Driver trapped in truck after he plows into garage in Rochester

“At approximately 6:15pm yesterday evening the ROCCC 911 Communications Center received several calls for a motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Cushman Rd and New Bedford Rd and the vehicle had crashed into a garage.

Initial reports were that the operator of the vehicle was trapped inside the vehicle. Engine 193, Tanker 198, Chief 190 and Rescue 207 were assigned to the call. While enroute responders were informed that the male had been able to get out of the vehicle.

On arrival Fire and EMS personnel found a very heavily damaged vehicle. The operator of the vehicle was evaluated by EMS and transported to Tobey Hospital with minor injuries. There was only minor damage to the garage.

The Rochester Police are investigating the cause of the accident.”-Rochester Fire Department.

Rochester Fire Department photo.

Rochester Fire Department photo.

Rochester Fire Department photo.

Massachusetts officials, firefighters, race to save horse that was trapped after falling through floor

“This 8 year old horse named Valcour had quite the day yesterday! The Lipizzaner gelding fell through the floor of his stall and was trapped in between levels. His owner called for help, and our specialized Large Animal Rescue team rushed to the scene along with first responders to help him.

It took about four hours and the help of everyone, but we were able to get this sweet horse out with no life threatening injuries. Valcour is expected to make a full recovery and his owners say he’s already walking around normally today! Thanks to the Ipswich Fire Department, SRH Veterinary Services, and the Northeast Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team – we couldn’t have done it without them!

We work hard to train first responders on how to handle these kinds of emergencies, and they know they can call us… But this is also a good example of why it’s important that everyone with pets (including horses) knows what to do when emergencies happen.

Our team offered specialized Large Animal Rescue Training that uses innovative rescue equipment to conduct hands-on workshops. The next training is scheduled for June 23 and is open to members of the public as well as first responders to attend. For more information and to register, please visit

If you are a fire department, school, veterinary office, or other organization that would be interesting in hosting a group training for your team, please reach out directly to”-MSPCA-Angell.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

MSPCA-Angell photo.

New Bedford man, juvenile exposed to refrigerant leaking from 1940s refrigerator

“This past Thursday evening at 6:15pm, the NBFD responded to 341 Davis Street for an unknown chemical leaking inside this one family home.

Fire crews found an adult male and a juvenile male who had been exposed to a refrigerant leaking from a 1940s era refrigerator in the basement.

The NBFD Hazardous Materials Coordinator responded and called for a Tier 1 hazmat response from the District 1 MA Hazardous Materials Team. A Tier 1 response provides assistance in identifying the chemical and provides information to health care providers at the scene or at the Emergency Department. Both residents were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital via NBEMS ambulance.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

The NBFD Hazmat Coordinator and state hazmat techs were able to identify the leaking refrigerant as sulfur dioxide, which was commonly used in refrigerators from that time. Both residents were released from St. Luke’s Hospital later the same evening.

Fire crews and hazmat technicians were able to remove the refrigerator from the basement while on breathing air (SCBAs) and ventilate the home with positive pressure fans which took an extended time due to the gas being heavier than air. Monitoring was conducted inside and outside of the residence. There were no further hazards once the chemical was released inside the home.

The New Bedford Health Department also provided assistance and along with hazmat personnel determined the home was safe to enter the following day.”-New Bedford Fire Department.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

New Bedford Fire Department photo.

Chicago rap promoter pleads guilty in Boston; fraud netted millions for private jet, luxury cars, designer puppies

Defendant responsible for $2.3 million in victim losses; funds used for private jet and yacht charters, luxury cars and hotels, and designer puppies.

“BOSTON – A Chicago-area man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield, Mass. to his role in a nationwide wire fraud conspiracy that victimized businesses and individuals across the United States.

Antonio M. Strong, 31, of Lansing, Ill., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and four counts of wire fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Sept. 19, 2024.

