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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March 16, 2011

4 Teenagers Arrested for Springfield Murder Last November


walker murder.jpgMassachusetts State Police have arrested four Springfield teenagers in connection with the November 30, 2010, Murder of Reality Shabazz Walker.

The four men, Ramos Diaz, 19, Armondo Olivares, 17, and Lionel Lopez, 18,, all of Springfield, as well as Javier Nieves, 18, of Boston, have all been charged with FIrst Degree Murder.

Diaz and Olivares were both arrested yesterday on arrest warrants by Springfield Police officers, while Javier Nieves walked into Springfield District Court when he learned that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Lionel Lopez, meanwhile, was already in custody in connection with the Massachusetts Murder of Jose Colon.

According to the Springfield Police Department, Reality Shabazz Walker, who at the time was studying to become a medical assistant, was shot and killed on November 30 outside of the John L. Sullivan Housing Complex in Springfield. He succumbed to injuries from a single gunshot would to the back.

At this time, Springfield Police have not disclosed any motive for why Walker was murdered.

The arrests of the four teenagers in connection to the Walker murder come just days after the arrest of another teen, Gregory Falero, 17, who was arrested on Massachusetts Murder Charges for the death of Kevin Gomez, 16, this past weekend.

Kevin Gomez, a freshman at Chicopee Comprehensive High School, was attending a birthday party when he was shot and killed early Sunday morning.

Gregory Falero has been charged with First Degree Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

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March 15, 2011

"Clark Rockefeller" To Be Extradited From Massachusetts Prison for 1985 Murder


Rockefeller.jpgChristian K. Gerhartsreiter, 50, who gained fame as "Clark Rockefeller" from the Massachusetts Kidnapping case involving his daughter, was recently indicted by Los Angeles County prosecutors for the Murder of John Sohus, 27.

Clark Rockefeller is currently serving a 4-5 year Massachusetts state prison sentence for the crime of Kidnapping his daughter following a custody dispute with his wife. In that case, he was charged with kidnapping his 7 year old daughter, Reigh, from a supervised visit from his former Back Bay apartment in Boston in July of 2008. He had also been charged and convicted of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

Following his arrest in that case, it was revealed that "Clark Rockefeller", as he was known by his wife, friends and everyone else, had also assumed various false identities over the years and was really a German national by the name of Christian K. Gerhartsreiter.

Shortly after his arrest for those Massachusetts Crimes, Los Angeles County prosecutors declared Rockefeller a 'person of interest' for the unsolved 1985 murder of John Sohus and his wife.

Sohus' body was discovered in 1994 in the backyard his own home in San Marino. The body of his wife, however, does not appear to have ever been located. According to prosecutors, an autopsy of John Sohus' body reportedly revealed evidence that he had suffered from 'blunt force trauma' to the head.

At the time Sohus went missing, a man who was known as Christopher Chichester lived in the guest house behind Sohus' home. Chichester, now believed to have been Clark Rockefeller, also 'disappeared' from the area around the same time the Sohus couple went missing...

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March 14, 2011

Braintree Police Arrest Two Men on Massachusetts Drug Charges at South Shore Plaza


Braintree Police Officers arrested Eric J. Tobin, 25, of Taunton, and Jonathan R. Melo, 23, of Dorchester, for allegedly violating Massachusetts Drug Crimes Laws at Braintree's South Shore Plaza this afternoon.

Jonathan Melo was charged with Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws; and Eric Tobin was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drugs and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.

According to the Braintree Police Department, officers' suspicion became aroused when they observed a red SUV driving up and down rows of parked cars at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Police identified the driver of that SUV as Eric Tobin, who ultimately allegedly got out of the car and got into a gray Buick. Braintree Police Officers allege that Tobin was in that Buick for less than a minute before then getting into his own car and leaving the area.

Braintree Police stopped by cars, and after being 'evasive' to officers questions, officers search both cars and allegedly recovered two small bags of heroin in Tobin's car; and $1,800 on the possession of Jonathan Melo.

Notwithstanding the recover of drugs and having been charged with violating Massachusetts Drug Laws, both Tobin and Melo would be smart to challenge the Search and Seizure of the officers' initially stopping them and searching their vehicle.

In Constitutional challenges in Search and Seizure in Massachusetts Drug Cases such as these, whether or not drugs or other contraband was ultimately found is irrelevant if the initial seizure and search was not lawful. In other words, if the Braintree Police Officers had no probable cause, or at the very least, reasonable suspicion, to believe that Melo and Tobin were committing a crime, then their being stopped and searched was unconstiutional.

In this context, without additional observations that might have elevated the officer's suspicions that a crime had taken place, I would venture that both these men have merit in challenging the officers actions. For instance, there doesn't appear to have been any indication that either men were known to the officers as drug dealers or users; they didn't see drugs or money actually being exchange; they didn't see observe any 'furtive' movements by either party; and neither man reportedly committed any motor vehicle violations that might justify their being stopped on independent grounds.

Under Massachusetts Drug Laws, an officers' 'hunch' that a drug deal had taken place, even if correct in hindsight, does not justify an illegal detention and search.

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March 10, 2011

Two Boston Men Arrested for Theft Crimes in Stolen Car Chase


Police Car Chase.jpgMichael Johnson, 39, of Jamaica Plain, and Stedmon HIll, 37, also of Jamaica Plain, were both arrested today on Massachusetts Theft Crimes Charges following a stolen car chase in Roxbury today.

The driver of the car, Michael Johnson, was arrested and charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle; Failure to Stop for Police; Reckless Driving; and Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Personal Injury; and Leaving the Scene of an Accident After Causing Property Damage.

