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Where Will Xander Land?

The Digital Edition of the Boston Globe is reporting that Shortstop Xander Bogarts has met with several clubs prior to the start of the Baseball WInter Meetings in San Diego, while the Red Sox may be waiting to see what the market is for the 30-year-old, who has earned a pair of World Series Rings with the Sox. 

 

Bogarts opted out of his current deal to test free agency; San Diego, the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Philles are among the organizations that have expressed an interest in Bogarts. 

 

 

Major Fire in Lincoln, RI

Firefighters battled a massive fire at a building early Friday morning. According to NBC 10 in Providence, heavy smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the building that housed a furniture business in Lincoln. Assistant Fire Chief Robert Fisher says firefighters initially entered the building and found a fire in the basement saying crews were eventually called back and units took a defensive posture against the fire. A three-alarm fire was initiated and extra crews were called in from surrounding communities.The building will have to be demolished as several floors caved in.

 

No injuries have been reported as investigations continue.

Energy Fair in Fall River

According to ABC 6 in Providence, With energy prices on the rise, an Energy Fair took place yesterday to help people find a plan that works for them. The event took place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall in Fall River. Liberty representatives, utility providers, and community organizations were at the fair to assist anyone interested in learning more about cost-efficient energy plans. Attendees of the event had the option of enrolling in a program with payment plans, financial assistance, or a specialty payment program.

Recreational Marijuana Locations in Rhode Island Now Open

According to ABC 6 in Providence, the first legal sale of recreational marijuana in Rhode Island opened early this morning. RISE in Warwick, which opened to customers at 5:45 a.m. after a ribbon cutting. RISE is one of five locations starting the sale of adult-use recreational marijuana, now allowed by state law.

 

Locations in Providence, Portsmouth, Central Falls, and Pawtucket will also open later today.

A Busy Cyber Monday Recorded in Fall River

Latest reports show that this past Cyber Monday, was in full swing at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Fall River recording a record-breaking year. According to ABC 6 in Providence, the warehouse is where the online orders are sent and where the first stop in the delivery process is handled. The Fall River location shipped over 80,000 packages out this past Monday. With 1,200 employees from around the area, staff says even though Cyber Monday is one day, the shipment and volume of packages going out will consistently be in large numbers through the week.

Second Arrest Made in 11-3-22 Shooting in Fall River

On November 3, 2022, at approximately 2:40pm, officers responded to the 300 block of America St. after receiving reports of shots fired in the area. Responding units were advised that there was a male on the ground, bleeding from the stomach.


Upon arrival, officers located the victim, who sustained two (2) gunshot wounds, one to his abdomen and the other to his left arm. He would later be transported to Rhode Island Hospital for medical care. He has since been released and is recovering from his injuries.


Investigators on scene were able to locate evidence of the shooting incident in the form of spent shell casings and blood. During his investigation, Detective Adam Talbot learned that moments before the shooting, the victim had engaged in an argument with two males on America St. After a physical altercation occurred with one male, the other male responded by firing several rounds in the direction of the victim.


Det. Talbot was able to identify the two males as, 24-year-old Gilberto Velazquez-Arce, and 27-year-old Nestly Lewis.


Update:


As previously communicated, Arce was arrested and charged in connection with the incident on November 30, 2022.


With the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, Nestly Lewis was apprehended on November 29, 2022 in Randolph, MA.


Lewis is charged with assault and battery by discharging a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, carry loaded firearm in public without a license to carry, and discharging a firearm within 500 ft. of a dwelling.
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The FRPD Response to Hoar Arrest

The Fall River Police Department has been officially notified that Officer Nicholas M. Hoar was arrested today and charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and two counts of false reports.

 

When the department was notified of the complaint against Officer Hoar, he was immediately placed on paid administrative leave. 

 

After consultation with the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it was determined that the best course of action was to have the FBI conduct the investigation. Effective immediately, Officer Hoar has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

 

An internal investigation is currently underway. We will work with our law enforcement partners to gather as much information as possible to further our investigation. All information regarding our investigation will be forwarded to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission.

 

No further comment at this time.

Fall River Police Officer Indicted for Civil Rights Violations and False Reports

U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Fall River Police Officer was arrested today in connection with an alleged assault with a baton on a man in Fall River Police custody.

