Police: Maverick Square loudmouth was packing a loaded gun

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:00

Boston Police report arresting two teens and a Cambridge man on charges of disturbing the peace at 3 a.m. today outside 63 Maverick St.

One of the teens, 17, was also charged with illegal possession of a loaded FIE Corp Titanic .32 Long Caliber gun found when the three ran away from arriving officers, police say.

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Citizen complaint of the day: Let's make a deal

A concerned citizen in Roslindale makes a request about the bridge over the Needham Line tracks at Walworth Street:

There's been broken glass on sidewalk over train bridge for several days. I'll clean it up if you will tell ambulance drivers not to use sirens at 3 o'clock in the morning. Good deal?

The city replies:

Case Closed. Case Resolved. lol wish i could ..i sent guys there to clean up.

Man who was released on federal gun sentence just two months ago charged as Chinatown mass shooter

A Boston Municipal Court judge today set bail of $1 million - twice what prosecutors asked - for Kareem Smith, 29, who was arrested on charges he shot four people in a Chinatown parking lot early Sunday.

Smith, released June 12 from a 5 1/2-year federal sentence for illegal possession of a loaded gun, opened fire on a crowd of about 100 people in the parking lot between Chau Chow City and Edinboro Street around 3 a.m., assistant Suffolk County DA Lindsey Weinstein said at Smith's arraignment this morning.

Weinstein, who did not offer a motive, said Smith hit one man in the leg, one in the left chest and pelvis, one in the abdomen and one in the buttocks - as he fired between 10 and 15 shots. She said arriving officers found chaos, with people running in all directions - except for the ones hiding behind barriers.

Smith ran, but police caught up with him nearby and recovered a gun under a box truck on Oxford Street, she said, adding a witness IDed Smith as the shooter.

Based on the incident and what she said was a lengthy record of gun and drug offenses dating back to when he was just 15, Weinstein asked for bail of $500,000 on the various charges, which included assault with intent to murder and illegal possession of a gun and ammunition.

Smith's attorney, Arnold Cohen, however, painted a picture of a completely innocent man unfairly singled out in a melee.

Three of the four victims, he said, were Smith's friends, and he and they were only trying to flee the disturbance.

He dismissed the witness ID -- he asked how one person, presumably in as much fear as everybody else, possibly hiding behind a barrier, make such a clear ID. The DA's case "is just plain shaky," he said.

Cohen asked for bail of just $15,000. He said Smith has been working as a cook at Pine Street Inn since his release on the federal charge and has strong ties to the area - his mother, brother and three sisters all live in the Boston area. He added that even if Smith made that amount, he doubted he would walk free because the DA made a point of notifying federal probation officials of the arrest - Smith is just beginning a three-year federal probation period.

Judge Thomas Horgan then set bail at $1 million.

Innocent, etc.

Man charged with June deaths of two pedestrians

Updated with arraignment info.

Mohamed Alfageeh of Allston faces arraignment today on two counts of motor-vehicle homicide for the deaths of two pedestrians in the Back Bay in June.

A Suffolk County grand jury indicted him last week, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Bail was set at $10,000 at his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court today, the DA's office says:

[Assistant District Attorney Gregory] Henning told the court that Campbell, 27, and Lanzillotti, 28, were together at the intersection of Beacon and Fairfield streets shortly after 9:00 p.m. on June 21. He said Alfageeh was travelling westbound on Beacon when the light at Fairfield turned red. Alfageeh allegedly continued through the red light, struck the front end of another vehicle in the intersection, spun through the intersection, and came to rest on its roof after hitting two parked cars.

Both Campbell and Lanzillotti were struck by the Explorer as it skidded through the crosswalk, suffering injuries that claimed both their lives.

Innocent, etc.

Hard-core gamers recruited for Logan job that lives could depend on

Swissport International Ltd., which provides ground services at Logan Airport, has an ad on Craigslist for people looking for jobs de-icing airplanes in cold weather.

Headlined "Hardcore Gamer? We may have a job for you at Boson [sic] Logan Airport," the ad says de-icing airplanes requires the same skills as mastering a video game:

As a professional deicer, you will be deicing aircraft with state of the art equipment to insure safe flight for our customers and theirs. In this role you will sit in a pod perched high above airplanes, sit in front of a control panel, and, in simple terms, use a joy stick to spray the deicing fluid onto the airplanes.

Two possible problems for actual hard-core gamers: The job requires you to get up in a bucket in some of the coldest weather winter can throw at you and it requires you to be able to lift 70 pounds. But, it does pay $15 an hour.

H/t Slums of Harvard.

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