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Last Updated: 7/28/2015 1:53:57 PM

Two charged with Raheem Ramirez's murder in Roxbury

Two men stopped on a scooter with a gun after Rahem Ramirez was shot to death on Greenville Street in Roxbury on July 2 are now charged with his murder, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report today.

Lamar Brison, 24, and Elijah Small, 29, were both being held on $100,000 bail on gun charges. They now face arraignment tomorrow on murder charges in Roxbury Municipal Court. Brison was convicted in another gun case in 2012.

According to a statement by police and the DA's office:

Boston Police responding to a report of gunfire on Greenville Street just after 11:00 p.m. found Ramirez and another man, 24, suffering from gunshot injuries. Ramirez was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he died of his injuries; the second victim is expected to survive.

Witnesses in the area provided officers with a description of two men riding a scooter. A short time later, officers observed a pair matching that description and attempted to stop them. The scooter driver – later identified as Brison – allegedly led them on a chase in which he drove at a high rate of speed through red lights and the wrong way down one-way streets.

When the scooter came to a stop, Small allegedly fled on foot while clutching his waistband. In the course of a foot chase, the officers heard the sound of a metal object striking the pavement. They apprehended Small a short distance away and recovered a handgun in his path of flight. Brison was taken into custody without incident, though he allegedly made false statements about his whereabouts earlier that evening.

Authorities say the additional information they collected since their arrest proved they shot Ramirez and the other man. This includes ballistic tests on the gun they were allegedly found with and the fatal bullets.

Innocent, etc.

Time to be extra careful with ATM transactions in the North End

Boston Police have released photos of a man they think is using a "skimmer" to harvest ATM information in the North End, which he then uses to make cash withdrawals from his victim's accounts.

Police say he made off with $10,000 in withdrawals from one account last month.

Skimmers are devices that are fitted over ATM card readers that can scan magnetic-strip information.

Lansdowne Street bars forced to deal with racist Sox fans from NH, an angry ex-serviceman and a dumb credit-card thief

Bouncers managed to avert physical contact and injuries at Bill's Bar on May 17, when a guy in a group of white Sox fans about to get on a bus to go back to New Hampshire after a game and some drinking decided to scream a racial slur at a small group of black men entering the bar, police and bar workers told the Boston Licensing Board today.

Bar manager Chris Williams said the slur led to a verbal confrontation, but that seemed to be that, until the New Hampshire men were about to get on their bus across the street when one of the black guys yelled something at them. The white guys "charged back towards the patio to start a fight," he said. He said bouncers managed to keep the two sides physically apart: "Nobody got hit." But the two sides also refused to back down, and it took ten minutes to get everybody to disperse, he said.

On May 9, meanwhile, Loretta's Last Call workers had to separate a man with Arab ancestry and a self-declared ex-serviceman who were arguing, with the ex-serviceman repeatedly claiming the other guy was disrespecting the service. A bar bouncer said he had separated the two when the ex-serviceman dumped the contents of his plastic beer cup on the ground and threw it at the other man hard enough to open a small gash next to his left eye. Bar workers and police say the ex-serviceman continued his angry ranting outside and got into tussle with a Boston cop - and would not settle down even when the cop told him he was ex-military himself.

On May 16, back at Bill's Bar, a woman who found another patron's wallet lifted a credit card she found inside, turned in the wallet, then used the card to buy drinks for herself and friends. When the woman who had reported the wallet missing got it back from the bar, she noticed her credit card - and cash - missing. Williams told his bartenders to be on the lookout for somebody using the card, and sure enough, a woman tried using the car to buy some beers. Williams then escorted her outside for a chat with a BPD detail officer.

The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take on the incidents.

Woman sexually attacked on East Boston Greenway

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:30

Boston Police report a woman walking on the East Boston Greenway near Sumner Street was attacked around 8:30 a.m. on Monday.

According to the victim, the suspect approached her from behind and indecently assaulted her and then fled on foot. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male believed to be in his early twenties, approximately 5’6” to 5’8” tall, thin build, clean cut, short dark hair, wearing a plain gray t-shirt, black running pants and black sneakers.


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The sun still rises over an un-Olympic town

So what happened in Boston, and what next? A roundup of some Olympic thoughts:

Jon Keller says this is the Market Basket story all over again - the 1% once more was tone deaf:

Corporate welfare is under attack from left, right and center. A risky multi-billion dollar investment in what the critics loved to call "a three-week party for the international elite” with ticket prices unaffordable to most was always going to be a tough sell in a community that may be on the economic rebound, but still struggled with antiquated infrastructure, struggling schools, unaffordable housing, lack of resources to treat drug abuse, etc.

Market Basket is thriving more than ever, and Boston's flirtation with the Olympics will quickly become a historical footnote. But the message of both stories is clear.

Andy Tarsy ponders the collapse of the bid:

Resist the temptation to say this confirms Boston is a "just say no" kind of place. Those like Shirley Leung will do it (again) but you don't have to be that way. This episode is an example of civic engagement and tough questions that ultimately had inadequate answers. That's it. It is not connected to any past episode of us doing whatever we did when other things happened in the past. Our narrative is whatever we want it to be. It is not a destiny that makes us naysayers. Calling us that is cheap headline writing and just plain old beneath us.

David Meerman Scott looks at how Boston 2024 lost the social-media battle and so the war.

At the Boston Business Journal, Craig Douglas blames the Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight:

It's about an A-list brigade of gunslingers whose aims and aspirations were at once inspiring and altogether self-defeating. They are the city's captains of industry whose collective vision pushed the boundaries of what's possible in a 400-year-old city, but whose self-assured missteps were worthy of The Three Amigos.

WBUR points to seven reasons the bid failed.

In case you were wondering what House Minority Leader Brad Jones thinks.

Boston now looks truly miserable and inhospitable.

Joan Vennochi: No Boston Olympics activists are heroes.

Dan Shaughnessy: Loss of Olympic bid a victory for Boston.

Shirley Leung: Bostonians are horrible; I hate you all.

So what happens to Widett Circle now?