WSAR NEWS Archives for 2018-10

UMass on Birthright Citizenship Executive Order

UMass Dartmouth faculty Q&A on possible birthright citizenship executive order


Recently, President Trump indicated that he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship, the concept that being born in the United States makes one a citizen.


The 14th amendment to the Constitution states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”


UMass Dartmouth professors Dr. Lisa Maya Knauer (Sociology & Anthropology), and Dr. Mark Santow (History) were asked to explore the historical context and potential ramifications of such an action.

What was the historical context that caused the Federal government to adopt the 14th Amendment in 1868?

Santow: The birthright citizenship embedded in the 14th amendment is the very keystone of our post-Civil War constitutional order, which recognizes all Americans as civic equals.

The birthright embedded in the amendment was a decisive, clear and intentional move away from citizenship rooted in race that was at the heart of the 1857 Dred Scott decision.


For those of an 'originalist' bent, the intentions of the Congress that passed the amendment were unambiguous: people born in the U.S. are full-fledged American citizens, with all the rights therein. Only Native Americans and the children of foreign diplomats were excluded. 

In many ways, the 14th amendment is the foundation of modern American multiracial democracy.

If the executive order is signed and found legal, what are some implications for the country?

Knauer: This would challenge the citizenship of many people born in the U.S. to parents who were not citizens at the time that their children were born. 

It is not known whether there are plans to limit citizenship to children born to U.S. citizens or, for example, the children of permanent residents or H-1B visa holders.


In either case, this would increase the number of "mixed" immigration status families in this country. 

This could affect many UMassD students and the commonwealth more broadly as there is a high percentage of foreign-born adults in the region, and not all of them were citizens at the time their children were born.

Dr. Lisa Maya Knauer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UMass Dartmouth. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Knauer research has focused on the Guatemalan immigrant experience.

Dr. Mark Santow is an Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Santow has studied and written about social policy, race, and American cities and contributes to adult education programs in urban 


JKIII In Somerset and Swansea on Saturday

 On Saturday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III will hold office hours in several communities throughout the southern part of his district, as part of his ongoing Tour 34.
Saturday, November 3:
9:00AM                Holds Freetown-Lakeville office hours 
Apponequet Regional High School
100 Howland Road
Lakeville, MA 
10:30AM              Holds Raynham office hours 
Raynham Police Station
53 Orchard Street, Training Room
Raynham, MA 
 12:00PM             Holds Somerset-Berkley office hours 
Somerset-Berkley Regional High School
625 County Street
Somerset, MA 
1:30PM                 Holds Swansea office hours 
Swansea Free Public Library
69 Main Street
Swansea, MA 
3:00PM                 Holds Dighton-Rehoboth office hours 
Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School
2700 Regional Road
North Dighton, MA 
As with all Tour 34 stops, the office hours are open to any constituents of the 4th Congressional District. For questions please call Congressman Kennedy’s Newton Office at (617) 332-3333.

New Bedford Cab Robbery Arraignment

A 23-year-old New Bedford man connected to the August 10th attempted robbery of a taxi driver, which eventually led to the death of the defendant’s co-robber, was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing during his arraignment this morning in Fall River Superior Court.

Kyle Dawson was indicted earlier this month on charges of involuntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.  


He pleaded not guilty to the charges today and will be subjected to a dangerousness hearing on November 8th to determine if he will be held without bail for 180 days while the case proceeds against him.

On Friday, August 10, 2018, members of the New Bedford Police Department responded at 1:12 a.m. to the area of 20 Bentley Street for shots fired.  


When they arrived at the scene they located a male identified as Christopher Dunton, 24 of New Bedford, on the roadway outside of a Yellow Cab, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  


Mr. Dunton, who was one of the passengers in the cab, was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  


Police investigation revealed that the cab driver picked up Mr. Dunton and Mr. Dawson from an address on Cottage Street.  

While in the cab, the two males attempted to violently rob the cab driver by placing him in a choke hold and utilizing a knife.  


The cab driver was able to escape the cab and fired three shots that struck Mr. Dunton.  The cab driver had a valid License to Carry.  



During today’s arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Carolyn Morrissette detailed the facts of the case and also revealed that after a thorough investigation, it has been determined the cab driver acted in self-defense and criminal charges against him are not warranted.  


The cab driver was the victim of an attempted robbery in 2005 and his friend, a fellow cab driver, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in 2015.  


After the 2015 murder of his friend and colleague, the cab driver went and lawfully obtained a License to Carry a firearm for protection.  


The cab driver discharged his firearm within seconds of being violently assaulted in his own cab by two passengers – one who placed a knife to his side and another who put him in a chokehold while yelling “shank him, shank him.”  Under all the circumstances presented in this case, the District Attorney’s Office finds the cab driver’s use of deadly force to protect himself was warranted and lawful.  

“After a thorough investigation, it is clear that the cab driver acted in lawful self-defense and the use of deadly force was justified under the circumstances.


The victim was violently robbed by two men who threatened his life while choking him and putting a knife to his side. Fortunately he was able to extricate himself and get out of the cab,” District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said. “He still faced a potentially life threatening situation and fired three shots from a hand gun he was lawfully entitled to possess and carry.


The victim had previously been robbed and his close friend, Donald DePina, had been brutally murdered while driving his own cab in 2015. The loss of any life is tragic but I hope the cab driver and Mr. Dunton’s family can move forward with their lives.”


The involuntary manslaughter charge lodged against Mr. Dawson in this case related to his alleged wanton and reckless conduct in attempting to rob the cab driver with a knife while Mr. Dunton had the cab driver in a choke hold.


 This wanton and reckless conduct created a high degree of likelihood that substantial harm would result to another person.  The defendant’s intentional participation in this conduct caused the death of Christopher Dunton.

Freetown VS. Excel Recycling

     The community of Freetown is locked in a legal dispute this Fall with Excel Recycling, after the firm's license was not renewed by selectmen in Freetown earlier this Spring, according to the Digital Edition of the New Bedford Standard Times.

      Complaints of noise and air pollution have plagued a facility of Ridge Hill Road, which was the subject of a cease and desist order. That had both sides in court as Excel filed for an injunctive protection, and as Excel has continued to operate without a license. 

      The case is being adjudicated in New Bedford as attorneys are arguing for more time for soundproof panels to be installed. Freetown's Board of Health, and its fire and police departments are also involved in the dispute. 

      The two sides are back in court in December. 

Fall River Murder Conviction

     A 24-year old Fall River man will spend life in prison without parole after being convicted of the March 2016 Taunton murder of 23-year old Vanessa Courtney.


A jury found James Sousa guilty of first degree murder and armed robbery.


The trial lasted one month before a verdict was delivered on Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court. 

New Information from the FRPD regarding the Monday Shooting Incident

SUBJECT: Shooting Update from Thomas & Pleasant Streets

The 23-year old victim who suffered one single gunshot wound has been upgraded to stable
condition and is recovering at Rhode Island Hospital.


The Major Crimes Division has been working
tirelessly on this investigation.


At this time, Detectives have several persons of interest and are working
on several leads regarding this shooting.


It has been determined that this event was a targeted act of violence amongst otherwise known


A post impact crime team has been deployed in the Flint Neighborhood comprised of both
uniform and plain clothes officers from the Special Operations Division.


