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Two Individuals Arrested for Tagging Profile Rock

April 27, 2017

FREETOWN, MA

 

At approximately 3:16 pm, the Freetown Police Department responded to Profile Rock for reports of two individuals spray painting Profile Rock. A hiker who was enjoying the state park witnessed the individuals spray painting graffiti markings with multiple colors of spray paint. The hiker immediately notified law enforcement officials.

Sergeant Elton Ashley III, Officer Patrick Lee, Officer Christopher Medeiros from the Freetown Police Department along with Environmental Police Officer Eamonn Mullaly responded to the area and caught the two individuals in the act.

 

Officers recovered multiple cans of colored spray paint at the scene which matched the paint on the rocks as well as on the two individuals.

 

Casey Ortiz, age 18, from 71 Samoset St, Plymouth and Michael Paton, age 29, from 12 Wood St Apt 2 Plymouth were arrested by the Environmental Police and transported to the Freetown Police Department for booking. Ortiz and Paton will be arraigned tomorrow at the Fall River Justice Center for Defacement of Property and Tagging.

 

Bristol County Sheriff’s Department who removed graffiti paint from the site on April 24th, 2017 will be contacted to remove the recent vandalism.

Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

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Freetown Police Department Investigating Stolen Tailgates

April 24, 2017

FREETOWN, MA

 

Three residents of the Town of Freetown have reported stolen tailgates from their pickup trucks. All three thefts have originated in East Freetown and have occurred within the past six days.

 

Thieves have targeted newer model “Super Duty” Ford trucks and removed their tailgates that have multiple accessories such as back up cameras, step ladders, and boarding handles. These tailgates have an estimate worth of up to $3500.

 

Victims of the thefts have been working with the police in their investigation efforts. Detective Kelley has been assigned the investigations and looks for additional help from the community. Please contact him at 508-763-4017 or by email at skelley@freetownpolice.org.

 

Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

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Freetown Police Department Participates in Statewide

Distracted Driving Campaign

April 11, 2017

FREETOWN, MA – Police Chief Carlton E. Abbott, Jr. announces that the Freetown Police Department will be participating in a statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign in an effort to remind residents to focus on driving while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Police will work to educate the community about the risks involved with using a cell phone while driving in hopes of reducing the historic rise in the number of crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by distracted driving.

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Highway Safety Division (HSD) has launched its “Drive Present” campaign, to stress to drivers the importance of focusing on the road and not on their phones. Driving present is about being engaged in the moment: aware of your surroundings, ready to react when the situation changes.

HSD has launched an enforcement campaign to run alongside the educational efforts. The Freetown Police Department will be partnering up with over 200 local police departments, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, to enforce the Safe Driving Law, which became effective on September 30, 2010.

Among other provisions, the law bans sending, typing, or reading electronic messages to or from handheld devices while operating a motor vehicle. This includes the use of the Internet and text messages. The law also bans use of all handheld electronic devices by junior operators while behind the wheel.

“If you are distracted while driving, you are putting yourself and everyone around you in danger,” said Chief Abbott. “Distracted driving has become a serious problem. This campaign helps us to educate and enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that pertain to safe driving in an effort to make our roads safe.”

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division recommends that motorists:

· Turn your phone off and put it where you can’t reach it before driving.
· Let your friends and family know that you’ll be driving and can’t take their call/text.
· Pull over to a safe place if you have to make a call or send a text.
· Start GPS navigation or review maps before you start driving.
· Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially at night.
· Remember to buckle up! Seat belts are your best defense against a distracted driver.

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Freetown Police Department to add Police K-9 Unit to Patrol Division

April 8, 2017

FREETOWN, MA— After a lengthy 2.5-year research and evaluation process by Sergeant Benjamin Levesque and Patrolman Thomas Long, the idea of adding a Police K-9 was presented to Police Chief Carlton E. Abbott, Jr..

At an open Selectmen's meeting on March 6, 2017, Chief Abbott and Patrolman Long presented the idea to the Freetown Board of Selectmen. This presentation included the data for the use, necessity as well as the associated costs to add a K-9 to our ranks. Board of Selectmen Paul Sadeck, Lisa Pacheco and Robert Jose unanimously agreed with the necessity to add a K-9 to the ranks of the Freetown Police Department and approved the addition pending outside funding.

