WSAR NEWS Archives for 2019-01

UMass Dartmouth Named Military Friendly

UMass Dartmouth named one of the Nation’s Top Military Friendly Schools

UMass Dartmouth was chosen as a 2019-2020 Military Friendly School.


The Military Friendly Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.


This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families.

The university is committed to veterans and active military duty students. Veterans and active duty military members receive their own orientation, where they meet their fellow new student veterans and veteran members of the faculty and staff.


Support is available through the Student Affairs Veteran Resources & Support Center in the campus center where information on counseling, financial aid, and other issues relating to their lives are available.


Veterans and active military duty students also have their own dedicated study room in the library and can join the Student Veterans Association organization on campus.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community.


Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default Rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

This year 766 schools earned this prestigious designation. The full list can be found at 

Swansea Mall Closing

The current owners of the Swansea Mall have announced they will close the entire complex on March 31, 2019. 

Macy's is the final anchor store; it will close one week prior to the closing of the entire mall. 

The initial announcement was made on Swansea Selectman Chris Carreiro's Facebook page; he tells WSAR that his proposal to  use a yet to be created Swansea RDA to take over the mall has been validated. 

Missing Tewksbury Possibly in Fall RiverNew Bedford Area

Police are searching for a missing woman who they say is hearing impaired and needs a tablet to communicate.


According to the Tewksbury Police Department, Emily Medina, 24, walked away from 365 East Street Tuesday afternoon.

Police said she was last ween wearing a green jacket with a fur hood, black leggings and sneakers.


Tewksbury police now believe Medina may be in the New Bedford/Fall River area, where they have refocused their search.


Anyone with information on Medina's whereabouts should contact the Tewksbury Police Department at (978) 851-7373 or the New Bedford Police Department at (508) 961-4584.

Kennedy on Shutdown

MassLive: US Rep. Joe Kennedy serves up meals to furloughed federal workers, calls for reopening government
By Shannon Young – 1/23/19


With thousands of federal employees still furloughed or working without pay due to the government shutdown, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III joined dozens of volunteers Wednesday in serving up lunches to those impacted by the 33-day funding lapse, as part of Chef Jose Andres' “Chefs for Feds” effort.


The Newton Democrat, who has long admired Andres' work to help feed people following natural disasters, said he reached out to chef after hearing his non-profit World Central Kitchen had opened a Pennsylvania Avenue cafe to provide free hot meals and “to go” items to the estimated 800,000 furloughed government employees and their families.


“I saw that he was getting set up here in D.C. ... and I wanted to see if there was an opportunity to just show my support for his work and show support for the federal employees that have been put in this impossible situation,” he said in an interview.


Kennedy, however, noted that his request to volunteer with “Chefs for Feds” did not come without some stipulations.

“I reached out to (Andres') team and they said, 'Yeah, we’d be happy to have you come, but you have to bring a colleague that’s from the other party.”


Days later, the Massachusetts Democrat showed up at the downtown D.C. location with U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who joined him in handing out hundreds of cheesesteaks, rice bowls and other lunches to federal employees and contractors that had lined up for blocks around the cafe.


Kennedy said it was “heartbreaking” to see firsthand the human toll of the federal government shutdown, noting that “Chefs for Feds” had served up over 7,000 meals on Tuesday and was on track to hand out another 10,000 on Wednesday.


“The guy who was next me, helping me put these meals out for folks and serving the folks that were coming through was, himself, a furloughed employee from the Department of Transportation,” he said. “The people we were serving were from the FBI, from the Department of Justice, from the Department of Transportation, from EPA -- thousands of people -- hundreds that we’d seen in the time we were there."


Kennedy said while he and Hurd received a largely warm reception, it was “devastatingly sad to see a food line that’s hundreds of people long and know that there’s thousands of people that are trying to get a hot meal because (they) work for the United States government in 2019.”


“I shudder to think about what that says about our government and about our country," he said.