Due to the severity of this incident and to preserve evidence in the investigation, the Fall River
Police Department is not releasing any suspect information at this time.


The victim will also remain
unidentified at this time out of respect to his privacy and safety.


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

A Statement From Fall River's Mayor on The Recall Effort

Mayor Correia has released a statement in regards to the recall petition. 


“I am grateful to the citizens of Fall River who have stood by me and continue to support me.


I am touched by your words of kindness and encouragement and I intend to continue doing what I was elected to do - work hard each day to make Fall River a better and safer city.


I support any citizens right to petition under the rules of the charter.


In the event a recall petition does gain the necessary signatures, I ask that the citizens re-elect me so that our progress can continue.


I ask that the people of Fall River show their support by not signing the recall petition.


Thank you and God Bless.” –Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II 

Clean Wind Energy In The Whaling City

     A day long symposium at New Bedford's Whaling Museum will focus on ways in which wind energy firms from the United States and the United Kingdom can combine on a growing wind energy industry along the eastern seaboard, including sites off Martha's Vineyard.


     Mitchell tells W.S.A.R News that the wind energy industry in the U.S is at a critical juncture and that the Southcoast is set to become a leading site for wind energy to thrive. European-based firms are actively looking for American investment opportunities when it comes to wind energy as the industry has taken root in the U.K.

City Council President Signs Recall Petition

     The President of the Fall River City Council has indicated to WSAR News that he has signed a copy of the petition to recall Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia ll.


Ponte said if a recall does in fact happen at some point later this Fall or later into the Winter he has made no decision if he would appear on a recall ballot as a contender for mayor.


8 contenders ran including then-Mayor Will Flanagan in a December 2014 recall in Fall River. 

Ponte also indicated on the Tuesday Edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom'' that he would allow Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II to address the nine member Fall River City Council  this coming Tuesday, but if only if Correia would agree to take questions from Council Members. 


New Bedford Man Arraigned On Halloween

     Bristol County prosecutors are confirming that a 23-year old New Bedford man connected to the August 10th attempted robbery of a taxi driver in New Bedford, which lead to the death of the defendant's co-robber, will be indicted in Fall River Superior Court on Wednesday October 31st on new counts that will be revealed in open court.


     Kyle Dawson was the target of an indictment earlier this month on charges of involuntary manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The incident in which Dawson was allegedly involved happened on the morning of Friday August 10th, when members of the New Bedford Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at a Bentley Street location.


     New Bedford Police Department officers found 24 year old Christopher Dunton outside of a yellow cab, after being shot by the cab driver during a botched robbery attempt. Dunton was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Hospital.


     The two men were picked up at Cottage Street. Investigators allege that Dunton and Dawson tried to rob the cab driver utlizing a knife; The cab driver then escaped the cab and fired a series of shots that hit Dunton. The driver of the cab did have a license to carry a weapon.

R-I Confirms Fatalities


PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is identifying the couple who were pulled from rough surf off Fort Wetherill State Park in Jamestown yesterday. They are Kongjuan Wei, 51, and Xianzan Tan, 52, of 5 Calumet Street, Quincy, MA.


After responding to the 911 call, which came into DEM at 9:33 AM, Environmental Police Officer (EPO) Harold Guise stated that he was approached by Yongjian Chen, 20, who said he had come to Jamestown with the couple to go fishing.


Chen, who called 911, said other fishermen on the shore told him they saw a large wave knock Wei down onto the rocks and drag her into the water.


Chen said the witnesses told him Tan, who was fishing near his wife, jumped into the water to try to rescue her.


Chen arrived to see Tan struggling to swim and Wei slightly farther out in the water.


Chen said he saw Tan swimming for about five minutes before appearing to lose consciousness. Soon after, both Chen and the initial witnesses lost sight of both victims.


The US Coast Guard retrieved the victims from the water and brought them to shore where Jamestown Fire and EMS responders tried to resuscitate them. Jamestown Fire and EMS transported Wei and Tan to Newport Hospital where they were later pronounced dead.



Environmental Police estimate that yesterday’s surf was approximately six to eight feet, the remnants of the Nor’easter that came ashore on Saturday.


DEM extends its sympathies to the couple’s family and friends.

UMass on Ballot Question 3

UMass Leadership Statement on Massachusetts Ballot Question 3


BOSTON – UMass President Marty Meehan and the chancellors of the five UMass campuses – UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, UMass Boston Interim Chancellor Katherine S. Newman, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline F. Moloney, and UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins -- today issued a statement regarding Massachusetts Ballot Question 3, which would repeal or keep in place the current state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation:


As public higher education leaders representing five campuses that host as many as 100,000 students, faculty, staff and guests each day in Massachusetts, we share a commitment to maintaining inclusive campus environments and ensuring that all members of our community feel safe, respected and valued no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin, gender identity or any other factor.


The state’s current public accommodation law ensures that transgender and gender-nonconforming persons can choose to use public restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity without fear of discrimination. It protects them from harassment in public places and preserves their dignity and safety. 


Present UMass policy assures that all members of our campus communities can choose a restroom or locker room consistent with their gender identity.

Repealing the provision in the state law protecting those rights would make current state law inconsistent with UMass policy, which could result in legal challenges to UMass.

Repealing the provision could also create confusion among university community members and guests, including prospective students, about rights for transgender and gender-non conforming persons on our public university campuses.

Regardless of the outcome of the election, and to the extent permitted by law, we will retain our present policy on restroom and locker room access on our campuses by allowing transgender and gender-nonconforming students, faculty, staff and guests to choose facilities consistent with their gender identity.

The UMass leaders made their statement in their capacity as state policy-making officials, expressing a shared view about Ballot Question 3.

Under state law, UMass leadership cannot expressly advocate for a particular vote on this or other ballot questions, but are permitted to summarize the anticipated effects of the ballot question on UMass and its operations.


Fall River Shooting Information

SUBJECT: Shooting at Pleasant Street & Thomas Streets
DATE: Monday October 29, 2018 @ 10:00AM


At approximately 10:00AM, Fall River Police responded to the area of Pleasant Street and Thomas Street for a report a shooting.


Officers located a 23-year old male victim who was suffering from an apparent a gunshot wound to the leg.


Officers began immediately rendering aid to the victim and also used a tourniquet to aid in stabilizing the victim.


He was then transported by Fall River Fire Department EMS to Rhode Island Hospital where he remains in critical condition.


The identity of the victim will not be released at this time due to the nature of the incident and the ongoing investigation.

The initial investigation led the Fall River Police Department to believe there were possibly two suspects involved and who fled in a motor vehicle.


A description of the vehicle and suspects is not available at this time.


The Fall River Police Major Crimes Division is actively investigating to clarify additional details regarding the suspect(s) and suspect vehicle.


More information will follow later today.

Anyone that may have information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 508-325-2796. Anonymous Tips are also accepted using the TIP Line @ 508-672-TIPS(8477).

Gas Prices This Week

        Gasoline prices in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have remained the same this week, according to AAA Northeast.                         


        A gallon of regular gasoline averages $2.80 a gallon this week, one cent lower than the current national average.

        The Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for AAA, Mary Maguire says these gas prices may not last. She expects gas prices will likely start to increase as early as later this week ahead of the November 4th Iran sanctions announcement as well as the mid term elections.

        The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 48 cents from a low of $2.61 to a high of $3.09. 

