Fairhaven Police Department http://fairhavenpolice.org Official Website Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:21:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i1.wp.com/fairhavenpolice.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/140/2017/05/cropped-fairhaven-police-massachusetts-patch-9.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Fairhaven Police Department http://fairhavenpolice.org 32 32 134879013 MEMA Issues Advisory on High Temperatures, Potential for Severe Thunderstorms Today http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/06/18/mema-issues-advisory-on-high-temperatures-potential-for-severe-thunderstorms-today/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/06/18/mema-issues-advisory-on-high-temperatures-potential-for-severe-thunderstorms-today/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:21:09 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=420 The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) would like to advise residents of the attached forecast bulletins from the National Weather Service offices in Albany, New York and Norton concerning the high temperatures and heat indices today and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. From the National Weather Service in Norton: […]

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The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) would like to advise residents of the attached forecast bulletins from the National Weather Service offices in Albany, New York and Norton concerning the high temperatures and heat indices today and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

From the National Weather Service in Norton:

Hot and humid conditions are on tap today with our first taste of excessive heat this summer season as heat indices will range from 95-103°F for interior areas of S New England.

  • HEAT ADVISORIES posted which have been expanded to include the city of Boston and surrounding metro-area, as well as the mid CT River Valley.

This in addition to the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into evening with embedded threats of cloud to ground lightning, strong to damaging winds, and/or brief heavy rain.

  • There is presently a MARGINAL to SLIGHT RISK for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, mainly over northern and western areas of MA and CT.
  • There is also a MARGINAL RISK for excessive rainfall over northern and western areas of MA.

Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Heat Advisory 
Issued: June 18 at 4:17AM EDT
Expiring: June 18 at 6:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Suffolk; Western Norfolk

Heat Advisory
Issued: June 18 at 4:17AM EDT
Expiring: June 18 at 6:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Hampden; Southeast Middlesex; Western Essex

Air Quality Alert
Issued: June 17 at 11:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Hampden; Western Norfolk


Air Quality Alert 

Issued: June 17 at 7:00PM EDT

Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Nantucket; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth


MEMA Operations

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring).  MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.

Preparedness and Safety Information

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/thunderstorm-and-lightning-safety-tips

Extreme Heat Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/extreme-heat-safety-tips

Tornado Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tornado-safety-tips

Stay Informed

Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.

Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html

Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources

Online Resources
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Norton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center:  http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org

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Fairhaven Police Department Swears In New Officer http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/06/12/fairhaven-police-department-swears-in-new-officer/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/06/12/fairhaven-police-department-swears-in-new-officer/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 21:16:23 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=413 Chief Michael J. Myers is pleased to announce that a new Fairhaven Police officer was sworn in during a ceremony today.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Lieutenant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Department Swears In New Officer

FAIRHAVEN — Chief Michael J. Myers is pleased to announce that a new Fairhaven Police officer was sworn in during a ceremony yesterday.

On Monday, June 11, Officer William “Guy” Vachon was sworn in by Assistant Town Clerk Carolyn Hurley at Fairhaven Town Hall.

“The Fairhaven Police Department is proud to welcome Officer Vachon within its ranks and we wish him the best of luck for a safe and successful career,” Chief Myers said.

Officer Vachon graduated from the Randolph Police Academy on June 7, after an intensive 22-week basic recruit training program. At the academy he received classroom and practical exercise training in constitutional law, criminal law, motor vehicle law, criminal procedure and several other subjects.

Officer Vachon is a Fairhaven resident and a member of the 102nd Security Forces Squadron of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He is stationed at Joint Base Cape Cod, where he serves as a Staff Sergeant in a law enforcement capacity.

He recently returned to the United States after a six-month deployment in Qatar. Upon his return, Officer Vachon enrolled in the Randolph Police Academy.

He will begin by working on the day shift for the department.

 

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Fairhaven Police Investigating Serious Crash on Route 240 that Injured Four http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/05/30/fairhaven-police-investigating-serious-crash-on-route-240-that-injured-four/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/05/30/fairhaven-police-investigating-serious-crash-on-route-240-that-injured-four/#respond Wed, 30 May 2018 23:45:59 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=411 Lt. Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department is investigating a serious crash on Route 240 that injured four people and shut down the southbound side of the highway for nearly four hours Wednesday afternoon.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Lieutenant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Investigating Serious Crash on Route 240 that Injured Four

FAIRHAVEN — Lt. Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department is investigating a serious crash on Route 240 that injured four people and shut down the southbound side of the highway for nearly four hours Wednesday afternoon.

At approximately 12:40 p.m., Fairhaven Police were called to a three-vehicle crash on the southbound side of Route 240, between Route 195 and Bridge Street in Fairhaven.

The initial investigation indicates that the driver of a black 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, towing a boat, had a tire blown on the boat trailer and pulled off of the right side of the road onto the grass beside the breakdown lane.

