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FBI offers $20,000 reward for info leading to arrest of man indicted in New Bedford for murder

*Armed and Dangerous**

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Boston Division, the Norton Police Department, and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in locating longtime fugitive Andrew P. Dabbs, who is wanted for allegedly murdering his girlfriend on October 10, 1981. Dabbs should be considered armed and dangerous.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the murder and the FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 payable to anyone who can provide information about his current whereabouts.


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Andrew Peter Dabbs, also known as Peter Dabbs, is wanted for the murder of Robin A. Shea. The couple was driving through Norton, Massachusetts, when Dabbs allegedly shot Shea in the chest with a .45 caliber revolver and pushed her body out of the vehicle onto the side of Route 123, where she was later found by a passing motorist.

On November 3, 1981, Dabbs was indicted for murder by the Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and a state warrant was issued for his arrest. On September 20, 1982, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Dabbs by a United States Magistrate in the District of Massachusetts, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Dabbs is a Black male with brown eyes and would now be 78 years old. At the time of the murder, he weighed approximately 180 pounds and was approximately 5’10” tall. He had a mole on the right side of his nose, a scar on his arm, and skin grafts on his leg from a burn. Dabbs was an auto mechanic and may have possessed weapons and was known to use drugs. His last known address was in Derry, New Hampshire, but he also has ties to Massachusetts, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, New York, and Pennsylvania.


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“Someone out there knows where Andrew Dabbs is, and we’re asking you to contact us. We are in the final stages of this investigation and we’re doing everything we can bring him to justice and provide some much-needed closure to Robin’s family who has already endured enough heartache,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

Robin Shea’s sister, Joyce Carter, added, “The reality is that this is really unfinished, it’s unfinished in the sense that I’m talking about it and he’s out there somewhere. Maybe he’s dead, and if he is, I would love to know that, I would love to know more of that detail, and if he isn’t dead, if he’s alive, he needs to pay for what he did.”

The public is being asked to review Dabbs’ wanted poster which includes an age-progressed photo, depicting what he may look like at 78-years-old.

Photos of Robin Shea are attached and a portion of an on-camera interview with her sister Joyce Carter can be downloaded here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY6KXJ9k6HM.

A vodcast can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw2piv4FSgM.

The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the location, arrest, and prosecution of Andrew P. Dabbs. Anyone with information should call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324). Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.


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New Bedford woman, Fairhaven school department employee convicted of stealing more than $100,000

A 55-year-old New Bedford woman, who while serving as the Fairhaven Public School Department’s Business Office Manager stole at least $100,000, was convicted in New Bedford District Court this week of Larceny over $250 by a Single Scheme, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.

Christine E. Mitchell pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday and was sentenced by Judge Patrick J. Malone to two years in the Bristol County House of Corrections. However due to the defendant’s serious current medical condition, the judge suspended the sentence for five years, meaning she will be on supervised probation for five years. If the defendant were to commit a new crime during the next five years, she could be forced to serve the entire two year jail term. Judge Malone also ordered the defendant to pay the Fairhaven School Department $1,000 in restitution, which equals the amount the school department had to pay to its insurance company as its deductible.

The defendant was an employee of the Fairhaven public schools for more than 15 years, and in her most recent role, served as the business office manager. In October of 2018, when the defendant took an unexpected medical leave, it was discovered there were a variety discrepancies in school finances that were under the direct control of the defendant. School officials were able to confront the defendant with their findings when she was back in the office. During that meeting, the defendant could not provide explanations, but prior to being terminated, handed over a resignation letter that ended with “I’m so sorry.”

Fairhaven public schools retained an accounting firm to conduct a forensic audit. That auditing report revealed a pattern of theft that totaled over $100,000. Specifically, the defendant stole $89,893 from the Student Activities funds and the preschool fund from 2015-2018 and also wrote herself unauthorized checks totaling $10,892 in 2011-2012 for a grand total $100,785. In regards to the theft from the student activities funds and preschool fund, this defendant would take possession of checks and cash, but only deposit the checks – never the cash. She would manipulate internal records to cover up the theft. Due to the cost of the audit and policy coverage, the school was unable to dig deeper back into the defendant’s time employed with the department. The insurance policy covered the school department’s loss, but the school had to pay an out-of-pocket deductible of $1,000.00.