The Parade is Set

The Boston Red Sox and the City of Boston have set the day and time for the Parade that will honor the 2018 World Series Champions for Wednesday at 11am, following the traditional route that the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics have used in past parades. 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh indicated this morning that only one arrest was made, as crowds of people made their way to Fenway Park and other portions of Boston, and were peaceful late Sunday Night. 


The Recall Countdown Clock is On

The organizers of the recall effort aimed at removing Fall River Mayor Jasiel F Correia II have confirmed to WSAR that it  is now official, as papers with the original 10 organizers were certified this morning in Fall River's Government Center. 


Petitions are being printed in the City Clerk's office this afternoon, as the 20 day countdown clock is now operating in order for those behind the recall to gather 2,510 signatures of Fall River Voters that will be certified this month. 

Its possible that a recall election, in which the current mayor could run to keep his office, will happen in the fourth quarter of 2018 or the first quarter of 2019. 



The Patriots Friday Injury Report

The New England Patriots are 14.5 Road Favorites at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo Monday Night as coverage begins at 5:30pm with an 8:15pm Kickoff. 


New England reports that running back Sony Michel did not practice Friday due to a knee issue that has plagued him since training camp. 

Rob Grownkowski was a limited participant during practice in Foxboro Friday. 

National Grid in Prep Mode

 National Grid is preparing for a powerful Nor’easter that will arrive in New England this weekend.


 The storm is expected to bring heavy rain, damaging winds and coastal flooding in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


The most severe weather is expected to begin in the early hours of Saturday morning and continue into Saturday night.

Current forecasts indicate that weather conditions could cause damage to the electrical system.  


High winds and heavy rain could cause major tree damage resulting in power outages across the region.  


National Grid considers this a Type 4 event, meaning three percent of its customers may be impacted for up to 24 hours.



As part of its preparations, more than 350 external line crews have been secured to assist National Grid’s 171 line crews in the region.


 More than 260 forestry crews will also be ready to assist in the restoration efforts once conditions are safe to do so.


Storm room operations will be opened up in Hopedale, MA; North Andover, MA; Brocton, MA; and, in Providence, RI.


 Staging sites are also being set up in various locations across the two states.

Triple A New Vehicle Technology

According to new research from AAA, vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and others, can cost twice as much to repair following a collision due to expensive sensors and their calibration requirements. 

Even minor incidents that cause damage to this technology found behind windshields, bumpers and door mirrors can add up to $3,000 in extra repair costs.


With one-in-three Americans unable to afford an unexpected repair bill of just $500, AAA strongly urges consumers to perform an insurance policy review and consider the potential repair costs of these advanced systems.

“Advanced safety systems are much more common today, with many coming as standard equipment, even on base models,” said John Paul, AAA Northeast Senior Manager of Traffic Safety. “It’s critical that drivers understand what technology their vehicle has, how it performs and how much it could cost to repair should something happen.”


Previous AAA testing has shown that ADAS offers many safety benefits. However, minor vehicle damage that affects these systems may be inevitable. For the vehicles in AAA’s study, the repair bill for a minor front or rear collision on a car with ADAS can run as high as $5,300, almost two and half times the repair cost for a vehicle without these systems. 


Windshield damage is especially common, with more than 14.5 million replacements annually. Many safety systems rely on cameras positioned behind the windshield that require recalibration when the glass is replaced.


In addition, some automakers require the use of factory glass that meets strict standards for optical clarity. Replacing a windshield on a vehicle equipped with a camera behind the glass typically costs approximately $1,500, which can be as much as three times the amount to replace the windshield on a car without the technology.


“It is not unusual for windshields to get chipped or cracked, especially for drivers who commute on a daily basis,” continued Mr. Paul. “This may be an eyesore on a regular car, but when it falls in the line of sight of a camera or the driver, it becomes a safety issue that needs immediate attention by a facility qualified to work on these systems.”


Windshields are not the only area vulnerable to damage that could result in a costly repair or replacement. Vehicles with ADAS may also have radar, camera and ultrasonic sensors located in or behind the front and rear bumpers or bodywork, as well as built into the side mirrors. While most drivers may never find themselves in a collision, these parts can easily be damaged when pulling out of a garage, hitting a mailbox or bumping into other objects. 

Many variables such as the vehicle make and model, the type and location of the sensor and where the work is performed can affect ADAS repair costs. AAA’s research determined the ranges listed below for typical ADAS repair expenses. Note that these numbers are for costs over and above the normal bodywork required following a collision.

•    Front radar sensors used with automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control systems:  $900 to $1,300
•    Rear radar sensors used with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems:  $850 to $2,050
•    Front camera sensors used with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keeping systems (does not include the cost of a replacement windshield):  $850 to $1,900
•    Front, side mirror or rear camera sensors used with around-view systems:  $500 to $1,100
•    Front or rear ultrasonic sensors used with parking assist systems:  $500 to $1,300


Once a driver finds that an ADAS has been damaged and requires repair, there are key factors to consider when selecting a repair facility.


Simply replacing the sensors of driver assistance systems is relatively straightforward and can be performed by most mechanics.


However, to restore the system to proper operation it must be calibrated, which requires special training, tools and information. Before having a vehicle repaired, AAA recommends that drivers verify whether the facility is able to properly repair and calibrate the damaged system(s), and request proof of the work once complete. 


As technology continues to evolve, drivers need to be better educated and more aware of their vehicle’s capabilities. This includes understanding how the vehicle systems work as well as how much repairs may cost if damaged. AAA recommends drivers review their insurance policy regularly to ensure they have the appropriate coverage to cover the cost of repairs for any damage and that deductibles are manageable to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. 


For this study, AAA evaluated three top-selling models in popular categories. The vehicle models were selected from AAA’s 2018 Your Driving Costs study and include a small sport utility vehicle, a medium sedan and a full-size pickup truck. To establish repair part types and costs, all replacement parts discussed are original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components charged at their suggested list prices. 


AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 67 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.7 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.


JKIII Campaigning in the Heartland

Joseph Kennedy III is campaigning in Wisconsin and Illinois this week in the waning days before the November 6 midterm elections, meeting with college students at Marquette and capaigning for a Democratic nominee for Congress in Illinois. 

Kennedy has already campaigned on two seperate trips to Texas to assist the Democratic Senate Nominee running against Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, and has also made trips to Indiana and Michigan earlier in the election cycle. 


Red Sox Heading to L-A

The Dodgers have checked out of their Providence hotels, where they stayed for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series, according to CBS 12 in Providence, while the Red Sox will take their JetBlue Charter to Southern California where games 3 and 4 will happen starting Saturday Night with coverage at 7pm on WSAR with a first pitch at 8:09. 


Rick Porcello will get the Game 3 Start for the Red Sox, who lead the Best of 7 series 2-0. 



Red Sox win Game One

The Boston Red Sox and L-A Dodgers endured a one hour rain delay at Fenway Park Tuesday Night before the Sox secured a game one win by a final of 8-4. 


Eduardo Nunez smacked a pinch hit three run homer to break the game open for the Sox. 

David Price is the Game Two Starter for the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park; coverage on WSAR at 7 tonight with a first pitch of 8:09pm. 

