The Globe reported yesterday that Newton's New England Mobile Book Fair is looking for smaller quarters and that it's already scouted out several possible locations, including West Roxbury.
That, of course, got the eye of City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain), who urged the stored to move to Westie. As an incentive, he said he'd help them unpack.
Not so fast there, says Roslindale Village Main Street, which says the now empty Prescott Building on Poplar Street in Roslindale Square (where Jerusalem Trading used to be) would be perfect for the bookstore. Other Roslindalers have been jumping into the Book Fair's post on the topic to support the idea of the store moving to Roslindale.
Associated Press interviews the Rev. Laura Everett, executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches and author of an impending book, Holy Spokes, about the spirituality she's discovered as a daily Boston bicycle rider:
Bicycling through Boston's twisting, traffic-clogged streets may seem more about self-preservation than spiritual enlightenment.
For the Rev. Laura Everett, her daily 6-mile commute is a way of connecting to her adopted city, its residents, and her sense of community and vulnerability.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted food and alcohol licenses to American Provisions, a South Boston market that is planning a second outlet in the new Treadmark condo building going up across from the Ashmont T stop.
The new store, at 1971 Dorchester Ave., at the corner of Fuller Street, will offer a variety of locally sourced specialty foods, beers and wines, as well as charcuterie, store lawyer Kristen Scanlon told the licensing board at a hearing on Wednesday.
In addition to the store, the location will also serve as a kitchen for cooking up offerings, she said.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Boston police officers had enough details on the suspect in the robbery and shooting of a Dot Ave. convenience-store owner that they had the right to stop a suspect they found four blocks away.
A lower-court judge had ruled police did not have probable cause to detain Jarvis Charley for questioning about the Nov. 11, 2014 robbery and shooting at D & D Convenience, 1002 Dorchester Avenue, because he felt the descriptions and videos used by police to stop him were too vague.
But in its ruling today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled prosecutors can use evidence seized after his arrest, such as numerous, sequentially numbers $20 bills in his backpack.
Although the shooter's face was obscured by a mask, the court said other evidence - including color video taken by a store surveillance camera - coupled with the fact that Charley was sweating profusely on a cool November night when an officer first encountered him - were sufficient for "probable cause" for police to investigate whether Charley was involved.
The fact that he was coming from the direction of a recent robbery, in which a person had been shot, coupled with the resemblance of his appearance to that captured on the surveillance video, suggested the reasonable possibilities that he was the person who had robbed the convenience store and that he might be armed and therefore could pose a risk to the officers.
The justices added other evidence gave officers enough reason to take Charley to the C-11 station for questioning, including the fact that he denied any involvement in the shooting at the store several blocks from where police found him before police had even mentioned anybody had been shot.
A lower-court judge discounted that, saying Charley could have known about the shooting from TV reports, but the appellate court in turn discounted that theory:
There was no direct evidence of any such news broadcasts, much less of any exposure by the defendant to any. The judge based his finding to that effect on testimony [from one of the officers] that he saw reporters from various news outlets begin to arrive at the scene of the robbery soon after he did. From that observation, the judge inferred that reporters would have begun broadcasting reports of the incident on radio and television, and posting reports on their respective Web sites, beginning at around 8:00 P.M. The judge further attributed to Ezekiel [the officer] an awareness of that course of news broadcasts, so that Ezekiel, in the judge's view, should not have considered it suspicious when the defendant disclaimed involvement in a "shooting" in response to Ezekiel's reference to an "incident." To the extent that the judge found, as fact, that Ezekiel knew or should have known that news broadcasts of the incident began around 8:00 P.M., and also knew or should have known that the defendant would have been exposed to those news broadcasts by the time Ezekiel began speaking to him at 8:30 P.M., the finding rests on speculation and conjecture rather than evidence, and is clearly erroneous. In any event, even if it is possible that the defendant could before 8:30 P.M. have gained knowledge from news broadcasts that a shooting had occurred at the convenience store, Ezekiel was not compelled to adopt that view of the defendant's otherwise unprompted reference to a shooting in his assessment of its suspicious nature, particularly when the defendant's state of agitation increased when Ezekiel pointed out to the defendant that no one had said anything about a shooting.