By the end of that week, Chief Abbott and Patrolman Long submitted a grant application to the Stanton Foundation to receive funds to cover all the start up costs of the K-9 program. Less than two weeks later, the Freetown Police Department was awarded the funds in the amount of $25,000, which was accepted by the Town of Freetown.

Patrolman Long has been selected as our K-9 Handler to the 1.5-year-old German Shepherd dog, named “Koda”. Patrolman Long and K-9 Koda will serve as the Town's first-ever K-9 handler and police dog.

Patrolman Long and K-9 Koda will begin Patrol School with the Boston Police Department on April 18, 2017. Mid-summer, the pair will hit the streets in Freetown. Together, they will able to track missing and lost persons, locate missing or stolen items and evidence, as well as be available to apprehend criminals. Within the next year, Patrolman Long and K-9 Koda will be further certified by Boston PD in narcotic detection.  Additionally, K-9 Koda will be receiving a Kevlar bullet and stab resistant vest and a first aid kit from Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog.

The Freetown Police Department, Chief Abbott and Patrolman Long would like to thank the following individuals, boards, and businesses for their respective involvement in the initiation and start-up of this program:

· Freetown Board of Selectmen
· Freetown Finance Committee
· The Stanton Foundation
· Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog
· Tom Black and Andy Dorsey of Northeast K-9 Unlimited (Raynham, MA)
· Boston Police Department

               

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FATAL CRASH IN FREETOWN

December 31, 2016

One person was killed in a car crash in Freetown and another was arrested at the scene.

At approx. 7:50 p.m., on Friday, December 30, 2016, Freetown police and fire personnel responded to Richmond Road where the crash had occurred.

Arriving officers located a Chevrolet Impala that had been operating north, crossed the oncoming lane, passed down an embankment and collided with a tree. The force of the impact resulted in the vehicle being nearly wrapped around the tree and the driver being entrapped.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the driver as Jennifer M. Bartlett, age 36, of Freetown, MA.

Arriving officers also observed an intoxicated male who was crouching next to the crushed vehicle and attempting to make contact with the driver.  He told officers that he was a friend of the driver. Further investigation determined that he had been operating his vehicle and following the victim’s vehicle moments before the crash.

He was arrested and identified as Edward Benfeito, age 47, 5 Rodney Drive, Freetown, MA. He was charged with operating under the influence of liquor (second offense), negligent operation, and speeding. He will be arraigned on Tuesday morning at the Fall River Justice Center.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by Freetown police and a State police accident reconstruction unit.

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Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

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RESIDENT DISCOVERS UNCONSCIOUS WOMEN IN DRIVEWAY

December 30, 2016.

FREETOWN, MA –  On Friday, December 30, 2016, at approx.. 4:00 am, a Freetown resident had just exited his County Road home intending to head to work. At that time he discovered an unconscious woman lying in his driveway and then telephoned 9-1-1.

Freetown police and fire personnel responded to the scene where they discovered a 27 year old female who was now conscious. Her clothing was soaking wet and she presented symptoms of hypothermia. She was treated at the scene before being transported via ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford.

 

The woman had been reported as a missing person to the New Bedford Police Department on Thursday, December 29th at 1:00 pm.

 

Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

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POLICE ARREST TWO FOR TRAFFICKING DRUGS

December 9th, 2016

FREETOWN, MA

Police arrested two people on a charge of trafficking more than 10 grams of fentanyl Thursday after a motor vehicle stop.

Patrolman Thomas Long of the Freetown Police Department stopped a vehicle on Braley Rd. at about 11:19 a.m. after observing an expired inspection sticker and conducting a computer query that revealed that the vehicle’s owner was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.

The driver, Michael A. Santos, 36, 74 Query St. New Bedford, was operating on a suspended license. The passenger, who was also the vehicle’s owner, was identified as Rebecca M. Santos, 25, of 303 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth. She did not have a valid license.

Both subjects were placed under arrest. During an inventory of the vehicle’s contents, Patrolman Long discovered a plastic bag with approximately 33 grams of a white powder identified a fentanyl. Also discovered were syringes, digital scales, and plastic bags,

Officers also seized $924 from Mr. Santos during a booking inventory.

