FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police now say 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts were defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti, about twice as many as initially thought.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A lawsuit is challenging a special election in which embattled Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was both recalled and re-elected.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating anti-Semitic messages and Nazi imagery scrawled on gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in Massachusetts as a hate crime.
DJ killed in shooting that left another man injured
BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a 31-year-old man has died in a shooting in Massachusetts that left another man injured and homes riddled with bullets.
Fugitive returned to face charges of theft from father
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who disappeared three years ago after he was charged with stealing more than $100,000 in veterans' benefits from his father has been found.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — In an unorthodox turn of events, voters in Fall River re-elected their embattled mayor Tuesday on the same night that he was recalled from duty.
Bank robber gets 4 years for robbing Tiverton bank
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who robbed a Rhode Island bank has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Justin Davis, of Fall River, was...
Indicted mayor withdraws motion to repay investors
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal charges and a recall election has withdrawn his request to repay investors in his app company.
Man convicted of trafficking woman sentenced to prison
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man convicted of trafficking a woman into sexual servitude will serve seven to 10 years in prison.
Teen girls, ages 14 and 15, charged with robbing bank
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts have charged teenage girls ages 14 and 15 with robbing a bank.
Fall River police say the 14-year-old girl walked into a BayCoast Bank branch...
Indicted mayor seeks to repay investors
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal charges and a recall election says prosecutors aren't allowing him to repay investors in his company.
Police: Dispute over pillow sparked fatal stabbing of teen
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A 16-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with fatally stabbing his 17-year-old cousin during a dispute that started as an argument over a pillow and blanket has been held...
16-year-old boy charged in stabbing of 17-year-old youth
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old Massachusetts youth.
The Bristol district attorney says the suspect in the killing of 17-year-old William Wheeler in Fall River late Wednesday was arrested Thursday evening in West Warwick, Rhode Island.
The suspect's name was not made public because he is a juvenile.
17-year-old boy fatally stabbed in Fall River
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boy.
A spokesman for the Bristol district attorney says Fall River police responded to a 911 call about a stabbing during an altercation at about 11:55 p.m. Wednesday.
First responders found 17-year-old William Wheeler lying on the floor of an apartment suffering from an apparent stab wound. He was taken to St. Anne's Hospital where he was declared dead just before 1 a.m. Thursday.
Building deemed uninhabitable after the release of mercury
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Fall River apartment building has been deemed uninhabitable after the release of mercury.
Fire officials say the poisonous material was released into the Hamlet St. building by a man trying to melt down old dental fillings, believing they were silver.
Fall River District Fire Chief Michael Clark said the resident melted the fillings Jan. 25 and went to the hospital three days later. Initially doctors couldn't understand what made him ill.
Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping stepdaughter
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping his stepdaughter over the course of several years.
Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn said Monday a Fall River Superior Court jury convicted 49-year-old Felipe Gonzalez of multiple counts of aggravated rape of a child and rape of a child by force among other offenses.
Prosecutors say the Raynham man assaulted the victim between 2011 and 2016 in Avon, North Attleborough and Raynham.
Seafood workers reach settlement on harassment complaint
BOSTON (AP) — Four women who say they were subjected to inappropriate touching and comments from a male supervisor while working at a Massachusetts seafood packing plant have agreed to a $675,000 settlement.
Police: Would-be bank robber gets cold feet, rips up note
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are looking for a woman they say intended to rob a bank but got cold feet and left without a penny.
Fall River police tell the Herald News the woman walked into the Fall River Municipal Credit Union on Monday afternoon and approached a teller.
Man who rear-ended taxi, killing passenger, gets prison time
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Boston man who had been bar hopping on St. Patrick's Day two years ago before he drove into the rear of a taxi at more than 120 mph, killing the passenger, has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison.
Prosecutors say 43-year-old Michael Spinale was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to motor vehicle homicide while drunk and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Car hits 2 students walking to school
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Officials say two students were hit by a car while walking to a Massachusetts middle school.
Fall River Superintendent Matthew Malone says the students were struck in a crosswalk where a crossing guard was present in Fall River around 6:45 a.m. Monday.
Malone says the students were heading to Talbot Middle School, and police have identified the students as girls ages 12 and 13.
Suspect in a fatal Fall River stabbing turns himself in
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The suspect in a fatal weekend stabbing in Fall River has turned himself in.
