WSAR NEWS Archives for 2017-03

Tom Gets A Bonus Check

It’s been a good offseason for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is coming off the fifth Super Bowl championship of his illustrious career and had a pair of stolen Super Bowl jerseys recovered after a month-plus search. The Patriots also acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Saints, adding a dynamic 23-year-old playmaker to an offense that finished third in points per game last season.

Friday, the 39-year-old quarterback is due a $14 million deferred signing bonus stemming from a contract extension he signed with the team last offseason.

As part of that deal, Brady received a signing bonus of $28 million in total, paid out in two installments, one at the time of signing plus the $14 million due today.

It’s not uncommon for teams to pay out large signing or roster bonuses in multiple payments, as it’s a method of cash-flow management. Deferred payments have no impact on a team’s salary cap. Brady’s deferred payment of $14 million mirrors that due to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who signed an extension last June that included a $32 million signing bonus, paid out in two installments.

The good times continue to roll for Brady.

The Westport Indictments


Authorities Found More Than 1,400 Animals in Varying Levels of Distress; Defendants Indicted on 151 Counts


BOSTON — The owner of a Westport Farm and 26 tenants that rent out space on the property have been indicted on multiple charges of animal cruelty, making it the largest investigation of its kind in New England, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.


The 151-count animal cruelty indictment returned by a Statewide Grand Jury on Thursday is the result of an investigation by Westport Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Animal Rescue League of Boston. The investigation began in July 2016 when Westport Police were called about allegations of animal cruelty at a 70-acre farm in Westport owned by Richard Medeiros and rented out to multiple tenants.


“Hundreds of animals on this farm were kept in deplorable and dangerous conditions, with inadequate food, water, or shelter, many of them suffering from severe health ailments that required them to be euthanized,” said AG Healey. “As a result of our investigation, the owner of this farm and its tenants will be held responsible for the inhumane treatment of these animals.”


“The ASPCA is pleased to see these indictments handed down after providing months of care to get these animals on the road to recovery,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team. “The conditions in Westport were among the worst we have ever encountered and we commend Attorney General Healey for pursuing justice for these animals and hope the community will continue to make the welfare of animals a priority.”


“This situation is unparalleled to anything I’ve seen in my 37 years as an animal law enforcement officer. The sheer number of animals in dire need of care, and the cruel and unsanitary conditions we found were deplorable. It took an all-out effort of state and local officials along with multiple humane organizations to get all of those animals out of that horrible situation,” said Lt. Alan Borgal, Animal Rescue League of Boston.


“The alleged treatment and living conditions of these animals is unacceptable and inhumane, and the Department of Agricultural Resources greatly appreciates the unified team effort made by all the investigating agencies and organizations to ensure justice in this matter,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux. “Through inspections, licensing, awareness and education, the Department of Agricultural Resources remains committed to protecting the health and safety of domestic animals across the Commonwealth.”


            In July 2016, Westport Police received a 911call directing them to Medeiros’ property at 465 American Legion Highway. Police discovered that two starved Rottweilers from one of the lots had escaped and broken into another lot where they had attacked and consumed a number of goats.


            Authorities allege that approximately 1,400 animals were found in overcrowded, overheated and dangerous living conditions at the farm. In some cases, they were living in such deep manure waste that their hooves had rotted off and they were suffering from painful eye, intestinal and skin ailments. Among those animals were a variety of species found on separate lots, including dogs, cats, cows, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits. It is alleged that animals did not have proper water sources or adequate food, were improperly sheltered, and housed among dangerous debris and other dead animals. Authorities also allege that many animals were suffering from a number of contagious diseases. 


The following individuals were indicted Thursday by a Statewide Grand Jury on the animal cruelty charges:


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Richard Medeiros, 83, of Westport (21 counts)

