WSAR NEWS Archives for 2023-09

Red Sox announce departure of Chaim Bloom

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today announced that they have parted ways with Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom.


Bloom was notified of the club’s decision by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, and President & CEO Sam Kennedy.


“While parting ways is not taken lightly, today signals a new direction for our club,” said Principal Owner John Henry. “Our organization has significant expectations on the field and while Chaim’s efforts in revitalizing our baseball infrastructure have helped set the stage for the future, we will today begin a search for new leadership.


Everyone who knows Chaim has a deep appreciation and respect for the kind of person he is. His time with us will always be marked by his professionalism, integrity, and an unwavering respect for our club and its legacy.”


Bloom was named Chief Baseball Officer on October 28, 2019. He has worked in baseball for 19 years, starting as an intern for the Tampa Bay Rays, where he spent 15 years of his career preceding his time with the Red Sox.


In addition to this change, General Manager Brian O’Halloran has been offered a new senior leadership position within the baseball operations department.


The search for new baseball operations leadership will begin immediately. In the interim, the day-to-day operations will continue under the direction of O’Halloran, and Assistant General Managers Eddie Romero, Raquel Ferreira, and Michael Groopman.

_Fall River and Somerset Routine Inspection Work on the Braga Bridge Lane closures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 18 - September 21

FALL RIVER/SOMERSET - The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing crews will be conducting routine bridge inspection on the Braga Bridge carrying I-195 over the Taunton River in Fall River and Somerset.


Work is scheduled to occur daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning on Monday, September 18, and continuing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, concluding Thursday afternoon, September 21.

Single right and left lane closures in both the eastbound and westbound directions of I-195 will be required to perform the work.

The schedule for this work is weather dependent and is subject to change without notice.

Statement on NFL Field Surfaces

Moving all stadium fields to high quality natural grass surfaces is the easiest decision the NFL can make. 
The players overwhelmingly prefer it and the data is clear that grass is simply safer than artificial turf. 
Its is an issue that has been the near the top of the players' list during my team visits and one I have raised with the NFL. 

While we know there is an investment in making this change, there is a bigger cost to everyone in our business if we keep losing our best players to unnecessary injuries. 

It makes no sense that stadiums can flip over to superior grass surfaces when the World Cup comes, or soccer clubs come to visit for exhibition games in the summer, but inferior artificial surfaces are acceptable for our own players. 

This is worth the investment and it simply needs to change now. 

Red Sox to collect funds for Maui wildfires relief efforts September 8-14 Collections at all Fenway Park Gates Through 2nd Inning During Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees Series

BOSTON, MA – The Red Sox will collect donations at all Fenway Park gates beginning Friday, September 8 through Thursday, September 14 to aid Maui relief efforts on the island, where wildfires have caused widespread destruction, displacing families, destroying homes, and impacting the environment. Funds raised will support evolving needs, including shelter, food, financial assistance, and other services as identified by local organizations on site providing aid.


All donations collected by the Red Sox during the Red Sox-Orioles and Red Sox-Yankees series will be donated directly to the Maui Strong Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, and the Shane Victorino Foundation.


Fans can also make donations to the Red Sox Foundation online by visiting Donations will be collected on game days from the time gates open through the 2nd inning.

Eagles Patriots Final Injury Reports for 8 September 2023 Friday


CB Jack Jones - Hamstring (DNP)

No Players Listed.

QB Matt Corral - Not Injury Related (DNP)
OL Mike Onwenu - Ankle (LP)
RB Rhamondre Stevenson - Illness (DNP)
WR DeVante Parker - Knee (LP)
G Cole Strange - Knee (LP)

No Players Listed.

No Players Listed.

No Players Listed.

Somerset Police Investigating Double Fatal Crash

SOMERSET — Chief Todd Costa reports that the Somerset Police Department is investigating a double fatal crash that occurred early this morning.


At 1:14 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, Somerset Police received a report of a vehicle that had struck a phone pole at the MA Rte. 103 rotary. 


Upon arrival, officers located a motorcycle and a vehicle with two victims lying in the roadway. The male victim, who is believed to be the operator of the motorcycle, was pronounced dead on-scene. The female victim, who is believed to be a passenger on the motorcycle, was transported by Somerset EMS to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead. 