The congressman offered that while he’s grateful that Andres and others have stepped up to help federal workers during the government shutdown, he believes it “should never have come to this.”


Earlier this month, Andres launched the “Chefs for Feds” effort, which urges restaurants, food trucks, non-profits and other businesses around the country to serve meals to federal employees impacted by the shutdown -- now the longest in U.S. history.


Kennedy, who stressed that ending the shutdown is “not a partisan issue,” said he hopes more federal lawmakers visit or lend a hand at places like the Chefs for Feds Kitchen and Cafe.


“I don’t know how you stop by and saw what I just saw and talk even briefly to folks waiting in line and hear what I just heard and still believe that there’s not a human cost to what is taking place,” he said.


The Democrat added that his experience in serving the federal employees underscored the fact that reopening the government is the “most important things that needs to happen” in Washington.


“The government needs to open up and open up immediately so that these folks get their back pay -- to try to make sure that the financial edge that they are on, that everybody can breathe a sigh of relief,” he said.


Prior to serving lunch to furloughed federal employees, the congressman took to that message directly to the House floor.

Kennedy, in a floor speech, accused President Donald Trump of forcing the funding lapse over what he called “a misguided immigration fight" and argued that the shutdown is the latest example of the White House’s attacks on American workers.


“This is about an Administration that has spent two years treating the livelihood of working families as a bargaining chip, quickly traded away, time and again, to protect power, profit and political gain," he said. “Theirs is a system that asks American workers to make painful sacrifices that those in power only read about.”


The partial shutdown began late last month when funding ran out for nine Cabinet-level departments and various agencies after Congress and the White House failed to reach an agreement on border security in a must-pass spending measure.


Trump has pledged to oppose any spending bill that does not include $5 billion for his proposed border wall. Democrats, in turn, have vowed to block funding for the president’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

MassEMA Update on Rain and Wind


The National Weather Service has issued an updated forecast for today’s storm (below and attached) which calls for rain (up to 3” in some areas) and potential for flooding, strong and potentially damaging winds (gusts to 65 MPH in the southeast), and pockets of minor coastal flooding along the south coast.



What / Where / When ... 
•    Periods of heavy rain, potential for flash flooding ... FLASH FLOOD WATCH in effect (through late tonight)
o    For all of S New England, especially S&E areas.
o    Rain continues to overspread this morning
o    Forecast 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, locally higher amounts. 
o    Lingering snow and ice melt will add to this issue, along with any clogged drains.  
o    Snow cover and/or hardened ground, any and all rain likely to runoff. 
o    Urban / poor drainage flooding, potential for flooded basements.
o    Minor river flooding possible.
•    Strong to damaging winds, potential for downed limbs, trees, power outages

o    HIGH WIND WARNING for SE-coastal MA & RI (9 am to 7 pm).
o    WIND ADVISORY for E-coastal MA & N RI (9 am to 5 pm).
o    Strongest mid morning into afternoon, gusts up to 60 mph.
o    For all of Southern New England especially S&E areas of MA & CT, as well as all of RI.
•    Gales winds and high seas ... GALE WARNINGS posted on all waters (1 am to 9 pm)
o    Strongest winds Thursday morning into Thursday afternoon; gusts up to 50 knots.
o    Highest seas Thursday afternoon; seas up to 20 feet.
•    Minor Coastal Flooding Possible
o    South Coastal RI and MA
o    Around time of high tide (10AM/11AM)
o    Pockets of minor coastal flooding/splashover possible.
o    Coastal Flood Statement issued for RI/S coastal MA.

Uncertainty ... 
•    We remain confident concerning the heavy rain and flooding threat.
•    However we have lower confidence concerning the exact strength of strong to damaging winds. 
o    Whether we see 40 to 50 mph gusts versus 50 to 60 mph gusts in those areas under wind-related headlines.   The risk increases in thunderstorms.


