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Special Prosecutor Named


Bristol County D-A Sam Sutter has named William H. Connolly as the Special Prosecutor who will investigate what happened when Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan, City Council Members Paul DaSilva and Jasiel Correia II and a Flanagan Associate met inside Flanagan's personal vehicle on the night of August 14. 

Flanagan is alleged to have asked Correia to lie about why he signed a recall petition and to have suggested that Correia carry a firearm, as Flanagan has admitted he does when he leaves his residence. 

In a statement Friday afternoon, Sutter says Connolly will have complete independence to carry out the investigation as he sees fit. 

 

 

 

 

The MA Campaign Spending Limits


The Massachsettes Office of Campaign and Political Finance are reporting that Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley, along with three Unenrolled Contenders, will each be able to spend up to $8 million on their General Election Campaigns, as Election Day looms on November 4. 
Limits for the 3 contenders for Treasuer and Secretary of State are set at $2 million, while contenders for the Auditor's Office are set at $375,000, as all those involved agreed to have a portion of their campaigns funded by the Commonwealth through tax form donations.
Attorney General Contenders can spend and raise however much money they please, as Democrat Maura Healy and Republican John Miller both agreed to forgo Commonwealth funding. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Green Bonds


Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman is announcing that his office will be selling $350,000,000 worth of so called ''Green Bonds'' starting on Monday, with proceeds aimed at funding what are termed as environmentally beneficial projects across the Commonwealth. 
The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will be funded in part with the Green Bonds proceeds, as the planned facility will be  the first in the United States to support the construction, assembly and deployment of offshore wind projects. 
The bond sale is underwritten by Morgan Stanley, and starts on Monday with individual investors having a 3 day window to purchase bonds, while bond houses get Thursday to purchase what remains. 
Clean Water and Drinking Water Projects, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects in state buildings, and land acquisition, along with river revitalization projects, will use the proceeds over time. 
 
 
 
 
 

Flanagan on Bonding Requests


While a political firestorm rages in Fall River, Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan tells WSAR that work on a Pro Forma Financial Audit will be finished later this fall, as a means of indicating where the city is financially; Flanagan tells WSAR he hopes the results can convince a skeptical Fall River City Council to use bonding procedures to pay for a new Government Center Roof, as well as new computer hardware. 

There are also requests for the Gold and Brown Yard Waste Carts, which joined the lineup of green trash barrels and blue recycling carts in 2013. 

Special Prosecutor Statement


The office of Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter has told WSAR that a statement will be released tomorrow as to a decision on how an investigation undertaken by Fall River Police Chief Dan Racine will proceed, after allegeations of intimidation by first term Fall River City Council Member Jasiel Correia II against Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan were made this week. 

Sutter has indicated to WSAR that the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, the office of the U-S Attorney in Boston, or Sutter's office could handle the investigation. 

Flanagan, Council Members Correia and Paul Da Silva and a Flanagan Associate met in Flanagan's personal vehicle in August; Correia maintains that Flanagan allegedly asked him to lie about why he signed a recall petition. 

Flanagan Says He Will Be Vindicated


In an interview on the Thursday Edition of the ''WSAR Newsroom'', Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan tells WSAR that he maintains that in the end, he will be vindicated, as an investigation on allegations of intimidation by first term City Council Member Jasiel Correia II were made this week. 

Flanagan has maintained he will not resign from office; there are provisions in the City Charter that would Flanagan to step aside on a temporary basis if he chooses.

Correia has maintained that Flanagan allegedly displayed a weapon and asked him to lie about why he signed a recall petition on the first night they were released.

City Councilor Correia will not press charges against mayor


(updated at 12:48)

FALL RIVER - City Councilor Jasiel Correia says he will not file a criminal complaint against Mayor William Flanagan despite saying his story has not changed. He then stated the mayor is a "liar" for contending he never asked Correia to remove his name from the recall ballot effort.

In a powerful interview on the Newshour with Barry Richard, Correia reacted to several days of backlash to his bombshell announcement on Monday  when he said that he was intimidated by the mayor, who allegedly brandished a gun in a car, along the waterfront late at night.

