Police arrest New Bedford man for armed robbery of Dairy Mart

New Bedford Police Detectives have arrested one male in connection with the armed robbery that took place earlier today at the Dairy Mart located at 4443 Acushnet Avenue. Detectives are still actively working the case and seeking the second male involved in the robbery.

Detectives also located the weapon that was used in the robbery which turned out to be a BB gun.
Arrested was Manuel Vasquez of 2110 Phillips Road apt #36, New Bedford. He is charged with Armed Robbery.

Madeleine Sampson, MD, joins the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Southcoast Health announced today that Madeleine Sampson, MD, has joined the radiation oncology team at the Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care.

Dr. Sampson is a graduate of Yale University and received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., and her residency in Radiation Oncology at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. She is board certified in radiation oncology.

Prior to joining Southcoast Health, Dr. Sampson worked as a Radiation Oncologist at Brigham and Women’s/Sturdy Radiation Oncology Center in Mansfield, Mass. She also volunteers for the Yale Alumni School Committee interviewing Yale applicants. She currently resides in Duxbury, Mass., and is active in the Boy Scouts of America.

The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care are located at 534 Prospect Street in Fall River and 206 Mill Road in Fairhaven. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sampson, call 508-973-3055.

Local, State police continue to search for armed robbery suspect in New Bedford

The Dairy Mart located at 4443 Acushnet Avenue was robbed today at approximately 10:00am. The male who was described as a light skinned male, about 5’6”, wearing a white hoody with possibly an emblem of some sort on the shoulder, wearing a mask and brandishing a handgun was able to flee with an undetermined amount of cash as well as cigarettes. Detectives have located the suspect’s vehicle, which has been towed to police station #3 for processing for evidence.

A perimeter has been established in the general area in which K-9’s from our department as well as neighboring towns are being used to comb the area. The Massachusetts State Police Helicopter is also being used.

At this time if anyone in that area has any information they are urged to contact police.

New Bedford Police send out warning on counterfeit bills

Counterfeit $100 bills marked “For Motion Picture Use Only’’ were used in three real-life transactions over the past week.

On the fourth attempt, police arrested a city man on charges of uttering a counterfeit note and larceny under $250 by false pretenses after he attempted to pass a counterfeit $100 bill to buy a water gun at Sam’s Store Mobil, 367 Ashley Blvd.

Jordan Lee Andrade, 25, of 245 Tinkham St. Apt. 2, was charged after he attempted to use a counterfeit $100 bill to purchase the water gun. After the clerk said he didn’t accept counterfeit bills, Andrade left behind the bill and another counterfeit $100 bill.

The bills, marked “For Motion Picture Use Only,’’ are apparently available for purchase online.

The bills were used in transactions within the past week at Domino’s Pizza, 823 Rockdale Ave.; Auto Zone Parts Store, 507 Mt. Pleasant St.; and China Star, 963 Kempton St.

Those incidents are not believed to be connected.

The public is urged to use caution when dealing with $100 bills. Please check carefully before accepting large bills.

Anyone with information about any of these cases is urged to call 508-992-7463 or e-mail tip@newbedfordpd.com.

Walter DaSilva Indicted on Murder of His Daughter in New Bedford

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced today that 45-year-old Walter DaSilva has been indicted by a Bristol County Grand Jury in connection to the July 3 slaying of his 19-year-old daughter, Sabrina DaSilva.

The grand jury on Friday returned three indictments against Mr. DaSilva, charging him in Superior Court with murder, carrying an illegal firearm and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.

A Superior Court arraignment date has yet to be scheduled by the court.

The defendant is currently being held without bail after being arraigned in New Bedford District Court last month.

Mr. DaSilva, formerly of Danbury, CT., was arrested in early August by US Marshall’s in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

It is alleged that Mr. DaSilva shot Ms. DaSilva multiple times, resulting in her death.

