• Embattled Fall River mayor faces preliminary election


    FALL RIVER, Mass. - Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, who's facing multiple federal corruption charges, is confronting a new challenge - surviving a preliminary election.

    Correia is on Tuesday's Fall River mayoral ballot along with Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

    Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

    The 27-year-old Correia pleaded not guilty this month to extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from marijuana companies. He's also pleaded not guilty to federal charges he defrauded investors in a smartphone app he was developing.

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    The city council last week voted to temporarily remove Correia from office, but Correia has refused to leave, saying the council lacks the authority.

    Coogan is a two-time school committee member. Scott-Pacheco is a community advocate.

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