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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March 24, 2011

6 Teenagers and 3 Adults Arrested in Theft Scheme at Natick Mall


Natick Poilce arrested 6 teenagers and three adults this week in connection with Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges from several stores in the Natick Mall.

According to mall security and Natick Police, five teenagers, all of Dorchester, were captured on surveillance video allegedly concealing merchandise on Monday. Those arrested were Marissa A. Miranda, 17; Jasmine M. Clark, 19; Ashleigh M. Juarez, 18; and two other juveniles.

The Natick Police Department alleges that, at the time of their arrest, the teenagers were arrested and in possession of over $1,200 in Macy's merchandise, and several hundred dollars worth of items from other stores.

All of the teenagers were charged with Larceny Over $250 and Receiving Stolen Property.

In addition, Natick Police also arrested three adults for also allegedly stealing merchandise from various stores in the Natick Mall. Haller Romain Bellegarde, 37, Keriann LaTonya Powell, 30, and Regina Marie Sears, 23, were all arrested after police discovered almost $4,000 in stolen merchandise in their van Tuesday.

All were charged with Receiving Stolen Property and Conspiracy.

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March 23, 2011

Two Roxbury Brothers Charged with Beating of Lynn Man Over Drugs


Terrance Jay Tyler, 28, and Reginald Tyler, 22, both of Roxbury, were arraigned yesterday in Lynn District Court on several Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges for allegedly beating a Lynn man and stealing his drugs.

Reginald Tyler and Terrance Tyler, brothers, were arraigned in Lynn District Court on charges including Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault & Battery, and Malicious Destruction of Property. Both were released on their Personal Recognizance following arraignment.

According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office and Lynn Police Department, police were called around 5:30 p.m. to the area of Brightwood Terrace for a report of two black males running around with knives. Officers on scene located a Lynn man with injuries to his face who alleged that Reginald Tyler and Terrance Tyler broke into his friends apartment, whom he was visiting, and claimed he had stolen drugs from them.

The confrontation turned physical and allegedly resulted in both Tyler's kicking and punching the man. Once they left the apartment, Reginald and Terrance Tyler then allegedly slashed the tires of the Lynn man's car.

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March 22, 2011

3 Men Arrested After Quincy Drug Raid


Quincy Police executed a Search Warrant at 109 Garfield Street and arrested three persons on various Massachusetts Gun Charges and Drug Crimes.

Daniel Hardesty, 41, of Quincy, Villar Cruz, 23, of Dorchester, and Johan Figueroa-Rivera were all arrested during the raid and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Drugs; Conspiracy to Violate Massachusetts Drug Laws; School Zone Drug Violation; Unlawful Possession of a Firearm; and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

According to the Quincy Police Department, the execution of the Search Warrant at 109 Garfield Street was the result of a 'month-long' investigation into alleged drug dealing at that address.

Typically in these types of cases, although the police may have had probable cause to believe drug dealing was allegedly going on at that location, they might not have necessarily had information regarding all of the individuals involved.

In search warrant cases of this nature, police often employ a 'confidential informant' to go in and buy drugs from the target location. The confidential informant would then relay to the officers either the name of the person allegedly selling the drugs, or at the very least, a description of the person(s) selling and/or present at the time. Even where named individuals are not immediately known, police will often search public land records or utility records to find out who lives there. The persons on these records, however, may not necessarily be the person(s) involved into the alleged drug activity.

For this and may other reasons, it is critical that persons charged with any Drug Crimes or Gun Charges should then Contact a Boston Criminal Lawyer.

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March 21, 2011

Three Men Arrested for Massachusetts ATM Thefts Totaling $340,000


Francisco Ortiz, of Lowell, Wilson Martinez, of Pepperell, and James McNeil, of Haverhill, were all arrested today on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges for allegedly stealing almost $340,000 from ATMs across the state.

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office had formed a task force, which including the Massachusetts State Police, to investigate 'smash and grab' thefts of monies from ATMs across the state. In all, over 16 persons were allegedly indicted in connection with planned burglaries and break-ins of banks and business across the state.

According to the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and the Attorney General's Office, the men would disable alarm systems to access businesses and then break into the ATMs.

The investigation was reportedly initially prompted as far back as 2007, when Massachusetts State Police discovered that other men, including Miguel Carballo, Michael Vasquez and Feliciano Colon had conspired to break into electronics store in New York, and then transport the merchandise in stolen cars to Lawrence where they would allegedly be sold on the black market.

The specific Massachusetts Theft Crimes contained in the indictments have not been disclosed, but it is believes the crimes charged to included Unarmed Robbery; Conspiracy; Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime to Commit a Felony; Possession of Burglarious Tools; Larceny From a Building and Receiving Stolen Property.

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March 20, 2011

Medford Police Make Arrest in 'Jogger Stabbing'


Craig Alan Bourque was arrested yesterday by Medford Police in connection with the stabbing of a jogger last week. Bourque, 23, of Great Barrington, was formally charged with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

The Medford Police Department alleges that Bourque, along with three others, were involved in the "random" attack and stabbing of a Medford jogger on March 17. The jogger, who is expected to be released from this hospital this week, told police that nothing was stolen during the attack, leading police to believe that the alleged attack was random and the motive for such unclear.

At this time, only Craig Alan Bourque has been arrested in connection with the stabbing, and police are still reportedly searching for three other persons.

It's unclear how Medford Police were initially led to Craig Alan Bourque, but he was initially questioned about the stabbing the same night it occurred. According to poilce, who reportedly didn't have enough probable cause to immediately arrest him, told officers he was in Somerville with a friend at the time. The Medford Police have not revealed, however, what additional evidence they learned to believe that Bourque was involved in this incident.

The Massachusetts felony crime of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon carries up to 10 years in state prison or 2.5 years in the House of Correction.

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March 18, 2011

Two Teens Arrested in Beverly Murder


Sajan Christensen, 18, and Adam Martin, 17, both of Beverly, were arrested last night on Massachusetts Murder Charges in connection with the death of James Vernazzaro, 26, also of Beverly.

Both Christensen and Martin were arraigned in Salem District Court this morning on First Degree Murder Charges.

According to the Beverly Police Department, police officers responded to caller reporting an assault at Balch Park on Cabot Street. James Vernazzaro was found unconscious and suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was rushed to Beverly Hospital where he was pronounced.

Beverly Police reported that several witnesses described the alleged assailants, some even pointing out where they lived. Police also reportedly obtained an admission from Martin, who allegedly stated he had struck Vernazzaro in the head twice with a baseball bat but denied stabbing him. Christensen, on the other hand, reportedly admitted to holding the knife, but also denied stabbing him.

Following their arraignments on Murder Charges, both Christensen and Martin were held without bail.

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