 

Nicholas M. Hoar, 35, was indicted on one count of deprivation of rights under color of law and two counts of false reports. Hoar was arrested this morning and will appear in federal court in Boston today at 1:45pm before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell.

 

According to the indictment, on Dec. 21, 2020, while on duty as an officer with the Fall River Police Department, Hoar struck an individual who had been arrested in the forehead with a baton, resulting in bodily injury to the arrestee. The indictment further alleges that, on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22, 2020, Hoar submitted two reports which omitted any mention of the fact that he had struck the arrestee in the forehead with a baton. 

 

The charge of deprivation of rights under color of law resulting in bodily injury provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of false reports provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

 

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina E. Barclay of Rollins’ Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting the case.

 

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated November 30, 2022

Dartmouth Septic Concerns Homeowners

Dartmouth residents attended a meeting last night to learn more about a proposal that would require them to upgrade their septic systems. According to CBS 12 in Providence, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management is proposing the changes in an effort to control the amount of nitrogen pollution entering waterways. Dartmouth Board of Health Director Christopher Michaud said the proposal could financially impact around 2 thousand residents living in what are described as nitrogen sensitive areas. This could cost homeowners upwards of $50,000 to upgrade their septic systems, not including the cost of maintaining it.

United States in Round of 16 at FIFA World Cup

The United States has knocked off Iran by a final of 1-0 to advance to the Round of 16 in FIFAs World Cup.

 The United States had draws with England and Wales and beat Iran to advance from Group H. 

 

The United States will deal with the Netherlands in the Knock Out Round Saturday Morning at 9am EST. 

Martha's Vineyard Immigrants Add Plane Company, Its CEO, and High-Level Florida Officials As Defendants In Federal Class Action Lawsuit

Amended Complaint Details Orchestrated Plan To Deceive Immigrants 
 
November 29, 2022
 
Boston – Today, attorneys from Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR) filed an amended complaint in the federal class action challenging the scheme perpetrated by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and others to fly immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard under false pretenses.  Since the filing of the original complaint, LCR has been joined by the Boston-based firm Foley Hoag LLP, which is providing representation pro bono in this litigation.
 
In addition to adding new factual allegations and claims under federal and state law, the amended complaint adds as Defendants the plane company that flew the migrants (Vertol Systems Company, Inc.) its CEO, Florida’s “Public Safety Czar,” Governor DeSantis’s Chief of Staff, and Perla Huerta, the former spy who spearheaded the deceptive recruitment of immigrants.
 
Drawing on a trove of public records released since LCR brought the case in September, the filing paints a detailed picture of a coordinated scheme at the highest levels of the Florida government. The 86-page amended complaint outlines how DeSantis and his co-conspirators hatched and executed a plan to induce vulnerable Latinx immigrants in Texas to board privately chartered flights through false promises of jobs, shelter, and immigration assistance. 
 
Text messages and other documents show, for example, that Lawrence Keefe, Florida’s “Public Safety Czar,” and James Uthmeier, Governor DeSantis’s Chief of Staff, were intimately involved in the plot from inception through to execution. 
 
The amended complaint also outlines a web of involvement from Vertol Systems Company, Inc., the politically-connected plane company that chartered the Martha’s Vineyard flights, and the infamous “Perla,” now identified as Perla Huerta. To date, Vertol has received over $1.5 million from the State of Florida for the scheme.
 
“All actors – public or private – involved in this effort to exploit our clients for political or monetary gain will be held accountable,” said Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, LCR’s Executive Director.  “Let this be a warning to anyone thinking about becoming involved in a deceptive scheme like this in the future: do so at your peril.”  
 
“This was an abhorrent abuse of power, and we will work to ensure that nothing like it happens again,” said Oscar Chacon, Executive Director of Alianza Americas. “Using human beings as political props is both morally repugnant and illegal.”
 
The case is Alianza Americas et al. v. DeSantis et al., Case No. 22-CV-11550 (D. Mass.). It is pending before U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs in Boston, MA. 

