July 2010 Archives

July 30, 2010

Dorchester Man Arrested in Murder of Jaewon Martin

The Boston Police Department announced today that they have made in arrest in the Murder of 14 year old Jaewon Martin. Martin was fatally shot near a basketball playground this past Spring in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

The suspect, Timothy Hearns, 20, of Dorchester, is scheduled to be arraigned in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court this afternoon on several charges, including Murder and Armed Assault to Murder (in connection with the non-fatal shooting of another teen who was standing near Jaewon Martin).

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July 29, 2010

Defendant Held Without Bail in Fall River Kidnapping & Rape

Luis Cruz.jpgAngel Luis Cruz, 38, of Fall River, Massachusetts, was ordered held without bail after his Arraignment this week for allegedly kidnapping a 58 year old woman from her front porch and taking her to his apartment where he raped her.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office alleges that one of the woman's sons witnessed his mother being dragged from her porch and gave chase without success. He did, however, obtain a description of the suspect's vehicle along with a partial plate number. About an hour after her abduction, the woman was seen walking towards her home after apparently being dropped off by Cruz.

When she was released from Cruz' custody after the alleged assault, the unidentified woman led Fall River Police Officers to the apartment where the crime took place. Although Cruz was not present in the apartment when police came to investigate, he was eventually found near the home and arrested.

Cruz was held without bail following his arraignment in Fall River District Court on charges including Kidnapping and Rape.

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July 28, 2010

Three Persons Duped into Craigslist Armed Robbery Scheme

In response to a Craigslist ad, three persons traveled from Rhode Island to Milton, Massachusetts to purchase a television they saw advertised on the Craigslist website, only to be robbed at gunpoint of over $1,000.

According to the Milton Police Department, the incident occurred at a foreclosed home on Randolph Avenue in Milton, Massachusetts. Upon arrival, one of the three men went to the door of the home and was ordered inside at gun point. Once inside, he was pistol-whipped and robbed. The robbers then went to the car and also ordered the other two individuals into the home at gunpoint. One of them was also pistol-whipped, and they were both also robbed.

At this time, no further information has been released regarding any possible leads into this investigation. If apprehended, the suspects face various criminal charges, including Kidnapping, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Armed Robbery.

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July 27, 2010

2 Lawrence Men Stabbed at Boston Nightclub

Two men, brothers and both from Lawrence, Massachusetts, were stabbed outside the FELT nightclub early Monday morning, at approximately 1:30 a.m.

Boston Police Officers reportedly responded to the Boston nightclub for a report of a person stabbed. Upon their arrival, they determined that the Lawrence brothers had suffered stab wounds as a result of an altercation that began inside the nightclub with three other men. Once outside, the three men allegedly assaulted and stabbed the Lawrence brothers. Their injuries were reported to be non-life threatening.

The Boston Police Officers conducted a "Show-Up Identification Procedure" on-scene, where the Lawrence men allegedly identified the three suspects as Santiago Hernandez of Roxbury, Luis A. Alicea of Hyde Park, and William Sanjurjo of Dorchester, Massachusetts. All three suspects were charged with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

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July 26, 2010

2 Massachusetts State Employees Charged with Distribution of Marijuana

Alexis David, 17 of Roxbury, and Jordan Jones, 21, of Jamaica Plain, both were employees at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation for the summer and were both arrested for Distribution of a Class D Substance, Marijuana, at Revere Beach on Saturday night.

Massachusetts State Police Officers assigned to monitor ongoing drug activity at Revere Beach were actively engaged in the investigation that led to David's and Jones' arrest. No details concerning the arrests were disclosed by the Massachusetts State Police.

Although Possession of 1 Ounce or Less of Marijuana has been decriminalized by the Massachusetts State Legislature, the sale or distribution of marijuana still remains a crime.

Both David and Jones were arraigned this morning in Chelsea District Court on Drug Charges, including Distribution of a Class D Substance.

