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City Extends Warning Period for Violations of New Trash & Recycling Program

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Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today that the City will provide a one month extension (until the end of October 2014) to the warning period for violations for some of the recently enacted ordinance changes and regulations associated with the City’s new automated trash and recycling collection program. This extended warning period follows several months during which the City has not cited residents for such violations but rather it has been educating them on how to properly set out trash and recyclables and avoid fines. The extended warning period is only in effect for violations that are new to the City and pertain to recycling and the use of the automated collection containers (“carts”) for trash and recycling set outs. However, all other types of violations that result from non-compliance with longstanding trash rules and regulations will continue to be enforced with fines, beyond an initial warning for a first offense. These infractions include TV’s, computer monitors, and white goods left out for collection without a scheduled appointment; trash and recycling out too early; messy, uncontained set-outs; and larger than allowed quantities of trash set out (“move out piles”).

“Clearly the new program has been a great success overall, and has resulted in huge increases in recycling and significant reductions in refuse brought to the Crapo Hill Landfill,” said Mayor Mitchell. “Our ultimate goal is compliance, and we have seen more and more compliance each month. That said, some residents are still adjusting to the new program, and we think they will benefit from some additional time to come into full compliance with the new rules.”

City officials report that compliance with the new system has increased steadily since the program launched on June 23rd, and that the vast majority of city residents have made the transition without any problem. They do note, however, that some residents require additional education and outreach about what is and is not allowed under the new rules.

Over the next 30 days, the Health Department will continue to issue warnings and educate residents and property owners about how to comply with the new regulations in order to avoid fines and penalties. The new regulations include a graduated fine schedule for repeat offenses, up to and including suspension from the City’s curbside collection program.

“It’s clear by the level of cooperation and compliance we have reached in the city that this program is user-friendly, and we see from the data that it is on track to achieve its principle aims of increasing recycling and extending the life of the landfill,” said DFFM Commissioner Ken Blanchard. “With a little more time and public outreach, we’re confident we’ll get to virtually universal compliance by year’s end.”

New regulations specific to downtown commercial collection will begin to be fully enforced upon adoption of the new regulations on October 1. Among other rules, downtown commercial trash customers must set their trash out between the hours of 3:00 AM and 8:00AM; it must be contained in an approved receptacle; and receptacles must be removed from the sidewalk by 11:00 AM.

The City of New Bedford Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance informational flyer is available here: Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Informational Flyer. The ordinances describe how property owners and occupants must comply with the program and outline the fee schedule for failing to comply with the solid waste and recycling collection ordinances. For more information about the program and associated regulations, please call the Department of Facilities and Fleet Management at (508) 979-1520.

Tips to properly set out trash and recyclables and avoid fines:

  • Do not overfill the carts. The cart lids must be fully closed.
  • Recycle loose clean bottles, cans, jugs, jars, paper and cardboard together in the cart with the orange lid. Do not put trash, food, clothing, plastic bags, plastic wrap, or Styrofoam into the recycling carts. List of Recyclable Materials
  • Do not set out regular barrels, blue bins or bags curbside.
  • Do not put your cart out earlier than 5:00 P.M. on the day before your scheduled collection day.
  • Call ABC Disposal at (508) 999-2619 to schedule a bulky item pickup.



Fairhaven has four new police officer candidates

The Fairhaven Board of Selectmen made four conditional offers of employment for the position of police officer with the Fairhaven Police Department at their meeting Monday night. The four candidates are Matthew Sobral, Jerome Penha Jr., Jonathan Alves and Scott Coelho.

The employment offers are contingent upon each candidate successfully completing a medical screening, a physical abilities test and a psychological screening. Each candidate must also successfully complete the Massachusetts Police Training Committee Recruit Officer Class, which will be held at the Plymouth Police Academy. The police academy is a rigorous 21 week program that consists of practical exercises, physical training, defensive tactics, driver training and firearms training. Recruits also complete classroom training in areas such as criminal law, Constitutional law, motor vehicle law and other classes pertinent to the field of law enforcement.

The four applicants were interviewed Friday evening by the Board of Selectmen, Chief Michal Myers and Sergeant Kevin Kobza. All four are residents of the Town of Fairhaven. Upon successful completion of the medical and psychological screening and physical abilities test, the anticipated academy start date for the recruits will be March 26, 2015 with an expected graduation date just prior to Labor Day. Recruits that graduate from the police academy will then undergo field training with experienced officers of the Fairhaven Police Department.