Fentanyl is a narcotic used to treat pain that can be 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin. It has been linked to numerous drug overdoses.

Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned on drug trafficking charges at the Fall River Justice Center.

 

Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott

Press Information Officer

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NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT FOR ACCREDITATION

 

August 15th, 2016

FREETOWN, MA

Chief Carlton E. Abbott, Jr. is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, to begin examining various aspects of the Freetown Police Department’s policies and procedures, operations and facilities.

 

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state Accreditation -- a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

 

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55% of the optional standards.

 

Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to call Chief Abbott or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Sergeant Scott M. Rose.

 

Scott M. Rose, Sergeant

Accreditation Manager

(508) 763-4017

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BICYCLIST CRITICAL AFTER CAR STRIKE IN FREETOWN

July 16, 2016

FREETOWN, MA

 

Today, at 1:35 PM, Freetown police and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene of a collision on Middleboro Road (Rt. 18) in Freetown.

 

A middle-aged woman was critically injured when her bicycle was struck by a car on Middleboro Road (Rt. 18) in Freetown.

 

The woman, who has not yet been identified, was riding south on the side of the roadway when she was struck from the rear a 2006 Acura TSX sedan driven by Molly Smith, age 18, of Freetown, MA.

 

The woman was transported from the scene to St. Luke’s Hospital by Freetown Fire Department ambulance. She was later taken by MedFlight to Mass General.

 

The collision is being investigated by Freetown Patrolman Patrick Lee together with Freetown Detective Shane Kelley and Trooper Michael George of the State Police Accident Reconstruction Team.  

 

 

Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

508-763-4017

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PURSE STOLEN INSIDE CHURCH

October 20, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

 

Police are seeking an arrest warrant for a male suspect who stole a purse from inside an East Freetown church.

 

Today, at 12:05 PM, Freetown Patrolman Donald Bullock interviewed two victims who reported that on this day a purse containing personal property and two cell phones had been stolen while they were attending a funeral service at St. John Neumann Church. According to the victims, they had placed the purse near the lobby door prior to being seated. At the conclusion of the service, the victims discovered the theft.

 

Police investigation revealed that the suspect had attended the service and had stolen the purse when leaving the church. The suspect has been identified as Casady J. Roy, age 23, of 886 Eastern Avenue, Apt. 2S, Fall River, MA. He will be charged with larceny in a building and larceny over $250.

 

 

Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

508-763-4017

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SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR TAGGING PROFILE ROCK

October 11th, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

Three men face criminal charges for tagging Profile Rock.

 

Nicholas Berry, age 26, of 236 Eastern Avenue Fall River, Michael Deltoro, age 22, of 60 Debrah Lane Swansea, and Kenneth McNulty III, age 21, of 317 Hortonville Road Swansea were arrested Sunday afternoon for spray-painting graffiti onto Profile Rock.

 

Freetown Sergeant Scott Rose was patrolling the area when witnesses alerted him to the vandalism and provided a description of the three male suspects. Police then stopped a vehicle occupied by the suspects and, during their investigation, recovered evidence.

 

Profile Rock, a 50-foot outcropping of natural rock, shows a profile of what the Wampanoag native American tribe believe to be Chief Massasoit. It is part of the Freetown-Fall River State Forest.

 

The suspects are to be arraigned on Tuesday at the Fall River Justice Center.

 

Freetown police were assisted by the Mass. Environmental police.

 

Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

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ALERT ISSUED FOR MISSING PERSON

October 7, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

 

Freetown police have issued an alert for a missing person identified as Joaquim “Jack” Prata. Mr. Prata is 55 years of age, 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

 

Mr. Prata was last seen on October 4, 2015, in Freetown where he left his company-issued truck at the company’s worksite. Located in the truck was Mr. Prata’s wallet and a note. A reading of the note indicated he was upset and asked his family not to look for him.

 

Also on October 4th, Freetown police conducted a search of the worksite and nearby woods with the assistance of State police K-9 and air wing units. However, the search was unsuccessful.

 

Freetown police are asking anyone with information about Mr. Prata’s whereabouts to contact Detective Shane Kelley at 508-763-4017.