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July 23, 2010

Woman Fatally Shot by Somerville Police Officer

Somerville Police Shooting.jpgCarol Lynn Kingsley, 33, was fatally shot this morning by a Somerville Police Officer after she allegedly slashed him, and two other officers, with a knife.

Somerville Police Officers responded to Kingsley's apartment in Somerville at 6:30 a.m. this morning to investigate a report that she attacked her boyfriend and set fire to his clothing. When the police officers attempted to question her, she brandished a knife and attacked the three Somerville Officers. Kingsley managed to slash one officer in his back, shoulder and arm; a second officer was stabbed in the back and arm; and the third officer was cut on his hand. Thereafter, one of the Somerville Police Officers fatally shot Kingsley. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Several hours prior to the incident, at 3:00 a.m., Somerville Police Officers had responded to the same apartment to investigate a 911 call from a neighbor who heard shouting coming from Kingsley's apartment. After that first call, the boyfriend reportedly took Kingsley to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but it is unclear whether she was ever admitted.

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July 22, 2010

Former VP at Beverly Hospital Charged in $500,000 Bribery Scheme

Paul Galzerano, 58, of Groveland, Massachusetts, was arraigned today in Essex County Superior Court in Salem on 3 counts of Bribery and 4 counts of Larceny Over $250 for allegedly defrauding Beverly Hospital of almost $500,000.

The Essex Count District Attorney's Office alleges that between 2003 and 2006, Galzerano was responsible for overseeing a multimillion dollar renovation at Beverly Hospital and during that time, he repeatedly orchestrated kickbacks from certain contractors. Galzerano and contractor Brian Lemay, 53 of Andover, are accused of inflating the price of proposals; Lemay would accept the work for excessive funds, and then kickback money to Galzerano in the form of payments to Galzerano's personal credit cards and his home mortgage. Galzerano is additionally alleged to be responsible for the theft of numerous antiques and paintings from Beverly Hospital.

The contractors charged in connection with this Bribery scheme include Brian Lemay of Andover and Alfred Cunsolo of Methuen, both charged with Larceny; as well as John Kane of Hanover, also to be charged with Bribery.

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July 21, 2010

Suffolk County District Attorney Investigates Lynn Siblings in Extortion Scheme

Two siblings, Jorge Morales, 37, and Mary Lozada, 34, both of Lynn, Massachusetts, are under investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office for a fake Extortion scheme by targeting persons and telling them their family members had been kidnapped and were going to be killed.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office reports that at least 30 phone calls were made to the extortion targets, but does not believe that any Kidnapping actually occurred. At least two parents are known to have fallen for the fake extortion threats, a mother in Jamaica Plain and a father in Dorchester.

Jorge Morales is already scheduled to be in Lynn District Court tomorrow for a dangerousness hearing. He was arrested last week on outstanding warrants by the Lynn Police Department for various charges, including Extortion and Larceny. He has also been charged with Assault with Intent to Murder for allegedly threatening to stab his probation officer with a syringe he claimed was filled with HIV-tainted blood.

Mary Lozada, however, has already been charged in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court with Extortion by Threat of Injury and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny for allegedly collecting ransom money after Morales made the calls.

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July 20, 2010

Stoughton Police Officer Forced to Resign After Visit to Strip Club

Stoughton Police Officer Richard P. Bennett, 28, was a five-year veteran of the town's Police Department but was forced to tender his resignation after he committed 2 police department violations.

Bennett was accused of visiting Alex's Strip Club in Stoughton in June to meet "Bridget the Midget," a 3 foot 9 inch tall porn star. The problem was that, at the time he went to the strip club, Bennett was on duty and left his patrol to visit the club. It appears that other police officers, "no less than five," were present within the club and reported the violation to the Stoughton Chief of Police.

