Wareham woman arrested for stealing then writing checks to herself

On Wednesday, February 6, a Wareham resident contacted the police department after not receiving new checks she had ordered. The individual was advised by her bank that not only had they sent the checks, but two of them had already been cashed. Detectives began working with bank investigators and found that the bank continued to receive stolen checks made out to a West Wareham resident. The investigation widened when more checks from a local business were discovered, also made out to that individual, in this case involving a separate bank. The checks had been cashed or deposited into the individual’s account, at various banks in Wareham and the Upper-Cape area.

As detectives were closing in on the case, Wareham Police received a call from the local T.J. Maxx store regarding a found wallet on February 13. Officer Richard Robidoux responded and noted that the wallet contained checks from numerous banks and multiple credit cards with different names on them. Several of the checks were determined to be from the original victim and business. All of the credit card holders were contacted and were unaware of the larceny of their cards. It was determined that the owner of the lost wallet was the same individual that detectives were investigating. Over $2,000 had been stolen from just one of the victims, and detectives attempted to find the suspect.

On Friday, February 15, at about 11:00 a.m. Wareham Police Detectives located the suspect in the area of 191 Main Street and placed her under arrest. Lauren Narhuminti, 23, of West Wareham is being charged with the following.

• Larceny over $1,200 by single scheme.
• Receiving stolen property under $1,200.
• Uttering a false check (4 counts).
• Receiving a stolen credit card.

After being processed at the Wareham Police station she was transported to Wareham District Court for arraignment.




Police investigating breaking and entering at New Bedford City Hall

Police are investigating a report of overnight breaking and entering at City Hall.

An Election Commission office first-floor window was breached late Sunday night. The window faces the narrow space between City Hall and the SRTA parking garage. Approximately $120 was missing from the Election Commission office’s petty cash drawer.

No election records or computer equipment were reported missing, and there was no evidence of entry into any other City Hall offices.

The New Bedford Police Department is investigating the incident and reviewing information from the building’s alarm and camera systems.




Wareham man arrested twice in two days

On Thursday, February 14, at about 10:30 p.m. Wareham Police received a call from Stop and Shop about a shoplifter that fled the store and was headed toward the area of the Liquor Locker. Officer Michael Phinney located the suspect in the liquor store and found the stolen groceries next to the building. It contained over $75.00 in items, and Officer Phinney placed the male in custody.

After being placed under arrest, the suspect allegedly attempted to escape from the cruiser by kicking at the rear door and protective bars. His escape attempt was thwarted when Officer Blaise Lalli ordered him to stop, or he would face additional charges. The suspect now began to berate the officers for not dealing with more serious crimes in town.

Eric Bedard, 40, of East Wareham was arrested and charged with shoplifting and it appears there was no damage to the cruiser’s interior.

On Friday, February 15, at midnight, officers responded to the Water’s Edge Trailer Park for a reported disturbance. This was the second time in less than an hour that officers had responded to the area for a disturbance. Upon arrival, officers attempted to speak to the same male who had earlier been given a verbal warning, however this time he was immediately confrontational and uncooperative. The male accused officers of harassing him and when he was told he was being placed in custody flailed his arms in a violent manner, resisting officers.

Eric Bedard, 40, of East Wareham was arrested for disorderly conduct by Officers Nate Aronson and Ryan Turner.




Two men arrested after car chase in Wareham

On Monday, February 18, at 10:00 p.m., Wareham police detective Karl Baptiste observed a vehicle go through a red traffic light on Cranberry Highway at Depot Street. Detective Baptiste attempted to stop the car, however, the driver accelerated and the vehicle made an abrupt U-turn by the Jack Conway office and drove to the Union Pond Apartments.

Once near the apartments, the vehicle sped up into the parking lot before stopping abruptly with two individuals running from the car. Officer Eric Machado and Detective Dean Decas arrived and quickly apprehended one of the suspects.

