New Bedford man charged with Fairhaven woman's murder


FAIRHAVEN, Mass. ( -- A New Bedford man has been charged with the murder of 69-year-old Joyce Howland.

Joshua Silva, 36, is also charged with armed robbery in the Fairhaven woman's death.

Silva was expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in New Bedford District Court.

Howland was found dead inside her Fairhaven home Oct. 14. Police said a friend who went to check on Howland after being unable to reach her discovered her body and called police.