The defendant has been suffering from a serious disease during the pendency of this case. A subset of her medical records was submitted to the judge for consideration of probation vs. jail time. The defense argued that a jail sentence was effectively a death sentence based on her current state of health.

Assistant District Attorney Madalyn Fairbanks argued that years of deception and theft warranted jail time, but a shorter period was recommended in light of the defendant’s health issues. Taking the health concerns into account, the Commonwealth argued for a two year jail term with six months to serve and the balance suspended for two years. The Commonwealth also argued for the $1,000 restitution. The defendant’s criminal behavior affected a public school, children who worked to raise money, and members of the Fairhaven community.

“I am pleased the defendant was held accountable for stealing a substantial amount of money from school department funds. This was a clear breach of trust to the town, the school committee, the children and the citizens of Fairhaven,” District Attorney Quinn said.




Upcoming New Bedford vaccination clinics; now offering booster shots

COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned for the next several days in New Bedford. No appointment is needed at these walk-up clinics. Available vaccines can change according to supplies. Clinics now are offering CDC-approved booster shots for eligible recipients, in addition to first- and second-dose vaccines. Details on boosters are below.

Friday, October 22:

• PAACA (360 Coggeshall St.) – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., J&J and Moderna
• New Bedford High School (230 Hathaway Blvd.) – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pfizer for ages 12+ and J&J for ages 18+ (Minors need parental consent, provided either in advance online, or in-person at the school)

Saturday, October 23:

• Cape Verdeans Veterans Association Hall (561 Purchase St.) – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pfizer and Moderna

Monday, October 25:

• Andrea McCoy Recreation Center (181 Hillman St.) – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Pfizer and J&J

Tuesday, October 26:

• Former Fire Station 11 (754 Brock Ave.) – 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., J&J and Moderna
• Greater New Bedford Community Health Center (874 Purchase St.) – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, J&J
• Normandin Middle School (81 Felton St.) – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pfizer for ages 12+ and J&J for ages 18+ (Minors need parental consent, provided either in advance online, or in-person at the school)

Wednesday, October 27:

• Keith Middle School (225 Hathaway Blvd) – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pfizer for ages 12+ and J&J for ages 18+ (Minors need parental consent, provided either in advance online, or in-person at the school)

Thursday, October 28:

• Greater New Bedford Community Health Center (874 Purchase St.) – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pfizer, Moderna, J&J
• Roosevelt Middle School (119 Frederick St.) – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Pfizer for ages 12+ and J&J for ages 18+ (Minors need parental consent, provided either in advance online, or in-person at the school)

Background on Clinic Restorations:

Last week, state health officials briefly withdrew state support for certain COVID-19 vaccination clinics in New Bedford, and elsewhere in the region. Three clinics at New Bedford Public Schools were canceled as a result.

This week, the state has restored support for school-based and Block-by-Block clinics through Nov. 3, following previously published schedules. State and city health officials are still finalizing support and schedules for local vaccine clinics after Nov. 3.

Booster Shots Approved for Eligible Recipients: The CDC now has approved booster recommendations for Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines. Booster shots are available at local vaccine clinics, for people who are eligible under the following criteria.

For people who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

• 65 years and older
• Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings
• Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions
• Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings

For anyone 18 and older who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a booster shot is recommended two or more months after their initial shot.

Mixing & Matching:

The CDC also has approved mixing and matching of vaccine types for the booster dose. When first getting vaccinated, people should still get two doses of the same vaccine type, but for the booster, a different vaccine from the initial series can be used, following the criteria above.

More info: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html

Reminder on the importance of vaccinations, especially ahead of the holidays: Vaccination levels in the region remain low, and daily case rates remain high. Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is not only about protecting yourself – it’s also about protecting your family, friends, and community. Vaccination is critically important ahead of the holiday season, when large family gatherings could lead to super-spreader events among people who are unvaccinated.

