Driver who left toddler in van on a hot day was negligent, but that's not enough for a murder charge, DA saysBy adamg - 4/22/13 - 8:55 pm
Luis Matos, who inadvertently left 17-month-old Gabriel Pierre to die in a van will face no criminal charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
With the exception only of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, Massachusetts law leaves issues of negligence in the hands of civil courts and precludes the criminal prosecution of an accident, even one as terrible and tragic in its consequences as this one.
DA Dan Conley's office says it will work with Gabriel's parents for legislation:
Liz Carney led a Dot Art Paint for Peace Day at Savin Hill Beach today that ended with the hanging of this banner across I-93. Photo by Peter McNamara.
Around 7 p.m. on Bird Street, off Magnolia. Police recovered seven shell casings not long after; however, both vehicles were gone by the time officers arrived.
Shortly before 11 p.m. on Morse Street in Dorchester.
The Boston Fire Department reports tonight:
On Patriots Day, 6 minutes after the bomb explosion at 2:50pm, we responded for a building fire at the JFK Library in Dorchester. We had a fire at an outside area of the library. Investigators have determined the cause was careless disposal of smoking material.
Around 11:30 a.m., Sean Olson reports. The T reports it's the Ashmont line that's affected.
UPDATE: Firefighters off the tracks around 11:50 a.m.
The Dorchester Reporter introduces us to Jeff Gonyeau, who has the only keys to the fancy clock in Peabody Square in Dorchester, the clock that Martin Richard's parents helped restore, in the square they helped rebuild. When Gonyeau heard the news, he walked to the clock, set it to the time the explosions went off and then stopped the clock.
Our world has stopped. For some of us it will stay that way forever. But Jeff Gonyeau will be back one day to wind it up and set the hands in motion again. It won't be this week and probably not this month.
Jed Hresko attended the vigil tonight in Garvey Park, across from St. Ann Church in Dorchester.
The Dorchester Reporter reports 1,000 people attended.
5:30 p.m., Marsh Chapel, BU.
7:30 p.m. in Garvey Park, off Neponset Avenue, Dorchester.
The Paulist Center, 5 Park St., is having interfaith candlight services at 5:15 and 6:15 p.m.
The Arlington Street Church, Arlington and Boylston Street, is having a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m.
UPDATE: Meetinghouse Bank has set up an account for the Richard family. EasCare Ambulance, 500 Neponset Ave. (under the Planet Fitness) is also accepting donations, and is open 24 hours.
The Dorchester Reporter tells us about Martin Richard, whose sister and mother were seriously injured in yesterday's bombings on Boylston Street.
His neighbors have set up an online spreadsheet for people who want to help the family.
Boston Police report arresting a man after what they say was his third holdup of the same Eastern Bank branch on Dorchester Avenue in a month.
Seamus Simcock, 31, was arrested around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, after witnesses persuaded a cab driver not to give him a ride after he walked out of the 1906 Dot. Ave. branch with a sack of money, police say:
A basement trash fire sent flames shooting up an old trash-chute system at 3 Monadnock St., causing fires to break out on the fourth and fifth floors of the six-story building, the Boston Fire Department reports.
An estimated 50 people had to be evacuated from the building after what turned into a three-alarm fire was reported around 10:40 a.m.; nobody was injured.
Police are investigating how a man at Boston Medical Center wound up with a gunshot wound to his arm, several hours after he was apparently shot on Rockwell Street in Dorchester.
Police: Dorchester man reacts to fight with girlfriend by burning down buildings in Chelsea, EverettBy adamg - 4/11/13 - 12:11 pm
Alfred J. Jordan, 31, faces arson charges in two counties today for allegedly setting fires in Chelsea and Everett last month that completely destroyed one building and spread to several others.
The state fire marshal's office says Jordan had a fight with his girlfriend at 227 Washington St. in Chelsea early on March 28 and set the apartment building on fire, causing $50,000 in damage and sending a firefighter to the hospital.
Then, officials say, he followed her to another building at 187 Elm St. in Everett and set that building on fire as well. The three-family residence was completely destroyed, the fire spread to four other buildings and another firefighter was injured.
In both cases, smoke detectors worked and residents escaped without injury.
Jordan is facing charges of arson in Chelsea and arson and four counts of attempted murder in Everett, according to the state fire marshal's office and public-safety officials in the two cities.
City licensing chief Patricia Malone today warned the Dublin House, 7 Stoughton St., she will suspend its license because of a stabbing last month - unless the bar can show her a substantive plan to stop people with weapons from showing up there.
The bar seems to be "attracting people who carry weapons, and that is a huge concern to me," she told owner Yiser Mohammad and his lawyer at a hearing this morning on a March 11 incident in which one patron stabbed another - despite efforts by bar security staff to pat down all incoming patrons and use a metal-detecting wand on them.
The Herald reports on today's arraignment of Daquan Sparks, 19, on a charge of assault with intent to murder for his alleged role in a stabbing attack on the mother of one of his babies by the mother of one of his other babies.
Prosecutors are sticking by what they said was the victim's initial statement to police. Dorchester District Court Judge Rosalind Miller set bail at $75,000; the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had asked for bail of $500,000, based in part on what they said was a criminal record that goes back to when Sparks was 10.
Alleged stabber Samia Jones is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Court tosses loaded gun found in glove box as evidence because the smell of pot not enough to search carBy adamg - 4/5/13 - 11:25 am
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a Boston police officer should not have searched the glove compartment of a car he had stopped in Dorchester because he failed to provide evidence he needed to search the car immediately to protect either his own or the public's safety.
The ruling upholds the decision of a Boston Municipal Court judge to disallow the gun and ammunition, which might make it tough for prosecutors to continue charging Clint Daniel and Alyson Tayetto with illegal possession of a loaded firearm with a defaced serial number and illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device.
Boston Police report arresting Dequan Sparks, 19, on charges he helped his girlfriend repeatedly stab his ex-girlfriend Monday afternoon on Bay Street. Sparks was picked up in Quincy, police say.
Police charge Sparks set up a meeting with his ex-girlfriend on the pretext of wanting to give her some shoes for their eight-month-old baby. Instead, police say, he held her down while Samia Jones, 17, with whom he also has a baby, stabbed her several times - in front of the baby, in a stroller. The victim made it to Savin Hill Avenue, where she collapsed, police say, adding she remains in stable condition at a local hospital.
Sparks is scheduled for arraignment in Dorchester District Court tomorrow on a charge of assault with intent to murder, police say.
Vargas and Vargas Insurance will spring for a free ice-cream cone for anybody who shows up at Savin Scoop, 107 Savin Hill Ave. between 1 and 2:30 p.m. today.
The agency says it's doing this as "a random act of kindness" following Sunday's stabbing, as well as part of the neighborhood "cash mob" program, in which resident flood a particular business and buy its stuff.
UPDATE: Boyfriend arrested.
Police say Jones's boyfriend - with whom she also has a child - arranged the meeting between the two, and then actively helped in the attack:
Joe Giza photographed the pileup on the Expressway south just past South Bay shortly after 9 a.m. today.