 

Lieut. Steven E. Abbott

Public Information Officer

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ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS APPREHENDED

 

 

July 11th, 2015

 

FREETOWN, MA

TAUNTON, MA

LAKEVILLE, MA

 

Freetown police responded to an armed robbery at Junior’s Convenience Store located at 58 South Main Street, Freetown.

 

At 5:00 a.m., Saturday, two males, wearing masks, entered the store and approached the clerk. One male brandished a knife, walked behind the counter, and rifled the cash register. Both males fled the store in a northbound direction.

 

Police were able to obtain descriptions from the clerk and store video system.

 

Earlier, Taunton police had responded to an armed robbery at the Hess Express gas station located on Route 44. The clerk reported that he had been robbed at knife point by masked suspects.

 

At approximately 5:25 a.m., Lakeville police Sergeant Michael Dwyer, aware of the robberies, was checking the area of a gas station located on Bedford Street in Lakeville where he located a vehicle parked behind an abandoned building. Observed in the vehicle was a male matching the description of one of the Freetown suspects together with a knife and cash. While detaining the suspect, Sergeant Dwyer observed two other males near the vehicle who subsequently fled on foot into a wooded area.

 

A search was coordinated between Lakeville, Freetown, Raynham, Taunton, Plymouth County Sheriff and State police units resulting in the apprehension of the two suspects and recovery of cash.

 

The three suspects were transported to the Taunton Police Department where they were charged with armed robbery while masked.. Bail was set as follows:

 

Jose A. Gomes, age 28, 34 Wing Street New Bedford - $500,000

Erickson N. Gomes, age 20, 20 Ashley Street New Bedford - $250,000

Amadeu J. Filho, age 30, 137 Harrison Street Pawtucket, RI -$750,000

 

Freetown police will obtain arrest warrants charging the three with armed robbery while masked.

 

Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

508-763-4017

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2015 TOWN OF FREETOWN FIREWORKS AND PARADE TRAFFIC PLANS

July 2nd, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

Fireworks

 

Friday, July 3rd at 9:30PM- at Hathaway Park on Water Street in Assonet.

 

At 6:00PM the following traffic pattern will be implemented:

 

         Elm St.: One way east from Mill St. to Walnut St.

         Mill St (Rt. 79): One way south from Walnut St. to Elm St.

         North Main St.: One way north from Assonet Center to Pleasant St.

          Pleasant St.: Closed to all traffic @ 6:00 PM

          Walnut St.: One-way north from Elm St. to Richmond Rd.

          Water St. Closed to all traffic @ 6:00 PM

Parade

 

Saturday, July 4th  at 10:00AM – South Main Street

Parade Route: Beginning at the KRR ball field on Narrows Road to South Main Street, proceeding north along South Main Street, turning left onto Water Street, and concluding at Hathaway Park.

 

         Line-up: 9:00AM at the KRR ball fields on Narrows Road

         Parade:  10:00AM

 

The following roads will be temporarily closed during the parade:

 

         Elm St. @ So. Main St.                   

         Freemens Circle @ So. Main St.             

         High St. @ So. Main St.  

         Narrows @ So. Main St.  

         No. Main St. @ So. Main St.

         Nottingham Way @ So. Main St.                                      

         Ridge Hill Rd. @ So. Main St.        

         Rt. 24 exit 9 ramps @ So. Main St.         

         Simpson Lane @ So. Main St.          

         The Lane @ So. Main St.                             

         Water St.

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FREETOWN POLICE SEEK HELP IDENTIFYING VEHICLE

June 12, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

 

Police are again asking for the public’s assistance as they investigate two shootings that took place in Freetown.

          

A motorist has reported to police that her vehicle had been struck by a bullet while being operated along Middleboro Road in Freetown. No injury was reported. An investigation by Detective Shane Kelley determined that the vehicle had been hit by gun fire on the same day as bullets had been fired into a Middleboro Road home.

Both shootings happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 31st.  The vehicle sustained damage to the grill and the home, occupied by children at the time, was struck by two bullet. Both penetrating the walls.

Police have continued to review video recordings and are asking for any information about the identity of the driver or the vehicle seen in one of the videos. The vehicle is described as a gray or blue sport utility vehicle (SUV).

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Shane Kelley at 508-763-4017 or skelley@freetownpolice.org.