"This was never intended to be the media circus that this has become," he said. saying he does not need to press charges. But that does not mean he is changing his version of events.

Correia said that if a special prosecutor was appointed, he said he "would cooperate."

Correia came into WSAR with access to his phone records to prove that he returned the mayor's call that fateful night on August 14.

Mayor Flanagan extended an olive branch to Correai on WSAR this morning but Correia was not taking it pointing out that he extended the olive branch while also disputing their version of events.

"I dont think his offer is genuine, i don't think it is genuine offer. I do agree with the mayor that this negativity is not what is best for Fall River, I do agree with that," said Correia. 

But as far as the mayor's comments that Correia turned on him after being his friend., Correai bristled sand charactorized them as "Mudslinging - that is what it is," he said." I am prepared to answer any questions the public has of me. very dissapointed with what I heard." 

"He is basically calling me a liar," said Correia. "He is saying he did not ask me to lie for him. That is not true. He asked me to lie for him. He wants to extend an olive branch by calling me a liar? If the mayor wants what is in the best interest of Fall River, he will tell the people, that he is lying. 'What Councilor Correia said happened, happened because it did,' and let him tell the truth."

When asked why he does not want to press charges, Correia said it was for the betterment of the city and his family, not having a long projected court-case.

"He should tell the truth, I certainly right now will not be pressing chargess. It is very simple. At this particular time, I do not see the need to press charges. "

When asked if he felt in danger, Correai said "no."

"I don't think something is going to happen, if it does it would be very unfortunate, there would be serious issues," he said. "I am telling the truth and that is all people need to know. I would find it very hard for anyone in this community to beleive the mayor's story."

 

 

 

Councilor accuses mayor of intimidation with a gun


FALL RIVER - City Councilor Jasiel Correia told WSAR news that he was called to a secret rendezvous with Mayor William Flanagan on August 14, late at night where the mayor brandished his gun and  Correia felt "intimidated."

            The bombshell disclosure occurred on the Newshour with Barry Richard who broke the story with a live interview with Correia.

After the meeting, Correia says he sought out Police Chief Dan Racine who told him a  criminal complaint was an option but Correia has chosen not to pursue it thus far.

            Correia stated that the light-night conversation ended after the mayor brandished a handgun from his car console and placed it on the dashboard in full sight of two other individuals in the car- including City Councilor Paul Dasilva.

Councilor Correai said the entire late night meeting and circumstances were "premeditated" and  " an attempt to intimidate me."

            Mayor denied the story and said he was disappointed with Correia's version of the story and that it would be refuted. DaSilva refused to comment on the story.

Flanagan denied ever brandishing his gun and said he was only discussing the option of Correia obtaining a firearm identification card and that Correia mistook the conversation. Flanagan said  he spoke about Correia that night about being in danger because he said Correia had previously told him he was bullied into signing the recall petition.

Correia maintains he has never been intimidated by the recall petitioners.

            "He did see the gun on my waistband," said the Mayor Flanagan moments later on WSAR.  "He did point it out. I don't have a dashboard... At no point did I ever point the gun at him or threaten him," stated Flanagan. "He did see it. He pointed it out that I had it..."

Flanagan maintains he was only offering advice  on a obtaining a gun for safety reasons.

"I told him If you were to go get your firearm identification card, I would write a letter of recommendation for you if you wanted to get it," Flanagan told WSAR.

            Flanagan  implied Correia has been under pressure by the petitioners.

"Councilor Correia is 23-years-old, a young city councilor," said the mayor. "He has people unduly influencing him at this time - people other than myself. I feel bad for what people are trying to put Councilor Correia through and it is not right."

 

Correia said a few days later he met with Council President Joseph Camara about the incident and two went to meet with Fall River Police Chief Dan Racine.

 

            "I gave him options and one of them included filing  criminal charges," said Chief Racine. "He did not want to go forward with them. I told him I was going to call the mayor and speak to him about these allegations and I did that."

