NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been charged for allegedly ordering his pit bull dog to attack a 13-year-old girl.
South Coast Today reports that 28-year-old Jerry Chery,...
Suspect in fatal crash waives extradition
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caused a fatal crash and then disappeared until he was tracked to Rhode Island several days later has waived...
Man wanted in fatal crash caught in Rhode Island
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man authorities say caused a fatal crash and then fled the scene has been apprehended in Rhode Island.
Woman dies after vehicle hits tree, bursts into flames
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — State police have identified the woman killed in a fiery crash in Middleborough that closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 495 for several hours.
School lunch staff support students beyond the cafeteria
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — In the cafeteria at Normandin Middle School on Thursday morning, Maria Santos pulled some money out of her pocket.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The federal government is limiting the harvest of an important bait fish for the rest of the year from Massachusetts to North Carolina.
Feds propose rules for scallop fishery with season coming
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — This year's Atlantic sea scallop fishing year begins in several weeks, and federal regulators are proposing new management measures for the valuable fishery.
Audit finds sheriff’s office mismanaged ICE reimbursements
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A state audit has found that a Massachusetts sheriff's office failed to properly transfer more than $348,000 in reimbursements from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the state treasurer.
Meetings set for changes East Coast’s scallop fishery
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Federal fishing managers are holding a series of meetings along the East Coast to gather feedback about potential changes to the rules governing the U.S.'s lucrative Atlantic ocean scallop fishery.
Housemates’ argument over music leads to fatal stabbing
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a dispute over the volume of music led to a fatal stabbing inside a Massachusetts home.
The Standard-Times reports that William Macomber was held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder at his arraignment on Monday.
Police charge man with murder after fatal stabbing
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — One man is dead and another faces a murder charge after a weekend stabbing in New Bedford.
Authorities say they received a 911 call about a stabbing during an altercation inside a home just after midnight Sunday.
First responders found 27-year-old Steven Doyle suffering from a stab wound to the chest.
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.
Man working on roof of food bank falls to his death
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say a man helping install an air conditioner on the Rhode Island Food Bank building has died after a 40-foot fall through the roof.
Police say 50-year-old Scott Simons, of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was cutting a hole in the roof of the Providence building at about 10:30 a.m. Monday when he fell.
He fell about 40 feet to a concrete floor. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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.
Government shutdown impacting planning for wind power farm
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — The ongoing federal government shutdown is affecting the planning for a proposed wind farm project off New England's coast.
Two federal meetings have been postponed indefinitely, one in New Bedford, Massachusetts on Tuesday and another in Narragansett, Rhode Island on Wednesday.
New England whaling museum hosts ‘Moby-Dick’ read-a-thon
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts whaling museum is hosting its 23rd annual read-a-thon of one of America's most celebrated novels — "Moby-Dick."
The reading will begin at noon Saturday and continue around the clock until 1 p.m. Sunday. More than 200 readers will participate in the event at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Man arrested in hotel parking lot shooting
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of another man who was found inside a car in a Massachusetts hotel parking lot.
The Bristol County District Attorney's office says police arrested 48-year-old Robert Rose Jr., of New Bedford, Thursday. He is facing charges of murder and misleading police.
1 killed, 3 injured in head-on crash on Thanksgiving
OAKHAM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police are investigating a head-on crash on Thanksgiving that killed a woman and injured three others.
State police say a 21-year-old Franklin man driving a Toyota Corolla lost control in Oakham at 5:20 p.m. Thursday and struck a Honda CRV coming from the opposite direction.
The Franklin man's passenger, identified Friday as 21-year-old Annabelle Rosemond, of New Bedford, died.
Police identify suspect in Veteran’s Day killing
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police have identified a suspect in connection with a fatal shooting in Massachusetts on Veteran's Day.
The Bristol district attorney's office says police are looking for 30-year-old Alexis Silva in connection with the Nov. 11 shooting in New Bedford that took the life of Reynaldo Pena.
Police responded to a report of shots fired around 2 a.m. and found Pena lying in the street.
Spiritual first responders tackle MA drug crisis
Man, 23, found fatally shot on street
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A fatal shooting is under investigation in New Bedford.
The Bristol District Attorney's office says police responding to a 911 call early Sunday morning found 23-year-old Reynaldo Pena lying on Shawmut Street with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a nearby hospital and later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly before 4 a.m.