On July 3 at around 10:10 p.m., New Bedford Police received several 911 calls regarding a female shooting victim in the area of 9 Bedford Street.

When first responders arrived on scene, they found the victim, 19-year-old Sabrina DaSilva, laying in the parking lot of 9 Bedford Street suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, who resided in an apartment at 9 Bedford Street, was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

New Bedford man assaulted by 5 men while protecting father during robbery

Police are searching for suspects who assaulted a 25-year-old New Bedford man with a beer bottle Sunday after he attempted to protect his father from five people who tried to rob him.

The man’s father, a 41-year-old New Bedford man, was leaving Jalice Café, 1468 Acushnet Ave., at about 8:52 p.m. Sunday when he was approached by four men and a woman who asked him for money.

When the victim refused, the group followed him home. At the house, the man’s son exited the home to protect his father. One of the suspects broke a beer bottle over the son’s arm. He then used the broken pieces to cut his arm.

The suspects then fled in an unknown direction. The victim described two of the men as Cape Verdean and the other two men as Puerto Rican.

The victim was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital.

Detectives are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to call the tip line at 508-992-7463 or e-mail tip@newbedfordpd.com.

33-year old Seekonk woman overdoses behind the wheel in New Bedford

33-year old Dawn Barnett of Seekonk has been charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs following a call to police of an unresponsive female behind the wheel of her 1997 Toyota Corolla color red.

The incident occurred on Saturday, October 1st at 2:50 pm. Officers found the female in her vehicle with the vehicle running at the exit of the rear parking lot to Giammalvo’s Market in New Bedford. Officers administered 2 doses of nasal naloxone and female was transported to St. Luke’s hospital. She is being charged with OUI drugs.

2016 South Coast Business Expo to showcase hundreds of new products and services and provide networking opportunities

Are you a local business owner? Considering kickstarting a business in the region? Not sure where to start and looking for advice, mentors, or peers to bounce ideas off of? Want to improve the quality of what you offer in terms of products or service?

Well, there is one place that brings all of the area’s business professionals together under one roof: the annual South Coast Business Expo – the largest business-to-business trade show in region. This is a fantastic way to discover solutions to everyday business challenges and rub shoulders with those business owners that have been where you are heading and want to go.

Co-sponsored by the New Bedford Area and Fall River Chambers of Commerce, both whom promote job creation and the economic development of the region, the mission is to showcase the wide variety offered by local business professionals and strengthen their networks.

Whether a large corporation, profit or non-profit or you own a “mom & pop,” you’ll see get a sneak peek at some of the most innovate, creative, and cutting edge ideas and products from exhibitors. Dare we even say there may even be some secrets unveiled?!

In addition, the South Coast Business Expo provides an opportunity to showcase your own ideas, your business and make a statement to hundreds of attendees and nearly one hundred other exhibitors. You may become inspired or inspire someone, come across an idea that could have a dramatic effect on your business direction or even learn something that can actually affect your bottom line and spur revenue.

The popular event will take place in its usual spot at White’s of Westport, 66 State Road, Westport, MA on Wednesday, October 12th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Admission to the event is completely FREE if you have a business card. If you don’t own one, it’s only $5. All proceeds raised will be donated to a local charity. In addition, there will be a number of raffles, prizes and more.

This year organizers will be incorporating an Olympic theme to celebrate the 100+ medals the United States won at the games in Rio de Janeiro. They are encouraging all exhibitors to have interactive booths decorated with Olympic paraphernalia.

If you are interested sponsorship or being an exhibitor at this much anticipated and well attended event contact Deven Tillman at dtillman@newbedfordchamber.com or (508) 999 5231 ext. 26. More information about the event can be had by contacting the New Bedford Area Chamber at 508-999-5231, their website or their Facebook Page.

You won’t want to miss out on the the opportunity to see what all your peers are doing – it only comes once a year!