Fall River City Council on 11-6

The Fall River City Council set the stage Tuesday Night in Government Center for November 6th, when it will attempt again to perhaps remove Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II on a temporary basis from office, if 7 votes are found to throw into motion a provision in the City Charter, section 3-8, that allows council to allow a mayor a temporary leave for illness or for cause. 

In a new legal opinion from Corporation Counsul Joseph Macy, the former judge warns that an expensive legal battle could ensue, as Correia's defense lawyers have already indicated they will seek recourse on behalf of their client. 

Council could also ask Correia to resign, or cast a vote of no confidence. 

Council member Derek Viveiros was dealing with family issues last night, but left a written communication with Council President Cliff Ponte that asked that the matters be tabled until the first term council member was back in Fall River. 

Mega Millions $1.6 Billion

South Carolina Lottery Administrators confirmed early Wednesday Morning that at least one ticket sold there hit the correct combination of 5-28-62-65-70, with a Mega Ball of 5, while other state lotteries would likely know later today if other tickets with that combination were sold in their respective states. 

The $1.6 Billion Dollar jackpot was a world record for the largest amount of money available in a lottery game. 

The Powerball Drawing this week will have a prize of well over a half a billion to shoot for. 

New Bedford Inks A Deal

NEW BEDFORD - The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the signing of a lease agreement with Vineyard Wind to utilize the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging and deployment location for its offshore wind project located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.


Vineyard Wind was selected in May, 2018 to provide 800 megawatts of cost-effective offshore wind power to Massachusetts and represents 5.5-6 percent of the state’s electric load. The project will strengthen Massachusetts’ clean energy economy and build upon the Commonwealth’s commitment to a diverse energy portfolio.


“The historic and bipartisan energy legislation we passed in 2016 created a competitive procurement process that put Massachusetts in position to host the first large-scale offshore wind project in the United States and be a national leader for this emerging industry,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With this agreement, Massachusetts workers and the South Coast to help lead thisnew frontier for American energy and establish a hub for offshore wind development on the East Coast.”
“By signing this lease agreement with Vineyard Wind, we have achieved another major milestone to secure long-term jobs and economic growth for the people of Massachusetts,”said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Establishing an offshore wind supply chain in Massachusetts is critical to our mission to strengthen our economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
Constructed and operated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is a 29-acre heavy-lift facility designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects, as well as handle bulk, break-bulk, container, and large specialty marine cargo.


 The first port in North America specifically built to support the staging and deployment of offshore wind components, the terminal has been engineered to sustain mobile crane and storage loads that rival the highest capacity ports in the world.
The lease agreement between MassCEC and Vineyard Wind represents a commitment to an 18-month lease at $6 million annually to use the terminal as the primary staging and deployment location for its offshore wind project.
“The Baker-Polito administration is committed to creating an energy portfolio that provides affordable rates to Massachusetts residents, while also reducing our carbon footprint, and offshore wind is integral to achieving these goals,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The agreement with Vineyard Wind will continue to establish New Bedford as a national epicenter for offshore wind development and move the Commonwealth closer to our ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets.”
In April, MassCEC released a report on the workforce needs and economic impact of the emerging offshore wind industry, finding that the deployment of 1,600 MW of offshore wind is estimated to support between 6,870 and 9,850 job years over the next ten years and generate a total economic impact in Massachusetts of between $1.4 billion to $2.1 billion.
“The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal provides Massachusetts with an important piece of infrastructure that will be critical in helping the offshore wind industry to establish operations in this new American marketplace,” said MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike. “MassCEC is pleased to welcome Vineyard Wind as the first offshore wind developer to utilize this one-of-a-kind facility as we launch offshore wind in the United States.”
This announcement builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to grow the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy and meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.


In 2016, Governor Baker signed into law bipartisan comprehensive energy diversification legislation requiring utilities to competitively solicit and contract for approximately 1,600MW of offshore wind and approximately 1,200MW of clean energy.  


The terminal lease agreement is a product of a contract negotiated out of the 1,600MW authorized under the 2016 legislation.


The final acceptance of the Vineyard Wind contract is conditional upon and the regulatory approval at the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), which is anticipated to be completed in early 2019.  The project also requires permitting approval from state and federal agencies, including the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
"Vineyard Wind has made the Port of New Bedford and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal a centerpiece of our proposal to build and operate an 800-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts because we truly understand the importance of the excellent port infrastructure and an existing supply chain that’s available right here, ready to help make offshore wind a lasting success,” said Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Thaaning Pedersen. “Vineyard Wind’s initial investment and the Commonwealth’s commitment to clean energy will pay enormous dividends, in particular creation of a robust, sustainable supply chain that will stimulate new jobs and economic activity here on the South Coast."



“Today’s announcement not only cements Vineyard Wind’s commitment to stage the nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind project from the Port of New Bedford, but it reinforces New Bedford’s leadership position in offshore wind energy,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “The City’s partnership with the Baker-Polito Administration has played an important part in that success, and we look forward to our continued work with the Administration, Vineyard Wind, and the entire offshore wind industry to ensure that Massachusetts, and New Bedford in particular, maintains its lead in the years ahead.”


“The potential for serious job creation with significant clean energy production at competitive rates is exciting,” said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford).  “This milestone is not a mere promise to do something in the future, but a binding commitment to launch a new industry from New Bedford’s working port right now.”


"Renewable energy is critical to our planet's longevity,” said State Representative Paul Schmid (D-Westport). “Once again, New Bedford is taking a lead in lighting the way and I am proud to see the city at the forefront of offshore wind projects in Massachusetts. This project brings new possibilities and opportunities to the area along with a clean and renewable future.”


“I am excited to see that the state’s investment in the New Bedford terminal will serve one of its intended purposes,” said Rep. Bill Straus (D-Mattapoisett).  “This agreement provides yet more evidence that port access is a major goal worthy of capital expenditures with direct benefits to maritime businesses and maritime workers.”

The Recall Effort Seeking Clarification

The Digital Edition of The Fall River Herald News is reporting that the 10 Voters trying to start the process towards a recall of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II are still working to get proper certification of their original paperwork before a 20 Day Countdown will commence. 


If a recall were to actually happen, it would likely take place in December of this year, or in January of 2019. 


Recall organizers must collect at least 2,500 signatures of registered voters, submit them to the Elections Division for Certification, as reported this week by WSAR. 

Once that process is complete, Correia would be asked, as Will Flanagan was four years prior, as to whether he would leave office.

If the answer is no, City Council would then set the date for the second recall of a Fall River Mayor in Four Years. 

Red Sox Game 1 and 2

Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora has indicated to the National Baseball Media assembled at Fenway Park that Chris Sale will go in Game 1 and David Price will start versus the Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday. 


The Series will then pause for a travel day on Thursday before Games 3 and 4 are played Friday and Saturday in Dodger Stadium in Southern Califorina. 



Fall River City Council Tuesday

The Fall River City Council will meet Tuesday at 6pm with a Fiscal Year 2019 Quarter One Budget Report; the Council Meeting in the Second Floor Council Chambers will begin immediately following the conclusion of Finance.

Its unlikely that the trio of potential votes to possibly remove Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia under Section 3-8 of the Fall River City Charter, or to ask him to resign, or a No Confidence Vote, as Council Member Derick Viveiros will be elsewhere Tuesday. 