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Eduardo Caetano, 51 of Fall River (4 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Messias P. Farias, 74 of Fall River (1 count),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Luis Machado, 56 of New Bedford (8 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Eddy DeAguiar, 37 of Fall River (10 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Joao Aguiar, 73 of Fall River (10 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Octavio Botelho, 51 of Fall River (6 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Luis Pacheco, 57 of Fall River (3 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Emmanuel DeSousa, 47 of Fall River (4 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Diana Magalhaes, 46 of Fall River, (4 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Bruno Magalhaes, 32 of Fall River (4 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Jose Botelho, 64 of Fall River (11 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Joseph Rego, 40 of Fall River (4 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Jeffrey Brilhante, 36 of Fall River (9 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Jose Aguiar, 66 of Fall River (9 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Antonio Dias, 64 of Fall River (5 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Eduardo Vultao, 51 of Dighton (4 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->John Melo, 45 of Fall River (5 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Arthur Arruda, 53 of New Bedford (5 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Rhonda Gadomski, 50 of Fall River (3 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Kenneth Bellevance Jr., 44 of Westport (3 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Scottie Medeiros, 31 of Fall River (1 count),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Timothy Cabral, 32 of Fall River (4 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Jose Reis, 58 of Fall River (3 counts),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Antonio Medeiros, 42 of Tiverton (1 count),

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Donald Rapoza, 61 of New Bedford (8 counts), and

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Emanuel Gaspar, 55 of Fall River (1 count).


The defendants are expected to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court at a future date.


These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Tasnin Chowdhury, Chief of AG Healey’s Environmental Crimes Strike Force, Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley, Assistant Attorney General Kristyn Dusel, and Assistant Attorney General Jessica Frattaroli, with assistance from Victim Witness Advocate Amber Anderson, Financial Investigator Kathrine Metoyer, and Administrative Assistant Andrea Leone.


This case was investigated by Detective Jeff Majewski and the Westport Police Department, with assistance from Detectives from the Massachusetts Environmental Police, the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston.





