Friday, July 29, 2011

Water Bill Protestors Call For More Than Just Lookback Limit In Water Bill Debacle

By Lisa E. Crowley
BrocktonPost—If Mayor Linda Balzotti follows the recommendation of the Brockton City Council and approves a two or three-year lookback period on disputed water bills, many residents like Bob Ford believe their problems may be solved and await Balzotti’s decision, however, many believe it should not be the last step to resolve the problems in the Department of Public Works.
Ford, who was the first resident to make his water bill problem public last August and has had his bill reduced to $12,000—an amount he refuses to pay and believes is erroneous--said he believes if either the two or three-year lookback is enacted he should get a refund.
“I think I will be completely vindicated,” Ford said. “I should get a refund. I wonder if I should charge 14 percent interest,” he added.
Ford and a group of other residents in Brockton United Voices which formed last fall after the water billing debacle began, are waiting patiently for Balzotti to decide if she will follow the City Council’s recommendation made Monday, July 25.
Balzotti, in a telephone interview, said she is in favor of a lookback period that would limit how many years the water department can charge residents on disputed bills and could save many thousands, but is not sure if a two-year or three-year restriction will make an impact on the city’s treasury and other areas.
“I have not had the opportunity to see what the implications are,” Balzotti said. She said along with not knowing what it would cost the water department, it is unclear how many of 700 accounts that have been identified as having problems or disputes.
She said if she approves the lookback policy, it would include businesses and commercial entities, too.
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Cape Verde Festival Correction

BROCKTON--The annual Brockton Cape Verde Festival will be held at the Arnone Elementary School on Belmont Street, Sunday, July 31, from Noon to 8 p.m..
We incorrectly posted it would be held at 455 Oak St., the grounds of Fuller Craft Museum.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cape Verde Festival Sunday July 31

BROCKTON--The annual Brockton Cape Verdean Day Festival will be held Sunday, July 31 on the grounds of the Fuller Craft Museum.
There will be live bands, numerous performances, children's games, activities and rides, and a host of food vendors.
Most activities are free and all are welcome.
The festival takes place at 455 Oak Street and runs from Noon to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Urban League, Small Biz Admin Host Free Summit

BOSTON--The National Urban League and Small Business Administration will host a free small business summit, Saturday, July 30 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
The summit will include the opportunity to network with industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs while accessing resources to help your business grow.
A featured panelist for the free portion of the conference is SBA’s Massachusetts Director Bob Nelson, who will speak about the state of entrepreneurship and financing programs.
Nelson's discussion will be held from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m.
This session will describe growing trends in the Massachusetts innovation economy and provide financial and technical assistance programs geared toward helping business access capital and new market opportunities.
There will also be a luncheon presentation by SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns. (Pictured above)
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Rox Employee Robbed Of Money Bag Saturday Night

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--Brockton Police continue to investigate a "snatch-and-grab" of about $900, or a portion of the night's proceeds at Campanelli Stadium following Saturday night's game between the Rox and the Newark Bears.
Capt. Manuel Gomes said police received a call at 10:48 p.m. from the stadium reporting a suspect robbed a female employee of a bag of money containing a portion of the night's proceeds.
"She had the bag torn from her possession," Gomes said, noting no weapons were shown.
The suspect then ran toward the parking lot at Brockton High School.
Gomes said the woman who had the bag stolen and other employees tried to chase the man, but could not locate him.
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Brockton Hospital, Area High Schools Join In Athlete Concussion Baseline Tests

BROCKTON--A new partnership between Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital and five area high schools will help athletic trainers, coaches and school nurses provide orthopedic care, medical Care, physical therapy and concussion baselines for all athletes at the schools.
Participants from Brockton High School, Cardinal Spellman, Whitman-Hanson High School, Stoughton High, and East Bridgewater High will be a part of a new program, SportsSmart, that along with numerous services will include an ImPact test that creates a medical baseline of the student's brain in case of a concussion.
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Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Free Soccer Camp For Brockton Youth

BROCKTON--Mass Premier Soccer & Bank of America Inner City Initiative will hold a three day camp from August 15-17 at Southeastern Regional High School, free of charge to player’s from Brockton ages 8-16.
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summerfest Kicks Off Aug. 5

