Good morning! It's Wednesday, Dec. 8, and the official countdown to Christmas is 17 days. Who has their gifts wrapped and ready to go? If you do, power to you. If you don't, I feel you.
Join me in procrastinating a bit more with a look at our top stories for today:
Police Chief Jeffrey Cardoza will retire from the beleaguered Fall River Police Department effective March and is currently out on medical leave, confirmed Mayor Paul Coogan on Tuesday. Cardoza, 54, was named police chief in June 2020 after a long career in the city police department, including 12 years leading the major crimes unit as police captain and attending the FBI National Academy before being tapped for the job by Coogan. Find out more about the situation, along with who’s leading the department now.
Yesterday was Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and we marked it with a special story on one of Fall River's native sons killed in that attack: Charlie Braga. People may know the bridge, but how many of you know the young sailor whose life was taken in that tragic event? Meet Charlie right here.
And Joe Estrela is building a castle in Swansea. Maybe not a real one, but he says his multi-faceted activities and entertainment complex now being built on Route 6 will definitely have a medieval flair. Estrela said the idea of creating a family oriented, indoor recreation and dining facility had been percolating in his mind the past 10 years. Get a peek at the progress here.
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This article originally appeared on The Herald News: Fall River police chief Cardoza stepping down: Who will take his place?