New Bedford Police drug investigation leads to Fentanyl trafficking arrest

“New Bedford narcotics detectives have arrested a local man for trafficking in Fentanyl.

On July 28, detectives executed a warrant at 48 Malden St. The target of the investigation was JESUS SANTIAGO, 30. During the search, detectives located one plastic bag of fentanyl weighing 29.9 grams, a plastic bag of marijuana weighing 61.9 grams, digital scales, a bottle of inositol (cutting agent), and $1,583.

SANTIAGO was arrested and charged with trafficking 18 grams or more of fentanyl and possession to distribute marijuana. The cash was seized as a result of the nature of his charges.

At the time of this arrest, SANTIAGO currently has an open case in Bristol Superior court for conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws stemming from an incident in November of last year.

The arresting officer was Detective Nathan Almeida.

If you have any information on criminal activity in your neighborhood, the New Bedford Police Dept. wants to hear from you. You can leave an anonymous tip on our voicemail at (508) 991-6300 Ext. 1. You can also leave a tip at our website, www.newbedfordpd.com.” -New Bedford Police Department.

New Bedford roadwork sites for the upcoming week of July 4, 2022 – July 8, 2022

The City of New Bedford has roadwork sites for the upcoming week of July 4, 2022 – July 8, 2022, and they are as follows:

**City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th as well as no construction work will be conducted**

Eversource will be working on the gas main relays on:

• Phillips Rd. from Holly Tree Lane to Route 140
• Wood St. & Belleville Ave.


• Contractor (PA Landers) will be working at the MassDOT project, Kings Highway, new traffic signal operations and sign installations.
• Contractor (PA Landers) will be working on sidewalk reconstruction along a portion of Cove Road from Padanaram Avenue to Orchard Street.
• Contractor (PA Landers) will be working on various streets, citywide, completing minor repairs and installations.
• Contractor (PA Landers) will be working on sewer main installation on Cedar Street from Hillman Street to North Street. Once the sewer main installation is complete, full depth road reconstruction will begin (Maxfield St to Mill St).
• Contractor (PA Landers) will be working on granite curb installation and sidewalk reconstruction along Phillips Rd from 1884 Phillips Rd to Holly Tree Lane.
• Contractor (SCR Constructors) will continue site work at the future South Coast Rail station platform locations in the city. (Church St at Carlisle St and Wamsutta St at Acushnet Ave.) If you have questions, please email the project team at SouthCoastRail@dot.state.ma.us

Wareham Fire Department respond to train car fire, and possible gas leak at Target

“On Friday, June 24th, the Wareham Fire Department responded to the Target Store on Cranberry Highway for the report of a possible gas leak.

Engine 5, Engine 4, and Tower 1 all responded to the scene and worked under the command of Captain Mickey Bird. The store was evacuated, and after an extensive check of the property no hazards were located.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

Last night, Tuesday June 28th, members of the Wareham Fire Department responded to the report of a train car fire on Freight House Road.

Engine 5, Engine 4, and Squad 2 responded to the scene and quickly extinguished the fire. Chief John Kelley served as the incident commander.” -Wareham Fire Department.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

New Bedford Fire Department spends day in rescue training to better service community

“The New Bedford Fire Department crews of E6 and L3 getting in some rescue training Saturday.”-New Bedford Firefighters IAFF Local 841.

All photos by the New Bedford Firefighters IAFF Local 841:

42-year old girlfriend of Boston Police officer indicted for murder, motor vehicle manslaughter

“A Norfolk County Grand Jury today (June 9, 2022) indicted Karen Read, 42, of Mansfield for second-degree murder, Motor Vehicle Manslaughter, and Leaving the Scene of a Collision causing death in the January 29, 2022 death of John O’Keefe, an off-duty Boston Police Officer who was found unresponsive outside a Canton residence, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Prosecutors said Read dropped her boyfriend off at a friend’s house on January 29 during blizzard-like conditions, but hit him as she made a three-point turn, then she went home. Officials said that early the following morning, worried that O’Keefe had not come home, Read found him in the snow outside the house, bruised, cut and bleeding. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Massachusetts State Police detectives attached to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office arrested Read on February 1, 2022 on a manslaughter warrant issued by the Stoughton District Court. Ms. Read entered a plea of not guilty to that charge at her February 2 arraignment and has been free on $50,000 cash bail set by SDC.