The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office was contacted for a K-9 team and within two minutes, Deputy Sheriffs were in the area to assist. Shortly after their arrival Deputy Sheriff Alex Johnson and K-9 “Suni” located the second suspect hiding under a parked car. Arrested in the incident were the following.

• David Savaria, 35, of Mashpee, was charged with disorderly conduct and had two active warrants for his arrest.

• Shainah Lopes, 36, of East Wareham, is charged with, failure to stop for police, operating after suspension of driver’s license, and fail to stop at a traffic signal.




New Bedford Antique Center at Wamsutta Place to close on Mar. 30

The New Bedford Antique Center at Wamsutta Place (61 Wamsutta St.) will be closing on March 30th and will be replaced with luxury apartments. The announcement was made on their Facebook page:

“After a 10 year run at our current address we will be CLOSING our doors. Our last day will be March 30th 2019. We would like to thank all of our loyal and great customers for their support and kind words. Please come by and say Hello before we close. Many of our Dealers are having sales and close-out deals in their booths from 20-50 off and more. Thank You again for your love and support. NBAC Jeff, Maria, Des, Debbie, Mark, Barbara, Em, and the Donald.”

Acorn Inc. who owns the property and turned the nearby mills into the Wamsutta Place Lofts will convert the building that New Bedford Antique Center resides in currently into luxury apartments.




Mardi Gras fundraiser to support New Bedford Boys & Girls Club set for Mar. 5

What are your “Fat Tuesday” plans? How does live music, jambalaya, masks, and dancing sound?

On Tuesday, March 5th, the community is invited to celebrate Mardi Gras at the 2nd annual “Fat Tuesday” Party! The event offers live New Orleans music performed all night by the SouthCoast Brass Band, a traditional Jambalaya buffet, themed “Hurricane” drinks, Mardi Gras masks and beads, dancing and more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the New Bedford Boys & Girls Club. These funds help support the club’s youth programming and help sustain their ability to continue to serve the community for years to come.

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Greasy Luck Brewpub, 791 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased in advance online at www.greasyluckbrewpub.com > Concert Tickets. You may also reserve them by emailing wcrowley@bgcnewbedford.org.

The Boys & Girls Club is a critical organization within the community, serving children and young adults from New Bedford and all of its surrounding towns. The club assists youth from all socio-economic backgrounds and helps participants develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship. Each year, the club serves 1,200-1,500 members, with an additional 2,500 non-members served through various events and programs. This event will help support these programs.




A call to action: Men, volunteer at Big Brothers Big Sisters

One of the biggest issues in New Bedford and other cities across Massachusetts and the country is youth crime. Earlier this month a 13-year old was stabbed by another young boy on Cottage Street in New Bedford.

It’s hard to imagine young teenage boys committing violent crime but it happens often in cities where our youth, particularly boys, do not have strong role models in their life. For a host of valid reasons, it’s hard to raise a single child – especially as a single mom. I know, my brother and I were raised by a single mom in some of the roughest neighborhoods in New Bedford.

The statistics are clear; when there isn’t a male role model in the house, boys are more prone to join gangs, do drugs and get kicked out of school.

The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency reports that the most reliable indicator of violent crime in a community is the proportion of fatherless families. Fathers typically offer economic stability, a role model for boys, greater household security, and reduced stress for mothers. This is especially true for families with adolescent boys, the most crime-prone cohort. Children from single-parent families are more prone than children from two-parent families to use drugs, be gang members, be expelled from school, be committed to reform institutions, and become juvenile murderers.

This morning, a mom posted in the New Bedford group on Facebook a request to mentor her son because the Big Brothers Big Sisters had a long waiting list:

Looking to see if there is a male on here or if you know someone that would want to mentor my 8-year-old son. He is having trouble in school. Signed him up for the Big Brother Big Sister program but there is a long wait list. Just someone that would want to do something with him a day or 2 a week. He likes Pokemon, a.c. cars and dirt bikes and riding his bike.

Also, a female that would be a mentor to a 5-year-old girl that loves anything girlie. Painting her nails, brushing her hair, playing with dolls, and dressing up. You can send me a message if you have any questions.

