Greenway park ranger attacked by big-lobed guys on BMX bikes

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 17:30

A park ranger was knocked to the ground around 5:30 p.m. at Milk and Surface streets by three to five guys on BMX bikes, who then pedaled off into downtown.

They're described as white, in hoodies, all with large black gauges in their ear lobes.

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Two Hyde Park restaurants seek full liquor licenses

The Boston Licensing Board next week hears requests from Rincon Caribeno on Fairmount Avenue and a proposed Italian restaurant across the street for all-alcohol licenses.

Rincon Caribeno already has a license to serve beer, wine and liqueurs. Joe Garufi, owner of Sophia's Grotto in Roslindale, is seeking a full liquor license for Antonio's Bacaro, the Italian restaurant he wants to open in the space formerly occupied by the Hyde.

Both could be eligible for one of the new liquor licenses the state legislature agreed to give Boston this year to bring restaurants to neighborhoods not dominated by expense-account places, because they are in a Main Street district, in this case, Hyde Park Main Streets.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

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E-13 to hold meeting on Jamaica Pond robberies

Capt. Alfredo Andres at E-13 will discuss last week's armed holdups on the path around Jamaica Pond at a meeting Friday afternoon at the Jamaica Pond boathouse, Jamaicaway and Pond Street.

The session starts at 4:30 p.m.

Police say they are looking for two black or black, Hispanic teens, one between 5 and 5'4" and the other between 5'5" and 6".

Police say the two, one armed with a gun, the other with a knife, robbed six people in two incidents last Wednesday night and left one of their victims tied to a tree.

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Chicago man gets year in jail for marking up Green, Red Line trains

A Brighton Municipal Court jury yesterday convicted John Biesiot, 36, of Chicago, on 15 counts of vandalism for incidents in 2008 and 2010 that left several T cars tagged up with nom de paint of Wyse, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Judge David Driscoll sentenced Biesiot to a year and a day in the Suffolk County House of Corrections, and will hold a hearing next month to determine how much Biesiot will have to pay the MBTA for cleaning up after him.

The jury found Biesiot not guilty of tagging up the Blue and Orange Lines, the DA's office reports.

According to the DA's office:

[Special Assistant District Attorney Mychii] Snape presented evidence and testimony to prove that, beginning in 2007, Boston and Transit Police began to see an increase in vandalism attributed to the graffiti crew known as “Dirty 30.” Through an extensive investigation and communication with law enforcement agencies across the country, Biesiot was identified as a member of that group who used the tag name “WYSE.”

On Jan. 12, 2008, MBTA employees at Reservoir Yard in Brookline discovered 12 Green Line trolleys, a retaining wall, and a signal box had all been vandalized with graffiti, including the tag “D-30” in multiple locations. Three months later, on March 16, Biesiot’s tag name was discovered among the graffiti spray painted along one full side of a train at Codman Yard in Dorchester.

On March 15, 2010, an MBTA motorman performing overnight work on a train at Alewife observed two men - one of whom was later identified as Biesiot - spray painting two trains. He remained hidden and called Transit Police. Biesiot and the other man made their escape through an emergency exit prior to the arrival of officers, but the worker was able to identify Biesiot.

The DA's office says Biesiot has been spreading his tag around the country's trains (and on buildings near trains) since at least 1996 - he's been charged with vandalism in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and North Carolina.

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It's a good thing they got that Maserati guy off the road

Motorcycle cops massing for vice-presidential motorcade. Photo by Lauren Ali.

Because you just know that Uncle Joe Biden, in town for a little fundraiser at Mistral on Columbus Avenue and a chat at Harvard, would have his Trans Am uncrated and he'd challenge the guy to a race and that just wouldn't end well on our cow paths.

Tomorrow, by the way, Michelle Obama heads to the Strand Theater in Dorchester for a Coakley fundraiser.

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Gaming Commission: No regrets on Everett choice even with indictment of land owners for fraud

The Globe reports both state and federal grand juries have indicted the three owners of the Everett land on which Steve Wynn recently won approval for his $1.6-billion casino - the two owners listed on records and the third hidden owner with a mob past.

The federal grand jury indicted the three for fraud, the state one for lying to the state gaming commission, the Globe says.

In a statement, the commission expresses its gratitude to law-enforcement officials for doing such a fine job rooting out alleged crime - and says it cooperated fully with their investigation:

Appropriate collaboration between the Commission as a regulatory body and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies is an integral part of accomplishing that mission. As it has done throughout this process, when there are concerns about potential criminal conduct, The Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) delivers investigatory materials to the relevant law enforcement authorities for action deemed appropriate and today's state indictments resulted. These federal and state indictments send a loud message that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will take every measure necessary to preserve the integrity of the gaming industry while also remaining focused on maximizing the benefits of job creation and increased revenue to the Commonwealth.

As with every gaming applicant, the IEB conducted a thorough and comprehensive investigation into the suitability of Wynn MA LLC. The IEB recently updated the Commission on the continuing suitability of Wynn MA LLC and all those who would be involved in their operations. That report reaffirmed that Wynn MA LLC is suitable in all respects and that the sellers of the land would have no involvement with operations.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the IEB and State Police investigators for their execution of exhaustive and in-depth investigations aimed at ensuring the ethical implementation of expanded gaming. We would also like to thank the Offices of the US Attorney and Attorney General for their efforts in this matter.

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