New Bedford police seek assistance in identifying burglary suspects


On Friday June 27th a housebreak occurred during the daytime hours in the area of Matthew St. and Stackhouse St. It appears that entry may have been gained through a window when the tenants were not home. Cash was taken during the break.

Detective Michael Lopes is looking to identify the two males in the attached photograph. It is believed that they are responsible for the breaking and entering.

He can be reached at 508-991-6300 ext. 137

***Please note that the vehicle in the picture is not related to the crime***

Mother charged in New Bedford deceased infant case

The mother of the newborn baby discovered outside a home at 1065 County Street on April 11th was charged today in New Bedford District Court with the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute and concealment of the death of a child born out of wedlock.

Tamlyn Gonzalez, 22, of 1065 County Street, was taken into custody this morning by New Bedford Police and will be arraigned on the charges in New Bedford District Court around 2:00 p.m. today.

The investigation into the case was coordinated by Assistant District Attorney Maryclare Flynn, who will also be handling today’s arraignment.

New Bedford Police received a 911 call around 6:30 p.m. on April 11th from a resident who discovered the remains of the deceased infant outside of a three-story home at 1065 County Street. Police and rescue personnel rushed to the scene, and upon discovery of the deceased infant, contacted this office and state police detectives assigned to this office.

No further information regarding the facts of the investigation into this case can be released prior to arraignment. More details will be discussed in open court during today’s court proceedings.

Double stabbing in Fairhaven

UPDATE (4:28pm, 30 June, 2014): The suspect from the Fairhaven stabbing that occurred Monday morning is identified as 27 year old Peter Bergeron. Bergeron was charged with two counts of domestic assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, two counts of assault with intent to murder and mayhem. He was arraigned at Third District Court and will be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

Fairhaven Police responded to 128 Washington Street just after 9:15am  Monday morning after receiving reports that a female party entered that location suffering from apparent stab wounds. When police arrived, they quickly determined the stabbing occurred at a nearby residence.

Police located an adult female inside 128 Washington Street bleeding from a knife wound to her neck. Her husband was located at the next door residence, located at 126 Washington Street also suffering from knife wounds. A 27 year old suspect, believed to be their son, was taken into custody without incident.

Both victims were conscious and alert. After being stabilized by paramedics from the Fairhaven Fire Department, they were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for medical treatment. The suspect was arrested at the scene and also transported to St. Luke’s Hospital, suffering from minor injuries believed to have been sustained during the assault.

The investigation is currently active and ongoing. The incident is being classified as a domestic violence incident. Criminal charges are imminent and will be determined as the investigation progresses. The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time, because it is unclear if family members have been notified.

Charles W. Morgan Homecoming Celebration


Want to learn the history of the last New Bedford whaling ship? Check out The Layperson’s Guide to the Charles W. Morgan: http://www.newbedfordguide.com/charles-w-morgan-whaling-ship/2014/02/19.

The Charles W Morgan is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm daily from June 28 – July 6, with exception of Saturday, June 28 ( she will be open 1pm – 5pm due to the Opening Ceremony in the morning). Last visitor boarding of the Morgan is at 4:30. Suggested admission: $5.00

The CHARLES W. MORGAN is the 2nd oldest historic vessel in the country, accurately restored and rigged for sailing.  As an artifact, the conditions are not as consistent as in a building or on a modern boat.  Visitors will need to cross a gangway to board the MORGAN, and the vessel is not wheelchair accessible. There may be tripping hazards, and there are steep ladders to go below deck. The events and exhibits along state pier including Mystic & New Bedford exhibits are wheelchair accessible.

Handicap Parking is available at the New Bedford High School on June 28, 29 and July 4,5,6; and at the Whale’s Tooth on June 30 – July 3, please click here to find out more.

Bags, backpacks, suitcases & rolling bags, and any container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid will not be allowed onto the State Pier.  Pocketbooks, diaper bags and baby strollers will be searched at the screening area.

In addition to regular metered parking, the Zeiterion and Elm St Garages in the Downtown area, there will be free satellite parking available on Saturday, June 28, – Sunday, June 29, and Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6, at New Bedford High School, 230 Hathaway Blvd, New Bedford, with shuttle service provided ( $2 for round trip fare, Children under 12 ride free). It is highly recommended to park in the satellite lot during those specific days. Click for more info.

28-Minute Charles W. Morgan Video Documentary

Fort Taber Car Wash: Dog Tags Fundraiser and to raise funds for 9/11 Memorial; Volunteers needed!

Saturday June 28th at VFW Andrew-Dahill

Car Wash Saturday June 28th at VFW Andrew-Dahill 477 Park Street, New Bedford, MA. Come on down and have fun, get your vehicles cleaned, and support Big Ft. Taber Fall Event.