Watches, Warnings and Advisories:

High Wind Warning 
Issued: January 24 at 4:09AM EST 
Expiring: January 24 at 7:00PM EST 
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Eastern Plymouth; Nantucket; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Western Plymouth


Flash Flood Watch 
Issued: January 24 at 4:07AM EST 
Expiring: January 25 at 1:00AM EST 
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk; Western Plymouth


Coastal Flood Advisory 
Issued: January 24 at 4:03AM EST 
Expiring: January 24 at 2:00PM EST 
Urgency: Expected
Status: Actual
Areas affected: Barnstable; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth


Patriots Send Off Rally Sunday Morning

The Patriots Super Bowl LIII Send-Off Rally will be held on Sunday, January 27 at Gillette Stadium. All fans are invited to attend this FREE event!


8:00 AM – Patriot Place Gate Opens 


8:30 AM – Entertainment Begins


10:00 AM – Blue Man Group performs


10:30 AM – Speaking program begins


11:45 AM – Program ends


12:01 PM – Team Buses roll down East Road (for fans to view)


The Patriots will fly on their jet from T-F Green and arrive in Atlanta Sunday Afternoon in preparation for Super Bowl LIII. 
The Patriots Website indicated the AFC Champions would be back at practice today and will conduct meetings and walk through practices on Friday and Saturday. 

FR Shooting

WSAR News can confirm that a shooting that involved two men has impacted an area of South Main in Fall River starting at Government Center and continuing to the Fall River Justice Center. 


Attorneys leaving court were told to be careful, and there was concern inside Government Center offices, given the apparent proximity of the shooting. 


The Digital Edition of the Fall River Herald News is reporting that bullet casings were located near the Travelers Building; a source told WSAR that as many as five shots may have been fired, hitting the windows of one South Main Law Office and at least two vehicles; the damage to the two vehicles was confirmed by the digital edition of The Fall River Herald News. 



Bishop Connolly Says Football is Back

Football is Back at Bishop Connolly High School


Bishop Connolly High School announces that, beginning in August 2019, football will be back. Part of a newly-formed co-op program, Bishop Connolly will be joining forces with St. John Paul II High School, Hyannis, with the new team competing in the MIAA’s Central Catholic League.


Named the St. John Paul II/Bishop Connolly Lions, the team will play home games at Massachusetts Maritime Academy; the annual Thanksgiving game will be played at Bishop Connolly High School.


St. John Paul II head coach Matt Marshall and his coaching staff will guide the team, and additional administrative oversight will be provided by Mark Santos, St. John Paul II, and John Feeny, Bishop Connolly, the athletic directors at each school. Both schools are looking forward to a productive athletic partnership.


During the recent past, Bishop Connolly’s football program had been both competitive and successful, having captured a Mayflower League championship as recently as 2015. Connolly had been part of a co-op program with Westport High School, and as a result of a decline in football participation, the administration reluctantly decided to dissolve the program this past fall.


St. John Paul II High School also had seen its football participation decline in recent seasons.
An informational meeting for parents, students and local media will be held at Bishop Connolly High School on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Coach Marshall, Mr. Santos and Mr. Feeny will be available for questions and discussion at that time.

Fall River Department of Transitional Assistance Closed Tuesday January 22nd

        The Fall River Department of Transitional Assistance located on North Main Street will be closed today due to a water pipe burst.
        They do expect to be open by tomorrow Wednesday January 23rd; They encourage anyone in need of the department to use the DTA connect app on their cell phone.

Gasoline this Week

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down three cents this week, and are already 12 cents lower than at the start of the year, according to AAA Northeast. 

AAA’s January 21 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.41 per gallon.


The Massachusetts price is seventeen cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.24. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was ten cents higher at $2.51.  

“If demand remains seasonally low amid continued growth in gasoline stocks across the country, Americans may see pump prices remain low for the remainder of the winter – assuming there are no unforeseen spikes in oil prices,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.

