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(January 20, 2016) Rehoboth firefighters and police were dispatched shortly after 2 AM this morning to a report of a single-family house fire at 79 Chestnut Street in Rehoboth.

    Police officers assisted residents evacuate the building while firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second floor and mounted an aggressive interior attack.

   “Firefighters did an excellent job considering the temperature at the time of the call was 20 degrees and dropping,” said RFD Chief Frank Barresi.  While the fire was reported knocked down in twenty minutes, “it took over an hour to expose all of the hidden fire and fully extinguish it,” noted Barresi.

   Two of the six residents living in the home were taken to the hospital by Rehoboth EMS as a precaution for possible smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

    The cause of the house fire remains under investigation by the RFD. Initial observations indicate it may be accidental. The last units cleared the scene at 5:16 this morning.

   A sander was also requested from the Rehoboth Highway Department to treat the area of Chestnut Street that became iced over. The family is being assisted by the RFD Chaplain, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army with shelter and other necessities.


(Update: January 22, 2016)  Man thought to be suspicious turned out to be someone who just stopped at the wrong house and then left.

(January 20, 2016) Rehoboth police issued an alert yesterday on their departmental website and Facebook regarding a “suspicious condition” involving an unidentified man caught on surveillance video of a residence at 132 Fairview Avenue.

    Police were alerted by the homeowner who showed officers a video of a bearded male adult subject with dark hair wearing dark pants and tan jacket carrying what appears to be a filled pillowcase or bag.

    The video shows the man unsuccessfully trying to open a door leading into the basement before walking to the front of the residence and leaving in a dark colored, 1998 Volvo V70. 

    Police are asking citizens to contact Patrolman Thomas Ranley with any information at 508-252-3722, extension 1137 or by email at   


(January 15, 2016) A local resident led Rehoboth police on a game of hide and seek yesterday when four officers arrived to serve him with several outstanding arrest warrants.

    Rehoboth Police Sgt. Mark Rossi, along with officers Jasson Ferreira, Jake MIranda, and Gregory DeCastro, arrived yesterday morning to arrest suspect Jesse. A. Dreas, age 34 at a residence on Pond Street.  His mother-in-law allowed officers to enter the home and after an extensive search located Dreas hiding in a crawl space located in a closet in the basement. 

    According to police, the entry to the crawl space was concealed by clothing and other personal items.  Dreas was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters for processing.  He was later arraigned in Taunton District Court on Rehoboth police charges of larceny by check, and threats to commit a crime.


(January 14, 2016) A Rehoboth woman fled her Winthrop Street apartment shortly after midnight this morning, leaving her one-year-old son behind, following an alleged vicious assault by her intoxicated boyfriend.

    The woman appeared in the lobby of the RPD saying she fled her home in “fear for her life.” She claimed she had been strangled, kicked, punched, and slapped several times by her boyfriend.

    According to police, the unidentified woman reported she was dragged back into the apartment by her boyfriend when she first attempted to flee to get help. She also said he withheld her cell phone so she could not call 911.

    Officers Craig Warish and Sgt. Brian Ramos arrived at the residence to discover an exterior door partially open. The child was found safe, but crying, in his crib and returned to his mother. Police then searched the apartment and were unable to locate the suspect.

    Massachusetts State Police K9 Unit and Dighton Police assisted in the search of the immediate area on Winthrop Street.  Around 4 AM, police returned to the apartment and found Devon Maiorano, age 32 of Rehoboth. He was arrested on multiple charges including assault and battery on a family/household member, kidnapping, strangulation, witness intimidation and destruction of property over $250. He is being arraigned on those charges today in Taunton District Court.


(January 14, 2016) The Rehoboth Fire Department will receive two grants from the Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) program including $4,237 for a student program and $2,716 for a senior citizen program.

    The department has been the recipient of S.A.F.E. grants for many years with Lt. Randy Larrivee managing both programs designed to bring awareness and education to local school children and elders in the community.