The Chief said that the Mayor had a different version of events. Chief Racine said that in order for any investigation to go forward interviews of Da Silva and Gosselin would be needed but first he needs an actual criminal complaint.

 

"You need a complainant," said the Chief. " He has to want to go forward. he has that option still."

 

Correia told Richard that he  was at his office painting when he got a call  from the Mayor asking him to meet with him just after midnight that Thursday. Correia said he entered the mayor's car parked along Water Street and found a man in the back seat that he identified as Thomas Gosselin. Correia said he thought it odd that the man was already in the back seat and that he sat in the passenger seat.  The Mayor says that Gosselin exited the passenger seat when Correia arrived.

"It was premeditated him sitting in the back seat when he pulled up," said Correia.

Correia alleged that Flanagan and he became involved in an argument where Flanagan asked him to "lie"  and tell a Herald News reporter that Correia had been pressured into signing the recall petition that was in its infancy at the time. There is a recall  effort underway in Fall River and when the incident allegedly occurred, rumors abounded that Correia had signed the recall effort after being pressured by the recall committee.

Councilor Correia said the car then began moving with the three men in the car discussing the recall effort and Correia's signature.

Correia said the Mayor asked him to "perjure" himself and lie about being pressured.

"I would not do it," said Correia who is out of town on business.

Correia said that he left the car, discussed the incident with his family and then notified law enforcement officials.

"I took the necessary steps to protect myself and my family," he said.

The WSAR report caused an immediate political reaction from City Councilor Ray Mitchell.

"If the incident that is described is true, I think criminal charges should be brought against our mayor and  that he should resign and a prosecutor should be appointed to look into this, said Mitchell. "If he did something like this, especially asking another elected official to lie ...and  then to take out a gun and put a gun into this equation.- unbelievable."

 

Dustin's Back


For the first time in five games, Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia is back in the lineup tonight after missing five games after a play in Tampa trying to break up a double play last week. 

Pedrioa had concussion symptoms after the play; MLB requires a player be on a 7 day Concussion DL that baseball created a couple of years ago.

Fall River School Committee Monday


The Fall River School Committee meets Monday Afternoon at 6:30pm at Kuss Middle School with a 12 item agenda.
The seven member panel could vote on a policy mandated by the Commonwealth that requires Teachers and other staff members that come into contact with students be fingerprinted; the $35 cost will likely be paid for by staff members after being approved by the Great and General Court. 
The most recent evaluation of Fall River Superintendent of Public Schools Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown is also on the agenda as an item to be voted on. 
A proposal regarding Middle School Softball and Baseball is also a discussion item. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
            

Fall River City Council This Tuesday


The Fall River City Council will deal with Capital Plan Priorities for Fiscal Year 2015 as part of its Finance Committee Session and also take a first look at what can be done with the first batch of Community Preservation Dollars during a Finance Committee Session on Tuesday. 

Preceding that at 4pm is a session of the Council's Committee on Real Estate which could decide if a proposal to buy four lots to expand parkland in the Maplewood Neighborhood will be decided by the full Council. 

Council will also discuss 7 resolutions, including filing a Home Rule Petition with the Great and General Court seeking to overturn Mass General Law Chapter 40 Section 22 F which the Fall River Board of Public Health utilized to proceed with a vote on regulations for private waste haulers; another resolution asks that those who serve on various Boards and Commissions in Fall River actually live in the city, while a third will asked how a Pro Forma Audit, requested by City Council Member Dan Rego earlier this spring, will be funded. 

 

 

 

                   

New Bedford PD


The New Bedford Police Department has added 5 new officers to its ranks after a ceremony Tuesday Morning in New Bedford City Hall. 

The NBPD now has a complement of 258 members, as 7 have been added this year, with two of that number coming from other departments in the immediate area. 

In Fall River, its hoped that 5 more officers can be added to the FY 2016 Municipal Budget; new cruisers are also likely part of the next fiscal year proposal. 