BROCKTON--School officials will host Summefest Aug. 5-7 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the high school and community schools program.
“Summerfest was a great way for people of all ages to get together, have some fun and enjoy being a part of Brockton,” said Community Schools Director Kathleen Smith in a prepared statement.
“Community Schools is meant to be a center of activity for children and adults, and we see this project as a way to kick-start one of Brockton’s best events and get people excited to celebrate summer and the city--together,” she said.
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Eastern Bank Opens New Brockton Location

BROCKTON--Eastern Bank will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting Thursday at its new location at 1313 Belmont St.
The event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
There will be refreshments and hors d'oeuvres.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Emerging40 Social Mixer In August

Emerging40, a nonpartisan young professionals network, will host a South Shore social mixer, "2011 White Party," Friday, Aug. 26 at the Shaw's Center in Brockton.
Andrew Ambroise, the group's head, said he hopes everyone wears white--whether it be a white suit or white dress--to coincide with the "2011 White Party."
He describes the event as an exclusive social mixer for the area's young professionals who are looking to have a good time while connecting with new friends in the area.
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MIT, JSTOR Hacker Faces 35 Years For Info Theft

BOSTON--A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday has charged a Cambridge man with
computer intrusion, fraud, and data theft in computer hacking incidents that targeted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JSTOR, a not-for-profit archive of scientific journals and academic work, law enforcement officials said.
Aaron Swartz, 24, was charged in an indictment with wire fraud, computer fraud,
unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a
protected computer.
The indictment alleges Swartz illegally accessed and distributed more than 4 million scientific works from JSTOR.
If convicted on these charges, Swartz faces up to 35 years in prison, to
be followed by three years of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and a fine of up to $1 million.
“Stealing is stealing whether you use a computer command or a crowbar, and whether you take documents, data or dollars. It is equally harmful to the victim whether you sell what you have stolen or give it away,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in a prepared statement.
The indictment alleges between September 24, 2010, and January 6, 2011, Swartz
contrived to break into a restricted computer wiring closet in a basement at MIT and to access
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pats' Troy Brown In Brockton Rox House Saturday Night

BROCKTON--The Brockton Rox will celebrate an extended homestand this week with beer specials, special events and an appearance by former New England Patriot Troy Brown, who will throw out the first pitch Saturday, July 23.
Game time is 7:05 p.m. when the Rox, on a 12-1 hotstreak, will take on Newark.
Brown will sign autographs and throw out the first pitch.
Also Saturday night, the Rox will celebrate National Hot Dog day by giving out a voucher for a free hot dog to the first 1,000 fans.
The Rox are also trying to set the Guinness World Record for the World's Most Expensive Hot Dog.
To find out more, click here to visit the Rox website.
Here's a list of other deals and events the Rox will offer during the homestand:
Tuesday, July 19: Rox vs. New York, 7:05 p.m. Two-for-Tuesday, with $2 Miller Lite and Coors Light in the beer garden, and the Coors Light Girls on hand with games and prizes.
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Paving Work Reroutes Pleasant and West Streets

BROCKTON--Traffic will be detoured in the area of Pleasant of West streets beginning Tuesday, July 19 beginning at 7 a.m. for a repaving project.
Work is expected to last about a week--depending on weather conditions.
The northbound lane of West Street will be closed to through traffic.
Pleasant Street will also be closed to east bound traffic from West Street.
Due to this road work, expect delays when traveling in this area.
Vehicles will be detoured from West Street to Birchview Avenue and onto Lenox Street and onto Pleasant Street.
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Brockton Councilors Limit Water Bill "Look Back" Charges, New Meter Installs Begin Next Week

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Brockton City Council Finance Committee voted Monday night to limit the number of years the water department can charge residents for disputed bills—a move officials hope will help struggling residents and business owners, but at least one bill payer isn’t buying into the policy change.
“They’ve ruined so many people’s lives with their negligence,” said Gerry Goulston, a former Stoughton selectman who is fighting the city over a $6,000 bill for two commercial buildings in Brockton.
Goulston said despite policy and procedure changes surrounding a year-long look at billing problems in the water department, he and others have suffered at the hands of city officials and will not relinquish any other rights, such as a hearing with the state Appellate Tax Board.
Monday night July 18 the City Council Finance Committee met to hear recommendations from water department Director Michael Thoreson and Chief Financial Officer John Condon who were asked many questions about the water billing problem that began last August.
City Councilors voted to restrict to 3 years the amount of billing cycles the water department can “look back” at a bill when there might be a problem between the customer’s actual meter read and an estimate.
Many of the problems surrounding residents’ bills—most notably those over $10,000—stem from many years of estimated bills, some going back 5, 6, 10 or more years.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

