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WSAR NEWS Archives for 2019-02

New Bedford Parking Ban Tickets

The City of New Bedford will void traffic tickets related to the snow emergency parking ban on Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18.


Residents will not have to pay any fines for violations of the weekend’s snow ban, and can disregard tickets placed on their vehicles. 


The announcement of the weekend parking ban was made to local media, who widely reported the ban. The City’s announcement was also posted on City social media pages.


However, due to a technical issue, the ban announcement was not posted on the City of New Bedford homepage, A homepage posting is standard practice as a backstop for providing information to city residents. Residents are encouraged to continue to monitor local media closely as the primary information source during snow emergencies.

Traffic tickets issued due to the snow parking ban – which began at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 17 and ended at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18 – will be voided. Any resident who has already paid snow parking ban tickets for this period will receive a refund.


Using Cash In Rhode Island

Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) has introduced legislation that would protect the rights of customers to pay for things in cash.

“More and more retailers are shifting to cashless transactions in other parts of the country for various reasons,” said Representative Ackerman. “From a consumer perspective, this could have a negative impact on working class customers, senior citizens and college students who don’t have credit cards.”

The legislation (2019-H 5116) would make it unlawful for any retail establishment offering goods or services for sale to discriminate against a prospective customer by requiring the use of credit for purchase of goods or services.

“The U.S. dollar is legal tender and should be accepted at any retail establishment in Rhode Island,” said Representative Ackerman. “Others might not want to share their purchasing habits, which can be tracked by using a credit card and used to build a profile on a consumer’s spending tendencies. Cash transactions also make identity theft more difficult.”

According to a survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, about 8 percent of households have no bank account and only 75 percent of American adults have credit cards.

“Given the age requirements for credit cards, a cashless policy creates a type of age discrimination that we should not be tolerating,” said Representative Ackerman. “Businesses still have an obligation to be accessible to everybody — not just those who have a credit card.”

The bill, which is cosponsored by Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), Majority Whip John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth), Representatives Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) and Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence), has been referred to the House Corporations Committee.


Gasoline This Week

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

AAA’s February 18 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.35 per gallon.


The Massachusetts price is four cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.31. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was fifteen cents higher at $2.50.  

“Crude oil prices have continued their ascent in recent days, due to a growing belief that global supplies are tightening,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “The start of refinery maintenance season plus the increased demand that comes with milder weather could start to pull pump prices higher over the coming weeks.”

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 88 cents, from a low of $2.17 to a high of $3.05.


Fall River Arraignment

A 16-year-old Fall River juvenile male who was arrested last Thursday in connection to last week’s homicide of 17-year-old William Wheeler in Fall River waived rendition in Rhode Island this morning and will be arraigned today at 2 p.m. 

in Fall River District Court on a single count of murder.

The defendant can now be publicly identified as Michael Holloway, 16, of Fall River.  He is currently being transported back to Massachusetts by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to this office. 

The defendant was arrested last Thursday night in West Warwick, RI in connection to the Wednesday night/Thursday morning homicide in Fall River.

Fall River Police, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office and Homicide Unit prosecutors  continue to investigate the homicide.


At around 11:55 P.M.. on Wednesday night, Fall River Police responded to a 911 call regarding a young male being stabbed during an altercation at 96 Fountain Street.


 When first responders arrived on scene, they found Mr. Wheeler lying on the floor of the apartment suffering from an apparent stab wound.  


The victim was rushed to St. Anne's Hospital where he was declared deceased at 12:42 A.M.. Thursday morning


Bristol County Most Wanted Fugitives Initiative

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, joined by police chiefs from throughout the county and members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, today announced a Bristol County Most Wanted Fugitives Initiative and anonymous tip program aimed at tracking down the county’s worst fugitives.


During a press conference held at White’s of Westport this morning, DA Quinn unveiled a new website that will routinely update the public about the violent fugitives still on the loose in our communities.  In conjunction with this website, DA Quinn also announced a new anonymous tip program designed specifically to give the general public the opportunity to assist us in locating and apprehending these fugitives from justice. 


The Bristol County Most Wanted Fugitives webpage, which can be found on both Facebook at and via our website will be updated regularly and will highlight specific fugitives from justice.  The list of fugitives will include information about the criminal cases, information about the defendant’s ties to the community and any other connections to the area.  The webpage will also include information on how to provide an anonymous tip to assist us in locating and apprehending these fugitives.