City leaders and health officials are urging unvaccinated residents to get their first shot and begin vaccination as soon as possible, in order to have safe and healthy




St. Anne’s Credit Union Elevates Karen Skinner to Senior Vice President, Operations and Compliance

Eileen M. Danahey, President & CEO of St. Anne’s Credit Union, along with its Board of Directors, are pleased to announce the promotion of Karen Skinner to Senior Vice President, Operations and Compliance.

Ms. Skinner has been with St. Anne’s since 2017, most recently serving as Vice President of Deposit Operations and Compliance where she led the Credit Union’s member support center and Compliance department and played an important role in the implementation of St. Anne’s newest innovative deposit products and services. With her increased responsibility, she will now also oversee the functions of both Loan Servicing and Loss Mitigation and continue to work with the senior management team to focus on developing and executing an operational plan in support of the Credit Union’s strategy to drive long-term growth, ensuring development and implementation of efficient and cost-effective operations to meet current and future needs of the organization.

“Karen holds 25 years of relevant industry experience and is a proven executive who business-minded approach, profound attention to detail and depth of insight around a wide range of governance and compliance-related matters are significant assets to our organization,” said Eileen M. Danahey, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Anne’s Credit Union. “Since joining St. Anne’s in 2017, she has played a key role in our organization’s compliance certifications, process and procedure improvements, and the enhancement of overall operational efforts as she’s a natural leader who’s driven by the best interests of our members. Leading her teams with heart, they are committed to delivering unmatched experiences to our members, and she will continue to the Credit Union scales across a very competitive marketplace. Reinforcing our position as a top-rated credit union, her operational acumen has enabled us to not only make advancements in our products and services, but also expand our support and omnichannel banking and lending capabilities across an increasingly complex regulatory environment.”

Throughout Ms. Skinner’s career, she has held a multitude of leadership positions across other reputable financial institutions where she focused primarily on operations and compliance, including Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) program management and oversight of security and financial crimes investigations. She studied Business Administration at Boston University and serves on the Boston Fraud Committee, is a member of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI) and a wide range of other committees and networks as it relates to fraud and compliance, ensuring St. Anne’s stays informed of the most upcoming and relevant topics.




New Bedford Police Department collecting cell phones for domestic violence victims

“October is #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.

New Bedford police and the Women’s Center are partnering up to place boxes at the stations around the city to collect used cell phones. The purpose of this is to provide DV victims with a cell phone in case of emergencies.

We will be extending this until the end of November. If you have any questions, please contact us at (508) 991-6300 Ext. 79470.”-New Bedford Police Department.




Nigerian national living in Massachusetts indicted in connection with romance schemes

A Nigerian national residing in Canton was indicted today by a federal grand jury for his role in a wire and bank fraud conspiracy involving romance scams targeting individuals in the United States.

Mark Arome Okuo, 41, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. Okuo was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in March 2021 and has been detained since his arrest.

According to the charging documents, Okuo participated in a conspiracy involving romance scams designed to defraud victims into sending money to accounts he controlled. Criminals perpetrating romance scams create fictitious profiles on online dating or social media websites, gain the trust of potential victims and then direct those victims to transfer money under false pretenses. To further the conspiracy, Okuo allegedly used fake passports in the names of aliases to open bank accounts in and around Boston to receive the proceeds of the romance scams. Okuo then allegedly executed large cash withdrawals from those accounts, generally structured in amounts less than $10,000, in an effort to evade detection.

The charge of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud provides for a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million 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.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Matthew B. Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Special assistance was provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian Stearns of Mendell’s Securities, Financial & Cyber Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.

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




Massachusetts man pleads guilty to child pornography offenses

A Seekonk man pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 in federal court in Boston to charges of child pornography.

Sean J. Trahan, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of access with intent to view child pornography. U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole scheduled sentencing for Feb. 17, 2022.

This case stemmed from two separate investigations into Trahan’s child pornography activities. An undercover investigation revealed that Trahan used the Dark Web to access child pornography in February 2015. In October 2015, Trahan was arrested and charged after a search of his residence revealed images of child pornography on his personal computer. At the time of his arrest, Trahan stated that he had accessed sites containing child pornography.

Trahan was released on conditions, including cell phone monitoring. On Sept. 8, 2021, he was arrested for violating conditions of his release. Trahan remains in custody.

