A Revere tour operator who organized buses for local Catholics to see the Pope in Philadelphia last September says the bus companies he hired sent rickety buses driven by sleepy, non-English-speaking drivers that left riders terrified and wondering if they'd make it out alive. Read more.
Mike Freedberg introduces us to the six declared candidates for the First Suffolk and Middlesex state-senate seat.
Two men face arraignment in Chelsea District Court today on drug-possession charges after police seized large quantities of drugs at locations in Mattapan, the South End and Revere. Read more.
State Rep. Jay Livingstone (D-Back Bay) announced last night he's running for the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex senate seat being vacated by Anthony Petruccelli.
His announcement came only hours after neighboring state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz (D-North End) announced he wasn't going to run for the seat. Read more.
UPDATE: Michael DeLeon, 36, of Lynn, was arrested today on two counts of murder and is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Chelsea District Court, the DA's office reports.
State and Revere Police are investigating a shooting that left Peter Pitari, 66, and Christy Johnson, 35, dead at 70 Waite St. last night.
A third victim, a man, 38, suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Revere Police report a Rockport man was driving east on Rte. 60 around 8 p.m. on Sunday when several shots were fired at his vehicle, hitting his son, 19, in the neck.
The victim is expected to survive, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
The suspect vehicle is believed to be a black sedan with tinted windows. Police are urging anyone with information on this incident to share it with investigators at 781-656-1114.
The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on a 38-year-old Revere man who died after a struggle with police last night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The unnamed man's only apparent physical injuries at the time seemed to be cuts from having smashed through a window at the apartment building on Winthrop Avenue where police found him, the DA's office says: Read more.
A passerby discovered her body on the sand below the high-tide line around 6:15 a.m. near Eliot Circle, the Suffolk County District Attorney reports.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and time of her death, the DA's office says, adding her body had no visible signs of trauma - and no identification on it.
The Globe tracks down the backer of a proposed ballot question that would allow a slots parlor on land near a racetrack - a guy who bought a mobile-home park near Suffolk Downs, which had insisted it had nothing to do with the proposal.
A man who allegedly attacked seven Revere police officers - sending two to the hospital - had bail set at $25,000 today, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Joseph Parker, 34, who listed addresses in two different towns, first went after two cops on a traffic detail at Revere Beach Parkway near Mill Street around 12:40 a.m., the DA's office says.
One of them, a lieutenant, stopped traffic as construction workers removed traffic cones from the roadway.
Parker allegedly stopped short in front of the lieutenant, rolled down his window, and said, “I know why you stopped me.” He then allegedly exited the vehicle, began shouting expletives, and struck the officer, knocking the lieutenant to the ground and causing him to hit his head. He then allegedly began to move toward the second officer.
Parker’s two passengers, ages 32 and 33, exited the vehicle and restrained him while the second officer called for assistance and checked on the fallen lieutenant. The lieutenant was briefly unresponsive but regained consciousness a short time later and was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was treated for a concussion and evaluated for head injuries.
Meanwhile, three more officers responded to the scene and attempted to take Parker into custody as he struggled and resisted those efforts. Once he was handcuffed and placed in a cruiser, he allegedly kicked the rear window until it cracked, removed his shoes, and wedged his feet through the grate surrounding the rear compartment in a bid to kick it out entirely.
At this stage, officers removed Parker from the cruiser again. When he calmed down somewhat, they attempted to place him back in the cruiser, at which point he began kicking them. One officer used his department-issued Taser to subdue him, and Parker was eventually secured within the vehicle.
Parker continued his erratic behavior at the station, alternately cooperating with booking officers and shouting expletives at them. When he was read his Miranda rights, he recited them along with the officers. When officers began to escort him to the lockup, however, he became incensed.
“What the [expletive] are you talking about?” he asked, gesturing to the exit. “I’m walking out that door.”
Parker allegedly backed into a corner, crouched into a boxer’s stance, and raised his fists, challenging the officers to fight him. As several officers attempted to calm him down, another walked into the room to assist and Parker allegedly rushed him and punched him in the face. This led to another struggle in which one officer suffered leg injuries requiring treatment at MGH and three others suffered cuts and abrasions. The metal detector in the booking room was knocked to the ground and damaged during the incident.
Jason Gentry, 35, who ran a dog-training facility in Lynn, had bail set at $1,000 today on charges he hanged two Pinscher puppies, then disposed of their bodies behind a Revere gas station last fall, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding the formal charges are malicious killing of an animal and animal cruelty.
A Long Beach, NY man, Dominick Donovan, was arrested in New York and will be arraigned later as well, the DA's office says. Read more.
The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at www.ria.ie/library/contact, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."
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Elmer Cat spotted these sidewalk chalkers at Wonderland today.
Greg Cook took in the kite festival at a foggy Revere Beach yesterday (the sky beast was really the shadow of a large tiger kite).
Stanley Staco reports a bench-clearing, bottle-throwing brawl involving up to 200 people at the Revere Beach bandstand brought police from Revere, Lynn, Chelsea and Boston racing in to break things up, along with Transit and State Police.
NECN reports the brawl started when two women got into a fight, their boyfriends joined in and then pretty much everybody around them decided, what the hell, why not, and started throwing punches and tossing bottles.
Three men are charged with bringing Maine women - and one teenager - to the Boston area to serve as prostitutes, the US Attorney's office charges.
One of the three, Tyrell Gorham, allegedly kept trying to run his prostitution business - and to threaten witnesses - even after state authorities locked him up in the Nashua Street jail, the FBI says.