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Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

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FREETOWN POLICE SEEK HELP IDENTIFYING VEHICLE

June 2, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

         

Freetown police are asking for the public’s help locating a vehicle that was observed near the spot of Sunday night’s shooting on Middleboro Road.

The shooting happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. Sunday, on Middleboro Road. At least two bullets were fired into a home. Although no one was hurt, children were inside at the time of the shooting.  One of the adults was struck by plaster caused by a bullet penetrating a wall.

Police are asking for any information about the identity of the driver or the vehicle. The vehicle is described as a late model Chevrolet pick-up truck, 4 door crew cab, color black, with chrome mirrors, chrome bumpers and chrome side moulding.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Shane Kelley at 508-763-4017 or skelley@freetownpolice.org.

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Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

508-763-4017

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FREETOWN HOME STRUCK BY BULLET

May 31, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

          

Freetown police officers are investigating a shooting after at least one bullet struck a home occupied by two adults and three children.

According to Lieutenant Steven Abbott, Patrolman Thomas Ashley responded to the scene and determined that no one was hurt, but children were inside the home at the time of the shooting.  One of the adults was struck by plaster caused by a bullet penetrating a wall.

The shooting happened at approximately 6:15 p.m. Sunday, on Middleboro Road. Officers located a bullet hole in the home’s siding that faces the road. The Plymouth County Bureau of Criminal Identification responded to assist in processing the scene and recovering the bullet.

The department does not have a description of the suspect at this time.

 

Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

508-763-4017

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HOUSE BREAK SUSPECT ARRESTED 

May 11th, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

 

On Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 9:49 am, Freetown Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious person in the area of Highland Ridge Road. A concerned citizen called police to report that an individual was breaking into his neighbor’s home. The reporting party provided police with the suspect’s clothing and vehicle description.

 

Officer Donald Bullock responded to the scene and where he apprehended the suspect.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood and discovered that a second home had been broken into.

 

Police searched the suspect’s vehicle and seized stolen items, gloves, and a crowbar.

 

The suspect was identified as Mr. Shawn R. Blanchette (age 37) from 37 Reney St Fall River, Ma. He was charged with the following offenses:

                Breaking & Entering Daytime Felony (2 counts)

                Larceny over $250

                Possession of Burglarious Tools

 

The suspect was transported to the Bristol County House of Correction and was subsequently arraigned at the Fall River Justice Center.

 

Chief Carlton Abbott recognized and thanked the efforts of the reporting party whose actions were instrumental in the capture of the suspect.

 

 

Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

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RAILROAD CROSSING WORK TO CLOSE HIGH STREET

 

May 6, 2015

Freetown, MA

 

MassDOT has announced its plan to close the High Street railroad crossing to traffic. The closure will take place this weekend, between Friday, May 8 at 8 a.m. and Sunday, May 10 at 8 a.m. for construction work.

 

Construction crews will remove and replace existing track and structure.

 

Police details will be present to mitigate traffic issues.

Motorists are urged to use Copicut Road as an alternative route.

 

Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

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RAILROAD CROSSING WORK TO CLOSE ELM STREET

April 28, 2015

Freetown, MA

 

MassDOT has notified the Freetown Police Department that it plans to close the Elm Street railroad crossing to traffic this weekend.   The railroad crossing will be closed between Friday, May 1st at 8 a.m. and Sunday, May 3rd at 8 a.m. for construction work.

 

Construction crews will remove and replace existing track and structure.

 

Police details will be present to mitigate traffic issues.

Motorists are urged to seek alternative routes.

 

Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

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RAILROAD CROSSING WORK TO CLOSE ELM STREET – CHANGE OF PLAN

 

April 23, 2015

Freetown, MA

 

MassDOT has changed its plan to close the Elm Street railroad crossing to traffic. The closure will not take place this weekend (April 24th –April 26th). MassDOT has not provided the Freetown Police Department with a rescheduled date of closure.

 

In order for the public to prepare for the road closure, the Freetown Police Department will notify the media with addition information as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

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RAILROAD CROSSING WORK TO CLOSE ELM STREET – CHANGE OF PLAN

 

April 16, 2015

 

MassDOT has changed its plan to close the Elm Street railroad crossing to traffic. The closure will not take place this weekend.  Instead, the railroad crossing will be closed between Friday, April 24 at 8 a.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 8 a.m. for construction work.

