CRIME & SAFETY
Weekly Safety Report: Gun Possession, Fire, Shooting, and Homicide Shake Fall River
This week in Fall River, Massachusetts, several incidents occurred that raised concerns about public safety. These incidents include a man being sentenced to state prison for carrying a stolen loaded gun and drugs, a fire that ripped through a vacant building, a man being shot in the hip, and a Freetown man accused of bludgeoning his girlfriend to death. These incidents highlight the need for increased vigilance and safety measures in the area.
Weekly Safety Report: Shootings, Murder, and Robbery Raise Concerns in Bristol County, Massachusetts
This week in Bristol County, Massachusetts, several incidents occurred that raised concerns about safety. These incidents include a shooting in New Bedford, a public forum on safety in Westport, a murder in Freetown, an armed robbery in Attleboro, and another shooting in New Bedford's West End.
Multiple fire departments battle large fire in Bristol
BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) — A large fire in Bristol initiated a response from multiple surrounding communities’ fire departments. The fire took place at a two story home on Griswold Avenue. Bristol Fire Chief Michael DeMello said that the department received a call around 8 a.m. reporting smoke coming...
Weekly Safety Report: Murder and Wanted Suspect in Freetown, Massachusetts
A Freetown man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend at their Chace Road home. The victim was found brutally murdered and the suspect, Matthew Lucas, has been ordered held without bail. In a separate incident, Freetown police are seeking the public's help in locating a wanted suspect, Brandon Demoranville, who has several warrants out for his arrest. The search for Demoranville is unrelated to the murder investigation.
Fall River shooting suspect arrested in RI
Mohamadou Kante III, 29, is charged with assault and battery, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, and several firearm violations.
DUI: Cassidy Ricci blows 0.164% BAC after leaving Electric Cowboy bar
24-year-old Cassidy Ricci was jailed on September 8th after police observed a black Infiniti SUV in the middle of the road not moving. While speaking with Ricci, officers could smell alcohol coming from her and the vehicle. She told officers that she was coming from the troubled Electric Cowboy bar and consented to sobriety tests. She performed poorly and was taken into custody. Once at booking, she blew a .164% BAC on the breathalyzer.
New Bedford fentanyl trafficker sentenced to almost 8 years
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said that a New Bedford fentanyl dealer was sentenced to nearly eight years in state prison. Felix Berrios Colon pled guilty to charges of trafficking in fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The 42-year-old was...
Fairhaven firefighters respond to early morning rollover
“Engine 3, and Medic 1 responded to an early morning roll over in the area of 229 Sconticut Neck Rd. One person was transported to the hospital and Eversource crews were on scene working to replace the broken telephone pole. Great work group 2!”-Fairhaven Firefighters Association, Local 1555.
Bristol County man offering $10,000 reward after dogs poisoned to death
A dog breeder is pleading to the public for help after two of his pets died after being poisoned. Sean Reardon of Reardon’s Kennels in Berkley is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever poisoned to death Mack & Lady. According to Reardon, a...
Fire Leads to Rapid Demolition of Historic Theatre in Fall River
The historic Royal Theatre on Brightman Street in Fall River was hastily demolished after a severe fire this week. Known previously as the Pastime Theater and later used by a casket company, the now-vacant building's quick reduction to rubble within 12 hours has saddened local residents. The speed of demolition was due to the building's instability following the fire.
Massachusetts State Police announces 9th planned area Sobriety Checkpoint of the year
A ninth Sobriety Checkpoint for 2023 has been announced for the area by Massachusetts State Police. Colonel John Mawn Jr., Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Public Way in Bristol County. According to...
Man arrested in Fall River for drug, gun possession sentenced to 5 years
FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said that a Brockton man who was arrested in Fall River while carrying a loaded stolen firearm and 40 suboxone strips was sentenced to serve time in state prison. Melvin Arias-Brown pled guilty to charges of carrying...
Multiple people sent to hospital after car hits utility pole in Seekonk
SEEKONK, Mass. (WLNE) — Multiple people were taken to a hospital after a crash into a utility pole on Thursday night. Officials told ABC 6 News crews on scene that a car swerved into a telephone pole on Miller Street around 11 p.m. The car had significant front end...
Bristol County Recruiting Correctional Officers at This Salary
I've known several guys who've worked as correctional officers in Bristol County and elsewhere. They tell me it's a tough job, and I have no reason to doubt them. At least a couple retired early due to job-related injuries. Being in any law enforcement position is not easy these days....
Man sentenced for trafficking drugs in children’s toys, Halloween decor
More than 16 pounds of meth and more than 700 grams of fentanyl pills were seized during the investigation.
Weekly Safety Report: Car Crash, Officer's Funeral, and Fire Department Update Impact Seekonk, Massachusetts
This week in Seekonk, Massachusetts, several incidents occurred that required attention and response. These incidents include a car crashing into a utility pole, resulting in multiple people being taken to the hospital, the funeral of a Seekonk police officer who tragically died in a motorcycle crash, and an update on the staffing and budget of the Seekonk Fire Department.
Weekly Safety Report: Driver Critically Injured in Crash, Suspicious Activity Outside Middleborough Home
Two incidents occurred in Middleborough, Massachusetts this week. In the first incident, a driver was critically injured in a violent crash on Everett Street. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and transported to the hospital in critical condition. The second incident involves a man acting suspiciously outside a home on Pocksha Drive. Middleboro police are seeking public help in identifying the man, who was seen holding and feeling a package on the porch. The incidents are currently under investigation.
Westport residents pack town hall to voice concerns after violent weekend carjacking
At a public forum on safety Wednesday evening, police shared that in 2023 so far there have been 50 car thefts.
Attleboro store robbed at gunpoint
The clerk at Border Bets and Butts told police the suspect pulled out a firearm and demanded money and rolling papers.