Boston police discovered 10 dogs in the basement of a Dorchester home and are investigating whether a resident was running an illegal dogfighting ring in the house, Suffolk County prosecutors said.
Javier Ruperto, 35, is to be arraigned today in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery on a public employee while the dogfighting investigation continues, officials said.FULL ENTRY
A 21-year-old woman, whose child was in the back seat of her sedan, was charged with drunk driving for a crash that sent a minivan carrying three children into a quarry, Milford police said Sunday. One of the children in the minivan was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center with serious injuries, police said.FULL ENTRY
As more than a dozen fire chiefs and firefighters looked on with disapproval, a Middleborough man and his stepson were sentenced today to serve a maximum of three years in state prison and 2½ years, respectively, for their roles in an arson spree that once terrorized Southeastern Massachusetts.
Mark W. Sargent, 46, and Jeanmarie Louis, 24, were sentenced in Plymouth Superior Court by Judge Carol Ball.FULL ENTRY
After Revere voters endorse Suffolk Downs casino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston will explore its options
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday that Boston would continue to explore its options after voters in Revere endorsed a proposal to build a $1.3 billion gambling resort at Suffolk Downs.
Walsh said he still believed that Boston has a “good argument” to be recognized as a “host community,” even though the casino project would be located entirely within Revere. Under state gambling law, host communities have significant input on casino projects and can kill a development.
“I’m happy for Revere, I’m happy for the mayor, who worked hard on it,” Walsh said Wednesday. “The people of Boston -- the residents of East Boston . . . would like another shot to look at this.”
Boston could be subject to the lesser designation of “surrounding community.”FULL ENTRY
Penn National Gaming scored best among three slot parlor applicants in the state gaming commission’s mitigation category, which measures public support for the proposal and the developer’s plans to reduce possible negative effects of the project.
Rival proposals from Cordish Cos. and Raynham Park finished just behind Penn in the category, according to documents the Massachusetts Gaming Commission released this morning.
In the economic development category, Penn and Cordish earned the same ranking, just ahead of Raynham.FULL ENTRY
A man was shot and killed early Sunday morning on Boston Street in Dorchester, Boston Police said. About 12:42 a.m., officers responded to a call for shots fired near Boston and Howell streets and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said in a statement. Rescue crews transported him to Boston Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead, police said.FULL ENTRY
Owners of real estate in Palmer where Mohegan Sun had originally proposed a Massachusetts casino will seek a court judgment to prevent the Connecticut gambling company from pursuing another casino proposal in Revere.
Northeast Realty Associates, which controls 152 acres in Palmer where Mohegan Sun had planned a gambling resort, states in a lawsuit expected to be filed on Friday, that the casino company violated contracts with the landholder by allegedly engaging in secret talks about a Revere casino with representatives of Suffolk Downs racetrack, and then intentionally ran a lackluster referendum campaign for the Palmer project. Voters in November narrowly rejected the Palmer proposal.
The lawsuit comes less than a week before Revere residents go to the polls to decide a citywide referendum on Mohegan Sun’s plans to build a $1.3 billion gambling resort on land belonging to Suffolk Downs.FULL ENTRY
A federal magistrate judge has approved a request by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to have prison officials provide his lawyers with records related to his incarceration, including daily activity and suicide watch logs, psychology data files, photographs, commissary files, and any other records. However, US Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler rejected a defense request to have the US Bureau of Prisons keep that information from prosecutors without a court order or the defense lawyers’ consent.FULL ENTRY
Harvard lands biggest-ever gift for financial aid, at least $125 million from billionaire Kenneth Griffin
A Harvard alumnus who started trading stock options from his dorm room is donating at least $125 million to support financial aid for Harvard College undergraduates, the university planned to announce Thursday.
Harvard’s largest-ever gift specifically devoted to financial aid, the donation from billionaire hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, founder of Citadel, will boost a financial aid program that is already the envy of other colleges.
Harvard is celebrating the 10th anniversary of a financial aid initiative that has made its tuition increasingly affordable for low-, middle- and even upper-income families. But officials said a donation such as Griffin’s still is essential because only half of the $182 million annual financial aid budget comes from the endowment, meaning the generous aid policy could become unsustainable if the university were to hit rocky times.FULL ENTRY
A Lakeville snow plow truck driver was struck on the head with a shovel late Saturday, police say.FULL ENTRY
A man died Sunday after he was found in Chelsea with serious stab wounds, according to local police.FULL ENTRY
Three men and a woman were arrested Saturday afternoon after police seized a large amount of heroin, oxycontin pills, and a gun inside a Dorchester home, according to Boston police.
Eduardo Guzman, 44, Estrellita Peguero, 21, Christian Samuel Ferreira-Reyes, 24, and Miguel Alberto Perez, 20, all of Boston, were arrested and charged with trafficking Class A and Class B drugs after police searched 151 Devon St. in Dorchester around 12:15 p.m., said Officer James Kenneally, a spokesman for the Boston police. Perez was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful posession of ammunition, he said.
Police found approximately 200 grams of heroin and 4,000 oxycontin pills during the bust. The drugs are valued at more than $150,000.FULL ENTRY
Firefighters in Hingham today were slowed by the snowfall when battling a two-alarm fire that displaced a husband and wife, officials said.
The two-story wood frame home on Tower Brook Road caught fire at 3:10 p.m., minutes after the wife, whose name was not released, turned on an “electric baseboard heater,” said Fire Captain William Powers. The heater was on a three-season porch in the rear of the house.
The fire spread from the porch to the main part of the home, causing about $300,000 in damage, Powers said.
“The entire structure had heavy fire, smoke, and water damage,” Powers said.FULL ENTRY
A University of New Hampshire lecturer is believed to have committed suicide after he allegedly killed a 74-year-old man in Cary, N.C., according to Cary officials.
The Town of Cary issued warrents for the arrest of Eric Paul Engel, 43, of Durham N.H. on Friday morning after Aleksander “Lenny” Wysocki, 74, of Cary was found shot in his yard, according to a statement from the Cary police. Wysocki was rushed to Duke University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities on Friday tracked Engel to Florida, where he is believed to have committed suicide, Cary police said. Cary officials are working with Florida medical examiners to confirm Engel took his own life, said Cary Criminal Investigations Division Captain Don Hamilton.FULL ENTRY
A small aircraft skid off a runway into a snow bank at the Mansfield Municipal Airport this morning. The pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, was not injured, according to Mansfield police. Damages to the plane were an estimated $45,000, police said.
Fire department Lt. Phil Fontaine said the aircraft hit a snow bank upon landing.
According to police, the student pilot was practicing landings in a 2003 Cessna 172, a single-engine aircraft, at about 9:39 a.m. The pilot flew too low and the plane’s wheels hit a snow bank 180 yards away from the preferred landing area, damaging the right side of the landing gear.FULL ENTRY
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Columnist Shirley Leung says Boston mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh should focus on middle-class housing. Read more