The New Fenway Stuff

Red Sox announce 2017 Fenway Park improvements


Mayor Martin J. Walsh will today preview the offseason improvements to Fenway Park during an annual pre-Opening Day tour of the ballpark led by Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Executive Vice President Jonathan Gilula, and with Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry and Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Henry. The visit will highlight the expansion of both the Home and Visitor's dugouts, the addition of new seats between and outside the dugouts, a new bar and terraced seating area in Right Field, new day-of-game suites, an expanded virtual reality station that includes a batting cage experience, and a number of new concession offerings managed by Aramark, Fenway Park's concessionaire.
Gilbane Inc., with offices in Boston, was the general contractor for the 2017 improvements. DAIQ Architects, based in Somerville, provided the architectural work. To date, over $300 million has been invested in the improvement of Fenway Park since 2002.
Dugout Expansion
The depth of both the Home and Visitor's dugouts has been increased by moving the front rail of the dugouts forward 3 feet, providing for better circulation, improved sight lines from bench seating areas, and additional space for storage of bats and helmets. The field wall between the dugouts has been moved forward the same 3 feet to align with the dugout expansion, allowing for the addition of a new row of seats in the area from home plate to each dugout, and additional rows of seating behind the camera pits on the first and third base side, which also moved forward. A total of 124 new seats have been added as part of this project. The new, relocated field wall houses new TV's and a built-in antennae systems for cellular service and the ballpark's Wi-Fi network.
As part of the dugout expansion project, the Red Sox batting cage area behind the Red Sox dugout has been refreshed and equipped with enhanced lighting, televisions, a training area, and an improved netting system.  
"Tully Tavern"
Several rows in the back of the Right Field Grandstand were removed this offseason to accommodate the construction of a new bar area - the "Tully Tavern" in partnership with Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey. Terraces with swivel stools and tables and standing room spaces feature charging stations and 64 inch televisions. The full-service bar also offers Fenway Franks and other concession items to an area that was previously far removed from convenient food and beverage options. Seats in the new gathering space range from $35 dollars for Tier 5 games, to $75 for Tier 1 games.
New Day-of-Game Suites 
Four new day-of-game suites have been constructed on the State Street Pavilion level of the ballpark - two on the first base side adjacent to the existing "B Suites," and two on the third base side adjacent to the existing "K Suites." The new party suites, which offer great views of both the playing field and the Boston sky line, can be used as individual spaces for 12 people or combined to create single, expanded suites accommodating 24. Each space includes indoor and outdoor televisions and premium food service.
Right Field Terrace Video Board
A new video board in right field, installed by ANC, has replaced the Cumberland Farms sign that previously occupied that space. The new 16mm Mitsubishi Diamond Vision LED display measures 14' high by 46' wide and will provide improved access to game information, replays, and video content, particularly for those seated on the Green Monster and in Bleacher sections where viewing the main video board is challenging.  
Removable Field Wall in Front of Bullpens
A new removable field wall system has been installed in front of the bullpens, in the same location and with the same dimensions, to better accommodate non-baseball events that continue to be popular at Fenway Park.
Virtual Reality Batting Cage
The club will expand the virtual reality station in the Kids Concourse by introducing a VR batting cage experience where fans can feel what it's like to take swings against Major League players at Fenway Park. The club first introduced VR during the 2016 season with the Virtual Dugout station that shows behind-the-scenes, 360 videos with players. The VR Dugout will return in 2017 with new content.  
Expanded Rooftop Space
A rooftop area adjacent to "Fenway Farms," the club's rooftop garden that debuted in 2013, has been developed as the private "Strega Deck" event space, in partnership with the popular North End Restaurant. The Strega Deck offers 5,600 square feet of roof space, outfitted with more than 600 square feet of urban garden planters that help supply vegetables and herbs to Fenway Park restaurants and concession stands. The new open-air deck features outdoor televisions and a state-of-the-art sound system, and can accommodate groups of up to 200 people for pre-game functions and non-game events. Menu offerings for this party area will feature meatballs, spinach arancini, and other creative bites inspired by the Strega restaurant group.
Pesky Pole Refurbished
The Right Field Foul Pole, "Pesky Pole," underwent extensive structural repairs this offseason to reinforce areas that were impacted by general wear and tear over the years.  
Dell EMC Club
To reflect the recent merger of the two companies, the premium club space located on the third floor of the ballpark will now be called the Dell EMC Club (formerly EMC Club), and the entire level has been renamed the Dell Technologies Level (formerly EMC Level).
New Concession Offerings
Aramark, Fenway Park's concessionaire, will introduce new and locally inspired items to the Fenway Park concession menu in 2017. Regina Pizzeria is now the official pizzeria of the Boston Red Sox and will be serving their renowned pizza at the ballpark, and Strega's new creation, a baseball-inspired meatball-in-a-bread-cone will be available at pizza stands throughout the concourses.
Yankee Lobster, the popular seafood restaurant in the Seaport neighborhood of Boston, will showcase their signature New England lobster rolls and other new lobster-themed offerings at the Fish Shack on Yawkey Way, and at seasonal locations throughout the ballpark. Fans can also try new signature items on Yawkey Way from Savenor's Market, Fenway Park's official butcher and meat supplier. The Cambridge-based company will offer a short-rib grilled cheese sandwich and will also feature turkey and steak tip sandwiches at other Savenor's locations throughout the ballpark.
Fenway Park's Big Concourse will feature several new items this season. The area now includes a new build-your-own-salad and fruit bar in the lower level featuring select produce from Fenway Farms, and new kids meals will be served in the Kids Concourse area in Wally and Tessie commemorative brown lunch bags. The kids meals offer a choice of a mini kids hot dog, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a grilled cheese, and are served with Lay's chips and a mini Poland Spring water.
Aramark will continue its test kitchen concept by introducing monthly rotating items at a stand in the Big Concourse located across from the Champions Club. Featured items for the month of April include lobster melts with steamed lobster, melted Muenster cheese, and sliced tomatoes; or surf & turf kebabs with skewered shrimp and/or marinated steak tips. 
Fans with a sweet tooth will have more dessert options to choose from in 2017. In addition to the popular Hood soft serve ice cream locations throughout the ballpark, the newly added "Cookies n' Creamery" stands will be located at gates A and C offering ice cream sundaes, creamsicles, ice cream sandwiches, hard ice cream, and freshly baked warm cookies.
The popular Tasty Burger restaurant added a third location at Fenway Park in the Right Field Concourse to complement existing stands at the 3rd Base Deck and at Gate C. And to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Impossible Dream team, Aramark will feature five different souvenir cups throughout the season celebrating memorable moments from that special year for fans to collect throughout 2017.


Fall River Ten Most Wanted March 2017

Tri-Rell Jones  


LKA.           217 Doyle St. Apt.#2W, Fall River, MA.

