Brockton MBTA bus driver arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in Dorchester District Court

April 8, 2011,

Cynthia King, 46, and MBTA bus driver out of the Cabot yard facility in South Boston was arrested yesterday for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. An undisclosed amount of cocaine and money was found in her possession.

King was suspended from her MBTA job and is being arraigned today Dorchester District Court.

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Woman held on $250,000 cash bail in East Boston District Court on cocaine trafficking charges after caught with over 1kilo of cocaine at Boston Logan airport

March 28, 2011,

Karen Morla Ramos, 22, flew into Boston from the Dominican Republic on a JetBlue flight early Sunday morning. U.S. Customs service and border protection grew suspicious after questioning her and performed a patdown search of her clothing. Over 1 kilogram of cocaine was discovered in what appeared to be a diaper concealed in her outer clothing.

She was arrested by customs service officers and charged with trafficking in cocaine. It is not unusual for drug traffickers to use children and young adults as mules to conceal drugs and sneak them into the country. The majority of these mules are given little information about the source of the drugs and are usually told that they will be given further instructions upon their arrival.

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A Milton man pleaded not guilty to drunk driving and other charges in Quincy District Court related to an accident which injured a state trooper

March 15, 2011,

Wayne Leduc, 40, pleaded not guilty to charges of operating under the influence of liquor, operating negligently to endanger, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, and marked lanes violation in Quincy District Court. Bail was set at $1500.

These charges stem from trooper Brian Berry, 43, pulling over another vehicle at 4:30 AM on I 93 northbound near exit 9 in Quincy. Trooper Barry was standing in front of his cruiser during the traffic stop when Leduc crashed into the rear of the trooper's vehicle propelling the trooper's car into him causing leg injuries.

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Two men in custody after liquor store robbery in Lawrence, hostages taken

March 7, 2011,

The five-hour standoff with police ended with two suspects being found in a crawlspace in an apartment above the liquor store. The store owner has told police that shortly after noon on Sunday the two suspects entered his store one brandished a gun and hit him on the head with it, the other suspect also had a firearm. An employee and customer were also in the store at the time of the robbery all three men were beaten and held against their will.

The owner and his employee as well as the customer were eventually led from the liquor store one of them still bound in duct tape. They had injuries to their head and were led bleeding to a waiting ambulance.

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Dorchester Man convicted of robbing an armored car

March 2, 2011,

Brian Smith, 43, pled guilty to two counts of masked armed robbery, one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, one count of receiving stolen motor vehicle and weapons charges.

These charges relate to a 2004 daylight robbery of an armored car that was like a scene out of the movie "The Town"; the robbery occurred in Quincy where the armored car driver was left severely wounded. Smith admitted to helping two other men, Dennis Quirk, 42, of Roslindale and Martin O'Brien, 43, of Malden in robbing the armored car in front of a citizens Bank on Hancock Street in Quincy in October 2004. The men were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and ambushed the driver of the Loomis Fargo armored truck.

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Revere man charged with assault on his neighbors over a disputed parking spot

February 17, 2011,

Michael Ciarlone, 54, is accused in Chelsea District Court of using his truck with a plow to push snow around a vehicle that he believed parked in his spot. When the vehicle owner and other neighbors came out to confront him he pinned a neighbor with his truck and then kicked him in the head. He's accused of striking another man breaking his glasses.

These assaults occurred last month but the defendant was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court. The police claim that the defendant was intoxicated when they arrived he was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property and operating under the influence.

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Investigation into Heroin, cocaine and marijuana stolen from Boston police drug lab still has no leads after three years

February 10, 2011,

The FBI and Boston police have no leads as to who stole hundreds of bags of drugs from a Boston police evidence warehouse in Hyde Park over three years ago. Drugs held as evidence in over 265 criminal cases ranging from heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication went missing without a trace over three years ago. The investigation has included 25 to 30 investigators including FBI agents who have been unable to tie any physical evidence of the crime to any suspect.

Most of the drugs taken were oxycodone. The drugs that were stolen mostly came from criminal cases investigated between 1991 and 1997. It is the older unresolved drug cases which require that the police hold on to the evidence that is causing a backlog of drug evidence in the Hyde Park depository. The police warehouse now holds more than 45,000 cases of drug evidence that is at least 10 years old and officials want to destroy. Without the criminal case being closed the destruction of evidence may lead to the cases being dismissed if challenged by the defendant.

