DA: Friendship gone sour over drug deal led to death at a T stop

Nhu Nguyen and Derek Matulina were once friends who fell out over money Nguyen felt Matulina owed him for a drug transaction, Suffolk County prosecutors said today. When the two crossed paths at the Savin Hill T stop on May 7, they began to fight and Nguyen pulled out a gun and fatally shot Matulina, according to the District Attorney's office.

Nguyen was arraigned today in Suffolk Superior Court following his indictment for manslaughter and firearms charges. A judge ordered him held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

According to the DA's office, Nguyen and Matulina met "purely by chance" outside the Savin Hill station. Nguyen demanded his money, and then:

Matulina responded by challenging him to a fistfight. For his part, Nguyen allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband.

"A witness who was friendly with both men urged the defendant to walk away," [assistant DA Holly] Broadbent said.

Nguyen and Matulina entered the station separately, Broadbent said. A short time later, Matulina approached Nguyen and struck him in the head with an object later found to be a padlock tied to a handkerchief. A friend of Nguyen interceded and physically placed himself between the two men, ending the altercation.

Nonetheless, Broadbent said, "video surveillance shows the defendant stepping back and firing one shot directly at the victim's chest before fleeing the scene."

Nguyen, officials say, fled to Portland, ME, where he was arrested a few days later.

Innocent, etc.

Following the best postal clerk ever from JP to West Roxbury

A Jamaica Plain resident chronicles the despair of learning the bestest clerk at the Jamaica Plain post office was gone - and joy at learning she'd just moved down Centre Street to the West Roxbury post office:

I felt such relief and familiarity and she took good care of me. Now my big issue is whether to abandon my neighborhood post office altogether and follow Thalia. What a dilemma.

Man charged with wielding bong in armed home invasion on Mission Hill

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 22:20

A Mission Hill man who took part in a drug-related robbery came packing a gun but also used a glass bong to subdue his victim, Suffolk County prosecutors charged today.

Michael Finklea, 20, was arraigned yesterday in West Roxbury District Court on charges of home invasion, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the June 2 incident, in which another Mission Hill man was charged last month.

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Leave the churches alone

Jeff Egnaczyk rides by St. James the Great in Wellesley on his way to work. He wants Rome and the Archdiocese of Boston to leave it alone, along with the other five churches it plans to sell:

The people who have maintained vigil at that church for thousands have more of a claim to it than the Vatican. They have squatters' rights by now. I don't remember ever seeing the Pope visit his "property" in Wellesley.

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