Court rules Dorchester man may have been so drunk the night he murdered his girlfriend he doesn't deserve a sentence of life without parole

The Supreme Judicial Court today gave Suffolk County prosecutors a choice: They can retry Mario Gonzalez of Dorchester for stabbing his girlfriend to death in 2009 or they can accept reducing his current conviction from first to second-degree murder.

A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole. A second-degree conviction also carries a life sentence but with the possibility of parole, as early as 15 years after conviction.

Victim in fatal Jamaica Plain crash IDed as West Roxbury man

State Police report the man who died when his 2013 Dodge Ram truck swerved off Morton Street near the rotary and overturned last night was Lawrence Mulhern, 53.

Mulhern was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last night, Boston Police identified the pickup as the one that hit a van shortly before the fatal crash at Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue.

Man walking on Memorial Drive struck and killed by car

UPDATE: State Police identify the victim as Mark Keiser of Boston.

State Police report a collision around 7 a.m. on the eastbound side of Memorial Drive just past the Mass. Ave. Bridge ended with a 50-year-old Boston man dead.

The reason why the pedestrian was on the roadway is unknown at this time and is part of the investigation.

Tempers flared at East Boston restaurant after World Cup soccer match, but not because of the outcome

The owner of a Colombian restaurant on Saratoga Street and police traded accusations of insolence at a hearing today on incidents during and following the Colombia/Brazil World Cup match on July 4.

El Kiosko, 972 Saratoga St., was before the Boston Licensing Board to explain a patron brawl just outside its doors and how a customer came to be found holding a nearly full liqueur bottle. Police also cited the restaurant for hindering aninvestigation into the brawl. The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take.

90-year-old man attacked in Saugus carjacking

Saugus Police report they are looking for a man they took off in a 90-year-old's car in the Stop & Shop parking lot this morning.

Police say officers found the man on the sidewalk, bleeding. He declined medical attention, however.

They say the victim had just come out of the store with groceries when he was attacked by a white man, about 5'7" with dark hair. He sped off in the victim's brown, 2001 Ford Focus, Mass. plates 868-NHV.

If you spot either the suspect or the car, contact Saugus Police at 781-941-1199 or the anonymous tip line at 781-231-4037.

Spare Change Guy nabbed for subway fare evasion - and not registering as a sex offender

Transit Police report arresting John Bubier, 60, around 9 a.m. today at Andrew Square after officers say they watched him piggyback through a fare gate behind a paying T rider and then discovered he had failed to register as a Level 3 sex offender.

Bubier, originally from Framingham, but best known for his croaking pleas for change in Downtown Crossing, was convicted of indecent assault and battery in 2011.

Board: Fenway Park not to blame for fan fall; downtown bar not to blame for heroin OD

The Boston Licensing Board last week decided that Fenway Park was not to blame for a fan falling two stories down an elevator shaft after a May game and that the Green Dragon near Faneuil Hall was equally blameless for the death of a man due to an apparent heroin overdose in its men's room.

After hearings on both matters, the board ruled "no violation" in both cases.

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