Spending limits for Vehicle Trade In and Police Cruiser Revolving Funds for Fiscal Year 2019 are also listed under Priority Matters. 

World Series Game One

The Boston Red Sox will go with Chris Sale in Game One of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park Tuesday Night, while the Dodgers could go with Clayton Kershaw, who pitched the 9th inning in Game 7 of the NLCS on Friday. 

The Red Sox have been debating moving Mookie Betts to Second Base at some point, while J-D Martinez could move over to Right Field in Dodger Stadium this week, when the Series moves to the N-L Park: the N-L games will be played without a D-H. 

Both teams worked out Sunday at Fenway Park. 

The Fall River Early Voting Schedule

The Schedule for Early Voting for Mid Term Elections in the Fall River Government Center Atrium will be as follows:


Monday, October 22, 9am-7pm

Tuesday, October 23, 9am-5pm

Wednesday, October 24, 9am-7pm

Thursday, October 25, 9am-5pm

Friday, October 26, 9am-5pm

Saturday, October 27, 9am-2pm

Monday, October 29, 9am-7pm

Tuesday, October 30, 9am-5pm

Wednesday, October 31, 9am-7pm

Thursday, November 1, 9am-5pm

Friday, November 2, 9am-5pm

The Recall Process Has Begun

A Fall River housewife is preparing a strategy and the final documentation to start the 20-day clock on collecting enough signatures to attempt to recall Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia ll.


Dawn Saurette tells WSAR News it is likely the final certification process will be completed tomorrow. She said an election day strategy is being formulated to collect the necessary signatures.


Saurette notes she thinks a gathering signatures will be no problem and she wants to see a mayor running the city without distraction. 


Compared to the 12 items that were aimed at then Fall River Mayor Will Flangan, the reasoning for the Correia recall focuses on 1. After the mayor was indicated on 9 allegations of wire fraud and 4 of allegedly filing false tax returns. 

Mayor Correia's Tuesday Presentation & Statement

WSAR News has obtained a copy of an e-mail that was sent to Fall River city employees late Monday afternoon, inviting them to the Fall River Government Center Cafeteria at 11 a.m on Tuesday where Mayor Jasiel Correia ll indicated he would be "delivering a statement."


An earlier press release had maintained that the event was aimed at New England-based media and Correia supporters.


F.R.G.T.V Employees had also set up a large monitor that Correia used to make the case that the SnoOwl smartphone application was not a prototype but did indeed function. Federal Prosecutors made the assertion one week ago that the app was "worthless."


F.R.G.T.V employees were also asked to raise the level of the sound in the room by Correia during the start of the SnoOwl portion of his Tuesday presentation. 


It's possible an ethics complaint could be field in connection to the event.

Fall River Man Faces Alleged Burglary and Firearm Counts

A 26-year old Fall River man faces 7 counts related to an alleged burglary of a former girlfriend, along with firearm counts. 


Issac Allende Jr. is accused of breaking into a former girlfriend's apartment Tuesday night around 8:30 after entering through a bathroom window in an apartment in the 200 block of Johnson Street.


A Vizio T.V, Playstation console, various games and controllers as well as the woman's bedroom set were found to be missing.


F.R.P.D Officers found Allende several buildings away, as an extension cord was utilized for the game console. They also found the T.V. and a bed, along with the games in a back[ack as well as a pair of firearms - one loaded, the other empty. One of the weapons was found stolen in North Carolina. 

Prepared Remarks from Mayor Correia

Prepared Remarks of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia Delivered 10-16-18


Good morning everyone and thank you for being here today.


Without a doubt, the last week has been the most difficult of my life.


I want to thank my family, friends, my team and supporters. Your phone calls, texts, and emails of support have been incredible. Thank you!


As I reflect on my time as mayor of this great city I can confidently say that my team and I have accomplished many things that have moved Fall River forward.
•    A new Durfee high school is being built
•    A new charter school
•    Streetscapes and sidewalk improvements
•    Park improvements
•    Financial stability: Taking the city from a $500k deficit to an $8 million surplus
•    Privatizing trash and eliminating the $120 household fee
•    Opening a new chapter of economic development for our city – one that is inclusive not exclusive
•    Re-branding our city and changing our old slogan of “We’ll Try” to “Make it Here”
•    Increased investments in education, police and fire
•    Tackling the opioid epidemic

And so many other accomplishments.


But perhaps the best part of being Mayor has been attending community events, shaking the hands of our citizens and making our city a better place.


After a successful first term in office and my overwhelming 64% reelection by the citizens of Fall River to a second term, the city, today, is cleaner and safer and has a firm foundation for continued growth.


It is because of this profound belief and trust that I share with the citizens of Fall River that I am here today to address the most recent attempt to derail the progress we’ve been making.


Some politicians may run and hide. But I stand here today ready to respond directly to the false, politically motivated allegations that have been made against me.


As you all know, in November 2015 I was elected mayor after defeating a former District Attorney. We now know a federal investigation began shortly after I was sworn in as mayor in January of 2016. I do not believe this is a coincidence.


As I continued to challenge the establishment, the investigation seemed to grow more and more


We know that the investigation was unrelated to SnoOwl and that the FBI and other federal agencies were seeking information in response to a smear campaign of false allegations being made by political enemies.


Those allegations related to city grants, fire truck purchases, privatizing trash, hiring choices and virtually every other decision I was making as mayor.


We also know there are no charges relating to any of my duties as mayor of Fall River.


And during this same time the business of SnoOwl continued, and there were no investor complaints. Out of seven investors only 4 are referred to in the indictment.


During 2016 the son of investor #1 repeatedly sought a job with the city.


Throughout this period, and because he was not qualified for the job, I continued to refuse to hire him but pointed him in other directions. The investor became upset as his cousin launched his mayoral campaign against my re-election in 2017. These are not coincidences, rather, these motives, false statements and exaggerated claims to federal agents led us to where we stand today.



At the heart of the government’s charges against me is the theory that there was never a viable consumer product and that after becoming mayor I abandoned SnoOwl.


These allegations are false! I delivered a fully functional SnoOwl app that was available on the Apple App Store and I made explicit plans to transition SnoOwl to new leadership.


In fact, after being elected mayor I met with investors to transition the business to a new CEO. In consultation with investor #1, I was encouraged to hire his nephew to assume the role of CEO in early 2016. Yet the government asserts that I was concealing information.


In the Government’s indictment, they attempt to demonstrate that I stole money and that I filed fraudulent tax returns only after knowing I was under investigation. The indictment references an email, however, the government omits half of the email. I would like to show you the full email, not the one sided argument that led to these false charges.


Per advisor #1’s suggestion, a week later I engaged an accountant for the purpose of reviewing all SnoOwl financial records and preparing necessary financial statements and tax returns.


The government in the indictment suggests that the tax returns filed by me, prepared by accountant #1 were filed after I was made aware of a federal investigation in March of 2017 and for the purpose of concealing some type of inappropriate conduct.


Again, this is false.


In fact, as I just stated, the accountant was engaged with a formal engagement letter dated May of 2016, 9 months before March 2017.


Accountant #1’s efforts to prepare tax returns commenced long before I was aware of any investigation.



In addition to these tax charges, the thrust of this case is that the SnoOwl app, which I put my blood, sweat and tears into developing since I was 20-years old, was somehow a scam.