  • Starts at 9 am goes till 5 pm. Volunteers needed for at least two-hours shifts. Call 774 400 4143.
  • Raise funds for 9/11 Memorial, Stand Down and Fair —three day event at Ft. Taber this fall.
  • Mini-yard sale.(Reserve table to sell your stuff at July Yard Sale). Snacks and stuff would be great.

Please pass flyer along to family, friends, Facebook buddies, everyone you can. Anyone who can donate Car Wash banners, or signs would be great.

Three car accident on the West Island causeway on Sunday


The Fairhaven Police Department responded to a three car accident on the West Island causeway just after 12:00 Sunday afternoon.  The crash involved three vehicles and occurred between the causeway bridge and West Island, east of Sconticut Neck.

fairhaven-car-accident-west-islandA witness reported seeing a vehicle suddenly accelerate and jump onto the causeway sidewalk.  That vehicle proceeded around and past the vehicle in which the witness was traveling.  It sideswiped a vehicle that was traveling in front of the witness, and rear ended another vehicle that was traveling in front of the vehicle that was sideswiped.  The vehicle that was rear ended was pushed off the causeway, onto the rocks and partially onto the sands of the WestIsland shoreline.

A crane truck was called in to lift the vehicle that was pushed from the causeway.  All three vehicles were traveling eastbound onto WestIsland when the crash occurred.  The accident is still under investigation by the Fairhaven Police Department.

Two city residents are recognized for their role in education

New Bedford Educators Association Presents Friends of Education Awards

On Tuesday June 17, the New Bedford Educators Association presented its first annual Friends of Education Awards to two city residents. Carol Strupczewki and Eddie Johnson were recognized for their efforts on behalf of New Bedford’s students and teachers.

Carol Strupczewki taught at New Bedford High School for thirty-one years before retiring nine years ago. Eddie Johnson was a member of the Superintendent’s Roundtable and assisted with the district’s efforts to implement an environmental science curriculum.

The pair received their plaques during the Association’s annual celebration for the district’s retiring educators.

New Bedford Recommends November Extension of Casino Deadline

In a response to a recent request for public comment by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the City of New Bedford has recommended a November 2014 extension of the Region C deadline by which casino operators seeking to locate in Southeastern Massachusetts may apply for a gaming license.

In a letter to the Commission, the City argues against a more lengthy extension, which it says will undermine the competitive environment in Region C by conferring a collateral benefit to the prospects of non-commercially-licensed tribal casino competitor, and thereby discourage potential new entrants among casino operators who would want to open their facilities prior to any tribal facility.

The letter notes, “The City continues to have productive discussions with applicants interested in developing a category 1 gaming facility in the City. However, due to the complexity of these discussions and the procedures requirements to support such a project, the City again submits that a short extension of the RFA-2 deadline is necessary and would allow the City to reach agreement with an applicant.”

The City points out that the required public referendum on a proposed Host Community Agreement is best scheduled to coincide with the November 4 general election because it would “maximize voter participation in an issue of significant public interest.” The Region C
application deadline is then ideally established shortly after election results are certified.

42nd Cape Verdean Recognition Parade Volunteers Needed

CV parade poster with sponsors

Volunteers are needed as Parade Monitors for our 42nd Cape Verdean Recognition Parade on July 5, 2014.

Help us to keep the parade flowing! You will be helping us to control the pace of parade groups. No experience is needed. You must be able to walk at least 2 miles and sometimes at a fast pace. A special parade t-shirt will be provided and we will provide a dinner just for you at a later date.

Contact Diane Gomes at 508-944-7625 by June 27th if you are interested.

Spinner Publications new book “Nantucket’s North Shore: A Neighborhood History” now available

For more information, contact Spinner Publications at (508) 994-4564, visit www.spinnerpub.com, or look up Spinner Publications on Facebook.

Written by Nantucket native Frances Ruley Karttunen

Nantucket’s North Shore: A Neighborhood History is written by Nantucket native Frances Ruley Karttunen, a twelfth-generation descendant of Nantucket’s English settlers.

Beautifully illustrated with over 200 photographs from the archives of the Nantucket Historical Association and from local photographer Alan Reinhard, this large-format book tells the story of settlement on the island from Madaket in the west to the north side of the present Town of Nantucket. The author introduces us to colorful North Shore people, showing the houses where they lived, the roads traveled, farms cultivated, landmarks, monuments, ponds, businesses, beaches and more. Each chapter is interspersed with classic Nantucket recipes of yore, such as Sweet Flag Candy, Blueberry Grunt, and Nantucket Corn Pudding.

Spinner Publications is a non-profit publishing house based in New Bedford, MA. Spinner’s award-winning books, videos and calendars focus on the history and culture of southeastern New England, particularly the South Coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Cape Cod and the Islands. Among Spinner’s most popular titles are Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons, Moby-Dick: A Picture Voyage, Brick by Brick: A Woman’s Journey, the Spinner anthology series, People and Culture in Southeastern Massachusetts, Volumes I – V, and The New England Fisherman Historical Calendar and Southeastern New England Historical Calendar.

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