In another incident, Officer Bennett also violated the Stoughton Police policy for putting a laser scope on his department issued firearm. The Stoughton Police Department prohibits modifications to department issued firearms without prior approval. When inquiries were made to him about the modification, Officer Bennett allegedly lied to police investigators, thereby violating another canon of the Stoughton Police Department.

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July 19, 2010

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Orders New Trial in Murder Case

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the conviction of Joann Silech-Brodeur, who was convicted of the Murder of her 70 year-old husband by stabbing him to death 34 times.

At issue in Silech-Brodeur's Criminal Appeal was whether, in establishing her Insanity Defense, the defense was obligated to give prosecutors copies of the detailed notes and statements Silech-Brodeur made to her defense psychiatric expert. She claimed that she was suffering mental problems at the time that were exacerbated by her husband's intent to divorce her. The defense psychologist testified at the trial that, during her examinations, Silech-Brodeur claimed she did not recall stabbing her husband and that the lost her sense of sight and sound during the struggle.

The trial judge, over the defendant's objection, ordered production of the defense psychologist's notes to be produced to the prosecution's own expert. This, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held, went beyond the discovery limitations in Insanity Cases. The Court specifically held that "when a defendant serves notice that she will call an expert witness to testify about her mental condition at the time of the crime based on her testimonial statements, the rule only authorizes a court-ordered psychiatric examination of the defendant by the Commonwealth's expert, and nothing more."

Notwithstanding its ruling, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cited a trend toward mutual discovery and recommended that the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure review the issue and perhaps propose an amendment that might require a defendant's expert to give notice of the expert's opinion, as well as the bases for that opinion.

Click here to read the full Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's opinion in Commonwealth v. Silech-Brodeur.

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July 16, 2010

2 Arraigned in Superior Court for Murder of Nicholas Fomby-Davis

Crisostomo Lopes, 20, and Joshua Fernandes, 16, were arraigned yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court for the May 30 Murder of 14 year-old Nicholas Fomby-Davis in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Standing behind a door in the Criminal Magistrate's Session with their faces out of view from the public, Crisostomo Lopes and Joshua Fernandes pled 'not guilty' to the Fomby-Davis murder.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office alleges that Fomby-Davis was riding his motorized scooter with a relative in Dorchester when the two almost ran into Lopes, who was riding his bicycle at the time. No words were exchanged at that time and Fomby-Davis went home. A short time later, Fomby-Davis took his scooter out for another ride and was confronted by Lopes and Fernandes, who were allegedly lying in wait, crouching down on the sidewalk. Lopes is alleged to have then grabbed Fomby-Davis by the shoulder and held him down while Fernandes fired 3 rounds into Fomby-Davis.

When Lopes was arrested by an off-duty Boston Police Officer, he allegedly stated "What are you going to do, shoot me? You'll catch it, too", suggesting that the Boston Police Officer would also get shot. Lopes then allegedly recited the license plate of the Boston Police Officer's car aloud.

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July 15, 2010

Accused Store Clerk Murderer, Edward Corliss, Indicted in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Edward Corliss, 64, is the man charged with the Murder of a Nepalese convenience store clerk the day after Christmas at Tedeschi's in Jamaica Plain. In addition to those Murder and other related charges related to that incident, a Suffolk County Grand Jury has now indicted Corliss in an assassination plot for trying to convince a fellow inmate to murder 3 anticipated witnesses listed to testify against him.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Corliss, who is being held pending trial at MCI Cedar Junction in Concord, Massachusetts, allegedly asked a fellow inmate to kill the 3 witnesses. Since he is being held, Corliss allegedly offered the other inmate proceeds from a future armored car heist he promised to carry out when he is released. He also allegedly offered the inmate additional money if he kept quiet about the robbery.

As reported in the Boston Criminal Lawyers Blog on March 5, 2010, Edward Corliss allegedly entered the Tedeschi's concealing his identity with heavy clothing, a scarf and wig, and attempting to rob the store clerk, Surendra Dangol. A surveillance video captured Corliss entering the store, as well as his allegedly pointing a gun at Dangol's chest and shooting him. Boston Police Officers arrested him several weeks later when they were able to match the getaway vehicle to Corliss' home.