The passenger of the car, Stedmon Hill, was charged with Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle.

According to the Boston Police Department, officers initiated pursuit of the car after discovering it had been reported stolen following a check of its 'disfigured license plates.' When police officers activated their lights and sirens, the car allegedly turned onto Dimock Street, striking a pedestrian. The driver, Michael Johnson, allegedly refused to stop and continue down a one-way street and collided with another car.

At some point, Boston Police alleged that both Johnson and Hill got out of the car and allegedly fled. Both were pursued on foot and arrested nearby.

In many types of cases charging the Crime of Receiving Stolen Property, the government will have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that both defendants had knowledge that the car was stolen. Simply leading the police on pursuit and/or fleeing from the car, although in many instances could be considered 'consciousness of guilt,' may not be enough.

In other words, there may be other valid reasons why the individuals did not stop for the police or fled from the car, thereby refuting any evidence of consciousness of guilt. For example, the persons had outstanding arrest warrants or had other contraband on their person.

In any case, the potential penalties involved in a conviction for a Massachusetts Theft Crime could be severe, including potential incarceration and/or a very lengthy term of probation, and those charged with such crimes should Contact a Boston Theft Crimes Lawyer.

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March 9, 2011

Univ. of Massachusetts Law Student Arrested on Gun Crimes Charges


John E. Cassidy, 26, a student at UMass Dartmouth Law School, was arrested on Massachusetts Gun Crimes Charges after he allegedly assaulted his roommate in North Dartmouth. Cassidy was arraigned on several charges, including Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a High Capacity Firearm, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

According to Dartmouth Police, police had received an 'anonymous tip' that John E. Cassidy illegally possessed guns in his apartment and had allegedly assaulted his roommate.

The roommate reportedly told police that Cassidy had assaulted him with a handgun, and that after the assault, he fled to Worcester because he was scared of Cassidy. He later returned to Dartmouth and reported the incident to Dartmouth Police.

John E. Cassidy reportedly purchased the firearms legally in Texas, and had brought them to Massachusetts when he enrolled in law school at UMass. It appears, however, that Cassidy had not yet applied or been granted a license to legally possess the firearms and ammunition in Massachusetts as of the date of his arrest.

Meanwhile, Cassidy reportedly had an outstanding Arrest Warrant out of Texas, where he was charged with Possession of Explosive Components. Texas law enforcement also accused him of allegedly torching a car of a man that Cassidy allegedly robbed during a drug deal.

Following his arraignment in New Bedford District Court, John E. Cassidy was detained without bail pending a Dangerousness Hearing. He has since been suspended indefinitely from Umass Law School.

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March 8, 2011

3rd Man Arrested in Braintree Stabbing of Randolph Man


Kelly's Liquors.jpgMilor Nerette, 18, of Randolph, Massachusetts, was arrested by Boston Police Officers last Friday in connection with the stabbing of a 23 year old Randolph man that occurred in Braintree's South Shore Plaza last February. Milor Nerette was formally arraigned yesterday on Massachusetts Crimes of Violence Charges of Armed Assault to Murder in Quincy District Court.

According to the Braintree Police Department, Milor Nerette is believed to be one of four men who allegedly approached a man in the South Shore Plaza in Braintree and stabbed the 23 year old Randolph man. A judge from the Quincy District Court had previously issued an arrest warrant for Nerette on charges of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder. He was picked up on the arrest warrant this past Friday by Boston Police.

The other two men already arrested in connection with this stabbing were Geraldo Lerouge, 20, of Hyde Park, and Ricardo Clermont, 21, of Quincy. Both were previously arraigned on the charge of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder in Quincy District Court on February 28.

According to the Boston Police Department, officers were able to quickly identify and arrest Lerouge and Clermont because both men were currently on probation and wearing GPS monitoring devices.

The victim, who has not been identified, is believed to be a 'connected' gang member, and has reportedly been 'uncooperative' with this investigation, which could be a sign that the cases against Nerette, Lerouge and Clermont could be difficult for the prosecution.

Boston Police also believe that several incidents in the hours after are related to the Braintree stabbing, including an incident where shots were fired into a home on Arborfield Road in Roslindale; shots fired into a home on Hyde Park Avenue; and a fight outside of Kelley's Liquors on Hyde Park Avenue.

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March 7, 2011

Boston Man Arrested for Sex Crimes Against Student on MBTA Bus


Joseph Potter.jpgJoseph Potter, 74, of Dorchester, was arrested on Massachusetts Sex Crimes Charges for allegedly groping a female student last November who was on her way to school. Potter was arraigned last week in Roxbury District Court on charges of Indecent Assault & Battery.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Police, Potter allegedly groped a female student on a bus traveling to Ruggles Station on November 3. According to the woman, Potter allegedly sat beside her on the bus and then started rubbing her thigh.

Then, earlier this month, the same female student allegedly recognized the man on another MBTA bus and told police officers that Potter was the person who allegedly groped her back on November 3. Joseph Potter was allegedly stopped by the police and arrested after the female purportedly identified him.

Clearly, one of the key issue in this case is a Defense of Identification. As part of his defense strategy, Potter will want to scrutinize the initial description of the 'suspect' that was given on November 3 when the incident was initially reported. Assuming there are no video or surveillance images of the person from the November 3 incident, the prosecutor against Joseph Potter will come down to accuracy of the identification.

As with all Massachusetts Sex Crimes, because the potential consequences could include incarceration and registration with the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board, persons charged with such Sex Crimes should immediately Consult with a Boston Sex Crimes Lawyer.

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