Our View: Fighting elder abuse in Bristol County

The Herald News By Editorial Board August 31, 2015 After spending their lives working hard, raising their families, saving money and contributing to their communities in so many ways, senior citizens deserve to live their golden years free from the threat of abuse or exploitation. Unfortunately, instead of giving elders the respect and dignity they…


DA to crack down on elder abuse in Greater Taunton

The Taunton Gazette Marc Larocque August 30, 2015 TAUNTON — Combating elder abuse in Taunton and surrounding communities will be a priority for county prosecutors, according to Bristol County District Attorney Tom Quinn. During a visit with a group of about 40 people at the Taunton Council on Aging, Quinn spoke on Thursday about the…


Law Enforcement Agencies Seek Missing Man’s Vehicle

The Bristol District Attorney’s Office, together with law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are actively investigating the circumstances that led to the disappearance of Kerry Mello  on August 10, 2015.  At the time of his disappearance, Mr.  Mello was operating  a 2002 Black Infiniti, Model i35, with Rhode Island plate # 368-350 and…


New Bedford Man to Serve Up To A Decade in Prison for Repeated Rapes of Young Girl

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced today that 38-year-old Nathaniel Rodrigues was sentenced to serve eight to ten years in state prison after being convicted Tuesday of several charges related to the sexual assault of an underage girl. The defendant, who previously resided in New Bedford, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Fall…


FTC: Spotting Elder Financial Abuse

August 19, 2015 Lisa Weintraub Schifferle Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC Financial abuse can be a devastating form of elder abuse. If you’re concerned about an older friend or relative, here are some things to consider. To spot financial abuse, look for sudden changes in the older person’s financial situation, such as:…


Murder Suspect Held Without Bail

District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn announced that Darian Cardoza, 17, of New Bedford, was ordered held without bail during his arraignment in New Bedford District Court today. Mr. Cardoza is charged with murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm; all connected to the August 2nd homicide of 24-year-old Jeffrey Sylvia Jr. He is…


Arrest Made in Connection to August 2nd New Bedford Homicide

District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn and New Bedford Police Chief David Provencher tonight announced an arrest connected to the August 2nd homicide of 24-year-old Jeffrey Sylvia Jr. State Police Detectives assigned to this office and New Bedford Police detectives, this evening, arrested Darian Cardoza, 17, of 191 County Street. Mr. Cardoza is being charged with…


DA Quinn’s Office Launches “Camp Takeover” Initiative

District Attorney Tom Quinn’s office has launched its first-ever countywide “Camp Takeover” initiative. Staff from the DA’s office are visiting four summer camps located in the county to offer education and hands-on activities that teach responsible decision-making, bullying prevention, team building and more. Nearly 500 youth will be reached through this initiative. Ages range from 6-16 years…


Annual Volunteer Fair to Take Place During Connecting For Change Conference in October

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III will hold his office’s annual Community Volunteer and Resource Fair on National Make a Difference Day, Saturday October 24, 2015 during the Marion Institute’s annual Connecting for Change Conference. Community members are invited to attend this important event and learn about the many different volunteer opportunities in…