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Teen Girl Robbed on Rounds Street

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- A 15-year-old girl was reportedly robbed Thursday morning while walking from her house to the bus stop.

The New Bedford Police Department reports that the girl had been walking on Rounds Street between Union and Arnold Streets when a man approached from the passenger seat of a parked van. The man allegedly grabbed at her backpack. The two struggled and the man eventually stole her bracelet.

The girl fled and was not seriously injured.

The suspect is described as a tan, white man who is very tall and thin. He is in his late teens or early twenties and has short, dirty blonde hair.

The van is described as a silver or grey Ford Transit Connect van with maroon lettering on the side.

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Injuries Reported at Double Rollover Crash in Franklin

(FRANKLIN, Mass.) -- Early Thursday morning, state police responded to a double rollover crash in Franklin.

The Massachusetts State Police says the crash was on I-495 northbound at Exit 17.

Minor injuries were reported.

The crash has since been cleared and all traffic lanes are now open.

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City's 'Mass in Motion' to Receive Continued Funding 

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- New Bedford's Mass in Motion program will receive another round of funding to help make the city a healthier place, state officials announced Tuesday.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health awarded New Bedford with an undisclosed amount of continued support to keep the initiative, which started in 2009, in operation for another three years.

MiM will focus on increasing access to fresh and local food at farmers' markets, corner stores, and community gardens, as well as collaborating with schools and working to improve bike-related planning in the city.

“Mass in Motion New Bedford has worked closely with the community to advocate for healthy programming and activities and we are thrilled to continue that work in New Bedford," said Kim Ferreira, Director of MiM NB. "We were more than excited to hear our proposal was approved."

Officials tout the success of MiM by pointing at the South Coast Bikeway and New Bedford Bicycle Committee, along with the addition of 13 local restaurants to the Healthy Dining New Bedford program.

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Man Bitten, Robbed Outside Local 7-Eleven

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- A New Bedford man was struck, bitten, and then robbed of two dollars outside a local 7-Eleven on Monday afternoon.

New Bedford Police say the 46-year-old man was leaving a 7-Eleven on Coggeshall Street when he dropped money on the ground.

The suspect, who was standing nearby, stepped on the money right before striking the victim with a bicycle lock and chain. He then bit him on the arm before fleeing on a blue ten-speed bicycle with rounded handle bars.

The victim was taken to St. Luke's hospital.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20's to early 30's. He was wearing a light colored shirt and pants.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police at 508-991-6300, ext. 320.

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State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Duxbury

(DUXBURY, Mass.) -- Police are investigating a Sunday afternoon fatal crash in Duxbury.

The Massachusetts State Police reports that the accident was reported on Route 3 southbound just before 3 p.m.

The car was on fire and the driver, a 34-year-old woman, was found dead at the scene.

The victim's identity has not yet been released.

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