    The SAFE programs are designed to lower the overall fire-related risk reduction in the community. Since the inception of the program twenty years ago, child fire deaths have been reduced by a phenomenal 72 percent.  Important issues to be covered include fire prevention, general home safety, and how to be prepared in the event of a fire.

     Fire Chief Frank Barresi credits the hard work and dedication of Larrivee, and the firefighters who assist him, with the program’s local success.  "Lt. Larrivee is totally dedicated to the mission of the program and deserves all of the credit for it's success,” emphasized Barresi.  

    Anyone seeking more information or wishing to have a presentation for their group or organization can contact the RFD at 508-252-3725 or visit their website.


(January 9, 2016) A Rehoboth woman was critically injured after being burned in a home fire on Salisbury Street early this morning.

   Police officers and and firefighters were dispatched to the single family residence at 100 Salisbury after receiving a 911 call from a neighbor the home was on fire and that a single female occupant has escaped.  The caller described the victim, who had run to the nearby relative’s home, as “completely burned.”  

    Officers Craig Warish and Douglas Brown arrived on scene within two minutes  and confirmed the living room area of the home was engulfed in fire with heavy smoke. Using portable fire extinguishers, the officers were able to safely knock down the flames and determine there were no other occupants inside the home.  They rendered medical aid to the 43-year-old victim until the ambulance arrived.    

     Rehoboth firefighters were able to fully extinguished the fire and conduct over-haul operations in the home.  It was determined the fire was isolated to the living room area of the home. The victim was transported to the RI Hospital for injuries listed as critical at the time of her arrival.

    The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by the Rehoboth Fire Department, Rehoboth Police Departments along with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshals Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit.



(January 9, 2016) Rehoboth Police arrested two Providence men on a variety of charges related to a home burglaries in Rehoboth.

    Yesterday morning, a Pine Street resident called police after seeing a suspicious vehicle in her driveway and a suspicious male walking on her property.  She told police the vehicle, a grey SUV with RI registration plates, had left and driven down
a secluded driveway of a neighboring home.

   Officers Jasson Ferreira and Gregory DeCastro discovered the suspicious vehicle parked unattended at the residence.  They also observed that a rear window of the home had been forced open.  The officers established a perimeter around the house and waited for additional Rehoboth and Seekonk police to arrive.

    A short time later, two male suspects were quickly apprehended following a brief struggle. Once inside, police saw a large flat panel television had been removed from a living room wall and other electronic devices had been gathered.    

     Twenty-three-year-old Jayco Smith and twenty-six-year-old Alexis Torres (aka Joelkin Rosairo), both of the same Providence address, were charged with multiple crimes including breaking and entering, two counts of vandalism of property, stealing from a building,  possession of burglarious tools, and resisting arrest.  Torres was also charged, out an outstanding warrant from New York, as a fugitive from justice.

     Smith  and Torres will also be facing charges in connection with three recent house breaks in Rehoboth on January 5 and January 7. Detective Eastwood is the investigating officer on those cases.


(January 6, 2016) The Board of Registrars is required to conduct an annual listing of residents as of the first of January each year.  In addition to the name, address, date of birth, occupation, veteran status, and number of dogs, the form includes a section for school information required by the school department.

    Annual census forms for year 2016 have beem mailed to all households in Rehoboth and residents are asked to review the pre-printed forms, make corrections, and return them within ten (10) days after receipt.

    Failure to return the completed form may result in voters being placed on an inactive voting list or being dropped from the voting list.

    Residents are asked to return their completed form by mail or place in a “Census” container at the Blanding Public Library, Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center, or Bristol County Savings Bank. The containers will remain at these locations through the end of January.  You may also scan your completed and signed census forms and email to either or .

   Results of the census are used to prove residency for many reasons. The data is used for state college entrance applications, veterans’ benefits, amending and establishing birth records, locating missing persons, establishing precinct lines, predicting future school enrollment, state, and federal funding to the town, police and fire protection, updating the voting list and other legal purposes.