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Number of crimes quadrupled at Andrew MBTA station last year

February 7, 2011,

Of all MBTA stations Andrew station saw the biggest increase in serious crimes in 2010. In 2009 five crimes were reported, all thefts at Andrew station; in 2010, 22 serious crimes were reported, 14 of which were robberies, there were also two assault and battery charges reported.

Mattapan's MBTA station saw a drop in crime from 2009 to 2010 with reported crimes dropping from 15 to 4. Fields corner also saw a decrease in reported crimes from 15 to 7 reports in 2010.

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4 Kilos of Heroin found in Lawrence Apartment, 6 people arrested

February 3, 2011,

A joint task force consisting of both state and federal agents raided a lawrence apartment on Union street Wednesday night and discovered over $3.2 Million dollars of Heroin (street value), or 4 kilos.

The bust came after an investigation which began in New Bedford. All the participants will be charged with Trafficking in Heroin and are set to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. The 6 arrested are: Victor Santana, 32, of Lawrence; Jose Cruz Pizarro, 30, of Connecticut; Francisco Rosado Rivera, 40, of Lawrence; Elvis Ruiz Guerrero, 36, of Boston; Oveido Lopez, 23, of Lawrence; and Luis Gonzalez, 18, of Lawrence

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Arrest made after fatal hit and run in Chelsea

January 27, 2011,

Luis Gabriel Escalante, 22, will be arraigned in Chelsea district court this morning on charges of motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. Charges stem from a December 14, 2010 accident in which Julio Vaquerano of Revere, 36, was hit while in Chelsea near Blossom and Maple Street. The driver at the time left the scene leaving Vaquerano with severe injuries and trauma. Vaquerano was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.

Little is known at this time as how the police linked Escalante or his vehicle to the accident, or whether an eyewitness provided information which helped in the identification.

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Massachusetts Court of Appeals upholds conviction for drunk driving charge where only evidence of operation was that the defendant turned the key to turn on the electricity in the vehicle

January 25, 2011,

Robert McGillivary appealed his conviction of OUI 4th offense based on the fact that he had merely turned the key in the ignition to start the electricity in the car and argued to the court that this was not enough to show operation of the vehicle.

The Court of Appeals disagreed with him and decided that turning the key was in act that was enough for a jury to convict him of operating under the influence.

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MBTA bus driver charged with drunk driving after bus accident in Somerville

January 24, 2011,

John McCarthy, 61, and MBTA bus driver rear-ended a vehicle Friday night while working driving and MBTA bus in Somerville. No serious injuries resulted to either passengers on the bus or in the other vehicle. Mr. McCartney was found to have open bottle of vodka in his back pocket, police charged him with operating under the influence.

Mr. McCarthy was said to have failed field sobriety tests at the scene. The MBTA plans on firing Mr. McCarthy based on what has been reported. He was arraigned this morning in Somerville District Court and released on personal recognizance.

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Man in Abington charged criminally for clearing snow with bombs

January 21, 2011,

A man in Abington used homemade bombs to blow up snowbanks to avoid having to shovel. The Massachusetts State police bomb squad responded and found Leo Powers, 23, to be in possession of powder which was tested and confirmed to be some type of explosive chemical. Powers is charged with threats to commit a crime and possession of an incendiary device.

Powers has a firearm license which Abington police chief David Majenski immediately suspended. He was ordered to surrender all his weapons to the police which were a shotgun and pistol.

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Assistant teacher in Brookline charged with indecent assault and battery

January 13, 2011,

Joseph Musculus, 27 of Walpole, has been charged by the Brooklyn police with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a female high school student. He is accused of pinching the students but on two separate occasions. Musculus is an assistant teacher in the school's food service and restaurant classes where he has worked for the past seven years.

The female student told the police that she did not feel threatened and considers Musculus a good friend. The student claims that Musculus pinched her buttox in class on two separate occasions. The mother of the student told police that her daughter would greet Musculus with a hug or kiss and believes that Musculus did not mean any harm to her daughter.

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Boston police focus on violent drug dealers in an attempt to cut homicide rate

January 12, 2011,

The Boston police department's drug units are focusing on violent drug dealers in an attempt to cut down violence between them. Criminals with a history of violence or firearms are being focused on, the police are concerned with violence between rival drug gangs.

The drug units use undercover officers who rely on numerous street informants to get information on who's dealing drugs. The idea is that if the most dangerous criminals can be taken off the street it will reduce violence against the community and other rival dealers. Some detectives believe the economy has led people who have never dealt drugs before into the business.

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