As the driver of the truck and a passenger were outside of the vehicle inspecting the blown tire, the driver of a red 1997 Pontiac Trans Sport minivan allegedly lost control and collided with a blue 1996 Toyota Corolla that was driving in the right lane in front of it.

The minivan spun out of control and nearly struck the boat before going off of the road.

The Toyota struck the boat, injuring both of the pedestrians that were standing beside the boat.

Upon arrival, officers closed the southbound side of the highway with the assistance of State Police.

One of the pedestrians, a 40-year-old Needham man, was seriously injured and was taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital by Fairhaven Fire paramedics.

The second pedestrian, a 53-year-old Fall River man, was also seriously injured. A medical helicopter responded and landed on the southbound side of the highway to transport the man to Rhode Island Hospital. The northbound side of the road was closed for a short time while the helicopter was on scene.

The male operator and sole occupant of the minivan, a 51-year-old New Bedford man, was injured and transported by Mattapoisett Police paramedics by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital.

The male operator and sole occupant of the Toyota Corolla, a 64-year-old Acushnet man, was injured and taken by ambulance to Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford by Acushnet Fire paramedics.

The current conditions of the patients are unknown at this time.

The State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS) was called to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The vehicles were towed away and Route 240 was reopened around 4:15 p.m.

In addition to the State Police, members of the Fairhaven Fire Department, Mattapoisett Police and Fire Departments and Acushnet Fire Department all responded to the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call Fairhaven Police at 508-997-7421.

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Fairhaven Police Seize Guns, Drugs in Raid of Apartment http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/05/08/406/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/05/08/406/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 20:10:07 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=406 Lieutenant Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department arrested an alleged drug dealer and seized two guns and a variety of narcotics during the execution of a search warrant on Monday, which came as the result of a Fairhaven Police investigation into drug activity in the community.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Lieutenant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Seize Guns, Drugs in Raid of Apartment

FAIRHAVEN — Lieutenant Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department arrested an alleged drug dealer and seized two guns and a variety of narcotics during the execution of a search warrant on Monday, which came as the result of a Fairhaven Police investigation into drug activity in the community.

ELISEO RAMIREZ-ROSA JR., AGE 23, OF FAIRHAVEN was charged with:

  • Trafficking Over 200 Grams of Cocaine
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Suboxone)
  • Possession of a Class A Drug (Heroin)
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class D Drug (Marijuana)
  • Possession of a Firearm With a Defaced Serial Number
  • Unlawful Possession of Ammunition
  • Improper Storage of a Firearm (Two Counts)
  • Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm (Two Counts)

At approximately 12:30 p.m., on Monday, May 7, Fairhaven Police detectives executed a search warrant at an apartment at 415 Main St., with the assistance of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office South Coast Anti-Crime Task Force.

The search warrant was applied for as part of an investigation into a drug dealing operation that was based out of the residence.

RAMIREZ-ROSA was the target of the investigation and he was arrested during a traffic stop on Monday as part of the investigation.

During the subsequent search of the apartment detectives seized:

  • Over 350 Grams of Cocaine
  • Over Three Grams of Heroin
  • 25 Doses of Suboxone
  • Two Loaded Handguns
  • Over Two Pounds of Marijuana
  • Over $2,500 in Cash

RAMIREZ-ROSA was booked at the Fairhaven Police station and was arraigned at Third District Court in New Bedford Tuesday morning. He was already out on bail for a previous incident, and his bail was revoked on that case.

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Fairhaven Police Arrest Hit and Run Driver http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/05/07/fairhaven-police-arrest-hit-and-run-driver/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/05/07/fairhaven-police-arrest-hit-and-run-driver/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 20:57:40 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=398 Lieutenant Kevin Kobza reports that Fairhaven Police arrested a man over the weekend who was allegedly involved in a hit and run crash and swerved at a pedestrian that was trying to stop him from fleeing.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Lieutenant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 7, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Arrest Hit and Run Driver

FAIRHAVEN — Lieutenant Kevin Kobza reports that Fairhaven Police arrested a man over the weekend who was allegedly involved in a hit and run crash and swerved at a pedestrian that was trying to stop him from fleeing.

RAYMOND PIRES, AGE 51, OF FAIRHAVEN was charged with:

  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Two Counts)
  • Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon
  • Unlawfully Attaching License Plates
  • Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
  • Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Trespassing With a Motor Vehicle

At approximately 2 p.m., Saturday, May 5, Fairhaven Police received multiple reports of a crash at the intersection of Weeden Road and Babbitt Street, involving a 2000 Honda Civic and a 2011 GMC SUV.

PIRES, the driver of the Honda, fled from the scene of the crash prior to the arrival of police.