    If you have not received a census form, residents are asked to contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 508-252-6502 X-3110 or X-3109.  Blank Census forms are also available on the town website.

    For the convenience of dog owners, an application for the 2016 Dog License(s). This gives dog owners the opportunity to license their dogs well before the annual April 1 due date. Cost for male/female dogs is $20 per animal.  Cost of neutered/spayed dogs is $10 per animal.

      Whether renewing online, via mail, or in person, dog license applications must be accompanied by a current year rabies certificate (with a vaccination date covering the current licensing year) and proof of spay or neuter (if applying for the $10 licensing fee) unless the documentation is already on file at the town office.

        The Town Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM and on Friday from 8 AM to 12 Noon. If paying by check, please make sure it is made payable to Town of Rehoboth. You can also pay online

     Dog owners should note that the license(s) will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included with the postage (71¢ for one dog tag, 93¢ for two dog tags and $1.15 for three dog tags).


(January 5, 2016) Nomination papers are now available for any registered voter in Rehoboth wishing to run for election on the town ballot, and who chooses not to seek a nomination through their registered party’s caucus process. 

    Nomination papers may be picked up by prospective candidates at the Town Clerk’s Office and must be returned, signed by a minimum of 38 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars on Tuesday, February 16 by 5 PM to the Town Clerk’s office.

    The Annual Town Election for the Town of Rehoboth will be held on Monday, April 4 from 7 AM to 8 PM at all three precincts. Precinct I is the Town Office Building at 148 Peck Street, Precinct II is the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center at 55 Bay State Road, and Precinct III is the South Fire Station at 102 Pleasant Street.

   Positions to be on this year’s election ballot include town moderator (1 year), selectmen (3 years), treasurer (three years), assessor (3 years), school committee (one for 3 years), planning board (one position for 5 years, one for 3 years), park commission (5 years), housing authority (one position for 5 years, and one for 3 years), constable (three positions all for 3 years), and water commissioner (two positions for 3 years, and two positions for 1 year).

   The final voter registration date to be eligible to vote in the Annual Town Election is Tuesday, March 15.  On that day, the Town Clerk’s office will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM to register to vote. Prospective voters can also register to vote by calling the Town Clerk’s Office to request a Mail-In voter registration form, or register online.

     Applications for absentee ballots are now available from the Town Clerk’s Office.  Absentee ballots are obtained by written request only and must have the voter’s original signature. The deadline for filing absentee applications is Friday, April 1 at 5 PM.  Absentee ballot request forms are also available online for an individual request or here for a family member.

    Any questions regarding voter eligibility or requests for mail-in voter registration forms may be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office. Residents are reminded that they may request “mail-in” voter registration forms by calling 508-252-6502, Extension 3109 and 3110.


(January 5, 2016) The Rehoboth Republican Committee is open to any registered Republican of un-enrolled voter interested in running for town office in the April 4, 2016 election.

    Offices include town moderator (1 year), selectman 3 years), treasurer (3 years), school committee (3 years), housing authority (3 year position and 5 year position), planning board (3 year position and 5 year position), and park commission (5 years).  Additionally, there are four open positions for water commissioners with two seats for 1 year and two seats for 3 years.  There are also three open constable positions (3 years).

    Those interested in running and seeking support of the Rehoboth Republican Committee, please contact Chairman Frederick “Skip” Vadnais at 508-252-3535.

    The committee will hold its caucus on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:30 PM in the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center with an inclement weather date of Wednesday, February 24.


(December 29, 2015)  Last night during executive session, the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen voted to extend the contract of Helen Dennen as interim town administrator for another six months.  BOS Chairman Michael Costello announced the decision during the regular public segment of the meeting.

    In other business, selectmen accepted the resignation of Werner Horlbeck from both the town’s water commission and the housing authority. Horlbeck is relocating to the south shore.  Patricia Vadnais, wife of Selectman Skip Vadnais, was appointed to fill an empty seat on the water commission. Selectmen also approved the appointment of Desire Palmer to the Rehoboth Cultural Council.