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

Prep for Super Bowl LIII

The New England Patriots will begin installing a game plan for Super Bowl LIII this week, as video study of the L-A Rams will be a key portion of the week. 


The Patriots will likely leave from T-F Green on Saturday and arrive in Atlanta to begin the final preparations for the Super Bowl. 

The Patriots are currently 2.5 favorites with an Over/Under of 58. 

The Latest On The Winter Storm


DATE: January 18, 2019
TIME: 10:00 AM

SUBJECT: Multi-Impact Winter Storm Event Saturday/Sunday (Update #1)
The National Weather Service is predicting that a significant winter storm will impact the New England region with snow, sleet, freezing rain, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding along the east coast, and bitter cold starting Saturday night and continuing into Sunday evening.


Snow is forecast to begin falling statewide early Saturday evening. Snow will be heavy and wet and may fall at a rate of 2 inches per hour or more for several hours. South of Route 2, snow may change to sleet and freezing rain between midnight and 8 AM Sunday. The bulk of the freezing rain and ice accretion is expected south of the Mass Pike.


Precipitation may change to a period of all rain along and southeast of the Boston - Providence corridor for a time. If this occurs, rapidly falling temperatures on Sunday may result in a flash freeze. Mixed precipitation will transition back to a period of snow before ending sometime Sunday afternoon or early evening.


Up to 6” of snow may accumulate before snow transitions to sleet/freezing rain/rain in most areas of the state.  Areas to the north of the Turnpike have the highest risk of receiving more than 6” of snow, with higher amounts expected in northern Massachusetts.  The highest potential for over a foot of snow is north of Route 2 in Massachusetts, and parts of northern Berkshire County could see as much as two feet of snow.


In addition, ice accretion of 0.1 to 0.3 inches are possible, mainly to the south of the Mass Pike, with localized amounts of up to 0.5 inches possible along the Boston – Providence corridor.


35-50 MPH wind gusts are possible along the coast on Sunday, with gusts up to 30-35 MPH possible inland.

Minor to moderate coastal flooding is possible on east-facing shorelines around the time of the Sunday morning high tide (approximately 10 AM).


Note that this storm is still over 24 hours away and significant changes in the forecast are still possible. Going forward, MEMA will issue Situational Awareness Statements twice daily, with the next one scheduled for this afternoon.


•    Heavy snowfall, sleet, and freezing rain will lead to extremely difficult travel conditions Saturday night through Sunday. Rapidly dropping temperatures Sunday afternoon and evening may cause wet surfaces to freeze, further impeding travel.

•    Heavy wet snow combined with ice accumulations from sleet and freezing rain and strong winds may lead to downed tree limbs, power lines, and power outages. At present, the Boston-Providence corridor, where ice accumulations may reach 0.5”, is the area of greatest concern.

•    Some beach erosion may occur and vulnerable shore roads may be inundated around the time of the Sunday morning high tide. Isolated structural damage may be possible.


Watches, Warnings, Advisories
Coastal Flood Watch 
Issued: January 18 at 4:50AM EST 
Expiring: January 20 at 12:00PM EST

Areas affected: Barnstable; Eastern Essex; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Nantucket; Suffolk

Winter Storm Watch 
Issued: January 18 at 4:17AM EST 
Expiring: January 20 at 7:00PM EST

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Eastern Plymouth; Northern Bristol; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Franklin; Western Hampden; Western Hampshire; Western Norfolk; Western Plymouth

Winter Storm Watch 
Issued: January 18 at 4:17AM EST 
Expiring: January 20 at 7:00PM EST

Areas affected: Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth

Winter Storm Warning 
Issued: January 18 at 3:31AM EST 
Expiring: January 20 at 4:00PM EST

Areas affected: Northern Berkshire; Southern Berkshire




MEMA Operations
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the situation and will disseminate additional Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.

