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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Lawrence man denied restraining order against Mayor

January 7, 2011,

A Lawrence man attempted to get a restraining order against Mayor William Lantigua, the man claimed that the mayor made obscene gestures and swore at him. The man admitted that he had been following the mayor. The judge found that although the mayor's conduct as described may have been rude it did not amount to criminal harassment which is necessary to obtain a restraining order.

Massachusetts law now allows a person who can prove criminal harassment to obtain a restraining order against another. Restraining orders in the past were reserved for those involved in a domestic relationship. To prove criminal harassment one must show a repeated behavioral pattern of harassment which can take the form of annoying phone calls, threats or acts of violence.

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Bank robbery in Burlington Massachusetts

January 6, 2011,

Central bank Burlington was robbed yesterday at 9:34 AM the suspect entered the bank and presented the teller a note threatening deadly force if money was not handed over. The EI believes that this bank robbery may be linked to other bank robberies committed since December 15 in Lynnfield, Malden, Reading, Salem and Westford.

The suspect is described as a 6 foot black male facial hair and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, he fled the scene on foot. It appears he was able to escape with an undisclosed amount of money. The other bank robberies were similar nature in that threats against bank employees were made.

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Shooting at Lowell New Year's Eve party leaves one dead seven injured

January 3, 2011,

1172422_police_on_the_scene.jpgTwo men who were asked to leave a new year's eve party in Lowell returned shortly after 1am and opened fire on the partygoers. Killing a 20 year old woman Corrina Ouer and injuring seven others.

Jameson Phoun, 20, and Sothy Voeun, 19 were arrested and face arraignment on Murder charges today in Lowell district court.

Massachusetts youths committing violent crimes especially firearm offenses are on the rise. The two suspects will most likely face charges of Murder, multiple counts of Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon, as well as possible firearm offenses. Massachusetts is very strict on gun laws yet firearms are still making it into the hands of youths who are all too willing to use them.

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Massachusetts State Police agree to work with Immigration Enforcement (ICE) to deport immigrants

December 18, 2010,

Massachusetts State police have agreed to participate in the Secure Communities program which calls for the police to share information on the identity of arrested suspects with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If ICE then discovers the newly arrested person is unlawfully present in the U.S. they can choose to issue a detainer, or hold, causing the person to be held for ICE to take custody of him for deportation. The program claims it is being implemented to target illegal aliens who are found to have serious criminal records and not meant as a tool to deport all immigrants without proper status.

What is taking place on the streets though is not only are illegal aliens with serious criminal histories been deported but the majority being held and put in deportation proceedings are immigrants who are stopped for offenses as minor as driving without a license. The fear by those opposed to the program is that the immigrant community will stop reporting crimes to the police out of fear they will be reported to ICE, creating a chilling effect between local authorities and the community they are to protect.
This Secure Communities program is a national program and is basically a sharing of information between local state authorities, and the FBI through the Division of Homeland Securities (DHS) which runs Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Chelsea clerk magistrate sentenced in Massachusetts federal court to 2 years in jail for receiving oral sex from 2 accused prostitutes in exchange for help in getting rid of their cases

December 17, 2010,

A former clerk magistrate of the Chelsea district court was sentenced in federal court yesterday to two years in jail for deprivation of civil rights. The case involved two women who faced criminal charges in Chelsea court and promises by 43 year old Burke, the magistrate, to help dismiss their cases in return for oral sex. The women gave him oral sex in the courthouse, one woman being removed by Burke from custody to do so.

Federal charges were brought against Burke rather than state charges, the decision to charge someone federally or in the state courts is made by each individual prosecutor's office. Usually the state and federal prosecutors work in conjunction with each other and allowing either one or the other to pursue a case rather than both at the same time. Federal charges for deprivation of civil rights come about when a person in a position of public authority abuses that position violating another's rights. This type of charge is not as common as federal conspiracy to violate drug laws, or other more common federal crimes.

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Two Boston MBTA Employees chase down an attempted robber who threatened a commuter with a knife in south station

December 14, 2010,

Two MBTA employees chased down a suspect who approached a woman brandishing a knife at 7am this morning in south station. The woman screamed for help attracting the attention of the MBTA workers who were able to detain the suspect until police arrived. The man was caught on surveillance video during the incident.

Charges that he will most likely face are attempted armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and possibly other related charges. Brandishing a weapon immediately takes the case to a much more serious level in which a person can face a much lengthier sentence. The woman was most likely asked to confirm that the man they apprehended was in fact the man who approached her with the knife thus misidentification does not appear to be an issue.

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Arrests by Massachusetts transit police for sex crime of open and gross lewdness is up in 2010

December 13, 2010,

35 people have been arrested by transit police in 2010 for open and gross lewdness on public transit in massachusetts compared to only 19 arrests in 2009.

The latest arrest was this Friday when Donnie McLean, 46, a registered level 3 sex offender with two prior convictions for open and gross lewdness was arrested on the route 28 bus in Dorchester after exposing himself to a woman. The woman got off at the Ruggles police station and reported him to the authorities who arrested him shortly after.

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Two men convicted in Taunton district court for threats against a police and probation officer made in a wrap video posted online

December 11, 2010,

Two men were convicted in Taunton district court of threatening law enforcement related to a wrap video they had posted online in which a massachusetts state trooper and probation officer were directly threatened by name. One of the men Jason Foley, 29, was convicted of witness intimidation and threatening to commit a crime. He was sentenced to two years probation and banned from accessing the internet or using a computer.

A Fairhaven man will spend a year in jail fro his role in producing the video. The video has been removed from the internet.

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Student faces sexual assault charges for questionable wrestling move used on another student during wrestling practice

December 9, 2010,

A highschool wrestler in Fresno, California faces sexual assault charges for performing a "butt drag" wrestling move on another student in practice.

A "butt drag" is a wrestling move in which a wrestler grabs the other between the butt cheeks to gain leverage to either move his opponent or swing himself into a better position. It does not include sticking ones fingers inside the rectum of the other wrestler but can be performed by gaining leverage between the butt cheeks without any type of penetration.

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