(December 29, 2015)  The Rehoboth Economic Development Committee (EDC)  is currently seeking a a representative from the agricultural/farming community to become a member. The EDC was formed by the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen several years ago to explore opportunities for new businesses in town, specially those that “would fit Rehoboth’s rural character while broadening the tax base, supporting town services, and fostering local employment.”  

   Members of the EDC are volunteers and include a school administrator, a retired government worker, a financial advisor, a retired supply-chain manager, a sales representative, and a retired carpenter. The EDC meets monthly at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.

    Last fall, the EDC conducted a public opinion survey and will release the results of the survey soon.  The committee strives to serve as a “source of innovative ideas to help preserve and protect the unique character of Rehoboth.”

   Anyone interested in applying for a position on the committee should complete a Talent Bank form and return it to the selectmen’s office at the town office. 



(January 25, 2016) Two Attleboro teens driving during Saturday’s snow storm escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle accident at the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Ash Street.

    Rehoboth police, firefighters, EMTs and ambulance quickly arrived on the scene.  The single passenger, a sixteen-year-old girl, was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for treatment of a head wound and possible other injuries. 

   The driver, an eighteen-year-old male, appeared uninjured and declined treatment so that he could accompany his girlfriend to the hospital where she was treated and released.

    Both were fortunately wearing seat belts and escaped serious injury.  The truck was extensively damaged and removed from the scene.

    Public safety officials said they were busy throughout town responding to accidents and other emergencies during Saturday’s snow storm.


(February 9, 2016)  Local Rehoboth and Dighton teens will once again be offered a great opportunity to get a free dress and accessories for prom or graduation parties on Saturday, March 5 at Saint Nicholas of Myra Parish Hall from 10 AM to 3 PM.

    For the past eight years, sisters Anna and Danielle Brodeur, have been collecting, cleaning and giving away free dresses. Project Dress Up began as a Girl Scout project and now become a Pay Forward project.  Anna, now a senior at Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School, is managing the March 5 event.

    This year, Project Dress Up is supported by a grant from the Dighton Cultural Council. There will be over 500 dresses on the racks including brand new dresses donated by local wedding shops.  Additionally, donors have given shoes, jewelry, makeup samples and other items to accessorize prom or party outfits.  Slightly worn dresses have been cleaned courtesy of Dermondy Cleaners in Taunton.  Private dressing areas will be available on March 5 at the parish hall, located at 499 Spring Street in North Dighton.

    Donated dresses and other items are still being collected.  If you have anything to donate, please contact Anna Brodeur at 508-669-6223.    


(February 7, 2016)  A 29-year-old Rehoboth man spent last night in jail after being arrested on charges including a third drunk driving charge after crashing his vehicle into the woods off Route 44.

    While on regular patrol last night, Officer Craig Forget of the Rehoboth Police Department came upon a single vehicle crashed 20 feet into the woods down an embankment near the area of 300 Winthrop Street (Route 44).

  According to police, Louis Riquelme was attempting to back the vehicle out of deep mud when Forget approached and noted the man’s speech was slurred and “emanating the odor of alcohol from his person” and was unsteady on his feet.   

     Riqueline was asked to perform standard field sobriety tests and admitted he may have consumed “more than I should have” at an area restaurant before getting behind the wheel.  He was transported to RPD headquarters and given a breath test that revealed a blood alcohol level of .21% before being changed with a third OUI offense, negligent operation and a marked lanes violation. 

     Bristol County Superior Court Clerk Mark Santos placed $1,000 cash bail on Riquelme and he was subsequently transferred to the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Ash Street Jail.  Riquelme is scheduled to be arraigned in Taunton District Court on Monday, February 8.

     Lt. James Medeiros and Officer Paul McGovern assisted in the arrest and investigation.