 

Construction crews will remove and replace existing track and structure.

 

Police details will be present to mitigate traffic issues.

Motorists are urged to seek alternative routes.

 

Steven E. Abbott, Lieutenant

Public Information Officer

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PRESS RELEASE

FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

Burglary Suspects Arrested

March 22, 2015

FREETOWN, MA

 

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 9:30 pm, Freetown Patrolman Thomas Ashley responded to a burglar alarm at a Weetamoe Drive residence. As he arrived on scene he observed two suspects inside the home. As Ashley approached, the suspects fled from the rear of the home. Police observed that the house had been broken into and that four sets of footprints had been left near a rear door by the fleeing suspects.

 

Sergeant Scott Rose, accompanied by Patrolman Kara Pigeon, arrived on scene. Police confirmed that the house had been broken into and observed that four sets of footprints had been left near a rear door by the fleeing suspects. The homeowners were away at the time of the break. Police began a search of the area assisted by Berkley and Lakeville police officers. The Massachusetts state police provided K-9 units and a helicopter. Area residents assisted by calling the police department to report suspicious persons on their property.

 

Four suspects were apprehended. Police recovered stolen articles, including a watch in the possession of one of the suspects. The vehicle used by the suspects was located. A search by Sgt. Edward Dwyer and Patrolman Thomas Long yielded gloves matching those found near the crime scene and items commonly used during burglaries.  

Arrested and charged with and charged with burglary, conspiracy, and larceny were:

 

              Magda A. Pereira, age 22, 215 Davis, Apt. 3E, Fall River,

              Ann M. Madeira, age 25, 816 Slade Street, Apt 2W, Fall River

              Jimmy M. Dacruz, age 23, 653 Brock Avenue, New Bedford

              Brett .TJ. Fortes, age 26, 46 Oaklawn Street, New Bedford

The suspects were transported to the Bristol County House of Correction and will be arraigned on Monday morning at the Fall River Justice Center.

Freetown Chief of Police Carlton Abbott thanked residents for their assistance. He also praised the work of the officers and inter-agency cooperation.

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PRESS RELEASE

FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

School Bus Accidents

 

March 5, 2015

 

FREETOWN, MA

 

Freetown Police were dispatched to investigate two school bus collisions today.

 

The first collision occurred at 3:15 pm on Keene Road in the East Freetown section of town. The school bus was transporting approximately 5 Freetown-Lakeville Middle School students at the time.

 

Patrolman Donald Bullock’s investigation revealed that while the bus was being operated along the road, an oncoming vehicle side swiped it before leaving the scene of the collision. There were no reported injuries.

 

The second collision occurred at 4:10 pm at the intersection of Beach and East Public Streets in the Assonet section of town. The school bus was transporting approximately 12 Freetown Elementary School students at the time. There were no reported injuries. However, one student suffered an asthma attack. Fortunately, the child’s grandparent was immediately with an inhaler.

 

Sergeant Scott Rose’s investigation revealed that the collision involved a 2010 Nissan automobile that operated by a 33 year old male Freetown resident. The Nissan was operated along Beach Street and approached the intersection of East Public Street at the same time as the school bus was turning onto Beach Street from East Public. Conditions for the Nissan included a down grade and a narrow width of street due to the snow banks. The operator of the Nissan applied the brakes when he observed the bus.    Unfortunately, due to the icy road conditions, he was unable to avoid the collision.

 

Police remained on scene for approximately one and one-half hours as concerned parents arrived and their children were released. Police then escorted the bus from the area due to very poor road conditions.

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PRESS RELEASE

FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

 

Fall River Man Arrested For Rape

 

December 31, 2014

 

FREETOWN, MA.

 

On December 23, 2014, a Fall River resident reported that she had recently been the victim of a crime. The male suspect had allegedly driven the victim to a secluded area within the Town of Freetown where he sexually assaulted her.

 

Detective Shane Kelley, assisted by Sergeant Benjamin Levesque, conducted an investigation. They obtained an arrest warrant for the apprehension of Paul E. Wright, 3rd., age 46, 104 Locust Street, Apt. 2, Fall River, MA., for the crime Aggravated Rape.