MEMA is currently developing plans to increase the activation level of the State Emergency Operations Center to Level 2 (Partial Activation) before the onset of significant impacts, and to remain activated throughout the storm and any resulting response and recovery operations. Details on the timing of the activation, and on the Emergency Support Function agencies that will staff the SEOC, will be finalized later today.
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ZBA No Go On Salvage Car Proposal

The Fall River Zoning Board of Appeals has denied a request by Copart of Connecticut Incorporated that would have allowed for a variance request to allow retail sale and auction of used, damaged, operable and inoperable vehicles of various types. 


Attorney Mark Levin argued that a fence would obstruct any view of the vehicles while opponents argued there were better uses of the property that have been explored over the last decade. 


Currently, the property houses Shell Oil tanks that have been empty for several years; it was to have been a site for LNG storage tanks, and has been proposed as a layover for potential commuter rail cars. 

Text to 9-1-1 in MA Now Active


Public Safety Officials Urge Those in Need of Emergency Services to “Call if you can, text if you can’t”

BOSTON – January 16, 2019 – The Massachusetts State 911 Department is pleased to announce that Text to 911 is now available throughout the Commonwealth.


All Massachusetts 911 call centers now have ability to receive a text message through their 911 system.


The Baker-Polito Administration has supported making these system enhancements since 2015.  

Text to 911 allows those in need of emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 911 when they are unable to place a voice call. 


“This is a significant improvement to our 911 system that will save lives,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Tom Turco. “By giving those requiring emergency services this option we are greatly expanding the ability of first responders to provide critical assistance to those in need.” 


To contact emergency services by text message, simply enter 911 in the “To” field of your mobile device and then type your message into the message field.


It is the same process that is used for sending a regular text message from your mobile device. It is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.  


“Having the ability to contact a 911 call center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” said Frank Pozniak, Executive Director of the State 911 Department. “Text to 911 also provides direct access to 911 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”


It is important to note that the 911 call center may not always have your exact location when they receive your text. For this reason, when sending a Text to 911 it is important to make every effort to begin the text message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that you can.  


The State 911 Department encourages citizens to Text to 911 only when a voice call is not possible.  

Remember: “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”



R-I Wagering App Legislation Introduced

President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio will submit legislation in the Senate this afternoon to allow mobile sports wagering through the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.


“The new in-person sportsbook that opened in November has been very popular, with lines stretching out the doors,” said President Ruggerio. “It is an entertainment option that many Rhode Islanders enjoy, and visitors from outside the state are also flocking to our gaming facilities to place their wagers on sporting events.


Expanding to mobile gaming would provide a convenient option for those wishing to enjoy this form of entertainment, and open up the economic benefits beyond the walls of Twin River. I can envision a group of friends from out-of-state spending an evening out in a local establishment where they can both watch the game and place a wager.”


The legislation would enable the creation of an app consumers could use to access the sports gaming offerings at Twin River from anyplace within the parameters of the state of Rhode Island.


Consumers must initially set up their accounts in person at Twin River, and thereafter could place a wager from anywhere in the state.


They must be physically in the state of Rhode Island in order to wager. The system would utilize technology to determine the location of any person placing a wager, and would not accept wagers from outside of the state’s boundaries.


Similar to other states, such as New Jersey, wagering is received upon a server-based gaming system located on the premises of the casinos, and therefore deemed to be placed and accepted at the casino. 


The State of Rhode Island would continue to receive 51 percent of all winnings from sports wagering, among the highest rates in the country.


“Revenue from sports gaming supports critical state services, like road and bridge repairs, education and human services. This revenue offsets reliance on taxes for state needs,” said President Ruggerio. “It is estimated that 97 percent of sports betting takes place illegally. This is an opportunity to give Rhode Islanders and visitors a legal avenue to participate in an activity they enjoy, while providing a very tangible benefit to our state.”

Connors Charged With Manslaughter

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn, III announced that Adam James Conners, 29, of Fall River is now officially being charged with Manslaughter in connection to the Saturday night homicide of 39-year-old Joseph Reading.


