Friday, June 8, 2012

46 Alleged New Bedford Latin Kings Face Drug Charges

BROCKTON--Forty-six alleged leaders, members and associates and drug suppliers of the Latin Kings gang operating in New Bedford were charged today on federal and state drug offenses.
The charges stem from a long-term investigation into narcotics sales in the area, according to a prepared statement from the U.S Attorney's Office in Boston.
Officials said the mass round-up and charges are a continuation of law enforcement efforts beginning in 2006 to reduce the amount of violence and drug crimes in northern New Bedford centered around the Latin Kings' operations.
In 2010, law enforcement began to see an increase in street level drug sales and violence in areas of the city known to be occupied by the Latin Kings after an investigation in 2006 resulted in arrests and prosecutions at the local and federal levels of 37 Latin Kings members.
It is alleged that during the current investigation, recorded undercover purchases revealed over the last 18 months, the individuals arrested Friday, June 8 sold narcotics in New Bedford to cooperating witnesses and undercover officers.
Three individuals have also been charged with drug trafficking offenses.
The following individuals were arrested this morning and have been charged with federal narcotics violations:

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New League, New Season For Rox Opens Friday

BROCKTON--Baseball is soon to be back in the City of Champions.
The Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League will kick off the 2012 campaign in just four days, as their season opens on Friday, June 8 at 7:05 p.m. against the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks at Campanelli Stadium.
As part of Opening Night, the Brockton Rox will hold their first-ever Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to first pitch. The Rox will honor three of Brockton’s most legendary and influential personalities: Ed Nottle, Van Schley, and Jack Yunits.
Nottle spent nearly 7 full seasons with the Rox as manager and coach, while also leading Brockton to the Northeast League Championship in 2003.
Schley was the franchise’s first principal owner and has been a key asset to the organization through the last decade. Yunits, the Mayor of Brockton from 1996-2006, was instrumental in the construction of Campanelli Stadium and the founding of the Brockton Rox.
Brockton and Martha’s Vineyard will take the field on Friday night for the first of 9 meetings between the two clubs.
After the Rox and Sharks square off in the season opener, fans will be treated to a fireworks display as part of the Rox's popular Friday Night Fireworks promotion.
The Futures Collegiate Baseball League is a new home for the Brockton Rox this summer, as they set to face off against 8 different opponents from five different states.
The Rox will welcome new foes to Campanelli Stadium, such as the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, North Shore Navigators, Pittsfield Suns, and the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs--all from Massachusetts.
Other teams include the Torrington Titans of Connecticut, Nashua Silver Knights and the Seacoast Mavericks of New Hampshire, and the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide of Maine.
The move to the new league will bring many new changes, but the league puts a much added focus on New England collegiate baseball players.
The FCBL provides student-athletes from New England and New England colleges the opportunity to compete and play with elite players from across the country and promote them to Major League Baseball organizations.
Half of the players from each roster must reside in New England or attend a New England university or college.
In addition, the FCBL will provide a family friendly, affordable, and fun experience for the communities they play in--all in a minor league style setting.

Monday, June 4, 2012

TRWA Seeks Volunteers For Brockton River Cleanup

BROCKTON--The Taunton River Watershed Alliance and State Street Bank will host a Taunton River tributary cleanup in Brockton Tuesday, June 12 from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to remove debris from the riverbeds and help identify sources of pollution in the area.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided and there will be members of the TRWA and the Brockton Conservation Commission on hand to assist and provide information about these headwaters of the watershed and how to protect them.
Meeting place: parking lot behind Brockton Public Library,304 Main St., Brockton.
Detailed information will be sent prior to the event and volunteers are welcome to gather after the clean-up for snacks and networking.
Email to sign up or call 508-828-1101.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"Heel" Walk To Support Penelope's Place

BROCKTON--The Love Life Now Foundation will host a 3-K "Heel" walk to raise money for Penelope's Place, a domestic violence shelter in Brockton.
The event will take place Sunday, June 10 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Raymond Elementary School, Oak Street, Brockton.
Cost is $20 in advance and $30 the day of the event.
Many participants--guys and gals--will wear high heels, but those who would prefer not to are more than welcome to wear sneakers or other comfortable shoes.
After the walk, take part in a Zumba demonstration led by WEPA Fitness Ladies--you must have sneakers for this. There will also be games and prizes.
Children 10 and under are free.
Click here to register and pay online--be sure to SCROLL DOWN TO THE PURPLE HEEL or send an email to for an emailable/printable registration form.