State Police Arrest Three in Westminster for Heroin Trafficking

Last night at about 11:20 p.m., following a motor vehicle stop on Route 2 West in Westminster, State Police arrested three men for trafficking in heroin.

Trooper Christopher Call observed the operator of a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu, which was traveling westbound, commit motor vehicle violations. Trooper Call stopped the vehicle and determined that the operator, EDWARD LOWER, 54, of Swanzey, New Hampshire had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Wrentham, Massachusetts District Court. Upon further investigation with assistance from Trooper Matthew Cesvette, more than two pounds of a substance believed to be heroin and approximately 16 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine was located in the vehicle.

LOWER and his two passengers, CHRISTOPHER FOSTER, 27, of Walpole, New Hampshire and JOSEPH MACHOWSKI, 27, of Brattleboro, Vermont were all placed under arrest on the following charges:

Trafficking in Heroin
Possession of a Class A Substance with Intent to Distribute
Possession of a Class A Substance with Intent to Distribute
LOWER was additionally charged with Speeding and Failing to Change Lanes for an Emergency Vehicle.

The three were booked at the State Police Barracks in Athol where they were held on $20,000.00 bail pending their arraignment in Gardner District Court.

State Police Investigate Toll Collector Struck and Killed

A 2010 Toyota Tacoma, driven by a 31-year-old Charlton man had struck a toll collector.

Early this morning at approximately 12:04 a.m., troopers from the State Police Charlton Barracks responded to reports of a toll collector struck at interchange 10 of the Massachusetts Turnpike in Auburn. The toll collector, BILL PAPPAS, 61, from Holden, was reported to have serious injuries.

Upon arrival, troopers discovered that a 2010 Toyota Tacoma, driven by a 31-year-old Charlton man had struck a toll collector while exiting a EZ-Pass lane, as the toll collector was walking across the EZ-Pass lane. The driver of the Tacoma was not injured. The toll collector was transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester by Auburn Fire/EMS Department, where he died a short time later, as a result of injuries sustained from the incident.

Three lanes were closed at the tolls during the incident. Due to the time of the incident, there was not a traffic backup.

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the State Police Charlton Barracks. State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Troop E Headquarters, State Police Troop C Headquarters, Auburn Fire/EMS Department, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

No further information is currently available. Please do not call the barracks directly.

Police seek help in identifying shoplifting suspect

Recognize this person? Call the Fairhaven Police Department anonymously at 508-997-7421.

A male party shoplifted 6 boxes of Rogaine worth over $300.00 from the Fairhaven CVS store just after 3:30 Monday afternoon. The suspect appears to be in his late twenties to early thirties with brown hair and a chinstrap brown beard. A picture from the store’s video surveillance system is attached to this press release. If anyone can identify the suspect, or has information about this case, please notify Officer Andrew Quintin at the Fairhaven Police Department at 508-997-7421. Callers can remain anonymous.

Faces Of New Bedford – #09: Gildas Roberts

Meet Gildas Robert, a young creative from New Bedford.

Growing up in the city he has always been inspired by the remnants of the architecture from New Bedford past. He enjoys to be by the ocean and loves the sailing and fishing culture.

After a small stay at UMass Dartmouth studying English, he took a hiatus to truly find out what he desires to do the most. Feeling inclined to his passion for all things art, he is planning on entering into the CVPA program this upcoming fall.

“This city is so fascinating and I can’t just stay at home, so I am always on the go. Once you find the things you love never let it go, stay positive, and don’t ever give up.”


Faces of New Bedford is a project by Colton Simmons. If you are interested in booking a shoot or getting prints from the series email all inquiries to colton@coltonsimmons.com

Follow Colton on Instagram: https://instagram.com/simmonscolton

1850s ladies Host Fiber Day event on Saturday, August 1st

Ruth and Abby, the national park’s 1850s ladies, invite you to come and “spin” a tale with them on Saturday, August 1, from 1:00-4:00 PM. Watch demonstrations of carding and spinning. Try your hand at these old time crafts. Free event. This free event, held in cooperation with the Rhode Island Spinners Guild, will take place in the park garden. In the event of inclement weather it will be moved indoors.

MA State Police Seeking Help in Solving Mansfield Shooting Incident

On July 23, 2015 at about 2:00 a.m., a marked state police cruiser was on patrol in the vicinity of Forbes Blvd and Route 140 in the town of Mansfield. The trooper heard a loud noise that came from behind his cruiser as he was approaching a traffic signal. He additionally saw a large amount of white smoke in the area of where he heard this noise, just several feet from his cruiser.

