Four injured after SUV strikes utility pole in Cape Cod and rolls over several times

At approximately 1:00am on Tuesday morning, the Barnstable Police Department and Hyannis Fire Department received a 911 call for a reported car fire on Smith Street near Circle Drive in Hyannis.

First responders arrived on scene to find an SUV truck fully engulfed in flames with 4 people outside the vehicle – passengers who had managed to self-extricate. Three of the passengers received minor injuries and one person’s injuries were severe enough to need to be transported to the hospital.

A preliminary investigation suggests that the SUV struck the utility pole then rolled over several times and caught on fire.

The crash remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police and local police.




Dartmouth’s Bishop Stang Lacrosse raises $6,000 for the American Cancer Society with “Stick it to Cancer” event

Dartmouth, MA: On April 29th, the Bishop Stang Girls and Boys Lacrosse programs ran a very successful “Stick it to Cancer” fundraiser event. Capturing wins on the field, however, weren’t the only accomplishments. Collectively, we were able to raise more than $6,000 to be donated towards cancer research through the American Cancer Society.

After a successful event last year, we wanted to aim even higher and begin to incorporate our Boys Lacrosse program as well. The goal for this year was set at $5,000. With the Girls hosting Seekonk at 3:45, and the Boys Hosting Old Rochester at 6:00, this doubleheader was the perfect opportunity to join forces and achieve our goal. The fundraiser was off to a great start, having already raised more than $2,300 towards the goal prior to the event.

The players from all teams incorporated pink, purple, and other colors that represented a particular type of cancer as part of their game uniform for the night. It was a packed campus with great energy and an even greater capacity to create change. Old Rochester and Seekonk were both great partners to us and their school communities helped us surpass our goal!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at ngreene@bishopstang.org. When our school community comes together for a great cause, we are able to accomplish amazing things!

If you’d like to learn more about Bishop Stang, visit our website at bishopstang.org.”-Bishop Stang High School.


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Wareham Police charge 42-year-old man with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

On May 8, 2024, the Wareham Police Criminal Investigation Division along with the Patrol Division served narcotic related search warrants at a residence in Wareham, which resulted in an arrest, and the seizure of suspected Fentanyl and drug related paraphernalia.

Alexander Lugo, forty-one (42) years old of Wareham, MA was charged with Possession with intent to Distribute Class A (Fentanyl).

Lugo was arraigned at the Wareham Fourth 4th District Court.

Chief Walter Correia praised the Wareham Police Criminal Investigation Division and the officers involved in the investigation for taking potential lethal drugs off the streets of Wareham, MA.




Massachusetts Adding Family Shelters at former Norfolk correctional facility

By Alison Kuznitz
State House News Service

State officials are planning to open an overflow shelter at a former Norfolk correctional facility next month that can accommodate about 140 families, a move from the Healey administration that drew frustration from a Republican lawmaker.

The Bay State Correctional Center, a former minimum-security prison that closed in 2015, is slated to house around 450 individuals starting in mid-June, Rep. Marcus Vaughn of Wrentham said in a letter posted on social media Friday evening.

“I regret to inform you that Norfolk has been chosen as the next site for an overflow shelter, a decision I received with deep disappointment this Friday afternoon,” Vaughn wrote to Norfolk residents. “However, I firmly believe in transparency, hence I feel it’s crucial to share this news with you.”

Vaughn said administration officials are opening the site due to “mounting concerns” over migrant families staying at Logan Airport, though he warned situating a shelter in Norfolk could affect local schools and public safety.

“Undoubtedly, this development will strain our school systems in Norfolk and at King Philip Middle and High school and will likely impact public safety infrastructure, concerns I emphasized during our discussion with the Governor’s office,” Vaughn wrote. “While assurances were given regarding on-site security, I intend to meet with [Police] Chief [Timothy] Heinz to explore avenues to mitigate the burden on our town’s public safety departments. Acknowledging the financial strain on our schools, I conveyed our concerns about reimbursement to the Governor’s office, who assured us of ongoing dialogue with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Educational (DESE) to address these challenges.”

Sen. Becca Rausch, a Needham Democrat, struck a different tone about the Norfolk shelter in a statement she issued Monday afternoon.

“I hope no one would want to see pregnant women, children, and families without shelter,” Rausch said. “At the same time, the impacts of an influx of more than 400 people, including many school-aged children, to a town with a population of only 11,500 must be managed carefully and responsibly. I have expressed to the Administration my concerns regarding significant student needs, increased demands on town water and other infrastructure, additional municipal financial burdens, and the general suitability of Bay State Correctional as an emergency overflow shelter.”

Rausch said she’s also reached out to local government partners.

“I remain committed to my service to the Town of Norfolk and helping navigate this situation, made even more difficult due to the absence of financial or other assistance from the federal government,” she said.