South Coast Business Expo
White’s of Westport
66 State Road
Westport, MA
Phone: (508) 675-7185

New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce
794 Purchase St
New Bedford,MA
Phone: (508) 999-5231
Email: dtillman@newbedfordchamber.com

Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
200 Pocasset Street
Fall River, MA
Phone: (508) 676-8226
Email: communications@fallriverchamber.com



FREE Coffee with Friends event at Buttonwood Park, Sunday, October 16th

The Friends of Buttonwood Park invites neighbors and friends to come out on Sunday morning October 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a casual membership appreciation event. If you’re not yet a member, don’t worry, all are welcome!

Drop in and get free coffee, cider, and donuts (while they last) and enjoy the colorful fall foliage in Buttonwood Park. There will be tables and chairs as well as a selection of newspapers to enjoy. Guided tours of Buttonwood Park’s beautiful arboretum will be offered.

The Coffee with Friends event will be take place in the Dell at Buttonwood Park (across the road from the warming house). Rain location is inside the warming house.

The Friends of Buttonwood Park is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that serves as stewards of Buttonwood Park, the largest and most visited public park in New Bedford, Mass. The Friends are dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the park in the spirit of Frederick Law Olmstead, whose famed landscape architectural firm laid out the first plans for Buttonwood Park in 1895.

Its mission is to maintain a peaceful park where people can relax and escape the stresses of urban life. The Friends focus on projects like tree plantings, gardens, and better recreational facilities that help improve the well-being of local residents who visit the park and also support activities that preserve the park as a historic landscape.

The work of The Friends of Buttonwood Park is made possible by caring and dedicated volunteers. Because of community support, The Friends of Buttonwood Park can keep improving the park and providing the public with a calm natural retreat to enjoy right here in the city.

To learn more or to become a member visit The Friends of Buttonwood Park’s website: www.buttonwoodpark.org

Follow Friends of Buttonwood Park on Facebook and Instagram

For more information about Coffee with Friends contact Jeremy Dagold, j.dagold@gmail.com.

Two Area Men Indicted for Previously Unsolved 2008 Double Murder in Taunton

Two area men have been indicted in connection to the previously unsolved February 2008 shooting homicide of Taunton brothers Kevin and Shawn Vargas, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

A Bristol County Grand Jury has indicted Keith Cox, 26, of Berkley, on two counts of murder and two counts of armed robbery. Mr. Cox, will be arraigned in Fall River Superior Court on Monday.

The grand jury also indicted Matthew Lander, 28, of Swansea, on two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery. Mr. Lander will be arraigned on a date yet to be set by the court.

On February 24, 2008, at around 2:15 p.m. Taunton Police responded to a report of shots fired at a studio apartment attached to a two-story residence at 729 Somerset Avenue in Taunton. Responding officers found both Kevin Vargas, 23, and Shawn Vargas, 21, shot to death inside the apartment. Also found inside the apartment were Shawn Vargas’ 4-yea-old and 2-year-old sons. Both children were uninjured.

For the past eight-and-a-half years, State Police Trooper Christopher Dumont of the Bristol County District Attorney’s State Police Unit spearheaded the investigation with assistance from homicide unit prosecutors and Taunton Police Detectives.

Although two defendants have now been indicted for the murders of the Vargas Brothers, the investigation into the homicide remains active and ongoing at this time.

Because the defendants have yet to be arraigned, this office is unable to provide further information or comment publicly on the case today. More information on the facts of the ongoing probe will be provided during tomorrow’s arraignment in open court.

The arraignment will be handled by the Chief of District Attorney Quinn’s Homicide Unit, Dennis Collins.

“I am very pleased the grand jury returned indictments against these two defendants. Although the case is eight-and-a-half years old, our office never gave up on pursuing every lead in this ongoing investigation,” District Attorney Quinn said. “I would like to specifically acknowledge Trooper Christopher Dumont of my office’s state police unit for his perseverance and thank the victims’ family for their patience during the past eight-and-a-half years. I know it has been very difficult for them.”

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