No Mayoral Run For Councilor-At-Large Stewart

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--Brockton City Councilor-at-large Jass Stewart has decided he will run for reelection to the council instead of seeking a shot at the mayor's seat.
"It's official. I’m seeking reelection to the City Council this November because Brockton needs leaders who are ready to shake up the status quo, hold people accountable, and inspire a new trust in our government," Stewart states in an email announcing a campaign fundraiser at Tamboo restaurant July 31.
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Baker School Terrific Tuesdays Treat Mind, Taste Buds

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Youngsters who might beg their parents for a pet ferret after seeing and learning about them during the Mary E. Baker Elementary School’s Terrific Tuesdays presentation of wild animals, including a ferret, have been warned that while they are cute, cuddly and friendly, everyday, and sometimes important, items will begin to disappear around the house.
“They’re thieves,” said Jungle Encounters animal handler Debbie Willoughby to a group of more than 60 youngsters, adults and Baker School officials.
“They will steal keys, they’ll go through your school bag and take whatever is in it—school work, papers, notebooks… and they will bury it deep under the couch where you will never find them again,” Willoughby said.
Along with Jesse the ferret, Willoughby showed the audience a lizard-like blue-tongued skink native to Australia, a long-eared African Fennec fox, a unique brown skunk who let out a yawn during the show, a kangaroo-like Patagonian Cavy, and a hedgehog-like Tenrec from Madagascar.
Students asked numerous questions and some were picked to pat certain animals.
Willoughby said the others might bite because they are not used to anyone other than her, and although in captivity, are wild animals.
At the end, everyone who attended was allowed to pat the Patagonian Cavy, which looks like a kangaroo and is the second largest rodent in the world.
While the animals were a thrill for many, one boy, 5-year-old Christopher Cugno, couldn’t wait until the animal presentation was over so he could get to the real reason he was there. (Cugno, pictured with twin sister, Tyla, and cousin Gina Gallagher, 4)
“I wanted the ice cream,” Cugno said gleefully, waving one of the animal books given free during the program and headed to a table where ice cream was being served.
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Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Sock Drive Aids U.S. Troops' Afghanistan Blister, Foot Fungus Problem

Submitted by Jennifer Kovalich, marketing manager, Good Samaritan Medical Center
BROCKTON – As a nurse, Susan Bradley knows how important it is for U.S. servicemen to keep their feet clean and dry to avoid infections and other illnesses in the sweltering heat of Afghanistan.
When she learned that her son, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard Wencek, 21, and his unit did not have running water in Afghanistan to launder their socks and needed a new pair every few days, she worked with the Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Mission program to launch a sock drive for troops in need.
The response has been overwhelming.
“I expected to get a few packages. My whole kitchen table is full,” said Bradley, of Weymouth, who has worked at Good Samaritan for 34 years.
From June 28 through June 30, Good Samaritan Medical Center ran a sock drive at the hospital at 235 N. Pearl St. and its off-site locations.
Boxes decorated with patriotic garlands and American flags were placed in various spots and employees began to quickly fill them up with boot-length socks to be sent overseas.
After the first day, the medical center had collected nearly 200 pairs of new socks for the troops.
“I think I hit a nerve with a lot of people,” Bradley said. “It feels good to do something for our servicemen who are deployed,”she said.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wow Wambach!!!

By Lisa E. Crowley
Anybody catch that goal by Abby Wambach???!!!
You know what I mean.
The Women’s World Cup. U.S.A. vs. Brazil played Sunday morning.
Time seemed to stand still as the pass from Megan Rapinoe made its way from the left wing across the goal mouth, past the outstretched hands of Brazil's goalkeeper Andreia to Wambach’s forehead on the far post.
Time was ticking off the clock.
U.S.A. was down to its last 30 seconds in extra time behind Brazil 2-1 in a topsy-turvy game marred by a controversial red card and the subsequent first penalty kick that U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo saved, but Brazil was given a successful second chance on another questionable call.
Rapinoe’s soaring cross had to go in.
It just had to. You could feel the U.S. was going to tie the score.
It was a perfect pass, in the perfect spot, to the right player at the right time and Wambach-known in soccer circles as the Queen of the Midair--made no mistake. (Wambach pictured at top)
It was textbook.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Free Summer Movies At Rox Stadium

BROCKTON--Kids and parents are invited to spend two Friday nights at Campanelli Stadium for two free movies beginning Friday, July 15 with a free showing of "How To Train Your Dragon."
Mayor Linda M. Balzotti and the Brockton Rox have teamed up to bring the family oriented nights to residents.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movies begin at 6:15.
Concession stands will be open during the movies.
The event is free.
The next movie will be "Tangled," which will be shown Friday, Aug. 12.
All are welcome to attend.