Scott Rice, the state’s emergency assistance director, said the former prison is in “good condition.” The facility has dorm rooms, with bathrooms and showers on every floor, Rice said.

“Additionally, the facility has a cafeteria, a gymnasium, a large common room, and offices that will be utilized for case management and administrative activities,” Rice said in a statement. “The site will be set up with play areas for children, as well as classroom spaces for adults to engage in activities that support pathways to stability such as ESOL classes, job training courses, and housing search workshops.”

Norfolk town officials said they met with Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll on Saturday and learned the shelter will operate for six to 12 months.

“An unexpected influx of a large number of families poses many logistical challenges to Norfolk. Town Administrator Justin Casanova-Davis, Police Chief Timothy Heinz, Fire Chief Erron Kinney, Norfolk School Superintendent Ingrid Allardi, King Philip Superintendent Rich Drolet, and other department leaders will be meeting regularly in the coming days,” the town said in a statement Monday. “This group will develop a comprehensive list of potential impacts to the town and develop strategies to continue to deliver regular municipal services without interruption.”

A razor fence around the facility will be removed, according to a spokesperson for the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities.

The shelter is intended to serve families who are currently on the waitlist for the state’s overburdened emergency family shelter system. Many of those families are spending their nights at Logan Airport, the spokesperson said. Once off the waitlist and placed in the emergency shelter system, families stay in more traditional shelter spaces, as well as motels and hotels.

The spokesperson said schools are receiving state financial assistance to cover enrollment and other costs tied to students staying at emergency shelters.

Grappling with dozens of migrant families sleeping at Logan Airport this winter, the Healey administration opened a controversial overflow site at a Roxbury community center in January with the capacity to house around 100 families. But the shelter based at the Cass Recreation Center is slated to close at the end of the month, the EOHLC spokesperson said.

To keep up with demand for emergency housing amid a crush of migrants in Massachusetts, officials are also planning to open a shelter at a National Guard armory in Lexington this month, the spokesperson said. It will be able to accommodate 55 families.

“The Armory is a State-owned property and we were not involved in the decision-making process to utilize this space as a shelter for families and children who are unhoused, including those who have recently arrived in the State. This site is being organized and operated entirely by the State,” Lexington officials said last week. “This overflow shelter will operate as a closed facility. Only authorized personnel will be allowed into the building, which will remain operational as a hub for National Guard operations.”

“The Town of Lexington is proud to support local and regional efforts to ensure individuals and families have access to food, clothing, and shelter – no matter where they come from or how they arrive here,” said Lexington Town Manager James Malloy. “Our Town and this country were founded by those took action, not because they needed to, but because they wanted to. We will gladly follow the State’s lead in taking action to help those in need.”

Families staying at the Norfolk and Lexington shelters will need to be recertified each month, the EOHLC spokesperson. They must provide documents showing they have participated in case management and housing efforts, under requirements Gov. Maura Healey rolled out in March.




2 school buses, truck involved in accident in New Bedford; all students transported to St. Lukes

***BUS ACCIDENT***

Today at around 7:30 AM, patrol units responded to an accident involving a vehicle and two buses at the Sutton St./Harvard St. intersection.

No student passengers reported any injuries; however, all were transported to the hospital out of an abundance of caution.

Two operators and one passenger (from the private auto) were transported by ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries.”-City of New Bedford Police Department.




Massachusetts man allegedly uses fender bender scam to steal car and sell on Facebook marketplace

“SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. On Friday, March 10th, at 2:00pm, South Windsor Police arrested Adrian G. Perez, 20, of Agawam, MA on an active arrest warrant.

Perez’s charges stem frrm an April 2023 incident in which Perez stole a vehicle after he and a female rear ended another driver on purpose in the area of Chepl Road and Route 5, causing the victim to get out of her car to look at the damage.

When she did so, Pereze jumped in the driver’s seat of the victim’s vehicle and took off.

The vehicle was recovered a month later in West Hartford after it was sold on Facebook Marketplace and investigators were able to work backwards to determine Perez’s involvement.

Pereze was prcoessed and later released back to Hampden County, Massachusetts Correction Center on a $25,000 surety bond. He is scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday, May 29th at 9:00am.”-South Windsor Police Department.




Motorcyclist transported with advanced life support to New Bedford’s St. Luke’s after Lakeville accident

“Bedford Street crash injures one.

Lakeville Fire Department was alerted to a motorcycle accident in the area of Bedford St and Rhode Island Road. At the time of crash, the on-duty crew was responding to a medical emergency.

Off-duty firefighters monitoring the radio responded from their homes to the crash.

Car 1, Car 2, Ambulance 2, and Engine 1 would eventually arrive on the scene.

An adult male was transported from the scene to St. Lukes Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Due to the patient’s condition, additional responders transported with the patient delivering advanced life support.