A few years ago, I talked the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Bedford and they told me there were 80 boys on a waiting list for a mentor. They told me there were only a few girls on a waiting list. It sounds like the demand for a volunteer to mentor a boy is just as strong today.

As a society, we all have an opportunity to positively impact our city and country by simply spending time with a young boy or man. We can complain about crime on social media, or we can step up and be part of the solutions.

In 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay absorbed the New Bedford Big Brothers Big Sisters of Child & Family Services Program. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay seems to be the organization to work within Fall River and other south coast Massachusetts cities and towns.

To volunteer visit their site at https://www.bbbsmb.org/volunteer/. Follow them on Facebook here.

You can zip code search the nearst Big Brothers Big Sisters program here: https://aim.bbbs.org/einquiry/einquiryzip.aspx?t=0

Don’t have time? You can donate here.




New Bedford parking ban to end today at 2pm

According to the New Bedford Mayor’s office, the snow emergency parking ban in New Bedford will end at 2:00 p.m. today, Monday, February 18.

City crews will continue to clear roads over the next several hours. Details on the parking ban can be found here.




New Bedford Snow Emergency Parking Ban Effective at 10:00 p.m. tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Southeastern Massachusetts including Bristol County and New Bedford in effect from midnight tonight until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18. The National Weather Service predicts heavy snow with total accumulations of 4 to 7 inches, from late tonight until Monday afternoon. Storm conditions are expected to occur late tonight into the morning making travel difficult during the morning commute, with slippery road conditions.

City offices and schools are closed due to the observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18.

The Buttonwood Park Zoo will remain open on Monday, February 18.

The New Bedford Regional Airport will remain in operation, but passengers are advised to check the status of their flights as cancellations are expected.

Citywide Snow Emergency Parking Ban Effective at 10:00 p.m. tonight, Sunday, February 17

In preparation for the approaching snowstorm, the City of New Bedford has announced a citywide snow emergency parking ban to take effect at 10:00 p.m. tonight. The parking ban will be strictly enforced and will remain in effect for 48-hours thereafter, unless lifted or further extended by City officials. The parking ban is designed to allow City workers to efficiently remove snow from New Bedford roadways to permit public safety vehicles and residents to travel safely.

While the snow emergency parking ban is in effect, parking is permitted on the north side of all streets going east and west, and is permitted on the east side of all streets going north and south. The permitted side of the street is typically the side opposite of the fire hydrants.

Please note that on streets which are normally posted for parking on one side of the street only, residents are to obey the signs as usual.

Vehicles should never be parked within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant or twenty (20) feet from a corner as required by law, regardless of whether a snow ban is in effect, or not.

Double-sided Parking Ban Areas
To increase public safety during storm events, two years ago the areas designated for a double-sided parking ban were expanded to include sections of five new streets (listed below), in addition to the Downtown and Acushnet Avenue Business Districts where a double-sided ban has been in place in years past.

The new street sections were selected because they are major routes for ambulances, school buses, and SRTA buses, and have a history of large vehicles being unable to successfully navigate due to the narrowness of the street.

During a snow emergency parking ban, no parking is therefore permitted on either side of the street in the following areas:

Downtown Business District: Downtown New Bedford between Walnut Street northerly to the Octopus and County Street easterly to JFK Boulevard
Acushnet Avenue Business District: Acushnet Avenue, Coggeshall Street to Tarkiln Hill Road
Ashley Boulevard (from Nash Road to Coggeshall Street)
County Street (from Union Street to Sawyer Street)
Kempton Street (from Rockdale Avenue to Pleasant Street)
Mill Street (from Rockdale Avenue to Pleasant Street)
Cottage Street (Union Street to Durfee Street)
Map and information on parking bans are available at: http://www.newbedford-ma.gov/traffic/snow-bans/

Violations of the snow emergency parking ban will be subject to ticketing at $50 per ticket and towing at full cost to the owner of the vehicle towed. The vehicle owner is also responsible for the full cost of storage for any towed vehicle.