Members of the public will be able to either anonymously send in a tip via text message or anonymously submit a tip via the web at .  To text in a tip, all a citizen has to do is text the keyword “Bristol” to the phone number CRIMES (274637).  After typing in the word “Bristol,” the citizen can then type in the tip they want to provide.  The text will be received by a member of our state police unit and the state trooper will have the ability to respond to the text to seek more information or get a clarification about the tip.  No state trooper or anyone from our office will have access to the tipster’s actual phone number because when the tip is sent by the citizen it is first routed to Canada and then assigned a random non-existent phone number.  This assures complete anonymity for the tipster.


Since internally beginning this initiative in August, we have already located and captured 10 fugitives who defaulted on serious Superior Court cases.


“Massachusetts is drowning in hundreds of thousands of open warrants.  While many of the cases involve minor offenses, there are, however, many violent and serious offenders with open arrest and default warrants who are walking the streets of our communities every day.  This has been an issue I have taken very seriously during my 20 year career as a prosecutor.  While we have aggressively tracked down fugitives during my tenure as the district attorney and first assistant district attorney, this initiative will bring added attention and resources to this important public safety issue,” District Attorney Quinn said. “With the public’s assistance and the media shining its spotlight on this growing problem, it is our hope that we can track down violent offenders who skip court and never show up to face the charges. The message here today should be clear: You simply will not get a pass when you skip court and try to evade prosecution.”


The Nips Debate

The Digital Edition of ''The Gloucester Daily Times'' is reporting that Gloucester may join at least two suburban Boston Communities urging the Commonwealth to clamp down on litter by adding Nip Bottles to the list of beverage containers that require 5 cent deposits at the time of purchase. 


Gloucester is also set to ask that single use water bottles be added to the current law regarding plastic bottles and cans, as they are in Connecticut. 


Any Changes to the Massachusetts law would likely require voter approval. 


Gloucester has recently banned plastic bags and certain types of food containers. 










Taunton Stabbing Death

Two individuals have been placed under arrest and are being charged with crimes connected to this afternoon's homicide in Taunton, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III and Taunton Police Chief Edward Walsh announced.


Richard Mulcahy, 37, who has ties to Taunton, Weymouth and Florida, will be charged with murder and armed robbery.


Danielle Delory, 35, of Taunton is being charged with armed robbery as of Thursday Night. 


Both defendants will be arraigned tomorrow morning in Taunton District Court.


The investigation into the homicide of 50-year-old Taunton resident Robert Hickey remains under investigation at this time by Taunton Police, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to this office and Homicide Unit prosecutors.


At around 3:45 pm today Taunton Police responded to the area of 33 White Street for a report of an ongoing altercation.


 When first responders arrived on scene, they located a male victim who was bleeding from an apparent stab wound.  Mr. Hickey was rushed to Morton Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 4:20 pm.


Fall River Stabbing

Fall River Police, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office and Homicide Unit prosecutors are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred in the City of Fall River during the overnight hours.


At around 11:55 p.m. last night, Fall River Police responded to a 911 call regarding a young male being stabbed during an altercation at 96 Fountain Street.  


When first responders arrived on scene, they found the victim, 17-year-old William Wheeler, lying on the floor of the apartment suffering from an apparent stab wound.  


The victim was rushed to St. Anne's Hospital where he was declared deceased at 12:42 a.m.


The investigation is extremely active, fluid and ongoing at this time. No one is in custody as of this hour.


Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, no further information can be released at this time.


See The Lombardi Trophy This Weekend

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champions for the sixth time in team history and the third time in the last five years! We want you to be a part of the championship celebration. The parade is over, but the party is not!


Purchase tickets to The Patriots Hall of Fame this weekend to take your photo with the Super Bowl LIII Vince Lombardi Trophy from Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10.


We strongly encourage you to buy tickets for the weekend online in advance as time slots will likely sell out. Click here to purchase tickets (admission to The Hall is required).


Below is a full list of dates and times the trophy will be available for photos:


Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

We ask that you bring your own camera and please understand that if lines are long, we will need to, at our discretion, limit the number of photos taken and restrict to one per person/group.


Additionally, to keep the line moving, we will not allow guests to take the same photo with multiple cameras. We respectfully ask you to share the photo within your group.