In addition to the charge of Murder, Corliss was also indicted for Armed Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Notably, Edward Corliss is reported to have an extensive criminal record, including a conviction in 1971 for another Murder of a convenience store clerk. At the time of Dangol's murder, Corliss had recently been released on parole for that 1971 incident.

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July 14, 2010

Roxbury Man Arrested for Robbing Mission Hill Church

The Boston Police Department reports that Timothy Carlson, 50, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, was arrested last night for breaking into and robbing the Mission Church in Roxbury.

Officers responded to the area of 1547 Tremont Street at 10:43 p.m. last evening on another call saw Carlson holding a white bag. When they attempted to speak to him, Carlson allegedly ran and jumped over a barricaded construction site. As Boston Police Officers pursued into the construction site, they observed numerous discarded dollar bills.

Ultimately, Carlson was found hiding behind an electrical box, where he began shouting expletives and allegedly resisted arrest. A search of the area revealed numerous dollar bills where Carlson allegedly jumped the wall and a white cloth filled with prayer slips.

From the Boston Police Department's news release, it is clear that there was no report of a break-in at the Mission Church, and that officers attempted to initially stop him only because he appeared to them as 'suspicious.' Clearly then, Carlson has some very strong Search & Seizure issues to litigate in his defense in this case, i.e., whether the Boston Police Officers had reasonable suspicion to order him to stop and probable cause to arrest him. No matter whether an officers hunch turns out to ultimately be right, an arrest without justification of probable cause is invalid and any evidence seized as a result of such a Constitutional violation may be suppressed.

Carlson was arrested and charged with Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime; Larceny Over $250; Possession of Burglarious Tools; Assault & Battery on a Police Officer; Resisting Arrest; Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and Common and Notorious Thief.

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July 13, 2010

Bourne Man Arrested for 1980 Murder of His Wife

A Barnstable County Grand Jury has indicted Edmond Carriere, 75, for the Murder of his late wife. Frances Carriere, 44 at the time, was found murdered in 1980 at the couple's home, the same home where Edmond Carriere was recently arrested and charged in connection with the murder.

The Massachusetts State Police reported that Edmond Carriere had always been a suspect in his wife's murder, but charges were never filed, apparently due to lack of evidence. The State Police re-opened the investigation as a cold case in 1999, but there are no details as to what information led to charges now being filed, 30 years later.

Notably, in 2003, a Barnstable County Grand Jury indicted Richard Grebauski of Wareharm, and Steven Stewart of Brockton, for the Murder of Frances Carriere. The Barnstable County District Attorney's Office alleged in Stewart's murder trial that Edmond Carriere paid Grebauski $10,000 to murder his wife, and that Grebauski then asked Stewart to carry out the murder. Steven Stewart was convicted in 2005 of Murder, but his conviction was then overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He is scheduled to be retried on the Murder charge next week in Barnstable Superior Court.

Richard Grebauski, however, never went to trial for the murder. He passed away from injuries in a motorcycle accident while curiously visiting Carriere in Florida in 2004.

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July 12, 2010

Scituate Man Arrested for Sexual Assault on 16 Year Old Girl at Cambridge MBTA Station

Joseph Joyce, 27, of Scituate, Massachusetts, turned himself in at the MBTA Transit Police Headquarters and charged with Indecent Assault & Battery for allegedly pulling down the shirt of a 16 year old girl last Wednesday at Cambridge's Kendall Square Station.

The girl told MBTA Police last Wednesday that a blond man in his 20's approacher her and pulled down her shirt at Cambridge's Kendall Square T Station before then running away. Surveillance video released by the MBTA shows a male in his 20's running and exiting the Station shortly after the incident.