When asked a question, “Was SnoOwl ever available to consumers?” at last week’s press conference, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling answered “No, it was just a prototype.”


That answer is just plain wrong!

The central theme of the government’s case is that investors were deceived because the SnoOwl app was not completed and not available to consumers.

This is demonstrably false!


Over the course of 4 years from 2013 to 2016 I worked diligently to honor my commitment to bring to market an app that had value.


I raised funds to launch SnoOwl. I hired a team of programmers to develop the app. I spent countless hours fine tuning SnoOwl’s brand, look and feel, and the visual design of the app.  All of that hard work paid off on May 19th, 2015, when Apple approved SnoOwl for download in the App Store.


Far from a prototype, according to Google Analytics; SnoOwl had over 3,000 users who used the app over 100,000 times.


Put simply, I worked incredibly hard to deliver a fully functional SnoOwl app, available to consumers via the Apple App Store, just as I told my investors I would achieve.


But for the unjustified attacks on me, SnoOwl would today likely be thriving.


So I stand here before you adamantly denying the charges that have been lodged against me. I state once again, unequivocally, that I am innocent of all of these charges.


I will continue to serve as the mayor of this city and to stand up for truth.

I will not be bullied out of office.


I humbly ask that the citizens, not the city council, not state and federal elected officials, not bullies, not the press or social media posts, but the citizens of the City of Fall River, to either re-affirm my status as mayor or challenge my status as mayor through the recall process.


This is America and I am presumed innocent until proven otherwise. I will not allow political enemies to remove me from office for their own selfish agendas.


I understand the enormous power and substantial financial resources that the government possesses. I must admit this is intimidating.


But I will not be deterred and am committed to doing my job every single day and clearing my name.


Once again, thank you to everyone who has shown their support and to the many people of Fall River who continue to stand by my side.


Thank you

Swansea Town Hall Decision

Swansea Voters at A Special One Article Town Meeting rejected last night a debt exclusion  financing package that was modified in a proposal from Swansea Selectman Steven Kitchin.


The financing package that was approved on a close voice vote at Case High School had taxpayers financing $7.4 million dollars in a 20 year bond, while using $2 million in Free Cash to pay for the rest of the cost of a proposed new town hall. 


Out of 338 votes cast, 136 voted yes, 202 voted no; the article required a two-thirds majority for passage, and was defeated. 

Swansea Selectman Chris Carrerio told WSAR on the Monday Edition of the ''WSAR Newsroom'' that selectmen and administrators would go back to the drawing board and try again at some point this year to secure passage. 



The Mayor Addresses Fall River

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II will address the City of Fall River at 11am Tuesday Morning in the Cafeteria Portion of the first floor of Government Center. 

Correia is planning what is being termed as a ''statement to the media and gathered supporters''.


Correia's remarks are the first public statements he has made on his recent indictment since he met with reporters outside the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston Thursday Afternoon. 

WSAR is planning live coverage and will utilize Facebook Live.



Governor Baker Sends Team To Florida

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has authorized the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency to send a 12-person management team to Florida to assist with response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.


The request for additional assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is the National Emergency Management Mutual Aid System that facilitates state to state disaster assistance. 


The team includes 12 members of the Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management team, including 3 employees of the D.C.R. 


Once the team is on the ground in Florida, it is likely they will be part of an emergency operations center or to coordinate staging and field operations in an impacted area. The team will likely be in the state through the end of the month. 

The Price Of Gas This Week

The price of a gallon of regular gasoline in the Commonwealth remains the same as it was one week ago according to AAA Northeast. 


A gallon of regular gasoline in Massachusetts averages $2.84/gallon - $0.05 lower than the current national average.


Mary Maguire. the Director of Public ad Legislative Affairs for AAA Northeast, told WSAR that "consumer gasoline demand across the country has declined for a third week," and that "gas prices may be signaling that they are taking a turn toward slowly decreasing."


The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is $0.41, from a low of $2.68 to a high of $3.09.

Elizabeth Warren D.N.A Test Results

According to ABC News and the Digital Edition of The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Senior Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has released results of a D.N.A test giving what is being termed as "strong evidence" that she had Native American ancestry dating back several generations.


Warren provided the test results to the Globe on Sunday. The test was conducted by a Stanford University professor and an expert in D.N.A analysis. Warren told a Native American conference earlier in the year she never used her heritage as a career move. She also told Native Americans in Washington early in 2018 she was on a mission to help all Native Americans.


The issue of Warren's Native American ties has been an issue on some quarters since she ran for her first term in the U.S Senate. 

Decisions from The Diocese

FALL RIVER — After months of study and discussion by laity and clergy in planning sessions, parishioners in one area of Fall River learned at Masses this past weekend of the steps to be taken to renew their parishes.


While these steps will mean change and some sacrifice, taken together they offer a vision for transforming struggling parishes into vibrant and sustainable Catholic communities of faith.


Creating a New Catholic Community Collaboration


In a letter to parishioners of Good Shepherd, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and St. Stanislaus Parishes, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., explained that the four communities, three of which were already engaged in joint planning since June, would now do so in a more cohesive and coordinated way –with the Cathedral- as a group of parishes to be called the Catholic Community of Central Fall River. This community will also include parishioners from the former parish of St. Bernadette, which closed in August, and St. Anne’s.


The Bishop has appointed a Franciscan priest with extensive administrative experience to lead this community and guide parishioners as they plan for the future. Father Thomas Washburn, O.F.M., a New Bedford native who formerly served in national leadership posts for his religious community, will become rector of St. Mary’s Cathedral and administrator of Good Shepherd and St. Stanislaus Parishes, effective October 31. He will be assisted in pastoral ministry to the parish collaborative by Father Juan Carlos Muñoz Montoya as parochial vicar, and Father Brian Albino who will remain as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish.


In his letter to parishioners, Bishop da Cunha wrote, “This I know: we are better positioned as a community of faith to confront our challenges collaboratively, not separately, as individual parishes.”


He pointed to advice given to him frequently in a series of regional listening sessions earlier this year and again expressed in parish planning meetings, “…by focusing on strong lay and priestly leadership, consolidating our ministries, building on our combined human and financial resources, and reimagining the efficient use of our churches and facilities, we can plan with renewed vigor and inspiration.”


This move comes as the Fall River Diocese faces many critical challenges from changing demographics, a decline in parish membership and participation, aging facilities and fewer priests. These issues are especially felt in its cities because of the large concentration of churches there. The four parishes of the new central Fall River grouping are all within an approximate two mile area.



St. Anne’s Parish


All of these factors have impacted St. Anne’s Parish, also located in that vicinity. It has been without use of the main floor of its landmark church since 2015 because of its deteriorating condition. Bishop da Cunha addressed that situation in a separate letter to parishioners of St. Anne’s Parish this past weekend.


An architectural report estimated the cost for repairs to the church ranged from a low of $5 million to simply make the upper church useable, to $13.5 million for a complete renovation and restoration. Since last March the parish administrator, Father David Deston, and a committee of parishioners have been at work exploring the feasibility of a capital campaign to pay for it with assistance from a professional fundraiser and planner.


After investigating many fundraising options and reaching out to prospective major donors, the committee reported to Bishop da Cunha that, while most St. Anne’s parishioners were prepared to donate, overall response among donors capable of making the large gifts necessary for a successful multimillion dollar campaign “was tepid at best” and the prospect of raising the money highly unlikely. Offering no formal recommendations, they left the decision on the future of the parish to the Bishop.