The identities of the deceased are being withheld at this time, pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. 


The driver of the vehicle was transported by Somerset EMS to a nearby hospital out of an abundance of caution. 


The preliminary investigation by the Somerset Police Department suggests the motorcycle entered the rotary in the wrong direction, colliding with the vehicle. 


The investigation into the crash remains active and on-going. Somerset Police are investigating with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS) Unit and Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.


Sentencing of Convicted Dartmouth Domestic Terrorist

A 52-year-old Dartmouth man was sentenced to state prison yesterday after being convicted by a jury of his peers of assaulting and terrorizing his neighbors for a period of about 18 months in 2020 and 2021, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.


Frederick Preece was convicted after a six-day jury trial in Fall River Superior Court on indictments charging him with two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon and five counts of Criminal Harassment.


The defendant, who is already serving a three to three-and-a-half year prison sentence after being convicted last June of violently assaulting his elderly father in May of 2021, was sentenced yesterday by Judge Thomas Perrino to serve an additional three-and-a-half to four years in state prison.  Upon his eventual release, he will also be placed on supervised probation for another three years.


In the current case, the defendant was accused of threatening at least eight of his neighbors with death and attempting to run elderly neighbors off the road with his motor vehicle.  The defendant began his reign of terror in June of 2020 when he returned to live at his parents’ Barney’s Joy Road home.  In addition to the death threats, the defendant instilled fear in his neighbors by also telling them he had previously killed a man, could accurately shoot a small object from 1,600 yards away, was going to bring a “real monster” who had a number of confirmed kills to the laneway, was installing listening devices at their homes and was employing mercenaries to keep his neighbors off the road he falsely asserted was part of his parents’ property.  At one point, he placed a large utility pole in front of one of the victims’ homes and installed a guard shack at the end of the lane.


At another point, the defendant, while armed with a chainsaw, entered onto a neighbor’s property while the neighbor was hosting a party and began shouting at the party guests.  On another occasions, he approached a female neighbor who was sitting alone on her porch and threatened to kill her dog.


In January of 2021, the defendant began following his neighbors in various motor vehicles. They found him to be ever present. When they walked their dogs, he would appear and follow them. When they would leave their homes, the defendant would be there watching and waiting to force an encounter with them. At the end of January of 2021, the defendant saw another female neighbor walking her puppy on Barney’s Joy Road. The defendant proceeded to follow closely behind her while she was on foot and he in his car. The defendant ultimately opened his window and began screaming at her that he would kill her dog. 


In February of 2021, the defendant expanded his scope of intimidating conduct to additional neighbors, those living next door to his parents on Jordan Road. The defendant was seen by one the victims on various dates and times in the month of February, ranging from the early morning hours to late at night, standing near the end of her driveway. Sometimes he would stand and stare up at her home making her feel watched, other times the defendant would scream various obscenities at her while pacing back and forth in front of the front yard. 


On April 8, 2021, a male neighbor had another altercation with the defendant when the victim tried to take his motorcycle out onto Barney’s Joy Road. On that date the defendant again, ever present, was driving up and down the laneway. The defendant ultimately parked and waited for the victim to pull out of his driveway for more than 5 minutes. When the victim finally did pull out onto the lane the defendant drove a BMW SUV down the laneway at the victim at a high rate of speed, slammed on his brakes and stopped within inches of the victim’s motorcycle. The defendant then began screaming at him again. 


Also in April, the defendant was seen attempting to block access to the laneway by putting up chains attached to old concrete pillars and dragging them across the road.


Then on or about April 10 2021, a 72-year-old man  was walking down Jordan Road between 8:00 and 9:00 A.M. when he saw the defendant driving a silver BMW SUV driving toward him. When the elderly victim first saw the defendant, he was traveling toward Barney’s Joy Road at a normal pace, around 30 miles per hour. As the defendant got closer to the victim the engine began to race, the vehicle sped up, and the defendant drove the vehicle abruptly toward the victim, forcing him to jump out of the road to avoid being hit. The defendant’s vehicle then moved back to the appropriate position in the road and drove off. 


Then on April 24, 2021, the same elderly victim had an almost identical interaction with the defendant. While the victim was taking a walk, the defendant’s car began accelerating to an estimated 60 MPH and drove abruptly at the victim, causing him to jump off of the shoulder of the road again. On that date the defendant stopped the car, turned around and drove back to the victim. The defendant then exited the vehicle and began yelling in his face.


