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Fire District 3 approves $3.9 million budget
Fire District 3 residents unanimously approved a $3.9 million budget for the next fiscal year at a socially distanced meeting on May 3. Despite a nearly $600,000 increase on last year’s budget, taxpayers in Fire District No. 3 will only see their...
Missing Dartmouth man found
UPDATE: As of 7:30 p.m. on May 2, Dennis Darbyshire has been found and has returned home, according to police.
Police are searching for a Dartmouth man who has been missing since April 30, according to a May 2 press release...
Acushnet honors late teacher and Dartmouth resident Shane Martin
Town potentially liable for cost of Bliss Corner cleanup
Indian logo, gender inclusivity top priorities at first diversity subcommittee meeting
New memorials honor Dartmouth’s fallen soldiers
Number of Dartmouth kids on food stamps up 11% so far this year
Re-lax'd: Girls lacrosse returns to play with big win
South Coast Spring Arts festival comes to Dartmouth
Free legal help for those fighting covid evictions
Learn about the history of Portuguese immigration on the South Coast
Pouring paint: Acrylic workshop kicks off Spring Arts festival at Dartmouth Cultural Center
New Bedford man arrested in Dartmouth for illegal firearm
State police arrested a New Bedford man in Dartmouth on April 28 for multiple firearms offenses and other charges after a trooper pulled him over on I-195, according to a release. Edwin Polanco, 27, of New Bedford was arrested just after 3:30 p.m...
Police investigating alleged robbery
Dartmouth Police are currently looking for suspects involved in an alleged robbery at a Cumberland Farms early Tuesday morning. At approximately 12:50 a.m., officers responded to reports of assault and unarmed robbery at the gas station located at...
Pay raises in the works for Fire District No. 2
While mostly similar to last year’s budget, Fire District No. 2 is looking to make some boosts to its maintenance abilities, along with a possible bump in pay for a deputy chief in the upcoming fiscal year. Last year, the district appropriated $25,...
Fire District No. 1 awarded grant for safety equipment
Fire District No. 1 has been awarded a $14,785 state grant, Fire Chief Peter Andrade announced. The funding, provided by the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2021 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program, will be used by the department to...
District No. 1 firefighters practice search and rescue at Covid-safe training session
After more than a year away from the old station on Bridge Street, District No. 1 crews are back to hands-on training that was missing during the pandemic. In the old station’s basement on April 7, crews of two or three firefighters practiced...
UMass Dartmouth police union issues no-confidence vote in top leaders
Citing “hostility, retaliation, and unethical behavior,” union members of the UMass Dartmouth Police Department overwhelmingly voted “no confidence” in Police Chief Emil Fioravanti and Deputy Chief Haydee Martinez. With the vote, the International...
Dartmouth man arrested for razor knife attack
Police arrested a Dartmouth man on April 2 after a member of his household was slashed several times with a razor knife, according to a release from the Dartmouth Police Department. After police responded to a domestic dispute at the home at around...
Carjacker found in Dartmouth gets up to 10 years in state prison
A Taunton man arrested last summer in Dartmouth for stealing a motor vehicle while on parole has been sentenced to up to 10 years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced March 30. Randall Mosher, 39, pleaded guilty...
Dartmouth woman injured in fatal car crash
A Dartmouth woman was seriously injured and her passenger was killed in a one-car crash in New Bedford on March 28, according to a press release from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. The driver — a 21-year-old Dartmouth woman whose...
New gear, renovation plans in the works for Fire District 1
Big plans are in the works for Dartmouth Fire District No. 1, as firefighters may be seeing new gear, a hazard pay stipend, and renovations to the Bridge St. fire station in the near future. The Prudential Committee pored over a number of possible...
Man who set up Dartmouth robbery sentenced
A New Bedford man who robbed a person at knifepoint in Dartmouth in 2019 has been sentenced to up to four years in state prison, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn announced March 15. Luis Santos, 22, pled guilty in Fall River Superior...
