Police and Courts


Arbitrator awards retroactive pay raises to New Bedford police

Arbitrator awards retroactive pay raises to New Bedford police

The New Bedford City Council this week approved Mitchell’s appropriation request to transfer the requisite $3.65 million in awarded retroactive pay and other costs from the General Fund Stabilization Fund to the police department.

Southcoast Health trustees name acting CEO Kruger to official role

Southcoast Health trustees name acting CEO Kruger to official role

Dr. Ray Kruger’s “willingness to step in to lead the Southcoast system, the organization he has served faithfully for more than 30 years, has allowed us to move forward with confidence that he will continue to steer us through the challenges ahead,” trustees wrote.

Questions persist in case of former Southcoast Health President Keith Hovan

Questions persist in case of former Southcoast Health President Keith Hovan

“The only way we can make sure that these hearings are operating in a fair and just way is if the public is able to oversee them in a way where the court is accountable for the decisions it makes.” — Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition.

Trustees: Hovan will not return to Southcoast Health CEO position

Trustees: Hovan will not return to Southcoast Health CEO position

“…the Board of Trustees has determined it is in the best interest of Southcoast Health for Keith Hovan not to return as the President and CEO,” stated an email to staff, signed by the Board of Trustees. “We thank Mr. Hovan for his past service.”

SJC justice denies The Light’s appeal to open Keith Hovan hearing

SJC justice denies The Light’s appeal to open Keith Hovan hearing

A justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday denied The New Bedford Light’s petition to open the show cause hearing for Southcoast Health CEO Keith A. Hovan on a potential felony charge for illegal firearm magazines. 

Spousal privilege option can be complicated, legal experts say

Spousal privilege option can be complicated, legal experts say

“There are many reasons why a victim cannot testify or says they choose not to. And I would pause before jumping to quick judgments about that person or their motivation.” – Margo Lindauer, director of Northeastern University’s Domestic Violence Institute

New Bedford Police Union leadership resigns en masse

New Bedford Police Union leadership resigns en masse

The resignations follow continued arbitration on a collective bargaining contract, recent agreement on COVID-19 vaccines for officers, and the union’s former treasurer, Joshua Fernandes, pleading guilty in October to wire fraud.

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