Rescues Earn 4 Brockton Firefighters New Award

BROCKTON--Four Brockton firefighters have been awarded the first Chief Edward L. Burrell Commendation Ribbon for performing rescues above and beyond the call of duty.
Capt. Scott Albanese, Capt. Shawn Kerr, and firefighters Erick Leonard and Roger Dwyer have been named the first recipients of the new award as an acknowledgement of their efforts during blazes in March and May.
"While we stress that firefighting is a team effort, there are those rare occasions where an individual or individuals have gone beyond the norm with a great second effort," said Fire Chief Richard Francis in a prepared statement.
A ceremony was held June 7, 2011 to honor the four firefighters.
Capt. Scott Albanese and firefighter Erick Leonard received the inaugural ribbon for the rescue of a woman during a fire at 4 Northfield St. on March 17 at 2:17 a.m.
The fire began behind a stove in a second-floor apartment.
When firefighters arrived several tenants were outside, but one man told firefighters his 39-year-old sister Darlene Blanchard, a worker at Brockton High's cafeteria, was still inside, and firefighters received reports there might be others.
Firefighters went into the building and found extreme heat and zero visibility as a crew made its way to a doorway to the second floor.
Without benefit of a hose line, Kerr and Dwyer began a difficult search for the missing woman.
After many minutes, crews advanced a hose line to the doorway of the second floor and forced the door open while encountering heavy fire, heat and smoke.
With the hose, the fire was knocked back enough for firefighters to gain entry to the apartment, but abandoning the hose line "with no regard for their personal safety" continued to search for the missing woman.
"A great second effort" by members resulted in Leonard finding a small door partially blocked by an unconscious body.
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Brockton Police Log Updated...

to Tuesday, July 5. To view click the patch to right or click here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Nottle's Return Sparks Rox 22-hit Win, Record

BROCKTON--Ed Nottle, who led the Brockton Rox to the franchise’s only championship as field manager in 2003, was hired as the club’s coach Sunday, according to a statement from Rox officials.
Nottle was suited up for his first game back on the bench Sunday, July 11 when the Rox walloped the Pittsfield Colonials 13-6 and the team set a new record for the number of hits on its home turf with 22.
“We’re thrilled to have Ed’s positive energy and enthusiasm back in the clubhouse,” said Rox CEO Chris Carminucci before Sunday night's game.
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Brockton PD Chief Urges Calm In Wake Of Double Shooting

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON—Brockton Police Chief William Conlon said his officers as well as State Police have taken steps to curtail increases in violence during the summer months, including the potential for retaliation after a double murder over the July 4th weekend involving known drug dealers and gang members.
“When you have situations like this it’s often what you don’t see, what is happening behind the scenes—a lot of the times what’s behind the scenes is what’s really going on—finding out who is responsible for it,” Conlon said.
In the wake of the killings of 24-year-old Valter Monteiro (Pictured above) and 21-year-old Adilson Tavares, Conlon said police are reaching out to family and friends of the two victims to not take any kind of action or retaliation against anyone distraught relatives or friends might think were responsible for the shooting and crash into a parked vehicle at 426 West Elm St.
“As far as we’re concerned it’s not a random act. We want to bring these people to justice and while we’re doing that we want to prevent any sort of retaliation by those who may have a propensity to lash out, or retaliate,” Conlon said.
“If their friends perceive a rival gang was responsible for this…even the perception is enough for someone to retaliate and retaliation leads to more retaliation. Why complicate the situation. We urge them to stay calm and it’s not always easy,” Conlon said.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mayor's Concert Series Kicks Off Tonight

BROCKTON--The annual series of summer concerts at The Patio at Heights Crossing in Brockton will kickoff tonight at 6 p.m. with The Villainaires performing a mix of music from the 1950s to the 1970s.
“These outdoor concerts are a wonderful way to spend an evening, and come together as a community” said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti in a prepared statement. “Attendees get to see great live music and at no cost,” she said.
The free concerts will be held every Thursday night at 6 p.m. until Aug. 11.
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Tiger, A-Rod's Former Doctor Faces Jail For Illegal Steroid Treatments

