May 2011 Archives

May 31, 2011

Boston Court Rejects Charges for JetBlue Passenger Who Slapped Flight Attendant


jetblue.jpgMassachusetts State Police arrested a man on Assault & Battery Charges this morning at Boston's Logan Airport for having allegedly slapped a flight attendant on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Boston. The Clerk-Magistrate of the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court, however, declined to issue charges against the man for lack of jurisdiction.

Bryan Garnett, the passenger on the JetBlue flight to Boston, allegedly slapped a flight attendant who ordered that he move his carryon luggage beneath his seat. The incident allegedly occurred before the flight took off and while the plane was still in Florida. Upon the flight's arrival Boston, Massachusetts State Police arrested Bryan Garnett for Assault & Battery.

Following his arrest, Massachusetts State Police sought an application for a criminal complaint to be issued against Bryan Garnet for Assault & Battery, but the Clerk-Magistrate declined the application for "jurisdictional reasons" - i.e., that the alleged incident did not occur in Massachusetts.

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May 28, 2011

Massachusetts Woman Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide in Death of Elderly Dennis Woman


Inez Digiovanni, 29, of Harwich, was arrested yesterday on several Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Charges after allegedly running a stop sign and striking and Dorothy Kuczinski, 91, of Dennis. Inez Digiovanni is reported to be charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, and Driving to Endanger.

According to the Yarmouth Police Department, Inez Digiovanni was allegedly driving her husbands truck at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning and did not come to stop prior to going through an intersection. The truck then allegedly struck Kuczinski's car. Dorothy Kuczinski was eventually flown to Boston Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries.

According to police, Inez Digiovanni reportedly did not have a valid Massachusetts Driver's License, and for that reason, her husband, Charles Digiovanni, will also be charged with Permitting an Unlicensed Person to Operate his vehicle.

The Massachusetts Crime of Motor Vehicle Homicide punishes those that operate a vehicle in a negligent or reckless manner so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, and which causes the death of another person. The penalty upon conviction for Vehicular Homicide is imprisonment for 2.5 to 15 years in state prison; or 1 to 2.5 years in the House of Corrections.

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May 26, 2011

Haverhill Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide for Texting While Driving


Aaron Deveau, 17, of Haverhill, was arraigned on several Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Charges yesterday in connection with the February 20th accident that killed another driver. Deveau was arraigned in Haverhill District Court on several driving charges including Motor Vehicle Homicide, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Texting While Driving.

According to the Haverhill Police Department and the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Aaron Deveau was allegedly texting when his car cross the double-yellow line and struck another car. Both persons in that car, Donald Bowley, Jr., and Luz Selena Roman, were both flown to Massachusetts General Hospital to be treated for their injuries. Donald Bowley, Jr., later succumbed to his injuries on March 10.

Following his arraigned in Haverhill District Court, Aaron Deveau was released on his own personal recognizance, but he has been ordered not to drive while the car remains open.

The Massachusetts Driving Crime of Operation of a Mobile Telephone or Handheld Device While Driving went into effect on September 30, 2010, and this is believed to be the first prosecution of vehicular homicide under this new law.

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May 24, 2011

Teenager Charged for East Boston Murder


Marco Tulio Flores, 17, was arraigned on Massachusetts Murder Charges this morning in East Boston District Court in connection with the death of Jaime Galdamez, 28, who was found dead lying in bed in the basement of an East Boston home Monday morning.

According to Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, the body of Jaime Galdamez was discovered Monday morning when the Boston Fire Department responded to 877 Saratoga Street for a fire in the basement. A search of the basement revealed the body of Jaime Galdamez, who was lying in his bed. Because he was bound with duct tape, Boston Police Homicide investigators were called to initiate a murder investigation.

Today, however, prosecutors reported that Marco Tulio Flores went to the Boston Police allegedly admitted that he was the person responsible for the death of Jaime Galdamez. In his statement, Flores allegedly explained that the two had a verbal argument, which then became physical and led to Flores allegedly strangling Galdamez. He had bound Galdamez with duct tape and then set him on fire.

At this time, the Massachusetts Office of the Medical Examiner has not yet pronounced a cause of death.

In the meantime, Marco Tulio Flores has been held without bail on First Degree Murder Charges.

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May 21, 2011

Revere Couple Charged in $4M MBTA Fraud Scheme


Andres Townes and Gloria Escobar, both of Revere, were arrested on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges in connection with fraudulent fare-evasion scheme that police allege bilked the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority of $4 million. Both were arraigned in Salem District Court earlier this week on charges including Larceny and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny.