Joyce pled not guilty to one count of Indecent Assault & Battery in Cambridge District Court on Friday in Cambridge District Court. As a condition of his release, he was ordered held on $1,000 bail and ordered to have no contact with victim.

In an unrelated incident, Joseph Joyce is also facing charges from an incident in Cohasset on July 4th. In that incident, the Cohasset Police Department reports that a 40 year old woman alleges that he walked up behind her in the supermarket, brushed up against her and lifted up her dress. The woman called police after seeing Joyce's arrest relative to the Cambridge incident. In that case, Joyce has also pled not guilty in Quincy District Court to charges of Indecent Assault & Battery and Accosting a Person of the Opposite Sex.

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July 9, 2010

Man Arraigned in Quincy District Court for Murder of His Pregnant Girlfriend

Edward Aduayi.jpgEdward Aduayi, 56, of Abington, Massachusetts, was arraigned yesterday morning for the Wednesday Murder of Karneetha Sanders, of Randolph. Sanders, who was nine weeks pregnant at the time, was found dismembered at Aduayi's own store in Randolph.

Randolph Police and the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office allege that Aduayi, who had previously been involved with Sanders, picked her up around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Shortly thereafter, the two got into an argument which resulted in him stabbing her several times as the two were in the car - he then drove around the South Shore as she bled to death.

Aduayi allegedly told the police that he checked on her sometime after the stabbing and was 'surprised' to discover that she was not breathing. Once he realized that she had died, he drove to his Randolph business, where he proceeded to dismember her. Randolph Police found Sanders' body at 3:30 a.m. at Aduayi's business after tracing her cell phone to that location. Police discovered Sanders' dismembered body had been stuffed into a barrel.

After his Murder arraignment, Edward Aduayi was held without bail.

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July 8, 2010

Dorchester Man Charged in Murder of Boston University Employee

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned a Murder indictment against Corey Patterson, 24, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in connection with the killing of a Boston University student on November 8, 2009.

Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office allege that Patterson was involved in an altercation with Gregory Phillips outside the Kells Bar in Allston. Phillips, along with three friends, were leaving the bar after 2:00 a.m. when Patterson started hitting on one of the female friends and then making rude comments. An argument ensued which then became physical, at which time Patterson allegedly punched Phillips in the back of the head and then stabbed him in the chest.

At the time, Phillips was employed by Boston University in the Dining Services Department. Boston Police believe that Patterson was unarmed at the time, and he was taken to a Boston Hospital, where he died as a result of having been stabbed in the heart.

Patterson was not immediately arrested after the altercation. Rather, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office reports that shortly after the Murder, Patterson was arrested by Boston Police Officers when he returned to the scene to retrieve the purported murder weapon that he had discarded under a car.

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July 7, 2010

East Boston Drunk Driver Charged with Hitting Massachusetts State Trooper

Felix Morales.jpgFelix Morales, 39, of East Boston, Massachusetts, was charged with Drunk Driving and for hitting Massachusetts State Police State Trooper Captain Francis Hughes on Monday, July 5, 2010.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office alleges that State Police Captain Francis Hughes had directed Morales to stop at an intersection in Cambridge when the traffic lights were blinking yellow. Morales, however, did not stop and drove straight at him, struck Trooper Hughes and dragged him on the hood of his car for 30 feet before he was thrown off. Once pulled over, Morales is also alleged to have failed a Field Sobriety Test, posting a Blood Alcohol Content level of 0.15, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08. Morales, it was revealed, had also been twice previously charged with Drunk Driving in Lynn and Revere.

At his arraignment in East Boston District Court, Felix Morales was charged with several Drunk Driving Crimes, including Driving Under the Influence, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

This incident was the second in as many days when a Massachusetts State Police Trooper was struck by an alleged drunk driver. In a separate in incident on Sunday, July 4th, Trooper Sean McGarry was clipped by a passing motorist on Route 128 in Peabody as he was in the process of placing a man under arrest. The driver of that car has not been found, but police are searching for a grey or silver sedan that lost its passenger side mirror as a result of striking McGarry.

