West Roxbury murder/rape suspect ordered back to Bridgewater for more observation

A judge today ordered Nathurlon Munnerlyn, charged with raping and then murdering a man in a West Roxbury housing complex in November, to remain in Bridgewater State Hospital for observation, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Munnerlyn, 39, has been at Bridgewater since his arrest in November for the stabbing murder of Brian Sweeney, 40, in an apartment at 34 Temple St. Part of the observation is to determine whether he is able to stand trial.

In an indictment last week, a Suffolk County grand jury added aggravated rape to the murder charge.

According to the DA's office:

Boston Police investigators recovered Sweeney’s phone at the scene and found a record of an incoming call from Munnerlyn at about 3:00 am. When detectives went to interview the defendant, he allegedly told them in a post-Miranda statement that he had stabbed Sweeney. Bradley told the court that Munnerlyn made admissions regarding a sexual assault and gave a description of the number and location of stab wounds consistent with the victim’s injuries. Investigators took Munnerlyn into custody and executed a search warrant on his residence, recovering bloodstained clothing and shoes.

Munnerlyn is due back in court on April 3, the DA's office reports.

Former prosecutor jumps into race for Suffolk County DA

Rachel Rollins, who has served as an assistant US attorney in Boston and an assistant district attorney in Plymouth County and , announced today she is joining the race to succeed Dan Conley, retiring after this year as Suffolk County District Attorney.

We deserve a system where addiction, poverty and mental illness are not criminalized; where socio-economic status and race don’t increase the likelihood that someone is incarcerated; and where the District Attorney, prosecutors and members of law enforcement are a true reflection of the rich diversity in the communities that they are sworn to protect and serve. I am running to be the next District Attorney for Suffolk County because I believe that, with strong leadership and a commitment to social justice, transparency and an innovative approach to community involvement, the system can be improved without sacrificing the safety of the community.

Rollins also served as chief council at both Massport and the MBTA. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association.

Also running is state Rep. Evandro Carvalho (D-Dorchester), who as an assistant DA in Suffolk County before he was elected to the State House, and Greg Henning, the current chief of the gang unit in the Suffolk DA’s office. Another possible candidate, at large City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who also once worked as an assistant DA in Suffolk County, has yet to make an announcement one way or the other.

Arty apartments, condos proposed in Allston - across from proposed veggie-topped apartments, condos

Architect's rendering.

A developer has filed plans with the BPDA for 74 apartments and 9 condos on North Beacon Street, between Sinclair Road and Everett Street that it says will include public-art installations aimed at "celebrating the local artisan culture and history of Allston."

The Mount Vernon Co. wants to raze a former rooming house, two four-unit buildings and a small car dealership and replace them with a five-story building with 74 apartments at North Beacon and Everett and a four-story building with the condos on Sinclair Road.

The proposal is the latest in a corridor along Guest Street that has seen numerous new development proposals since construction began on the giant New Balance complex - such as Stop & Shop's 1,050-unit proposal on Everett Street.

Mount Vernon's site is kitty-corner from a site where another developer is planning an apartment/condo building topped with a vegetable garden.

In its filing, Mount Vernon writes:

The Project is designed and scaled to enhance the surrounding neighborhood by complementing the variety of contextual scales that exist, stepping down from an urban scale along North Beacon Street to a smaller residential scale including the Condo Building on Harvester Street.

The Project will create a new plaza along North Beacon Street featuring an artful landscape design inclusive of plantings and street furniture.

The Project will enliven the public realm with generous sidewalks and an active ground floor featuring a first of its kind flexible gallery/amenity space in Allston. The space will host periodic art receptions that will be open to the community.

The Project will create opportunities to display art around the perimeter of the Project Site, celebrating the local artisan culture and history of Allston. Installations are designed to showcase art at no cost to the artist.

The "flexible gallery/amenity space" would be on the ground floor of the apartment building.

Mount Vernon is proposing a total of 42 parking spaces for the two buildings; it cites the site's location a half mile from New Balance's Boston Landing commuter-rail station and from Green Line stops on Comm. Ave., as well as service by several bus routes.

Mount Vernon hopes to start construction late in 2019, with completion scheduled for summer of 2020.

37-43 North Beacon St. project notification form (20M PDF).

North Beacon proposal
North Beacon proposal
North Beacon proposal

State rep says it's time to rename the General Hooker Entrance at the State House

Earlier today, state Rep. Michelle DuBuois (D-10th Plymouth - Brockton, West Bridgewater and East Bridgewater), tweeted a photo of high-school students protesting guns outside the State House's General Hooker Entrance and asked:

R U a “General Hooker”? Of course not! Yet the main entrance of the Mass State House says otherwise.

#Metoo it’s not all about rape & harassment but also women’s dignity A “funny” double entendre misrepresented as respect for a long dead general?
1 Keep statue
2 Take sign down

In response to a tweet from somebody who suggested she either delete the comment or resign, DuBois elaborated:

No way. I've seen teenboys tease teengirls about being “general hookers” waiting in line at the entrance. Sign is out of context & either Gen’s his first name should be added or change the entrance name. This change is not a priority for me but I do think it should and will happen

The entrance and statue are meant to honor Joseph Hooker, a Hadley native who rose to major general before losing a key battle against Lee that let Lee continue onto Gettysburg.

When Governor Dummer Academy's name was changed.

The most random supermarket display of the month

Shoppers entering the produce side of the Hyde Park Shaw's tonight were greeted by this table featuring: Some toilet paper, some soup mixes, Milk Bones, some nacho cheese dip and a plant that looked like it could really use some water, all under blue and green balloons.

Shoppers then left the immediate area wondering what they had just seen.