One of New Bedford’s oldest Portuguese Restaurants, M&C Cafe, is closing its doors for good

After decades of serving mouth-watering Portuguese-American cuisine, M&C Cafe and Catering on Belleville Ave., is closing their doors for good, and Saturday is your last chance to visit.

Colloquially called “M&C’s” the eatery was a favorite spot for many locals to get some of the best carne de espeto on the South Coast since 1967. M&C’s was known for its affordable prices, generous portions and friendly service.

The owners are retiring and moving onto their next phase of life and the former owners of Portas Da Cidade in Westport will fill the void. After what is expected to be a short turnover period, the site will return to churning out everyone’s favorite Portuguese classics.

For those of you who have been visiting M&C’s through the years and concerned about the change, don’t be: the new owners purchased the original recipes.

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Do you remember when M&C’s first opened? Were you a regular over the years? What was your “go to” dish?




Massachusetts Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing $319,076 in Social Security Benefits

A Shirley, Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday in federal court in Boston to stealing Social Security benefits.

Shirley Daley, 84, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds. U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for May 6, 2020. Daley was charged in April 2019.

From June 2005 through December 2017, Daley received Spouse’s/Widow’s Benefits from Social Security using one name and Social Security number, while also receiving Retirement Benefits using a different name and a different Social Security number. When she applied for Retirement Benefits, Daley told the Social Security Administration that she had never been married and that she had never filed for benefits. In fact, Daley had been married and she had been receiving Spouse’s/Widow’s Benefits for four years. From June 2005 through December 2017, Daley stole approximately $319,076 in Social Security benefits.

The charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.




New Bedford Public Schools and the NBPD make statement about purported threat made toward Normandin Middle School

New Bedford Public Schools and the New Bedford Police Department are investigating recent social media chatter regarding a purported threat made toward Normandin Middle School.

NBPD has reported that there is “no credible threat” and “no veracity” to the claim. New Bedford Public Schools takes student safety very seriously and will continue to partner with police and other agencies.




Hingham Police spend the day with 12-year old Jeremy who is battling cancer

“Yesterday, we had the honor of picking up a very brave 12-year-old Hingham boy for his own cruiser convoy ride through Hingham to our police station. Jeremy Lavoie, a 6th grader at Hingham Middle School, continues his battle against cancer.

On Monday, he led a cruiser and motorcycle convoy to our station where a local charity called “Cops For Kids With Cancer” presented his family with a check to help show their support. The organization was represented by Boston Police Captain Paul Ivens (Ret.) who is the Vice President (it was started over 20 years ago by several members of the Boston Police). Huge thank you to Cohasset Police, Hanover Police, Norwell Police & Randolph Police who came to join the convoy and meet Jeremy.

Jeremy rode with DARE Officer Robert Ramsey who is the School Resource Officer at his school.

Jeremy is now part of our extended police family and we know he’ll continue to get better.” -Hingham Police Department.

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Lawrence Man Arrested for Trafficking Cocaine on the Massachusetts Turnpike

On Monday evening, at approximately 11:32 p.m., Trooper John Mindek who is assigned to the State Police – Charlton Barracks, was traveling on Interstate 90 in the town of Charlton, when he stopped a 2009 Subaru Forester after a registration query revealed the registration to be revoked for insurance cancellation.

After a brief investigation, a passenger, ISRAEL JIMENEZ, 46, of Lawrence was found to be in possession of approximately 31 grams of cocaine, 10 grams of heroin, and 1 gram of suspected fentanyl.

JIMENEZ was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police – Charlton Barracks for booking.

JIMENEZ is charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of a class A drug. JIMENEZ was held on $10,040 bail, pending his arraignment in Dudley District Court.

The driver was issued a criminal summons for motor vehicle violations.




Massachusetts State Police Charge Northborough Man With Human Trafficking, Rape Offenses

As a result of a nearly-two year human trafficking investigation led by the Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victims Unit, and assisted by Northborough and Worcester Police, the target of the investigation turned himself in to State Police this morning and will be arraigned today in Worcester Superior Court.

State Police are charging JOHN B. CLAYTON 4th, 63, of Northborough with seven counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, two counts of rape, and two counts of intimidation of a witness.

Investigators identified multiple women whom, as alleged by the evidence, were targeted, manipulated, and exploited by CLAYTON. Generally, the victims allegedly preyed upon by the defendant were drug-addicted, engaged in prostitution, isolated from support, and having very little financial means.

The investigation began in May 2018. CLAYTON surrendered at State Police-Milbury, was booked, and has been transported to court. More information will be released following CLAYTON’s arraignment. The case is being prosecuted by the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office.




Wareham Police charge juvenile with armed robbery after scuffle with clerk

On Saturday, January 18th, at 5:03 p.m., Wareham Police responded to Cape Cod Gas, on Cranberry Highway for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. The report was a male suspect with a bandana covering his face, armed with a knife, demanded cash and cigarettes. The attendant scuffled with the suspect, and the knife fell on the ground, as well as packs of cigarettes. The suspect then fled the area on foot.

Officers under the command of Sergeant Herbert Noble responded, set up a perimeter, and requested a K-9 from the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. Officer Charles Pillsbury assisted Deputy Sheriff Alex Thomas and K-9 “Lambert” as they tracked to a nearby location. In addition to the K-9 search, Officer Christopher Corner developed information on who the suspect was, and where he could be located. Detective Bryan Whalen, Sergeant Noble, and Officers James White and Blaise Lalli quickly responded to the area and soon had a male juvenile under arrest.