Strong was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2020 along with five co-defendants, including rap artist Herbert Wright, Joseph Williams and Demario Sorrells

According to court documents, between at least March 2016 and September 2020, Strong conspired with Wright, Sorrells, Williams and others to defraud numerous businesses and individuals by obtaining, possessing, using and transferring unauthorized and stolen payment card account information to obtain valuable goods and services, including: private jet and yacht charters; luxury car rentals; luxury hotel and vacation rental accommodations; private chef and security guard services; designer puppies; limousine and chauffer services; and commercial airline flights, among other things. During this time, Strong presented himself as a music promoter based in the Chicago area.

The stolen payment card account information included the actual cardholders’ names, addresses, payment card account numbers, security codes and account expiration dates. Because Strong and his alleged co-conspirators provided authentic payment card information, the defrauded businesses and individuals successfully processed their transactions and provided the goods and services. The actual cardholders discovered these transactions on their accounts and disputed the charges, which were reversed by the payment card companies. As a result, the transactions were charged back to the businesses and individuals from whom Strong and his co-conspirators defrauded with the unauthorized transactions.

To conceal his identity and perpetrate the fraud, Strong used various fictitious names and aliases; provided fake driver’s licenses in the names of both fictitious and real people; used email accounts in the names of fictitious and real businesses; and falsely stated that he was from “Universal Music,” “Sony Music,” “Epic Music,” and other real and fictitious companies. Strong caused a total loss of $2,299,842, which he has agreed to repay.

In January 2024, Wright was sentenced to three years’ probation and was ordered to pay restitution and forfeiture of $139,968, as well as a $5,500 fine after previously pleading guilty. Williams and Sorrells have also pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and are scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2024 and Aug. 29, 2024, respectively. The remaining two defendants are pending trial.

The charges of wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; and Andrew Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Boston Field Office made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of the Springfield Branch Office and Trial Attorneys Andrew Tyler and Kyle Crawford of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”-Massachusetts Department of Justice.

Official path for New Bedford’s 2024 Memorial Day Parade; parking ban to be STRICTLY enforced


The City’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27, 2024.

The parade will form at Hathway Boulevard and Parker Street at 10:30 a.m. and will step off sharply at 11:00 a.m. The route will be easterly on Parker Street to County Street, north on County Street, east on Pope Street, and into Clasky Common Park. There will be a Memorial Day service held at the reviewing stand at the conclusion of the parade and we encourage all participants to stay and take part in the service. This year’s service will include a reading of the Gettysburg Address, Logan’s Orders, and a roll call of New Bedford’s Veterans who have passed away.

Parking is banned along the entire parade route and the 𝐛𝐚𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐞𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞𝐝. The public is once again being asked to cooperate to make this a successful parade celebration.

For information about events during Memorial Day weekend, make sure to follow the City of New Bedford’s page to stay up to date! Thank you 💙🖤”-City of New Bedford Police Department.

New Bedford men indicted for drug trade dispute; school bus collision, shelter-in-place, school lockdown, in Maine

Daytime shooting led to shelter-in-place order, school lockdown.

“PORTLAND, Maine: U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine Darcie N. McElwee announced today at a press briefing held outside the Edward T. Gignoux U.S. Courthouse in Portland that three New Bedford, Massachusetts men have been indicted following a February 9 drive-by shooting in Saco.

The U.S. Attorney was joined at today’s announcement by Saco Police Chief Jack Clements, Assistant United States Attorneys Johnathan Nathans and Noah Falk, and representatives of the FBI’s Southern Maine Gang Task Force including FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Christopher Peavey, ATF Special Agent in Charge James Ferguson and Resident Agent in Charge Nicholas Dilello, and Acting U.S. Marshal Kevin Neal.

Maine Department of Justice photo.

In a two-count indictment returned on May 15, a federal grand jury charged Joshua Estrada (aka “Mac”), 19, Yancarlos Abrante (aka “Glizzy”), 20, and Jason Johnson-Rivera (aka “Ouda”), 18, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and perpetrating a drive-by shooting.