According to police, Andres Townes and Gloria Escobar allegedly conspired in the production and sale of discounted MBTA passes to thousands of people in the greater Boston area and across Massachusetts. The alleged scheme was reportedly initiated from a single ad on Craigslist, and grew to a conglomerate involving a entire network of distributors serving customers making orders of the passes to a post office address.

The scheme was reportedly discovered by an MBTA conductor who noticed that a customer's pass was faded. Further investigation led to authorities to question that rider, who informed the inspector that he had purchased the pass on Craigslist, which then revealed that the MBTA had no record of its serial number.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office in Salem, currently on administrative leave, Andres Townes was employed by Cubic Transportation Systems, the california company that processes approximately $135 million in MBTA passes distributed annually, dating back to as early as 2007. Townes was reportedly responsible for overseeing the sale and service of all MBTA passes that were not purchases at MBTA stations, and therefore allegedly had access to MBTA machines that printed and encoded the 'CharlieTickets' and MBTA monthly passes.

Although the MBTA had implemented a system whereby the MBTA would receive notification of all new passes created, Andres Townes had allegedly discovered a way to bypass or disable those transmissions, which allegedly enabled him to create and distribute thousands of the fake passes. Once used, these fake passes were virtually undetectable by the electronic system and unable to be determined whether they came from legitimate accounts.

Andres Townes is believed to have profited in over $800,000 from the fake MBTA passes, while Escobar was allegedly paid approximately $25,000 per month for her involvement.

Following their arraignments in Salem District Court on these Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges, Andres Townes was held on $250,000 cash bail, while Gloria Escobar was held on $100,000 cash bail.

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May 20, 2011

Boston Man Charged with Kidnapping 15 Year Old Girl in Quincy


Norman Barnes, 28, of Dorchester, was arrested on Massachusetts Kidnapping Charges following allegations that he kidnapped a 15 year old girl at the Adams Inn in North Quincy.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, a trooper working a detail in the area of the Neponset River Bridge was told that there was a fight at the Best Western Adams Inn in North Quincy. The Trooper responded to the area and began chasing a man who allegedly began to run away. The man, Norman Bates, was apprehended and arrested.

At the same time, police officers discovered the 15 year old girl a few blocks down from the hotel. The girl alleged that Barnes had held her against her will at the hotel. She was taken to a Boston hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Norman Barnes is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Quincy District Court on charges including Kidnapping.

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May 19, 2011

Massachusetts Prison Inmate Charged in 20 Year Old Dorchester Murder


Eugene Sutton, 46, currently serving 5-10 years in a Massachusetts State Prison on Drug Crimes Charges, was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury in connection with the 1989 murder of 38 year old Richard Gleason. He was arraigned this week in Suffolk Superior Court on First Degree Murder Charges.

According to the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Richard Gleason was murdered on May 16, 1989, inside a School Street apartment that, at the time, was reportedly used by drug users. Gleason, who at the time was working as a delivery driver for a Quincy area food shelter, was stabbed 18 times.

Presently, Eugene Sutton is in custody an unrelated drug charges in a Massachusetts prison where he is serving his time. Following his arraignment on Massachusetts Murder Charges in Suffolk Superior Court, Sutton was ordered held without bail.

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May 17, 2011

Boston Day-Care Bus Driver Arraigned on Child Rape Charges in Suffolk Superior Court


Sergio Lara, 53, of East Boston, was arraigned yesterday on several Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges in connection with the alleged rape of a 5 year old girl who Lara was responsible for driving home from day care.

He was formally arraigned on various sex crimes charges including Rape of a Child Under 14, Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child, Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor, and Open & Gross Lewdness.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Sergio Lara operated Maya Transportation, a school bus company with contracts in Chelsea, Revere and East Boston. On March 1st, Lara allegedly took all the children home, and then took the remaining 5 year old girl to an unknown location and allegedly raped her. Following the alleged sexual assault, Lara took the girl home, who then immediately told her mother about the incident.

When the allegations against Sergio Lara were made known to the other parents whose children also rode the bus, another child told her parents that Lara had also inappropriately and sexually touched her. Two other young boys, who had ridden on Lara's bus in 2010, also reportedly alleged that Lara had engaged in sexual acts in their presence, and also showed them nude photographs of himself and others.