Six graduate from Bristol County Correction Officers Academy
The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office welcomed its six newest corrections officers at socially distance academy graduation on March 10. According to a release from the office, to comply with Covid regulations, a limited number of friends and family...
Sheriff’s office graduates narcotics dog
There’s a new narcotics dog on the sheriff’s force. On March 5, Bristol County Sheriff's Office K9 Officer Brennan Bulgar and his four-legged partner Eros (a two-and-a-half-year-year-old Shepherd), graduated from the narcotics detection program...
Sheriff’s office graduates three canine officers
The Bristol County Sheriff's Office graduated three new canine officers trained in firearm detection, the office announced Friday. The department held a graduation ceremony for the new officers — sheriff’s deputy Ryan Isherwood and partner Xiro,...
Fall River man dies in Dartmouth crash
An 18-year-old Fall River man was killed after being involved in an accident in Dartmouth on Jan. 29. According to Massachusetts State Police, at around 9:45 p.m. Friday, the driver was heading west near the 900 block of State Road when he lost...
Suspected human skull found on Dartmouth beach
On Jan. 3, a beachcomber on one Dartmouth beach found something unexpected among the shells and polished stones: A fragment of what appeared to be a human skull, according to a release from the Dartmouth Police Department. The release stated that...
Man arrested in connection to alleged rape
On Jan. 6, police arrested a suspect associated with an alleged rape that took place in Dartmouth on New Year’s Eve, according to a press release from the Dartmouth Police Department. Members of the Dartmouth Police and the state police’s Violent...
Woman killed in New Year’s Eve crash on State Road
A female pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car on Route 6 on New Year’s Eve, according to the Dartmouth Police Department. Wendy Tolley, 56, of New Bedford was hit by a 24-year-old Dartmouth woman driving a Toyota Prius while walking in...
Elderly woman hospitalized after house fire
An elderly Tucker Road resident has been hospitalized after her house went up in flames on Monday morning, resulting in the death of her dog and extensive property damage. There were no other people in the house, according to Dartmouth Fire District...
Three buses full: Community turns out for police toy drive
Holiday shoppers at Target on Saturday may have seen a big yellow bus parked at the store’s entrance — but it wasn’t there for a school trip. The Dartmouth Police Department held its annual “Fill the Bus” toy drive on Dec. 19. Safe Zones — the...
Dartmouth Police arrest T-Mobile employee accused of identity fraud
A T-Mobile employee wanted in connection with an identification fraud case was taken into custody on Dec. 10, according to a press release from the Dartmouth Police Department. According to the statement, the department started to investigate after...
Fairhaven man killed in late night crash
The Dartmouth Police department is investigating a crash that led to the death of a Fairhaven resident on Saturday night. Police were called to the 1200 block of Old Fall River Road just before 11:15 p.m. for a report of a crash involving a Jeep. A...
Police receive $25,000 traffic safety grant
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the Dartmouth Police Department a total of $25,000 in federal grand funds, according to a Dec. 3 press release from the department. According to the release, the funds will be used to...
‘No-shave’ fundraiser grows into December
After a month of scruff at the Dartmouth Police Department as part of its fourth annual No-Shave November, the force is looking to continue its fundraising momentum with “Double Down December.” According to department spokesman Det. KyleCosta, the...
Dartmouth Police ask for help identifying suspected mall thieves
The Dartmouth Police Department is asking the community for help with identifying a couple of suspects involved in a retail theft at the Dartmouth Mall. According to an alert sent from the department, the two recently stole $611.45 worth of goods...
Three new firefighters join Dartmouth Fire District No. 3
Dartmouth Fire District No. 3 has announced the addition of three new probationary firefighters to the station. Michael Noonan, Michael Rebello, and Tucker Rose will be joining the district after graduating on Nov. 4 at a ceremony in Fall River...
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