BUFFALO, N.Y.--A Canadian doctor has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of treating American baseball, football, golf and other professional athletes with illegal human growth steroids in violation of several U.S. laws and will face up to three years in jail.
According to a release from U.S. Immigration and Customs, or ICE, Dr. Anthony Galea, 51, of Toronto, Canada, entered his guilty plea Wednesday, July 6 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara in Buffalo, N.Y., and faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and forfeiture of $275,000.
In the original affidavit from May, 18, 2010, Galea faced a maximum of 20 years for smuggling charges.
The drugs included human growth hormone, or HGH, and Actovegin, a derivative of calf's blood.
Media reports have said Galea was a former doctor to golfer Tiger Woods and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.
Galea admitted traveling to the U.S. numerous times from 2007 through September 2009in order to provide medical treatments to professional athletes, including players in the National Football League and Major League Baseball.
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Brockton Police Log Updated...

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Second Brockton Man Dies In Suspected Drug-Related Shooting

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--A second man involved in a shootout and car crash late Sunday night has died, officials said.
Assistant Plymouth County District Attorney Catherine Ham said 21-year-old Adilson Tavares, of Brockton, died Tuesday morning of injuries sustained in the shooting and crash that followed at 426 West Elm St.

Valter Monteiro, 24, also of Brockton, died Monday, July 4 at Good Samaritan Medical Center shortly after the shooting and crash that was reported at 11:39 p.m., Sunday, July 3.
Ham said the two men were in the same vehicle, and not in separate vehicles, as previously reported, and leaving the Westfield Estates condominiums near where the car crashed, when someone opened fire on them.
With passenger and driver riddled with bullets, the vehicle lost control and smashed through shrubs and a small fence near the driveway of 426 West Elm St.
The car the two men were in crashed into another vehicle parked in the driveway, Ham said, and both vehicles burst into flames.
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Internet Connection Back Up

BROCKTON--Due to a power outage in Verizon's coverage area, we were unable to connect to the internet for more than 12 hours Tuesday, July 5 into Wednesday, July 6.
The problem appears to have been corrected and we will post stories and updates, including video from the West Elm shooting as soon as possible.
Sorry for any inconvenience.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Brockton Shootout, Car Fires Leave One Dead, Another Seriously Injured

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--One man is dead and another seriously injured after what officials described as a shootout between two men who were driving in separate vehicles that ended in both vehicles crashing and exploding into flames near a house at 426 West Elm St. in Brockton.
"They both had multiple gun shot wounds," said Fire Chief Richard Francis Monday morning following the shootout and crash that took place at about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 3.
Francis confirmed that one of the men has died from his injuries and the other was taken to Boston Medical Center in Boston and suffered serious injuries from bullet wounds.
"The one who was taken to Boston was in poor condition. rom what I understand he was still breathing, but in poor condition," Francis said.
Francis said firefighters arrived at the scene to find two cars in flames and the two men seriously injured from gunshot wounds.
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Two Taken To Brockton Hospitals After Accident, Possible Shooting

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--Two victims involved in what witnesses say was a car fire and a shooting on West Elm Street in Brockton have been taken to Good Samaritan and Brockton Hospital.
A woman who would not give her name, but said she lives near the corner of Revere Street and West Elm Street where police activity was centered, said around 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 3 she heard what sounded like a gun shot and then a woman began screaming in the street.
She came out to see a car on fire and a man trapped in the car.
Police and fire personnel were sent to the scene after calls came in for a medical emergency, house fire and fireworks.
Brockton and State Police closed off the area from West Elm and Moraine streets to Doris Avenue and West Elm.
Other witnesses said it appeared there had been an accident involving a blue Ford 350pickup truck and another vehicle with the second vehicle igniting into flames.
Witnesses said a man who was trapped in the burning vehicle was freed from the wreck and raced to Good Samaritan Hospital.
Witnesses heard police say the man trapped in the burning vehicle has died.
Police and fire would not comment at this time.
Another victim was taken to Brockton Hospital where a group of 10 to 12 relatives and friends of a victim were congregated in the emergency room parking lot.
Members of the group said they didn't know what was going on and declined comment.
It is unclear which, or if either of the victims may have been shot.
One of the victims was transported to Boston Medical Center.
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