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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, Carlos Rafael talks on the phone at Homer's Wharf near his herring boat F/V Voyager in New Bedford, Mass. A Massachusetts company is slated to acquire in 2020 what's left of the boats once owned by Rafael, who was forced out of the industry after an elaborate fraud. The fishing magnate, known as the Codfather, was sentenced in 2017 to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal. (John Sladewski/Standard Times via AP, File)

Fishmonger's finale: The Codfather's boats are sold

Feb. 20, 2020 12:37 PM EST

Most of what's left of the boats owned by a fishing magnate known as the Codfather, who was forced out of the industry after committing an elaborate fraud, have been acquired by a Massachusetts company, it said Thursday. Blue Harvest, a fishing and processing company in New Bedford, announced it has reached an...

Lawsuit: 2 cheated man of $4 million in lottery winnings

Jan. 24, 2020 1:27 PM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man says two women cheated him out of $4 million in lottery winnings by taking advantage of his inability to read or speak English. Joao Luis DaPonte filed a lawsuit this month against Maria Oliveira and Susana Gaspar in Bristol Superior Court over the ownership of...

Trial for woman arrested at ICE jail protest delayed

Jan. 7, 2020 11:08 PM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Rhode Island woman arrested at a protest over a Massachusetts jail's housing of immigrant detainees has been postponed. The activist group FANG Collective said a New Bedford District Court judge on Tuesday pushed the trial of Sherrie Andre to late February. The...

Elderly man dies after fire in New Bedford home

Dec. 29, 2019 4:27 PM EST

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A man in his 80s died and two firefighters were hurt in a blaze at a two-family home in Massachusetts, authorities said. The fire in the New Bedford home was reported at about 5 p.m. Saturday, the city fire department said in a statement. Crews on a search and rescue operation...