Brothers beat, urinate on Dorchester homeless man

State troopers early this morning arrested two brothers who urinated on and then beat a homeless man who was sleeping next to the JFK T station on Columbia Road. Evidence suggests that after urinating on the 58-year-old victim, who was asleep in a sleeping bag, they punched him multiple times and struck him with a metal pole. According to one witness statement, the victim may have slept with the pole nearby for protection.

The victim was transported to Boston Medical Center with a broken nose and bruises to his head and torso. The men encountered the victim around midnight while heading home from the Red Sox game.

Arrested were Scott J. Leader, 38, of South Boston, and Steve M. Leader, 30, of South Boston. After their arrest, both became highly aggressive and combative while being booked at the South Boston Barracks – exposing themselves and urinating in the cell, challenging troopers to come into the cells to fight, banging on the cell door, and making threatening and anti-immigration statements. Scott Leader made a statement referring to the victim as an “illegal immigrant” and stated the reason he and his brother were arrested is that they were white and the victim was a minority (the victim, who is not being identified, is Hispanic). At one point Steve Leader punched and kicked the plexiglass on the cell door for 30 minutes continuously.

Scott Leader and Steve Leader are expected to be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on the following charges:
1. Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (a pole);
2. Assault and Battery with Dangerous Weapon (bodily fluid);
3. Assault and Battery;
4. Assault and Battery to Intimidate, with Bodily Injury;
5. Open and Gross Lewdness;
6. Indecent Expsosure;
7. Disorderly Conduct;
8. Disturbing the Peace; and
9. Threatening to Commit a Crime.

Steve Leader is additionally charged with malicious destruction of property over $250.

The arrests were made by Trooper Paul Rego and Trooper Scott Flaherty of the South Boston Barracks. They were assisted by the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, which collected and documented evidence

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to offer “MASS ON THE BEACH”

Everyone in the community is welcome!

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Dartmouth is offering a fun, faith-filled, outdoor worship service of Holy Eucharist, “Mass on the Beach,” on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:30AM at Apponagansett Beach, 77 Gulf Road, Dartmouth. The Episcopal Church promotes the inclusion of all people regardless of marriage situations, sexual orientation or life story. Everyone in the community is welcome to join us regardless of current or former spiritual affiliations. Participants are invited to bring their own lawn chair. All are welcome!

10th Annual Slocum Challenge Regatta Saturday, September 19, 2015

The beautiful Slocum River.

It’s time to register for the 10th running of the Slocum Challenge Regatta! Held on Saturday, September 19, and sponsored by the Lloyd Center for the Environment, the regatta is open to racing shells, open-water shells, kayaks, canoes, surf-skis, traditional rowing boats, whaleboats, pilot gigs, and stand-up paddleboards, with separate age-categories for competitors under 20, over 50, and over 65, all in Men’s, Women’s and “Mixed” (co-ed) divisions.

As always, the emphasis of the regatta is on good fun and enjoyment of the scenic Slocum River. A light post-race lunch will be provided at the Awards Ceremony, immediately following the races at the Lloyd Center’s headquarters (430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth).

For guaranteed acceptance, Entry Applications (attached or available for download at and the Lloyd Center’s Visitor Center), must be received no later than 5pm on MONDAY, September 14 (25% surcharge for entries received after 5pm, September 14).

No entry will be accepted after 4pm on WEDNESDAY, September 16 so please plan accordingly.
Order and starting-times of all races will be finalized after 4pm on Thursday, September 17 and posted online at on Friday, September 18.

Entry fees are $30 per entry, plus $10 per competitor and are not refundable. Entries may be mailed to the Lloyd Center, 430 Potomska Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748, faxed to 508-993-7868 or emailed to

For more information, entry form and regatta rules, vist: Lloyd Center Regatta

1st Annual Mattapoisett Firefighter’s Chowder Competition

All proceeds go to the Mattapoisett Firefighter’s Association, a nonprofit organization.

Sunday – September 13, 2015

The competition will begin at 12pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall (52 Fairhaven Road) on Route 6 in Mattapoisett. Teams and Chef’s can begin to arrive at 11am to set up and prepare their equipment. The competition judges will make their rounds sampling everyone’s chowders and then the winners will be announced and awarded around 3pm. Prizes will also be awarded at 3pm for the raffle winners. The competition will be over and clean up will begin around 4pm.

1st Annual Mattapoisett Firefighter’s Chowder Competition Rules

The competition features two categories:
Professional/Establishment: Local businesses
Public Safety: Fire, Police and EMS departments/associations

What equipment will you need?