Through the subsequent investigation, it was determined that PIRES struck two vehicles and then fled from the crash at a high rate of speed. While fleeing, PIRES allegedly swerved his car at a witness who was trying to prevent him from leaving the scene.

He then drove across the lawn of a house on nearby Studley Street.

After driving through the residential neighborhood, PIRES ended up back at the scene of the crash. A group of bystanders who were working on a nearby construction site prevented PIRES from fleeing again and detained him until officers arrived.

“While we don’t recommend that bystanders attempt to stop criminals themselves, this was helpful in making sure that the suspect didn’t get away a second time,” Lt. Kobza said.

PIRES was arrested without further incident when officers arrived.

He was arraigned Monday in Third District Court in New Bedford.

No injuries were reported.

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Fairhaven Police Warn Residents of Phone Scam http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/02/22/378/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/02/22/378/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:12:46 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=378 Sgt. Kevin W. Kobza is warning Fairhaven residents about a recent telephone scam.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Warn Residents of Phone Scam

FAIRHAVEN — Sgt. Kevin W. Kobza is warning Fairhaven residents about a recent telephone scam.

Sgt. Kobza personally received a call today from a man who identified himself as working for the “American Officer’s Association,” claiming he was collecting money for a fundraiser.

Anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to be from the organization should not speak with them and should not donate money to them.

The phone number that Sgt. Kobza received the call from was 781-613-1095, out of Dedham.

Sgt. Kobza attempted to call the number back and got an answering machine with a woman’s voice on it. The incident is under investigation.

If anyone has questions about law enforcement organizations conducting legitimate fundraisers, please confirm the fundraising efforts with your local police departments.

Any Fairhaven residents who believe they are a victim of this scam should call the Fairhaven Police Department at 508-997-7421.

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Fairhaven Police Seek Man Who Robbed Convenience Store with Knife http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/01/29/fairhaven-police-seek-man-robbed-convenience-store-knife/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/01/29/fairhaven-police-seek-man-robbed-convenience-store-knife/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:00:44 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=373 Sgt. Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department is seeking to identify a man who robbed a convenience store while brandishing a knife Monday afternoon.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Seek Man Who Robbed Convenience Store with Knife

FAIRHAVEN – Sgt. Kevin Kobza reports that the Fairhaven Police Department is seeking to identify a man who robbed a convenience store while brandishing a knife Monday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., police responded to Friendly Farm Convenience, 121 Sconticut Neck Road, for a report of a robbery.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a male suspect entered the store carrying a large hunting knife. He demanded money from the store clerk and subsequently fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported during the incident.

The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s, weighing approximately 140 pounds and standing between 5-feet-2-inches to 5-feet-4-inches tall. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt over a grey hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a black baseball cap.

The incident was captured by the store’s surveillance cameras, which investigators are reviewing.

Anyone with information about this incident or who believes they may recognize the suspect is asked to call Fairhaven Police detectives at 508-997-7421. Callers may remain anonymous.

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Fairhaven Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/01/10/fairhaven-police-department-shares-ice-dam-snow-removal-safety-tips-residents/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2018/01/10/fairhaven-police-department-shares-ice-dam-snow-removal-safety-tips-residents/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:43:27 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=370 After last week's heavy snowfall and with warmer temperatures expected over the next several days, Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to advise Fairhaven residents on how they can safely handle snow removal from roofs and avoid damage from ice dams.

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Fairhaven Police Department Shares Ice Dam and Snow Removal Safety Tips for Residents

FAIRHAVEN — After last week’s heavy snowfall and with warmer temperatures expected over the next several days, Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to advise Fairhaven residents on how they can safely handle snow removal from roofs and avoid damage from ice dams.

With some areas experiencing over a foot of snow, it is important for property owners, managers and tenants to have snow and ice safely cleared from their roofs.

This week, the National Weather Service expects Fairhaven to experience heavy rains from Thursday through Saturday. The region could see 1-3 inches of rain in that span. Sgt. Kobza asks residents to clear nearby storm drains from any snow, ice or debris to help prevent flooding, in a safe manner.

“Please only clear drains in areas of low traffic volume and where it is safe to do so,” Sgt. Kobza said. “The town can handle the other drains. If residents know of drains that often get clogged that are in high-risk areas, please call the department at 508-997-7421 and notify us and we will have it taken care of.”

While removing snow from roofs, residents should be aware of the dangers that come with heavy snow loads and the importance of recognizing signs of structural weakness. Flat and low pitched roofs are at the highest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations, however many risks posed by heavy snowfall on roofs can be avoided by ensuring that the snow is removed safely.

“With the coming rain, water can get built up underneath snow and ice on roofs and cause ice dams, which could create significant water damage to your property,” Sgt. Kobza said. “Residents should always consider hiring professionals to remove snow and ice from their roofs. Injuries happen every year when people try to do it themselves.”

