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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April 11, 2011

Boston Men Arrested in Stabbing of East Bridgewater Man

ali jean.jpgWilliam Fleurimont, 20, and Ali Jean, 23, both from Boston, were arrested on Massachusetts Felony Assault Charges, as well as Drug Charges, in connection with the stabbing of an East Bridgewater man.

Following a high-speed chase than ended in Hanson, Fleurimont and Jean were both arrested and charged in Brockton District Court with Assault with Intent to Murder, Armed Robbery, Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs, Conspiracy to Violate Massachusetts Drug Laws, and various Motor Vehicle Charges.

According to the East Bridgewater Police Department, officers received a report of a person stabbed, as well as a description of a black SUV. The black car was spotted and stopped by other officers, but the driver, Ali Jean, allegedly then took off when he was ordered to get out of the car.

Ali Jean then allegedly led police on a chase into nearby Hanson, which ended when the SUV crashed into a tree, but not before Ali Jean and Williams Fleurimont got out of the car and allegedly ran. Both were eventually found and arrested by East Bridgewater Police officers less than an hour later.

The East Bridgewater Police have indicated that the alleged stabbing incident allegedly involving Jean and Fleurimont was drug-related, and both purportedly knew the stabbing victim.

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April 8, 2011

Couple Arrested in Braintree Robbery

DeMetro.jpgA couple was arrested Thursday afternoon on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly convincing an elderly Braintree woman to let them into her home and then robbing her of cash and jewelry.

George DeMetro and Dina Miller, have been charged with Breaking & Entering in the Daytime and Receiving Stolen Property, and were arraigned this morning in Quincy District Court.

According to police, DeMetro and Miller, who are from North Carolina, allegedly claimed they were from a Massachusetts regulatory agency there to check on the electrical wiring on the elderly woman's home. Miller then allegedly convinced the woman to come with him and check a shed in the backyard, while DeMetro gained entry into the home.

The woman's husband, who was home at the time, reportedly yelled out to his wife, who was outside, that a man was upstairs in the bedroom. DeMetro allegedly told the couple he was simply checking the water in the bathroom. He then made his way downstairs at which time DeMetro and Miller left the home.

Police responded to the home and the couple reported the Theft Crimes, as they located DeMetro and Miller at a D'Angelo's in Braintree.

A search of the couple's truck revealed $60,000 in cash, jewelry, silverware and other valuable items had been taken, and Braintree Police believe the couple had allegedly targeted other elderly couples in similar Theft Crimes in Braintree, Massachusetts.

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April 7, 2011

Massachusetts Bus Driver Arrested on Drug Charges

bus.jpgCynthia King, 46, of Brockton, was arrested on Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges after Boston Police conducted a search of her car at the MBTA bus yard in South Boston.

The investigation against Cynthia King reportedly began in May of 2010, when a confidential information allegedly told police that a driver for the MBTA was selling crack cocaine from the bus. Based on that information and subsequent surveillance by the Boston Police Drug Control Unit, the police were able to obtain and execute search warrants of King's car and her person when she arrived to work and recovered crack cocaine, cash and other alleged drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and two cell phones.

Cynthia King as been formally charged with Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance. Following her arraignment today in the Dorchester District Court, she was released on $1,000 cash bail.

King has been employed as a bus driver with the MBTA since 2002, but was suspended following her arrest on these drug charges. It's unclear whether she was allegedly dealing drugs as she was driving buses for the MBTA, but that is presumed to be a matter under investigation.

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April 6, 2011

Massachusetts Camp Counselor Suspected of Sexual Assault Found Dead

Camp Good News.jpgCharles "Chuck" R. Devita, a camp counselor at Camp Good News on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, reportedly committed suicide because of his being suspected of committing various Massachusetts Sex Crimes. Devita was found dead from what is reported to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Devita was recently identified as a suspect for allegedly committing various Massachusetts Sex Crimes against a child at the camp several years ago. The unidentified victim had reportedly accused Charles Devita of repeatedly sexually assaulting and molesting him in 1985 when he attended Camp Good News.

Camp Good News on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is the same camp where United States Senator Scott Brown went to as a boy and revealed that he was also abused. Senator Brown has declined to pursue any prosecution of his alleged molester, and would not confirm nor deny whether the Charles Devita is the same individual who allegedly molested him as a youngster.

