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Two men arrested for alleged drug deal at South Shore Plaza

January 15, 2014 01:59 PM

A Hanover man and Halifax man were arrested Monday for allegedly dealing drugs in the parking lot of the South Shore Plaza.

According to police, detectives patrolling the parking lot saw what they believed to be a drug transaction on Monday evening.

Police said two men were parked in a Ford 500, when one of the suspects got out of the vehicle and into another car. The second car briefly drove around the parking lot before the suspect got out of the car and back into the Ford. Both vehicles then drove off.

Police stopped both cars. A search of the second vehicle, registered out of Maine, unveiled a small amount of marijuana.

A search of the Ford 500 uncovered over a pound of marijuana in two large vacuum-sealed bags.

Bernard J. Bayles, 25, from Halifax and Sean M. Grealish, 27, from Hanover were arrested and charged with distribution of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

The occupants of the vehicle from Maine, a 27-year-old man from Portland, Maine, and a 25-year-old Weymouth woman, were not charged. Their names have not been released.

Archdiocese appoints pastors to South Shore collaboratives

January 14, 2014 04:28 PM

Several Catholic churches in the South Shore have been placed under the direction of new leadership, with the appointment of several pastors to newly established collaboratives.

The collaboratives will not consolidate any churches or mean any parish closings, but rather offer an oversight role to a group of parishes, allowing priests within each parish to better do their jobs.

“We are blessed by the dedication of the priests, parishioners and the deacons and religious who are working together to strengthen our parishes,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley in a release. “I am grateful for the generosity of these pastors as they accept the call to lead the new collaboratives, advancing the mission of evangelization in the Archdiocese of Boston.”

In Quincy, the Reverend Louis R. Palmieri will lead Sacred Heart, St. Ann, and St. Mary parishes. Milton’s St. Agatha will be under the direction of the Reverend Brian R. Kiely. The Reverend Christopher J. Hickey will lead Hanover and Norwell parishes St. Mary and St. Helen. In Braintree, the Reverend Paul T. Clifford will oversee St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare.

Additionally, in Abington, Rev. James M. Mahoney will lead St. Bridget and Holy Ghost. Stoughton’s Immaculate Conception and St. James will be overseen by the Reverend Joseph M. Mazzone.

Part of the second phase of a “Disciples in Mission” plan, the 21 appointments mean the creation of 33 total collaboratives within the region, which include 72 parishes.

The plan will eventually group all parishes into approximately 135 collaboratives over the course of five years.

Snapshot: The cost of safety

September 19, 2013 05:19 AM

Fire Department spending as a percentage of all expenditure spending, fiscal year, 2012.

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Man charged with kidnapping, rape in Hanson

August 5, 2013 12:22 AM

A Pembroke man was arrested Saturday on charges of aggravated rape and kidnapping after he allegedly drove a woman around in his vehicle for several hours against her will before raping her in a wooded area of Hanson, police said.

Anthony J. Vega is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Plymouth District Court, according to a statement from Hanson police.

Vega allegedly offered a ride to the victim, a 34-year-old woman from the Boston area, before the ordeal began. The woman was able to escape and eventually got a ride to the Hanover Police Department. She was treated for undisclosed injuries at a hospital.

Police said she told detectives in Pembroke and Hanover her attacker’s name and license plate number, which she had written on her hand before escaping.

Vega was arrested at a hospital in Brockton where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness. Police did not say when or where the kidnapping began.

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