The amended complaint is attached and available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Marthas-Vineyard-Amended-Class-Action-Complaint.pdf

Nomination Papers Now Available for Ward 3 Preliminary Special Election in New Bedford

Schedule announced for Ward 3 Preliminary and Special Election

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The Board of Election Commissioners is advising the public that nomination papers are now available for the Ward 3 Preliminary Special Election.

Candidates can pick up their nomination papers, election calendar, and information packet at City Hall located at 133 William Street Room 114 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Before issuance of nomination papers, candidates must sign a statement containing the person’s name, address, and the office the person intends to seek. Anyone other than the candidate must present a signed authorization to secure papers on their behalf. 

Candidates must obtain at least 50 certified signatures to be eligible to appear on the preliminary ballot scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2023. In the Preliminary Special Election, New Bedford Ward 3 voters will be casting their votes for Councilor for the remainder of Councilor Hugh Dunn’s term.

The last day to submit nomination papers to the Board of Election Commissioners is December 6, 2022, at 5 p.m. 

The Board of Election Commissioners has released the schedule lining up for the Ward 3 Special Election that will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

Schedule:

DECEMBER 6            Last day and hour to submit nomination papers to the Board of Election 
 5:00 P.M.                    Commissioners for the certification of signatures.

DECEMBER 20          Last day and hour to officially accept nominations once signatures are 
5:00 P.M.                     certified with the Board of Election Commissioners.

DECEMBER 22          Last day and hour for filing withdrawals or objections to nomination
5:00 P.M.                      papers with the Board of Election Commissioners.      
                                     

JANUARY 13              5:00 P.M.  Last day to register to vote for the Preliminary Election.
                                   
JANUARY 17             5:00 PM Last day and hour to apply for a mail-in or absentee preliminary ballot.

JANUARY 21             9:00 A.M TO 12 Noon Saturday Absentee Voting, City Hall, Room 114

JANUARY 23              Last day and hour to apply for an in-person absentee preliminary ballot.
12:00 P.M. 

JANUARY 24             PRELIMINARY ELECTION - POLLS OPEN 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

JANUARY 31             Last day and hour to file recount petition with Board of Election 
5:00 P.M.                     Commissioners.


FEBRUARY 17             Last day to register to vote for the Ward 3 Special Election.
5:00 P.M.

FEBRUARY 21           5:00 PM Last day and hour to apply for a mail-in or absentee election ballot.

FEBRUARY 25           Absentee Voting, City Hall, Room 114
9:00 A.M - 12 P.M. (NOON)

FEBRUARY 27           Last day and hour to apply for the in-person absentee election ballot.

FEBRUARY 28           Ward 3 Special Election - Polls open 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

MARCH 10                   Last day and hour to file for a recount for the Election 5:00 P.M.
 

Coalition formed to improve access to public higher ed Higher Ed For All releasing campaign platform Dec. 1 at State House

Citing costs and a lack of support at public colleges and universities that are creating barriers to student success, a labor and education coalition will present its priorities for actions and funding at a State House event beginning at 11 a.m. in Room 428, on Thursday, Dec. 1.

 

Union educators formed the Higher Ed For All coalition to improve access to public colleges and universities in Massachusetts and to ensure that students are properly supported for success once they enter the public higher education system.

 

According to the Higher Ed For All coalition, approximately 700,000 adults in Massachusetts have attended college but never graduated. Tens of thousands of Massachusetts high school graduates will not enroll in college. The high cost of higher education — even when pursued at a public college or university — is a significant barrier for many potential students. Other reasons that contribute to potential students either not enrolling or ultimately dropping out relate to the lack of programs that support nontraditional and first-generation college students.

 

Speakers at the event will include:
•    Max Page, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. 
•    Beth Kontos, president of the American Federation of Teachers – Massachusetts.
•    Anneta Argyres, president of the Professional Staff Union at UMass Boston.  
•    Clare Sheedy, UMass Amherst student who has a double major and is a Master of Public Health candidate.
•    Claudine Barnes, president of the Massachusetts Community College Council.
•    Phyllis Keenan, adjunct faculty at Greenfield Community College.
•    Colin Jones, senior policy analyst at Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.   
•    Joanna Gonsalves, faculty at Salem State University.

 

State Senator Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, and state Representative Natalie Higgins, D-Leominster, will also attend the event.

