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Fatal Heroin Overdoses Dwindling In Southcoast

There's been a noticeable decrease in heroin-related deaths in the Southcoast.

Local law enforcement officials cite several factors that are contributing to the lower number of fatal overdoses.

New Bedford Detective Captain Steve Vicente tells WBSM News putting the anti-overdose drug Narcan into the hands of all first responders with the proper training has certainly helped

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Seekonk Gym-Cam Suspect Speaks Out

A gym member police suspect of putting a video camera in a women's locker room says he meant it as a joke.

Fifty-five-year-old Mark McVay of Bristol, Rhode Island, tells The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro in a phone interview it ``was a prank gone bad

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Officials: Mayan Community Standoffish Despite Outreach Efforts

Protecting Mayan workers from frequent night-time robberies and assaults is frustrating city officials, who aren't seeing as much engagement from people within that Central American community as they had hoped

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Mother Of Dead Newborn Found In New Bedford Charged

, the Bristol County District Attorney's Office announced today:

The mother of the newborn baby discovered outside a home at 1065 County Street on April 11th was charged today in New Bedford District Court with the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute and concealment of the death of a child born out of wedlock

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New Bedford Police

Public Asked To Help Identify Suspects In New Bedford Break-In

New Bedford Police are asking for the public's help in identifying two men believed to be connected to a housebreak Friday.

Detective Captain Steve Vicente says the June 27 housebreak took place during the daytime hours in the area of Matthew and Stackhouse Streets

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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Tell ACLU They Are Private Corporations, Exempt From Public Records Law

The American Civil Liberties Union hit an interesting snag while trying to put together a nation-wide report on SWAT team usage. The Washington Post reports that the ACLU's Massachusetts chapter sent a number of public records requests to various SWAT teams across the state, many of which are run by regional law enforcement councils, and several of those councils responded that they are private corporations and therefore exempt from the public records law

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New Bedford Police
New Bedford Police

New Bedford Man Tosses Loaded Handgun During Police Chase

Police arrest a man after he threw a handgun into a yard while being chased.

According to New Bedford Detective Captain Steven Vicente, a member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force from New Bedford and a Dartmouth Detective were on patrol in the Bay Village area of the South End when they observed a man acting suspiciously in the area of Grinnell Street and Acushnet Avenue around 8pm Tuesday

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Police: Murder-Suicide In Pawtucket Apartment

Pawtucket police say a Massachusetts man shot his way into an apartment in the city, killed the resident and then shot and killed himself.

Maj. Arthur Martins tells The Providence Journal that 43-year-old Robert Amado, of Carver, Massachusetts, attacked 45-year-old Timothy Robillard on Monday night after spying through the man's bedroom window

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Hidden Brook Veterinary Services

Smudge The Cat Is Recovering

Smudge the cat is resting comfortably after undergoing surgery Tuesday morning.

Smudge was the victim of animal abuse, allegedly at the hands of 55-year-old Manuel Erinna of New Bedford. Erinna has been charged with animal cruelty after he reportedly struck the cat over the head with an aluminum baseball bat Saturday when he learned the cat scratched his ex-girlfriend's infant granddaughter

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New Bedford Police

New Bedford Shooting Suspect Arrested in Puerto Rico

New Bedford Police say a man wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting in the city has been arrested in Puerto Rico.

21-year-old Noel Pizarro Carrion was nabbed on Monday, June 9, in Puerto Rico after fleeing New Bed

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