In October 2021, Trahan was later charged in a superseding information after further investigation connected Trahan with a username that posted child pornography in a Kik messenger group. Another search of Trahan’s residence in September 2021 revealed child pornography on Trahan’s tablet.

The charges of possession of child pornography and accessing child pornography with intent to view each provide for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Due to a prior state conviction for possession of child pornography, Trahan faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison if he is convicted. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Winnebago (Wis.) Sherriff’s Office and the Seekonk Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney James D. Herbert of Mendell’s Criminal Division is prosecuting the case.

The case is brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In 2006, the Department of Justice created Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse. Led by 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/.




Family seeks information on New Bedford hit and run of 12-year old child

“My 12-year old son Jayden was hit on his bike around 6:45 pm yesterday (Thursday, October 21st) leaving Buttonwood Park from his football practice.

We are looking for the person who hit him. I believe it was a black SUV, white male driver. We filed an incident report already and hoping you and the community can help us catch the guy.

We have been trying to spread the word around football over near Buttonwood .. he was hit on Rockdale Ave heading towards Arnold Street. If you have any information contact the New Bedford Police Department or Jrebello7249@gmail.com or 774-365-7645.” -Jessica Rebello.




Downtown New Bedford businesses to host “Trick Or Treat” candy stops

“Calling All Kids! Put on your costume, grab an adult & head to Downtown NB for some ‘All Treats, No Tricks’ trick-or-treating fun.

A Free Halloween Event In Downtown New Bedford on Saturday, October 23rd between 2:00pm-5:00pm with a rain date pf Sunday, October 30th between 2:00pm-5:00pm.

There will be a Live DJ set with Anj Kepinski in Wing’s Court plus more spooky surprises throughout dNB!


Downtown New Bedford Inc. photo.


Downtown New Bedford Inc. photo.

You can download the “candy stop” map and list of participating businesses to print out at home, here




St. Anne’s Credit Union is Hiring for an Employee Development & Training Specialist

St. Anne’s Credit Union currently has an opening for an Employee Development & Training Specialist.

FUNCTION: Develop, coordinate and deliver business-focused, job related, compliance and cost effective training to enhance job performance of all employees. Click HERE to apply.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

• Deliver training, which may include presenting, facilitating and coaching individual employees at all levels.

• Stay up to date on the most current policies, procedures, products, operating systems, and regulatory compliance requirements in order to provide accurate information to all trainees.

• Work with management to define training needs of the Credit Union. Formulate training outline and determine instructional methods using knowledge of specified training needs and effectiveness of such methods, such as individual training, group instruction, lectures, demonstrations, role-play, seminars, meetings or workshops.

• Select and/or develop teaching aids, such as training handbooks, demonstration models, multimedia visual aids, computer tutorials, and reference books. Create “training library” of source material that has previously been presented.

• Develop testing to measure the effectiveness of the presented curriculum and measure employee progress. Determine if objectives of the training sessions are being met. Develop periodic questionnaires specific to audience/topic to reinforce learning throughout the year.

• Track training and educational activities of all employees.

• Coordinate and schedule trainings for all employees through internal or external sources.

• Track and record employee attendance to seminars, classes, etc.

• Establish, maintain and monitor learning measurement criteria to ensure that training content addresses performance gaps.

• Responsible for conducting and managing the Onboarding process for all New Hires.

• Assign compliance courses, and track completion of mandatory training for all applicable employees, including but not limited to new-hires, existing employees and Directors as needed. Conduct compliance training when necessary.

• Network with training and/or education professionals to make contacts and share ideas and information to enhance SACU’s training program.

EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

Associates Degree in business, communication and/or education or equivalent experience. Proven experience in program design and development as well as facilitation and delivery of programs. Excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to interact effectively with employees at all levels throughout the Credit Union. Must have the ability to motivate, excite and encourage employee performance. Must be able to manage a multi-task, fast-paced environment, have the ability to meet deadlines, and work independently. Proficient in the use of PCs and software application including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Click HERE to apply You may also submit a resume to: HR.Dept@stannes.com or drop off your application at any branch.

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