A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Timothy Kostka of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of Barbara Coyne, 67, on April 16, 2012, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The verdict means an automatic sentence of life without parole.
Rev. Anne Bancroft of West Roxbury's Theodore Parker Church joined with three other Volkswagen owners this week to sue over the way their diesel cars only meet federal pollution-control regulations when they're being tested.
In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston, the four say they never would have bought their cars had they known about the "defeat devices."
In their complaint - which features a photo of an original, non-diesel VW Bug - they seek to become lead plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the car maker. They'll have to get in line: Just in Boston, several other people have already filed similar lawsuits.
The complaint details what led Bancroft and the others to buy VWs:
In 2009, Bancroft purchased a 2009 model year Jetta Sportswagen ("Jetta") equipped with the 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel engine at a Massachusetts dealership based upon Volkswagenâ€™s representations regarding the vehicleâ€™s performance, gas mileage and low emissions - not knowing that the vehicle was equipped with the Defeat Device.
Bancroft purchased the Jetta because she was impressed by Volkswagenâ€™s advertisements and representations regarding the TDI Engineâ€™s combination of low emissions and high gas mileage. She knew she was paying a premium for the Jetta over and above what she would pay for a similar vehicle with a gasoline engine, but did so because she wanted to own an environmentally-friendly automobile.
Kristopher Soderberg, 38, of West Roxbury walked out of West Roxbury Municipal Court last week with a suspended six-month jail sentence after he was convicted of drunk driving and assault and battery.
Soderberg was arraigned today - in a bed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - by a West Roxbury Municipal Court justice on one count of armed assault with intent to rob and two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, following a bloody incident at a Grove Street market that left two other people with stab wounds as well, one to the chest, one requiring a tourniquet at the scene to reduce the bleeding.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Soderberg walked into Familia Grocery on Grove near Washington with a dog around 9 p.m. and then just hung around inside the small shop. When he was asked to leave, he did, but only after warning he'd be back.
He returned around 9:30 p.m., with an opened folding knife, the DA's office reports:
Upon entering the store, he allegedly went behind the counter and ran at the victim with an opened folding knife, prosecutors said. As he did so, he allegedly stated, "Now Iâ€™m gonna run with the money."
The victim then produced a knife to fight off Soderberg and he and another man were able to remove Soderberg from behind the store's counter. During a physical altercation, both victims suffered stab wounds and Soderberg was knocked unconscious, prosecutors said.
Justice Kathleen Coffey set bail of $10,000 and ordered Soderberg to remain alcohol-free subject to random alcohol screening, stay away and have no contact with his victims, and stay away from Familia Grocery in the event he is released on bail. However, even should he make bail, he won't be going anywhere - Coffey ordered him held without bail pending a hearing on the incident as a violation of his suspended sentence, the DA's office reports.
Around 3:30 p.m. Police are looking for a white woman with pulled-back black hair in a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, carrying a large bag, last seen disappearing into the crowds on Winter Street. She was accompanied by a white man, 5'8" to 5'10" and about 170 lbs with a scruffy beard, wearing a black zip-up jacket and a black and green Celtics cap.
Unfortunately, many commenters were heckled and several shouting matches broke out before and during the public session. Police were called and on site during the forum. At times, the discussion became divisive and hostile. Among the barbs thrown were harsh, sterotypical references to types of people living in various parts of the neighborhood (waterfront vs. interior North End, newcomer vs. oldtimer, rich vs. poor, etc.).
A San Jose, CA, man spent the night at a State Police barracks after, State Police say, Zeva the Belgian Malinois drug dog sniffed what turned out to be roughly 100 pounds of marijuana in his luggage.
Acting on information they'd developed with Randolph police, state troopers and DEA agents were waiting for Trang Pham, 31, to get off a Delta flight from San Francisco.
Based in part of Zeva's reaction to his bags, State Police say, they obtained a warrant to search Pham's two suitcases, in which troopers and agents found "approximately 100 pounds of marijuana inside the suitcases, packaged in heat-sealed plastic wrap."
Pham was scheduled for arraignment in East Boston Municipal Court today on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.