Tuesday, May 6, 2008

School Superintendent Finalist for Springfield Job


Brockton school head Basan Nembirkow was interviewed Sunday by a search committee in Springfield to become that city's next school superintendent.
Nembirkow is one of four finalists to head Springfield's school district.
A South Deerfield resident, Nembirkow has been Brockton's superintendent since 2004. According to a resume submitted to the search committee, Nembirkow turned an underperforming elementary school into an intermediate school for talented and gifted students and launched the district’s first Kindergarten to eighth grade school.
The Springfield school committee will meet Tuesday night and could make a decision.
Nembirkow faces competition from three others:
*Matthew Malone, the superintendent in Swampscott.
*Joseph Redden, a retired U.S. Air Force general from Marietta, Georgia, was superintendent in Cobb County, Georgia from 2000 to 2005 and is currently program manager of leadership development for the Stupski Foundation in Milli Valley, Calif.
*Alan J. Ingram, of Oklahoma, who is currently the chief accountability officer for the Oklahoma City public schools.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

7 arrested, 2 sought in Brockton gun, drug probe


Brockton raids recover 14 guns, drugs

Pledging a summer crackdown on drug-dealing, gun-toting criminals in Brockton, local, state and federal officials have arrested seven and are seeking two others after raids in the last two days recovered cocaine and 14 guns.
After a more than two-month investigation by the Brockton Police, Norfolk County District Attorney's Office and the federal Bureau of Alocohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, officials said the arrests are one step in an on-going struggle to curb street violence and drug dealing on the streets of Brockton.
"The individuals that are out there who choose to walk these streets with guns, who choose to sell guns in the city... should understand that we're still here, we're still working together, and if you choose to do this we will get you," said Norfolk County District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
The raids recovered an assortment of rifles and handguns including a .16 gauge, sawed-off pump shot gun, a .50 caliber pistol and a .44 caliber revolver. Many of the weapons had been reported stolen.
Arrested in the raids are:
Kevin Mallette, 22, of Dover St., Room 204, Brockton, is charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a stolen firearm.
Gerardo Rosario, 42, of 17 Reynolds St., New Bedford, is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, transfer of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a serial number.
Ralph Sydney, 24, of 6 Eaton St., Brockton, is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Wayne Thompson, 40, of 416 North Montello St., Brockton, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Daniel Goncalves DePina, 37, of 1008 Warren Ave., Brockton is charged with being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Anthony Oliveira, 42, of 47 Wallwind Drive, Plymouth, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Wanda DeCabral, 36, of 103 Highland St., Brockton, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Police are still searching for Marcus Robinson, 28, of 34 Bradford St., Brockton and Jaime S. Teixeira, 29, of 30 Highland St., Brockton.
Robinson is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of an unregistered firearm and transfer of an unregistered firearm.
Teixeira is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Federal gun and drug charges carry penalities of up to 10 and 20 years in prison.