The trooper reversed direction and observed a white male wearing light colored clothing in the wood line. The man ran into the woods, heading in the direction of the Super Stop and Shop.

A search of the area where this man was positioned resulted in the discovery of a Thompson Triumph .50 caliber muzzleloader with a 28” Weather Shield coated barrel, a Redhead brand backpack and hunting cap. These items are believed to have been left by the man who fled into the woods.


An extensive search of the immediate area for the suspect was conducted by the State Police, Mansfield Police and Foxboro Police with negative results.

We are continuing to pursue investigative leads in this case. If anyone has any information related to this incident, please contact the State Police at 508-961-1928.



NBSO Announces Centennial Season Guest Artists

You won’t want to miss it!

Berlioz, Sibelius & Dvořák
September 19, 2015, at 7:30pm
Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic, will perform Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto

Martin Chalifour

Mendelssohn’s Elijah
October 18, 2015, at 3pm
Noune Karapetian, Margaret Lias, Matthew Anderson, and Philip Lima
plus Rhode Island College Concert Choir and singers from Sippican Choral Society and New Bedford Choral Society

Paulus, Rachmaninoff & Beethoven
November 21, 2015, at 7:30pm
Anne-Marie McDermott, acclaimed American pianist, will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Anne-Marie McDermott

Family Holiday Pops
December 19, 2015, at 3:30pm & 7pm
Featuring New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra side-by-side with NBSO professional, plus Showstoppers performing arts troupe

Britten, Schumann & Mussorgsky
February 20, 2016, at 7:30pm
Carter Brey, principal cellist of the NY Philharmonic, performs Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor

Carter Brey

Poulenc, Ravel & Tchaikovsky
April 9, 2016, at 7:30pm
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, award-winning French pianist, will play Maurice Ravel’s Concerto for Left Hand and will be joined by his wife Andrea Bavouvet, herself an accomplished pianist, for Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Bernstein & Beethoven
May 14, 2016, at 7:30pm
Karen Slack, Abigail Fischer, Yeghishe Manucharyan, David Kravitz, and Back Bay Choral – Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms

All performances will take place at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford. For more concert information, please visit www.nbsymphony.org or call the NBSO at 508-999-6276.

Concert tickets are $25‒$60 (student tickets are always $10 but must be purchased by phone or at the Box Office). Discounted season tickets are available through the NBSO at 508-999-6276. Individual concert tickets are purchased through the Zeiterion Box Office: online at www.zeiterion.org, by phone at 508-994-2900, or in person at the Box Office at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA, Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

The New Bedford Symphony celebrates its 100th anniversary this 2015-16 season! In 1915, New Bedford schoolteacher Clarence Arey founded a symphony orchestra to bring classical music to our region. Today, the NBSO is a superb professional orchestra that performs with internationally renowned guest artists, annually presenting a 7-concert series of classical and pops music and a 4-concert chamber music series, as well as providing nationally recognized educational programs for the children of South Coast. You deserve a symphony in your life–the New Bedford Symphony! Visit us at www.nbsymphony.org.

New England Police Agencies to Launch Coordinated Enforcement Campaign

WHAT: Highway safety officials and state and local enforcement agencies from the six New England states will launch a coordinated, simultaneous enforcement mobilization aimed at reducing speed related crashes, injuries and fatalities. Vehicles used in the enforcement mobilization will be on display.

WHO: Michael Geraci, Regional Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Region 1; Jennifer D. Queally, Undersecretary for Law Enforcement, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent Massachusetts State Police; Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast, State Highway Safety representatives and local and state law enforcement representatives from Mass., Conn., Maine, R.I., and Vt.

WHEN: Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: Squantum Point Park at Marina Bay in Quincy, MA – From Boston – US-1 South to exit 12, Rt 3A South. Continue over the Neponset Bridge onto Quincy Shore
Drive and bear left on East Squantum Street. Turn left and take Victory Road into the Squantum Point parking lot.

• Uniformed State Police representatives from the six N.E. states
• Helicopters, motorcycles, marked and unmarked cruisers
• Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Alcohol Unit

OPINION: Youth Court is Worth Praising and Preserving

By Justin Braga and Adam Vieira.

