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By adamg - 5/15/23 - 11:41 am

Federal prosecutors, who had earlier painted a picture of local right-winger Mark Sahady and his now convicted Natick pal merely strolling through the Capitol on Jan. 6, now say he was a-hootin' and a-hollerin' that day as other rioters smashed their way into the building to try to enthrone Donald Trump as president by force. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/23 - 12:40 pm
Sahady in the Capitol

Sahady in the Capitol (lower right) with Ianni.

Local right-wing organizer Mark Sahady is asking a federal judge in Washington to move his failed-coup trial from there to Massachusetts, arguing that his face has been so plastered over DC media in a community still traumatized by all the rioting that he could not possibly get a fair trial there, even aside from the fact its residents are mostly Democrats. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/23 - 12:02 pm

Suzanne Ianni of Natick is appealing the 15-day sentence meted out by a federal judge in Washington, DC in December after she pleaded guilty to meandering around the Capitol on Jan. 6. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/23 - 3:43 pm

The Boston Police Department has released the detailed findings of a deputy superintendent that led to the recent firings of Sgt. Shana Cottone and officers Joseph Abasciano and Michael Geary, in response to a Universal Hub public-records request. Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/23 - 9:55 pm
Two sides of Noah Bacon

Two sides of Bacon: Angry Trump putschist and thoughtful yoga instructor.

A jury in US District Court in Washington, DC today convicted Noah Bacon, 29, of Somerville, of traipsing around inside the Capitol with his fellow insurrectionist Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, the US Attorney's office in Washington reports. Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/22 - 9:19 pm
Gillespie in Washington

Gillespie wearing a Berkshire Nautilus hoodie outside Capitol. Photo via FBI.

A jury in Washington, DC today convicted Vincent Gillespie of Athol of using a police shield to attack cops defending the Capitol and of trying to pull one cop into the mob, the US Attorney's office in Washington reports. Read more.

By adamg - 12/21/22 - 2:58 pm

A federal magistrate judge yesterday released Dr. Jacquelyn Starer of Ashland on personal recognizance following her arrest yesterday on charges she not only strolled into the Capitol on Jan. 6 but punched a cop in the head, but set several conditions, including a couple Starer would be familiar with, since, in addition to gynecology, she also specializes in addiction treatment: Read more.

By adamg - 12/20/22 - 1:08 pm
From FBI affidavit

Starer punching a DC cop in the Capitol, photo via FBI.

Dr. Jacquelyn Starer, an Ashland gynecologist and addiction-recovery specialist affiliated with Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, was arrested today on charges she didn't just enter the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attempted putsch, she punched a Washington cop in the left side of her head. Read more.

By adamg - 12/2/22 - 8:11 pm
Ianni and other putschists on the bus to DC

Ianni, thoughtfully outlined in red by prosecutors, in photo with her super happy and fun pals on a bus on the way to their failed coup. Next to her is Mark Sahady, who also faces charges.

Suzanne Ianni, the one-time Natick Town Meeting member who rode a bus down to DC and then partook in a hootin' and hollerin' coup de blah on Jan 6, was sentenced to two weeks and a day for her meandering and screaming where she shouldn't have. Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/22 - 10:09 pm
Ianni in Capitol

Ianni in Capitol, next to fellow failed putschist Mark Sahady, still facing charges.

The Natick woman who organized bus rides on 1/6 for would-be Massachusetts coup'ers pleaded guilty for her role in the the failed putsch: Screaming while milling about inside the Capitol after others broke through police lines and into the building. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/22 - 10:09 am

A Natick woman (who may have moved to Saugus) will continue to have to face charges for her participation in the failed 1/6 putsch after a federal judge in Washington, DC rejected her motion to dismiss her charges for "selective prosecution" because federal prosecutors didn't bring similar charges against people arrested at past "politically liberal" protests at the Capitol. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/22 - 9:01 pm

The Globe reports on the peregrinations of Joe Abasciano, who is, among other things, still under investigation for a possible 1/6 role. He's the second Trumpist on the West Roxbury Republican Ward Committee to move to greener pastures: Ex-Bircher Hal Shurtleff also decamped for New Hampshire.

By adamg - 2/18/22 - 2:45 pm
Gillespie with shield

Gillespie using a police shield to batter his way into Capitol, from FBI affidavit.

Update: Released on $10,000 bail, has until Wednesday to get all the guns out of his house. Next court hearing is Thursday.

An Athol man was charged today with using a shield to ram police officers as he screamed "traitor!" and "treason!" at them during the failed coup at the Capitol last Jan. 6, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/21 - 9:08 pm

The US Attorney's office in Washington, DC has upgraded the charges against alleged putschist Sue Ianni of Natick from misdemeanor to felony charges, which could mean a harsher sentence if she's convicted and might permanently bar her from ever owning a gun. Read more.

By adamg - 7/16/21 - 9:53 am

A federal judge in Washington DC has ruled that Mark Sahady, facing charges there for his alleged participation in the failed Jan. 6 coup, is free to move about the state again - and that includes riding the Red Line as it passes under the grounds of the State House or even just going for a pleasant stroll among the geese he thinks flock on the Common. Read more.

By adamg - 6/30/21 - 5:18 pm
Bacon in Senate chambers

Bacon in Senate chambers, from federal statement of facts.

A Boston-area man was charged today as a participant in the failed Capitol coup on Jan. 6. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 12:45 am

Alleged 1/6 failed-coup participant Mark Sahady has asked a judge in Washington to free him from limitations set by a judge in Massachusetts that prohibit him from going near the State House - which he frets might even prevent him from riding the Red Line, which runs in a tunnel under the State House grounds. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/21 - 12:22 pm

The Globe reports on the BPD investigation into whether Officer Joe Abasciano had anything to do with the failed Capital putsch on Jan. 6. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 11:16 pm

The MetroWest Daily News reports the town's elected Town Meeting voted 113-20 to condemn what turned into a failed but deadly putsch in Washington on Jan. 6. Member Sue Ianni cast one of the 20 no votes. She faces a May 28 hearing before a federal magistrate in Washington, DC for the way she mosied around inside the Capitol with a raised fist during the attempt to overturn the election results then.

By adamg - 2/19/21 - 11:06 pm

Federal prosecutors in Washington today added a new charge against Capitol stroller Mark Sahady of Malden, which carries a potential prison sentence of a year and which would mean, if he's convicted, he could never legally own a gun. Read more.

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