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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April 28, 2011

Two Boston Men Indicted by Essex County Grand Jury in Lawrence Liquor Store Robbery


Jose Gonzalez, 29, and Rafael Tejada, 43, both from the Dorchester section of Boston, were indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury in connection with the Lawrence Armed Robbery of McCann's Liquors on March 6.

Both men were charged with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and one was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Jose Gonzalez and Rafael Tejada attempted to rob McCann's Liquors in Lawrence on March 6 when they allegedly entered the store and beat the owner, Arturo Tavera, 67. Prosecutors also allege that Gonzalez and Tejada beat a store employee and a customer as well.

Lawrence Police Officers responded to the store and allegedly found Jose Gonzalez and Rafael Tejada in an apartment above the store, hiding in a crawl space.

Both men are expected to brought into Salem Superior Court to be formally arraigned on these Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges.

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April 26, 2011

Brockton High School Counselor Charged with Sex Crimes


Galen Stone, 55, a Brockton High School counselor, was arraigned today in Brockton District Court on various Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges for allegedly taking lewd cellphone photos of female students. He was arraigned on sex crimes charges including Criminal Harassment and Annoying and Accosting a Member of the Opposite Sex.

According to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, Stone allegedly took lewd photos with his cell phone of female students' chest areas as they reached for candy that he placed on a cafeteria table.

Brockton High School administration initiated an investigation into Galen Stone following complaints from students that he was taking photos of them. When the Brockton High School headmaster asked to examine Stone's cell phone, he consented, which revealed photos of several students in school, as well as a teacher at Brockton High School. In addition to those pictures, Galen Stone's cell phone also contained other homemade and pornographic videos, including many videos taken of people that were apparently unaware that they were being videotaped.

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Criminal Harassment is the willful and malicious pattern of conduct that causes another to suffer substantial emotional distress. The pattern of conduct, however, must involve three separate occasions at the same alleged victim; must be of a kind that would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress; in fact caused the alleged victim to be seriously alarmed; and the conduct was done in a manner that was willful and malicious.

By definition under Massachusetts criminal law, 'substantial emotional distress' means something more than the level of uneasiness, nervousness, or unhappiness.

In this regard, Galen Stone may have some very viable defenses against the sex crime of Criminal Harassment, notwithstanding the photos on his phone - particularly if there are no multiple photos of the same alleged victim.

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April 23, 2011

Hopkinton Man Charged with Raping and Sexually Molesting Framingham Teenager


johnstone.jpgDonald Johnstone, 58, of Hopkinton, was arrested this week on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges that he sexually molested a raped a Framingham teenager. He was arraigned in Framingham District Court on several sex crimes charges including two counts of Rape, Indecent Assault & Battery, and Dissemination of Obscene Material to a Minor.

According to the Framingham Police Department, the teenager who was allegedly sexually molested and Johnstone are known to each other. Over the past several months, Johnstone allegedly would go into the boy's bedroom, remove his clothes and touch him in a sexually inappropriate manner.

One one recent incident, the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office alleges that Johnstone performed oral sex on the teenager, which led to the Sex Crime of Rape. In another incident, prosecutors alleged that Johnstone sent the teen an email with obscene videos of men engaging in various sexual acts.

Framingham Police reportedly have spoken with the boy, who conveyed to them that he actually did not want Johnstone arrested because of his employment. Donald Johnstone is reportedly employed at Boston Medical Center as a registered nurse.

Following his arraignment in Framingham District Court on these Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges, Donald Johnstone was released without bail on his own personal recognizance, but with certain conditions of release, including that he have no contact with the complainant.

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Indecent Assault & Battery is defined as an 'indecent act' that involves touching portions of the anatomy commonly thought private. The penalty upon conviction for this sex crime is imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years or to state prison for up to 5 years.

Additionally, Rape in Massachusetts is punishable by up to 20 years in state prison. By definition, Rape is the natural or unnatural sexual intercourse with another by force or against that person's will.

A conviction for either of these sex crimes, Rape or Indecent Assault & Battery, could result in the person convicted being subject to Registering as a Sex Offender with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board or even being subjected to lifetime community parole.

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April 20, 2011

Salem Father Charged with Attempted Murder of 7 Week Old Infant


Dario Finkel, 26, of Salem, Massachusetts, was charged on several Crimes of Violence and Domestic Violence Charges for the alleged Attempted Murder of his 7 week old son.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Salem Police Officers responded to Finkel's home, along with paramedics, and determined that Dario Finkel allegedly stuffed a baby wipe in the infant's mouth to get him to stop crying. Finkel also allegedly dropped the infant to the floor and threw him. According to paramedics who responded to the home and evaluated the baby, there was bruising on the baby's stomach and upper link.

Finkel was arraigned in Salem District Court and charged with Attempt to Commit Murder, Reckless Endangerment of a Child, Aggravated Assault & Battery, and Domestic Violence Charges. Following his arraignment, he was held without bail pending a Dangerousness Hearing.