Read was taken into custody at approximately 5 p.m. at her Mansfield residence on an indictment warrant issued by the Norfolk Superior Court.

She is expected to be arraigned in the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, Mass. Tomorrow (Friday, June 10) at a time to be determined by the court – possibly between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., but at the court’s discretion.” -Norfolk District Attorney’s Office.

Boston Police Department photo.

New Bedford’s Mayor Mitchell announces new grant opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs

Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that $3.3 million in funding is being made available to support local businesses and entrepreneurs.

Earlier this year, the City launched a Small Business Assistance Program to distribute portions of federal funding that New Bedford received under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). On May 13, Mayor Mitchell and local arts leaders celebrated funding for local artists and arts groups, awarded through the small business program.

That same program is now allocating another portion of its funds, to assist local businesses and entrepreneurs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and accelerate their financial recovery. The funding will be distributed under two separate initiatives: NBForward!, which will provide funding to businesses negatively affected by the pandemic, and NB100!, which will focus on assisting early-stage entrepreneurs affected because of their industry or location.

The New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC) will be tasked with administering the respective grant processes as an expansion of their long-standing small business support activities.

The NBEDC’s two awarded programs will focus on small businesses and homegrown start-ups via new, streamlined processes that are designed to be easy to access, flexible, efficient, and measurable in outcome, with a goal of positioning New Bedford as one of the strongest and most diverse small business economies per capita in the post-pandemic Commonwealth.

“Entrepreneurs drive opportunity and growth in our economy. Positioning them for success will accelerate New Bedford’s emergence from the pandemic,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said. “The New Bedford Economic Development Council has a proven track record of supporting small businesses, and these two new programs will leverage their experience and expertise.”

“Connectivity is critical to help small businesses achieve success throughout the business lifecycle,” says Anthony Sapienza, President of the New Bedford Economic Development Council. “From beginning to end, both NB100! and NBForward! are designed to not only provide New Bedford businesses with much-needed financial support to come out of the pandemic, but also the technical know-how necessary to remain viable and vibrant for years to come. No matter where someone may be in their entrepreneurial journey—whether they be just starting out or a well-established operation—in New Bedford we have a pathway available for them.”

The NBEDC’s new NBForward! program will offer at least 100 grants of up to $20,000 – in conjunction with matching loan financing from other, non-ARPA sources, and with payments deferred for three months – along with technical assistance including business planning, resource guidance, and best practices.

NBForward! is designed to provide existing local businesses with working capital to position themselves for future growth. Eligible uses of the capital include:

• Business lease-hold improvements, construction, renovations (with documented

building-owner approval and City permit verification)

• Business lease or mortgage payments
• Business utility payments
• Business monthly insurance costs
• Business payroll
• Business inventory expenses
• Other approved business fixed and operating expenses

The new NB100! program aims to promote entrepreneurship, grow local wealth, and strengthen community bonds by helping 100 new businesses get off the ground. As the first phase of assistance, the NBEDC will lead technical assistance delivered by New Bedford SourceLink resource partners, including: EforAll, Groundwork, Co-Creative Center, New Bedford Ocean Cluster, UMass Dartmouth, Bristol Community College, and Junior Achievement.

As a separate and subsequent phase, the NBEDC will offer $10,000 grants to eligible

small businesses that have successfully completed the technical support program. Eligible uses of those grant funds will include:

• Business lease or mortgage payments
• Business utility payments
• Business monthly insurance costs
• Business payroll
• Business inventory expenses
• Acquisition of new equipment/property
• Construction/repair of existing property
• Reimburse business expenses incurred beginning March 3, 2021
• Working capital for other operating expenses

NBEDC staff will be engaged in managing both programs to ensure an efficient review and approval process for eligible applicants. The formal application process will be accessed via the NBEDC homepage at: https://nbedc.org.

Learn more on the City’s ARPA website: www.newbedford-ma.gov/arpa.

Memorial Day weekend events planned to remember New Bedford veterans

Several events are planned in New Bedford throughout the upcoming Memorial Day weekend to honor the courageous men and women who lost their lives serving the United States.

Events are returning to traditional in-person formats for the first time since 2019. Memorial services and wreath-layings were broadcast online in 2020 and 2021, in lieu of parades and large-scale events, due to COVID-19.

