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Protesters Block I 93; bring traffic to stand still during morning commute

Several of these protesters chained themselves together by placing their arms in and through the 55 gallon barrels.

Today at 7:30 the Massachusetts State Police received numerous calls regarding protesters blocking traffic on I-93 Northbound in the area of East Milton Street in Milton. These protesters placed several 55 gallon barrels filled with concrete and other debris across the travel lanes. The protesters then formed a human chain across the roadway attaching themselves to each other by passing their arms through an interlocking device and chaining themselves to the inside of the barrels. Traffic was stopped on I 93 Northbound at the site of the protest.

Approximately five minutes later, the State Police received reports of a similar protest occurring on I 93 Southbound in Medford/Somerville in the area of the Mystic Valley Parkway. At this location protesters attached themselves to each other by passing their arms through an interlocking device crossed the travel lanes and brought traffic to a stop at that location.

Dozens of troopers, including members of the Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T), responded to both scenes along with many members of local law enforcement, local fire departments, emergency medical services, and Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The traffic back up caused by the actions of the protesters delayed emergency crews and equipment from arriving to the scene challenging.

At the Medford scene troopers swiftly and safely physically removed the protesters from the roadway. At 8:22 a.m. the travel lanes of I 93 southbound were opened for travel. A total of 18 persons were arrested at this location and transported to the State Police Barracks in Medford for booking.

Removal of the protesters at the Milton scene proved to be more of a challenge. Several of these protesters chained themselves together by placing their arms in and through the 55 gallon barrels. The Milton Fire Department brought special cutting tools to aid in the effort and along with the specially trained members of the S.E.R.T. safely separated the protesters from the barrels. Throughout the removal process traffic on I 93 Northbound to include the High Occupancy Vehicle Lane (H.O.V.) was stopped. This created an extensive traffic back up during the morning commute. A total of nine protesters were arrested at the scene in Milton and taken to the State Police Barracks in South Boston for booking. The travel lanes of I-93 Northbound re-opened completely at 9:45 a.m.

As a result of the ongoing investigation, two addition persons were arrested in Braintree as they attempted to return a rental truck that was used to transport the barrels and the protesters to the scene in Milton.

ARRAIGNMENT RESULTS, Jan. 15, 2015, Quincy District Court. Hon. Mark Coven presiding.

Seven men and Four women arrested – some while chained to barrels full of concrete – for obstructing Rte. 93 North this morning, thereby blocking access to all area Level 1 Trauma Centers for the entire South Shore and blocking the commute for thousands, have pled not guilty to charges stemming from the event.

Nicole Sullivan, 24, of Jacques Street in Somerville, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

Nelli Routsalainen, 25, of  Lambert Ave in Roxbury, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

James Billman, 25, of  Colbourne Crescent in Brookline, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

Brett W. West, 26, of Warren St., Boston, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

Jeremy Bingham, 23, of Shawnee Rd in Arlington, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

Mark F. Schwaller, 29, of Bynner St. in Jamaica Plain, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

Noah McKenna, 28, of Parley Vale in Boston, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct ,Throwing an Object on a Public Way and Resisting Arrest.

Angela N. Davis, 43, of Summer St., Somerville, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct, resisting arrest and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

Eli Cohen, 26, of Simpson Ave, Somerville, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct, resisting arrest and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

Emily Osmun, 34, of Medford St., Somerville, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct ,Throwing an Object on a Public Way and Resisting Arrest.

William Connolly, 26, of Jean St., Hanson, pled not guilty to Trespassing, Throwing Glass on a Public Way, Willfully Obstructing an Emergency Vehicle, Conspiracy, Disorderly Conduct and Throwing an Object on a Public Way.

“We know of at least one elderly crash victim who could not be transported to the Level 1 Trauma Center his injury demanded because this road was illegally blockaded,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said. “The disregard for the safety and welfare of innocent citizens that this action manifests is shocking.”

All were released on personal recognizance and ordered to return to Quincy District Court on April 9 for pre-trial conference.





NBA legend speaks to Stang Students on Addictions & Recovery

NBA Legend Chris Herren addressing students.

Chris Herren, a NBA basketball legend from Fall River, came to talk to students, faculty and staff at Bishop Stang High School to share his tale of the descent into addiction, a miraculous recovery, and his new life mission of sharing his story with audiences in hopes of reaching at least one person and making a difference.

