Developer to explain tonight why it wants to add more units to Forest Hills project

A meeting of a BPDA advisory group tonight will focus on a developers plans to change six planned three-bedroom units into twelve two-bedroom units in the next phase of its construction on Hyde Park Avenue south of Ukraine Way.

In a filing with the BPDA, Urbanica sought the change because, it said, the parents who might be attracted to the larger units don't want to live near the active Northeast Corridor train tracks.

The impact advisory group meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 6 Southbourne Rd. in Jamaica Plain.

Police: Gun-toting suspect arrested after running face first into a cruiser in Dorchester

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 13:04

Boston Police report arresting a Mattapan man on gun charges in Dorchester yesterday after, they say, he began to run, pulled out a gun and then slammed right into the cruiser he failed to notice an officer had driven onto the sidewalk to block his way because he was too busy looking back at the officers chasing him. Read more.

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Trump-loving California congressman also loves the Celtics

McClatchy reports US Rep. Devin Nunes of California used political donations to buy some $15,000 worth of Celtics tickets last year.

Nunes, R-Calif., has reportedly been a Celtics fan since high school, though he grew up in Tulare, California. He used the money from his political action committee last year on three occasions to buy tickets.

H/t Lily Goldman.

Developer proposes six-story residential building on Hyde Park/Mattapan line

Oleg Uritsky, a Quincy real-estate investor, is proposing a six-story, 45-unit residential building for Thorn Street, a small side street off River Street near the Hyde Park/Mattapan line.

Uritsky is proposing 15 studios, 15 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units and five three-bedroom units. He says he would provide 21 parking spaces in a garage.

The BPDA holds a neighborhood meeting on the proposal at 6 p.m. on July 30 at the Boston Preparatory school, 885 River St.

Hearing notice.

MBTA ambassador arrested at Government Center station - but not for anything he did on the job

Around 2 p.m. yesterday, people inside the Government Center T stop saw an odd thing: two Transit Police officers walked in, put cuffs on one of the red-shirted T ambassadors and marched him out in the pouring rain to their police car.

"Everyone was stunned," one witness said.

A Transit Police spokesman confirmed the arrest:

Transit Police officers on patrol at the MBTA's Government Center station arrested Ambassador Wilens Magliore, 24, of Boston, by virtue of arrest warrants sought by Boston Police for Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon, Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (shod foot) and Assault to Intimidate. Magliore was transported to TPD HQ for the arrest booking process. The warrants were NOT related to his role as an Ambassador.

Innocent, etc.

East Coast MS-13 leader gets 19 1/2 years for organizing conclave that led to teen's murder in East Boston

A federal judge today sentenced Jose Adan "Chucky" Martinez Castro to 19 1/2 years in federal prison for a racketeering charge related to his role in overseeing MS-13 gangs along the East Coast - including a December, 2015 gang conference at his Virginia house at which he ordered members to increase their attacks on the rival 18th Street Gang.

Not long after that meeting, an MS-13 member lured Cristofer Perez de la Paz, 16, of Chelsea to Falcon Street in East Boston via Facebook messages pretending to be from a girl. Three MS-13 members then hacked him to death with large knives while a fourth shot him repeatedly.

Castro pleaded guilty in November.

US District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor agreed with a request from federal prosecutors for a 235-month sentence, the maximum under federal sentencing guidelines.

In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said:

Castro was the leader of the East Coast Program and was intimately familiar with the inner workings and recruitment efforts of MS-13. As this Court has heard repeatedly, MS-13 almost exclusively recruits minors to become “paros” and “chequeos” to help assist the gang in its criminal activities. These minors often go on to become “homeboys” of MS-13, which requires the commission of a significant act of violence, usually murder. In this case alone, the Court has heard evidence of dozens of defendants who were recruited into the gang as minors, including many who went on to commit murder. And that was just in Massachusetts over a discreet period of time - the defendant was the leader of the East Coast Program of MS-13, whose tentacles spread as far wide as Columbus, Ohio and Houston, Texas. Importantly, in the recording of the MS-13 leadership meeting chaired by Castro, the MS-13 leaders discuss the recruitment, mentoring, and supervision of “kids” and younger members

Prosecutors said Castro deserved no break for pleading guilty, because:

Here, the defendant has gone out of his way to deny relevant conduct for which he is responsible, and in particular, has denied the basic facts about his role and involvement in the conspiracy, and his leadership role in MS-13. The government reserves its right to argue that the defendant is not entitled to credit for acceptance of responsibility depending on the positions taken by the defendant at sentencing.

Saylor rejected arguments by Castro's attorney that the government was way overstating his importance in MS-13 and that he deserved a sentence of no more than 10 years.

The attorney acknowledged the conclave was held in Castro's house, but said that was only at the order of MS-13 leaders in El Salvador, and that Castro was not the leader of MS-13 on the East Coast and that the government showed no evidence that he was, let alone any evidence that he used the meeting to order an increase in killings or the recruitment of young teens.

Castro was one of 61 people arrested in raids aimed at MS-13 in 2016 - 49 of whom have since either pleaded or been found guilty.

Sentencing memorandum - US Attorney (188k PDF).
Sentencing memorandum - Defense attorney (4.5M PDF).
Conclave transcript (86k PDF).

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