Age:           26                      

Sex:            M                       

Race:          B

Ethnicity: Non- Hispanic

Height:      5’8”-5’10”

Weight:    165-170

Eyes:         Brown

Hair:          Black


1)   Intimidating a Witness

2)   Vandalize Property

3)   A&B on Family / Household Member

4)   Aggravated A&B

5)   A&B on Family / Household Member

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Jeffrey Lynn Heaberlin Jr.


LKA.           Homeless

Age:           32                     

Sex:            M                       

Race:         W

Ethnicity: Non- Hispanic

Height:      6’1”

Weight:     140

Eyes:          Brown

Hair:           Brown


1)   Sex Offender Fail to Register, Subsequent Offense

2)   Strangulation or Suffocation

3)   A&B on Family / Household Member

4)   Assault and Battery

5)   Sex Offender Fail to Register

6)   Vandalize Property

7)   Resist Arrest

8)   Trespass

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Thai Boun


LKA.           108 Grant St. Apt. #2N, Fall River, Ma

Age:           36                      

Sex:            M                       

Race:          A

Ethnicity: Non- Hispanic

Height:      5’10”

Weight:     215

Eyes:          Brown

Hair:          Black


1)   Firearm, Carry without License

2)   Firearm without License, Carry Loaded

3)   Firearm, Discharge within 500 Ft. of Building


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Elijah Alexander Sapp


LKA.           159 Fourth St. Apt. #1, Fall River, MA

Age:           18                      

Sex:            M                        

Race:          B

Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic

Height:      5’6”-5’9”

Weight:    155-160

Eyes:         Brown

Hair:          Black


1)   Drug, Possess to Distribute Class B


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Melvin Roberto Gualdarrama


LKA.           82 Lapham St. Apt. #2, Fall River, MA

Age:           29                      

Sex:            M                       

Race:         W

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Height:      5’10”

Weight:     170

Eyes:          Brown

Hair:           Black


1)   Drug, Possess to Distribute Class A

2)   Drug, Possess to Distribute Class B

3)   Drug, Possess Class B

4)   Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended, Subsequent Offense

5)   Fail to Stop/Yield

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Aaron M. Affonso


LKA.           227 Lawrence St. Fall River, MA.

Age:           22                      

Sex:            M                       

Race:         W

Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic

Height:      5’9”

Weight:    150

Eyes:         Brown

Hair:          Brown


1)   Breaking and Entering Building Nighttime for Felony

2)   Vandalize Property

3)   Larceny over $250

4)   Larceny from a building

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Junior C. Boston


LKA.           130 Canal St. Apt. #303, Fall River, MA.

Age:           44                      

Sex:            M                       

Race:          B

Ethnicity:  Non-Hispanic

Height:       6’

Weight:     280

Eyes:          Brown

Hair:          Black


1)   Drug, Possess to Distribute Class A, Subsequent Offense

2)   Drug Possess to Distribute Class B, Subsequent Offense

3)   Assault and Battery Dangerous Weapon

4)   Assault and Battery on Family / Household Member

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Chelsea B. Cote


LKA.           129 County St. Apt. #3, Fall River, MA.

Age:           24                      

Sex:            F                       

Race:         W

Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic

Height:      5’1”

Weight:    110

Eyes:         Green

Hair:          Brown


1)   Robbery, Unarmed

2)   Robbery, Unarmed

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Johnny Jackson


LKA.           500 Birch St. Apt#2, Fall River, MA

Age:           28                     

Sex:            M                       

Race:          B

Ethnicity: Non-Hispanic

Height:      5’9”

Weight:    240

Eyes:         Brown

Hair:          Black


1)   Drug, Possess Class E

2)   Drug, Possess Class E

3)   Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended, Subsequent Offense



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Luis A. Resto-Torres


LKA.           228 Bradford Ave. Apt.#1, Fall River, MA.

Age:           34                      

Sex:            M                       

Race:          W

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Height:      5’5”-5’6”

Weight:    140-145

Eyes:         Green

Hair:          Brown


1)   Larceny over $250

2)   Larceny under $250 by False Pretense

3)   Assault

4)   Breaking and Entering for Misdemeanor

5)   Threat to Commit Crime

6)   Leave the Scene Personal Injury

7)   Operating a Motor Vehicle with License Suspended

8)   Larceny over $250


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Immigrant Awareness in Fall River

Office of the Mayor

City of Fall River










For immediate release


March 20, 2017


Fall River – Mayor Jasiel F. Correia has proclaimed March 21, 2017 Fall River’s Immigration Day of Action. Mayor Correia, in conjunction with the U. S. Conference of Mayors, joins mayors from across the country in an initiative to bring attention to immigration policy as implemented on the national level. Mayor Correia stated, “As the child of immigrants as well as the mayor of Fall River, this is a vital issue for me, as it is for all residents of the city.”