One of Two Suspects Connected to Tuesday Night Kidnapping Arrested in Baltimore

 

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Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter announced that one of two suspects wanted in connection to a Tuesday night armed kidnapping has been apprehended in Baltimore, MD.

Stephanie Walker, 28, of Lawrence, was arrested at a motel by Baltimore Police late yesterday afternoon around 4 p.m. She is charged in Maryland with being a fugitive from justice, and is wanted in Massachusetts on warrants charging her with kidnapping and assault and battery. Ms. Walker will likely be arraigned in a Baltimore court room tomorrow on the fugitive from justice charge. It is unclear at this time whether Ms. Walker will waive rendition and voluntarily agree to be returned to Massachusetts to face charges at this time.

A second suspect, Adynew Alves, 28, of Boston, remains at large. He is wanted on warrants connected to the kidnapping, charging him with armed assault, assault and battery and kidnapping. If anyone has any information regarding this case or Mr. Alves’ whereabouts, they are urged to contact Massachusetts State Police at 508-947-2222.

The Tuesday kidnapping is believed to have occurred in or around Boston. The victim, a 49-year-old woman, was forced into the trunk of the car and driven south on Route 24. At some point around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, the victim was able to escape from the trunk on Route 24 in Taunton. Motorists assisted the victim and called police.

The two suspects fled south on Route 24 in a blue 1996 Nissan Sentra. The vehicle was discovered on Joshua Lane in Taunton Wednesday morning.




Police recover stolen shotgun and ammunition from New Bedford home

Joey CorreiaLast night at 6:30pm members of the Organized Crime and Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant at Chestnut Street. A warrant was obtained out of New Bedford District Court by Detective Jarrod Gracia. The target of the warrant was seen leaving the house by detectives and was taken into custody without incident.

Once inside the home, Detectives located a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun in a bedroom closet. Mr. Correia does not possess a license to carry firearms and the shotgun was found to have been stolen in Fall River, Massachusetts in May of this year.

Detectives also located 19 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun shells, 10 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, as well as, a 13 round magazine for a .40 caliber firearm.

Scheduled to be arraigned this morning in New Bedford District Court:

Joey Correia age 37 of Chestnut St. New Bedford

  • Unlawful possession of a shotgun
  • Unlawful possession of ammunition (2 counts)
  • Unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device
  • Receiving stolen property exceeding $250



Lucky 7 variety store in New Bedford robbed

Last night (9/25/14) at approximately 7:45pm an unarmed robbery occurred at the Lucky 7 variety store located at 701 Cottage St. The clerk was not harmed.

The suspect entered the store and asked to purchase 4 packs of Newport cigarettes and handed the clerk a debit card. When the clerk swiped the card, it was declined. As she was in the process of taking back the cigarettes, the suspect snatched them out of her hand and fled to a waiting vehicle that was last seen heading south on Cottage St. It appears to be a dark colored sedan.

Suspect Description:

  • White male approximately 5-10 and medium build with short hair
  • White T-Shirt and dark colored sweatpants
  • White sneakers
  • An unknown tattoo on his left forearm

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Barry Pacheco at 508-991-6300 ext. 133




Fishing Community Fund established to prevent hunger and homelessness for those relying on seafood industry

United Way of Greater New Bedford is the fiscal partner receiving and acknowledging donations as well as making payments for approved expenditures.

United Way of Greater New Bedford, Massachusetts Fisherman’s Partnership and High Liner Foods have teamed up to provide short-term emergency aid for individuals and families relying on fishing or the seafood industry for their livelihood. The fund is modeled after a similar fund that High Liner Foods helps to support in the Gloucester area.

United Way of Greater New Bedford is the fiscal partner receiving and acknowledging donations as well as making payments for approved expenditures. The New Bedford office for the Massachusetts Fisherman’s Partnership will process applications for help and a three person committee from the community will review applications for funding.

To date, just over $14,000 has been raised to start the fund. “We saw the need for the fund and agreed it fit our mission,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President of United Way. “Thanks to High Liner Foods’ leadership the fund is now established and will be made available for emergency aid as long as donations continue to replenish it. We expect the requests for help will expend the funds quickly.”

The need is great not only for families of once active fisherman, but from other families whose livelihoods depend on all the related industries of fishing. The fund is intended for short-term emergency help, while longer term aid is put in place. All payments will be made directly to the third party vendor on behalf of the family approved for aid. Allowable expenses include; housing, utilities and food.