Mr. Braga and Mr. Vieira volunteered as attorneys for New Bedford Youth Court as students at New Bedford High School. Both are currently students at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

New Bedford’s leaders and residents constantly grapple with finding positive attributes that set the city of New Bedford apart from other communities in Massachusetts and the United States. While it may have been unbeknownst to many, New Bedford became a pioneer for restorative justice in October 2002 by establishing the Commonwealth’s first youth court. Today, under the new name of New Bedford and Fall River Youth Courts, this juvenile diversion program has set the bar high for positively transforming the lives of youths who have committed misdemeanor offenses by providing them with a realistic hearing process and allowing them to reconcile their wrongs through community service. Yet, once again, diminished funds have put this program in jeopardy and have forced it to cease its operations. Taking into account youth court’s proven track record, fiscal responsibility and our collective moral conviction, we argue that our city leaders and state delegation should step up to the plate to ensure that this rare gem of restorative justice is given long-term sustainability for future generations of New Bedford’s children.

Ask almost any respondent, parent, or volunteer who has been associated with New Bedford Youth Court about the program’s effectiveness and they will tell you that it has a life-changing impact on the lives of so many in our community. The statistics support the countless personal stories that attest to the program’s positive impact. The most recent data shows that, on average, 92% of respondents who have gone through the youth court system have completed their sanctions and have not reoffended during the 120-day sanctioning period. Youth Court also posts an impressive recidivism rate. For respondents who entered Youth Court during the 2009-2010 academic year, only 13% had reoffended within a year after completing the program. In 2007-2008, only 14% had reoffended after one year, while only 29% had committed additional offenses after three years of completing the program. That means nearly three quarters of respondents who went through New Bedford Youth Court did not get into additional trouble with the law and demonstrated superb reforms to their character. On the other hand, the recidivism rate associated with the juvenile court system pales in comparison to that of youth court, signifying youth court’s ability to oftentimes outperform conventional judicial means. Also, given the copious amounts of academic literature that have condemned out-of-school suspension as an effective means of discipline, Youth Court should be looked to as a beacon for disciplining young people, while ensuring that they are granted a second chance to be productive members of society.

Impressively, Youth Court has been able to change so many lives at a fraction of the cost of traditional juvenile detention. While detaining a child at a Department of Youth Services facility can cost upwards of $100,000, a respondent can receive services for six months from Youth Court for only $1,200. Take a moment to ponder how many more youth could be served by a more restorative means of justice if financial resources were redirected from juvenile incarceration to the youth court program. On paper and in practice youth court is more favorable than juvenile incarceration and everyone knows it is. In addition to being an outlet for restorative justice, New Bedford Youth Court has allowed an abundance of high school students in the Greater New Bedford area who are interested in law to be exposed to the legal profession through proactive public service. As former volunteer attorneys, Youth Court undoubtedly changed our lives and provided us with indispensable interactions with members of our community.

Guided by our principles as a forgiving people and a community that believes that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed, we humbly ask the leaders and people of Greater New Bedford to rally around the long-term preservation of New Bedford Youth Court so that it can continue to serve the youth of our community and spread light to those who need it most. As New Bedford Youth Court stands at the threshold of an uncertain future, we ask local decision makers, the City Council, the School Committee, our state delegation, and the community at-large to take action in supporting this program financially and ideologically.

Fall River Woman Indicted for May 30th Stabbing Murder

Adrienne-Brown-fall-riverBristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn today announced that Adrienne A. Brown, 37, of 477 Third Street, Fall River, has been indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury for the May 30th stabbing murder of 53-year-old Brian Jones in Fall River.

On the afternoon of May 30th, Fall River Police received a 911 call regarding a man stabbed outside of 477 Third Street, shortly after 3 p.m. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders located the 53-year-old male victim lying outside of 477 Third Street, suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim, later identified as Mr. Jones, was rushed to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River where he succumbed to his injuries and died.

Ms. Brown, who had been seen fleeing the scene of the stabbing, had been sought by state and local police for two days before turning herself in to Fall River Police on the morning of June 1st.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Assistant District Attorney Brian Griffin, who will be prosecuting the case as it now moves forward in Fall River Superior Court. Ms. Brown will be arraigned on the new murder indictment in Fall River Superior Court on August 21st.

Ms. Brown is currently being held in jail on $500,000 cash bail as a result of her June 1st District Court arraignment.

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