 

In a statement, the coalition said: “Improving access to higher education and the chances for students to be successful in college will enhance communities and the economy across the Commonwealth. It is time to treat access to higher education as a public good — a public necessity, really — just as we treat access to K-to-12 education.”
 

MassDOT Announces New "Name A Snowplow" Contest for Massachusetts Elementary Schools

Students statewide are encouraged to submit contest applications to help name 12 state-owned snowplows

Application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 23


BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the launch of a new “Name A Snowplow” contest for statewide elementary school students in Massachusetts.  The contest seeks to solicit names for 12 MassDOT snowplows that will be in service for the upcoming 2022/2023 winter season.

 

The purpose of the contest is to celebrate the snow and ice season and to help recognize all of the hard work and dedication shown by public works employees and contractors during the winter season.  

 

“We are excited to provide elementary school students with an opportunity to have some fun this winter season by helping to name a snowplow,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Jamey Tesler. “The contest is a great way for younger students to take some time to have fun, be creative, work together to identify proposed names and be part of a new state government initiative, and we encourage all statewide schools to participate.”

 

“This contest is a fun way to celebrate winter and recognize the hard work that is performed by hundreds of employees and vendors statewide who work around the clock during major weather events,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, “We want to raise awareness of this work and to give kids and residents a sense of connection to the Highway Division and the public servants working to keep residents safe and the economy moving during snowstorms.”

 

Applications for the Snowplow Naming Contest are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23, 2022, and can be submitted by using an online portal at this link.  There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted per school. The contest winners are anticipated to be announced on Friday, January 6, 2023, and will be invited to participate in a scheduled snowplow unveiling event.
  
A selection panel composed of MassDOT employees will choose two elementary school classroom winners that are located within each of the six Highway Division districts.  The winning submissions will be evaluated based on two grade-level categories: 1) kindergarten through fourth grade; and 2) fifth grade through eighth grade.  

 

For more information on the contest, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/name-a-snowplow-contest-2022-23.

Questions regarding the contest can be emailed to MassDOTSnowplowContest@dot.state.ma.us.
 

Patriots Bills Opening Line

The Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots have drawn the NFL assignment of back-to-back Thursday Night Games, as each team was part of the trio of Thanksgiving Day Games, and now will meet this coming Thursday on WSAR, with a coverage start time of 5:30 and the kick off at 8:20. 

 

The Patriots are five point home underdogs with the over/under at 43.5

Overnight Closure of Ramp from I-195 Westbound to Route 79/138 Northbound

Closure will be in place from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30

Detour will be in place

 
FALL RIVER - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be temporarily closing the ramp from I-195 westbound to Route 79/138 northbound in Fall River.  The ramp closure will take place from 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, to 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, and is needed to allow crews to safely and efficiently conduct routine bridge inspections.

The following detour will be in place during the closure:
•    Vehicles traveling on I-195 westbound will be directed to exit onto Central Street (exit 5).
•    Follow to traffic signal and take a right onto Route 79/138 northbound.

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. 
 
All scheduled work is weather dependent and/or may be impacted due to an emergency situation. 
 
For information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:  
•    Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.  
•    Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.  
•    Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions. 
•    Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road. 
 

Fall River Traffic Fatal

A 22-year-old Fall River man died as a result of a single-vehicle crash on Route 195 in Westport on Thanksgiving morning.

At 2:07 am on November 24th, a motorist contacted emergency services to report a single motor vehicle crash on Interstate 195 West just prior to Exit 16 in Westport.  The caller advised that the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

Massachusetts State Police and Westport Fire officials were dispatched to the scene.  After the fire was extinguished, emergency personnel determined the sole occupant of the vehicle, Holdjer Decarvalho, was deceased.  No other vehicles appear to have been involved in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing
 

City of New Bedford Kicks off the Holiday Season

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The city’s holiday season kicks off this weekend, with the Downtown Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting on Saturday followed by the Clasky Common Tree Lighting on Sunday. Here are the details:

Downtown Holiday Stroll
Date and time: 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
(Rain date: 12 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10)
Location: Downtown New Bedford
Activities: (updates at the “dNB’s Holiday Stroll” event page on Facebook)
•    Santa, New Bedford Fire Museum Antique Fire Truck Rides, Southcoast Brass Band (Barkers Lane) 12 – 5 p.m.
•    Seaglass Theater Company Carolers, the Starchasers Fleet, the Winter Fairy (various locations) 12 – 5 p.m.
•    Story Time with Salty Santa and Ornament Craft Projects (Fishing Heritage Center) 12 – 5 p.m.
•    Kids’ Crafts and Hot Chocolate (various locations) 12 – 5 p.m.
•    Vendor Market (YWCA Southeastern MA) 1 – 5 p.m.
•    Meet & greet with Celebrity Puppeteer Bill Diamond (PLAY Arcade) 12 – 5 p.m.
•    Holiday Open House at the Nathan and Mary Johnson House (NB Historical Society) 12 – 5 p.m.
•    BuyBlackNB Holiday Market (New Bedford Whaling Museum) 12 – 5 p.m. plus entertainment (Alma Stomp Crew, Our Sisters’ School Soul Sisters, UMASS Dartmouth Gospel Choir, Pan African Dance Group, New Bedford Performing Arts Center Dancers 12:30 – 3 p.m.
•    Calico Makers’ Mini Market with DJ Anj Kepinski (Bristol Hall) 12 – 5 p.m.
•    Santa spotting throughout downtown
 
City of New Bedford Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting
Date and time: 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3
Location: Pleasant Street in front of Main Library downtown
Program:
•    Join Mayor Jon Mitchell, New Bedford City Council President Ian Abreu, and the New Bedford community for the annual tree-lighting celebration. This year’s emcee will be Armand Marchand, executive producer for New Bedford Festival Theater.
 
•    At 4:30 p.m., a parade will march from the bottom of William Street, near the Whaling Museum, to the library steps for the tree-lighting. The parade will feature the New Bedford High School marching band and color guard, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and surprise guests
 
•    Remarks at the library by Mayor Mitchell and Councilor Abreau will be followed by holiday songs by Miss New Bedford Tori Kalisz and Miss New Bedford Outstanding Teen Jaime St. Onge

•    Free hot chocolate will be offered courtesy of Community Services, Veterans Transition House, and New Life Church

•    United Way will have a toy drive box for children from infants to teenagers. All gifts must be unwrapped

Clasky Common Park Christmas Tree Lighting 
Date and time: 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4
Location: Clasky Common Park at County Street and Pope Street
Program:
•    Remarks by Mayor Mitchell and Councilor Abreau, followed by holiday songs by Miss New Bedford Tori Kalisz, Miss New Bedford Outstanding Teen Jaime St. Onge, and the Parker School Chorus

•    Guest appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus

•    United Way will have a toy drive box for children from infants to teenagers. All gifts must be unwrapped
 

Major Crash on I-195

According to CBS 12 in Providence, traffic was backed up for miles after a multi-car crash shut down I-195 on Friday. The crash that involved four vehicles happened on I-195 West near Exit 26 causing the westbound side of the highway to be shut down for nearly an hour due to low light conditions. Police said a 37-year-old New Bedford man was thrown from his car and suffered serious injuries as he was helped by a good Samaritan before being transported to the hospital.

 

Seven other people were also injured in the crash with the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time and remains under investigation.

New Bedford Fire Displaces 9 People; 3 Cats

According to CBS 12 in Providence, 9 people including 3 cats escaped a fire on Sidney Street in New Bedford early Saturday morning. The New Bedford Fire Department stated the tenants were woken up by the sound of smoke alarms, as the individuals on the first floor say they were able to see flames coming from the third floor of the apartment. The fire was caused by an accidental electrical event in the third-floor dining area as no firefighters or tenants were hurt. 

 

The tenants are now being assisted by the Red Cross and family members. 

Gas Buddy on Gasoline in New England This Week

Average gasoline prices in Massachusetts have fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.72/g today, according to GasBuddy's survey of 2,830 stations in Massachusetts.

 

Prices in Massachusetts are 2.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 32.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 7.9 cents in the last week and stands at $5.20 per gallon.

 

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Massachusetts was priced at $3.09/g yesterday while the most expensive was $5.19/g, a difference of $2.10/g. The lowest price in the state yesterday was $3.09/g while the highest was $5.19/g, a difference of $2.10/g.

