Members of the 80,000-strong Ukrainian community in the Boston area gathered at the lower level of City Hall today to celebrate Ukraine's independence from a much larger country that pretty much surrounds it, a country whose successor state was mentioned a couple of times in speeches, but not by name and not in happy tones.
LocaL Ukrainians - and City Councilor Michael Flaherty - waved the country's blue-and-yellow flags and listened to Ukrainian singers:
A Boston Municipal Court judge this morning ordered James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, held without bail pending a Sept. 1 "dangerousness" hearing to determine whether they should be held without bail even longer on charges of illegal weapons and ammunition possession.
In postings on Facebook, the two made references to Columbine, vowed "another Boston Massacre" and threatened "My AR 15 says you lose," Assistant DA Joseph Janezic said. When Norton was kicked out of particular Pokemon forum and the moderator refused to let him back in, he allegedly replied, "OK, that's fine, I will just shoot you on Friday."
The two showed up at the Pokemon competition at the Hynes on Thursday - to which they had been invited - but were barred by Hynes security and Boston Police, who had been alerted to the postings. Police seized their car, then arrested them Friday after they obtained a search warrant for it and found a 12-gauge Remington shotgun, a DPM5 Model AR-15 rifle with a high-capacity feeding device attached, 244 shotgun rounds and 40 AR-15 rounds.
Stumbo's attorney said police had no probable cause to arrest his client. He said the car was Norton's and that neither the car nor the weapons and ammunition were in his control. He said Stumbo should not be held without bail in part because he has no record, in part because he could have fled after police let him go on Thursday, but didn't.
Norton's lawyer, appointed by the court during the hearing, said his client had no record.
Neither man spoke during the hearing. Both still wore the clothes they were arrested in - Stumbo, a grayish T shirt and black basketball shorts with red striping, Norton in a sort of camo T shirt and black shorts.
You might think City Hall Plaza is a public space where the public has the right to enjoy the First Amendment, but you might think wrong, at least according to Boston Municipal Protective Services, which says it doesn't apply when a group, in this case Boston GreenFest, rents out the plaza for an event.
Boxborough Police report deputies in Pike County, Ohio this morning managed to subdue a man who they say attacked a male relative with whom he was living and a female roommate in Boxborough before loading both into a car and driving them west.
The male victim is in serious but stable condition, Boxborough Police said tonight, adding they do not yet know the condition of the female victim.
Police say that on Thursday:
A male resident of Swanson Road was stabbed multiple times, allegedly by a male relative with whom he lived. The suspect then allegedly raped and assaulted a woman in the home before forcing both victims into a car and driving them from Boxborough to Ohio.
Early this morning, Pike County Sheriff's Deputies reportedly had a standoff with the suspect, who at some point managed to steal a Deputy's vehicle and lead law enforcement on a short pursuit before he was ultimately captured. The suspect is being held at the Pike County Jail on theft and escape charges.
Police did not release his name due to the Massachusetts domestic-violence law. His name will be announced once he is arraigned here, however. WCMH in Columbus, OH, identifies him as Keven Blakemore.
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