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Embattled mayor seeks postponement of federal trial

Dec. 6, 2019 2:37 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts mayor facing federal investment fraud and extortion charges as well as prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to delay his trial several months. In a joint filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, prosecutors and lawyers for 27-year-old Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia requested...

Committee recommends 3 Catholic parishes consolidate into 1

Nov. 29, 2019 3:10 PM EST

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Church leaders in a Massachusetts town are recommending that three Catholic parishes be consolidated into one but remain open individually. The Rev. Rodney Thibault says the new parish in North Attleborough would be called Transfiguration of the Lord and would combine the...

Mayor indicted for fraud, extortion tossed out of office

Nov. 6, 2019 9:27 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Voters in Massachusetts have tossed a mayor under federal indictment out of office. Paul Coogan, a two-time member of the city's school committee, cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday's election in Fall River. Incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia (JAY'-zel koh-RAY'-uh) had remained on...

Indicted Massachusetts mayor loses reelection bid

Nov. 5, 2019 9:20 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal fraud and extortion charges has lost reelection. Incumbent Jasiel Correia (JAY'-zel koh-RAY'-uh) remained on the Fall River ballot Tuesday even though he suspended his reelection campaign. Paul Coogan, a two-time member of the city's school...

Massachusetts priests suspended due to alleged misconduct

Nov. 4, 2019 9:45 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two Catholic priests in Massachusetts have been placed on leave due to allegations of misconduct. The Herald News reports the Fall River Diocese suspended Father Daniel Lacroix and Father Richard Degagne. A release from the diocese did not clarify the nature of the allegations but...

Man gets up to 10 years in prison for molesting girl

Nov. 1, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for molesting a 5-year-old girl he knew. The Sun Chronicle reports that 55-year-old James Hickman was sentenced Thursday in Fall River Superior Court following his conviction earlier this week on charges of indecent...

3 injured in late-night shooting in Massachusetts

Oct. 28, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police say two men and a woman have been injured in a late-night shooting in Massachusetts. The victims of the shooting in Fall River at about 11:15 p.m. Sunday were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with what were described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries....

Suspect in a pair of 1990s rapes held without bail

Oct. 19, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A man who spent the last 16 years living in Maine has pleaded not guilty in connection to a pair of rapes in Massachusetts more than 20 years ago. Ivan Keith was held without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to aggravated rape and other charges during his Superior Court...

Man implicated in unsolved 1990s rapes to be arraigned

Oct. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who fled Massachusetts 16 years ago and was arrested in Maine this summer will be arraigned in connection with a pair of unsolved rapes from the 1990s. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn says 61-year-old Ivan Keith will be arraigned Friday in Fall...

Embattled Massachusetts mayor takes leave of absence

Oct. 15, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mayor facing federal fraud and extortion charges who has consistently resisted efforts to remove him from office has taken a voluntary leave of absence. Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia also announced Tuesday that he will suspend his reelection campaign and hand most...