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Rape of a Child is punishable with commitment to state prison for any term of years up to life. Additionally, as with most Massachusetts Sex Crimes, the defendant, if convicted, could also be subject to Sex Offender Registration and/or community parole supervision for life.

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May 16, 2011

Lawrence Man Arrested for Assault to Murder After Slashing His Grandmother's Throat


Rouluis Felix, 22, of Lawrence, was arrested last night on several Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges for allegedly slashing his own grandmother's throat. Felix is to be arraigned this morning in Lawrence District Court on charges including Assault With Intent to Murder, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

According to the Lawrence Police Department, Rouluis Felix allegedly assaulted his grandmother who resides at an elderly housing complex in Lawrence. She was reportedly discovered at 1:30 in the afternoon when she approached two maintenance workers and bleeding from her wounds.

Following the alleged Assault with Intent to Murder, Lawrence Police, along with Massachusetts State Police, immediately began searching for Rouluis Felix, but he managed to avoid apprehension until last night, when a cab driver called to report that a passenger refused to pay his fare. When Lawrence Police arrive to investigate the cab driver's report, they recognized the passenger as Roulis Felix. At that time, he was ordered out of the cab at gunpoint and immediately arrested.

Rouluis Felix reportedly has a history of mental illness, and notably, he was released from a hospital the day before the incident. Although it's unclear what, specific, history of mental illness Felix suffers from, his defense lawyers will be sure to evaluate any defense of Insanity or Lack of Criminal Responsibility.

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May 12, 2011

Massachusetts Police Find Pipe Bomb in Lowell Home of Murder Suspect


Massachusetts State Police executed a search warrant of the Lowell home of Rafael Martinez and discovered a pipe bomb. Martinez was arraigned in Lawrence District Court this week on Massachusetts Murder Charges and Gun Crimes Charges in connection with the death of Timothy Walker.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Rafael Martinez, in the company of some friends, is alleged to have approached Timothy Walker while he was sitting on the steps of his grandmother's front porch in Lawrence on July 24, 2010. It is alleged that Martinez had in his possession a shotgun, which he then used to shoot Timothy Walker in the head.

Following the shooting, Martinez allegedly left the area in a Nissan Murano driven by one of his friends. It's not known if police have identified the registered owner of the vehicle and/or the driver. If found, it's likely that he would also be charged in connection with this incident, most likely as an Accessory After the Fact to Murder.

Not having made any arrests on this murder, the Lawrence Police Department released a surveillance video to the news media last week, which was taken from the area of the murder. According to the Lawrence Police Department, Rafael Martinez recognized himself as the person in the video that was aired and turned himself into police this past Monday. Once he appeared at the Lawrence Police Station for questioning, he was arrested on charges of Murder.

Following his arraignment in Lawrence District Court on 1st Degree Murder Charges and Gun Crimes Charges, Rafael Martinez was held without bail.

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May 10, 2011

Quincy Developer Charged with Massachusetts Statutory Rape Charges


o'connell.jpgWilliam S. O'Connell, 71, the Quincy developer who was involved in large scale developments such as Marina Bay and the Granite Links Golf Course in Quincy, has been charged with various Massachusetts Sex Crimes. He was arraigned earlier this week in Quincy District Court on charges including Aggravated Rape of a Child, Sex for a Fee and Drug Trafficking Charges.

According to the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, William S. O'Connell, the alleged victim in the case is between the ages of 14 and 16 years old. O'Connell allegedly engaged in sexual acts with the child twice during the spring of 2009.

At the time of his arrest in this case, Robert S. O'Connell was allegedly in the possession of 19 grams of cocaine, which led to the Norfolk District Attorney's Office also seeking the additional Drug Trafficking Charge.

According to reports, O'Connell was previously convicted in 2003 for Vehicular Homicide in a boating accident. O'Connell was allegedly driving the boat drunk, and a friend fell overboard into the propeller.

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Statutory Rape is a 'strict liability crime', meaning even any purported consent of the alleged victim and/or reasonable mistake as to the age of the victim is immaterial in defense.

As with most Sex Crimes Charges in Massachusetts, a conviction for the crime of Statutory Rape could subject a person to Sex Offender Registration with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board.

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May 8, 2011

Boston Man Arrested on Armed Robbery Warrants After High Speed Chase in West Bridgewater


monopoli.jpgWilliam P. Monopoli, of Boston, was arrested by Massachusetts State Police on Armed Robbery warrants following a high-speed chase that ended in West Bridgewater.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, William P. Monopoli was wanted for allegedly violation his probation. Massachusetts State Troopers reportedly tried pulling him over but he allegedly refused, leading them to Route 106 in West Bridgewater where the pursuit allegedly ended when Monopoli crashed.

