The most Massachusetts political scandal ever

In what other state would Dunkin' Donuts coffee figure so prominently in a federal corruption indictment? The lengthy indictment against former state Sen. Brian Joyce features page after page about Dunkin' Donuts coffee - hundreds and hundreds of pounds of the stuff, in bags and boxes and K-cups - that the owner of more than 100 Dunkin' Donuts franchises allegedly gave Joyce in exchange for legislation aimed mainly at protecting the guy from suits over the pooling of employee tips.

In or about January, 2015, following defendant Joyce's request for 500 pounds of coffee at cost, the Franchise Owner provided approximately 504 pounds of Coffee Franchise coffee - approximate retail value $4,278 - at no charge to defendant Joyce.

That 504 pounds came with Joyce (the indictment doesn't say how) to a meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, where he gave it out to city and town leaders and administrators.

That's the basic pattern Joyce allegedly followed with most of the coffee deliveries - he'd give the stuff away as gifts, rather than consume it himself.

The 504-pound drop off came a month after Joyce allegedly took delivery of 200 pounds of coffee - giving out roughly half of the bags as Christmas gifts to fellow state senators. The indictment includes an excerpt from an e-mail allegedly from Joyce to the franchisee:

No decaf. Usually I bring around 200 bags to town halls, maybe fewer. We like k cups at my office, if possible.

Not long after, when the Globe began smelling the coffee-scented story, the indictment charges, Joyce gave the distributor a check - but backdated, to make it look like he'd paid for it in advance.

Between 2010 and 2013, prosecutors allege, Joyce accepted December dropoffs of Dunk's coffee in amounts of at least 50 lbs., which he would use to give out to constituents at meetings in his district and to visitors to his State House office. Every August between 2010 and 2014, the indictment continues, the franchise owner provided an unspecified amount of free coffee and food for a picnic Joyce ran.

And then there were the 12 Boxes o' Joe the franchisee gave Joyce for use at a trade show in 2014.

Boston cop indicted on charges she lied to detectives investigating Expressway murder

A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted four people in connection with a murder on the Southeast Expressway and another in a Dorchester house: The alleged murderer and his mother, sister and a Boston cop, who are accused of trying to help him evade capture.

Lance Holloman had already been arrested on charges he shot two motorcyclists on the Southeast Expressway on Sept. 10, one, of them, Scott Stevens, fatally, and with killing a woman in his Santuit Street home later that day. The grand jury formally indicted him for the murders and for allegedly ramming another vehicle on the Zakim Bridge before the Expressway shootings, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors allege that the woman he killed, Michaela Gingras, was in the rented Jeep he was driving when he rammed the other vehicle on the bridge and then shot Stevens and his father not long after on the Dorchester stretch of the Expressway.

Also indicted today: BPD Officer Monicka Stinson, 37, of Dorchester (shown in the photo), a 10-year veteran of the force, who was charged with obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Neither police nor the Suffolk County District Attorney's office provided details of her connections to Holloman, but said she lied about being in contact with him in the hours after Stevens's murder, even though she knew he was a suspect.

In a statement, Police Commissioner William Evans said:

News of today's indictment sends a strong message that no one is above the law and that this conduct will not be tolerated. Incidents like this can erode the trust that my officers work at building each and every day in the communities we serve.

Evans said he suspended Stinson without pay on Oct. 5 as homicide and anti-corruption detectives investigated the shootings and her relation to them.

Holloman's mother, Daphne Holloman, 53, was charged with lying to investigators for allegedly telling police that she called 911 to report hearing shots in the house she shared with Holloman just ten minutes earlier when, in fact, the shots from Gingras's murder were several hours earlier. Holloman fled the scene; he was found several days later in Franklin, screaming on the side of Rte. 140.

Holloman's sister, Latoya Holloman, 36, was charged with witness intimidation for telling the person who actually rented the Jeep Holloman is charged with using to report it stolen.

Innocent, etc.

Teen arrested for armed robbery in Cambridge a couple days ago; investigation continues

Cambridge Police report they've arrested a Cambridge 16-year-old for an armed robbery early Wednesday at Flagg and Banks streets in which a man was shoved onto a car, put in a choke hold and robbed at gun point.

He will face an armed robbery charge as well as charges associated with three outstanding warrants.

Police are continuing to look for two other suspects in the case.

Police: Guy pulls out loaded gun in argument outside Mattapan library, is arrested after foot chase

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:55

Boston Police report arresting Brajon Brown, 18, of Mattapan, after a BPD captain noticed him "threatening another male with a long-barreled revolver" on the sidewalk in front of the Mattapan BPL branch on Blue Hill Avenue Thursday afternoon. Read more.


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Bankrupt Boston Herald sold to newspaper chain that already owns most of the area's suburban papers

Herald Publisher Pat Purcell just announced the sale of paper to GateHouse Media - and the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the Herald, Herald business reporter Bob McGovern reports. Purchase price: $4.5 million.

Gatehouse already owns many of the newspapers left in Massachusetts, including the Worcester Telegram, the MetroWest Daily News and the Quincy Patriot Ledger, and often make dramatic staffing cuts as it centralizes production and reporting in locations often far from the communities its newspapers cover.

Boston will remain one of the few American cities left with two competing daily newspapers, although it will now lose the distinction of having two locally owned daily newspapers.

The Herald once owned many of the suburban papers that now make up GateHouse's holdings in eastern Massachusetts. The Herald sold them off for $225 million in 2006.

McGovern adds:

Red eyes in the newsroom. Hung heads.

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