 

On December 31, 2014, Detective Kelley and Fall River Patrolman Brandon Wixon arrested Wright at his home without incident. Wright was held on $10,000 bail at the Bristol County House of Correction pending his arraignment at the Fall River Justice Center on January 2, 2015.

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FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

(508) 763-4017

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Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

 

Police Rescue Man Attempting Suicide

 

October 5, 2014

 

FREETOWN, MA.

 

On Sunday, October 5, 2014, at approximately 11:35 pm, Freetown police officers were dispatched to a South Main Street business location for the report of a 45–year old suicidal male. Dispatch advised responding officers that the male was heavily intoxicated, had ran from the rear of the building, and had stated that he was going to kill himself. The male then obtained a rope and climbed atop the roof of a wooden frame structure.

 

Sgt. Scott Rose and Patrolman Thomas Ashley arrived on scene and located the male standing on the second floor near the rafters. The male had tied one end of a metal cable around his neck and had affixed the other to a beam near the roof's peak. Officers’ attempts to talk the individual down were unsuccessful. Ignoring the officers’ pleas, the male stepped off the edge of a wooden crossbeam and was hanging by his neck.

 

Sgt. Rose and Patrolman Ashley scaled the 10-foot wooden structure and made their way across the building to where the male was hanging. Officers were unable to cut the metal cable and were forced to lift up and support the male to prevent his death. Patrolman Mark Fornaciari arrived on scene, scaling the structure to aid in the rescue. Together, the three officers were able to lift the male, remove the cable from his neck, and guide him to the ground.

 

Freetown Fire-Rescue members arrived, rendered aid, and transported the individual to Charlton Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

 

A quick response and action by first responders saved this individual’s life and provided him with a second chance.

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PRESS RELEASE

FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

(508) 763-4017

fax (508) 763-4010

 

Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

Robbery At Santander Bank

 

July 14, 2014

FREETOWN, MA

 

The Freetown Police Department announced that it has identified the suspect involved in Friday’s bank robbery.

 

On Friday, July 10th, at approx. 11:50 AM, the Freetown police officers responded to a robbery at the Santander Bank, 63 South Main Street.

 

According to bank officials, a while male had entered the lobby and handed a teller a note demanding money. The teller surrendered money and the suspect fled. The amount of money remains undisclosed at this time.

 

Freetown Sergeant Swede Magnett, Patrolman Ryan Pereira, and Patrolman Thomas Long, were joined their search of the area by the Massachusetts State police, including K-9 units.

 

Police have identified the suspect as: Michael S. McLane, 15 Richmond Road Assonet, 24 years of age, 6-0 feet tall, 155 lbs., blonde hair, green eyes.

 

Anyone with information should contact Freetown Police Detective Shane V. Kelley at 508-763-4017.

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PRESS RELEASE

FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

(508) 763-4017

fax (508) 763-4010

 

Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

House Break Suspects Arrested

July 18, 2014                         

FREETOWN, MA

 

On Thursday, July 17, 2014, the Freetown Police Department received a 911 call from a resident reporting that someone was breaking into her Dr. Braley Road home. Sergeant Swede Magnett and Patrolman Ryan Pereira were dispatched to the scene where they arrived to learn that a female suspect had forced open a back door, entered the home, discovered that it was occupied, and then fled the scene.

 

Sergeant Magnet obtained descriptions of the suspect from the victims. Based upon the description, Detective Shane Kelley identified the suspect as Kelly F. Sorelle, age 24, of 10 Dr. Braley Road, East Freetown. Patrolman Ryan Pereira observed the suspect operating a vehicle along the roadway and into a driveway before running into her home. Officers took the suspect into custody.

 

While being transported to the police station in the rear of a cruiser, the suspect attempted to discard two stolen credit cards.

 

The suspect had an outstanding arrest warrant for breaking and entering into a home in nearby Rochester. Freetown police charged the suspect with a number of offenses, including Breaking and Entering with Intent Daytime - Person Placed in Fear, Destruction of Property, and Receiving Stolen Property.

 

She is scheduled to be arraigned this morning at the Justice Center in Fall River.

