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At his arraignment yesterday in Suffolk Superior Court, Marcus Colono, 33, of Cambridge, was formally charged in connection with Rapes of two Boston college students in 2008. He was charged with four counts of Aggravated Rape, two counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Home Invasion, and Armed Robbery.

At his arraignment, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office alleges that, in 2008, Colono broke through the apartment door of two female college students in Brighton, tied them up and raped both women while threatening them with a knife.

Although Boston Police had obtained DNA evidence from those rapes, the case had gone unsolved until a Suffolk County Grand Jury ordered him to submit a DNA sample, which ultimately matched the DNA taken from one of the females. That DNA sample was also matched to the brutal Cambridge Home Invasion for which Colono had already been charged.

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The Boston Police Department announced that, last month, they had opened up a fake pawn shop booth in Boston’s Downtown Crossing in an effort to catch persons trying to unload stolen merchandise.

They called it “M.I.B.”, or Men in Blue, and they were looking to catch people selling stolen goods. The ‘operation’, according to the Boston Police Department, netted 24 arrests and resulted in several Theft Crimes Charges being issued, particularly for Receiving Stolen Property. Not all of the items pawned were stolen, but they do expect to issue an additional 40 warrants for Theft Crimes Charges.

According to the Boston Police Department, the sting operation was set up in response to an increase in home and cellphone robberies, for which numbers for those crimes are up this year. Within the pawnshop, the undercover Boston Police Officers used hidden cameras to identify those persons who pawned items and who did not have identification.

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Robert Davidson, 46, and Kenneth James, 43, were arraigned yesterday morning in the Boston Municipal Court for allegedly trying to steal and run out of Saks Fifth Avenue with $20,000 worth of designer handbags.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Davidson and James took 13 Luis Vuitton bags, along with two others, and ran out of the store. A store security guard, however, was able to catch one of the men, while the second man was apprehended in the area shortly thereafter.

Following the pair’s arraignment on Theft Crimes Charges including Larceny Over $250, the two men were both held without bail as a result of outstanding warrants in other courts.

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James Maguire-Clark, 23, a British citizen, pled guilty this past Wednesday to the Murder of Eleanor Clark, 80, a Weston grandmother, who was murdered in March of 2009.

Maguire-Clark, whom Middlesex County prosecutors say had a history of mental illness, pled guilty to Second Degree Murder for stabbing the elderly woman to death in her Weston home. Clark was found dead in her home after police were called and found Maguire-Clark in the kitchen.

With a history of mental illness, Middlesex County prosecutors acknowledged “the legitimate documented and demonstrated issues regarding the defendant’s relevant and legally recognized mental health and diminished capacity.”

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Fernando Aristy, 24, of Chelsea, Massachusetts, continues to be held without bail in connection with the Murder of Chad McDonald, Sr., which allegedly resulted from a confrontation between the two at a Lynn warehouse.

Aristy is charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Aggravated Assault & Battery (both counts being ‘aggravated’ as a result of serious bodily injuries).

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Aristy hit McDonald in the face and head with his fists as well as with a 2×4 piece of wood. McDonald was initially hospitalized for eleven days, but later succumbed to his injuries.

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Briannah Newsom, 22 of Quincy, and Taylor Harrington, 25, of Boston, are both charged with Armed Robbery for their respective roles in the holdup of Home Market Convenience Store in Roslindale this past Sunday.

According to the Boston Police Department, Newsome and Harrington allegedly entered the Home Market sometime after 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Harrington allegedly went behind the counter, showed the clerk a knife and stole money from the register. Both Newsom and Harrington then left in a black car.

Sometime thereafter, store employees from a nearby CVS called Boston Police to report that a man and woman were acting suspiciously after entering the store. In response to the call, Boston Police Officers arrive and detained Newsom and Harrington. A ‘bring back Identification’ was conducted and employees from the Home Market Store identified them as the pair who robbed them earlier that evening.

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Jose Rosario, 28, for Dorchester, Massachusetts, went into a 7-11 in Watertown and ended up being arrested for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Disturbing the Peace for allegedly beating the clerk with windshield washer fluid and a lollipop tree stand.

According to the Watertown Police Department, police officers responded to the Mount Auburn Street 7-11 and observed Rosario allegedly threatening the clerk with windshield wiper fluid and assaulting the clerk with a lollipop display stand.

After separating the parties and speaking with witnesses, the Watertown Police Officer alleged that Rosario and the clerk got into an argument over a money order, which led Rosario spitting at him. The clerk, in return, threw a bottle of windshield wiper fluid at him in an effort to get him to leave; but Rosario allegedly threw the bottle back at him and then began to beat him with a lollipop display stand.

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Stephen R. Gittens’ “reckless and dangerous” bicycling on Broadway and Prospect Streets in Cambridge earlier this past week ultimately led to him unleashing a fit of ‘bike rage’ on a Cambridge Police Officer and his being arrested for several Violent Crimes Charges.

Gittens, 48, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; Assault & Battery on a Police Officer; Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.

According to the Cambridge Police Department, Gittens was riding his bike in a “reckless and dangerous fashion” by “dangerously weaving in and out of oncoming traffic.” When officers stopped Gittens in order to inform him that it was unsafe for him to interfere with traffic in that manner, Gittens allegedly began to verbally abuse the officer.

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Roberto Lopez, 33, of East Boston, pled Guilty today to several Crimes of Violence Charges for allegedly trying to run down his cheating girlfriend, along with the friend, with his car.

Lopez pled Guilty to two counts of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder, three counts of Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault & Battery.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, on June 1, 2010, Lopez allegedly spotted his girlfriend, Vilma Rosales, along with her ‘other boyfriend’, Edwin Pineda, near the area of Union Street in Lynn, Massachusetts, and ran them down with his car.

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mccowen.jpgThe Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently decided and rejected Christopher McCowen’s appeal of his conviction for the Murder of Christa Worthington in 2002. In a unanimous decision, Massachusetts’ highest court unanimously ruled that the defendant’s appeal was without merit and found “no basis on which to reduce the degree of guilt or order a new trial.”

Christopher McCowen, of Hyannis, Massachusetts, was convicted of the Rape and Murder of Christa Worthington in 2002 in her home in Truro on Cape Cod. McCowen was found by a jury to have first raped and then stabbed her. Worthington was found in her home as her 2.5 year old daughter was against her mother’s lifeless body. The daughter was unharmed.

Despite McCowen having lost his appeal, the decision did raise some concerns, particularly with racial issues that were made public shortly after the trial, raising the concern of racial bias during jury deliberations. Specifically, after the conviction, it was revealed that, during jury deliberations, for example, one white female juror referred to McCowen as “a big black man” who had been trying to intimidate her by staring at her in the courtroom. She also stated that bruises like those found on the victim’s body would result when “a big black man beats up on a small woman” These statements obviously offended fellow jurors, and in particular, a black female juror, which led to a confrontation within the jury room. As a result of these and other allegations of racial impropriety having occurred during jury deliberations, the trial judge held a 2-day hearing a year after McCowen’s conviction in 2006.