In Suffolk Superior Court today, Isaura Mendes forgave Arnaldo Lopes for killing her son, Bobby Mendes, in 1995. Lopes was sentenced to 8-12 years in state prison for voluntary manslaughter in the case, which started a decade of murder and violence in Boston's Cape Verdean community.
Boston Police report a man who sped away from officers investigating two reports of gunfire early this morning led police on a chase around Dorchester - when he wasn't busy driving straight at them - until he slammed into a tree on Dorchester Avenue.
The man was ejected from the car and taken away in an ambulance to Boston Medical Center. If he survives, he'll be charged with a variety of traffic offenses - and possibly charges related to the original gunfire incidents.
Arnaldo "Nardo" Lopes was convicted on the charge today in the 1995 death of Bobby Mendes, which started 10 years of murder and violence in Boston's Cape Verdean community, the Suffolk County DA's office says. He could get up to 20 years.
Prosecutors had sought a more serious charge of second-degree murder; Lopes argued he knifed Mendes in self defense, then fled the country in fear of his life.
Between Savin Hill and Fields Corner; cop injured, suspect may have fled down the tracks around 5:30 p.m.
Richard Parris, 39, of Roxbury, is charged with the Aug. 27 stabbing death of Sheldon Andrews, 27, on Geneva Avenue in Dorchester.
Parris was arrested in Kingston Airport after getting off an Air Jamaica flight from Atlanta, but before he could board another flight for Barbados, the Suffolk County DA's office and Boston Police say. In a statement, DA Dan Conley said:
Let this be a message to anyone who would use deadly violence on our streets. We will spare no effort to identify you and we will travel any distance to catch you.
Officials charge the two men got into a fight before Parris went for a knife. Parris now faces a rendition hearing in Jamaica to determine if he can be sent back to Boston to face arraignment in Dorchester District Court.
Just like the city promised, DotBike reports.
Boston Police report on three incidents last night:
A man was found shot around 8:30 p.m. at 30 Algonquin St. in Dorchester. He was taken to Boston Medical Center with possibly life-threatening injuries.
Clayton Doyle, 48, of East Boston, allegedly upset that the McDonald's at 220 Border St. in East Boston had closed for the night, used a construction barrier to smash one of the eatery's windows, police say.
Two Roxbury teens interrupted by a car owner while they were burglarizing his car around 2:30 this morning hit the guy in the chest with a tire iron, drove away (the guy at least got to smash their rear window) then came back and threatened to shoot him - just as police arrived on the scene at Gay Head and Round Hill streets in Jamaica Plain. William D. Mejia, 18, of Roxbury and an unnamed juvenile, 15, charged with a variety of things.
Now, don't get me wrong. I thought "Good Will Hunting" was a very good movie and am glad it won a couple of Oscars. And it does a far better job at capturing the real Boston than, say, "Celtics Pride" or "Blown Away" (to the point of including a line that only a local who was around before CharlieCards would understand: "He wanted to get you a T pass"). But even a movie written by a pair of locals has its errors:
Mind your Ps and Qs
When Lambeau goes to the boiler room to find out who the genius kid is, the head blob janitor eventually pulls out an index card that lists Will's address as "Q Street." There is no Q Street in South Boston (or anywhere else in the city).
Who da Man?
When Will walks out of court, he crosses in front of a blue-and-white "Metro Police" car. Boston no longer has any Metro Police, but even when we did, their cruisers never shared the blue-stripe-on-white scheme of Boston police.
Next stop: Quincy-Adams
Quick geography lesson: MIT is north of South Boston. Dorchester is south of South Boston. So why was Will always shown going through Dorchester on his way home from MIT? Maybe he was so deep in thought he kept missing his stop?
Chris Lovett continues his exploration of the shark-infested triple-decker/condo market in Dorchester:
... A review of more than 200 conversions over the last two years in Boston - mostly in Dorchester and Roxbury - shows more than 100 foreclosure filings against owners who bought more than one unit, sometimes in the same building. Names that appear as unit buyers with mortgage trouble sometimes turn up later as investors converting more units, or as people with power of attorney to represent other buyers.