Authorities say 29-year-old Adam Conners surrendered Monday morning and is expected to be arraigned later in the day on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing substantial injury.
Conners is suspected of stabbing 39-year-old Joseph Reading, of Fall River, at a gathering in the city on Saturday night.
Man stabbed to death at gathering in Fall River
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a weekend stabbing death in Fall River.
Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn in a statement Sunday said police responded to the area of Church and Hall streets at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday for a motor vehicle accident.
When officers arrived, they found 39-year-old Joseph Reading, of Fall River, in the driver's seat of the vehicle bleeding and unresponsive.
Westport voters to decide on farming of marijuana
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) — Voters in Westport, Massachusetts will decide this spring whether to allow farmers to grow marijuana and sell it to dispensaries.
The Herald News reports that selectmen agreed to include the issue on the May town meeting agenda.
2 arrested in connection with fatal Taunton stabbing
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities have arrested two people in connection with what police say is the city of Taunton's first homicide since 2016.
The Bristol district attorney on Tuesday announced that 19-year-old Jerome Middleton, of Fall River, and 24-year-old Khaylon Cruz, of New Bedford, are both charged with murder in the weekend stabbing death of Justin Paulo.
The 31-year-old Taunton man was stabbed Saturday night and pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital on Sunday morning.
DA: Passenger in car that sparked Fall River blaze dies
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say the passenger in a car that crashed into a Massachusetts apartment building on New Year's Day, setting off a massive fire, has died.
The Bristol district attorney's office said Wednesday that 75-year-old Linda Leahey died at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
The Latest: 2nd occupant of car that sparked huge fire dies
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a fire at a Massachusetts apartment building (all times local):
The passenger in a car that crashed into a Massachusetts apartment building on New Year's Day, setting off a massive fire, has died.
A spokesman for the Bristol district attorney said Wednesday that 75-year-old Linda Leahey, of Fall River, died at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
Woman dies after crashing car into Fall River apartments
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A woman who crashed her car into a Fall River apartment building, setting off a massive fire, died Tuesday, authorities said.
Massachusetts apartment building fire restarts
The Latest: Fall River fire caused by car crash flares again
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a crash that caused a building fire in Fall River (all times local):
A fire that began after a woman crashed her car into a Fall River apartment building has started up again.
Mayor charged by feds says he won’t quit; recall vote next
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal charges says he will not resign from office, setting the stage for a recall election.
The Fall River City Council had given Mayor Jasiel Correia (JAY'-zil koh-RAY'-uh) until 5 p.m. Wednesday to decide if would leave office on his own. In a letter shared on social media, Correia said it was up to the "people of our city" to answer the question of whether he should continue serving.
Police investigating homicide in Dartmouth hotel parking lot
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating a homicide after a man was discovered bleeding heavily inside a car in a Dartmouth hotel parking lot.
The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said Dartmouth Police received a 911 call from the night manager at the Regency Hotel at about 10:34 Saturday night.
Investigators said first responders found the victim — identified as 37-year-old Joseph Tavares of Fall River — sitting unresponsive in the driver's seat.
Mayor in Massachusetts given 5 days to quit or face recall
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Fall River City Council is giving Mayor Jasiel Correia five days to step down or face a recall election.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of a motion allowing the city clerk to send Correia a letter letting him know he has five days to resign.
If he refuses, it will be up to voters to decide if he should go.
Police arrest man charged in 2013 murder
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A man wanted in a fatal 2013 shooting in Rhode Island has been apprehended in Massachusetts.
The Fall River Herald News reports 27-year-old Kongvannark Maloney was arrested Sunday in Fall River following calls concerning a domestic disturbance at an apartment.
Maloney refused to identify himself but was later identified through a fingerprint analysis.
1 dead in Fall River building fire
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died in a building fire in Fall River.
Officials say the fire started early Sunday in a multi-family building and the man became trapped in his second floor apartment.
Authorities say the man was rescued from the building and taken to the hospital where he later died.
Massachusetts cannabis panel OKs 4 more pot shop licenses
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has approved final licenses for four more retail marijuana shops in Fall River, Hudson, Pittsfield and Great Barrington.
The commission signed off on the licenses for Northeast Alternatives, Temescal Wellness and Theory Wellness during a meeting Thursday at the Statehouse.