 

 

 

 

UMass 2014 Enrollment


Administrators with the Five Campus UMass System are projecting that enrollment for the new academic year will top over 73,600 students throughout the system, as part of a 30% enrollment surge over the last decade.

Enrollment for the current Academic Year is up by 2.3% compared to Fall 2013, with more than 9300 freshmen students enrolling in 2014.

The DESE is reporting that 1 out of 7 high school grade in the Commonwealth is enrolling at one of the five UMass locations.  

 

 

 

 

 

MA Gas Prices This Week


According to Triple A of Southern New England, Gasoline Prices are down by one cent this week, with an average of $3.44 a gallon, prices locally are 12 cents lower than a month ago, with a national average of $3.43; compared to the same point on the calendar, the average in the Commonwealth was at $3.65
Triple A finds the range in prices at the pump in Massachusetts at 60 cents, from a low of $3.29 to a high of $3.89.
WSAR has noted prices locally of anywhere from $3.39 to a high of $3.69.
 
 
 

Gronk Says He Will Play on Week One


After missing out on the bulk of the NFL 2013 season, Patriots Tight End Rob Grownkowski says he is ready to play in Week One of the 2014 NFL Season, when the Patriots open in Miami this coming Sunday. 

The Patriots are expected to give Gornk around 10 to 20 snaps, as he has not played since breaking his right leg after a tackle last season. 

Fall River's Smokestack Issues


The MassEPA has indicated to Fall River Administrators that they will not return to the Kilburn Street Mill Complex until issues with the decaying bricks that are part of a large smokestack on the property are dealt with. 
A Public Safety Committee session in City Council Chambers on Tuesday was told that an estimated 200 drums filled with various chemicals will be stored elsewhere on the property.
Members of the committee could begin asking the Bristol Legislative Delegation on Beacon Hill, and the Federal Legislative Delegation for financial assistance to deal with clean up issues. 
 
 
 
 
 

The Fall River Recall Effort Rolls On


With less than a week to go before their 20 window on gathering signatures of Fall River Registered Voters closes, proponents of a Recall of Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan are meeting with Portuguese Citizens at Fall River's Liberal Club tonight, as many have expressed frustration, according to organizers, at not being able to sign petitions. 

Primary Organizers C-J Ferry and former IAFF 1314 President Chipper Camara have indicated to WSAR that more than 4,000 signatures have been turned into Government Center.

September 2 is the deadline for the recall effort to have all their signatures into the City Clerk's office; the process also involves the Board of Elections as far as certification of signatures is concerned. 

Fall River Board of Health Says No Comment


The Fall River Board of Health refused to discuss the issue of perhaps revisiting the decision made earlier this month regarding fees on private waste and recycling haulers on the trucks and equipment utilized; Board of Health Chair Tom Corey told WSAR that with the chance of having the issue in court, he would make no comment on the matter. 
The fees and other regulations on at least four private solid waste haulers were proposed after the rollout of Pay As You Throw in Fall River earlier this month and are set to go into effect in October. 

Swansea Shooting Arraignment


A Swansea man is being held without bail following an arraignment on murder charges after a Sunday Morning shooting death of a 23 year old woman at an Ocean Grove residence. 
56-year-old Timothy Levesque says he allegedly shot 23 year Melissa White in self defense after an altercation that allegedly involved a group of people, including Levesque's son. 
Levesque claims the victim allegedly was trying to use a crowbar to attack him, which is being denied by wittnesses at the scene. 
Levesque is due back in court on September 22. 
 
 
 

Fall River Public Safety


The Fall River City Council's Committee on Public Safety will revisit a pair of issues at 5:30pm in the Second Floor Council Chambers. 

Resolutions dealing with procedures and regulations regarding abandoned properties and the condition of the Kilburn Street Mill are on a three item agenda. 

The next regularly scheduled Council Session happens on Tuesday September 9 and could feature a showdown between Council and the Sixth Floor on the issue of fees approved by the Board of Public Health aimed at private waste haulers. 

