Antwan Wathey, 25, will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court on Monday on charges he fatally struck another man with his motor vehicle on purpose in April at the intersection of Talbot Avenue and Westcott Street, the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more
Jul. 26, 2012
In his deliberations over what to do with a sentencing reform bill on his desk, Gov. Deval Patrick apparently reached out to the state’s highest court for input on whether the Supreme Judicial Court’s review of capital cases might suffice for the judicial discretion Patrick has said the bill lacks.
“The short answer to the inquiry is that it would not,” Chief Justice Roderick Ireland wrote to the governor in hand-delivered letter dated Thursday, July 26 and obtained by the News Service. Read more
It was pretty much the last thing that the senior citizens living at the well-manicured Cardinal Medeiros Manor needed to see when they gazed out their windows: Prostitutes leading johns into a makeshift brothel/shooting gallery on a trash strewn empty lot across the street.
That was Woodcliff Street a year ago. Read more
Jul. 25, 2012
Law enforcement officials who campaigned in 2008 against a ballot question to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana have so far offered a more nuanced perspective on Question 3 on this year's ballot, which would legalize medical marijuana. Read more
Jul. 20, 2012
The Senate on Thursday voted 31-7 to approve a bill broadening crime-fighting tools, ensuring that certain repeat violent offenders serve their full sentences, and easing prison overcrowding by adjusting sentencing laws for drug offenders.
Shortly after the vote, the House gave the bill final approval and senators sent it to Gov. Deval Patrick.
"The governor should sign it because it's the balanced bill that he asked for when the discussion began," Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said after the vote. Read more
Jul. 19, 2012
A lightning strike sent masonry flying from the top of a historic Fields Corner building on Wednesday afternoon.
The building was struck at around 5 p.m., according to Donna Finnegan, the CEO of the Fields Corner Development Corporation (CDC), whose offices are located inside the three-story brick building on Arcadia Street. The strike blew a number of bricks off the chimney.
Fragments of brick were still strewn all around the public parking lot right next to the building on Thursday morning. Finnegan noted that some brick pieces “went flying all the way across the street.” Read more
Jul. 19, 2012
The state Department of Public Health’s bureau of substance abuse services will be able to shoulder the cost of a voluntary training program for sober home operators, the bureau’s deputy director said Thursday. Read more