Feds, Boston cops team up to get illegal guns off streets: Tiny but potent Taurus pistols key focus of search
Jan. 5, 2011
As the city struggles to contain a dramatic spike in gun violence, 18 handguns bought through an illegal straw purchase in Georgia in 2009 are believed to have wound up on the streets of Boston. So far two of the 18 handguns have been recovered by Boston Police officers, but, according to investigators the others are believed to be hidden here.
The handguns, all Taurus pistols and revolvers are preferred by gangbangers and street criminals because their deadly-powerful punch and their small size make it very easy to conceal.
The guns were bought, law enforcement officials say, over a two-month period in 2009 by two men whose criminal records prevented them from making the purchases personally; instead, they paid “straws,” in this case two women, to buy the weapons for them. According to a federal indictment handed down last month in Atlanta, the transactions took place without a hitch, and within weeks the guns were wreaking havoc on the streets of Boston. Read more
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U.S. Sen. John McCain visited Boston Monday to stump and fundraise for fellow Navy veteran and Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, who ramped up his attacks on opponent U.S. Rep. Edward Markey for voting against resolutions in Congress honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read more
Area C-11 detectives busted a 23 year-old Dorchester man on Monday as he attempted to sell them a pair of stolen cameras that he posted for sale on Craigslist just hours before. One of the two cameras was among the items that had been stolen the night before from a Savin Hill Ave. car.
The victim reported the break-in on Monday morning and then circled back with police later that same day after she saw her Canon Powershot SD780 camera— with its distinctive pink case— listed for sale along with another camera on Craigslist. Area C-11 detectives called the number attached to the ad and set up a meeting at the KFC restaurant on Columbia Rd. that same evening. Read more
Two Mattapan men were ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail each at their arraignment Tuesday on charges they resorted to gunfire when barred from a party on Evans Street late Saturday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
The Richard family issued the following statement this morning:
Last evening, just 23 days after the bombing attack on Boston, our seven year old daughter Jane underwent her eleventh surgery. While she has more trips to the O.R. ahead of her, last night's operation marked an important milestone, as doctors were finally able to close the wound created when the bomb took her left leg below the knee. Part of the procedure involved preparing Jane's injured leg to eventually be fitted for a prosthesis.
By closing the wound, the incredible medical team at Boston Children's Hospital laid the groundwork for Jane to take an important step forward on the long and difficult road ahead of her. One of the things we have learned through all of this is to not get too high or too low. We take today's development as positive news and look ahead with guarded optimism. If things go well, Jane could be ready to transition to the rehabilitation stage of her recovery in the next few weeks. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports delivery men for two separate Chinese restaurants were held up on the same street last week. Read more
A Mattapan 14-year-old was arraigned for arson Monday for allegedly setting the front door of the Chez Vouz roller rink on Rhodes Street on fire Saturday night after she was denied entry, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
A fire reported around 3:40 a.m. on Saturday at 15 Evelyn St. sent three firefighters to the hospital and did an estimated $500,000 in damage, according to the Boston Fire Department. Read more
Eight year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in last week's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony, according to a statement issued by the family today.
"The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous," Denise and Bill Richard said. "This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal.
"A private Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning with immediate family. We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life.” Read more