Massachusetts Environmental Police welcome new officers to the force

The Massachusetts Environmental Police would like to welcome aboard our newest Environmental Police Officers!

Officers successfully completed a rigorous 6-month Police Academy which culminated last week. Today, Officers were sworn in by Colonel Shaun T. Santos and will now begin an extensive specialized training program to equip them for their roles as Environmental Police Officers.

Congratulations and best of luck!




OPINION: “I don’t wanna hear you complaining about New Bedford when this is how you treat our nice things. Y’all are trash!”

“First of all, it’s been fireworks every SINGLE day, every single night, allll night and I’m sick of it!

Waking up my grandmother, my parents, myself, got my dog going crazy!!!!! Second of all, y’all MFs destroy EVERYTHING. You people love to complain about how we don’t have anything nice in New Bedford, but look how you treat the nice things we do have.

Brand new park/basketball court and you guys are out here setting off fireworks for NO reason, starting fires, littering, bothering people, triggering people’s PTSD. For what?!

Middle of the day at that! I don’t wanna hear you guys complaining about how New Bedford ain’t sh*t and we got nothing nice over here. This is how you people treat our nice things. Y’all are really trash. Who raised you?”-Lindsey Ferreira.




Wareham Police arrest 62-year old man for allegedly shooting man in face with BB gun

On Saturday, June 20, at 10:49 p.m. Wareham Police Officers Calib Larue and Scott Cowan responded to an address on Swifts Beach Road for a man shot in the face with a BB gun.

Information was received that the suspect had fled the scene in a dark-colored pick-up truck; however, the officers were able to determine who the suspect was and where he lived.

Juvenile Detective Karl Baptiste, Officers Lorenzo Grosso, and James White proceeded to the suspect’s residence. At that location, officers observed the truck parked in a space and noticed a BB gun on the front console. When the suspect opened his apartment door, the officers advised him he was under arrest; however, he resisted and attempted to shut the door.

The suspect continued to resist arrest flailing his arms before being handcuffed. After the suspect was subdued, the officers located a loaded firearm tucked in his waistband.

Bryan Ewan (62), of 815 Main Street, Apartment 7C, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, possession of a firearm without a permit, possession of ammunition without a permit, and resisting arrest. The male who was shot received non-life threatening injuries, and it was not a random incident.




Vehicle strikes Massachusetts State Police cruiser, firefighter while battling West Springfield blaze

Today at approximately 12:45 p.m. a vehicle traveling northbound on Interstate 91 near Exit 14 struck the rear of a cruiser occupied by a Massachusetts State Police Trooper.

The cruiser was on the scene of a tractor-trailer fire with the West Springfield Fire Department. The force of the crash pushed the cruiser into a West Springfield Firefighter who was at the scene on foot attending to the fire.

The operator of the vehicle, the State Trooper, and the Firefighter were all transported to Bay State Medical Center in Springfield with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident, including any charges, is under investigation by Massachusetts State Police personnel.




Massachusetts Environmental Police remind beach-goers about Piping Plovers

A reminder for beachgoers, dog walkers, shore fishermen, and boaters that Piping Plovers are listed as a threatened species and therefore are protected under the Endangered Species Act. It is prohibited to take any threatened species. “Take” is defined as:

“Take, in reference to animals, means to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, hound, kill, trap, capture, collect, process, disrupt the nesting, breeding, feeding or migratory activity or attempt to engage in any such conduct, or to assist such conduct.”

Learn more about Piping Plovers in Massachusetts at: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/learn-about-piping-plovers?fbclid=IwAR06KTwllJzWGbAZGvQXNDYGeCgKgqXmwppHzq0etqJp2xHC7q45_mQwppA




Boston Police render aid to suicidal male armed with box cutter in the Fenway area

At about 6:05 PM on Thursday, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person with a knife in the area of 1255 Boylston Street in the Fenway area.

On arrival, officers were directed to a male standing in the middle of the street with a box cutter in his hand. Officers spoke to the male and attempted to coerce him into stepping onto the sidewalk from the middle of the street. The male refused officers’ requests and held the box cutter to his throat screaming that he wanted to die.

The male stated multiple times that he wanted the officers to shoot him. The male shouted for the officers to stop following him. At this time, additional officers arrived on scene in an effort to deter the male from enacting harm on himself. Officers used a multitude of de-escalation tactics in an effort to prevent the male from hurting himself or others.

Suddenly, the male ran down Boylston Street with the box cutter in hand, before raising the box cutter to his neck and cutting his throat. Officers ran towards the male and immediately began rendering life-saving aid, securing the box cutter in the process.

The male was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.




New Bedford Symphony Orchestra presents “From Yaniv’s Home to Yours”

LIVE STREAM: Saturday, June 20, 7pm.

Stevie Wonder, Scott Joplin, Florence Price, Duke Ellington, gospels, classical and pop music — join our music director Yaniv Dinur for a piano concert dedicated to African American music.

Tune in on our website or on Facebook for a LIVE STREAM of “From Yaniv’s Home to Yours” with NBSO Music Director Yaniv Dinur on piano.

You have two options to view this live stream. The live video will not appear until very close to 7pm, and it is possible that the performance may start a bit late.