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April 19, 2011

Two Salem Men Charged with Violation Massachusetts Drug Laws


drug bust.jpgAquiles Sanchez, Jr. and Leonel Grullon, both of Salem, were each indicted and arraigned in Salem District Court on Massachusetts Drug Laws Violations yesterday. Both men were charged with Drug Trafficking and Resisting Arrest.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Salem Police officers were conducting routing surveillance in the area of Salem near Boston Billiard's and Walgreens when they allegedly observed what they believed to be a drug transaction between Aquiles Sanchez Jr., and Leonel Grullon.

When Salem Police Officers approached the two men, Sanchez allegedly ran and got into a car and attempted to speed off, allegedly resulting in his striking two cars. As officers gave chase, they allegedly observed Sanchez discard a bag containing 90 oxycodone pills onto the street.

Sanchez eventually got out of the car near Route 114 and ran up River Street, where he was tackled by a man who held him until Salem Police Officers could respond and arrest him.

Grullon, in the meantime, allegedly struggled with police officers who attempted to arrest him and also threw a pool cue at them. As a result of Leonel Grullon's arrest, Salem Police officers allegedly recovered over $13,000.

In many cases involving violation of Massachusetts Drug Laws, what they police allegedly observed is critical in their evaluation of whether there was probable cause to arrest the persons. Often times, police will not see the actual drugs or money being exchanged, but will assert that, through their 'training and experience', they believed that a drug transaction had taken place.

Police Officers will justify the seizure and arrest of the person on a variety of factors, including whether they were known as drug users or distributors; furtive movements or evasive actions; nervousness; their presence inappropriate to the particular setting; and quick 'meets'.

At the end of the day, simply because drugs or money were ultimately found on the person is not necessarily fatal to the person challenging their arrest and hopefully beating their drug case. What the officers allegedly observed to justify the seizure and arrest should be scrutinized extremely carefully, and appropriate legal challenges, particularly litigating Motions to Suppress Evidence or Drugs, should always be considered.

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April 18, 2011

Massachusetts Corrections Officers Faces Drug Smuggling Charges


Ronald McGinn Jr., a Massachusetts Corrections Officers, has been arrested on Drug Charges for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into the Norfolk County House of Corrections. McGinn was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance.

According to the United States District Attorney's Office, the Massachusetts Corrections Officer allegedly met with an undercover FBI agent and agreed to smuggle heroin into the Norfolk County House of Corrections after discussing what fees he would charge for selling the drugs to inmates.

The investigation was reportedly initiated by the Norfolk County House of Corrections when the Norfolk County Sheriff asked the FBI to investigate because they had determined someone was smuggling drugs to the prisoners.

Ronald McGinn, Jr. was arrested today after he was found to be in possession of 28 grams of heroin. If convicted in Federal Court of these drug charges, he could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

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April 17, 2011

Suffolk D.A.'s Office Recruits Boston Globe in Campaign to Oust Massachusetts Judge


dougan.jpgSunday's Boston Globe cover story, entitled "He's the jurist defendant's covet - Judge 'Let Me Go'", unfairly portrays Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond G. Dougan, Jr. as the most lenient judge in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and misleads the public from what the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office is trying to accomplish - an uneven playing field.

The reality is, for every Judge who may be 'defense oriented', there are 20 Judges who continue to 'prosecute from the bench'. Why doesn't the Boston Globe run a front page article about the number of cases that are dismissed in Suffolk County each year because Mr. Conley's office neglects to obtain evidence or otherwise prepare for trial? Or because police and other witnesses fail to appear? Or when prosecutor's witnesses are caught lying under oath in court? Or when prosecutor's withhold exculpatory evidence while defendant's are wrongfully detained in jail?

At the end of the day, it is a pathetic and clearly calculated campaign undertaken by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office to remove from the judiciary any Judges that are not afraid to make truly independent rulings and without regard to whether or not they appease Mr. Dan Conley. I commend Judge Dougan for not caring whether his rulings piss off the prosecutors...I commend him for standing firm on each and every ruling he has made. The reality is, there are way too many judge's that make their rulings because they are influenced with public opinion.

One of the fundamental cornerstones of our criminal justice system is the judicial independence Judges are afforded. When the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office then makes it their mission, and if successful, to remove judges whose rulings may tend to make their prosecutions more difficult, the system will invariably be broken and constitutionally flawed.

I believe the public would be better served if the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office provided more attention to properly prosecuting their cases, rather than focusing their time and resources to remove Judge Dougan in order to help their prosecutors obtain a better conviction rate.

Mr. Dan Conley would be mindful to perhaps conduct an internal review of his own administration and correct whatever issues his office may be having, instead of attempting to create a constitutional injustice by influencing and manipulating the judiciary in his favor through a calculated media campaign.

...I'm sure if the criminal defense bar were to name individual judges who notoriously rule overwhelmingly in the prosecution's favor the Boston Globe would need to dedicate an entire section for that story. ...but oh, I forgot, when we speak about 'criminals', we should just burn that often disregarded piece of paper called the Constitution, skip arraignment and trials, and just impose the death penalty on everyone?

....we seem to forget that little known Constitutional right that everyone is 'presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt'. Sure, you may not be a hardened criminal with a 6 page record and have a hobby of robbing banks - but wait until you leave a restaurant with your family one night and get arrested for a DUI after having a glass of wine - suddenly you feel the police officers are overzealous, the system is corrupt, out to get you, and attorneys like myself are your best and only friend...