(February 6, 2016)  The Rehoboth Business Association (RBA) together with Bristol County Savings Bank is hosting a free seminar “Social Security and Your Questions” on Wednesday, February 17 at Goff Memorial Hall, 124 Bay State Road in Rehoboth.

    Get expert answers to your questions about Social Security benefits with speaker Kurt Czarnowski, former Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration in New England.  An author and frequent radio guest, Czarnowski is also President of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans.

   This free seminar is open to the public and included a light buffet served at 6 PM followed by the seminar with question and answer session beginning at 6:30 PM. Space is limited, so please contact the RBA to reserve your seat by February 9.  Call Cindy at 508-641-7146 or email


(February 6, 2016)  On Tuesday, February 16, the Regional Agreement Amendment Committee (RAAC) of the Dighton Rehoboth Regional School Committee, will present a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation on proposed changes to the school district during a regular board of selectmen’s meeting at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center.

    RAAC was established in late 2014 to review and modernize the regional school district agreement between the towns of Dighton and Rehoboth.  The current agreement was last updated in 1987.

     The presentation will address many issues including organization of the school district, each town’s school assessment, budget formulas, and clarifying or eliminating outdated policies or language within the document.

    Voters from each town must approve the amended agreement at either annual or special town meeting. The agreement must then be approved on the state level before implementation.

    Following the presentation to selectmen and audience members, scheduled to begin approximately 7:15, members of RAAC will provide a question and answer period.  The Rehoboth Finance Committee will also be convened to participate as needed in the meeting.

   To read more about the proposed amendments to the regional agreement, visit the Features page.


(February 6, 2016)  Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts (JA) announces that Bristol County Savings Bank will act as the Title Sponsor for the 2016 Junior Achievement Titan Business Challenge, a business strategy competition in which high school students compete against one another in teams using an online, interactive business simulation program. The event will take place at UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

   “We are thrilled and extremely grateful that Bristol County Savings Bank has agreed to partner with us once again for this event,” said Caroline Paradis, JA President. “The Titan Business Challenge has been incredibly well-received over the past two years, and we look forward to continued growth as we welcome additional schools and volunteers this year. We simply could not do any of this without the support and participation of the Bank.”

   Last year, 205 students from 15 area school participated in this unique and highly beneficial experience that helps them develop the skills they need to compete in an ever-changing job market. During the event, sophomores, juniors and seniors compete for scholarships while gaining essential knowledge about the world of business, at no cost to the students or their high schools. In addition to developing budgets and interpreting financial reports, students can expect to increase their knowledge of pricing, production, capital investments, R&D, marketing and charitable giving.

   Junior Achievement is inviting high schools within their service area to participate; the event is provided at no cost to the schools, including bus transportation. Each school can bring up to 7 teams (21 students). Organizers are also looking for sponsors and volunteer Business Mentors who will assist students throughout the competition. For more information, please contact Caroline Paradis at or call the JA office at 508-997-6536.


(February 6, 2016)  The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen voted to set the date for the Rehoboth Annual Town Meeting for Monday, May 9, 2016 starting at 7 PM in the auditorium of Dighton Rehoboth Regional High School.

   Selectmen also voted to open the warrant for the annual town meeting with a closing date and time of Tuesday, March 1 at 12 noon for all articles.


(February 3, 2016)  Following a 911 call, Rehoboth police were dispatched early yesterday morning before before 1 AM to the scene of a single vehicle accident on County Street.

   Upon arrival, a witness informed Sgt. Brian Ramos that the male driver had exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers Brown, Warish and Barros began a search of the surrounding area. Brown located the man, bloodied from the accident, hiding in the woods on Reservoir Avenue, approximately a half mile from the accident scene. 

    Identified as Christopher Carey, age 25 of Rehoboth, the man Informed officers that “a friend had been driving” the vehicle.  Returning to the accident scene, the witness identified Carey as the person who had reported “I crashed my car” and he was the only person seen exiting the vehicle moments after the accident.

