The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a wiretapped statement by an H-Block associate charged with murdering a young teen in a feud with the rival Heath Street gang can be used against him because H-Block is involved with the sort of "organized crime" for which state law allows wiretaps.
Police are at Heath and Lawn streets, where a person was found shot in the leg shortly before midnight. He is expected to survive.
A car seen fleeing the scene with two or three occupants was spotted around 20 minutes later in the area of Harold and Homestead streets, in the territory of the H Block gang; a gun was located on Hutchings Street nearby.
Last month, a Braintree man with alleged ties to the Heath Street gang was arrested on charges he shot a man on Holworthy Street in the heart of H Block territory.
A Braintree man associated with Jamaica Plain's Heath Street gang was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bail today on charges he shot somebody on the home turf of the rival H-Block gang on Friday after he allegedly tried but failed to shoot somebody else on the same street the night before, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors had asked for bail of $1 million for Paul Walrond, 22, of Braintree, at his arraignment today in Roxbury District Court. Judge David Weingarten set the lower amount.
Several hundred Boston police officers and federal agents swarmed through Dorchester early this morning, arresting some 30 alleged members of the Woodward Avenue and Hendry Street gangs in a bid to quell violence in the Bowdoin/Geneva and Uphams Corner neighborhoods - in particular in the Cape Verdean community.
Officials specifically targeted alleged Hendry leader Alexis Hidalgo, 31, of Dorchester, and alleged Woodward leader Jonathan DaSilva, 29, of Roxbury, in an investigation that began in 2011. In a statement, the US Attorney's office said:
UPDATE: Reactions from the DA's office and the victim's family in the comments below.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Lamory Gray, ruling the Heath Street gang member got an unfair trial before he was convicted of murdering somebody he thought was a member of the rival H-Block gang in 2006.
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A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Donald Ray "Mann" Williams, 26, guilty of a variety of charges, including armed assault with intent to murder, for a shooting that will require a former friend to use a wheelchair the rest of his life, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors say the victim was a member of the Greenwood Street Packers, of which Williams was head thug. On Nov. 23, 2007, however, the victim met with other gang members and told them he was giving up gang life. According to the DA's office:
Three alleged members of the Mozart Street gang - which has been tied to murders and violence from the Dominican Republic to a Jamaica Plain pizza place - were indicted this week on federal gun charges after they were allegedly observed shooting "three guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition at paper targets in an apparent effort to improve their marksmanship."
Christian Green, Jeffrey Medina and Sherwin Garcia were indicted in US District Court in Boston on charges of being felons in possession of firearms following their arrest on Dec. 22 as they left a shooting range in Salisbury. All three are convicted felons, which makes it illegal for them to handle guns, but police watched them enter and leave a Salisbury shooting range, at which they paid their $333 tab in cash after shooting hundreds of rounds at eight paper targets in two shooting lanes, the indictment alleges, adding they all signed a waiver saying they had no prior felony convictions.
In an affidavit filed against Green, Boston Police Officer Manuel Blas wrote he was surprised when he learned of their trip north:
An expired inspection sticker proved the undoing of four alleged gang members, including one braced for action, late Wednesday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
District A-7 reports a guy "known to officers as a gang member" was spotted spraying the letter "S" on a wall at 259 Bennington St. around noon on March 17. Why an "S"? Officers found a further clue at 251 Bennington St., where they found a recently applied "MS," as in MS-13, a Central American gang with members up this way. Police add:
During the search of the suspect the officer pulled from the suspect's waistband on the right side a knife which is about 17 inches long.
District A-7 reports a man stabbed with a knife on Saratoga Street around 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 4 told a witness "he was stabbed by person(s) that he believes are affiliated with MS13." Taken to a local hospital for treatment.
After investigating the incident it was determined that the dispute was between teenagers from West Roxbury and other surrounding neighborhoods. These individuals are students at Catholic Memorial, Boston Latin, and Boston Latin Academy.
Officers from E 5 are expecting a second incident to occur this weekend. The Area E5 police officers will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior. In order to be preventative in our approach to this matter we ask residents to be vigilant and to communicate any information they may have to the police. Be mindful of where your teens will be spending their free time during the weekend, and enlighten them on the consequences of not only being involved in a fight, but merely just being present during it.
Adam Reilly has the details.