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'Don't think it's natural': Police report sheds light on Taunton murder

TAUNTON — Dianne Silveira told a neighbor several years ago, “If anything ever happens to me don’t think its natural, have it checked out,” the neighbor told investigators, according to a state police affidavit. Silveira, 71, of Taunton, died on Aug. 29 after police say her husband, Edmund Silveira, 86,...
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New Bedford High School Violence Must Be Addressed [OPINION]

Spokesman Arthur Motta said New Bedford School Superintendent Thomas Anderson is taking reports of violent fights at New Bedford High School "seriously." But at the same time, Motta seems to dismiss the incidents as simply "students who are having challenges assimilating back to the in-person school environment." WBSM News reached...
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Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia To Be Sentenced Monday

BOSTON (CBS) –  Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia will be sentenced on Monday following his convictions on extortion and wire fraud charges. Federal prosecutors are recommending an 11-year sentence. Correia is asking for three years in prison. The 29-year-old was convicted following a trial in May. He was found guilty on 21 counts, including extortion, wire fraud, and filing false tax returns. He’s appealed. Correia has been out on bail with an ankle monitor since the verdict. Prosecutors said Correia stole money from investors in his app and solicited bribes from marijuana vendors seeking to do business in Fall River to fund his lavish lifestyle.
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Taunton unemployment fraudsters 'stole' mayor's name to file claim

TAUNTON — Unemployment fraud has been big business for scammers during the COVID crisis. Count the city — but not Taunton taxpayers — among the victims. The city paid $190,000 on COVID-related unemployment claims that later turned out to be bogus, according to Mayor Shaunna O'Connell. The money came from the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act," known as the CARES Act. The city received more than $5M from the federal aid program.

What were people arrested for over the summer in Portsmouth? Here's a look at the numbers

PORTSMOUTH — In Portsmouth this summer, DUI charges topped the list, by a wide margin, as the most frequent charge to come out of that town. The Daily News sifted through Portsmouth Police Department arrest reports for the summer months to spot policing and crime trends. From June 1 through Aug. 31, there were 78 arrests made by Portsmouth police (one arrest could include, and in many cases did include, multiple charges).

New Lizzie Borden Doc Suggests Her Fall River Family Was Cursed By a Dark Spirit

Just when you thought you'd heard it all about the Lizzie Borden case, a new documentary has hit Discovery+ that might change your perspective. A Shock Docs special The Curse of Lizzie Borden premieres on Discovery+ today and follows paranormal investigators Dave Schrader (of Travel Channel's The Holzer Files), Chris Fleming, Borden family descendant Sam Baltrusis and New Bedford resident and Whaling City Ghosts founder Luann Joly as they set up shop in the infamous Borden home in Fall River.

14 Unique Museums in Massachusetts You May Not Know About

Every season is museum season here in Massachusetts. There's nothing like packing sandwich lunches, corralling the whole family into the car and heading out for a whole day of learning and exploration. But maybe you've already done a lot of your "typical" museum trips. You've seen the stunning work of...

Former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia set to learn his fate on Monday

(WJAR) — Disgraced former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on 21 felony counts including extortion, wire fraud, and filing false taxes returns. Correia was convicted by a jury in May after prosecutors argued he abused his position as Mayor to extort hundreds of thousands...

Historic Swan Point Begins 175th Anniversary Celebration—Restores Pedestrian Gates and Footpaths

Swan Point Cemetery marked the start of its year-long celebration of 175 years of service to the community with the reopening of its restored pedestrian entrance gates and new footpaths. After being closed for decades, the reopening of the two wrought-iron gates that flank the main entrance and exit roadways was necessary to provide a welcoming and safe way for the increased number of people on foot to visit the cemetery.

Political Scene: Window opens on how McKee, challengers spend their days

PROVIDENCE — Do you know how Gov. Dan McKee spends his days in the state's top office?. If your answer is no, there's good reason. The daily schedules his staff distributed to the Rhode Island press corps during his first six months in office listed "public" events only, such as: "ceremonial signings" — aka photo ops for the legislative sponsors of bills actually signed into law months earlier.