When investigators try to determine the cause of a fire, they look for the point of origin — usually the area with the most damage, a spokesperson for the Department of Fire Services explained. From there, investigators look for evidence of potential causes.
“This is never seen. Usually you see videos of excessive force … It’s just very professional. The public never sees this.’ — Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux, describing video footage of officers ending standoff without injuries
In the wake of the first big challenge of his tenure as Bristol County sheriff, Paul Heroux will be the special guest of The Chat on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. As always, The Chat is free to attend, simply register below.
One inmate suffered a minor cut, perhaps from slipping and falling, but otherwise no inmates or correctional officers were injured, as authorities took control of the units with a show of force — but without using force, said Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux.
New report lists 24 recommendations to improve suicide prevention, including more privacy during inmates’ first screening; getting nurses involved in screening at Ash Street; and more suicide prevention training.
“They’re priceless,” said Assistant District Attorney Michael Scott, referring to the stolen museum pieces. He singled out the dollar value of only one item, a piece of scrimshaw on a whale tooth, which he said museum officials estimated was worth $35,000 alone.
Robert Burchell, who worked for the museum for about a year before he was arrested in January, is accused of selling or trying to sell stolen items worth more than $1,200 on 19 occasions, according to the DA’s office.
One resident said that there were no sprinklers in the building. A family member of another resident said that the hatch to the fire escape ladder was locked, forcing some to jump from the second-story wooden balcony.
Residents were seen jumping out of windows to escape the blaze as firefighters arrived on scene. Heavy, dark smoke poured from the top three stories of the building, enveloping a full city block between Tallman and Holly Streets.
RCCA and its operators allegedly shortchanged Rhode Island and Massachusetts substance abuse disorder patients out of needed counseling and treatment services, while defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and other health insurers out of millions, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.
Sheriff Paul Heroux is consulting Lindsay M. Hayes, one of the country’s foremost authorities on jail and prison suicide who has been studying federal, state and local correctional systems for more than 40 years.
The city’s police department is currently budgeted for 259 officers, but is now staffed at about 214, according to Mayor Jon Mitchell. Police Chief Paul Oliveira said he could not recall the last time department staffing was at its budgeted levels.
“I’m sold on it. When we see the conditions at Ash Street, it’s not ideal for the staff or inmate conditions. It’s time for us to close that … This kind of seals the deal.” — State Sen. Paul R. Feeney.
The death at the Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth is a very early test for new Bristol County Sheriff Paul Heroux, who emphasized inmate suicide as an issue in his campaign against 25-year incumbent Thomas M. Hodgson.
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