Option 1: If you have a Facebook account, go to the NBSO Facebook Live Videos page where you will see current and past live videos. Click on “From Yaniv’s Home to Yours” to open the post so that you can comment and see others’ comments.

Option 2: Go to our website and look for the Events tab, then Upcoming Events, and click on “From Yaniv’s Home to Yours.” Simply scroll down to find the video.

All of our live stream performances can be viewed afterward in either place.




Massachusetts State Police and Wareham Police arrest 62-year old New Bedford man and fugitive from Florida

In late May, the Wareham Police Department requested the public’s assistance in solving a break and entering which had occurred in the parking lot of Target.

On June 11, a second vehicle was broken into at the same location, and Wareham Police Detectives were able to identify a suspect. The detectives obtained a warrant, and arrested the man on Thursday morning June 18, in New Bedford.

Assisting the detectives were members of the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and the Massachusetts Parole Warrant Team.

Arrested on the warrant was Marcellino Alves (62), of Braley Road, New Bedford.

At the same time detectives were in New Bedford, Sergeant Daniel Flaherty, Juvenile Detective Karl Baptiste, and Officer Calib Larue went to an address on Agawam Beach Road to arrest an individual wanted in the State of Florida.

At the home, they observed a male sitting in a car that they believed to be the wanted man. When they approached him, he provided a false name and refused to step from the vehicle. The officers ordered him out and he was placed under arrest.

Leonard Cinquergrano (74), of 11 Agawam Beach Road, Wareham was arrested and charged with being a fugitive from justice.




Bristol County inmates test positive for COVID-19 bringing total to 5 this week

Four of those inmates are currently being housed in medical isolation. One was released as the individual’s sentence was concluded. Before being released, the BCSO notified the person picking them up from the correctional facility as well as the state Department of Public Health, which in turn notified the local health department of the community the individual is returning to.

The five positive cases reported since June 12 brings the total number of county inmates to test positive to 47. Of those 47, 30 have recovered and returned to general population while five have been released as their sentences were concluded. Twelve, including the five new cases mentioned above, remain in medical isolation and are being closely monitored by the medical team.

No Bristol County staff members tested positive for COVID since June 12. Four staff members remain away from the facility recovering from COVID-19 while 37 have returned to duty. One staff member, a health care professional from Correctional Psychiatric Services, left the BCSO after recovering to take a different position at a health care facility in Dartmouth.

All inmates currently in medical isolation, and all staff members currently away from the facility recovering, are expected to make full recoveries over the coming weeks.

Over the past few months, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office has instituted many protocols to protect inmates, detainees and staff from the Coronavirus outbreak. Some of those measures include:

· All employees, detainees and inmates were issued masks that must be worn inside the secure perimeter of the facilities.

· All areas of the facilities are being cleaned/disinfected every day on every shift.

· All staff members are being screened before entering the buildings; new arriving inmates are being screened before being accepted into custody.

· In-person visitation has been suspended to limit the number of people coming in and out. It will resume, hopefully soon, based on guidance from the Governor’s Office, DPH and CDC.




Wareham Police respond to incidents involving assault and battery, traffic and narcotic charges

On Tuesday evening, June 16, Wareham Police received information that there had been an altercation between two groups of males on Station Street near the conservation area. During the incident a vehicle was struck and damaged with a baseball bat, as well as a male being pepper sprayed. All parties had already fled the area prior to police arrival; however two suspects were identified after a brief investigation.

At about 8:45 p.m. Officer James White observed the suspects in a vehicle on Cranberry Highway near Main Avenue. With the assistance of Officer Charles Pillsbury the car was pulled over and both subjects were placed under arrest. In addition the officers located and confiscated a digital scale, over $3,000 in cash, and a baseball bat in the vehicle.

Hector Flores (19), of 115 High Street, Wareham, is charged with vandalizing property and violation of a harassment prevention order.

Tyler Noe (19), of 528 Gatehouse Drive, East Wareham, is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Later at about 10:00 p.m. Lt. John Gerard was traveling on Cranberry Highway near Route 195 when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at a red light. The lieutenant attempted to stop the vehicle; however the vehicle did not pull over, forcing Wareham officers to initiate a pursuit. After a few minutes Lt. Gerard ordered all units to stop pursuing the vehicle. About 15 minutes later Marion Police Sgt. Jeff Habitch located the vehicle off of Point Road in Marion. Wareham officers responded to assist and the vehicle sped off again, however Wareham Police Sergeant Kevin Reilly was able to deploy “stop-sticks” disabling a tire on the suspect vehicle. For several more minutes officers followed the vehicle and aided by the “stop-sticks” were able to deflate all of the tires. The vehicle was successfully stopped on County Road near White Pine Avenue; however the operator of the car refused to exit the vehicle.

Wareham officers were forced to smash a window on the car, and the suspect was placed under arrest after being guided from the car by Juvenile Detective Karl Baptiste and Officer Eric Machado. Assisting in the arrest and pursuit were Officers Charles Pillsbury, Blaise Lalli, and Michael Phinney.

Danye Thomas (49), of Wareham, was arrested and charged with, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, speeding, fail to stop at a stop sign, and operation of a motor vehicle after suspension of his license.