Want to avoid the wait in line? We will offer a members only line that provides Hall of Fame members priority access to the trophy on an alternating basis. It is not too late to join The Hall’s exclusive team. For more membership information or to purchase, please visit or call 508-698-4800.



F.R.P.D Press Release - Jan 22. South Main Street Shooting

     On January 22nd, 2019 at approximately 1:00 pm a shooting took place in broad daylight on South Main Street in our city. At that time the suspect fled the area. After an exhaustive investigation, lead investigator Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras along with members of FRPD Major Crimes and Special Operations Division pieced together numerous witness statements and security camera footage to identify a suspect and obtain a warrant for the arrest of that suspect.


The Suspect:


Rodney Z. Jette 10/02/2000 of 571 Plymouth Avenue Fall River is wanted on charges of:


•        Carry/Possession of non large capacity firearm without LTC

•        Carrying a Firearm without a license in public,

•        Attempt to commit A&B by discharging a firearm,

•        Vandalizing property 3 Counts,

•        Discharging a Firearm within 500 Feet of a Building



     As part of the South Main Street investigation, On Wednesday, February 6th,2019 at approximately 11:45 am Officers Gregory J. Homan and Erick Bettencourt of the Special Operation Divisions Gang Unit were canvassing the area of Tecumseh and Blackstone Streets when they observed Kevin M. Nunes 03/31/2000.

     Mr. Nunes is a person of interest with possible connections to the Snell and Terrance Streets Shooting 01/30/2019 and the December 26th, 2018 Tecumseh Street Shooting. Officer Homen circled the block and while traveling east on Tecumseh, both Officers observed Nunes walk up a stairway on the east side of a residence. Officer Homen parked the cruiser, and both he and Bettencourt exited and walked toward the house. When they reached the house, they observed Nunes walking out to the sidewalk from the west side of the house.

     Officers approached Mr. Nunes, who appeared startled, was breathing heavily, and was visibly nervous to the point his hands were shaking. Knowing Nunes lived at 224 Kennedy Street, Officers asked him about his purpose for entering the Tecumseh Street yard. Nunes replied he was “in a bad mood” and “just out for a walk”. Knowing the area was the scene of a recent shooting, Nunes’ residence being on Kennedy Street, and his visibly nervous condition, Officers detained Nunes and had him sit on the curb.

     Officer Homen went to the rear of the house while Officer Bettencourt asked Nunes who lived in the house and who was he there to visit. Nunes didn’t reply but began sending and receiving text messages. While in the rear of the residence, Officer Homen observed trash barrels, furniture, children’s toys, trash, and cardboard boxes. Behind the boxes against the house, he observed a firearm. As Officer Homen made the discovery, Nunes took off running but was quickly apprehended several yards away by Officers Jose Dapedra, Michael Hadaya, and Bettencourt.

Nunes was subsequently transported to the Police Station.

     While being booked on the firearms charge, a call was dispatched that there was a breaking and entering in progress at 224 Kennedy Street. This is the home of Kevin Nunes. Witnesses stated two men, one Caucasian about 5’10, wearing a black ski mask, black jacket, and blue jeans, the other male was described as black about 5’10”, wearing a black ski mask, brown jacket and blue jeans were observed coming up from the basement. After a confrontation, the males fled in a Black Lexus. There were no signs of forced entry, nothing appeared to be missing. A consent search of the residence was performed with the permission of the residents with the exception of Mr. Nunes’ room. No further evidence was located.

     The vehicle used by Mr. Nunes was located a block away from where he was arrested and the owner of that vehicle gave consent to search it before he took possession of it. Officer Hadaya located two large bags of marihuana (approx. 2lbs total), Officer Dapedra located a scale and Detective John McDonald located ‘GLAD’ sandwich bags in the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle stated those items were not there prior to him letting Mr. Nunes use the vehicle.

A search warrant was obtained for Mr. Nunes room on Kennedy Street. There police located over 19,000 in cash and 2 rounds of ammunition for a firearm and a small amount of marihuana.



