Student charged with trying to bring loaded gun into Burke High School

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:30

Boston Police report arresting a 17-year-old after a school-police officer found "a 7.65 caliber Deutsche Werke handgun loaded with a single round of ammunition" around 8:30 this morning.

The student was charged with being delinquent for unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device, police say.

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Norwood break-in foiled by suspect's lack of coordination, random car

Norwood Police posted surveillance video today of a guy trying and failing to break into Pam's Market on Pleasant Street around 3 a.m. on Friday.

He has the ability to hurl a 10 pound boulder, multiple times, but lacks the strength to provide proper trajectory in order to gain entry. Had he not been scared off by the vehicle seen at the residence behind him, he may still be trying to get in.

If you know any lanky guys with coordination problems, contact Norwood Police at 781-440-5100, or anonymously at 781-550-5181.

Man beaten in Chelsea with a baseball bat dies; suspect arrested in Ohio

Kamaya Farikafi, 23, of Chelsea, is being held in an Ohio jail today pending his return here to face murder charges for the death of Melvin Cortes, 32, of Everett.

Chelsea and State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charge Farikafi beat Cortes on Congress Avenue on Feb. 5. Coates died of his injuries several days later.

State Police and US marshals arrested Farikafi in the Cincinnati area yesterday, officials say.

Innocent, etc.

Local taco chain closed today in support of immigrants

Anna's Taqueria locations are closed today to support the Day Without Immigrants protest.

Eater Boston lists other local restaurants that are either shut or showing their support in other ways.

Los Amigos Taqueria, another local chain, explains why it's staying open, but cautions that customers might experience delays because it is giving the day off to any employees who want to participate in the strike:

Being a small local company we cannot afford to close for the day but will be supporting our team members all the way. We were founded by an immigrant family and are made up of a lot of loyal immigrant employees who help make Los Amigos a great place to grab a meal everyday!

Man charged as drug-trafficking pimp almost five years after he was charged as a drug-trafficking pimp

Hendricks Berdet, 31, was arraigned today on charges he gave drug-addicted women heroin and cocaine in exchange for turning tricks and giving him all the money, the state Attorney General's office reports.

Berdet, a Boston resident, had bail set at $150,000 today at his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court on six counts of trafficking in persons for sexual servitude, two counts of distribution of heroin and two counts of distribution of cocaine.

According to authorities, Berdet would allegedly distribute the drugs to the women, post advertisements on websites known to advertise sexual services, and transport them to various homes and hotels in locations including Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Waltham where they would engage in sexual acts for a fee. The women allegedly provided all of the money they received for performing commercial sexual acts to Berdet, who required the women to reach a certain quota of each night, usually between $1,000 and $1,500. Berdet also allegedly took the victims’ identification or bank cards in some cases.

In May, 2012, Berdet and several other men were arrested on charges they ran a druggie brothel in Charlestown.

Innocent, etc.

Condos proposed for land off Cummins Highway in Roslindale Square

A developer is looking to build several condos on land behind the Triple Eatery on Cummins Highway.

At a neighborhood meeting tonight, Patrick Mahoney showed a rendering of a building with eight two-bedroom units with 16 parking spaces that would replace the single-family home that now sits on the oddly shaped, mostly landlocked, 15,000-square foot parcel.

However, Mahoney agreed with a request from residents to lop off at least two units after they said the building was too large for the neighborhood, which consists largely of single and two-family homes.

He also agreed with residents to have his architect change the architectural style from something that would fit in with the modern buildings along Broadway in South Boston to something more similar to the colonials and Victorians in the neighborhood - possibly in a townhouse style - and to try to shrink the height of the building by five feet feet or so.

Regardless of the final configuration, however, Mahoney said access to the building would be via a 12-foot-wide driveway next to Triple Eatery. The current eight-foot driveway off Florence would be converted to a landscaped area with a patio-like walkway for residents to save a few steps on the way to the square and the train station.

Residents expressed concern about people making a left turn into the driveway from Cummins Highway, saying the road is already prone to backups. They praised him for committing to at least two parking spaces per unit, saying the parking problems they already have with people parking to take the train into town will likely be exacerbated once the restaurant opens up in the old substation at Cummins and Washington Street.

Mahoney added that even with the change of primary access from Florence to Cummins, the building would likely retain its 47R Florence St. address - because changing a lot's address is far more difficult than winning the numerous variances the proposal would need from the zoning board, he said.

South Boston no country for old cones

Whilst Ubering about town, roving UHub photographer Frank K. spotted this Public Works pickup full from a de-space-savering run through South Boston today.

The city also replied to this complaint about a space-saver-laden Princeton Street in East Boston with a cheery:

Space savers on Princeton St were reported to Public Works and they were out collecting this morning. Thank you.

Linehan won't seek re-election as city councilor

The Globe reports that Bill Linehan won't seek a seventh term as city councilor in District 2, which covers South Boston, the South End, Chinatown and Downtown.

Frank Ulip, who lives downtown and Peter Lin-Marcus, who lives in Chinatown, have both signaled their interest in running for the seat this fall by forming political committees. However, Linehan's announcement could also lead to a flood of candidates from South Boston.

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