The following safety tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) outline how to safely remove snow from roofs, recognize structural damage and other important safety information.

HOW TO REMOVE SNOW FROM ROOFS

  • Consider hiring snow removal professionals. The combination of height and ice can make removing snow from roofs dangerous. If you decide to perform the task yourself, make sure you have someone with you to assist.
  • Use a snow rake to remove snow from pitched roofs and start from the edge.
  • Try to shave the snow down 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean which could damage shingles or other roof covering.
  • Keep all ladders, roof rakes and shovels away from utility wires.
  • Plastic shovels are usually the best as metal tools may cause damage to your roof.
  • Shovel snow from flat roofs by throwing the snow over the side and away from the building.
  • Remove large icicles carefully if they’re hanging over doors and walkways. Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broomstick.
  • Protect gas and electric meters and piping from falling snow, icicles and melting water.
  • Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level

DO NOT

  • Do not add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.
  • Do not use a ladder, as ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots.
  • Do not use blow torches, open-flame, electric heating devices, or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
  • Do not try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company or contractor for assistance.

HOW TO RECOGNIZE PROBLEMS WITH ROOFS

  • Sagging roofs
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/12/04/media-advisory-fairhaven-police-participate-7th-annual-fill-bus-toy-drive/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/12/04/media-advisory-fairhaven-police-participate-7th-annual-fill-bus-toy-drive/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:29:26 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=356   Fairhaven Police Department Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO 1 Bryant St. Fairhaven, MA 02719 For Immediate Release Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 617-993-0003 Email: john@jgpr.net *MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the […]

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Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the South Coast to participate in the seventh Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” hosted by the non-profit group Safe Zones.

WHEN:

Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Walmart, 42 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven

WHAT:

The Fairhaven Police Department will once again be teaming up with the local anti-bullying group Safe Zones for their annual toy drive. They will be collecting toys, loading them onto school buses and distributing them to children throughout the South Coast this holiday season.

“We look forward to this event every year. Having so many people in the community come out and support this fantastic cause is really great to see,” Sgt. Kobza said. “No child should go without during the holidays and this is our way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Those who would like to participate can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Fairhaven Walmart parking lot on Saturday. Toys for boys and girls of all age groups will be accepted. Please, no toys that simulate weapons, such as toy guns.

“Last year we filled seven school buses with hundreds of toys. It’s certainly a labor of love,” said Safe Zones Founder Jerry Pinto said. “We encourage everyone to come out and drop off toys. Every single one of them will help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.”

In addition to Fairhaven, toys will also be collected on Saturday at:

  • Target, 479 State Road, Dartmouth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Acushnet Police Department, 64 Middle Road, Acushnet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • New Bedford Police Headquarters, 871 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toys can also be donated at police stations in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and New Bedford until Dec. 24.

For more information or for a pickup of five or more items, email safezonekids@gmail.com.

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Fairhaven Police Offer Tips to Prevent Holiday Package Theft http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/11/30/fairhaven-police-offer-tips-prevent-holiday-package-theft/ http://fairhavenpolice.org/2017/11/30/fairhaven-police-offer-tips-prevent-holiday-package-theft/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:23:56 +0000 http://fairhavenpolice.org/?p=354 FAIRHAVEN – With the holiday shopping season officially here, Sgt. Kevin Kobza and the Fairhaven Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands. “With more and more people buying gifts online, we want to make sure our residents […]

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FAIRHAVEN – With the holiday shopping season officially here, Sgt. Kevin Kobza and the Fairhaven Police Department wish to remind residents of several precautions they can take when ordering items online to help prevent their gifts from falling into the wrong hands.

“With more and more people buying gifts online, we want to make sure our residents have the necessary resources they need to ensure that their gifts arrive safely,” Sgt. Kobza said. “In many cases the orders can be tracked right from your phone, from when it is shipped to when it reaches your doorstep.”

FedEx and UPS offer services to assist customers during the holidays. To best ensure that your packages are not taken, Fairhaven Police recommend the following strategies:

  • Request notifications on your deliveries, via phone or email, to monitor your packages in transit and upon delivery.
  • Always require a signature on your deliveries to ensure packages are never left unattended.
  • Consider sending deliveries to an alternate location where someone will be able to receive them – whether that be a workplace, a neighbor or friend’s house, or a FedEx or UPS location.
  • Schedule your delivery for a specific date and time that you’re expected to be home.
  • Set up a vacation hold if you plan on traveling during the holidays so gifts won’t be left on the doorstep.
  •  Be aware of “tailgating,” which refers to the people who follow delivery vehicles and steal the packages after they are dropped off.
  • If you find your package has been stolen, reach out to Fairhaven Police and report it immediately.
  • Never accept a surprise delivery where a payment is required, and never give out personal information when receiving a delivery that you purchased.

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