•Hot Plate(s)
•Pot Holders
•Ladles, both large and small
•Pot with lid (5-8 quart variety)
•2 Gallons of Chowder
•Tent – It is the recommendation of the association and the Mattapoisett Board of Health that a tent be brought and placed over the serving area – No tents larger than a 10×10

Food Safety
Chowder temperature must remain constant in a range from 140-160 degrees. Plan on maintaining that temperature throughout the event as the temperature will be periodically checked during serving times.

Definition of Chowder -“A rich soup typically containing fish, clams, or corn with potatoes and onions”

Chowder can be made a variety of different ways and anyway will be accepted.
Traditional – Clam Chowder
Seafood – Fish Chowder, Lobster Chowder, Scallop Chowder etc…
Creative – Clam & Chourico Chowder, Scallop & Sausage Chowder etc…

General Information
Admission: Tickets for admission to the competition will be sold prior to the event and at the door. Tickets are $10.00 and all you can sample for anyone over 12yrs old. Kids under the age of 12 are free for the event.

Team: The team buy-in cost is $50.00 for Professional or Establishments and $25.00 for Public Safety teams. This will supply the team a table, few chairs, electricity, spoons, napkins and serving cups. Teams are asked not to have more than 5 members assigned. Teams wishing to pay by check are asked to make the check payable to “Mattapoisett Firefighter’s Association”.

Food: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Soda and Water will be served and cooked by the Mattapoisett Firefighter’s Association. The food will be available for a small fee.

T-Shirts: T-shirts remembering the event will be sold with all proceeds going to the Mattapoisett Firefighter’s Association. The shirts will be available in adult and kids sizes.

Alcohol/Smoking: Smoking is prohibited at the event. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited to be brought into the event. A cash bar will be available inside the Knights of Columbus building.

Parking: Parking will be on site at the Knights of Columbus Hall. If the parking lot becomes full, parking will then be brought to Tallman Street. Do not block drive-ways or make the road impassable.

Raffle: Tickets will be sold for the raffle the day of the event. All items being raffled off were donated by local businesses and organizations.

Liability: The Mattapoisett Firefighter’s Association will not be held responsibility for any injuries or damages received at the 1st Annual Chowder Competition. The Mattapoisett Firefighters will also not be liable for any lost or stolen items.

Allergies: Anyone with food allergies must notify every server before sampling the chowder to ensure the food they are consuming does not contain their allergen.

Restrooms: Restrooms will be located inside the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Antique Apparatus: Any public service department wishing to bring an antique vehicle belonging to their association is urged to do so. It just needs to be noted early in advance to ensure there will be enough space.

Any team interested in joining must have the registration form in by August 27. Professional and Establishment teams are $50.00 and Public Safety teams are $25.00.

For a registration form visit:

Sea Watch International adds to cash prizes at the 10th Anniversary New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival

The 10TH Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival is coming October 18th.

Downtown New Bedford, Inc. and BayCoast Bank announce that this year’s 10TH Annual New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival will have bigger tents and bigger cash prizes. It will be held on Sunday, October 18th, from 12noon to 5 pm on Pier 3, Port of New Bedford.

Restaurants are being recruited to fill the 25 available booths. The Chowder Festival has two “friendly competition” components culminating in awards at the end of the event. The People’s Choice awards are decided by the votes of the attendees for “Best Of” in all the food categories and for Best Booth Presentation. We are increasing the size and location of the voting tent to make it easier for all our patrons to cast their ballots.

The Judge’s Choice Awards will be decided by a blind taste. DNB’s Executive Director, Diane Arsenault is extremely excited to announce, for our 10th Anniversary event, we have received a new sponsor, Sea Watch International. Because of their support, we are able to increase the cash prizes for the First place winners in the Judge’s Blind Taste Test competition. The winner this year in the Clam Chowder category will receive a $1000 cash prize and the winner in the Stuffed Quahog category with receive $500. The First place winners in the categories of Seafood Chowder, Kale Soup and Specialty Soups will each receive a cash prize of $250. This sponsorship by Sea Watch International is a perfect fit for the Chowder Festival. Sea Watch processes clam and specialty seafood products for the Food Service and Retail Industry as well as servicing many co-pack customers. They currently operate three state of the art plants in Maryland, Delaware and Massachusetts where they pack canned and frozen products.
Live music also adds to the atmosphere, this year we have The Baha Brothers who will be performing all afternoon with plenty of room to sit and relax or get up and dance! Outside the main tent will be smaller tents set up for food and drinks. The annual YMCA Lobster Races will be “run” and there will be craft activities and fire truck rides for youngsters.

Restaurant applications to participate are available by calling the DNB office or can be downloaded from our website at

TICKETS are $15 in advance, $18 day of, $5 for children 6-12, free for 5 and younger and are available at the DNB office, on-line through our web-site and at many locations to be announced by early September. Call 508-990-2777 for information.