The defendant, who was already arraigned Monday afternoon on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury, is due back in Fall River District Court on Friday for a dangerousness hearing.


 It is likely he will be arraigned on the new Manslaughter charge during that upcoming court appearance.  


Mr. Conners and his co-defendant Mark Costa, 26, of Fall River, were both ordered held without bail pending the results of dangerousness hearings on Friday.  


Mr. Costa is charged only with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon--causing substantial injury.

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at approximately 11:35 pm Fall River Police responded to the area of Church and Hall Street for a motor vehicle accident.  


When officers arrived they located the victim, Joseph Reading, in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle bleeding and unresponsive.  


Mr. Reading was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  


Police investigation revealed that the victim had attended a gathering at 160 Hall Street in Fall River where he was involved in an altercation and was injured.  
 The investigation is ongoing by the Massachusetts State Police Unit assigned to the Bristol District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with the Fall River Police Department.  Assistant District Attorney Patrick Driscoll is prosecuting the cases.

Issues With Aircraft During Shutdown

Boston, MA –  As the partial government shutdown moves into its fourth week, aviation safety specialists across New England and the country are speaking out to warn passengers that skeleton inspection staffing is lowering safety standards at airports throughout the country.
While a handful of inspectors were mandated back to work today under “emergency” conditions, many remain sidelined by the shutdown, meaning more flights across the region are taking off without independent oversight by qualified aviation safety specialists at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Now, those inspectors are speaking out, saying skeleton crews are not enough to keep the skies as safe as possible for area passengers. While airline companies may conduct their own checks, the FAA safety inspectors charged with double-checking the work of those airlines and ensuring companies play by the rules have been sidelined since December 22. It’s a major concern for all travelers, say the workers who conduct the inspections.
“The government shutdown has put a tremendous strain on the workers, but more so I believe it has put a strain on the aviation industry and its safety,” said Stephen K. Brown in a statement released today on behalf of employees belonging to the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) union. Brown, a resident of Belmont, NH, works at the FAA’s Boston Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) where he serves as an Aviation Safety Inspector, Safety Program Manager and National Resource Inspector. Brown’s statement continued:
“With the government shutdown and the furlough of Aviation Safety Inspectors across the nation, this line of defense on regulatory and safety oversight has just disintegrated. Aviation Inspectors, like myself, have been forced to cease inspections on the airworthiness and operations of many commercial entities, from the large major air carriers down to the local commercial flight school. The nation and the public are now in a position where the is little to no oversight on all these commercial operations, yet they are allowed to operate. Unscrupulous or naive operators and operations can be conducted within our system without any regulatory oversight, inspections or investigations. While some inspectors are being recalled, we are all essential to the safety of the National Airspace System and should all be on the job for the American flying public.
Historically, inspectors like Brown had been classified as excepted employees and would have been required to work. However, that was changed in 2013 with the nation’s second longest shutdown. On Monday, some of Brown’s colleagues were called back to work on an “emergency” basis, but it’s unclear how long that will last for – and when the services will return to being fully staffed.
PASS National President Mike Perrone spoke at a federal employee rally on Capitol Hill last week and said:

“We stand with those in the labor and aviation communities to let Congress and the White House know that this government shutdown hurts the employees we proudly represent and impacts the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct important safety-related functions. Essential aviation professionals have been forced to the sidelines and their important work is not getting done. Without a fully functioning FAA, a layer of safety is missing. Let me say that again: Without a fully functioning FAA, a layer of safety is missing.”

Additional updates from the PASS union and President Perrone are available online at
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Fall River Driver Allegedly Hits Two Girls

On Monday, January 14th, 2019, at approximately 6:45 am, Officers Nicholas Hoar and Tyler Paquette of Fall River Police Departments Uniform Division were called to the intersection of County Street and Eastern Avenue in response to a call that 2 children had been hit by a car while on their way to school. 


