Two arrested for OUI drugs/alcohol in New Bedford on Tuesday

Two drivers were arrested for OUI on Tuesday night. One is being charged with OUI-drugs while driving with a suspended license with illegally attached plates on an unregistered/uninsured vehicle.

At 10:31 pm on Tuesday, 32-year old Derek Correia of New Bedford was arrested and charged with OUI-liquor on the 10-block area of North Street.

At around 11 pm, a New Bedford police officer conducted a registration check on a motor vehicle. The status came back as stolen plates and the driver was pulled over on the 800-block area of Rockdale Ave.

After interacting with the driver, the officer determined the driver was under the influence of prescription drugs. The driver was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation and the following charges are forthcoming:

– OUI-drugs
– Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
– Illegally attached plates
– Forged/misuse of an RMV document
– Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended/revoked license
– Uninsured motor vehicle
– Unregistered motor vehicle
– Receiving stolen property

New Bedford police arrest three after responding to large crowd disturbance

New Bedford police officers arrested three people to include a 20-year old with a loaded handgun after responding to a crowd disturbance in the 20 blocks of Bentley Street around 6 pm on Tuesday.

20-year old Edwin Garcia of New Bedford was arrested and is being charged with carrying a loaded firearm without a license, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and possession of a large-capacity firearm.

39-year old Damaris Martinez is being charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police report that he was involved in an argument and pulled out a knife and allegedly became disorderly when police arrived.

19-year old Figueiredo Costa was arrested for disturbing the peace.

City of New Bedford to hold second public hearing on consideration of new cable license

The City of New Bedford, as issuing authority for a cable television license for the city, will hold a second and final public hearing on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Meeting Room of the New Bedford Main Library, 613 Pleasant Street, as part of the consideration process for a new cable license. New Bedford’s ten-year cable license expires in November 2019. The first public hearing was held on June 20; after the hearing, the City Council voted to request further opportunity for the public to comment.

The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether to issue a cable television license to Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. Members of the public are invited to attend and be heard on whether the current cable operator is in full compliance with its currently existing cable license; and what the City’s future community cable-related needs.

The hearing will include a presentation by the New Bedford Cable Network, the City’s Public, Education and Government (PEG) access network, including an overview of its community programing. There will be an opportunity for the public to comment on New Bedford’s community cable-related needs at the hearing.

The public may also submit comments in writing to the City by email at, or by mail at to the Office of the City Solicitor (Attention: Cable Contract), City Hall, 133 William Street, 02740. Comments in writing should be received no later than Friday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Spotlight on Adriana’s Mexican Restaurant – fried snapper, Mexican steak and taco bowl

Looking for some amazing Mexican food? Here’s a look at the Pescado Veracruz (fried snapper), Grilled Mexican steak and taco salad at Adriana’s Mexican Restaurant at 1262 Acushnet Ave. in New Bedford.

Spotlight on Pub 6T5 – Short rib pizza, lobster roll and pulled pork

Here’s a look at the wine marinated short rib pizza, lobster roll and pulled pork sandwich topped with onion rings at Pub 6T5 on 736 Ashley Blvd in New Bedford.

New Bedford Health Department reopens all New Bedford beaches to swimming

The New Bedford Health Department has announced all of New Bedford’s beaches have been reopened for swimming today, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Testing was conducted and the results of water samples collected from all municipal beaches indicate that water quality has returned to a level safe for swimming to resume at all New Bedford beaches.

On the morning of Wednesday, July 24, the New Bedford Health Department announced the closure of sections of New Bedford’s beaches to swimming for the remainder of the day on Wednesday due to elevated bacteria levels in the water. After water quality testing this morning, all areas are open to swimming today, July 25.

The state and federal government require the monitoring of water quality at public beaches during the bathing season. The New Bedford Health Department monitors the quality at New Bedford’s public beaches throughout the summer.

City health officials will continue to monitor the water quality at all municipal beaches for any significant changes.

For more information on this topic, visit the New Bedford Health Department Municipal Marine Laboratory Page:

Alleged shoplifter arrested on drug charges after crashing into Wareham police cruiser

On Wednesday, July 24, at 2:09 p.m. Wareham Police were requested to respond to Rite-Aid at the Wareham Plaza for a shoplifting in progress. The shoplifter, described as a female fled the lot in a blue Nissan driving very erratically westbound on Marion Road just prior to the arrival of an officer.

Within a few minutes, Officer Zina Kelsch located the vehicle in the parking lot of the Woods at Wareham apartment complex. After spotting the police cruiser, the suspect drove in reverse at a high rate of speed through the lot. The car collided with Officer Kelsch’s cruiser and for a few moments, both vehicles were hung up on each other on Swifts Beach Road. Officer Kelsch then ran to the car and attempted to open the door ordering the woman out. The suspect was able to free the vehicle and sped off onto Littleton Drive, where she abandoned the car and fled into the woods.

While multiple Wareham Police units were responding as back-up, Sergeant Kevin Reilly was involved in a serious collision with his cruiser at the corner of Swifts Beach Road and Marion Road. He was transported to Tobey Hospital with minor injuries. Other Wareham officers set up a perimeter, assisted by the State Police and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s office.

