, which Barrett deposited into one of her bank accounts.

 

The charging statute for mail fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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Fall River Break In Arrest


The Fall River Police Department issued a “Community Alert” earlier this week as a result of a series of breaking and entering crimes that had occurred specifically to equipment trailers and utility body trucks.

 

As a result of this alert, numerous tips were sent to the Major Crimes Division and an investigation lead by Detective Luis Vertentes and Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras was conducted.


Through video surveillance footage collected from scenes of the crimes and also from anonymous tips, a person of interest was developed and identified as Brandon Arruda (Age: 28).

 

It also was discovered by review of video surveillance that that suspect was wearing what appeared to be a GPS tracking anklet very similar to the ones issued while individuals are on probation.

 

It was also discovered that ARRUDA was in fact on probation and had been issued a GPS anklet. Further investigation with the assistance of Fall River District Court Probation Officer Mark Costa, Detectives learned that based on ARRUDA’s GPS history that he had been present at the majority of the reported break-ins.

 


Based on this information, an arrest warrant was sought and issued for ARRUDA. Detectives then were able to locate ARRUDA with aid of Probation. He was taken into custody without incident shortly after midnight this morning. ARRUDA faces numerous charges to include:


• B&E VEHICLE/BOAT NIGHTTIME FOR FELONY (5 Counts)
• LARCENY OVER $1,200 (2 Counts)
• BREAK INTO DEPOSITORY
• VANDALIZE PROPERTY (3 Counts)
• BREAK INTO DEPOSITORY, ATTEMPT TO
• PROBATION SUPERVISION VIOLATION


Without the assistance of the community this small crime spree would not have come to such a quick resolution. Also the vigilance of the Detectives who were assigned to this case worked around clock to bring this individual to justice.

 

The Fall River Police would like to thank all those that helped in identifying this suspect. ARRUDA will be arraigned in Fall River District Court on Monday, December 3, 2018 for the charges listed above.
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Rehoboth Chase and Accident


On Sunday 12/01/2018 at approximately 21:05 hrs. Officer Gil Lima observed a vehicle travelling west bound on Winthrop St. (Rt.44) at a high rate of speed.

 

 He attempted to stop that vehicle at which time the suspect accelerated and began to pass several cars in an attempt to allude Officer Lima.  

 

He was able to catch up to the suspect vehicle in the area of Williams St.

 

The suspect then reversed direction before continuing northbound on Williams St. Upon reaching the intersection at Anawan St. the vehicle lost control and struck a tree directly in front of the Police and Fire headquarters.

 

The suspect then continued South on Anawan St. before turning back west bound on Winthrop St..

 

The suspect continued to operate in an unsafe manner travelling at extremely high rates of speed and passing vehicles in an unsafe manner. Officer Lima lost sight of the vehicle and the Seekonk Police were advised of the vehicle description.

 

A short time later Officer Lima and Seekonk Officers found that the suspect vehicle had again crashed, this time just over the Seekonk line on Rt.44. The large SUV had crossed into the eastbound lane, struck the guardrail, continued for a short distance before striking a tree.

 

The suspect had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Seekonk Fire Department and was later transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
 
The suspect was identified Jonathan Cruz 33 years old of Rehoboth. Cruz will be summonsed in on the following charges:
Failure to Stop for Police, Operating to Endanger, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Speeding, Failure to Yield, Marked Lanes Violations
 

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