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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.

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dmclean.jpgDonnie McLean, 46, was arrested last Friday for Sex Crimes after he allegedly began fondling himself on a Route 28 bus headed towards Ruggles Station at Northeastern University in Boston.

McLean, who is also a Level 3 Sex Offender, was arrested and charged with Open & Gross Lewdness.

According to the MBTA Police, McLean allegedly initially evaded paying his fare for the bus by going in through the rear doors at Dudley Station. He then sat in the back near a young female and, according to the victim, began touching himself very inappropriately.

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Robert Bryant, 50, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was arraigned and charged with Drunk Driving Charges and Motor Vehicle Homicide for striking and killing Cynthia Anne Ray.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, Ray had gone to the Andover Massachusetts State Police barracks with her mother to file a motor vehicle crash report that involved her husband earlier in the day. As she left the State Police station and headed towards her car, she was struck by a pickup truck. Her mother, not realizing what had happened, ran inside the police station to report that accident. Only when State Police officers responded outside did she discover that it was her daughter that had been struck.

Cynthia Anne Ray was taken to Lawrence General Hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

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massart.jpgA Boston man, Venard Shepard, 21, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, was arrested this pasty Thursday in New Bedford on an outstanding warrant for an alleged sexual assault on a Massachusetts College of Art student.

Boston Police report that Shepard allegedly attacked the female student on November 26 in the college’s bathroom. She told police that she was approached from behind and Shepard sexually assaulted her and tried to Rape her. After a struggle, Shepard allegedly fled that area. It’s unclear whether Shepard was also a Massachusetts College of Art student.

Venard Shepard was arraigned yesterday morning in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court on Sex Crimes Charges including: Assault with Intent to Rape; Aggravated Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; and Assault & Battery.