Picnic baskets of Newton Centre safe once more: Bear tranked and transported

State Environmental Police report that last night they found (based on the photo, near 128) and captured the black bear that had wandered into Newton Centre the other day:

Due to the populated location of the bear, MEP officers specially trained in the chemical immobilization of animals responded. With the assistance of the Newton Police Department, the bear was successfully immobilized. Due to its young age, the bear was then transported to Tufts Wildlife Clinic for further evaluation.

They did not specify where they found the bear, but based on one of the photos, it looks to be in the area of Rte. 128.

Teacher at East Boston elementary school charged with sexual attacks

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 16:30

Nicholas Speller, a gym teacher at the Patrick J. Kennedy School, 343 Saratoga St., was arrested at the school this afternoon on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, Boston Police report. Read more.


Free tagging: 


MS-13 member admits he helped bury machete and knife used to kill teen in East Boston

Jose "Little Crazy" Vasquez today pleaded guilty to a RICO charge for his role in trying to hide evidence of the murder of Cristofer Perez de la Cruz, 16, of Chelsea on Falcon Street in East Boston in January, 2016.

He faces up to 18 years in prison at his Aug. 30 sentencing, which will also cover a failed attempt with another MS-13 member to fatally stab a rival gang member in 2014.

Officials say Vasquez did not take part in Perez de la Cruz's murder - in which the teen was both shot and stabbed repeatedly for being a suspected member of the rival 18th Street Gang. But, the US Attorney's office reports:

A few days after the murder, Vasquez - who did not personally commit the murder - helped another MS-13 member hide evidence related to the murder. Specifically, Vasquez helped bury the knife and machete used in the murder, as well as bloody clothes worn by those who committed the crime. This evidence was later recovered by law enforcement.

Vasquez, 24, was the leader of MS-13's Trece Locos Salvatrucha "clique" in the Boston area. He was one of 61 people rounded up in federal and local raids in 2016, and is the 46th to either plead or be found guilty. His plea comes a week after another MS-13 member admitted he did help kill Perez de la Cruz.

Animal Rescue League gets stolen dog back

Police: Heroin-toting carjacker drives into car's owner downtown; is arrested in Dorchester

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:20

Boston Police report arresting a man they say carjacked a car downtown yesterday, then drove it to Savin Hill - where he was arrested with the victim's wallet and three plastic bags containing a brown substance believed to be heroin. Read more.


Free tagging: 


Charlestown man charged with sexual attack on the Orange Line

Transit Police report arresting Gregory Rieschick, 38, of Charlestown, on a charge of indecent assault and battery for an incident around 5:15 a.m. on May 2 on an inbound Orange Line train that had just left Malden Center.

Victim boarded an inbound Orange Line train from Malden Center. While standing inside the train a male positioned himself very close to her. Shortly thereafter the offending male Indecently Assaulted the victim.

Police report officers caught up with Riseschick today at the Community College stop and arrested him.

Innocent, etc.

Veteran who really wanted to be a cop has bail set at $50,000 on charges he raped two prostitutes at gunpoint

A Swampscott man was ordered held in lieu of bail today on charges he picked up two prostitutes in separate incidents along Massachusetts Avenue in the Newmarket Square area and raped them, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Should Joseph Losano, 51, make bail, he would be required to stay out of Boston until his case came to trial, wear a GPS device to ensure that and to stay away from his alleged victims, the DA's office adds.

According to the DA's office:

In each case, a man matching Losano’s description and driving a white pickup truck consistent with the one used by Losano picked the victim up in the area of Massachusetts Avenue while she was engaged in prostitution. The victims were driven to unknown locations believed to be outside of the city of Boston and forced at gunpoint onto a mattress in the bed of the truck, where each was subjected to sexual acts against her will, [Assistant DA Ian] Polumbaum told the court. The victims in each assault were driven back to Boston, where one was sexually assaulted.

Losano, who served tours of duty with the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard and Air Force Reserves in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq, among other places, unsuccessfully tried several times for a career in law enforcement, first as a reserve officer in Swampscott, then as a trooper in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Swampscott rejected him - and asked the state Civil Service Commission to permanently bar him from lists of eligible candidates - because of an incident involving a gun that led the town police chief to revoke his gun license. In 2006, Losano won a $40,000 verdict in a federal lawsuit against the police chief, arguing the chief violated his First Amendment rights by allegedly blocking his appointment as a reserve officer to get back at him for filing an appeal of his license revocation.

Massachusetts State Police then rejected him, because of a 1995 incident in which he violated a restraining order against him by talking to the mother of the woman who had gotten the restraining order. . According to a ruling by the Civil Service Commission, he then applied for a job as a New Hampshire state trooper, but was rejected as unsuitable for reasons that included:

  • Finding of Fact #10: When asked by (a New Hampshire Trooper) if he had been involved in many fights while growing up, the Appellant responded that he had.
  • When asked if anyone had been injured, he responded, "some people were severely hurt";
  • Finding of Fact #11: (The Trooper) asked the Appellant if he had been in a fight, "where he actually bit a portion of someone's ear off?" The Appellant responded, "that might have happened";
  • Finding of Fact #12: (The Trooper) noted that the Appellant's demeanor was cocky and he had a smile on his face while saying, "no one messed with me"

Boston Police are continuing to investigate Losano's activities and urge any woman who might have been attacked by him to contact sexual-assault detectives at 617-343-4400. Anonymous tips can be called into 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

Innocent, etc.