Concerned New Bedford mom seeks public’s help locating missing teenage son

“Worried Mother!!! I am trying to locate my son Mitchel Thompson.

Last seen this morning was supposed headed to school at New Bedford High. He never made it to school. Not answering his phone straight to voicemail, called the girlfriend, he isn’t with her. Called the cops.

Not quite sure what is his state of mind. If anyone around town (New Bedford/Fairhaven) has seen him. Or his friends heard from him today. PLEASE let me know.

Last seen black pant, white NASA sweatshirt. Has a blue cast on right hand. About 5’11 170lbs.

The girlfriend has mentioned he hangs around the cemetery near high school or in Fairhaven if he has ditched school. I already checked with no luck.” -Martha R. Thompson.

New Bedford’s Mayor announces program supporting improvements for private cultural facilities

Mayor Jon Mitchell announced today a funding opportunity for facilities in the City’s Arts & Culture sector that need capital investments and support to revitalize their buildings, equipment, and outdoor spaces.

Arts & Culture is a vital segment of New Bedford’s economy and community that has huge impacts on quality of life and job creation, with significant potential growth and development opportunities for existing and emerging cultural enterprises.

The City therefore is seeking Expressions of Interest from owners and operators of privately owned cultural facilities – for-profit or nonprofit – that are seeking financial support for capital investments such as building stabilization; roof repair; improved outdoor spaces; audio-visual equipment that enables “hybrid” events, such as remote participation in live events; renovations that increase or improve occupancy; and more.

“Cultural facilities across the City support small businesses and are themselves economic anchors in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said. “We want to accelerate their emergence from the pandemic by helping them upgrade their buildings and grounds.”

Cultural facilities and organizations enable public access to, and participation with, the arts, history, and humanities, while also helping preserve and promote the customs and cultural heritage of a group or groups of people.

Expressions of Interest are informal, shortened applications that allow feedback about eligibility before a full application is begun. An evaluation team will review proposals, and selected applicants will receive financial support funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Release of funding to selected applicants will be contingent on meeting a minimum match requirement, which will be no less than 25% of total project costs. The applicant’s operating costs and funding from other ARPA-funded programs may not be used as matching funds.

Currently, the minimum grant award is $100,000 and the maximum is $400,000. This means that that total project cost must be at least $125,000, including matching funds.

As ARPA represents a one-time infusion of federal funds, financial support will be steered toward one-time items, rather than the creation of new programs or the expansion of existing services that would involve future spending obligations. Requests for funding to cover general operating expenses will not be considered.

The deadline for submissions of Expression of Interest is Friday, June 10.

Email questions about the Expression of Interest to: ARPA@newbedford-ma.gov.

All responses are to be submitted electronically in an editable Word or OpenDocument Format document to: ARPA@newbedford-ma.gov, with the name of your organization and “Cultural Facilities Expression of Interest” in the subject line.

Eligible owners and operators of privately owned cultural facilities can download an Expression of Interest outline on the City’s ARPA website:


New Bedford Police arrest two with guns after alleged drug transaction

“New Bedford police detectives have seized two firearms following their surveillance of a narcotics transaction.

On May 9th, 2022, detectives assigned to the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau were monitoring activity in the area of “Temple Landing”. At approximately 5:30pm, a drug transaction was observed between a male and female on the corner of the Cedar St./Kempton St. intersection. Upon further investigation, it was learned that the female, later identified as JOHNA FONSECA, 42, of Wareham, had purchased Percocet from the male who was later identified as KEELAND ROSE, 28, of 131 Cedar Grove St.

ROSE and a juvenile were stopped shortly thereafter as they approached a nearby parked vehicle. Upon subsequent search, the juvenile was found to have a 22-caliber revolver loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition. ROSE was later found to be in possession of a Smith & Wesson bodyguard 38 loaded with 3 rounds of ammunition.

KEELAND ROSE was charged with distribution of class B substance, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws, and being a felon while carrying a loaded firearm and ammunition without license. ROSE was previously convicted of accessory after the fact following the shooting murder of Brad Lourenco in 2017, for which he was sentenced to 3-6 years.

JOHNA FONSECA was charged with possession of class B substance and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws. The arresting officer was Matthew Sylvia.

The above-mentioned juvenile was charged with carrying a loaded firearm and ammunition without license.

The arresting officer was Matthew Sylvia.

Since May 1st, New Bedford police officers have taken 7 illegal firearms off the street and out of the hands of those who would do harm. If you have any information on criminal activity in your neighborhood, the New Bedford Police Dept. wants to hear from you. You can leave an anonymous tip on our voicemail at (508) 991-6300 Ext. 1. You can also leave a tip at our website, www.newbedfordpd.com.” -New Bedford Police Department.

New Bedford Police Officer retires after 28 years of service to the community

“New Bedford Police Ofc. Robert Gomes Jr. received his retirement plaque after 28 years of dedicated service to the New Bedford Police Department.

We thank you Robert, enjoy your retirement!” -City of New Bedford Police Department.

New Bedford Police Department arrests juvenile at Temple Landing, seize pistol

“New Bedford police detectives have arrested a juvenile and taken another gun off the streets.