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis can be reached at 617-325-9500.

April 16, 2011

Lynn Man Indicted by Essex County Grand Jury for Armed Robbery


Matthew David Griggs, 19, has been indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly holding up the Lynnfield Street Market in Lynn. He is scheduled to be charged in Salem Superior Court for Armed Robbery While Masked and Gun Crimes Charges.

According to the Lynn Police Department, Griggs held up the Lynnfield Street Market in Lynn on March 6. Allegedly wearing a mask, he walked into the convenience store with a large hunting knife, ran behind the counter and grabbed $350 before fleeing in a grey car. Although Griggs was allegedly wearing a mask that only partially covered his face, the store clerk told Lynn Police that he recognized the man as a customer.

Several hours later, Matthew David Griggs reportedly turned himself into the Lynn Police Department and admitted that he was the man involved in the robbery of the convenience store.

Meanwhile, Griggs also had other criminal charges pending in Salem Superior Court relating to Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges. He had previously been arrested in November 2009 for allegedly possession a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition. In that case, he has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

At the time of his arrest on the Armed Robbery Charges, Griggs had been free on $500 cash bail on the Gun Crimes Charges.

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April 15, 2011

3 Men Charged in Lowell Court for 1969 Murder of Tewksbury Boy


shelley.jpgWalter Shelley, 60, of Tewksbury, Michael Ferreira and Edward Alan Brown, were all arraigned yesterday in Lowell District Court on various Massachusetts Murder Charges in connection with the 1969 murder of John J. McCabe.

The Middlesex County District Attorney's Office alleges that John McCabe, then 15, was walking home from a teen dance on September 26, 1969, when he was abducted and taken to an empty lot in Lowell, Massachusetts. The three men alleged to be the abductors are Walter Shelley, Michael Ferreira and Edward Alan Brown, then teenagers themselves.

Prosecutors believe that Ferreira grabbed McCabe and dragged him into their car. The three men then allegedly assaulted him along the way, and once in Lowell, bound McCabe's hands and feet with a rope and covered his mouth and eyes with tape. According to the Lowell Police, the men wanted to teach him a lesson.

Shelley, Ferreira and Brown, however, allegedly drove off, leaving McCabe on the ground struggling for several hours. When the men returned, McCabe had died. Middlesex County prosecutors believe that the men then agreed to make a pact and not ever disclose what they had done.

Lowell Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office were reportedly able to finally make arrests in this case because one of the men, believed to be Edward Alan Brown, had come forward, confessed, and implicated Shelley and Ferreira.

Walter Shelley and Michael Ferreira have been charged with First Degree Murder. Ferreira has also been charged with Perjury for allegedly lying to a Middlesex County Grand Jury in 2008 that was re-investigating the murder for asserting he had no knowledge about McCabe's death. Meanwhile Edward Alan Brown has been charged with Manslaughter.

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April 14, 2011

Weymouth Man Arrested for Raping Quincy Girl


nichols.jpgWilliam Nichols, 45, of Weymouth, was charged with Massachusetts Sex Crimes for allegedly raping a 12 year old girl in Quincy. He was arraigned this week in Quincy District Court for Rape and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14, where he was held on $50,000 cash bail.

According to the Quincy Police Department and the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, William Nichols allegedly sexually molested the girl at least one time at the Snug Playground in Quincy. It was also reported that, following his arrest, Nichols allegedly admitted to kissing, inappropriately touching and having 'made out' with the girl.

The alleged Rape and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14 was reported by the girl's uncle after he found messages between Nichols and the child on her cell phone.

In Massachusetts, the Sex Crime of Rape carries a potential state prison sentence of up to 20 years; while the Sex Charge of Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14 carries up to 10 years in state prison.

As with most Massachusetts Sex Crimes, a conviction for either sex offense would subject William Nichols to Registration as a Sex Offender with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board; require him to submit his DNA to the state's database; and could result in a term of lifetime community parole supervision.

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April 12, 2011

Massachusetts Police Officer Under FBI Investigation for Bribery and Obstruction of Justice


todd randall.jpgRevere Police Officer Todd P. Randall, was charged in Boston's Federal Court with Obstruction of Justice and Bribery.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Boston FBI office, Revere Police Officer Randall allegedly lied to FBI agents when questioned about a conversation he had with an FBI informant. The informant disclosed that Officer Randall, while on duty and with his Revere Police vehicle, drove to the informant's home and accepted a bribe of $200 to help fix or influence a pending criminal case of the informant's friends that was pending in Chelsea District Court.

Federal agents further allege that, when confronted, Officer Randall denied ever knowing or meeting the informant or friend. The FBI agents, however, had videotaped the Revere police officer in the act of taking the money and accepted the bribe.

The Revere Police Department, whose officers it appears have repeatedly been under FBI investigation for various corruption allegations, are reportedly being cooperative with the federal investigation involving Officer Randall.

If convicted of Obstruction of Justice, Officer Randall faces up to five years in federal prison.

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