 

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 12.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.52/g today. The national average is down 22.7 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 14.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

 

Historical gasoline prices in Massachusetts and the national average going back ten years:
November 28, 2021: $3.40/g (U.S. Average: $3.37/g) November 28, 2020: $2.06/g (U.S. Average: $2.11/g) November 28, 2019: $2.51/g (U.S. Average: $2.60/g) November 28, 2018: $2.67/g (U.S. Average: $2.50/g) November 28, 2017: $2.54/g (U.S. Average: $2.49/g) November 28, 2016: $2.16/g (U.S. Average: $2.13/g) November 28, 2015: $2.11/g (U.S. Average: $2.04/g) November 28, 2014: $2.89/g (U.S. Average: $2.78/g) November 28, 2013: $3.42/g (U.S. Average: $3.27/g) November 28, 2012: $3.59/g (U.S. Average: $3.41/g)

 

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Rhode Island- $3.68/g, down 7.2 cents per gallon from last week's $3.75/g.
Worcester- $3.73/g, down 6.6 cents per gallon from last week's $3.79/g.
Providence- $3.67/g, down 8.5 cents per gallon from last week's $3.75/g. 

 

"As millions of Americans hit the road for Thanksgiving, we saw gasoline prices continue dropping coast to coast last week, and a new record was set for the largest single day decline in the national average. In addition, 47 of the nation's 50 states have seen diesel prices falling as well, providing well-needed relief ahead of the holidays and helping to stem the rise in inflation," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "All the metrics look very positive for motorists as this week is likely to continue seeing falling gasoline prices, with many areas falling to the lowest level since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February. It's entirely possible the national average price of gasoline could fall under $3 per gallon by Christmas, which would be a huge gift to unwrap for motorists after a dizzying year at the pump
 

Durfee v New Bedford H-S Football

New Bedford knocked off Durfee by a 16-13 margin in Thanksgiving Day High School Football in a game that ended with a benches-clearing brawl at mid field  between players and coaches from both squads. 

 

New Bedford police indicated to WSAR News that there were no arrests; Streaming video broadcasts of the game showed NBPD Officers helping to clear the field as the fracas wound down. 

 

 

 

 

Fall River Shooting Arrest

On November 3, 2022, at approximately 2:40pm, officers responded to the 300 block of America St. after receiving reports of shots fired in the area. Responding units were advised that there was a male on the ground, bleeding from the stomach.


Upon arrival, officers located the victim. The victim sustained two (2) gunshot wounds, one to his abdomen and the other to his left arm. He would later be transported to Rhode Island Hospital for medical care.


Investigators on scene were able to locate evidence of the shooting incident in the form of spent shell casings and blood. During his investigation, Detective Adam Talbot learned that moments before the shooting, the victim had engaged in an argument with two males on America St.

 

After a physical altercation occurred with one male, the other male responded by firing several rounds in the direction of the victim.


Det. Talbot was able to identify the two males as, 24-year-old Gilberto Velazquez-Arce, and 27-year-old Nestly Lewis.


Velazquez-Arce was taken into custody by police on November 21, 2022 and charged with carrying a firearm without a license, accessory after the fact (assault and battery with a firearm), carry loaded firearm in public without license to carry, and discharging a firearm within 500 ft. of a dwelling.


Nestly Lewis is charged with assault and battery by discharging a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, carry loaded firearm in public without a license to carry, and discharging a firearm within 500 ft. of a dwelling.


Lewis has yet to be taken into police custody. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked not to intervene, but to contact the Fall River Police Department at 508-676-8511. Anonymous tips can be provided by dialing 508-672-TIPS (8477).

Portugal Moves On

The Portugese National Football Team moved on in Group H in The World Cup by a 3-2 final on Thursday. 

 

Portugal will meet Uruguay on Monday Afternoon, and South Korea on Friday Morning in Group H. 

 

 

 

 

Durfee v New Bedford at Fenway in 2023

Prior to the kickoff of Thursday's Durfee v New Bedford High School Football Game, it was confirmed that the 2023 version will happen the night of Wednesday, November 22, 2023, in Boston's Fenway Park. 

 

The Fenway Sports Group has expanded the various events at Fenway, including High School and College Hockey and other winter events prior to the baseball season. 

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