He is expected to be arraigned in the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court Monday morning on several criminal charges, including Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Refusing to Stop for Police, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

Monopoli was also under criminal investigation with regards to a Concord crash where he allegedly fled the scene after a multi-car accident on April 10. With regards to that incident, William Monopoli is expected to be charged with several Motor Vehicle Charges, including Leaving the Scene of An Accident with Personal Injury and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

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May 6, 2011

Massachusetts Couple Arrested for Sex Crimes for Having Public Sex in Park


public sex 2.jpegA young couple was arrested in Roxbury early yesterday morning on Massachusetts Sex Crimes charges for having sex in public. Both persons, 28, were each charged with Open & Gross Lewdness and Lascivious Behavior.

According to the Boston Police Department, officers received complaints at 8:45 a.m. yesterday Thursday morning that a couple was having sex at the Clifford Playground in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The witnesses who reported the incident to the police indicated that the couple was "making no effort to conceal their activities from the view of rush hour traffic."

When Boston Police Officers responded to the Roxbury park, they allegedly observed the couple partially clothed and still engaged in activity of a sexual nature. Upon the sight of the arriving police officers, both persons allegedly frantically began to tidy up their clothing.

Open & Gross Lewdness and Lascivious Behavior:

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Open & Gross Lewdness and Lascivious Behavior is the intentional and public open exposure of a person's genitals or buttocks that produces shock to at least one or more persons.

Additionally, persons charged with the sex crime of Open & Gross Lewdness could be subjected to Registration with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board if convicted of a second or subsequent offense.

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May 5, 2011

Massachusetts Teen Charged With Murder of His Mother


easton.jpgMatthew Worster, 17, of Easton, Massachusetts, was arraigned today on Murder Charges for allegedly killing his own mother and then burying her in their backyard. He was arraigned this morning in Taunton District Court the charge of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, Matthew Worster allegedly killed his mother, Beth Spartichino, because he was angry over his parents divorce. He allegedly told his younger brother that he shot their mother because 'they would be better off". Easton and Massachusetts State Police searched the backyard of the family's Easton home and did recover the body of Beth Spartichino in a shallow grave in the backyard. The official cause of death is yet to be determined pending an autopsy, but officials did reveal that the body appeared to have a gunshot wound to the back.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Worster also called his father, Michael Worster, and left a voicemail suggesting he had done something to his mother. In the voicemail, Worster allegedly stated "I did what I had to do". After listening to the voicemail, Michael Worster then called the Easton Police Department and reported that he feared his ex-wife was dead and that his son committed the murder.

The divorce between Beth Spartichino and Michael Worster became final two weeks ago. At that time, Matthew Worster allegedly told his mother that they would all be better off if she were dead.

Interestingly, Michael Worster also told the dispatcher that he believed that his ex-wife had been buried in a freshly dug hole in the garden. A year ago, however, Beth Spartichino had obtained a restraining order against her husband, Michael Worster, alleging that he made threats to kill her and bury her in the yard.

It is anticipated that once the autopsy is finalized, that charges against Matthew Worster will be upgraded to First Degree Murder.

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May 2, 2011

Massachusetts State Police Arrest Cambridge Jail Sergeant on Drug Charges


Michael Dell'Isolia, a sergeant for the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department assigned to the Cambridge Jail, was arrested on Massachusetts Drug Charges for following a sting operation. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Woburn District Court on drug charges including Drug Trafficking in Cocaine.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Michael Dell'Isolia, who has been employed by the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department for 28 years, was under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police for several months for alleged illegal drug activities. Dell'Isolia was then contacted by an undercover Massachusetts State Police Trooper today who allegedly gave Dell'Isolia some cocaine, along with some cash. Once he accepted the drugs and money, Dell'Isolia was immediately placed under arrest for allegedly Violating Massachusetts Drug Laws.

The inference by statements of Middlesex County Sheriff, Peter J. Koutoujian, is that the investigation into Michael Dell'Isolia was initiated by the Sheriff's internal affairs department, possibly suspecting that Dell'Isolia was allegedly smuggling drugs into the Cambridge facility. From there, the Middlesex County Sheriff's Department referred the investigation to the Massachusetts State Police.

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