Homicide Investigation Underway in New Bedford

New Bedford Police, State Police Detectives assigned to this office and Homicide Unit Prosecutors are actively investigating a homicide, which occurred early this morning in The City of New Bedford.

The city’s Shot Spotter gun shot detection system notified police of shots fired near the intersection of Acushnet Avenue and Blackmer Street around 1:37 a.m. Sunday. When first responders arrived in the area minutes later, they found the victim lying deceased in the street at the intersection.

The victim, a 24-year-old New Bedford man, was declared deceased at the scene. The state Medical Examiner’s Office has taken custody of the victim and will conduct an autopsy.

Police and Prosecutors immediately began conducting an active homicide investigation.

As of this moment, one individual has been arrested in connection with this ongoing investigation. Michael Sousa, 22, of 49 Acushnet Avenue, was charged shortly after 7 a.m. today with the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute after allegedly misleading and obstructing investigators when he was questioned this morning at the New Bedford Police Station.

As the investigation remains extremely active and ongoing, no further information can be released at this time. Once this office confirms the victim’s next of kin have been notified of his death, we will send out a follow up advisory identifying him.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, they are urged to contact New Bedford Police at 508-961-6300 or to utilize the department’s anonymous tip line by calling 508-961-4584.

State Police sobriety checkpoint scheduled for Suffolk County

Thanks to a grant provided by the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security.

Colonel Richard D. McKeon, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Public Way in the Suffolk County. The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways. It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

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

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