According to the indictment, on February 9, 2024, the three men fired at least five rounds from a 9mm handgun into another vehicle in a drug trade dispute. The indictment alleges that Estrada, Abrante and Johnson-Rivera had been trafficking cocaine in and around Saco and Biddeford since at least January 2024.

Estrada was arrested in New Bedford, Massachusetts on May 6, 2024 when charged by criminal complaint for these same charges. Just prior to the press briefing today, Estrada appeared in federal court for his initial appearance in Maine and an arraignment on the indictment returned yesterday. Abrante and Johnson-Rivera, charged in the same indictment, are currently being held by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on unrelated charges. They will be in Maine next week for their initial appearances and arraignments.

Maine Department of Justice photo.

If convicted, the three men each face up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million on the drug charge followed by at least three years of supervised release. They each face up to 25 years imprisonment and a maximum fine on $250,000 followed by a up to five years of supervised release on the drive-by shooting charge. An indictment is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

“I commend the Saco Police Department and those from the neighboring communities who responded to this incident,” said U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee. “This joint federal and local investigation reflects that if you come to Maine and engage in violence, particularly firearm violence, there will be a swift and coordinated response from every level of law enforcement.”

“Immediately following this brazen, drive-by shooting and the ensuing chaos that followed, the FBI’s Southern Maine Gang Task Force hit the streets collecting information, intelligence, and evidence to help our partners identify those responsible and bring them to justice. We believe the three Massachusetts men we have in custody conspired with each other to traffic cocaine and were the instigators of this drive-by shooting,” said Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division which includes all of Maine. “Violent drug traffickers have a corrosive effect on our communities, and we want everyone to know that the FBI is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to help make Maine safer for the folks who live, work, and visit here.”

Maine Department of Justice photo.

“Brazen violent crime of this magnitude is not something the City of Saco is accustomed to, but when it happens, Maine law enforcement responds,” said Chief Jack Clements of the Saco Police Department. “I want to thank not only our direct neighboring agencies but also the Maine State Police, federal law enforcement, and the municipal and county law enforcement agencies from across York and Cumberland counties that responded. Finally, I would like to thank my detectives, the FBI’s Southern Maine Gang Task Force, and the United States Attorney’s Office for their tireless efforts in bringing this case to where it is today.”

The Saco Police Department and FBI’s Southern Maine Gang Task Force investigated the case with assistance from the New Bedford (Mass.) Police Department.”-Maine Department of Justice.

Maine Department of Justice photo.

Maine Department of Justice photo.

Maine Department of Justice photo.

Wareham Police arrest couple on alleged $33,000 shoplifting spree, car pursuit

On May 7, 2024, the Wareham Police Criminal Investigation Division along with members of the Patrol Division were dispatched to Ulta Beauty Supply located at 2421 Cranberry Highway for a male and female actively shoplifting.

The male and female had just left the store with several bags of stolen and merchandise totaling over $4,200.00 before officers arrived. A description of the vehicle was given, and a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) was put out to surrounding agencies.

The vehicle was later pulled over by a Massachusetts State Trooper on Interstate 495 North. The vehicle was operated by Bianca-Lee Cruz of Boston, MA. Passengers in the vehicle were Jeremy Menendez of Nashua, NH and Carmen Resto of Boston, MA. The Trooper had both Menendez and Resto out of the vehicle investigating incident further while Cruz remained behind the wheel. Cruz accelerated at a high rate of speed from the motor vehicle stop. In the process of fleeing the stop Cruz ran over Resto’s foot.

Cruz and the vehicle were later located in West Bridgewater, MA in the Market Basket parking lot. Cruz was placed in custody by the Massachusetts State Police. Bianca-Lee Cruz, thirty-five (35) years old of Boston, MA was charged with; Organized Retail Crime, Larceny over $1200.

Cruz also had four (4) outstanding warrants.