A federal judge yesterday sentenced Boylston Street gang member Jaime Rivera, 20, to nine years in federal prison for a murder-to-hire plot and for distribution of cocaine, the US Attorney's office reports.
Rivera pleaded guilty last fall, acknowledging that he offered to pay somebody $2,500 to murder a rival for the guy's role in a brawl on July 4, 2015 that left Rivera with a gunshot wound to the arm - and another Boylston Street member with multiple stab wounds. Unfortunately for him, it turned out the guy he offered the money to was a wire-wearing federal informant.
According to a federal sentencing memorandum in the case, the guy Rivera wanted dead was busy stabbing Rivera's Boylston Street pal, Frandys Ortiz - who separately got 8 years for his part in the drug dealing - so Rivera shot him, after which one of the rival's associates shot Rivera.
Rivera, who also boasted of shooting somebody's eye out, took his prospective hitman for a ride around the city nine days after the fight to firm up arrangements for the hit:
On July 13, 2015, the defendant drove around Boston with the CW [cooperating witness] pointing out various housing projects where he wanted people killed, including Academy Homes, D Street Projects, St. Joseph’s Housing Development and H-Block. At one point in the conversation, Rivera cautions the CW that he does not want any “leg shots.”
RIVERA: But I need you to hit these niggas up though bro. I don’t need any leg shots bro … if you gonna do leg shots don’t even do it nig-
Although Rivera pleaded guilty, his lawyer and federal prosecutors disagreed on their recommendations to Judge Rya Zobel on how long Rivera should serve.
Assistant US Attorney Rachel Hermani argued for at least 14 years:
Jaime Rivera is associated with the Boylston Street gang. He has no employment history, and it appears that the defendant has earned his livelihood selling drugs and firearms. He has not identified any mental health issues or substance abuse issues which would in any way explain or mitigate his conduct.
But Rivera's lawyer, Stylianus Sinnis, argued for leniency and no more than five years.
Rivera, he said, was still a teen when he committed the crimes, and teen minds are still not fully formed, he argued.
Mr. Rivera was 18 when he committed the instant drug offense and 19 when he committed the murder-for-hire. Quite simply, he lacked the maturity and judgment of an adult.
As important, Rivera had been seriously screwed up by his father, who introduced him to marijuana and who spent years denigrating the teen, telling him he would never amount to anything, as well as beating his mother.
Sinnis continued that the one time Rivera got away from his father - when his mother scraped together $5,000 to send him to a boarding school in Utah - he did very well, racking up a 3.5 GPA. He included a letter from his mother:
The first time my son tried marijuana, it was because his father offered it to him. His father discouraged him from going to school. He constantly told Jaime that he could not amount to anything because of his race; that because he is dark skinned, he would end up either dead or in jail.
Also, the attorney continued, the idea to kill the rival came from Ortiz, who began talking to the informant about it just two days after his stabbing and Rivera's shooting. Rivera, he wrote, did not talk to the informant about a possible hit until a week later.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved a liquor license for City Winery, which is building a restaurant where patrons can eat and sip wine as they listen to and watch live entertainment in the new apartment and hotel complex going up at 80 Beverly St.
City Winery, which already has outlets in New York, Chicago, Nashville and Atlanta, expects to open in June, its local attorney, Karen Simao, told the board. The chain bought a liquor license from a shuttered place at 94 Mass. Ave. in the Back Bay.
The wine bar will actually have two dining rooms - a 300-seat area that will require reservations for watching the night's performer and a 280-seat room where anybody can show up to eat, just not to see the show.
That the place is opening near North Station marks another step in the area's move away from bars and restaurants catering mainly to Bruins and Celtics fans. At a hearing Wednesday, the board heard plans to turn the sports-oriented North Star on Friend Street into a calmer, more "professional" establishment aimed at all the well off people pouring into the apartments being built around North Station.