No arrests were immediately reported and authorities released no other details about the case.
Declining species’ future tops agenda at whale of a meeting
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A group of scientists, conservationists and others is meeting in Massachusetts to brainstorm strategies to save one of the rarest marine mammals on the planet.
It's the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium's annual meeting, and it's wrapping up on Thursday at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford. The right whales number only about 440 and have suffered from high mortality and poor reproduction in recent years.
Candidates crisscross Massachusetts in final push for votes
BOSTON (AP) — Candidates for a slew of statewide offices are going to be crisscrossing Massachusetts in a final push for votes.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl will be joining supporters at rallies planned Saturday in Fitchburg and Worcester.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be making stops in Brockton and New Bedford on Saturday. On Sunday, Warren has scheduled events in Springfield and Worcester.
Police: Man stole large beach stones to build a koi pond
WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say they've arrested a man charged with stealing large decorative wall stones from a beach.
Body of woman found after House Fire in New Bedford
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The body of a woman has been found after an early morning house fire in New Bedford.
Firefighters responded to the scene just before 3 a.m. on Saturday and found flames coming from the back of the house and spreading to the roof.
WPRI-TV reports the woman's body was found inside the home on the floor.
Jury rejects paraplegic inmate’s claims of mistreatment
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A federal jury has rejected allegations of mistreatment in prison by a Massachusetts man convicted of murder who became a paraplegic in a car crash while fleeing from police.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that the jury ruled Tuesday that the state prisons department did not violate the constitutional rights of Timothy Reaves.
Soccer player returns to field after brain injury
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — As Joe and Berta Eugenio wheeled their son onto the Keith Francis Track in the brisk twilight hours of Saturday evening, a swell rose from the stands above McCoy Field.
The crowd came to its feet, clapping, screaming "We love you Andrew." Over on the sidelines, New Bedford High and GNB Voc-Tech players and coaches openly wept, overcome in the moment.
NOAA seeks to fine ‘Codfather’ $3 million, revoke permits
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts fishing magnate known as "the Codfather" is already in prison after pleading guilty to criminal charges, but his troubles aren't over.
Federal fishing regulators have issued superseding charging documents in their civil administrative case involving Carlos Rafael, seeking to revoke dozens of his fishing permits and increase civil penalties to more than $3.3 million.
Hospital ward renamed for officer killed serving warrant
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts hospital has renamed its pediatric unit after a police officer killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
The dedication at New Bedford's St. Luke Hospital for the K-9 Sgt. Sean McNamee Gannon Pediatric Unit took place Tuesday in a private ceremony.
Woman charged after son swallows heroin deemed a danger
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman whose toddler swallowed a bag of fentanyl-laced heroin has been deemed a danger and held for 120 days without bail.
The Standard-Times reports that prosecutors told a judge Thursday that 30-year-old Saranah Raposa at first did not tell first responders her 21-month-old son may have ingested drugs, but just told them he had choked on a piece of plastic in her New Bedford apartment.
They say that delay could have cost the child his life.
Woman whose child swallowed heroin ordered held without bail
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman whose toddler swallowed a bag of fentanyl-laced heroin has been held without bail pending a hearing to determine whether she is dangerous.
Saranah Raposa was arrested around 11 a.m. Tuesday in Attleboro and arraigned later that day in New Bedford on charges including reckless endangerment and assault and battery on a child with a dangerous weapon.
Fishing captain admits hindering Coast Guard net inspection
BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts fishing boat captain has pleaded guilty to interfering with a U.S. Coast Guard inspection involving a vessel owned by a fishing magnate nicknamed The Codfather.
Thomas Simpson pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to destruction or removal of property subject to inspection.
Former banker avoids jail time for ‘upskirt’ videos
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts banker who pleaded guilty to taking "upskirt" videos of three women at his bank will not serve any jail time.
The Standard-Times reports that 55-year-old William Raus received a two-year suspended sentence Monday with 90 days of home confinement after pleading guilty to three counts of upskirting.
Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for robbing young girl
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with robbing an 11-year-old girl who was tending the cash register at a fish market has pleaded guilty.
Mosquitoes in 2 municipalities test positive for West Nile
SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — Public health officials say two Massachusetts municipalities have mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus.
