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After a five-hour standoff with Revere, Everett and Malden police as well as FBI and SWAT teams police finally captured Rolando Gala, 29, of Boston. Gala is suspected of being the backstreet bandit responsible for the robbery of the Brookline bank in Malden as well as other robberies that have recently taken place in the area.

Police were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at 68 Dale St. in Revere when the suspect refused to come out of the home claiming to be armed. The Revere SWAT team eventually entered the home after a five-hour standoff in which they tried to convince Gala to come out of the house peacefully.

Gala was found hiding in the attic. Gala had been previously arrested in 2010 and accused of three robberies in Revere, Saugus and Malden. No weapons were said to have been used in those robberies and no one was injured. Gala will be arraigned on new charges of bank robbery related to the bank in Malden.

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Three men decided to order “strippers” at 4:30am the other night from their Brookline apartment on Freeman Street. They looked on the website called where escorts will post their photo and contact information related to services.

The three men told police that they contracted two women from the site to perform a strip show. When the women arrived they were not the ones which appeared in the photos on the website so the men canceled the performance and refused to pay. This is when one of the women hit one of them in the face and grabbed the $800 he had in his hand and stuffed it in her bra; the other woman then pushed a second man who attempted to get the money back. Both women then fled the apartment.

Police responded to a robbery call received a description of the females and located them at a convenience store on Park Drive soon after. The women were with a man Dana Roberts, 35, who was driving them in a Mercedes, Roberts had outstanding warrants for traffic violation and for operating a vehicle with a revoked license and was arrested.

The two women were identified as Catriona Kaye, 29, of Mattapan and Sheila Estrada, 29, of Dorchester. Both women were arrested and charged with robbery. All three suspects will be arraigned in Brookline District Court, the two women for charges of robbery and most likely assault and battery, Roberts may be charged with conspiracy since as the driver of the vehicle it may be alleged that he participated knowingly in these robberies.

Escorts routinely rip off potential customers under the premise that the person would never call the police under such embarrassing circumstances. These three men were so upset by the actions of these escorts that they mustered the will to involve the police. Paying women for sex is obviously illegal with both the man and woman potentially facing prostitution charges and receiving sex for a fee. But what these women advertised was a private strip show and what the men told the police was that a strip show is what they had requested. No one knows whether this truly was a transaction for sex for a fee but it is credible that these women acted brashly and did in fact grab and push these men for the money once a disagreement arose believing that the police would never be involved.

As a Boston criminal defense attorney I have represented clients who have advertised escort services on craigslist, Eros and other websites promising a strip show or massage; I have also represented those charged for having paid money for sex. If one looks at these websites you can see that this is a thriving industry. The police monitor these websites at times pose as either a person offering services or a “John”. If you’ve been arrested for prostitution or receiving sex for a fee do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation. The above case is unusual because rarely are the police called when assault and battery and robbery occurs after a dispute between an escort and those that called her.

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Cara Dellabarba, 28, of Weymouth attempt to drive home after celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday party at the old colony yacht club in Dorchester. She ended up driving the wrong way down Morrissey Boulevard and striking a state trooper’s vehicle while he was inside it. Her car then drove over a traffic island and its is reported she attempted to drive away but the car was disabled.

She admitted to the state trooper that she drank a lot while at the club and stated that she realizes what happened but can she be allowed to go home. The state trooper suffered minor injuries from his vehicle being struck. Since January 1, 2010, 45 state troopers have been injured by motorists, half of these accidents have been caused by people operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dellabarba failed a variety of field sobriety tests and when asked to perform the breathalyzer at the station she did not blow hard enough or long enough into the breathalyzer to give a proper sample. After receiving further instructions to blowhard and for a longer period she was still unable to give a proper sample for the breathalyzer to give a reading. The police believe that she did this intentionally and therefore considered this a refusal to take the breath test. Refusing the breathalyzer triggers an automatic 180 day suspension of a person’s driver’s license by the Registry of motor vehicles.

She was arraigned in Dorchester District Court for operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury and other traffic related offenses. Her bail was set at $5000 cash.

As a Boston criminal attorney who handles operating under the influence (OUI) and other traffic related offenses such as the ones involved here Frank Fernandez is happy to give you a free consultation related to your case in Boston or throughout all of Massachusetts. Contact us to speak with an attorney now.

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At approximately 10:45pm last night Wednesday, May 25, 2011 police responded to the area of Commonwealth and Harvard Ave. for a report by motorist that he had been threatened with a firearm by two other motorists in a silver BMW.

The police were able to stop the vehicle fitting the description with two young men inside, Aram Barseghyam, 28, of Brighton and Aleksandr Yeghiyan, 22, of Watertown. A search of the vehicle revealed a black BB type gun which resembled a real firearm. Both men were arrested and will be arraigned in Brighton District Court on threats to do harm for brandishing what appeared to be a real firearm.