Substantial contributions have been received from individuals and corporations including: American Refrigeration Co., 2 Anonymous Donors, BJ’s Temp Service, Corvo, LLC. F/V Hera, Eastern Fisheries, High Liner Foods, Mariner Seafood LLC, Pier Fish Company, Pyramid Transport, Inc., Raymond W. Starvish, Jr. and the Whaling City Seafood Auction. Donations for the New Bedford Fishing Community Fund can be made anytime to the United Way of Greater New Bedford, 105 William St. 3rd floor, New Bedford, MA 02740 NOTE: Fishing Fund or online at www.unitedwayofgnb.org. To seek assistance contact Verna Kendall at MFP New Bedford office at (508)991-3043.





Suspects sought in armed kidnapping in Taunton

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A 1996 blue Nissan Sentra used in an armed kidnapping last night has been located near the Taunton/Freetown border. The abandoned vehicle was spotted by a resident of Joshua Lane in Taunton this morning. State Police are currently taking possession of the vehicle to process it for evidence.

State and local police are investigating the kidnapping at gunpoint of a woman by two individuals who have been identified as Adynew Alves, 28, of Boston and Stephanie Walker, 28, of Lawrence. The kidnapping is believed to have occurred in or around Boston. The victim was placed in the trunk of the car and driven south on Route 24. At some point around 7:15 p.m. last night, the victim was able to escape from the trunk on Route 24 in Taunton. Motorists assisted the victim and called police. The victim is a 49-year-old woman.

The two suspects fled south on Route 24 in the blue 1996 Nissan Sentra with Massachusetts license plate number 478-PK4. Warrants have issued, charging Mr. Alves with armed assault, assault and battery, and kidnapping. Warrants have also issued, charging Ms. Walker with kidnapping and assault and battery.

Photos of the suspects were sent out to the media last night and are also available at www.bristolda.com. Both suspects are considered armed and a dangerous. Please urge the public to not take any actions on their own to approach or apprehend either suspect. They should call 911 or the Middleboro Barracks of the Massachusetts State Police at 508-947-2222.

If more information becomes available or an arrest is made, we will send out a follow up release. Until that time, our office cannot comment further on this active case.




Man caught digging large hole at Rural Cemetery

new-bedford-cemetery-man-diggingOn Saturday afternoon at approximately 4pm south end officers were sent to the Rural Cemetery on Dartmouth St. regarding a male digging behind a grave. A witness walking in the area observed this and called police. When officers arrived they immediately recognized the suspect from previous encounters. He is a 24 yr. old New Bedford man.

The man was up to his chest in a hole in the ground that he had dug using a small garden tool and a plastic bottle. He stated he began digging around 4am. He began telling the officers that he had permission from the Federal Government to do the digging and that he owned the land.

Officers Matthew Rodrigues and David Raymond were able to pull the male out of the hole and he was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for evaluation.




Rochester man arrested for stealing 8 handguns from Fairhaven home

david normanFairhaven Police Detectives arrested a 22 year old man last Monday, September 15th in relation to a breaking and entering into a Howland Street home. David Norman of Pauline’s Way, Rochester was taken into custody for the September 12th break.

Norman is accused of breaking into a Howland Street house and stealing numerous firearms and ammunition. Fairhaven Detectives determined Norman broke into the house, and then a gun safe. He is accused of stealing 8 assorted handguns and ammunition. It is unsure what he did with the firearms after he stole them. However Norman was no longer in possession of them at the time of his arrest.

So far, police have managed to recover one of the guns, but the rest of the firearms are still missing. The handguns stolen by Norman include a Smith and Wesson 9 millimeter, a Luger 9 millimeter, a 45 semiautomatic, a black powder 44 caliber and three revolvers. Norman was arrested September 15th and charged with 8 counts of larceny of a firearm, 2 counts of vandalism, breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny from a building and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was arraigned the following day in Third District Court and was held pending a dangerousness hearing.




Missing Afghan soldiers from Cape Cod caught trying to enter Canada

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The missing Afghan National Army Soldiers. Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada, and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar were found trying to cross into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge at Niagra Falls. The Rainbow Bridge spans from New York into Ontario, Canada .

The soldiers were reported missing Saturday night from Camp Edwards on the Joint Base Cape Cod. The men arrived Camp Edwards with other Afghan soldier on September 11th, 2014, for a training exercise.

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