Bishop da Cunha also sought additional counsel from an ad hoc group of Greater Fall River area business and community leaders concerning the likelihood of raising the funds necessary to restore the church. It was the consensus of that group as well that there were not sufficient resources to restore and maintain the iconic church.


With prayerful consideration of all the information at hand –the work of the St. Anne Parish Planning Team, input from community and business leaders, relevant parish statistics on membership and Mass attendance, and the high cost of even minimal repairs, Bishop da Cunha reached a difficult decision that he shared with parishioners in his letter this past weekend: St. Anne Parish will close.


“I do this with heavy heart, knowing the genuine deep loss you will all feel,” wrote the Bishop.


At the same time, Bishop da Cunha expressed his commitment to finding an alternative use for the church building. “It is my intention to form an ad-hoc committee whose singular mission will be the adaptive re-use of the St. Anne building, “explained the Bishop.


“This ‘Committee for the Adaptive Re-Use of St. Anne’s’ will support the Diocese in its efforts to explore other uses for the building that will preserve its architectural heritage in line with the needs of the community.”


Bishop da Cunha will be with the parishioners of St. Anne’s and celebrate the final Mass before the closing of the church on Sunday, November 25th, the last day of the Church’s liturgical year.


Parishioners from St. Anne’s are invited to join any of the neighboring parishes that will now make up the Catholic Community of Central Fall River. Beyond simply joining, they are encouraged to take an active role in the planning for this new community, to bring their vision, aspirations, and abiding faith to the parish collaboration as it evolves.


Holy Rosary and Holy Cross Chapels


With only three priests now to provide ministry at the four remaining Central Fall River parishes, it will also be necessary to close Holy Rosary and Holy Cross Chapels. Their final Masses will also be celebrated the weekend of November 25th. In recent years, both chapels have had only one weekend Mass.


“There are many details to be worked out, many questions and concerns to be considered; that is indeed the work of strategic planning,” said Bishop da Cunha in closing his letter.


“I am confident, he continued, with the talent and commitment of our clergy and laity working together, “we will establish a renewed and refreshed Catholic community of Central Fall River, and continue rebuilding our Diocese in faith and hope.”

The Summary of The Federal Investigation of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II

Fall River Mayor Arrested for Scheme to Defraud Investors

Defendant used investor funds to pay for lavish lifestyle, political campaign and student loans


BOSTON – Jasiel F. Correia II, the Mayor of Fall River, was arrested this morning and charged with wire and tax fraud in connection with a multi-year investment fraud scheme.


Correia, 26, was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. Correia was arrested this morning and will appear in federal court in Boston this afternoon.


As alleged in the indictment, in 2012, Correia founded SnoOwl, an app designed to connect local businesses with their target consumer market. In approximately January 2013, Correia began seeking investors who were willing to provide investment money for SnoOwl in return for equity in the company.


In order to incentivize potential investors, Correia falsely represented that he was a successful tech entrepreneur who previously sold another app for a large profit, that investment funds would be used to develop the app, and that he would not take a salary or otherwise draw compensation from SnoOwl.


According to the indictment, seven individuals invested a total of $363,690 in SnoOwl.


However, rather than using the investment funds to develop the app as Corria certified in signed agreements with investors, it is alleged that Correia used at least $231,447 – approximately 64% of the money invested – to fund his own lavish lifestyle, burgeoning political career and other business ventures.


Specifically, the indictment alleges that Correia used the investment funds to purchase tens of thousands of dollars of luxury items, including a Mercedes, jewelry and designer clothing; to pay for personal travel and entertainment, including tens of thousands of dollars on airfare, hotels, restaurants, casinos, and adult entertainment; to pay down personal student loan debt; to fund his political campaign; and to make charitable donations in his own name.



As alleged in the indictment, Correia concealed the theft of funds from investors by providing false positive updates on SnoOwl’s status and refusing to provide the company’s financial records, which would have revealed his fraud.


In addition, Correia concealed his ill-gotten gains from the IRS when filing his 2013 and 2014 individual tax returns.

In the spring/summer of 2015, Correia announced his candidacy for mayor of Fall River.


Notwithstanding the facts that he had fraudulently taken hundreds of thousands of dollars of investor money and that SnoOwl was floundering, Correia touted his stewardship of SnoOwl to Fall River voters as one of his primary qualifications for mayor.


By May 2017, Correia was aware that SnoOwl was the subject of a federal investigation, and instructed an accountant to file amended 2013 and 2014 personal tax returns.


Because the accountant relied on false information from Correia, the amended returns classified SnowOwl as a sole proprietorship, instead of a partnership, a critical distinction for tax purposes.


As a result, Correia was not assessed any tax liability for any of the investor money that he took for himself, and he actually received a refund from the IRS in June 2017.


The charge of wire fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, a fine of up to twice the loss involved and restitution.


The charge of filing false tax returns provides for a sentence of no greater than three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss.


Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.


United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston; Christina Scaringi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Regional Office; and Glenn A. Cunha, Massachusetts Inspector General, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zachary Hafer, Chief of Lelling’s Criminal Division, and David Tobin, of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit, are prosecuting the case.


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

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II Released This Statement Late Thursday PM

Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia released this statement on his Facebook page late Thursday Afternoonafter he was indicted by Federal Investigators on counts of alleged Wire Fraud and allegedly filing False Federal Income Tax Returns :



''To the great residents of Fall River, I want you all to know that I am innocent of the allegations + charges made against me today. I look forward to my day in court! And thank you to everyone who has reached out offering your support!''

The Special Council Session

A Special Meeting of The 9 member Fall River City Council is set for 6pm Tuesday, in order to, according to Council President Cliff Ponte, to ''discuss the recent criminal indictment of Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II'', and ''any motions that the City Council might take regarding the leadership of our city''

Happenings at the Fall River Public Library Next Week

Fall River Public Library Events – Week of October 8, 2018


Fall River Public Library, 104 North Main Street, has the following events scheduled for the week of October 8, 2018. 


Monday, October 8 –     Both library locations are closed for Columbus Day


Tuesday, October 9 –     Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Main Library. 
For children ages 3-5. Walk-ins welcome. 

Computer Basics Workshop, 11 a.m., South Branch. Call 508-324-2708 to sign up. This is the first of three beginning computer classes at the South Branch. 

            ESL Tutoring, 11:30-12:30, Nagle Room, Main Library.
        ESL Tutoring, 12-1, Meeting Room, Main Library. 
(New students welcome. Call 508-324-2700 or arrive 5 minutes early to sign up.) 
Teen Game Night, 6 p.m., Main Library. Teens 12-18 are invited to enjoy video games, board games, or card games. 



Wednesday, October 10 – Movie Matinee, 1 p.m., Main Library, featuring Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,
a documentary about Mr. Rogers. 

            Make & Take Crafts, 3:30 p.m., South Branch. Autumn tree craft. 

Family Movie, 4:30 p.m., South Branch, featuring Hotel Transylvania 2. 


Thursday, October 11 – Cookbook Author Talk: For the Love of Portuguese Food by Milena Rodrigues, 6:30 p.m., Main Library. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. 