After an extensive search, Officers Christopher Corner and Joseph Cardoza located the suspect on Camardo Drive placing her under arrest. During a search of the suspect and vehicle, detectives discovered what was believed to be powder cocaine, crack cocaine, Suboxone, and Gabapentin. In addition, a digital scale and $921.00 cash was found by the officers. The stolen items from Rite-Aid valued at $28.66 were recovered as well.

Tammi L. Denwood, 41, of Randolph, is charged with the following.

• Shoplifting.
• Fail to stop for police.
• Negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
• Operating after suspension of driver’s license.
• Marked lanes violation.
• Disorderly conduct.
• Disturbing the peace.
• Resisting arrest.
• Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
• Two counts of possession of a Class “B” drug.
• Possession of a Class “E” drug.

She is expected to appear in Wareham District Court on Thursday morning.

State Police Seek Public’s Help in Locating Cambridge Flasher

Last Thursday, July 18, at about 7:30 a.m., a woman reported that while she was jogging on Memorial Drive near Vassar Street in Cambridge, a man indecently exposed himself to her. The woman pursued the man and attempted to physically detain him while calling for those nearby to contact police.

The man resisted the woman’s attempt to detain him and fled the area, last seen running down Amesbury Street.

The suspect is described as a white male with a heavy build, short dark-colored hair, a receding hairline, wearing black and grey running clothes and black running shoes with white soles.

The suspect was recorded by nearby cameras and that video can be seen in the video.

The first segment of the video shows the period of time immediately following the indecent exposure, beginning as the suspect passes the woman, while the second segment shows a closer view of the suspect jogging.

If you have any information relative to the identity of the suspect, please contact Trooper Martin Concannon at the State Police Barracks in Boston, 617-727-6780.

Here is a still photo:

Special thanks to MIT Police for their assistance in this investigation.

Legislators file Conrad’s Law” to criminalize suicide coercion in Massachusetts

This morning at the Statehouse in Boston, members of the late Conrad Roy’s family joined Senator Barry Finegold (D –Andover) and Representative Natalie Higgins (D – Leominster) to announce the filing of “Conrad’s Law,” a bill that would criminalize suicide coercion in Massachusetts. The narrowly tailored piece of legislation calls for a maximum five-year prison term for anyone convicted of the crime. The lead co-sponsor in the Senate is Sen. Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford)

Under the proposed law, a defendant can be convicted of suicide coercion if the defendant knows of another person’s propensity for suicidal ideation and either:

(1) (i) Exercise substantial control over the other person through control of the other person’s physical location or circumstances; deceptive or fraudulent manipulation of the other person’s fears, affections, or sympathies; or undue influence whereby the will of 1 person is substituted for the wishes of another;

(ii) intentionally coerces or encourages that person to commit or attempt to commit suicide; and

(iii) as a result of the coercion or encouragement, in whole or in part, that other person commits or attempts to commit suicide; or

(2) (i) Intentionally provides the physical means, or knowledge of such means, to the other person for the purpose of enabling that other person to commit or attempt to commit suicide and, as a result, the other person commits or attempts to commit suicide; or

(ii) participates in a physical act which causes, aids, encourages or assists the other person in committing or attempting to commit suicide.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III, whose office successfully prosecuted Michelle Carter on an indictment charging her with involuntary manslaughter in connection to the 2014 death of Conrad Roy in Fairhaven, supports the legislation and issued the following statement today:

“With suicide rates and bullying on the rise, it is imperative that we do all we can to protect our most vulnerable populations from those who would take advantage of someone in a state of mental or emotional distress. While the charge of involuntary manslaughter has been shown to fit in the most egregious of cases, it is important for Massachusetts to join with 40 others states across the country who have already passed suicide by coercion laws for those cases that do not rise to the level of manslaughter. My office is keenly aware of the roller coaster of emotions the Roy family has gone through during the past five years. After losing their son forever, they soon learned from police and prosecutors that he was the victim of a crime and that his close friend had callously violated their trust. The family then had to sit through years of court proceedings, a widely publicized trial, the onslaught of media coverage and an appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court before finally getting the measure of justice they deserved. Throughout the entire process, Lynn Roy and the entire family presented themselves with grace and dignity. My office is proud to support Lynn Roy, Senators Finegold, and Montigny, along with Rep. Higgins, in this critical legislative effort and I look forward to testifying on behalf of the bill when it gets its hearing.”

New Bedford beaches closed to swimming today

The New Bedford Health Department has announced the city’s beaches have closed to swimming today, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, due to elevated bacteria levels.

The Health Department has closed all of the city’s beaches sections to swimming to protect public health, after yesterday’s heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding in areas of the city.

The water at all New Bedford beaches will be tested daily until acceptable water quality levels are obtained and swimming can resume at all sections. Further updates regarding openings and closures will be made as water quality results are received.

Additional information is available by calling the New Bedford Health Department at (508) 991-6199.

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