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Three New Bedford Residents Arrested After Drug Deal

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- Three New Bedford residents were arrested on Thursday night after police witnessed a drug deal in progress.

According to the Standard-Times, Michael Pina, 44, and Gilberto Collazo, 21, were charged with distributing the drugs, while Paris DeSouza, 23, was charged with possession.

Police said the deal took place near the intersection of Fair and Briggs Streets. DeSouza allegedly met up with the two men, a transaction occurred, and he was later found in possession of Percocet.

Police recovered $1,475 and additional Percocet pills when they arrested the two men, the Standard-Times said. Arraignment for all three was scheduled for Friday.

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State Dept. of Public Health Receives $1.75M for Asthma Studies

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health received $1.75 million in funding for asthma-related programs on Wednesday.

The funding comes from a multi-state settlement with pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, LCC, which had been accused of unlawfully promoting its asthma drug, Advair, as well as antidepressant drugs.

Part of the funding will go towards testing a home-based intervention model to improve the lives of adults with asthma.

"In Massachusetts, thousands of children and older adults are diagnosed with asthma, and this funding will help to greatly improve their quality of life," Attorney General Martha Coakley said. "We are pleased to facilitate this grant and look forward to the Department of Public Health's efforts in providing policy development and asthma-related programs in communities that need it most."

An estimated 21.1 million U.S. adults have asthma, according to the Interagency Service Agreement.

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Mom Accused of Using Son, 17, in Drug Operation

New Bedford Police Department(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – A 32-year-old New Bedford woman is accused of using her son as part of a drug operation.

Detectives from the New Bedford Police Department’s Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant in an apartment belonging to Adawilda Costoso on the 300 block of North Front St. around 5 p.m. on Friday.

Inside the apartment, police say they found her 17-year-old son in possession of heroin. Officers also found 58 grams of heroin and over $1,000 in cash.

Costoso was arraigned on Monday in New Bedford District Court, where she was charged with trafficking heroin, inducing a minor to distribute heroin, and possession with intent to distribute.

The Department of Child and Family Services has opened an investigation into Costoso as well.

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Man, 66, Robbed While Walking Home

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- A 66-year-old man was robbed on Sunday as he was walking home.

New Bedford police say he was walking in the area of County Road and Rivet Street around 12:45 p.m. when he was grabbed from behind in a bear hug. The suspect then reached into his pockets and took some cash.

Police say the suspect and a second man, who was with him, were last seen running on Purchase Street from Rivet Street.

The victim could only describe the suspects as light-skinned men with slim builds, around five-feet ten-inches in height, and wearing light colored clothing, according to police.

Neither of the two men spoke to the victim during the robbery.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at (508) 991-6300 ext. 136.

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Brothers Suffer Serious Burns While Roasting Marshmallows

(FITCHBURG, Mass.) -- Two brothers who suffered serious burns roasting marshmallows are now listed in stable condition.

Fire officials in Fitchburg say the 14-year-old and his 11-year-old brother were having a bonfire in their backyard on Saturday when one of the boys threw a gas container into the fire to make it bigger.

The boys' mother was inside the family's home getting more marshmallows when the gas container exploded, according to Fitchburg Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Dateo.

“She heard and explosion and saw the kids were burning,” said Dateo.

The boy’s uncle, David Lanteigne, said the boy’s mother and a neighbor helped put out the fire.

“She got some injuries from it as well, but she’s doing okay,” said Lanteigne.

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