State Police Investigate Early Morning Sexual Assault in Cambridge

Anyone with information call Massachusetts State Police Troop H Detectives at (617) 740-7875.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 24-year-old woman along Memorial Drive in Cambridge early this morning.

The woman, a Boston resident, had left a Cambridge bar shortly before closing time and was walking toward the river. At approximately 2 a.m. she was near the Weld Boat House on Memorial Drive when she was approached by a man on a bicycle. As she tried to walk away, the assailant physically and sexually assaulted her. The victim screamed for help; two witnesses in the area heard her and ran toward her, at which point the assailant got back on his bike and fled.

The victim was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for treatment. She has since been released.

The assailant is described as a white male, estimated to be in his late 20s to early 30s, with a stocky build and blonde or light brown hair. As previously mentioned, he was riding a bicycle prior to and after the assault.

Anyone with information about this incident or the assailant is urged to call Massachusetts State Police Troop H Detectives at (617) 740-7875.

United Way of Greater New Bedford seeking volunteers for their Annual Day of Caring

Volunteers are needed for United Way of Greater New Bedford’s Annual Day of Caring! This event brings together individuals from the community to volunteer their time and talents to help local non-profits.

This year’s Day of Caring will be held on Friday, September 11th in conjunction with the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Volunteers will help from 9am until 2pm. Lunch will provided by each site and all volunteers will receive a t-shirt.

“The United Way Day of Caring has provided NorthStar Learning Centers with volunteers that have used their expertise to build a raised garden bed and sanded and painted a playground wooden structure at one of our centers. Volunteers have spent time in the classrooms reading to children and gaining insight to the early education field, “stated Marlene Barros, Director of Early Education & After School Programs at NorthStar. “We appreciate the volunteers for their time and talents. As a non-profit agency these projects and repairs would be an additional cost to the agency.”

Volunteers are needed to complete a variety of projects ranging from landscaping and organizing to working with children and working on a farm. Those interested in volunteering are able to choose where they want to volunteer by visiting and click on “UWGNB Day of Caring.”

Day of Caring is sponsored by BayCoast Bank, Bristol County Savings Bank, Sylvia Group of Insurance Agencies, and First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

Native American band The Iron River Singers featured at Thursday in the Park Concert Series

The members are made up of a number of native nations including Chippewa, Wampanoag, and Abenaki.

The 2015 Thursdays in the Park Concert Series continues on Thursday, August 20, with The Iron River Singers singing Native American music. The free concert takes place from 6:30-7:30 in the garden at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William Street, downtown New Bedford. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be moved indoors to the National Park Theater. Free.

The Iron River Singers are a well-known northern style native singing group. The members are made up of a number of native nations including Chippewa, Wampanoag, and Abenaki. The original members started singing together when they were between 11 and 13 years old and have now performed around the country for over 25 years. The Iron River Singers have won many contests across the nation as well as internationally.

This year’s Thursday in the Park Concert Series is co-sponsored by the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, a new non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of the City’s commercial fishing industry.

Proactive Targeted Ground Spraying Planned for New Bedford

The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will conduct targeted ground spraying early on the morning of Thursday, August 20, 2015. This round of spraying will target areas including Buttonwood Park, Brooklawn Park, Fort Taber, Hazelwood Park, Riverside Park, Clasky Park, Ashley Park and the Poor Farm area. Spraying will take place between 2:00 am and sunrise on Thursday morning, weather permitting. Residents in the vicinity of the targeted areas may wish to close their windows Wednesday evening prior to the spraying.

The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project has been conducting surveillance in our area to track the potential for EEE and WNV carrying mosquitoes. Mosquito traps are in place to collect additional pools of mosquitoes and monitoring of mosquito populations will be on-going to assess the effectiveness of the spraying effort.

Residents may request a ground spray by calling the Bristol County Mosquito Control project at (508) 823-5253, between 8:00am – 2:00pm (June – September), or contacting them by E-mail at

The following precautions are advised:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – While mosquitoes are out at all hours of the day, their peak biting times are from dusk to dawn. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing, especially if you work or spend a lot of time outdoors.
  • Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain Standing Water – Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or Repair Screens – Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Dartmouth Police arrest man living in vacant house

Ramos in being charged with B&E into a Building During the Daytime and Malicious Destruction of Property Valued Over $250.

On Monday, August 17, 2015, Dartmouth Police arrested a homeless man, identified as Thomas Ramos (53), after neighbor’s reported seeing him inside of a vacant house.

While interviewing Ramos, he told officers that he had bought the residence and had been living there, and, in fact, had keys to all of the locks.

After learning this, one of the officers contacted the realtor responsible for the sale of the house, who confirmed that Ramos did not belong there. The realtor also informed the officer that they were familiar with Ramos, as he has changed the locks on vacant properties in the past, then claims to live there when questioned.

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