State Police announced today that one-time BPD Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole will provide pro-bono "law enforcement management consulting services."
O'Toole, a former State Police lieutenant colonel and state Public Safety Secretary, was appointed as BPD commissioner by Tom Menino in 2004. She left Boston in 2006 for Ireland, where she led efforts to reform the national police force, the Garda. In 2014, she became police commissioner in Seattle, a post she retired from this past December.
In a statement, State Police Col. Kerry Gilpin said:
Former Commissioner O’Toole possesses a wealth of knowledge about, and experience in, leading and bringing positive change to major police agencies, and my Command Staff and I look forward to her input and ideas about law enforcement to help improve the department.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge today sentenced Alejandro Done, 49, of the South End, to 18 to 22 years in prison - but with much of that to run concurrently with, rather than after, a Middlesex County rape sentence he is already serving, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Suffolk County prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 25 to 30 years in prison for Done, who admitted last month he had been attacking women on the Esplanade for years. And they had asked that his Suffolk County sentence start only after he'd finished his Middlesex sentence of 10 to 12 years for raping a woman there after picking her up in his Uber car on Tremont Street in Boston in 2014.
Done pleaded guilty last month to two counts of aggravated rape, one count of rape, one count of assault with intent to rape, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of armed robbery for attacks on three women on the Esplanade in 2006, 2007 and 2010 - for which authorities had long warned women about walking on the Esplanade alone late at night.
NBC Boston talks to Noelia Cruz, who's re-opened the AC Hardware on Tremont Street that was owned by her father Andres, until he was murdered there a year ago today. The Cruz family will hold a memorial today at 4 p.m.
A federal judge today sentenced Noe "Crazy" Salvador Perez Vasquez to life in prison for his roles in murders in Chelsea and Lowell and for cocaine and marijuana distribution, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
Perez, 27 and a Salvadoran national, was a leader of the Everett Locos Salvatrucha "clique" or branch of MS-13, which the US Attorney's office calls "one of the largest, most active, and most violent MS-13 cliques in Massachusetts."
At his trial earlier this year, prosecutors said Perez provided the gun one of his underlings used to murder rival gang member Javier Ortiz in Chelsea in December, 2014 - and to help arrange for the gunman to flee to New Jersey, although he was stopped and arrested before he could leave the state.
Perez also ordered the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old in Lowell in 2015 for what the feds said was the mistaken belief the kid was cooperating with law enforcement. Perez then promoted the two MS-13 members who carried out the murder
Perez and the two other MS-13 members accused of Ortiz's murder were convicted in April. The other two face sentencing later this year.