1 dead, 1 hurt when gasoline tanker rolls on highway
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A tanker truck carrying gasoline has rolled onto its side on a Massachusetts highway, killing the driver and injuring the driver of another vehicle.
State police say the tanker rolled on Route 24 in Fall River just after 5 a.m. Thursday.
The tanker struck another vehicle when it rolled. The operator and sole occupant of the tractor trailer was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Officials certify signatures to remove mayor
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Officials have certified more than 4,000 signatures gathered in an effort to recall a Massachusetts mayor charged in a federal fraud case.
The Fall River City Clerk's office announced Wednesday the Board of Election Commissioners has certified the signatures to remove Mayor Jasiel Correia, and they will now send the signatures to City Council.
Man gets 18 years in prison for shooting at cookout in 2015
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in Massachusetts say a Taunton man who shot another man at a cookout in 2015 has been sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.
Lorenze DaVeiga pleaded guilty Monday in Fall River Superior Court to multiple charges including manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Prosecutors say the 22-year-old DaVeiga killed Marques McCassie in a shootout at a cookout at McCassie's cousin's home in Taunton in June 2015.
Youth basketball coach gets prison for molesting player
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A former youth basketball coach from Massachusetts has been sentenced to prison for up to seven years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a player.
Man who stole car, then robbed bank, gets 4 years in prison
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man who stole a car in Massachusetts then used it as the getaway vehicle after robbing a bank in Rhode Island has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that 28-year-old Cody Toolis, of Fall River, Massachusetts, was also sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to repay the bank the $460 he stole.
Police officer accused of stealing gas, charged with larceny
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police sergeant has been charged with larceny for allegedly stealing gasoline from the town.
State Police said Wednesday that 55-year-old Tiverton Sgt. William Munroe was arrested by members of the Special Investigations Unit and charged with 14 counts of larceny, following a monthlong investigation.
The Fall River, Massachusetts resident is scheduled to be arraigned later Wednesday at Second Division District Court in Newport.
Former jail guard gets 4 years for committing 2 robberies
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts jail guard who robbed a drugstore and a convenience store has been sentenced to four years in prison.
The Bristol district attorney's office says 47-year-old Joseph Farias, of Westport, was also sentenced this week to three years of probation.
Organizers push for recall of mayor charged with fraud
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Organizers behind an effort to recall a Massachusetts mayor charged in a federal fraud case say they have collected enough signatures to start the process.
Effort launched to recall mayor facing federal charges
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An effort is underway to recall the Massachusetts mayor charged with defrauding investors in an app he developed.
Fall River's city clerk tells the Herald News that a petition signed by 10 city residents to recall Mayor Jasiel Correia has been dropped off at her office.
The petition says Correia "is now tainted by federal indictments that cannot be ignored" which has potentially caused distrust in people doing business with the mayor or city.
Embattled mayor facing federal charges says he’s innocent
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — An embattled Massachusetts mayor charged with defrauding investors in a company he formed before his election said Tuesday he will not resign and defiantly disputed federal prosecutors' case against him.
At a City Hall news conference that was so packed with cheering supporters that it felt at times like a political rally, Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia touted his accomplishments as mayor and blamed political foes for his legal woes.
Police: Woman leads police on chase through 2 states
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Rhode Island woman police say led officers on an early morning pursuit through several towns in two states has been held on $5,000 bail.
Irene Bublik, of Warren, pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple charges including assault and battery on a police officer, and drunken driving in connection with the chase that started in Warwick, Rhode Island at about 1:30 a.m. and ended in Swansea, Massachusetts.
Gov. Baker: Fall River mayor should step aside during probe
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is calling on the mayor of Fall River to step aside after he was charged with using investments in a company he formed as his "own personal ATM" to enjoy casinos, adult entertainment, buy a Mercedes, and pay student loan debt.
A spokesman for the Republican governor said Friday that Baker is urging Democratic Mayor Jasiel Correia to "act in the best interests of the people of Fall River and step aside until the case is resolved."
‘Greedy’ young mayor stole from investors, feds say
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor who was first elected at age 23 was charged Thursday with using investments in a company he formed as his "own personal ATM" to enjoy casinos and adult entertainment, buy a Mercedes, and pay down student loan debt.