Following a DVD presentation of the Chris Herren Story, Mr. Herren spoke about experiences that have impacted his life as a teenager, athlete and speaker. He spoke on drug and alcohol use, peer pressure, bullying and cutting. The event concluded with a Q&A.

Beyond his speaking roles, Chris Herren runs Hoop Dreams, a basketball player development company, and The Herren Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing treatment navigation to assist individuals and families struggling with addition, education initiatives to increase awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and mentoring programs.

Chris Herron with Bishop Stang Student Council Officers, Anthony Mahoney-Pacheco/Fall River, Mary Carroll/Portsmouth RI, Erin Lester/Dartmouth, &Caroline Downey/Mattapoisett.





Eighth Grade Parent Nights at Normadin, Roosevelt

Parents of New Bedford eighth-graders are encouraged to attend Parents’ Night as preparation for their students’ freshman year next year.

– Parents’ Night at Normandin Middle School is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14.
– Parents’ Night at Roosevelt Middle School is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 15.

At these events, parents can talk to New Bedford High School administrators, meet some of the high school’s teachers and students, and learn about a variety of the many programs offered at NBHS.

All parents of New Bedford Public Schools eighth-graders are encouraged to attend.




67 year old New Bedford women missing since 2 January

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UPDATE: Joanne Poirier who was reported missing by her family has been located safely in Florida.

New Bedford detectives are looking for the public’s help in locating a missing person. 67 year old Joanne Poirier was last seen by a visiting nurse in her home on January 2nd. The following day she tried to make contact with a limousine service but it was closed for business. Although there is no evidence of foul play, the family has not heard from her and are concerned for her well being,

She was last seen in her home off of Durfee St. in the west end of the city. Anyone with information on this woman is asked to contact Det. Stephen Taylor at 508-991-6300 ext. 164 or leave an
anonymous tip at 508-961-4584.




New Bedford police seek Acushnet Ave. 7-11 robbery suspect

new-bedford-robberyOn Monday, January 12th, at approximately 3:20am the 7-11 at 1499 Acushnet Ave. was robbed by a lone male. The clerk was not harmed.

The suspect entered the store and demanded money from the register. He gestured towards his waistband saying he had a firearm but none was displayed.

He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running westerly on Coffin Ave.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. William Westgate at 508-991-6300 ext. 136 or call the Anonymous tip line at 508-961-4584.

Description:

  • Spanish speaking male, approx. 6ft. 2 inches, in his 30’s, with a mustache/goatee.
  • Wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, and a winter hat pulled down to his eyes.



New Bedford emergency shelter seeks volunteers and supplies

Due to the frigid temperatures, the City of New Bedford has asked for Mercy Meals and More to open the emergency shelter at 634 Purchase Street in New Bedford on Friday, January 16th, 2015. Shelter opens at 8pm.

Volunteers are needed from 8-12pm to make sandwiches and help in the kitchen. Supplies needed include sandwich meat, condiments, soda, snacks, and soup. If you can donate anything, the shelter building opens at 8pm and drop-offs can be done anytime after 8pm. Contact Pete Wilde at 978-866-9499 if you can help.




$10K Reward offered for ‘Christmas Eve Bandit’

The public is asked to view photos and surveillance video of the robber at https://bankrobberies.fbi.gov.

FBI agents and Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to the FBI’s Bank Robbery/Violent Crimes Task Force, along with the Taunton Police Department, are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a bank robber allegedly responsible for an armed robbery on December 24, 2014 at the First Citizens Federal Credit Union located at 280 Winthrop Street in Taunton. The “Christmas Eve Bandit” is considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect entered the bank, stated “Merry Christmas” followed by an obscenity, and then ordered the tellers to empty their cash drawers and fill a black duffle bag with money. The suspect was armed with an assault rifle with a banana clip capable of shooting a 7.62 millimeter round, possibly an AK-47.

During the robbery, the suspect pointed the rifle in the direction of the bank employees as they complied with his demand. One bank employee in the area of the drive-up teller window moved causing the suspect to fire a round into the wall.

The public is asked to view photos and surveillance video of the robber at https://bankrobberies.fbi.gov.

The male suspect fled the scene on foot, wearing a black mask, blue jeans, black jacket, gray sweatshirt, black boots and black gloves. The age and race of the suspect are unknown.