   Carey was checked by medical personnel and later transported to RI Hospital.  He will be summoned to court on various civil and criminal motor vehicle offenses including: driving to endanger, leaving the scene of property damage, marked lanes violation, and misleading a police investigation.


(February 3, 2016)  The Rehoboth Town Clerk’s Office will be open on Wednesday, February 10 from 8 AM to 8 PM for voters who wish to change their party registration status or for persons wishing to register for the first time. February 10 is the deadline to register to vote if you want to participate in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary on March 1.

   With spirited contests in both parties, pervasive advertising and intense coverage in early primary states, some voters may want to vote for a candidate in a different party from the one they are registered in now.

   February 10 is also the deadline for registered voters who wish to change their party enrollment either to another party or to “unenrolled,” which is commonly referred to as “independent.”  To do that, however, the voter must switch to the other party or to “unenrolled” status by 8 PM on February 10.

    This should not be confused with the United Independent Party (UIP); a party that will have ballots available but with no candidates printed on them.  Voters registered in UIP will NOT be eligible to take a Democratic, Republican, or Green-Rainbow ballot.

    Unenrolled voters or voters enrolled in political designations can ask for any party ballot on Primary Day, but someone registered in a party can only vote on that party’s ballot. A Democrat cannot take a Republican ballot, and a Republican cannot take a Democratic one.

   Persons who are United States Citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who will be at least 18 years old on or before March 1 are eligible to register. Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusetts Driver’s License can submit their registration online at Those registering by mail should have their form hand-canceled to ensure it is postmarked before the deadline.   

   Should voters have questions, they should call the Town Clerk’s Office Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM and on Friday from 8 AM to 12 Noon at 508-252-6502, Extension 3109 or 3110.  For more information on upcoming elections and voter registration sessions, please click here.



(February 1, 2016) Rehoboth public safety personnel were dispatched early Sunday morning for a motor vehicle crash on Route 44.

   On arrival officials found a motor vehicle flipped on its side with the lone occupant trapped. The pole that was struck was snapped in half at the base with wires down. 

   Firefighters used hydraulic cutting tools and saws to remove the roof of the vehicle and extricate the victim in approximately twenty minutes. The occupant was transported to the hospital by Rehoboth EMS in unknown condition.

    Route 44 was shut down in both directions and remained closed for most of the early morning while National Grid replaced the pole and wires. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Rehoboth PD.


(February 1, 2016) The Rehoboth Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center beginning at 6 PM with an executive session to discuss highway contact negotiations and a lawsuit, Krasnianski vs TOR vs Praetorian Insurance.

    Regular session, open to the public, will commence at 7 PM with open forum for public input on upcoming events or announcements.  Selectmen will then conduct their quarterly update meeting with the Dighton Board of Selectmen followed by a busy agenda.

   Topics and action items include a discussion with the Acting Highway Superintendent Mike Tyler on snowplowing procedures and polices.  Selectmen will then interview candidates, proposed by the Animal Advisory Committee, for the unpaid position of volunteer coordinator for the animal shelter.  The BOS will also hear a request from residents of The Preserve at Brook Street, an executive residential community, for a letter of support for door-to-door mail delivery.

    Other action items include a number of applications for licenses and approvals including the job description submitted by the personnel board for the town accountant, a position that is currently advertised.

   Following the published meeting agenda, selectmen will hear from the general public during open public forum before offering their individual selectman reports. 


(January 26, 2016) Yesterday in the late afternoon, Rehoboth police arrested a Rhode Island man on Route on multiple charges including operating under the influence of liquor.

   While on patrol, Officer Paul McGovern observed a vehicle driving in an erratic manner on Bay State Road and pulled the driver over on Route 118 just north of Route 44.

    Thirty-one-year-old Jordon L. Furtado of Bristol, RI was arrested and taken into custody, charged with OUI, negligent operation and marked lanes violation.  He was released on $40 personal recognizance and scheduled to appear for arraignment today in Taunton District Court. Officer Thomas Ranley assisted in the arrest.