This weekend’s events include:

Saturday, May 28
9 a.m. at Rural Cemetery

The Greater New Bedford Civil War Round Table will conduct a memorial exercise at the Union Soldier’s Burial Site at Rural Cemetery, 149 Dartmouth St. These services typically include historical reenactments, music, and a gun salute.

Sunday, May 29
10:30 a.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery

New Bedford Post 1, The American Legion will conduct a Memorial Day Exercise at the Veterans’ plot in Pine Grove Cemetery, 1100 Ashley Boulevard.

12 p.m. at New Bedford City Hall

New Bedford Post 1, The American Legion will conduct a Memorial Day Exercise at the Vietnam Veterans’ Honor Roll at New Bedford City Hall (133 William Street) on the William Street side of the building.

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
8:15 a.m. at Rural Cemetery

New Bedford Post 1, The American Legion will conduct a Memorial Day Exercise at the Veterans’ Plot in Rural Cemetery, 149 Dartmouth Street.

10 a.m. at Pier 3

The New Bedford Port Society’s Annual Memorial Day Fishermen’s Service, Pier 3, New Bedford Waterfront.

11:30 a.m. City of New Bedford Memorial Day Parade

This year’s parade is put on by the City of New Bedford, the City’s Veterans’ Services Department, New Bedford City Council and the New Bedford Veterans’ Advisory Board.

The parade will form at the intersection of Hathaway Blvd. and Parker Street beginning around 10:30 a.m., and stepping off at 11:30 a.m.

The parade will march east on Parker Street to County Street. The parade will then turn left and head North on County Street. The parade will then turn right to head east on Pope Street, where it will take its final right turn 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 the reading of the Gettysburg Address, Logan’s Orders and roll call of New Bedford’s Veterans who have passed away. We invite family and friends of Veterans who have passed away to bring a flower to the service and place it at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in remembrance.

Boston Police Department launch investigation after woman stabbed to death in Mattapan

Death Investigation in the Area of Rosewood Street in Mattapan.

At about 9:40 PM, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park), responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of Rosewood Street in Mattapan.

Upon arrival, officers observed an adult female suffering from apparent stab wounds. The female victim was pronounced on scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.” -Boston Police Department.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper runs into supporters while fueling up in New Bedford

“Massachusetts State Police Trooper Ryan Boswell was getting fuel in New Bedford the other day when he happened to make short conversation with a young girl and her father.

Sydney, the young girl, is a big fan and supporter of the Massachusetts State Police and asked to take a photo sitting in his cruiser. Trooper Boswell was happy to do so and let Sydney sit inside to get a picture.

It’s moments like these that remind us just how inspiring the work our members do is.” -State Police Association of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts invests $73M in UMass Dartmouth learning facilities

Commonwealth funding to continue the modernization of campus classrooms and laboratories.

Dartmouth, Ma. – May 6, 2022 – UMass Dartmouth announced $43M in new funding from the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to continue upgrades planned to the campus’s main academic facilities, the Liberal Arts Building (LARTS). In addition to the recently awarded $30M, this funding will enhance classrooms, labs, office spaces, and student meeting spaces within the Liberal Arts Building and Campus Center Building that houses the auditorium and other instructional spaces.

“Our Administration’s capital plan invests in critical initiatives across the state and we are particularly pleased to provide significant support for improvements on the UMass Dartmouth campus,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “With these investments at UMass Dartmouth and others across the Commonwealth, this capital plan will make Massachusetts a better place to live, learn and work.”

“This historic $73 million investment in UMass Dartmouth and our students—the single largest investment in our history—will enable us to provide the learning spaces our students need to pursue their ambitions,” said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Mark A. Fuller. “I am so appreciative of the Baker-Polito Administration’s continued support and recognition of our efforts to transform students’ lives on the SouthCoast and across Massachusetts.”

The project will address upgrades and deferred maintenance needs in the campus’s most trafficked building, which contains classrooms that support many programs in STEM fields, the humanities, social sciences, and student support centers. Renovations include changes to make the HVAC system more sustainable, upgrades to learning spaces and address electrical systems, window replacements, and building envelope improvements. The funding will also address deferred maintenance issues within the MacLean Campus Center and Main Auditorium.

Click here to learn more about the initial $30M in state funding to UMass Dartmouth.

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