Boston Police seek Akil Jackson in connection with shooting death of Boston woman

“Investigation update: At about 1:18 PM on Thursday, July 29, 2021, officers assigned to District E-5 (West Roxbury) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Corinth Street and Birch Street in Roslindale.

On arrival, officers located Alicia Heywood, 42 of South Easton suffering from a gunshot wound. Heywood was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives assigned to the Boston Police Homicide Unit have been granted a West Roxbury District Court Murder warrant for Akil Jackson. Jackson is described as a 41-year-old black male whose last known address is in Easton, MA. Jackson should be considered armed and dangerous and if observed, contact 911 immediately.

Anyone with information relative to this Murder investigation is urged to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.” -Boston Police Department.

Boston Police Department photo.

New Bedford Police Department’s “National Night Out” a hit with the public

“Last night’s National Night Out was an evening to remember.

There are few things that public safety workers enjoy more than getting to have some quality interaction with the community they serve. We always appreciate the opportunity to get to know one another.

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”-Maya Angelou.

A very special thanks to community leaders Renee Ledbetter and Buddy Andrade for all of their hard-work in organizing such a wonderful event.

Please check out some pictures below and mark the event on your calendar for next year!!”-New Bedford Police Department.

All photos by the New Bedford Police Department:

See full photo set here.

National Weather Service Issues Flash Flood Watch for Bristol County

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA
1024 AM EDT Wed Aug 4 2021

Their will be a flood watch in effect from 8pm through tomorrow morning in our area.
Central Middlesex MA-Western Essex MA-Eastern Essex MA-
Western Norfolk MA-Southeast Middlesex MA-Suffolk MA-
Eastern Norfolk MA-Northern Bristol MA-Western Plymouth MA-
Eastern Plymouth MA-Southern Bristol MA-Southern Plymouth MA-
Northwest Providence RI-Southeast Providence RI-Western Kent RI-
Eastern Kent RI-Bristol RI-Washington RI-Newport RI-
Block Island RI-
Including the cities of Framingham, Lowell, Lawrence, Gloucester,
Foxborough, Norwood, Cambridge, Boston, Quincy, Taunton,
Brockton, Plymouth, Fall River, New Bedford, Mattapoisett,
Foster, Smithfield, Providence, Coventry, West Greenwich,
East Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, Bristol, Narragansett,
Westerly, Newport, and New Shoreham

Issued: 1024 AM EDT Wed Aug 4 2021


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the
following areas, in Massachusetts, Central Middlesex MA,
Eastern Essex MA, Eastern Norfolk MA, Eastern Plymouth MA,
Northern Bristol MA, Southeast Middlesex MA, Southern Bristol
MA, Southern Plymouth MA, Suffolk MA, Western Essex MA,
Western Norfolk MA, and Western Plymouth MA. In Rhode Island,
Block Island RI, Bristol RI, Eastern Kent RI, Newport RI,
Northwest Providence RI, Southeast Providence RI, Washington
RI, and Western Kent RI.

* From 8 PM EDT this evening through Thursday morning

* Showers and a few thunderstorms will bring heavy rainfall to
portions of Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts tonight.
Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with locally up to 4 inches
are possible. The axis of heaviest rainfall is somewhat
uncertain and may still shift east or west.

* Heavy rainfall may cause street flooding and result in rapid
rises on small streams and creeks.


You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Dartmouth Fire Department purchases boat to aid in future patrols and rescues

“Congratulations to the Dartmouth Fire Department on their new Defender 430 Rescue RIB! 🚤

Previously they were running a 10’9″ tiller-driven dinghy, that was lacking room and reliability. Looking to accommodate more of their own crew and anyone else that needed to be picked up or transported, they decided it was time to move up.

With a capacity of 8 people and a 40 HP for power, these guys will now be able to patrol, rescue, and keep the waters surrounding Dartmouth safer and more enjoyable for everyone.”

Massachusetts wildlife experts believe to have found cause of recent spate of bird deaths across the U.S.

2 weeks ago the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife asked the public for help in reporting songbird deaths and to stop using birdbaths/feeders.

In late May, wildlife managers in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs.

Before long, additional reports had been received from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. While the majority of affected birds are reported to be fledgling common grackles, blue jays, European starlings, and American robins, other species of songbirds have been reported as well.

While there were no cases of the illness or cicadas in Massachusetts wildlife experts suggested holding off putting up bird feeders. No definitive cause(s) of illness or death had been determined at that time.

Now, experts believe they have pinned down the cause of the mysterious and deadly disease: they believe the outbreak is related to cicadas emerging in different parts of the Eastern seaboard this summer. Ingesting the insects could be having toxic effects on the birds.

CDC Chief Signs New Eviction Moratorium Order

Michael P. Norton
State House News Service

Citing the emergence of the Delta variant, Centers for Disease Control Director Rochelle Walensky signed a new eviction moratorium order Tuesday that expires on Oct. 3 and applies to tenants in U.S. counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission of COVID-19. The new order comes just days after the federal government’s previous eviction moratorium had expired.

According to the CDC, it issued the new order after determining the evictions of tenants for failure to make rent or housing payments “could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.” The CDC said the moratorium allows more time for relief to reach renters, and for people to get vaccinated.