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Freetown Police Department Receives Accreditation

Contact:         Chief Carlton E. Abbott, Jr., Esq.

Telephone: 508-763-4017

Date:              May 1, 2014

Freetown, MA. – On May 1, 2014, the Freetown Police Department was awarded Accreditation by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission, Inc., an organization aimed at improving the delivery of public safety.

Freetown is currently one of 51 Massachusetts police departments to have been awarded Accreditation out of the more than 323 Massachusetts local, state and college police departments. Nearly a two-year process, the Accreditation involved a department-wide evaluation by both the department itself and an outside review team.

Chief Carlton E. Abbott stated, “Achieving Accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is a significant accomplishment and a recognition highly regarded by the law enforcement community.

On behalf of the residents of the Town of Freetown, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our Accreditation manager, Sergeant Scott Rose, for his commitment to the Accreditation process. On behalf of our residents, I acknowledge and express thanks to the members of our police department and our communications department for their cooperation and support. Their valuable recommendations, constructive criticism, and support have contributed to our achievement.

 

Last, and certainly not least, on behalf of our police and communications departments, I’d like to express our sincere appreciation to those residents who saw the value in following the “best police practices” and supporting our pursuit of Accreditation.”

 

Good for three years, the Accreditation requires yearly reports showing the department is continuing to comply with the commission’s standards.

"Accreditation will continue to assist the Freetown Police Department in its pursuit of excellence by strengthening its accountability, limiting liability and improving its relationship with our community through the implementation of proven law enforcement management practices," said Chief Abbott.

“We opened our doors and allowed an outside agency in to review how we conduct business,” said Chief Abbott. “This is a measure of the level of professional service we provide, it is a way to demonstrate to the taxpayers that we’re following the best practices in the profession,” said the Chief.

        

"Accreditation will continue to assist the Freetown Police Department in its pursuit of excellence by strengthening its accountability, limiting liability and improving its relationship with our community through the implementation of proven law enforcement management practices," said Chief Abbott.

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PRESS RELEASE

FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

(508) 763-4017

fax (508) 763-4010

 

Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

 

Police Seize 30 Pounds of Marijuana

 

April 18, 2014

 

FREETOWN, MA – Police Chief Carlton E. Abbott announced the seizure of thirty pounds of marijuana.

 

On Friday, April 18, 2014, at 11:45 AM, the security staff at a local food distribution facility alerted the Freetown police department to the discovery of thirty pounds of marijuana. The marijuana had been included in a tractor-trailer shipment of vegetables received from a California shipper.

 

Freetown police seized the marijuana and swept the facility with the assistance of Massachusetts State police K-9 team. No other contraband was discovered.

 

Freetown police interviewed the driver of the tractor-trailer unit. Detective Shane Kelley is responsible for the investigation.

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PRESS RELEASE

FREETOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT

(508) 763-4017

fax (508) 763-4010

 

Lieutenant Steven E. Abbott, Press Information Officer

 

Police Seize 139 Grams Crack Cocaine

 

February 1, 2014

 

FREETOWN, MA.

 

A Freetown man faces charges after police responded to a 911 call.

 

Robert W. Reynolds, Jr, 33, of Katlyn Drive Freetown, was charged Saturday with trafficking over 100 grams of crack cocaine, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, and assault and battery.

 

A District Court Clerk-Magistrate set bail for Reynolds at $50,000 cash.

 

Freetown Police Chief Carlton Abbott said officers were dispatched to a home on Katlyn Drive at 10:35 a.m. Saturday for a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute. Patrolman Christopher Medeiros entered the home shortly after police received a second 911 call reporting that Reynolds had armed himself with a Samurai sword and was assaulting his wife. Reynolds charged Officer Medeiros who used a Taser to subdue Reynolds. Investigation revealed that Reynolds had also attempted to strangle his wife. The wife declined medical attention.

 

Sgt. Elton Ashley had also responded to the home where he observed crack cocaine and isolated the scene until Detective Shane Kelley obtained a search warrant. Armed with the warrant, police searched the home and seized 139 grams of cocaine that was packaged in several bags. Also seized was packaging materials and a cutting agent. Police seized $1,400 in cash and scales from a safe.

 

Reynolds is scheduled to appear in District Court on Monday.