Jeremy Menendez, thirty-four (34) years old of Nashua, NH was charged with; Organized Retail Crime, Larceny over $1200.

Both Cruz and Menendez were arraigned at the Wareham Fourth 4th District Court.

Carmen Resto was transported to a local hospital for her injuries.

According to Ulta Beauty both Cruz and Menendez have been involved in twenty-four (24) shoplifting incidents throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire totaling in over $33,000.00 of stolen merchandise.

Co-Owner of Mattapan company uses unreported tax receipts to buy $10 million in gold, silver bars

“BOSTON – The co-owner of a Mattapan plumbing and heating supply company pleaded guilty today to filing false tax returns in connection with a scheme to use millions of dollars of unreported business receipts to buy gold bars.

Claudio Poles, 78, of Dorchester, pleaded guilty to four counts of filing false tax returns. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for Aug. 9, 2024. Poles was charged on April 30, 2024.

Poles failed to accurately disclose the company’s gross business receipts to its tax preparer, who prepared the company’s tax returns using the false information Poles provided. Poles then used some of the unreported gross receipts to purchase more than $10 million of gold and silver bars for himself from bullion dealers. To conceal the nature of the purchases he made from the company’s bank accounts, Poles described the purchases, in the memo section of the checks, as being for boilers, materials, and plumbing and heating supplies.

Between 2019 and 2022, Poles falsely and fraudulently reported losses on his individual tax returns and omitted personal income that he received from the business by purchasing the gold and silver bars.

The charge of filing false tax returns provides for a sentence of up to three years in prison, up to one year of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Harry Chavis, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie A. Queenin of the Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.”-Massachusetts Department of Justice.

Westport, Dartmouth, Firefighters battle massive morning blaze, several animals perish

“Westport Fire and surrounding communities responded to a barn fire on Sodom Road this morning shortly after 0700.

Car 1 and Engine 3 arrived within 5 minutes of notification and found heavy smoke and fire rapidly spreading throughout the loft area of the entire structure. There were multiple exposures surrounding the barn, including the family home. Challenged by a lack of initial staffing and water supply, firefighters worked quickly to protect exposures, and thankfully, the fire was contained in the building of origin.

Mutual aid tankers and engines from Little Compton, Tiverton, and Dartmouth Fire District 3 were quickly called to the scene to assist with water supply and staffing. A fill site was secured at the Adamsville pond, and tankers shuttled water back and forth from the fill site to the fire scene.

Westport Highway Surveyor Chris Gonsalves was in the area and spotted smoke coming from the structure; after calling 911, he notified the property owners, and together, they attempted to remove the livestock in the barn. While several animals were saved by the property owners and firefighters, several, unfortunately, perished in the blaze.

During the incident, Dartmouth Fire District 2 handled a CO alarm on Caroline Way. While department members placed apparatus and equipment back in service, we handled five medical calls between 0930 and 1130.

We thank our mutual aid partners, our EMA/Rehab division, Fall River Special Services, the Westport Police, and E911 dispatchers for their assistance.

Photos courtesy of our department photographer, retired Captain Michael Silvia.”-Westport Fire Department.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Retired Captain Michael Silvia photo.

Massachusetts State Police, Everett Police hold G.I.R.L.S. Day 2024 for aspiring young girls

“On April 27, 2024, the City of Everett, Alliance Security, Everett Fire Department, Everett Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, State Police Association for Massachusetts, and Tufts University Department of Public Safety, hosted G.I.R.L.S. Day 2024 in Everett. G.I.R.L.S. stands for Grit, Intelligence, Resilience, Leadership and Strength.

G.I.R.L.S. Day aims to foster meaningful connections between participants and female professionals, providing valuable mentorship and guidance for aspiring young leaders. Through interactive discussions and Q&A sessions, girls will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and envision themselves as future trailblazers in their chosen fields.

G.I.R.L.S. Day endeavors to forge genuine connections and provide invaluable mentorship and insights for aspiring young leaders.”-Massachusetts State Police.

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