The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for this robbery. Anyone with information should call the FBI at 1-617-742-5533 or the Taunton Police Department at 1-508-821-1475. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.






NBHS Young Alumni Assocation formally launched

The Young Alumni Association is not a selective organization; all young alumni are encouraged to join.

The New Bedford High School Young Alumni Association was formally launched Monday at NBHS, where alumni were joined by School Committee Members Josh Amaral, Jack Livramento and Marlene Pollock.

Co-chaired by alumni Justin Braga ’12 and Melissa Isidor ’13, now both students at Brown University, the NBHSYAA will act as a service organization with members contributing on a volunteer basis to their alma mater. Aims of the NBHS Young Alumni Association include college and career advising from young alumni who have begun their post-high school careers attending colleges and universities, receiving technical training and joining the military, as well as serving as an advisory group to the administration for preparation of NBHS for postsecondary pathways.

Acting Headmaster Bernadette Coelho said the start of a new Young Alumni Association is encouraging. “I am pleased to see that the students who have begun their own college careers and their own promising futures have taken the time to come back, invest in New Bedford High School and serve as role models and mentors to our students,” she said.

Mayor Jon Mitchell said of the group, “I applaud Justin Braga and Melissa Isidor along with their fellow young alumni for spearheading this new service organization to not only support current students and recent graduates but also to highlight all of the positive work taking place at New Bedford High School.”

Superintendent Pia Durkin said, “Having successful young alumni return to New Bedford High School to form a Young Alumni Association is encouraging because it demonstrates their commitment to their alma mater. These alumni have earned the admiration of New Bedford Public Schools as a community.”

The Young Alumni Association is not a selective organization; all young alumni are encouraged to join. Members will be added to the association’s database and serve as resources for current students and administration. Members will also be added to an email list for future events held through the organization. Interested young alumni may sign up online at http://bit.ly/1w334ba or visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NewBedfordYAA.





New Bedford man arrested with .357 revolver, crack cocaine

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On Saturday morning at approximately 10am members of the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant at an Earle apartment in New Bedford. This was the result of an investigation into a cocaine delivery service being operated in the north end of the city.

The target of the investigation, Kevin Graham, was taken into custody after he left his home, without incident.

A search of the residence revealed, 11 grams of crack cocaine, $834 in cash, digital scale, and cocaine packaging material.

Also recovered was a .357 Sturm Ruger revolver. Mr. Graham does not possess a license to carry firearms and detectives are working on tracing the origin of the gun.

Scheduled to be arraigned this morning in New Bedford district court; Kevin Graham age 34 of Earle Street in New Bedford.

He is facing drug and firearms charges.




NBHS alumni to form young alumni association

The NBHS Young Alumni Association aims to offer students a more personal and peer-oriented approach to college and career advising.

Recent alumni of New Bedford High School will formally launch the New Bedford High School Young Alumni Association on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Family Engagement Center of NBHS. The association, co-chaired by Justin Braga ’12 and Melissa Isidor ’13, now both students at Brown University, will act as a service organization with members contributing on a volunteer basis to their alma mater.

Aims of the NBHS Young Alumni Association include college and career advising from young alumni who have begun their post-high school careers attending colleges and universities, receiving technical training and joining the military, as well as serving as an advisory group to the administration for preparation of NBHS for postsecondary pathways.

“The NBHS Young Alumni Association aims to offer students a more personal and peer-oriented approach to college and career advising,” said Isidor. “Through long term efforts, our organization plans to serve as a resource to faculty and students, as well help improve the overall school perception in the community.”

Braga said, “As recent graduates of New Bedford High School, we feel that it is our responsibility to give back to the people of this community who did so much for us by being a part of the process that helps a new generation of graduates succeed. It is our hope that the entire community will join us in supporting the students and faculty who will take NBHS to new heights.”

The Young Alumni Association is not a selective organization; all young alumni are encouraged to join. Members will be added to the association’s database and serve as resources for current students and administration. Members will also be added to an email list for future events held through the organization. Interested young alumni may sign up online at http://bit.ly/1w334ba or visit the group’s Facebook page.

Monday’s announcement will include Braga, Isidor, as well as fellow young alumni Adam Vieira, Christian Perez, Rebecca Kanter and Jessica Barros. Members of the School Committee, Superintendent Pia Durkin and Headmaster Kathleen Dawson will join in the announcement.


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