QUINCY -- A 15-year-old girl was forced to have sex with men who paid between $100 and $150 to Norman S. Barnes, a Dorchester man accused of kidnapping the girl and forcing her to become his sex slave for 10 days, officials alleged today.FULL ENTRY
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QUINCY -- A Dorchester man kidnapped a 15-year-old girl off a street on May 7 and held her captive while forcing her to work as a prostitute in motels in Quincy, Danvers, and Dorchester, a prosecutor said today.
The girl managed to escape Thursday afternoon when the suspect left her alone at the Best Western Quincy Adams Inn in North Quincy. She ran from the hotel room and went to the lobby where she reached out through Facebook and pleaded for help, Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Erin Murphy said in court.
Murphy said relatives had reported the girl missing to authorities.
At least two relatives arrived at the motel at the same time the suspect, Norman S. Barnes, returned to the motel. A relative of the victim summoned a state trooper working a paid detail on the Neponset River Bridge reconstruction project. The trooper arrested Barnes and helped rescue the girl.
“When the relative pulled up near the motel,’’ Murphy said, “the defendant returned to the inn, asking her what was she doing out of the room. … She began to run away.”FULL ENTRY
QUINCY -- Prominent Quincy developer William S. O’Connell was arraigned today in Quincy District Court on charges of two counts of raping a child, two counts of paying a fee for sex, and one count of trafficking in cocaine.
The ruddy 71-year-old, who was flanked by bodyguards and appeared in a dark suit and an open-collared shirt, pleaded not guilty.
Neither O’Connell nor Stephen Neyman, his attorney, would comment after the arraignment.
O’Connell and his extended family have played major roles in remaking Quincy in recent decades, including the construction of the Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills and the Marina Bay condo and retail development.
Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey appointed Andrew DiCarlo Berman, a Boston lawyer, to serve as a special prosecutor, because Morrissey had professional dealings with O’Connell when he was a state senator. FULL ENTRY
While the nation was absorbed by the death of Osama bin Laden, the focus was much more parochial today inside Quincy District Court where a historic experiment is now underway.
The proceedings of the first session, presided over by District Court Judge Mark Coven, are streaming live over the Internet today. Fueled by a grant from the Knight Foundation, producers at WBUR in Boston have launched Open Court. Read more here.
The live streaming is at opencourt.us.
DEDHAM - Blinking back tears, a Quincy mother of two who recently immigrated from China pleaded not guilty today to murdering her 8-year-old boy through carbon monoxide poisoning and an overdose of a sedating drug.
Li Rong Zhang, 39, in her first public appearance in court, said little as she stood before Norfolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman, her hands and ankles shackled. Only when asked how she wished to plead did she say something in her Cantonese dialect to her interpreter, who told the judge Zhang had pleaded not guilty.
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QUINCY -- Two brothers from Quincy pleaded not guilty today to charges they stole US Representative William R. Keating's aging Lexus from his Quincy home early this morning.
Christopher J. Babij, 25, and his 20-year-old brother, Kenneth Babij, were arrested by Quincy police while still inside Keating’s Lexus about 10 minutes after he reported it stolen around 2:45 a.m. today.
The brothers appeared in Quincy District Court where Kenneth Babij was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a substance abuse evaluation after a court clinician reported that he is using three grams of heroin daily using hypodermic needles. He also faces drug charges in Wareham District Court.
His older brother, Christopher, was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail. His attorney, Sheila Murphy, said in court that her client has a criminal history but only for non-violent crimes.FULL ENTRY
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QUINCY -- A Milton man pleaded not guilty today to drunken driving, a charge that was filed after he allegedly drove into a State Police cruiser stopped on the Southeast Expressway in Quincy Sunday night.
Wayne Leduc appeared in Quincy District Court, where Judge Mark Coven set bail at $1,500 cash, according to a spokesman for Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. Leduc has no prior criminal history, officials said.
Trooper Brian Berry, 43, was hit shortly after 4:30 a.m. after he had pulled over a car on the Southeast Expressway northbound near Exit 9 in Quincy, said State Police.FULL ENTRY
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A harp seal has taken up residence in marshes near Marina Bay in Quincy, and New England Aquarium biologist said today the animal is one of an unusually large number of harp seals traveling through Boston Harbor this year.
Adam Kennedy, a biologist for the rescue team from the New England Aquarium, said the harp seal discovered in Quincy is likely migrating toward Canadian waters. He said the Quincy harp seal will be left alone and is likely to hang around for the next several days as it replenishes itself.
Kennedy said harp seals typically weigh between 200 to 250 pounds and are white with a brownish black stripe on their face and back. The stripe resembles a harp, which is how the breed got its name, he said.FULL ENTRY
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In a first step toward ending its long struggle over parish closings, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston today announced that it will solicit public comment on a plan to remove the sacred standing of seven closed churches, a change that under canon law would allow the buildings to be sold for other uses.
The churches, in East Boston, Everett, Lowell, Quincy, Revere, Scituate and Wellesley, have been in limbo for years, since the archdiocese ordered them closed and angry parishioners objected. Four of the parishes are occupied by protesters.
In response to appeals from parishioners, the Vatican has upheld the archdiocese's decision to close the parishes. But the parishioners are now asking the Vatican to intervene to prevent the archdiocese from declaring the church buildings no longer sacred -- a formal process the church calls "relegation to profane use.''
Although local Catholics protesting parish closings have repeatedly been rebuffed by the Vatican, they got a rare boost this week, when it became public that the Vatican had upheld appeals by parishioners of three closed churches in the Springfield Diocese of western Massachusetts. Church officials in Rome found that Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell acted appropriately in deciding to close or merge the parishes in Chicopee and Adams, but not in seeking to convert the buildings from religious to secular use.FULL ENTRY
Three Boston men were arrested in Randolph last night after they allegedly robbed a D’Angelo’s sandwich shop and now are suspects in a string of unsolved armed robberies in Quincy and Boston, police said today.
Randolph Police Chief William Pace said today his officers rushed to the D’Angelo on Main Street (Route 28) at 9:30 last night after three men, wearing masks, stormed in and robbed the staff of receipts. At least one of the three appeared to be armed with a firearm, Pace said.
The suspects drove off, but were stopped by a Randolph detective on Condlin Drive, less than a quarter mile away from the restaurant, Pace said.FULL ENTRY
On the beat
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