Following news of Charles Devita having been identified as allegedly committing Sex Crimes in Massachusetts, three other people have also reportedly come forward, alleging they were also sexually assaulted at the camp. Two of those victims have identified Devita as the alleged molester, while the third individual has reportedly identified another Camp Good News Counselor.

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April 5, 2011

Three Charged with Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud in Dedham

Eugene Anthony Morgan, Dwight Croutear and Louisa Wells were all arrested on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly using persons' stolen identity and credit cards to obtain property from Sears in Dedham.

The three were arraigned in Dedham District Court on Theft Crimes Charges including Receiving Stolen Property and Identity Fraud.

According to the Dedham Police Department, Louisa Wells and Eugene Morgon allegedly opened a credit card account at Sears, which she used to purchased almost $1,000 in electronics and then attempted to purchase almost $1,200 in other items. A store clerk, however, had concerns that the driver's license Louisa Wells used to open the account was fake, and noticed that "this is a facsimile" was written on the back of the license.

Dwight Croutear, meanwhile, was allegedly outside waiting in the car. A search of that car allegedly revealed several other items that were bought with checks and credit cards, as well as a number of gift cards believed to have been purchased with stolen credit cards.

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April 4, 2011

Boston Man Arrested in Dedham for Drug Distribution

Jonathan Perez-Flores, 28, of Dorchester, was arrested in Dedham for 34 alleged violations of Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges.

Perez-Flores has been charged with several counts of Drug Distribution, Unlawful Possession of Drugs, Drug School Zone Violations, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws, Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs.

According to the Dedham Police Department, Perez-Flores was arrested after undercover police officers had made several 'controlled buys' of heroin from him and after a lengthy undercover drug operation in which he was the purported target.

After allegedly engaging in a drug sale with an undercover Dedham police officers on March 4, Perez-Flores was arrested by the Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime Task Force after his car was blocked in by police vehicles. Officers reportedly had to smash Perez-Flores' driver's side window and forcibly remove him from the car, all while he was allegedly attempting to swallow baggies of drugs. At the time of his drug arrest, Dedham police officers allegedly recovered 19 small bags of heroin and 18 small bags of cocaine.

Following the arrest, police officers executed a search warrant at the Mattapan home of Perez-Flores' purported supplier, where they allegedly recovered additional drugs, false identifications, a loaded gun, $10,000 in cash, and a additional drugs.

The alleged supplier, who has only been identified as "Brian", is also facing several Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges.

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April 3, 2011

Essex County Grand Jury Indicts Lynn Men for Drug Trafficking

Six individuals were indicted this past Friday by an Essex County Grand Jury in Salem on several Massachusetts Drug Crimes Charges.

Roger Jones and his girlfriend, Chrystalina Cruz, of Salem, were both charged with Drug Trafficking Over 200 grams of Opium after they allegedly received a package in the mail from Florida of 2,000 percocets, valued on the street at approximately $60,000.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, a postal inspector came across the 'suspicious package' that was to be delivered to an address in Lynn and then contacted authorities. Police officers then engaged in a controlled-delivery of the package to the address, which was allegedly signed for by a woman at the request of Chrystalina Cruz.

After signing for the package, the woman, at the direction of police officers, then call Cruz to come and retrieve the package. Sometime later, both Cruz and Roger Jones arrived at the Lynn address to retrieve the package, where they were then both arrested on these Drug Crimes Charges.

The Drug Crime of Trafficking Over 200 grams of Opium carries a minimum-mandatory state prison sentence of 15 to 20 years.

Prosecuting drug cases such as these where a controlled-delivery was made by the police are still not easy to prove. The critical question in these types of cases is whether the person(s) receiving the package had knowledge of the contents of the package, as well as possession of the controlled substance. Possession can be 'actual' possesion; or 'constructive', meaning knowledge of the item coupled with the intention to exercise dominion and control over the item at any given time.

From all reports, it does not appear that Roger Jones had any knowledge of the contents of the package when he allegedly went with Cruz to retrieve it from that Lynn apartment. If so, his defense to the charge of Drug Trafficking could be 'mere presence', and denial of any knowledge of the drugs...

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April 1, 2011

Holliston Woman To Be Charged with Homicide in Wellesley Doctor's Death

Andrea Daley, 62, of Holliston, Massachusetts, will reportedly be charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide for striking and killing Wellesley doctor with her car.

According to police, Wellesley doctor Stanley Sabin, 74, was riding his bike in Millis Wednesday morning when Andrea Daley struck and killed him on Route 115. Although police allege that Daley was operating her vehicle in a negligent manner, Millis Police have stated that speed, alcohol and drugs are 'not believed to be factors' in this incident.

