Trump-inspired dirtbag brothers acknowledge beating, urinating on sleeping homeless man

Two South Boston brothers today admitted they attacked a man sleeping near the JFK/UMass T stop with a metal pole and their urine on their way home from a Sox game last August because he was too Mexican for their tastes.

Scott Leader, 38, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to causing bodily injury while committing a civil rights violation, assault and battery for purposes of intimidation causing bodily injury, two counts each of assault and battery, and two counts each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffollk County District Attorney's office reports.

Steven Leader, 30, got two and a half years on the same charges, the DA's office reports, adding it had asked for 4 to 6 for the older brother and 3 to 5 for the younger.

Before sentencing, an assistant DA read a statement from the victim, 58 at the time:

I still feel pain all over my body from this incident. I don’t think my fingers will ever be the same. I came to this country many years ago and worked hard in the farm fields to provide produce to people here. I actually became a permanent resident of this country years ago, although if I had been undocumented I still would not have deserved to be beaten this way.

According to the DA's office:

The brothers kicked, punched, and urinated on the victim as he slept near the JFK/UMass MBTA station at about 12:30 that morning. One of them took a metal pole and struck the victim with it repeatedly. The two assailants then walked away laughing, witnesses said.

The victim was transported immediately to Boston Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose, serious bruising across his torso, and other injuries. With the help of civilian witnesses, State Police identified and apprehended the brothers shortly after the attack.

At the State Police barracks in South Boston, the evidence would have shown, Scott Leader made a series of incriminating statements, including that he and his brother "tuned up" an "illegal immigrant," and that this behavior was acceptable because the victim was homeless and Hispanic.

Police said they'd crack down on dirt bikers, and they did - in Walpole

Boston Police report teaming up with Walpole and state environmental police and other agencies on arrests of Boston Bike Life people they charge were tearing up the roads from Boston to Walpole with dirt bikes and ATVs.

Some 14 people were arrested around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday on various motor-vehicle charges at 16 Renmar Ave. Another seven people were given summons to appear in court on related charges, police say.

Boston Police last week announced a new crackdown on dirt-bikers and ATV riders on Boston roads. In a statement, BPD Commissioner William Evans said:

This wide sweeping investigation was in direct response to numerous complaints from the communities we serve. I would like to thank all of the agencies involved who helped us take this dangerous operators off the streets. We will continue to take any and all steps necessary to ensure the safety of the law abiding citizens of Boston.

Man charged with punching out bus window in fit of road rage, showering driver with glass shards

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 14:40

Transit Police charge a man who'd parked in such a way to block an Allston bus stop just could not deal with the fact that forced a bus driver to block him in to let passengers off at the stop, so he went up to the driver's window and punched it hard enough to shatter it, showering the bus driver in glass shards, some of them possibly landing in his eye. Read more.


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Orange Line slows to a crawl when a tree decides to fall

Photo by MBTA.

A tree that plunged to the Orange Line tracks around 11:50 a.m. caused "moderate" delays inbound from points north. To the re-leaf of riders, crews cleared the woody wreckage in about an hour, although the T was advising residual delays could persist for awhile.

A train that suddenly went to its eternal rest at Mass. Ave. didn't help matters.

Somerville readying to chop down trees that might get infested by bright green killer bugs

Somerville officials have marked 155 trees across the city for destruction because they're at risk for infestation bye the emerald ash borer, an insect originally from China that kills trees by, well, boring through them. They were first spotted in the Boston area in a trap in the Arnold Arboretum in 2014.

View Infected ash trees in Somerville in a full screen map

Note: Map does not show 155 addresses because some addresses have more than one infected tree. Source.

H/t Chris Devers.