Additional firefighters were recalled and were able to retrieve fire department vehicles that were abandoned at the scene.”-Lakeville, MA Fire Department.




Massachusetts officials drop oral rabies vaccine in Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester area

“‼️Don’t be alarmed by the helicopter flying over the area!‼️

Please be advised that the state will be dropping oral rabies vaccines to prevent the spread of rabies in our area. The helicopter is red and black, similar to the one pictured.”-Marion Police Department.




Westport Firefighters place Memorial Day Flags on the grave sites of past members who served

“Members of the Westport Fire Department, including the EMA and Explorer division, met at Beech Grove Cemetery to place Memorial Day Flags on the grave sites of past members who served the department and the Town.

This coming week we will be placing Memorial Day Flags at Maple Grove on Reed Road.

As we mention every year, we volunteer our time and do our best to place a flag at every site. If we missed a location, kindly let us know!

Anyone wishing to make a donation to assist in the purchasing of flags and markers can make a check payable to the Westport Fire Department Gift Account, indicating “flags” in the memo.”-Westport Fire Department.


Westport Fire Department photo.


Westport Fire Department photo.


Westport Fire Department photo.


Westport Fire Department photo.




NEPPC report: Massachusetts average temperature on the rise, will be costly for cities and towns

“Rising temperatures related to climate change could increase average annual per capita municipal expenditures in Massachusetts by as much as 30% by the end of this century as compared to what they were over the past 30 years. All 50 states and nearly all 241 U.S. cities the group analyzed have warmed since 1970.

NOAA expects the temperature in Massachusetts to rise from the 2020 average of about 50 degrees to almost 54 degrees in the 2050s if global emissions grow at their current rate.

This is according to a new report by Bo Zhao, a senior economist with the New England Public Policy Center in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department.


EPA photo of average temperatures for the 48 contiguous states.

“These large increases could have a significant impact on the fiscal health of local governments and may be difficult or impossible to accommodate without significant increases in taxes and fees,” Zhao writes in “The Effects of Weather on Massachusetts Municipal Expenditures: Implications of Climate Change for Local Governments in New England.”

Zhao finds that a 1-degree Fahrenheit increase in average temperature results in a 3.2% increase in per capita municipal general-fund expenditures in Massachusetts on average. Among other effects, he writes, hotter or stormier weather can increase the costs of snow removal, road maintenance, and the heating and cooling of schools and other public buildings.

Zhao uses the relationship between weather and local spending in Massachusetts from the last three decades, along with average-temperature projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as a basis for estimating the state’s municipal expenditures for future decades.

According to the NOAA, if global emissions continue to grow at their current rate, the average temperature in Massachusetts is expected to rise from about 50 degrees Fahrenheit in 2020 to nearly 54 degrees Fahrenheit for 2050-2059 and to almost 58 degrees Fahrenheit for 2090-2099.

Based on those temperature increases and assuming the relationship between average temperatures and municipal expenditures remains the same as it was from 1990 through 2019, per capita local spending in Massachusetts could grow as much as 15% for 2050-2059 and as much as 30% for 2090-2099 relative to the level of the past three decades. In terms of dollar amounts, the per capita increases could be as great as $456 and $924 (in 2019 dollars), respectively.

In a scenario where emissions are lower in the future, the NOAA projects that the average temperature in Massachusetts would reach about 54 degrees Fahrenheit for 2090-2099. Zhao finds that even in this scenario, municipal expenditures could increase by as much as 15% by the end of this century.

Account for climate change in planning
“This report recommends that municipalities account for climate change in their long-term municipal financial planning, since early policy actions are often more cost effective than later ones,” Zhao writes. “Investing in improvements to the climate resilience of public infrastructure is important, and it is particularly urgent for New England, given how dated the region’s infrastructure systems are.”

Zhao notes that the report’s findings are applicable to the other five New England states as well, because the climate is generally the same across the region, and each state is projected to see similarly higher temperatures and more extreme storms in future decades. Also, each state has very limited county governments, if any, so municipal governments provide nearly all local public services.

Zhao does present a caveat to his findings. He notes that the regression analysis is based on historical data, and that using that information to make projections assumes that the relationship between weather and local spending will remain the same over time. His research for the report’s accompanying working paper, however, finds evidence that Massachusetts municipal spending has become less sensitive to temperature changes over the past 30 years. This could be because states and cities and towns in New England have been adapting to climate change by, for example, improving the heating and cooling systems of public buildings.

“Thus,” he writes, “the fiscal projections based on the regression results should be treated as directional guidance rather than as precise forecasts.”

The new report uses research and analysis from a Boston Fed working paper by Zhao titled “The Impact of Weather on Local Government Spending.”-Massachusetts Municipal Association.