Witnesses stated a car ignored the crossing guard (who was holding a stop sign, wearing his reflective vest and blowing his whistle) failed to stop and struck two children who were crossing northbound Eastern Avenue at County Street within the crosswalk. 


When the vehicle finally stopped, one child was pinned under the front bumper with a broken femur. The other child had her foot run over while trying to pull her friend to safety.

As a result, a 13-year-old female was transported to a Rhode Island hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries, while the other child, a female age 12, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.


The operator, Jose A. Montalvo age 45 of 1863 Pleasant Street Fall River, will be summoned to 2nd District Court on charges of :
• Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle • Failure to Stop for a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk • Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign

The Countdown to March 12

With the countdown to a potential Recall Election on March 12 in Fall River continuing, Former Fall River Mayor and the only recalled Mayor in the city's recent history, Will Flanagan, telling WSAR via a Monday Morning Text that he would not run for a partial fourth term in the 2019 recall. 

Former City Council Member Dan Rego and current City Council Member Joe Camara indicated to WSAR they would secure nomination documents on Friday, hours before the start of the weekend. 

The final day to take out nomination packets is Thursday at 5pm EST. 

Gasoline Prices This Week

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down five more cents this week, according to AAA Northeast. 

AAA’s January 14 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.44 per gallon.


The Massachusetts price is twenty cents higher than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.24.


A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was seven cents higher at $2.51.  

“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 86 cents, from a low of $2.19 to a high of $3.05. 

FR Stabbing Suspect

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn, III announced that Adam James Conners, 29, of Fall River has turned himself in to authorities at the Fall River Justice Center and will be arraigned today on charges connected to the Saturday night homicide of 39-year-old Joseph Reading.

The defendant is currently charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury.  He will be arraigned in Fall River District Court sometime this afternoon.

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 at approximately 11:35 pm Fall River Police responded to the area of Church and Hall Street for a motor vehicle accident.  


When officers arrived they located the victim, Joseph Reading, in the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle bleeding and unresponsive.  


Mr. Reading was transported to St. Anne’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  


Police investigation revealed that the victim had attended a gathering at 160 Hall Street in Fall River where he was involved in an altercation and was injured.   

Rego Makes 7

Former two term Fall River City Council Member Dan Rego has secured nomination papers to perhaps become one of 7 potential contenders on the March 12 2019 Recall Ballot aimed at Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II who is one of the contenders for the Sixth Floor Mayor's Office. 

The final day to secure nomination papers is Thursday January 17, while completed papers must be returned by January 22 to begin the process of certifying some 300 signatures for each contender. 



Fonseca Student Dies

Media Statement from Superintendent Malone
Fall River Public Schools
January 11, 2019

It is with deep regret that we inform you that one of our Fonseca students tragically passed last evening.


At this time, details have not been fully released. We are deeply saddened by this loss.

Fall River Public Schools will be offering support staff to help students, families, and school personnel during this very difficult time.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to Fonseca Elementary School directly with any assistance you may need.


Grief counseling will be available this afternoon, Friday, January 11, 2019, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and tomorrow, Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Fonseca Elementary School, 160 Wall Street, Fall River, MA.


We thank you in advance for your understanding and support and ask you to keep the child’s family, friends, and Fonseca community in your thoughts as we all continue to deal with this very difficult situation.
Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D., Superintendent

New Jersey Developers Suing Fall River

The original New Jersey Based winners of the first auction in June 2017 for the King Phillip Mill Property on Fall River's South Side are planning to sue the City of Fall River for a little over $62.5 million in a suit filed last week in Suburban New Jersey. 


A group of investors who named their organization the Fall River Area Revitalization Corporation, or FRAR, recruiting Boston Based Developer Richard DeRosas as an officer of the company to present to original plans for the site and execute the winning bid. 


The city of Fall River, including its Mayor and City Administrator, are being accused of alleged fraud, conspiracy, unjust enrichment and interference on behalf of the City of Fall River. 








