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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for New Bedford.

Wednesday
Jul232014

State Police Arrest Two in Heroin Bust

(STURBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Two suspects are facing drug-related charges after Massachusetts State Police pulled a vehicle over during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 East in Sturbridge.

During the stop, authorities recovered approximately 180 grams, separated into 595 bags, of heroin.

Russell Metze, 28, and Tina Hazard, 42, were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin.

The suspects are being held on $2,000 bond and are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at Dudley District Court.


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Tuesday
Jul222014

AG Coakley Warns Consumers of Tax Phone Scam 

(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is alerting state residents of a nationwide scam targeting taxpayers.

Individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, another government agency, or law firm, call victims informing them that they will be arrested as a result of nonpayment. Scammers sometimes say a tax lien will be placed on victims' homes because they did not correctly file state or federal income taxes.

Officials say the individuals are "very persistent and aggressive," and may user personal identifying information, including the last four digits of social security numbers.

Victims are told they must settle their debt over the phone by providing their debit or credit card numbers, or by immediately wiring funds. Callers threaten arrest, deportation, or suspension of licenses if recipients do not cooperate. If victims hang up, scammers call back claiming to be the police.

Officials provided an example of a message received by a Massachusetts resident:

Hi this is Don calling you from the crime investigation unit of the IRS, Internal Revenue Services. The reason of this call is to inform you that the IRS has issued a warrant against you and your physical property is being monitored right now. So it is very important that we hear a call back from you today. My call back number is (206) 436-4856. I repeat the number is (206) 436-4856. Thank you and goodbye.

“These scams prey on well-meaning taxpayers that are trying to do the right thing,” Coakley said. “They are often aggressive and may involve information about an individual and their family to make the scenario sound authentic. Consumers should not be afraid to ask questions, say no, and simply hang up the phone if they believe the caller is attempting to perpetrate a scam.”

Anyone with concerns or questions is asked to contact the IRS or visit the agency's website.


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Monday
Jul212014

Police Seek Public’s Help in Finding Man, 67, with Alzheimer’s

(BOSTON) -- The Boston Police Department is asking the public for help in locating a 67-year-old man who went missing last week.

Edward Bullock was last seen several days ago near his home at 35 Lamson Street in East Boston.

Bullock, who stands 5-foot-8 and weighs 145 pounds, was wearing a light-colored shirt, jeans and black sneakers at the time he was reported missing.

Bullock's family says he suffers from Alzheimer’s and has a history of running away. Bullock is also known to wear glasses, according to his family.

The department released this photo:

Boston Police Department

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police at 617-343-4234.


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Friday
Jul182014

Boston Marathon Bombing Hero Is a New Dad

(BOSTON) -- The man who became one of the symbols of survival after losing both his legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings is now a dad for the first time.

Jeff Bauman, 28, shared the news on his Facebook page that his fiancé, Erin Hurley, gave birth Sunday to the couple's first child, a girl named Nora Gail Bauman.

"Everyone is happy and healthy!," the Facebook post reads.

Bauman became the face of the April 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured over 260 when a photo captured the then-27-year-old being whisked away from the bombing scene.

Bauman, who has also been credited with helping police identify one of the accused bombers, personified the "Boston Strong" mentality the city took on in its recovery from the bombings.

The survivor threw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox game, sat just inches away from First Lady Michelle Obama at this year's State of the Union address, and authored a best-selling book, Stronger, that is now slated to be turned into a movie.


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Thursday
Jul172014

Two Men Caught with Heroin in Lawrence

(LAWRENCE, Mass.) -- Two Lawrence men were caught with heroin Tuesday afternoon.

The Massachusetts State Police reports that officers found Lisandy Junior Cordero and Victor Trinidad in possession of a "brick" of heroin that weighed about 137 grams. The men also had several small quantities of heroin, weighing about 7 grams.

Cordero, 22, and Trinidad, 41, were arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine over 100 grams and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.


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