The juvenile is charged with armed robbery while masked and assault with a dangerous weapon. He is being held until an appearance at court on Tuesday.

During the robbery call, Wareham Police received a call about a suicidal male possibly armed with a gun in the area of Cranberry Highway and Tihonet Road. Marion Officers Edward Johnson and Kris Smith responded on mutual aid and checked the area. That call was later determined to be unfounded.




Four Boston area teens arrest after breaking into a USPS mailbox

At about 6:58 AM, on Monday, January 20, 2020, officers assigned to District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) arrested four individuals after responding to a call for a larceny in progress in the area of 141 Green Street in Jamaica Plain. While en route to the call, officers were advised and apprised that one of the suspects was observed attempting to steal mail out of a United States Postal Service Mailbox near the above location. Officers also learned and were provided a description of a motor vehicle possibly belonging to one of the suspects which was observed idling nearby.

Responding officers were able to locate and stop the suspect’s motor vehicle as it was attempting to leave the scene. With the vehicle stopped, officers approached and made contact with the operator of the vehicle, later identified as a 17-year-old male from Dorchester, and three male passengers later identified as Carlos Delossantos, 18, of Roslindale, a 17-year-old male from Roxbury and a 17-year-old male from Roslindale.

Upon discovering that the operator of the vehicle was unlicensed and did not possess a valid driver’s license, officers instructed all occupants of the car to vacate the vehicle. While the occupants were exiting the vehicle, officers observed several pieces of torn-open mail, numerous credit cards, checks and other evidence on the rear passenger floor of the car (see photo). In light of the above, all suspects were placed under arrest and charged with Larceny Over $250. They are all expected to be arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.




New Bedford’s 5th annual “Love Your Heart” Day will offer free blood pressure screenings

Local residents are invited to participate in the 5th annual Love Your Heart Day, happening on Sunday February 9th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Communities and neighborhoods throughout the City of New Bedford will once again join a growing, national movement to “Love Your Heart”.

More than a dozen locations citywide will offer free blood pressure screenings. Individuals will have a chance to “know their numbers,” learn of any potential risks for harm, and receive educational materials and guidance on what to do to both improve and/or maintain optimal heart health. Each site will be staffed with trained volunteers to administer the screenings.

Lead organizer Dr. Michael Rocha, cardiologist at Hawthorn Medical Associates and Director of the New Bedford Wellness Initiative says that 4 out of 5 heart attacks can be prevented through regular exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and a healthy diet – all of which help to control blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Further, he adds that roughly 30% of adults have high blood pressure yet only about 50% have it under control. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and kidney disease. Love Your Heart Day aims to reduce and prevent these issues.

Love Your Heart NB engages various community partners in healthcare, the fire and police community, universities, city government, nonprofits, and the business community. For a list of participating sites and locations, visit www.nbewell.com.

Love Your Heart is an initiative that was originally started by the County of San Diego in California. The event has expanded into communities across the West Coast and South into Mexico. New Bedford remains the first and only location in the East Coast to fully implement the initiative.




Massachusetts State Police Clandestine Lab Team Locates Meth Lab, Arrests Two

The Massachusetts State Police last week, upon executing a search warrant at a North Attleboro residence, located a clandestine methamphetamine lab and arrested two suspects who were producing the drug.

The search warrant Jan. 15 at 35 Heather St. was the result of a several-month investigation led by Trooper Cory Medeiros and the State Police Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team. The warrant was executed with assistance from other MSP units, the state Department of Fire Services, the North Attleboro Police and Fire Departments, and other law enforcement agencies.

The Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team made entry into the home and located four individuals, including two in the basement. Given the highly toxic nature of methamphetamine, the residence was evacuated.

Once the scene was secured, the Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team located one-pot set-up where methamphetamine was actively being cooked. Troopers and Officers also located completed methamphetamine product and needles used to inject the drugs.

The two suspects located in the basement – JAIME B. NICKERSON, 39 (a male), and SHANNON E. DALEY, 38 (a female), both of that address – were provided their Miranda rights and then interviewed by MSP Troopers inside a mobile command post.

Following subsequent investigation NICKERSON and DALEY were placed under arrest and transported to police facilities for booking. Each was charged with:

• Manufacturing Methamphetamine;
• Possession of a Class B Narcotic; and
• Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.

During their search of the residence, Troopers and Officers located and seized the following items:

• A plastic container with a clear liquid of suspected methamphetamine;
• A coffee filter containing a white powder that field tested positive for methamphetamine;
• A liquid sample from a one-pot methamphetamine lab;
• A plastic cup containing a white residue; and
• Items and materials consistent with those used in the production of methamphetamine, including lithium batteries, mineral salts, two packages of Sudafed brand pseudoephedrine, three Instant Cold Pack medication packages, a piece of cut hose, and a package of coffee filters.

The defendants were arraigned in Attleborough District Court; the criminal case is pending.

Other State Police units assisting in the search warrant execution were Troopers from the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit attached to the office of the State Fire Marshal, Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction and Enforcement Team-South Unit, State Police Detective Unit for Bristol County, Troop H Community Action Team, Crime Scene Services Section, and Forensic Services Group.

The photos show the pot where meth was allegedly being cooked.

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