Northeast Alternatives Waits

As the Cannabis Control Commission for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the staff at North East Alternatives in Fall River prepare for a final inspection that could lead to the start of legal marijuana sales in Fall River, Fall River City Council President Cliff Ponte tells WSAR that the city is looking to see what sort of revenue numbers will be produced as future fiscal year budgets will include revenue from as many as 5 potential locations. 


The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has indicated it will be issuing several retail licenses every month during 2019. 








Fall River Stabbing Suspect Wanted


On Saturday January 5, 2019 at approximately 11:30PM, Fall River Police responded to Ship’s Cove Apartments located at 130 Canal Street for a report of a stabbing.


Officers located a 37 year old male victim who was critically injured.


The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and is currently in serious condition.

Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras of the Major Crimes Division began an investigated assisted by troopers from the Bristol County State Police Detective Unit.


Patrick Theriault has been identified as the suspect in the stabbing and an active arrest warrant exists for him for the following charges:

• Armed Assault with intent to Murder
• Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon causing Substantial Injury

Fall River Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating THERIAULT.


Anyone with information regarding THERIAULT is asked to contact Detective Dwaine Cabeceiras at 508-324-2796 or anonymous tips are accepted using the TIP line by calling 508-672-TIPS (8477).

Missing Fall River Girl


     The Fall River Police Department is seeking public assistance in locating a missing juvenile female Raquel Tavares age 15.

   Raquel left school on Friday January 4, 2019 and never returned home.  


She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a pink and black jacket.  


It is believed that she ran from home in order to avoid having to move to Portugal.


 She may be staying with an unknown Paternal Uncle somewhere in New Bedford.  She may have changed clothing.  She also has a boyfriend identified as Nelson Soares of Fall River.  


Raquel is not considered endangered at this time.


English is a second Language for Raquel, Portuguese is her primary language.


Anyone with information regarding the possible location of Raquel or identity of the Uncle can contact the Fall River Major Crimes Division Detective Sarah Reis at 508-324-2796 or call anonymously on the TIPS line at 508-672-8477.

Holly's In

In a post on her Facebook Page Wednesday Morning, current Somerset Selectman Holly Mac Namara indicated she has pulled nomination papers to run for re election to a second term on the three member Somerset Board of Selectmen. 


Mac Namara has told WSAR that while she has ''heard rumblings'' that she might face opposition.


After several Somerset Election Cycles where members were defeated running for re election, David Burebe and Steve Moniz were re elected without opposition in their respective re election campaigns. 








Recall Date Set

The Fall River City Council has set the date for a potential Recall Election aimed at Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II, with Tuesday March 12 being the designated date, pending any court challenges or other developments that could delay or cancel the event. 

Correia has been dealing with a 13 Count Federal Indicatment since October 2018, which include 9 counts of alleged Wire Fraud and 4 of allegedly filing false tax returns, in connection with a smart phone app firm called SnoOwl, which Correia helped develop while a student at Providence College. 

Under the current schedule, Correia and other potential contenders, which will include Community Activist Erica Scott Pacheco and former Fall River School Committee Member Kyle Riley, can secure nominating papers beginning Friday Morning.

Correia will also be required by the Fall River Charter to deliver a State of The City address in March. 

Correia will be in court for an Interim Status Conference on February 13 at 2pm in the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston. 


Second Apartment Fire Fatal

The 75-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car that crashed into a Fall River apartment building yesterday has died.


Linda Leahey, 75, of Fall River died at Rhode Island Hospital. 


Ms. Leahey was a passenger in a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix being driven by Judith Mauretti shortly before 9:40 a.m. yesterday when it crashed into Building 15 at the Four Winds Apartments on North Main Street in Fall River.  


Mrs. Mauretti was declared deceased at the scene of the crash.  


Mrs. Leahey, however, survived the crash and was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital, where she eventually succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and resulting fire.