     Kevin M. Nunes 03/31/2000 of 224 Kennedy Street Fall River is charged with:


•        Carry/Possession of Large Capacity Firearm/Feeding Device

•        Carry/Possession of Large Capacity Firearm/Feeding Device

•        Carrying a Firearm without a license in public

•        Possession of Ammunition w/o FID

•        Possession of Ammunition w/o FID

•        Trespass w/ Firearm

•        Vandalize Property

•        Possession to Distribute a Class D Substance




Somerset State of the Town

     The Digital Edition of the ''Spectator'' is reporting that the Chair of the Somerset Board of Selectmen, Holly MacNamara is proposing a state of the town address, with various department heads explaining how money is spent, collected, and what the municipal and school department financial future might be. 
     The ''Spectator'' is reporting that a similar event happened nearly four years ago. 
     With a pair of de-commissioned power plants, including the Brayton Point Power Plant, an expected loss of revenue was built into an overlay account.
     Budgets for various departments were also approved at town meeting in May.


JCIII Status Conference Postponed

A pre trial interim status conference involving Federal Prosecutors and Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II that was set for next week at the Moakley Court House in Boston has been postponed till April 23 at 2pm, with status documents to be filed in mid April. 


In documents filed Thursday Morning, Federal Prosecutors and Correia's Defense Attorney, Kevin Reddington, indicated that there were no pending discovery requests after government produced more than 18,000 pages of automatic discovery in November 2018.


In documents filed Thursday Morning, the parties have no had any plea discussions, indicating as well that if the case does go to trial, the government expects a trial in United States of America versus Jasiel Correia II to last two to three weeks. 







Swansea Mall Aftermath

     While the bulk of last night's Swansea Board of Selectmen focused on issues involving discussions with a pair of marijuana dispensaries, the issue of last week's announcement of the closure of the Swansea Mall was debated near the end of the session, as Selectman Chris Carreiro indicated that economic development needed a boost. Carreiro says Swansea is suffering from economic distress in the aftermath of the announcement of the closing of the mall. It will close on the final day of March; The Macy's anchor store will close one week prior to the final closing of the entire complex. 


Michelle Carter Supreme Judicial Court Update

     The Digital Edition of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court has ruled unanimously in a 33 page ruling that Michelle Carter acted with criminal intent when she texted and called Conrad Roy lll during the relationship between the two, ultimately convincing him to take his own life. 
     Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 months in prison during a bench trial in 2017. 
     Carter's defense team argued that her text messages, phone calls and e-mails with Roy, which were referenced in the ruling, were forms of free speech and protected by the First Amendment. 
     Carter was 17 and just one month out of a psychiatric hospital when prosecutors charged that she urged Roy, who was 18, to end his life on the night of July 13, 2014 in his pickup truck, in a Fairhaven parking lot.


Multiple Accidents In Somerset

     The Superintendent of the Somerset Public School District tells WSAR News that there were two accidents that happened almost simultaneously Wednesday morning around 7:30 a.m at different locations.

     The first accident happened on Read Street in Somerset, involving what Schoonver termed as a regular yellow bus; the driver of the second vehicle involved in the accident was taken to the Somerset Police Department Headquarters and is being booked on an O.U.I count involving narcotics. 
     The second accident happened at virtually the same time as the first; Schoonover tells WSAR News that it involved a special ed van owned by the Somerset Public School District; The accident happened at the intersection of Brayton Avenue and old Route 6 near the Somerset Pizza Hut location. 
     There were no students in the van at the time of the accident; Schoonover tells WSAR News that a second mini-van ran through a stop sign, hitting the Somerset public school van, which ended up on one side.

     The driver of the Somerset special ed van was taken to a local medical facility and is in stable condition. 


Fall River Flag Raising

On Monday, February 4th at 12pm the City of Fall River will be raising the Pan-African Flag in celebration and recognition of Black History Month.  


This will be the first Pan-African flag raising for the City of Fall River. 


Flag Raisings are a regular occurance in New Bedford, where several nation's flags are raised on an annual basis. 


Patriots Parade

The Patriots will hold their Super Bowl LIII Championship Parade Tuesday Morning in Boston as the parade will step off a 11am. 

While the campus of URI had some issues Sunday Night after the Patriots secured their 6th NFL Championship, the city of Boston was relatively quiet. 

One of the aspects of the parade is how Boston Police will will react to cans of beer tossed at the various duck boats, in a tradition that began during the last Patriots parade; it continued in October 2018, when the World Series Trophy was damaged by a can hitting it. 

The Lombardi Trophy will likely make the same trip. 


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