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New Bedford Man Caught Breaking into Family Dollar Store

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- A man was arrested early Friday morning after he was caught breaking into a Family Dollar store in downtown New Bedford.

Police received a call around 2:30 a.m. regarding suspicious behavior in the area near the store on the 700-block of Purchase St.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found that Quinton Chapple had allegedly smashed through the front door and was in the process of entering the store. He was quickly placed under arrest without further incident.

During a search, police also allegedly found a small amount of crack cocaine and Xanax on the 30-year-old New Bedford resident.

Chapple faces charges of attempting burglary, malicious destruction of property, and illegal possession.

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New Voting Equipment to Be Used for Upcoming Election

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- The city's Election Commission will showcase new voting equipment for New Bedford voters on Friday, displaying upgraded digital ballot scanners and vote tabulators.

The devices will be used in the upcoming Nov. 4 election and include private voting booths. New paper ballots will require voters to fill an oval to vote, instead of having individuals draw a line to connect the arrow.

"The upgraded equipment is designed to make the voting process easier for both voters and poll workers as well as to improve the accuracy of ballot tabulation," officials said in a statement.

New Bedford is one of the first cities in the Commonwealth to employ the new equipment, according to the Mayor's Office.

The devices are available for showcase at 10 a.m. Friday in New Bedford City Hall.

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City Hosts Hometown Tourist Weekend for New Bedford Residents

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- New Bedford's Office of Tourism is partnering with the Connecting for Change Conference to host "Hometown Tourist Weekend" on Saturday and Sunday in an effort to encourage residents to explore their city.

Locals will be offered deals from attractions including the Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford Art Museum, Travessia Urban Winery, Tia Maria's European Cafe, Zeiterion Perfoming Arts Center, and more.

"Hometown Tourist Weekend is a great opportunity for city residents to explore and enjoy the many shops, museums, and attractions that draw visitors to New Bedford year round," Mayor Jon Mitchell said in a statement Wednesday.

Residents can download a coupon book online or visit participating locations for more information.

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Driver Hits Two Cars, House in West End 

(NEW BEDFORD) -- A driver distracted by a young child in the car hit a house and two parked cars in the city's West End.

The East Falmouth man sideswiped a car and rear-ended another before striking the house at 712 Rockdale Avenue, the Standard-Times reports.

The 39-year-old was not cited by police.

Both the driver and his 2-year-old passenger were taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation.

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New Bedford Launches City App 

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- New Bedford launched the city's first app Friday, directing the initiative at tourists.

The new app, available for both Apple and Android platforms, offers a city map with GPS locations, as well as visitor information, accommodations, shopping, art gallaries, musueums, and area history.

 "In today’s technology driven world, Apps are on the rise amongst destinations looking to offer visitors a unique experience by making all visitor information accessible in one location, like through a free app. It’s a very convenient travel tool that visitors can utilize prior, during and after their visit to New Bedford," said Dagny Ashley, director of tourism & marketing.

Users can download Destination New Bedford from online app stores.

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