The governor who rode the T to work gets his own train station

WBUR reports on the ceremony yesterday formally renaming South Station as the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station.

In addition to riding the Green Line, Dukakis also served on Amtrak's board. And when the BRA, which owned South Station, was about to have the whole thing torn down after years of neglect, Dukakis, as governor, stepped in and blocked the move. The BRA finally gave up and sold the station to the MBTA, which began the work to revitalize it.


Two shootings at opposite ends of the city have one common thread: Police don't know why victims were shot

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says police are seeking the public's help in their investigations of a double shooting in Charlestown that left one teen dead and a shooting in Dorchester Lower Mills that sent a man to the hospital with head injuries.

At a public meeting in Lower Mills to discuss that neighborhood's shooting, Evans said police still do not know exactly why the victims were shot.

He said both the teens in Charlestown - Ryan Morrissey, who died, and Jamie Lawton - were "good kids" who had never been in any trouble with the law and who weren't doing anything suspicious when shot.

Evans said that in the Lower Mills case, police know there was an argument in the parking lot of the CVS on Richmond Street right before Keldon Liverpool, a father of three, was shot. But he said investigators don't know if Liverpool was involved in that argument, or if he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The commissioner said detectives hope video from nearby surveillance cameras can provide some clues - or that somebody who saw or knows what happened will contact police.

In both cases, information can be forwarded anonymously to the anonymous tip line, 800-494-TIPs or by texting TIP to 27463.


Teacher at Jamaica Plain school charged with sexual contact with child

A teacher at the Mission Hill K-8 school was arraigned today on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a minor for a Sunday incident at Boston Medical Center, the Suffolk County DA's office says.

Boston Police responded to the scene at about 6:00 yesterday evening after being notified by BUMC Police about an alleged sexual assault at the hospital earlier that afternoon. After speaking with witnesses at the scene, including BUMC Police officers who had reviewed footage from hospital surveillance cameras, Cortes was taken into custody.

Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael Coyne imposed $500 cash bail; prosecutors had asked for $10,000 bail.

The DA's office did not release the relationship between Cortes and the child to protect the child's identity.

BPS reports Juan P. Cortes, who teaches third and fourth grade, was put on immediate leave. In a robocall to parents, BPS said:

This individual has been in our school over several years. Like you, we have a lot of questions. The priority now is to protect the young person who this individual is alleged to have hurt. That means we may not be able to get many answers – but please know that we are doing everything in our power to support the investigation. We have great teachers here at the Mission Hill K-8. We are a great school. Every parent and student is a part of our family. We know this is very, very hard to hear. It is distressing. At the same time, it is our obligation to share with you what we know. This individual is on administrative leave. This incident is alleged to have taken place on a weekend, and not in our school. Boston Police are investigating thoroughly and we are helping them in every way possible.

In a statement, interim Superintendent John McDonough said Cortes had passed a background check when hired and then additional checks during his time at the school.

The Mission Hill school is housed in the former Agassiz School on Child Street. Last week, two students at the Margarita Muñiz Academy, which shares the building, were attacked across the street from the school. One was stabbed.

Innocent, etc.


Man who killed ex-girlfriend, then locked her body in his room, gets life

Martin Jiminez of South Boston pleaded guilty today to bludgeoning Melissa Hardy to death in June, 2013, and was sentenced to life in prison, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Because he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, Jiminez will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

According to prosecutors, Hardy had broken up with Jiminez, who had beaten her, the month before, but went to his room in an E. 4 St. rooming house to get some of her stuff. According to the DA's office:

Family members were not able to contact Hardy after that time and reported her missing to law enforcement. Boston Police officers on June 26 attempted to enter Jiminez’s apartment to perform a wellbeing check but found the door padlocked from the outside; they instead entered through a window to find Hardy dead from obvious trauma.

As her body lay behind the padlocked door, a Boston Police officer was doing an inspection of the rooming house, which had gone without a city license since 2011.

After he fled, Jiminez had been nabbed by State Police in Concord on an OUI charge - while driving a car belonging to one of Hardy's relatives. Troopers found him so drunk they took him to Emerson Hospital for treatment:

While hospitalized, Jiminez made statements to members of his family that he had killed Hardy with a bat and a hammer; a bat recovered at the scene of Hardy’s murder was found to have DNA matching that of the victim, as was the shirt Jiminez was wearing at the time of his arrest.

Kerry Kolditz was the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. Jiminez was represented by Michael Doolin.