Numerous other similar incidents of criminal harassment occurred during the harrowing 18-month period.

The case was successfully prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg and Assistant District Attorney Charlie Schofield.

“I would like to thank the jury for carefully reviewing the evidence and holding the defendant accountable for terrorizing and repeatedly harassing his neighbors, who were just trying to live their lives.  The defendant engaged in extremely disturbing and menacing behavior for no rational reason,” District Attorney Quinn said.  “This conduct, along with his previous conviction for assaulting his father, clearly demonstrates he is a danger to the community and a menace to his neighbors.  I am pleased the defendant will be off the street for up to seven and a half years, and that the victims can move forward to resume their lives in a normal way.”

Sagamore Bridge inspection and maintenance work September 13:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District contractors will conduct inspection and maintenance work on one side of the Sagamore Bridge on Wednesday, September 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

As a result, the travel lanes heading onto Cape Cod will be restricted to a single lane during the scheduled work hours. 

Both travel lanes heading off Cape Cod will remain open for travel. 

No wide loads will be permitted to cross the bridge while lane restrictions are in place

Governor Healey Requests Changes to Work Authorization Process for Migrants

BOSTON – Governor Maura T. Healey sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas outlining her administration’s specific requests for changes to the work authorization process to allow migrants to secure work faster and relieve pressure on the emergency shelter system in Massachusetts.  

“Massachusetts has stepped up to address what has been a federal crisis of inaction many years in the making. Communities, service providers, and our National Guard are going above and beyond to ensure that families arriving in Massachusetts have a safe place to sleep and their basic needs met,” said Governor Healey. “We are grateful to Secretary Mayorkas and his team for meeting with us to hear about the emergency we are facing and the help we need from our federal government. This letter memorializes our requests for additional federal funding and changes to the work authorization process that would support families, reduce the burden on our shelter system, and help us address our state’s workforce needs.” 

“Massachusetts is facing twin crises that aren’t unique to our state – we have rapidly rising numbers of migrant families arriving here who want to work but can’t get their work authorizations, and we are facing severe workforce shortages in all industries,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll. “We have the opportunity to not only address both of these issues, but also to grow our economy and strengthen our communities in the long run. We are hopeful that the federal government will take these requests into serious consideration.” 

Last month, Governor Healey declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts due to rapidly rising numbers of migrant families arriving in Massachusetts, requiring the state’s shelter system to expand in an unsustainable manner. There are currently more than 6,200 families with children and pregnant women in emergency shelter, many of whom are migrants. Governor Healey also recently activated up to 250 members of the National Guard to provide services at emergency shelter hotels. 

In declaring the emergency, Governor Healey appealed directly to the federal government to streamline the work authorization process to help many of these migrants obtain work that will help them support their families and eventually move out of emergency shelter. Two weeks ago, Governor Healey met with Secretary Mayorkas and his team at the Massachusetts State House to discuss these goals. This letter memorializes the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s specific requests for the federal government to address this emergency, which include regulatory and guidance changes, as well as logistical and technological improvements. The letter also reiterates the administration’s request for additional federal funding to support shelter and human services, and the need for that funding to be distributed equitably among states based on the pressure facing their systems and finances. 

The requested regulatory changes include an immediate shift in how DHS interprets the statutory rules for authorizing migrants to work, allowing them to quickly and immediately apply for work authorization when the law allows it, rather than forcing them to wait for long and bureaucratic processing procedures that could take months. In addition, the letter urges DHS to dramatically accelerate its digitization of the immigration process and to build better connectivity between the information collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This includes improved access to online forms with direct language translations and user-friendly guides, more efficient creation of work authorization cards, and more streamlined application procedures to help speed up the process.  

Two Murder Arraignments

Two recently indicted murder defendants for separate homicides which occurred this May in Mansfield and Fall River were both arraigned this week in Fall River Superior Court and ordered held without bail, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.


William O’Brien, 22, formerly of Manchester-By-The-Sea, was indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury on August 17th on charges of Murder, Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.