On May 5, detectives were patrolling the area of the “Temple Landing” housing development. Police have heightened their vigilance in this area in response to increased activity. An encounter with a group of males near the Middle St./Chancery St. intersection resulted in the discovery of a firearm loaded with seven rounds of ammunition.

A juvenile suspect was arrested and charged with illegally carrying the loaded firearm which also bore a defaced serial number. The suspect was also charged with possession of ammunition.

The New Bedford police department remains committed in its struggle to remove illegal weapons from the streets. It is critical that they be taken out of the wrong hands before they can be used to tragic ends.

We need the community to be our partners. If you have information regarding weapons, potential violence, or any other criminal activity which you can make us aware of, you can do so anonymously by calling our tip line at 508-99-CRIME, or leaving a tip at our department website.” -New Bedford Police Department.

Massachusetts Police Department arrest man trying to entice 15-year-old female child victim


On Saturday evening, Kingston Police Department received a 911 call from a 13-year-old child regarding a disturbance at the Kingston Collection shopping mall. The 13-year-old caller provided a suspect description and communicated well with dispatch. Dispatch was able to communicate this information and suspect description to mall security and Kingston Police Department patrol officers, resulting in the locating and detention of the suspect by Kingston Police Department.

Upon investigation, including interviews with multiple witnesses, it is alleged that a 52-year-old male party attempted to entice a 15-year-old female child victim into sex acts. The act was not completed, thanks to the appropriate response from the victim and a group of juveniles.

Kingston Police department photo.

As a result, the suspect was arrested and a complaint application is being submitted requesting the party face a felony charge of Enticing A Child Under 16. Martin Rosa, of Worcester, Massachusetts, is facing two charges of enticing a child under the age of 16.

Rosa allegedly offered to buy a 15-year-old girl food and sneakers in an attempt to get her to a private place and lied about his age, stating he was 35. Rosa is also accused of asking the girl to go to his home and following her throughout the shopping mall, indicating that he wanted to “get in her pants.”

Rosa allegedly told an officer that he will beat the charges because “we all know kids don’t show up to court.” Rosa is next scheduled to appear in court on May 26 for a pretrial hearing.

Great work by dispatch, patrol, mall security and especially the juveniles who called and provided detailed witness statements.” -Kingston Police Department.

Freetown Fire Department respond to storage trailer fire aggravated by high winds, dry conditions

“Early yesterday afternoon the Freetown Fire Department was alerted to smoke in the area of Braley Rd by the Department of Conservation & Recreation Fire Tower in Fall River.

Fire Crews responded and discovered a storage trailer fully involved. Freetown responded with 2 Engines: a Tanker and Brush Breaker. The high winds and dry conditions caused the fire to extend to the adjoining woods and nearby solar field.

The fire was contained to the trailer, a small shed, and 1/4 acre of brush and grass. Freetown was assisted by the Department of Conservation & Recreation at the scene to extinguish the Brush portion of the incident.

There were no injuries. The Fire is under investigation by the Freetown Police and Fire department.” -Freetown Fire Department.

Freetown Fire Department photo.

Freetown Fire Department photo.

Freetown Fire Department photo.

Wareham Fire Department swamped with multiple fire incidents

“It was a busy day so far for the Wareham Fire District yesterday!!!

At around noon today, the duty crew responded mutual aid to Onset for their compactor fire on C W Bishop Avenue. The duty crew then stood by at Onset HQ for station coverage.

After they returned back to their District, there were multiple calls received in regards to a brush fire off Glen Charlie Road caused by a downed live wire. A breaker, an engine and the Chief responded. Eversource was also called in to cut the power to the area so that the fire could be put out completely. The power has since been restored.

Meanwhile, call back crews from Station-1 and Station-2 responded to multiple calls during this time. From mulch fires to utility wire problems and even a residential fire alarm activation!!!” -Wareham Fire Department.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

Wareham Fire Department photo.

Massachusetts Fire Dept. shares dangerous incidents caused by mixing household chemicals

“This past weekend, the Rehoboth Fire Department responded to two odd incidents. They both were the result of the mixing of chemicals with unintended consequences.

The first was the result of a homeowner mixing Simple Green and Clorox Bleach to be used as a cleaner. The homeowner was overcome by the resulting fumes and required treatment and transport to the hospital.

The second one was the accidental combining of towels covered in acetone and bleach. The combination of these two chemicals caused a reaction that resulted in the towels catching fire. Luckily, they were moved outside where the owner was able to put the fire out resulting in only minor damage to their deck.

Both incidents individually would be a rare event but having two only days apart, thankfully is an even rarer occurrence.

Please remember these chemicals alone, even being used for their intended purposes can be dangerous. Mixing them can cause unexpected and unpredictable results.” -Rehoboth Ma Fire Department.

67-year old Massachusetts man pleads guilty to child pornography offense

“A Chicopee man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to possessing more than 100 images of child pornography.

Herve Plasse, 67, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Sept. 22, 2022. Plasse was indicted in September 2019.

In July 2015, a search of Plasse’s residence revealed over 100 images of child pornography on his computer, including images of prepubescent girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Plasse admitted that he had accessed a website on an encrypted network for the purpose of viewing child pornography.

The charge of possession of child pornography provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex J. Grant of Rollins’ Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.” -Massachusetts Department of Justice.

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