The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Maurice Morrison got a fair trial that led to his second-degree murder conviction for shooting both a Chelsea cab driver and the driver's front-seat passenger in the back of the head in 2013, possibly because the passenger was blackmailing him. Read more.
A federal judge yesterday denied a request by a man facing 11 armed-robbery counts that he be allowed to await trial at his mother's home in Chelsea due to health issues that might put him at risk of complications should he contract Covid-19 behind bars, ruling he would prove too much of a potential menace to society - and that given he is facing serious time behind bars, he would prove too much of a flight risk. Read more.
The Chelsea Record reports Chelsea City Councilor Damali Vidot has turned in papers to run against state Rep. Dan Ryan in the September Democratic primary for the 2nd Suffolk district, which covers Charlestown and most of Chelsea.
The Chelsea Record reports, says Lynn and Somerville will soon start using the Revere Quality Inn that Chelsea and Revere rented out for Covid-19-positive residents who need a place to stay and who don't want to infect their families or neighbors.
A federal judge has rejected a deal by federal prosecutors and the lawyer for East Side Money Gang member Jose Perez Jr. that he be released to home confinement in Lynn while he awaits trial on charges he violated probation on a gang-related gun conviction by getting arrested on new drug and gun charges. Read more.
The city of Chelsea today began daily food distribution to residents who need help getting enough to eat, in the city that has been hit by Covid-19 harder than any other community in the state. Read more.
The state Department of Public Heatlh today began releasing town-by-town Covid-19 numbers. Even with what might still be considered relatively low testing numbers, Chelsea is showing an infection rate of 1,890 cases per 100,000 people, based on 712 cases and a population of around 40,000. Read more.
With the state's highest rate of Covid-19 cases by far, where most people live in tightly packed multi-family homes - and where many residents are afraid to even go to the doctor because of their immigration status - officials in Chelsea pleaded today for more help from both state and federal officials. Read more.
Bunker Hill Community College, which was due to go on spring break on Monday, shut its Charlestown and Chelsea campuses last night after learning somebody at the Chelsea campus has one of those "presumptive" Covid-19 cases.