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July 6, 2010

Rehoboth Mother Charged in Murder of 2 Year Old Son

Kimberly Peno, 39, of Rehoboth, was arraigned this morning in Bristol County Superior Court with Murder in the alleged beating death of her son on March 18, 2010.

On that date, the boy was brought to the Seekonk Police Department where paramedics aided the child and transported him to Children's Hospital in Providence, where he died several hours later. The child was found to have suffered retinal hemorrhages and brain injuries.

The Seekonk Police Department reported they determined that the child's injuries were sustained at his residence in Rehoboth and contacted the Rehoboth Police Department. An investigation by the Rehoboth Police Department and the Bristol County District Attorney's Office concluded that the child was severely beaten by Peno. The Bristol County District Attorney's Office also claimed that when Peno brought the child to the Seekonk Poilce Department, there were visible injuries on her person, including a swollen right fist; as well as blood in the area of the house where Peno said she was.

Peno's husband, who claimed to have been asleep during the alleged incident, has not been charged.

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July 3, 2010

Suffolk County Grand Jury Returns Indictments in Murder of 14 Year Old Nicholas Fomby-Davis

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments yesterday against the two men charged with the Murder of 14 year old Nicholas Fomby-Smith on May 30, 2010. As reported in the Boston Criminal Lawyer's Blog on June 1, 2010, Boston Police and Suffolk County prosecutors allege that Crisostomo Lopes, 20, and Joshua Fernandes, 16, attacked Fomby-Davis while he was riding his scooter.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Lopes pulled Fomby-Davis off his scooter and held him down while Fernandes shot him in the chest. Despite being only 16 years old, Fernandes will be tried for Murder as an adult in Suffolk Superior Court. Massachusetts state law permits defendants ages 14 and older who are charged with Murder to be tried as an adult.

Fernandes has also been indicted with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and both defendants are currently held without bail.

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July 2, 2010

Suspected Drug Dealer with Mutilated Fingertips Arrested in Randolph for Drug Trafficking

Leonel Lopez-Ortiz, 38, was arrested on charges including Identity Fraud following his arrest in Randolph this past Wednesday. After his arrest, Lopez-Oritz' car was search by the Massachusetts State Police, from which they recovered $159,000 in a shopping bag; and an additional $7,000 in cash from inside the home.

Lopez-Ortiz is also believed to be the same man with outstanding warrants on cocaine Drug Trafficking charges out of Suffolk Superior and Roxbury District Courts, as well as a warrant for Distribution of Cocaine out of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court.

Lopez-Ortiz is also suspected of having intentionally mutilated his fingertips so as to avoid authorities from obtaining his identity. Unrelated to this incident, Jorge Falcon Ortiz was also found to have intentionally mutilated his fingertips after his arrest last week on unrelated drug charges.

Following his arraignment today in Quincy District Court on Drug Trafficking Charges, Lopez-Ortiz was held on $500,000 cash bail.

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July 1, 2010

Olympic Gold Medalist Jenny Thompson Victim of Assault & Attempted Robbery

Jenny Thomspon, an Olympic gold medalist and winner of 12 overall medals over four Olympic games was the victim of an Assault and Attempted Robbery of her scooter yesterday in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Brookline Police report that Thompson was on her scooter in the area of Harvard and Verndale Street at about 10:00 p.m. last evening when a dark colored car pulled up beside her with its headlights out and two men exited the car. One of the men went up to Thompson and punched her in the face and he and the other man tried to steal her scooter.

Sometime thereafter, Brookline Police arrested Luis Santos, 18, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and two other teens for allegedly stealing a different scooter, on which they were traveling the wrong way down Beacon Street. Although these youths are being investigated with regard to the Jenny Thompson incident, Brookline Police report that they these may just be unrelated incidents.

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