The victim claims that he was engaged in a verbal argument with the two men when the front seat passenger pointed what appeared to be a real firearm at him and stated” next time, bang, you’re dead”. The victim was able to identify the two men the police stopped as the ones involved in the altercation and was also able to identify the weapon is the one pointed at him.

Road rage incidents are becoming more common, in this instance these two men will face brandishing a weapon charges for pulling out what appeared to be a real firearm.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal attorney who handles firearm charges of all kinds including brandishing a firearm, shooting a firearm in public and threats. Firearm charges in Boston and throughout all of Massachusetts are given free consultations; contact us to speak with an attorney now.

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Developer William O’Connell who is known for having created the Marina Bay development and more recently the Granite links golf course was released yesterday in Quincy District Court on $150,000 cash bail for charges of aggravated statutory rape, sex for a fee and trafficking in cocaine.

Not much is known about the specifics of the case since the alleged victim is a minor, it appears there are two counts of statutory rape and two counts of sex for a fee, it is alleged that he was in possession of 19 grams of cocaine upon his arrest and therefore was charged with trafficking in cocaine.

The judge made a point of stating at his arraignment that he would be treated like everyone else who encounters the criminal justice system. The Trafficking in cocaine charge alone carries a mandatory minimum three years in jail.

This is a case that will be taken to the Middlesex Superior Court by way of a grand jury indictment it will most likely not be resolved in Quincy District Court. It is the Commonwealth that decides whether they wish to indict a case and take it to Superior Court.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal lawyer who handles both rape charges and drug offenses such as trafficking in cocaine in Boston and throughout all of Massachusetts. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

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Two teenage girls in Somerville died after a car accident Friday morning at approximately 3:30 AM. Kenneth Belew, 21, of Somerville was driving under the influence of alcohol and a high rate of speed on the McGrath O’Brien Highway overpass when his car lost control and collided with the cement safety wall. Five passengers were in the vehicle, two female teenagers who were not wearing seatbelts died of their injuries. Police have not yet released the names of the victims.

The driver Belew was arraigned this morning in Somerville District Court for operating under the influence of alcohol, vehicular homicide, speeding and marked lane violation. He was held on $5,000 cash bail.

The other three passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts and sustained minor injuries. The Registry of motor vehicle records show the driver had previously undergone several license suspensions for a variety of motor vehicle infractions.

This is a case that will most likely be indicted by a grand jury and sent to the Middlesex Superior Court.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense lawyer who practices in Somerville and throughout all of Boston. Cases handled include matters from drunk driving, vehicular homicide, operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as a variety of other state and federal charges. Contact us free consultation.

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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.

Possession with intent to distribute requires that the Commonwealth prove that a person intended to distribute drugs. Distribution of cocaine or any other drug can be proven by the amount, the manner in which it is packaged, scales or baggies which show intent to distribute.

When a large amount of drugs are found that alone can be proof of intent to distribute and takes the form of a drug “trafficking” charge. A trafficking drug charge means that a large amount is alleged to have been in a person’s possession, an amount which alone is proof of distribution since the amount is way beyond personal use.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute is usually charged when a smaller amount of drugs are found but there is proof that they were not for personal use but rather for distribution. Proof again can come in the form of a large amount of currency, multiple cell phones or any other evidence which shows that the drugs were intended to be distributed.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal lawyer who handles all forms of drug cases in both state and federal court. Contact us for a free consultation.

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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.

It is these mules that suffer in that they charged with trafficking in cocaine which carries long mandatory minimum sentences all for what amounts to very small pay for transporting drugs. Most mules are very poor and taken advantage of by the lure of a small payment.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal lawyer in Boston who handles drug trafficking charges. He has represented mules in both state and federal court. Please call for free consultation regarding your case.

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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.

Trooper Berry was able to call for help when backup arrived they arrested Leduc. This accident is one of many recently involving injuries to troopers who are engaged in traffic stops.

On Wednesday morning another accident occurred in which trooper Edward Treseler was seriously injured on Route 30 in Framingham when he was struck head-on by a car that crossed the median.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney serving all of Massachusetts, for advice on charges of operating under the influence or any other criminal charge please call for a free consultation.

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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.

The two suspects had nailed themselves into a crawlspace hoping to wait out the police who arrived on the scene shortly after the robbery began. The police were informed of the existence of the crawlspace and began to take down the wall hiding the men. Once found the suspects were led out of the liquor store in handcuffs to the applause of the crowd that had gathered throughout the day.

The suspects are believed to have given false names and will be facing a variety of charges in Lawrence District Court today. Some of the charges will include armed robbery, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon as well as other charges related to providing police with false names.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense lawyer who practices law throughout all of Massachusetts. Call for a free consultation regarding criminal defense in Boston or throughout all of Massachusetts.

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