Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hi everyone ...

It's interesting ... over the last few weeks I've had several people ask me if I would consider blogging again or doing a podcast. I guess I'm kind of thinking about it. I do really miss interacting with folks about the issues that face us -- and I guess it's fair to say that I'm toying with the idea.

Anyway ... if you're still checking the blog, post here with your opinion as to whether I should fire this sucker back up again. Would you read it?


Thursday, September 10, 2009

WSAR host Michael Herren facing assault with a dangerous weapon charge

The Herald News
Posted Sep 09, 2009 @ 07:30 PM
Last update Sep 09, 2009 @ 10:20 PM

Talk radio host Michael Herren will be arraigned this month on charges he allegedly punched and tried to run over a 22-year-old neighbor with his car.

Herren, 38, of 39 Bond St., is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — his car — and assault and battery.

A special prosecutor from the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office has been assigned to the case, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said.

The Bristol County DA’s Office cited its relationship with WSAR, the radio station where Herren works, as its reason for assigning a special prosecutor to the case. Herren hosts a daily call-in show under his moniker, “The Hurricane.”

He will be summonsed into Fall River District Court on Sept. 30 to be arraigned on the charges, court officials said. He’s represented by city attorney Pamela Gauvin, who was not available for comment Wednesday.

Herren is charged with assaulting Shawn J. Marques of 811 Oak Grove Ave. on June 27.

Police said they responded to reports of a fight about 6 p.m. Marques, who lives a short distance away, said Herren punched him in the neck inside Herren’s home after the latter told him to come in. Marques said he was going door to door in the neighborhood, looking for work cutting lawns.

Herren’s explanation on Patrolman Scott Cabral’s report was that Marques broke into his home and he went downstairs and confronted the other man in his parlor. He told police he swung at Marques but missed him, and pushed him out of the house.

He denied driving his car at Marques, the report said.

Reached Wednesday, Herren alleged the man inside his home “was looking around trying to rob it.” Herren said he’d been robbed a month before the incident, and Marques’ explanation he was looking for lawn-cutting jobs did not ring true.

Herren said he called police about a break-in, and while waiting more than five minutes for police looked for the man in his car.

Police summonsed Marques into court on a misdemeanor charge of breaking and entering. A District Court clerk said a magistrate’s hearing was held July 28, no complaint was issued and the case has been dropped.

Cabral, investigating initially with Patrolman Daniel Mello, cited three witnesses who said Marques had knocked on their doors asking if they needed their lawns cut. One, a Newbury Street woman, said she was sitting on her porch across from Herren’s house and could hear Herren’s voice answering the door knock.

She said she heard and saw them leaving Herren’s home, walking toward Oak Grove Avenue and the other man saying, “I only wanted to cut your grass.” Police said they observed a lawn mower in Marques’ yard.

Another witness, who also lives at Marques’ 811 Oak Grove Ave. address, told police she saw Herren drive his car at Marques while he was in the driveway. The witness said he swerved the car around Marques.

Police and Herren apparently had problems between them at the scene.

“I was very disappointed with the two police officers’ professionalism and tone. They referred to my personal life and professional life repeatedly,” he charged.

“I will be exonerated on this, and I’m in the process of filing a formal complaint against the Fall River police for this incident,” Herren said.

Cabral wrote that Herren “became belligerent” during their investigation, quoting him as saying, “Why don’t you try doing some police work?” and used profanities.

The felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charge carries up to five years in state prison or 2½ years in jail or a fine up to $1,000.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My attorney likes when people write songs about me and leave them on teh internets!

Don`t Sweat The Technique

Let's trace the hints and check the file
Let see who bit to detect the style

I flip the script so they can't get foul.
At least not now, it'll take a while
I change the pace to complete the beat
I drop the bass,'till mc's get weak.
For every word they trace, it's a scar they keep...
'Cause when I speak, they freak
To sweat the technique

I made my debut in '86
Wit a melody and a president's mix
And now I stay on target and refuse to miss
And I still make hits

wit' beats, parties, clubs, in the cars and jeeps
My underground sound vibrates the streets
MC's wanna beef then I play for keeps
When they sweat the technique

Don't Sweat the Technique

They wanna know how many rhymes have I ripped in rep., but
Researchers never found all the pieces yet
Scientists try to solve the context
Philosophers are wondering what's next
Pieces are took to last who observe them
They couldn't absorb them, they didn't deserve them
My ideas are only for the audience's ears

For my opponents, it might take years
Pencils and pens, are swords

Letters put together form a key to chords
I'm also a sculpture, born with structure
Because of my culture, I'm a rip and destruct the
Difficult styles that'll be for the technology
Complete sights and new heights after I get deep
You don't have to speak just seek
And peep the technique

But don't sweat the technique

I speak indiscreet cause talk is cheap
Then I get deep and the weak then complete their
Pull with a seat, never weak or obsolete
They never grow old techniques become antiques

Better then something brand new 'cause it's radiant
And the wild style'll have much more volume
Classical too intelligent to be radical
Masterful, never irrelevant: mathematical
Here's some soothing souvenirs for all the years

They fought, and sought, the thoughts and ideas
It's cool when you freak to the beat
But don't sweat the technique

Don't sweat the technique

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Another open thread ...

... for those who don't want to read through 150+ posts.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Drum roll please ...

So here’s the big news.

I’ve finally filed formal suit against Jim and Bob Karam, the management at WSAR and Mike Herren. I’m not going to be able to talk too much about it for a little while, but needless to say, I think it’s going to be an interesting process.

Especially once the list of witnesses to the harassment I endured at WSAR is unveiled. Oh, and the physical evidence. That’s going to be exciting too.

Part of the case will be hinging on certain individuals behavior during the 2007 mayoral election as well -- which is why I have yet to detail the real story behind that catastrophe. It's coming.

I have a team of lawyers who are working on it for me, and I’m very grateful to them for taking the time to thoroughly investigate what happened. And they share my commitment to shed light on the truth.

I know what I’m up against, but I’m ready. And having the truth on my side is incredibly liberating and has given me the confidence I need to stand up for what is right.

Stay tuned.