Saturday, October 13 – Pregnancy & Labor Support Class, 10 a.m., Main Library. (Registration required. Call the adult circulation desk at 508-324-2700, ext. 2, for information/registration.)

            Adult Craft Circle, 10 a.m., South Branch. All crafters welcome! 
            Adult Craft Circle, 2 p.m., South Branch. All crafters welcome! 

Wilbur School Transformation

A local developer is a step closer to an agreement to buy the empty Wilbur School Building in Somerset for $125,000 in order to transform the property into a retail office housing mix, with ten market rate apartments, to go along with other professional amenities. 


The Somerset Board of Selectmen voted Wednesday by a 3-0 vote to authorize Somerset Town Administrator Richard Brown to begin negotiations with Alex Stylos, the owner of Sherwood Building, which has completed rehab projects in Fall River and Taunton. 

Some in the audience had concerns about the apartments becoming Section Eight Units; Somerset Selectman Holly McNamara tells WSAR that RFP for the building prohibits that from happening, and that Market Rate Apartments are specified in the agreement. 



Fall River City Council Public Safety Committee

The Public Safety Committee for the Fall River City Council will meet this coming Wednesday at 5:30pm with a one item agenda that will focus on the hospitalization of Fall River Police Officers due to the malfunction of CO 2 Equipment in their patrol vehicles. 


At least one FRPD Patrolman has been hospitalized this summer after the malfunction of sensors that were designed to detect issues with Carbon Monoxide. 

The MA Gaming Commission and Region C

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has received a request to re-open Region C (Southeastern Mass.) for the award of a Category 1 gaming license.


As part of that process, the Commission is requesting comments on the items listed at the following link. Please submit comments by emailing with ‘Region C’ in the subject line, or by mail to:


Massachusetts Gaming Commission
101 Federal Street, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02210


The comment period will remain open until the close of business on November 30, 2018.

Gaming Operation Busted

Six Individuals Indicted in Connection With Running Major Illegal Gambling and Money Laundering Scheme

Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

BOSTON — Six individuals and a Swansea-based company have been indicted in connection with a large-scale investigation into an illegal gambling and money laundering scheme in Southeastern Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.


Last week, a Statewide Grand Jury indicted the leaders of this alleged criminal enterprise and company Televend, Inc. on the following charges:


Clifford Wilson, age 56, of Dighton
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Organizing and Promoting Gambling (1 count)                
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)


Deodato Faria, age 68, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Organizing and Promoting Gambling (1 count)                
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)


John Camara, age 59, of Somerset
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Conspiracy (1 count)


Antone Oliveira, age 75, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Intimidation of a Witness (1 count)
Conspiracy (1 count)


Natercia Teixeira, age 44, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)


Mario Teixeira, age 52, of Fall River
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)


Televend Inc., in Swansea
Keeping a Place for Registering Bets (1 count)
Organizing and Promoting Gambling (1 count)                
Unlawful Operation of a Gaming Device (1 count)
Money Laundering (1 count)
Conspiracy (3 counts)


These indictments are the result of an investigation by the AG’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police.


The AG’s Office alleges that these individuals distributed illegal gambling devices to dozens of establishments throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. The machines, which operated like casino slot machines, were in direct competition with Lottery products and for customers who opted to play the games.


The AG’s Office also alleges that there were various aspects of Televend’s business that were almost entirely cash based, which allegedly enabled laundering of the illegal gambling proceeds.


In late May and early June 2018, a coordinated series of raids led by the State Police dismantled the criminal enterprise and removed the machines from the host establishments. In total, the AG’s office recovered several dozen machines and more than $140,000 in cash.


This case was investigated by the AG’s Office after the Massachusetts Lottery, the Alcoholic Beverage and Control Commission, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and various law enforcement agencies received complaints about the illegal gambling scheme.


The defendants will be arraigned on the charges in Bristol Superior Court at a later date.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General John Dawley, Jr., and Division Chief Patrick Hanley, of the AG’s Gaming Division, with assistance from Financial Investigator Katherine Metoyer, Senior Financial Investigator James O’Hara, Senior Financial Investigator Krista Roche, Senior Digital Evidence Examiner Kenneth McCarthy, the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab and Paralegal Zachary Gregoric.


The case was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Special Service Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, the State Police Technical Surveillance Unit, the State Police Division of Field Services, the Connecticut State Police, the Rhode Island State Police, the Gaming Enforcement Unit assigned to the Investigations and Enforcement Bureau of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the State Office of Investigations, the Massachusetts Lottery, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s Office, the Bristol, Suffolk, Middlesex and Plymouth DA’s Offices and the Stoughton, New Bedford, Brockton, Dartmouth, Dighton, and Fall River Police Departments.


UMass Dartmouth Portugal Cooperation

On September 28, 2018, officials from Portugal’s Camões Institute, the lead Portuguese government unit responsible for the internationalization of higher education, visited UMass Dartmouth to extend a partnership agreement between the two institutions for two more years.


Chancellor Robert E. Johnson and Camões Institute President Luís Faro Ramos signed an agreement that will fund six Ph.D. students as they pursue their doctorates and assist in the teaching of undergraduate and graduate Portuguese language courses. The Institute has committed $48,000 per year to fund three of the students while the university will fund the other three.


“By learning more about Portuguese culture, language and literature, our students will find a deeper appreciation for the country that has had such an enormous impact on the culture and economy of our region,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson. “This partnership will give our students the global mindset they need to succeed on both sides of the Atlantic.”


“Recognizing the key role of the longstanding partnership with UMass Dartmouth, Camões Institute remains committed to the sponsoring of three teaching fellows and the promotion of the teaching and growth of Portuguese Language and Culture through the education of students, scholars and teachers of Portuguese Studies,” said Anna Amado, Director of Language Studies at the Camões Institute. “Therefore, it was with great pleasure that Ambassador Luís Faro Ramos, President of Camões Institute, accepted the invitation to be a guest speaker of the 15th Annual Conference on Portuguese Language Education (UMass Dartmouth), which in turn offered the perfect setting to formalize the renewal of the Protocol Cooperation between the two institutions.”


The renewal of this partnership strengthens the university’s longstanding linkage to the Portuguese-speaking world.

In the spring of 2018, Chancellor Johnson awarded the Chancellor’s Medal to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of the Portuguese Republic at the annual State House Day of Portugal celebration.


Following the State House ceremony, Chancellor Johnson joined President De Sousa and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa aboard the tall ship Sagres for the signing of student and faculty exchange agreements between UMass Dartmouth and several Portuguese universities.


Those agreements grew out of a February 2018 visit by Chancellor Johnson to Portugal where he met with university officials and Camões Institute representatives as part of his effort to enhance UMass Dartmouth’s relationship with the Portuguese-speaking world. 
As a sign of his commitment to the Portuguese community, Chancellor Johnson moved the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture from the College of Arts and Sciences to the Office of the Chancellor.


UMass Dartmouth also houses the nationally recognized Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Department of Portuguese, and the Tagus Press, which publishes Portuguese literary works.


UMass Dartmouth’s connection to the Portuguese-American has grown beyond its historical focus on culture and literature to science and health care:
•    The School for Marine Science and Technology has formed a doctoral education partnership with Brazil’s University of São Paulo Institute of Oceanography. 


•    The College of Nursing partners with the University of the Azores on the “Bridging the Atlantic” community-nursing student exchange program.