“The emergence of the delta variant has led to a rapid acceleration of community transmission in the United States, putting more Americans at increased risk, especially if they are unvaccinated,” Wolensky said in a statement. “This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads. It is imperative that public health authorities act quickly to mitigate such an increase of evictions, which could increase the likelihood of new spikes in SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Such mass evictions and the attendant public health consequences would be very difficult to reverse.”

Massachusetts woman pleads guilty to identity theft and unemployment fraud related to COVID-19 pandemic

A Stoneham woman pleaded guilty today in connection with her involvement in a scheme to fraudulently obtain COVID-19-related unemployment assistance using stolen identities.

Lilly Nguyen, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for Dec. 1, 2021. In April 2021, Nguyen was previously charged in a criminal complaint with an alleged co-conspirator.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) created a temporary federal unemployment insurance program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. The program is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance and provides unemployment insurance benefits for individuals who are not eligible for other types of unemployment benefits (e.g., the self-employed, independent contractors, or gig economy workers).

Nguyen participated in a scheme to submit fraudulent Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims using the stolen personally identifiable information of others. The investigation connected Nguyen and her alleged co-conspirator to more than $250,000 in unemployment claims between April and December 2020.

The charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of aggravated identity theft provides for a mandatory sentence of two years in prison to be served consecutively to any other sentenced imposed, one year 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 other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Joseph R. Bonavolanta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; and Nikitas Splagounias, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Labor Racketeering and Fraud made the announcement. Special assistance was provided by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Markham of Mendell’s Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.

On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to marshal the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to enhance efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud. The Task Force bolsters efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies tasked with administering relief programs to prevent fraud by, among other methods, augmenting and incorporating existing coordination mechanisms, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their schemes, and sharing and harnessing information and insights gained from prior enforcement efforts. For more information on the Department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Web Complaint Form at: https://www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Massachusetts Health Officials Report Death Rate Among Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Chris Lisinski
State House News Service

One hundred of the nearly 4.3 million people fully vaccinated in Massachusetts have died of COVID-19, a rate of 0.002 percent, according to state data on breakthrough cases published Tuesday. The Department of Public Health tracked a cumulative 7,737 confirmed COVID-19 infections among those fully vaccinated in the Bay State as of Saturday, July 31, representing 0.18 percent of the immunized population.

Saturday’s cumulative count reflects an increase of 1,364 breakthrough cases over July 24. That accounts for a bit more than 30 percent of all new cases confirmed in the one-week span. Since the first residents became fully vaccinated in January, DPH has counted 395 immunized residents hospitalized with COVID-19 cases and 100 who died from the virus. Those numbers include 34 new breakthrough hospitalizations and nine additional deaths among those fully vaccinated tracked in the past week.

Overall case numbers have been on the rise in Massachusetts and nationwide for weeks as the more infectious Delta variant spreads, including among those who are fully vaccinated, but health experts have repeatedly stressed that vaccinations reduce the risk of serious injury or death in the rare breakthrough cases. DPH previously released data on breakthrough infections in response to records requests, and on Tuesday it published those figures for the first time as part of the vaccination report it releases every weekday. The department said it plans to continue including updated breakthrough numbers in Tuesday vaccination reports.

New Bedford proposed as site for the South Coast’s next Starbucks

Are you a New Bedford resident who is a fan of Iced Caramel Macchiatos, Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccinos, and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brews? Well, you may just be in luck. The city’s planning board will be discussing the idea of a Starbucks with a drive-thru on Coggeshall Street only a few hundred feet from the Riverside Landing Plaza.

The location is a spot that was clearly chosen for its close proximity to two highway exits allowing people the ability to get right back on the road.

A Michigan-based commercial real estate investment and development firm called ALRIG USA Development LLC applied for a site plan review from the city’s planning board over a month ago and amid negotiations with the property’s current owners for the 35,212 square foot site which is zoned as an Industrial B (IB) and Mixed-Use Business. Documents state that the site plan is specifically for 8 Mitchell Street and 157-161 Coggeshall Street which encompasses Petro-Mart, Touchless Car Wash, and what was once a Subway restaurant.

Want a say in the matter? The Planning Board will hear the proposal during its next meeting scheduled for Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.

You can see the entire set of plans here.

Hilton Displays, City of New Bedford photo.

Hilton Displays, City of New Bedford photo.

Hilton Displays, City of New Bedford photo.

Hilton Displays, City of New Bedford photo.

New Bedford police arrest Dartmouth couple for trafficking fentanyl

New Bedford narcotics detectives arrested a Dartmouth couple for trafficking fentanyl.

On August 2nd, 2021, narcotics and gang detectives executed a search warrant at 16 East River Dr. in Dartmouth. The target of the investigation was 25-year old Gary Hamel. As a result of this search, detectives located 796 wax folds containing fentanyl, additional fentanyl in plastic bags, cutting agent, and over $200 in cash. The total weight of the fentanyl was approximately 42 grams.

Also arrested and charged was Hamel’s girlfriend 25-year old Amy Gasper. The lead investigator was Det. B. Szyndlar.

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.

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