The City of New Bedford has designated the following areas as preferred parking areas for those residents in need of off-street parking while the emergency snow parking ban is in effect:

· Victory Park – Brock Avenue

· Hazelwood Park – Brock Avenue

· Cove Street Parking Lot – Cove Street and Morton Court

· Orchard Street at Camara Soccer Field

· Buttonwood Park Parking Area – Hawthorn Street Side and Lake Street Side

· Coggeshall Street Parking Lot – Coggeshall Street and Acushnet Avenue

· Sawyer Street Parking Lot – Between Sawyer Street and Beetle Street

· Brooklawn Park Parking Area – Brooklawn Street (South Side)

· Riverside Park Lot – Coffin Avenue

· Coffin Avenue Lot- Across from Taber Mills Apartments

· Former AVX site on Belleville Avenue at Hadley Street

· Former Philips Avenue School – 249 Phillips Avenue

· Elm Street Garage

· Zeiterion Garage – 688 Purchase Street

· New Bedford High School – 230 Hathaway Boulevard

· Keith Middle School – 225 Hathaway Boulevard

· Normandin Middle School – 81 Felton Street

· Roosevelt Middle School – 119 Fredrick Street

· Charles S Ashley Elementary School – 122 Rochambeau Street

· Elizabeth Carter Brooks Elementary School – 212 Nemasket Street

· Elwyn G Campbell Elementary School – 145 Essex Street

· Sgt Wm H Carney Academy Elementary School – 247 Elm Street

· Lot at intersection of Elm and Cottage (Southeast Corner)

· James B Congdon Elementary School – 50 Hemlock Street

· John B DeValles Elementary School – 120 Katherine Street

· Alfred J Gomes Elementary School – 286 South Second Street

· Ellen R Hathaway Elementary School – 256 Court Street

· Hayden/McFadden Elementary School – 361 Cedar Grove Street

· Horatio A Kempton Elementary School – 135 Shawmut Avenue

· Abraham Lincoln Elementary School – 445 Ashley Boulevard

· Carlos Pacheco Elementary School – 261 Mt. Pleasant Street

· John Avery Parker Elementary School – 705 County Street

· Casmir Pulaski Elementary School – 1097 Braley Road

· Thomas R Rodman Elementary School – 497 Mill Street

· William H Taylor Elementary School – 620 Brock Avenue

· SEA LAB/John Hannigan Elementary School – 91 Portland Street

· Jireh Swift Elementary School – 2203 Acushnet Avenue

· Betsey B Winslow Elementary School – 561 Allen Street

Reminder: City offices closed due to Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 18 is Presidents’ Day, with city offices closed in observance of the holiday. City offices, including libraries and senior centers, are closed. New Bedford Public Schools are closed.

Buttonwood Park Zoo open Monday, February 18

The Buttonwood Park Zoo will remain open on Monday, February 18.

Reminder: One-day Delay in Residential Trash and Recycling Collection

There will be no residential trash and recycling collection on Monday, February 18, due to the observance of Presidents’ Day. Trash and recycling collection this week by ABC Disposal will take place on a one-day delay.

New Bedford Regional Airport

New Bedford Regional Airport will remain in operation. Passengers should contact their air carriers directly to confirm their flight status because some cancellations are expected.

Sand Available to City Residents at Various Locations
The Department of Public Infrastructure has made sand available to city residents at many locations throughout the city. Residents are advised to bring their own small container to collect the sand at any of the following locations:

Norfolk St & Acushnet Ave
Toby St & Acushnet Ave
Manila St & Acushnet Ave
Fire Station #5 –Acushnet Ave
Phillips Rd & Pine Hill Dr
Welby Rd, North Side, Between Two Buildings
Essex St & Phillips Rd, Campbell School
Saint Theresa’s Church – Acushnet Ave
Balls Corner, Mill Rd & Belleville Ave
Saint Mary’s School/Church –Illinois St
Tarkiln Hill Rd & Acushnet Ave
Police Station #3 – Ashley Blvd
Wilks Library –Acushnet Ave & Princeton St
Ashley Blvd & Princeton St
Belleville Rd & Hope St
Mount Pleasant St on Nash Rd Side (in place)
Fire Station –Davis St & Acushnet Ave
Deane St & Ashley Blvd
Bullard St & Acushnet Ave
Shawmut Diner, Between the Driveways
Acushnet Ave & Sawyer St
Sawyer St & Mount Pleasant St
Beetle St & North Front St
Beetle St & N. Front St
Coggeshall St & Ashley Blvd
Coggeshall & Purchase St
10 Kilburn St
Purchase St & Logan St
Rockdale Ave & Granit St
Linden St & County St, South Side of Linden St
Fire Station #7 –Durfee St & Cottage St
Durfee St & Shawmut Ave
Red Cross, Rockdale Ave & Durfee St
Purchase St & Wamsutta Ave
Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Studley St & Summer St, On West Side
Merrimac St & County St
1554 Purchase St, Fire Repair
Pleasant St & Pope St
Parker St & County St, East Side of County St
Parker St & Rockdale Ave
Pleasant St & Pearl St
Purchase St & Campbell St
Cottage St & Campbell St
Sycamore St & State St
County St & Sycamore St
Pleasant St, Rear Lot of Fire Prevention
Maxfield St & Pleasant St
E.M.T.S. Chancery St, Inside Parking Area
S.E.C. Summer St & Hillman St
Ash St & Hillman St
Fire Station #2 –Pleasant St
County St & North St
Pope’s Island Marina
Third District Court, North Side of Kempton St
Liberty St & Kempton St
Pleasant St & Middle St
South Sixth St & Middle St
County St & Middle St
Elm St Garage, On Acushnet Ave
Buttonwood Library
Pier 3 –Visitors Center
South Water & Hamilton St
William St & Acushnet Ave, Custom House Square
City Hall, Pleasant St Side
Centre St & Front St
Market St & Sixth St
Second St & Union St
Union St & Acushnet Ave
Purchase St & Union St
Eighth St and Union St
County St & Union St
Spring St & Pleasant St
Zeiterion Garage, Acushnet Ave Entrance
School St & Purchase St
School St & Sixth St
School St & County St
Walnut St & Acushnet Ave
Maple St & Atlantic St
Maple St & Reed St
Madison St & County St
Fire Museum, Bedford St & Sixth St
Page St & Bedford St
Wing St & Acushnet Ave
Wing St & County St
Fair St & County St
Fire Station #6, Purchase St
Thompson St & Crapo St
County St & Rivet St
Bonney St & Rivet St
Bolton St & Rivet St
Delano St & South First St
Jouvette St & Bonney St
Howland Green Library, Driveway, Rodney French Blvd
Rockdale Ave & Dartmouth St
Fire Station #11, Brock Ave & Mott St
Willard St & West Rodney French Blvd
Clegg Field, Brock Ave
Brock Ave & Portland St
Wastewater Treatment Plant, Community Center
South Rodney French Blvd, Cable Access Building




Two OUI crashes in New Bedford early Friday morning

There were two OUI related car accidents in New Bedford that sent both drivers to the hospital early Friday morning.

Around 1am, New Bedford police officers observed a vehicle traveling the wrong way north on Route 18 at a slow rate of speed. Officers observed damage and smoke coming from the vehicle.

After police officers spoke with the operator it was determined she had been operating under the influence of alcohol and charges. She was transported to St. Luke’s hospital and will face the following charges:

– OUI Liquor
– Negligent operation of a motor vehicle
– Leaving the scene of property damage
– driving wrong way

At 2am, New Bedford police officers responded to a single-vehicle crash that struck a tree and crashed through a fence. Based on observations and further investigation, it was determined the male driver was under the influence of alcohol. The driver was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital and faces the following charges:

– OUI Liquor
– Negligent operation of a motor vehicle

Video by Alex Lima.

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