The city of New Bedford and town of Seekonk both announced Tuesday that West Nile virus was detected in mosquito samples.
New Bedford's tested mosquitoes were tested at Oak Grove Cemetery, which will be sprayed along with other parts of the city on Thursday.
Warm weather brings flying fish to Massachusetts
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Picture fish literally jumping out of the water, catching strong a breeze and cruising through the air for hundreds of feet.
It's an image common in tropical and sub-tropical waters, where flying fish can leap out of the water and glide distances more than 600 feet. While they aren't native here, they've recently been spotted in waters off of Buzzards Bay.
Officials: Cab driver shoots, kills passenger during robbery
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts cab driver fatally shot a passenger who tried to rob him.
The Bristol County District Attorney's Office says after the cab driver picked up two men in New Bedford early Friday, the men put the driver in a choke hold and used a knife to try to rob him.
Prosecutors say the driver managed to escape the cab and fired several shots, hitting 24-year-old Christopher Dunton. Dunton was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities arrest suspect in New Bedford fatal stabbing
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a 51-year-old sex offender in connection with a fatal stabbing in New Bedford.
The Bristol County district attorney's office says James Andrews, of New Bedford, was charged with murder Thursday in the killing of 47-year-old Allan Monteiro Sr. Andrews also was charged with failure to register as a sex offender.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Fishermen who worked for the New Bedford fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" will be allowed to return to work after a federal ban grounded their vessels for months.
BOSTON (AP) — Kids in Boston, Worcester and other Massachusetts cities will get to splash around in the pool a little bit longer for the next month.
State officials say eight state pools and two spray decks managed by the Department of Conversation and Recreation will have extended hours on Thursdays as part of the "Summer Nights Initiative." The pools and spray decks are in Boston, Brockton, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Investigators say a 25-year-old man who was shot and killed in Providence last month was a member of a Boston gang involved in a feud with another group.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A judge has ordered a man arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts man in Rhode Island held without bail.
George Webb was in court Tuesday for his arraignment hearing on charges of murder and conspiracy.
Police arrested the 23-year-old as well as 24-year-old Anthony Sharpe for the death of 25-year-old Jacorey Sanders, of New Bedford.
Old churches in danger as congregations dwindle
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Robert L. Xifaras, attorney and developer, placed the key in the front door of the towering red brick Trinity Methodist Church, looming on New Bedford's skyline.
The door swung open, revealing how much damage an old church can sustain if it is left vacant for six years. Skylines do change. Xifaras believes he can save this part of it.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Two New Bedford men have been convicted of murder for shooting a man on New Year's Eve in 2015.
Prosecutors say 25-year-old Aaron Bookman and 26-year-old Angel Acevedo fatally shot Aaron Gant Jr. in a retaliatory gang killing.
The Standard-Times reports Gant was shot in the back of the head on Dec. 31, 2015, as he rode in a car in New Bedford.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Brazilian citizen who served time for trying to kill his wife in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to killing his daughter and has been sentenced to life in prison.
Walter DaSilva pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and admitted to killing Bristol Community College student Sabrina DaSilva in New Bedford in July 2016. The slaying came more than a decade after he was convicted of trying to kill her mother.
Walter DaSilva was deported in 1999 and again in 2012.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a suspected drunken driver assaulted a Massachusetts State Police trooper.
Police say Trooper Joshua Pacheco was in New Bedford early Saturday when he saw a car driving erratically.
Police say the car sped down the street and pulled into a driveway. Officials say as Pacheco was trying to talk to the driver, the man got out of the car and lunged at the trooper.
BOSTON (AP) — The story of a Massachusetts man who found success in the corporate world after struggling through the foster care system is the focus of a movie being shown in Boston and hundreds of theaters across the country.
"A Chance in the World" is being screened Wednesday at theaters in Boston and other cities as part of a one-night event marking National Foster Care Month.
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man has beaten a dog with a baseball bat and has been arrested.
Dartmouth police say they responded to a report of a man abusing a dog with a baseball bat in a vehicle Friday. They found 50-year-old Gregory Ostiguy, of New Bedford, beating a dog.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police have captured a man wanted for a murder in Georgia.
State Police say they arrested 27-year-old Brejon Nabors Thursday morning as he tried to escape from the roof of a residence in New Bedford, a fishing port near the Rhode Island state line.