Category Archives: Bristol County Highway Killings

Former ST reporter’s book explores highway killings, the families and why case wasn’t solved

NEW BEDFORD — She’d tried writing about the killings.

The unsolved murders of 9 women and the disappearance of two others haunted her. One by one their bodies were discarded along the highways in Greater New Bedford. As a reporter for The Standard-Times in the 1980s, Maureen Boyle was there every step of the way.

She knew the cops, the prosecutors, the families.

She tried writing their stories in 2000-2001, but passages would not come together and she put it aside.

Then, long after she turned in her reporter’s notebooks for a teacher’s desk, Holly Cardoza sat in one of Boyle’s journalism classes at Stonehill College. Neither woman knew about the connection they shared.

Something that Boyle had said about the killings struck a nerve with Cardoza. Holly’s aunt, Marilyn Cardoza Roberts, was one of the victims who remained missing. Holly Cardoza, now a

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Gov. Baker bill would reset state policy on immigration detainers

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker asked Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday to grant state and local police officers authority to cooperate with federal immigration officials by holding people considered dangerous or who have committed violent crimes.

The bill was filed Tuesday in response to a decision issued last week by the state’s highest court that is considered the first of its kind in the nation by the American Civil Liberties Union. The justices ruled that current Massachusetts law does not allow police and other law enforcement officers to hold individuals solely on the basis of a federal immigration detainer request.

The proposal would not authorize police to enforce federal immigration law, the Republican governor said, but would instead address a “statutory gap” identified in the Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling and reinstate policies that had previously been followed in Massachusetts.

“I have long believed and

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Bristol County CAC celebrates 10 years as their need grows

FALL RIVER — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County deals with the smallest victims, and on Monday, they set up a tent near their Arch Street headquarters, and celebrated 10 years of doing good work.

“Opening a nonprofit during an economic downturn is material for a book,” said CAC Executive Director Michelle Loranger.

Loranger noted that the CAC has seen a 123 percent increase in cases since it opened in 2007.

The agency helps children who have been abused or have witnessed violence.

In particular, the agency provided interview rooms where children who have a story to tell can tell it once, instead of having to tell the same terrible story to police, district attorneys and other interviews.

A number of police officials, elected officials, supporters and workers attended Monday’s event.

“I wouldn’t be here without you giving your time, treasure and talent,”

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Health & Fun Fair on Saturday in Fairhaven

FAIRHAVEN — The Harelick Dental Health Fun Fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 278 Alden Road in Fairhaven.

Events include oral cancer screenings, children’s DNA kits, nutrition and safety tips from firefighters and the Red Cross, family yoga and dunk the dentist.

A Fairhaven fire engine, ambulance and police car will be on site for kids, too. The Bristol County Sheriff’s canine unit will do a demonstration.

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New Bedford man sentenced to 5 to 7 years after 2nd illegal gun conviction

FALL RIVER — A New Bedford man was sentenced to 5 to 7 years in state prison last week, after his second conviction for carrying an illegal firearm, prosecutors said.

Jason Morales, 24, pleaded guilty in Superior Court to a multi-count indictment, charging him with armed assault in a dwelling, carrying an illegal firearm-subsequent offense, carrying a loaded illegal firearm, two counts of witness intimidation, two counts of threat and one count of vandalism, according to Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

After Morales pleaded guilty, Judge Karen Green gave him the state prison sentence, Morales said. 

In August 2015, New Bedford police received a 911 call from a city resident, stating that a man who used to visit his prior roommate had just broken down his front door, demanded money and held a gun to his face, Miliote said.

The victim did not

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Sheriff to eliminate in-person visits in Dartmouth H of C, moving to video conferencing

DARTMOUTH — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is eliminating in-person visits to the House of Correction in favor of video conferencing, a spokesman said Friday.

The video conferences will start in about a month and will be conducted from a newly remodeled trailer-style building in the visitors’ parking lot near the entrance to the Dartmouth campus, said Jonathan Darling, a spokesman for Hodgson.

It is being done to limit the number of people who go into the House of Correction by diverting family members of inmates to the new building, thus providing better security, said Darling, citing a problem with drugs and weapons being smuggled into the jail. 

“Safety and security is our top priority for inmates and our staff,” Darling said, noting the Bristol House of Correction will be first in the state to use the video conferencing.

Currently, visitors go into

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Ex-Bristol County Sheriff’s Deputy, Carlos Rafael associate convicted

NEW BEDFORD — Less than two days after the start of Antonio Freitas’ trial, a federal jury found the former Bristol County Sheriff’s Deputy and associate of Carlos Rafael guilty of smuggling profits of an over-fishing scheme to Portugal.

Freitas was convicted of one count of bulk cash smuggling and one count of structuring the export of U.S. currency. The former task force officer with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be sentenced at 2 p.m. Oct. 12.

The charges carry a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.

The conviction stems from an incident on Feb. 5, 2016, when Freitas smuggled $17,500 through airport security and later deposited it in a Portuguese bank account belonging to Rafael, according to court documents.

The prosecution submitted an audio tape of Rafael speaking with undercover agents

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Suspected New Bedford gang member gets 3- to 5-year sentence

FALL RIVER — An alleged New Bedford gang member was sentenced last week in Superior Court to 3 to 5 years in state prison on illegal firearm charges, prosecutors said.

Jovaughn Lopez, 18, pleaded guilty to a multi-count indictment, charging him with carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm and defacing the serial number of a firearm, according to Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

In addition to the state prison term, Lopez will also be on probation for an additional six months upon his release from prison, he said.

On Nov. 4, 2016, New Bedford police observed a hand-to-hand drug transaction between occupants of two separate vehicles, he said. When police pulled over one of the vehicles, they found Lopez in the back seat.

Once removed from the vehicle, police located a fully loaded handgun in Lopez’s waist band, along

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Saluki lovers gain wealth of knowledge as national show

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure to interview Logan and Luke MacMillen, two Saluki fanciers from Fall River who continue to make a loud splash on both the local and national dog scene.

I first met the talented young men at the Wampanoag Kennel Club all-breed match in May at the Freetown State Forest, where they exhibited Jedi, a handsome young male puppy. It was obvious that the talented brothers were animal fanciers and they told me their interest in horses, rabbits, birds and other creatures, not to mention Salukis.

At the time, the enthusiastic dog owners were busily preparing for the 2017 National Specialty of the Saluki Club of America. The event was held at Purina Farms, Gray Summit, Missouri, a large spacious facility that hosts some of the nation’s most prestigious dog shows.

The young men traveled to the

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Authorities: human remains found in yard where Dartmouth fugitive once lived

DARTMOUTH — Human remains have been discovered in the backyard of a North Dartmouth home where fugitive Donald Eugene Webb once lived, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said Thursday night.

Quinn said the remains have not yet been identified but law enforcement officials in both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, have long been searching for Webb who is suspected in the 1980 slaying of Saxonburg (PA) Police Chief Gregory Adams. 

The human remains were found buried near a shed in back left corner of the North Dartmouth home of Lillian Webb, the former wife of fugitive Webb, Quinn said. 

Quinn said an autopsy will be done to identify the person and determine the cause of death. He added that the autopsy results and other findings likely won’t come for “several days”. 

“The case has been open forever, essentially,” Quinn told the Standard-Times. “We will just take

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