Council Members call Flanagan ''Disengaged''


Fall River City Council Member Mike Miozza and Council Vice President Ray Mitchell have told WSAR, in Thursday's edition of ''The WSAR Newsroom'' that Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan allegedly has been texting during meetings with Council Members on various topics. 

Mitchell and Miozza are calling for more communication and a partnership between the Sixth Floor and the 9-member council. 

Flanagan has released a 7 minute video on his Facebook page this afternoon, saying he has no issues with citizens who wish to criticize decisions he has made in his nearly five years as mayor, but wants the critical comments directed at policies and not at members of his administration. 

New Bedford Fall River Spraying


For the 3rd time in recent weeks, the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project will be spraying for potential nests that may have been infected with mosquitoes carrying the Triple E or West Nile Virus in New Bedford, beginning Thursday  Morning at 2 a-m.

The areas in New Bedford to be sprayed include Fort Tabor, Brooklawn, Buttonwood, Hazelwood, Riverside, Clasky Common and Ashley Parks, along with Ben Rose Field, the Poor Farm Area and the New Bedford Industrial Park.

The Oak Grove Cemetery area near Kennedy Park in Fall River was sprayed earlier Wednesday morning in advance of  Feast of The Holy Ghost.  

 

 

 

 

Local Unemployment for July


The Massachusetts Division of Labor and Workforce Development says the new unemployment numbers show an uptick in various cities and towns in the Southcoast. 
In Fall River, Unemployment was up from 9.3 to 10.1% from June to July. 
In New Bedford, Unemployment moved up half a percentage point to 10.5%.
Unemployment in Freetown is up a full percentage point to 6.8%.
The Massachusetts Unemployment Average is at 6.2%.
 
 
 
 
 

The Sales Tax Free Weekend


The President and CEO of the Fall River Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry tells WSAR that while the recent Tax Free Weekend helped some big ticket retailers, especially those dealing in Appliances, the results pale when compared to a holiday shopping weekend. 

Rob Mellion tells WSAR that you likely purchased things you needed and had delayed. 

Mellion tells WSAR the Sales Tax Free Weekend needs to be on a consistent date; retailers got around a week to organize any promotions they had planned. 

The Recall Weekend Part One


Amid a series of claims and counterclaims that were a part of Social Media over the weekend, Organizers with a Recall Effort aimed at Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan tell WSAR that they will release their first batch of numbers this week, as their 20 day window to gather some 2,500 signatures to place a recall question, likely on a November or December ballot continues this week. 

Organizers of the recall effort have indicated to WSAR that at least 3 incidents involving those gathering signatures, including the alleged defacing of petitions, happened over the weekend. 

Signature efforts were underway at Kennedy Park and the Wal Mart Super Center over the weekend.

Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan tells WSAR that he has been in contact with Fall River PD Chief Dan Racine as to what happened over the weekend. 

 

 

Jenkins Case in Fall River


ESPN is reporting that the girlfriend of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez is seeking to have a single perjury count against her dismissed. 
Attorneys for Shayanna Jenkins have filed a motion in the Fall River Justice Center stating that Bristol County Prosecutors have so far failed to provide evidence of perjury to a grand jury; the defense's legal memorandum in this instance was filed under seal. 
Jenkins is due in a Fall River Courtroom this coming Friday. 
Bristol County Prosecutors alleged that Jenkins lied to a grand jury nearly 30 times; they've started in court that Hernandez ordered her to dispose of the murder weapon in the Odin Lloyd case; the trial in Fall River will likely happen in the first quarter of 2015. 
 
 
 
 
 

New Bedford Weekend Homicide


A 32-year old New Bedford Man has been ID'd as the city's latest homicide victim after the body of Edson A. Ramos was found at 2:10 Sunday morning in the Weld Square Area. 

New Bedford Police say Ramos' body was found in a grassy area adjacent to Route 18 near the 195 overpass. 

The City's Medical Examiner has ruled the death as a homicide, but the investigation remains active, the cause of death is not being disclosed. 

The Bristol County D-As office and the NBPD are asking for anyone with information to come forward by the calling the NBPD and the D-As tip line. 

 

 

 

 

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