The crash, according to Millis Police, is still 'under investigation.'

Stanley Sabin was reportedly wearing a helmet when he was riding his bicycle, but suffered severe head injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced after being transported to Milford Regional Medical Center.

Andrea Daley, is scheduled to be arraigned in Wrentham District Court on the charge of Vehicular Homicide sometime in the next few weeks.

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March 29, 2011

Boston Man Indicted for Assault on Malden Woman

Claudio Nascimento, 38, of Boston, was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on several Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges for allegedly assaulting a Malden woman with a knife after breaking up with him.

Nascimento has been charged with Armed Assault with Intent to Murder and Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon Causing Serious Bodily Injury.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Nascimento allegedly attacked the Malden woman because she broke off their relationship. It is alleged that he attacked her with a knife, stabbed her and also tried to choke her to death.

Details regarding the incident allege that after being dumped by the woman in January, Nascimento went to the woman's home in late January and found a man there helping her fix her computer. The following day, Nascimento allegedly went back to the woman's apartment in Malden and began asking questions about the man. When the woman reportedly refused to get back together with him, he allegedly stabbed her in the throat, continued an assault with the knife for 30 minutes, and also tried to suffocate her with a plastic bag.

Middlesex County prosecutors further revealed that, after the attack, the woman was able to stand up and Nascimento allegedly attacked her again.

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March 28, 2011

72 Year Old Lowell Man Charged in Murder of His Wife

David McCall, 72, of Wakefield, was arrested early this morning for the Murder of his wife at their home.

According to the Wakefield Police Department, David McCall and his wife were having an argument in their home. The argument then allegedly led to McCall retrieving a gun and shooting his wife, Elane M. McCall, in the kitchen. She was transported to Melrose-Wakefield hospital where she was pronounced from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

After allegedly murdering his wife, David McCall then reportedly tried to turn the gun on himself, was but unsuccessful in his attempt.

Following his booking at the Wakefield Police Station, David McCall is expected to be transported for arraignment this morning in Malden District Court on Murder Charges.

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March 27, 2011

Dorchester Man Charged with Assault Arraigned in Hospital

George Diaz, 36, of Dorchester, was arraigned on several Massachusetts Felony Crimes Charges at his hospital bed after allegedly swallowing the drugs.

According to the Weymouth Police Department, Diaz, who was reportedly under investigation for several weeks on suspicion of selling drugs out of his home, was allegedly observed by officers to have engaged in a street-level drug transaction. Officers then followed him to a gas station, where he then allegedly tried pulling away as the officers approached, nearly hitting them.

When officers finally caught up to him, Diaz allegedly swallowed an unknown amount of drugs. Following his arrest, George Diaz was taken to South Shore Hospital in an effort to recover the drugs he allegedly swallowed.

Diaz was formally arraigned at his hospital bed and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Failure to Stop for Police, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, and Larceny Under $250.

Pending recover of any drugs, Diaz had not formally been charged with any Massachusetts Drug Crimes.

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March 25, 2011

Brockton Elementary School Intern Charged with Sexual Assault on 3rd Grader

Kevin Treseler, a Stonehill College student interning at a Brockton elementary school, has been arraigned on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 3rd grade student.

Treseler was arraigned earlier this past week in Brockton District Court and charged with Rape of a Child and Indecent Assault & Battery on a Child Under 14.

According to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, Treseler is alleged to have committed at least four sexual assaults on the 8 year old third grader, who is a student at Angelo Elementary School in Brockton. The child reportedly identified her 3rd grade tutor, Treseler, as the person who had allegedly put his hands down her pants and raped her with his fingers on several occasions.

The allegations initially came to light after the child's parents discovered the presence of blood when the child was wiping herself. She was taken to a Brockton hospital, and after being evaluated, medical personnel contacted the police to investigate any abuse after finding that the child had genital warts.

In the meantime, Treseler has been released on $20,000 bail pending these charges, but has been suspended from Stonehill College where he was an international business major.

The Massachusetts Sex Crime of Rape of a Child is defined as forced natural or unnatural sexual intercourse with a child under 16, and is punishable by commitment to state prison for any term of year up to life.

In addition to potential jail time, a conviction for the crime of Rape of a Child, as with many other Massachusetts Sex Crimes, requires Sex Offender Registration; the potential for community parole supervision for life, or even civil commitment as a sexually dangerous person.

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