On May 20, 2023, the Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call Saturday at 11:11 am reporting a shooting at 42 West Church Street.  When first responders arrived on scene, they located Samuel P. Waters, 23, of Mansfield, who was already deceased. 


The defendant was arrested shortly after police arrived on scene.  On Tuesday of this week, he was formally arraigned on the new indictments in Fall River Superior Court.  He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on November 1.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Patrick Driscoll.


Separately, Angelo Leo, 33, of Fall River, was indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury on August 31 on charges of Murder, Carrying an Illegal Firearm, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Malicious Damage to a Motor Vehicle and two counts of Violating an Abuse Prevention Order.


On May 29, 2023 Fall River Police responded to the Globe Car Wash on Broadway after receiving a 911 call at 12:36 pm regarding a potential shooting. 

When first responders arrived on scene, they found the victim, Jessenia Simmons, 45, of New Bedford, already deceased in one of the car wash bays.


The defendant initially fled from the scene of the shooting in a vehicle but turned himself in to police in Tiverton, RI about a half-hour later.


He was arraigned on the new indictments this morning in Fall River Superior Court and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on October 24.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Gilian Kirsch and Kaitlyn O’Leary.

Sen. Raptakis to resubmit bill to commemorate Sept. 11 with moment of silence in schools

STATE HOUSE – Sen. Lou Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich) plans to reintroduce legislation to allow teachers in public schools to hold a brief moment of silence to recognize the anniversary of the tragic attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The proposal, which he last introduced in 2022 (2022-S 2171), is modeled on a measure enacted in the New York state to commemorate the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. 

“It’s important to recognize this terrible moment in our history and to memorialize those who lost their lives or loved ones on that day,” said Senator Raptakis. “I hope that the legislature will take action on this legislation to allow Rhode Island educators to join with their colleagues in New York in having the chance to honor future anniversaries.”

“This is a reminder that after more than 20 years, terrorism will not go away.  This bill will commemorate the tragic losses of the past while signaling that we must remain vigilant for the future,” concluded Senator Raptakis.

Senator Raptakis will be among those attending the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the State House Monday on the 22nd anniversary of the tragedy. The event, hosted by Gov. Daniel McKee, will be held Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the State House rotunda.

Natural Gas Work in Fall River This Week

Ferreira Corporation is working at the following locations this week.

#    Location    Start    End
1    Baldwin St.    N. Main St.    End
2    Bedford St.    Rock St.    N. Main St.
3    Birch St.    Bay St.    King St.
4    Bullock St.    Ratcliffe St.    Eastern Ave.
5    Canal St.    Columbia St.    Spring St.
6    Columbia St.    Canal St.    Eagle St.
7    Globe St.    Bay St.    Chace St.
8    Harvard St.    Highland Ave.    Crescent St.
9    Hill St.    Bullock St.    Locust St.
10    Holland St.    N. Main St.    End
11    King St.    Globe St.    Chace St.
12    N. Main St.    Herman St.    Wilson Rd.
13    Seabury St.    Bedford St.    Pine St.
14    Sherman St.    Bullock St.    Locust St.
15    Stowe St.    Harvard St.    End

State Health Officials Announce Third Human Case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts Residents should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites

BOSTON (September 8, 2023) – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the third human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a Massachusetts resident this year. The individual is a male in his 50s who was exposed in Hampden County. 


The risk of human infection with WNV is moderate in the Greater Boston area (Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties), and in parts of Berkshire, Bristol, Hampden, Hampshire, Plymouth, and Worcester counties. There are no additional risk level changes indicated at this time.


“This is the third person with West Nile virus infection identified in Massachusetts this year,” said Public Health Commissioner Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD. “It continues to be important for people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including by using a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered active ingredient, draining standing water around their homes, and repairing window screens. Risk from mosquito-borne disease will continue until the first hard frost.”


In 2022, there were eight human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts. WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.


People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.


Avoid Mosquito Bites
Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-Menthane-3,8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535) according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.


Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning in areas of high risk.


Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.


Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty unused flowerpots and wading pools and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly fitting screens on all windows and doors.


Protect Your Animals
Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to the Department of Agricultural Resources, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795, and to the Department of Public Health by calling 617-983-6800.


More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at Mosquito-borne Diseases |, which is updated daily, or by calling the DPH Division of Epidemiology at 617-983-6800.