The full text of the proclamation is as follows:


Whereas:  The United States of America is a nation of immigrants and has always been a haven for people of the world in their struggle for freedom and a better life; and


Whereas:  Our national immigration policy has long been in need of meaningful reform; and


Whereas:  Fall River has always been a welcoming and safe community for immigrants of many countries; and


Whereas:  Immigrants have proven to be vital contributors to the spirit, life, culture and economy of Fall River; and


Whereas:  The immigrant population of our great country is facing unprecedented threats to their safety and well-being; and


Whereas: The U. S. Conference of Mayors has resolved to host a national Immigration Day of Action on Tuesday, March 21, 2017



Now therefore: I, Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II, in joining with hundreds of my fellow mayors and millions of Americans, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2017 Fall River’s Immigration Day of Action



Jasiel F. Correia, II

Mayor of Fall River

Tom Has Jerseys Back

In a story originally reported by Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Game Jerseys worn by Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady in Super Bowl 49 and Super Bowl LI were recovered in Mexico, after Houston Police got a tip from an informant. 

Brady noticed the Super Bowl LI Jersey missing from his equipment bag in the Patriots locker room at NRG Stadium in Houston following the Overtime Win over Atlanta. 

The Associated Press says a helmet used by Denver Linebacker Von Miller in Super Bowl 50 was recovered as well. 

The Brayton Point Ticking Clock

With the closure of the Brayton Point Power Plant in Somerset set for the final day of May, attention now turns to those who will lose their jobs when Electricty Generation ceases this Spring. 

Bristol Plymouth First District State Senator Mike Rodrigues tells WSAR that federal employment administrators have indicated that workers at Brayton Point will recieve extended benefits while employees look for new jobs or seek re training. 

Somerset Selectman Holly MacNamara has indicated to WSAR that the full decommissioning of the plant will take at least a year to complete. 

Price on The DL and are reporting that Red Sox Pitcher David Price will begin the 2017 Regular Season on the disabled list, after issues with his pitching elbow cropped up in Spring Training earlier this month. 


Price went to Indianapolis and spoke to Dr James Andrews, and was told that he would not need surgery; Price is undergoing a program of rest and rehab and could be back in the rotation by May. 

The Storm Issues

As the Commonwealth digs out from what could be the final major Winter Storm Event, Governor Charlie Baker is concentrating on getting shelters open, and also looking at the situation in Western Massachusetts, in terms of snowfall. 

Baker also wants to ensure what he terms a normal commute on Wednesday.


Locally, the mix of rain and snow is happening during the noon hour...

New UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Selected

The UMass Dartmouth Campus will have a new Chancellor effective July 1, after Dr Robert E Johnson was selected by the UMass Board of Trustees at the recomendation of System President Marty Meehan earlier Tuesday Morning. 

Johnson tells WSAR he wants to be part of transformative process, and said there are ''good people'' on campus, after meeting faculty, staff and students during an earlier listening session prior to his selection. 

WSAR will air a complete interview with the new Chancellor during the Wednesday Edition of the WSAR Newsroom.

The Highlands Session

The Greater Highlands Neighberhood Association will be holding a meeting at Spencer Borden Middle School Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30pm to discuss a proposed clinic and treament center to be built at the site of a former Weaver Street Mill that burned down in the first quarter of 2016.

STARR announced this week that it had purchased the 3 acre parcel; a 60 bed facility, at a cost of $12 million is planned for that site. 


The original announcement was made on the organization's Facebook page Tuesday Morning. 

Patriots Tickets Stable in 2017

ESPN is reporting that Ticket Prices for the 2017 NFL Season at Gillette Stadium will remain where they are, the same as in the Super Bowl LI winning season of 2016, according to ESPN

Single Game Tickets will go on sale later this summer.

The Patriots open their regular season in prime time on Thursday Night September 7; the NFL will announce the schedule for each of its 32 teams next month.