Fire rips through Oak Square triple decker; 11 displaced

A fire that broke out around 1:30 a.m. at 40 Champeney St. went to two alarms, did an estimated $500,000 in damage and sent one firefighter to the hospital for evaluation, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The cause of the fire, which broke out in the rear of the building, is under investigation, the department says.

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Firefighters at the scene
Fri, 11/20/2015 - 01:30

Sharon teen killed in West Bank attack

Ezra Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, was one of three people killed by a Palestinian with an Uzi in a West Bank attack today, Yeshiva World reports.

Schwartz was spending a year studying in an Israeli yeshiva. Several other American students at the school were injured in the attack. Ha'aretz reports a Palestinian man got out of a car in the Gush Etzion region around 4:30 p.m. and fired an Uzi at other cars; he then got back in the car, drove away and crashed the vehicle.

BPD document confirms use of cell-phone trackers

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports Boston Police signed an agreement with the FBI under then Commissioner Ed Davis to use "StingRay" devices that can be used for real-time tracking of cell phones.

Perhaps the most controversial provision requires the BPD to notify the FBI if any prosecutor intends to disclose sensitive information in court, and to seek dismissal of those cases if the FBI determines that such disclosure might compromise the technology.

Veteran charged with Worcester armory break-in; evidence includes data from GPS bracelet he was wearing

The Herald reports the arrest down on Long Island of James Walker Morales, 34, on charges he used a power saw and pry bar to cut into an Army armory in Worcester to steal ten handguns and six rifles - two days after he visited the armory to obtain copies of his Army discharge papers.

According to an FBI affidavit, investigators connected Morales to the break-in by submitting DNA from blood he left behind to an FBI DNA database.

Morales was out on bail on a child-rape indictment in Middlesex County. Data from the GPS device places Morales at the armory at the time of the break-in, the affidavit says.

Five face charges over alleged sale of rifle in Roslindale parking lot

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 19:00

Boston Police report officers investigating gun sales arrested five people in the parking lot of the American Legion McDonald's last night after arranging to buy a high-powered weapon from one of them. Read more.


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Police: Pick-up driver in collision with bicyclist in Cambridge IDed, charged

Cambridge Police report the driver of a black pick-up caught on a surveillance camera knocking a bicyclist down and then fleeing has been identified and ordered to appear in court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He's from Medford, police say.