The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Suffolk County prosecutors can't get a look at Aaron Hernandez's cell phone because it's now in the possession of his lawyers and forcing them to hand it over would violate attorney/client privilege and Hernandez's right against self incrimination.
A ruling released today does not name Hernandez and says only that the case involves a grand jury investigation in Suffolk County. However, the Globe reports Hernandez is the John Doe listed in the ruling.
Melissa Palardy reports she heard multiple shots around 3:38 a.m. in the area of Essex Street. Another resident reports via e-mail hearing "a flurry of bullets, maybe 15 or so, from what sounds to be small handgun(s?) in three bursts."
A weary-eared citizen complains about the alarm system at the Empire Garden dim-sum place on Washington Street, kitty corner from Lagrange:
The alarm from this building has been going off every night for the last week and no one comes to turn it off. There are many residents complaining about it going off for many hours at a time. It has a bull horn pointed out towards the street.
Paul Levy, who knows something about failing hospitals, having become CEO of Beth Israel just as the state wanted to shut it down, takes a look at the proposed merger of Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center - and how to keep the merger from simply becoming " a case of strapping two leaky lifeboats together, leading to a faster demise than if they remained apart."
Looks like that unusual round and long vacant Church of All Nations on Tremont Street is for sale. So what would you do with a round building with 10,000, um, square feet of space? Grain elevator? World's largest Spirograph set?
UPDATE: Around 5:15 p.m., somebody called in a bomb threat the the CVS at 942 Hyde Park Ave. in Hyde Park - which was the ninth or tenth drug-store bomb threat of the day. About ten minutes later, a bomb threat was phoned into the CVS on Market Street in Brighton.
Somebody is keeping BPD busy this afternoon by calling in bomb threats to drug stores: So far, CVS stores at 333 Washington St., downtown, and 631 Washington St. in Chinatown, the Rite-Aid at 100 Cambridge St. and a drug store in South Boston have been swept by police.
Around 9:45 p.m. at Essex Street and Harrison Avenue, by one of several men who approached the couple and displayed what appeared to be a gun handle.
He's described as black, about 5'6" and 130 lbs., with a scar under his left eye and wearing a large backpack.
The US Marshals Service has added Peter Castillo, wanted for the shooting death of Stephen Perez on Tremont Street on April 28, 2012, to its 15-most-wanted list of fugitives - and says it is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
Police say Castillo shot Perez, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, in the back during a brawl around 2 a.m., then fled to New York and from there to the Dominican Republic.
Transit Police report that when a guy who'd just been nabbed for fare piggybacking at Chinatown yesterday pulled out his wallet to show officers some ID, they noticed something else in his billfold:
The security director at Royale, 279 Tremont St., acknowledged today that even after he learned a woman said she had been groped by somebody on the dance floor, he never called police.
The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to punish the club for that - and for the alleged Aug. 10 attack by an 18-year-old Boston high-school student. The student, meanwhile, faces potential criminal charges for the incident.
Matthew Jennings, who ran the Farmstead cheese-shop-turned-bistro in Providence, plans to open a restaurant in the new Radian building, where the Dainty Dot factory used to be, 120 Kingston St.
Tufts University Police report a woman was standing at Kneeland and Washington streets around 1:30 p.m. today when:
A hispanic or light skinned black male approached her, exposed himself and rubbed his genitals on her thigh. He then entered a gold colored sedan, driven by another male and fled down Stuart Street towards Tremont Street.
Roxbury, MA â€“ It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled â€śCandid Conversationsâ€ť. During this series, the community has the opportunity to speak to candidates directly and learn how each candidate stands on issues that matter the most to them. All are welcome to attend.
A concerned citizen reports somebody chained two buckets to a light pole at Beach and Oxford streets in Chinatown.
The city reports it promptly sent somebody down to remove the buckets, but did not say what was in them that would make them valuable enough to warrant trying to lock them down.
City officials backed and praised efforts by two culinary entrepreneurs to open a restaurant on Bunker Hill Street that will focus on small-plate dishes and pizza.
The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to approve both a food-serving license for Brewer's Fork, 29 Bunker Hill St. and the request of owners John Paine and Michael Austin to buy the beer, wine and liqueurs license of a Japanese place in Chinatown for $75,000.
A peeved citizen complains about a situation on South Street this afternoon:
This car doesn't have a resident sticker and is in a resident spot. I approached her bc I have a resident sticker and was waiting for a spot to open up. She basically told me "so what, not my problem, I have an appointment". Please send meter maid and ticket! Didn't make the situation any better having my 2 year old witness this lady yelling at me and I never raised my voice at her.
The city replies that justice is done:
A Boston Municipal Court judge today set bail of $1 million - twice what prosecutors asked - for Kareem Smith, 29, who was arrested on charges he shot four people in a Chinatown parking lot early Sunday.
Smith, released June 12 from a 5 1/2-year federal sentence for illegal possession of a loaded gun, opened fire on a crowd of about 100 people in the parking lot between Chau Chow City and Edinboro Street around 3 a.m., assistant Suffolk County DA Lindsey Weinstein said at Smith's arraignment this morning.