A Boston police officer working a paid detail in the South End this morning chased down a teenager wielding a high-capacity firearm and captured him in front of an elementary school, authorities said.FULL ENTRY
An Emerson College film student fell to his death today from a South End apartment building while working on a school project this morning, the president of the college said in an email.
Justin Amorratanasuchad, a junior film production major from Seattle, Wa., died from injuries he sustained after falling off a Columbus Avenue rooftop, the college president, Jackie Liebergott, wrote in an email.
“We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved Justin,” Liebergott’s email said. “A service to remember and celebrate Justin's life will be organized at an appropriate time, about which more details will be forthcoming.”FULL ENTRY
Boston police homicide detectives are investigating after a body was found in an alley this morning in the Symphony Hall area.
Police say the body of a male was found at 333 Massachusetts Ave.
No further information was immediately available.
Three men were sentenced today in Suffolk Superior Court to prison for the fatal beating of Jose “Danny” Alicea outside a South End club in 2009, prosecutors said.
Daniel Ek, 24, and Johan Garcia, 30, both of Lynn, and Anthony Villalobos, 23 of Revere, were all convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Ek, Garcia, and Villalobos are among 13 men charged in the Aug. 21, 2009 incident outside the 33 Restaurant and Lounge on Stanhope Street, where Alicea and three of his friends were attacked, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office said in a statement.
Ek was sentenced to five to six years for Alicea’s death and an additional one to two years for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on another victim, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office. Garcia was sentenced to four and a half to five and a half years for the death and an additional year for attacking another victim. Villalobos is slated to serve four to five years for Alicea’s death, and six more months for another attack.FULL ENTRY
Despite a low turnout in District 7 today, Tito Jackson showed why he is the candidate to beat in the race to replace Chuck Turner on the City Council.
Though bitter wind chills and a general lack of awareness kept most voters away from the polls, Jackson distanced himself from the field of six candidates in the preliminary race to represent Roxbury and parts of the Fenway, the South End, and Dorchester.
Jackson, 35, a Grove Hall native, dominated the race. According to unofficial results posted on the city’s website, with all 31 precincts reporting, he came in first with 1,943 votes, or 67.3 percent.
Jackson will face off March 15 against the second-place candidate, Cornell Mills, who edged out Danielle Renee Williams by 13 votes, 271 to 258.FULL ENTRY
Boston police have responded to a building at 1769 Washington St. for a report of bricks falling.
They have cordoned off the area, and the fire department and city inspectors are taking a look at the building, said Officer Eddy Chrispin, a police spokesman.
The report came in at 5:31 p.m., he said.
The Globe reported in September that the Alexandra Hotel, which is at 1769 Washington, was slated for renovation as the Church of Scientology's new 45,000 square-foot headquarters. The building had a wall that was in danger of collapsing under its own weight, according to the city's inventory of unsafe properties.
Federal prosecutors urged a judge to send Chuck Turner to prison for a minimum of 2 years and 9 months in a scathing sentencing memorandum that used the former Boston City councilor's own words against him.
Arguing that grandstanding at rallies and in the news media "amplified the crimes," the six-page document quoted Turner 11 times. Turner described his prosecution as a "witch hunt," called the US Constitution an "illegal document," dismissed photographs of him accepting a $1,000 bribe as doctored, and argued that the government was trying to take him down because "they saw the power of communities of color rising up."
"From the day he was confronted with his crime, Turner has engaged in an incendiary campaign of misinformation, obfuscation and blame," read the memorandum, filed Thursday and signed by John J. McNeil, the assistant US attorney who led the successful prosecution of Turner. "As the trial revealed, Turner’s vitriolic campaign was ultimately an act of profound narcissism, in which he sacrificed the best interests of his community in a fraudulent attempt to claim the mantle of an honest public servant."FULL ENTRY
The 44-year-old son of the late shah of Iran died early this morning inside his South End home after he allegedly shot himself, according to law enforcement officials and a Web posting by his brother.
Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi was found inside his West Newton Street home by Boston police around 2 a.m. today, according to police and the posting on rezapahlavi.org.
“It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi,’’ according to the posting by his older brother, Reza Pahlavi. “Like millions of young Iranians, he too was deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland, as well as carrying the burden of losing a father and a sister in his young life.’’
The posting continued, “although he struggled for years to overcome his sorrow, he finally succumbed, and during the night of the 4th of January 2011, in his Boston residence, took his own life, plunging his family and friends into great sorrow.’’FULL ENTRY
Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff
About 120 Boston firefighters were called to Bay Village this morning to fight a smoky basement fire that extended to the upper floors of a single-family home and spread through a basement wall into a neighboring home.
The fire inside 34 Church St. was discovered shortly before 11 a.m. The close quarters of the neighborhood and the age of the home and its cramped interior made it difficult for firefighters to gain control of the flames, so four alarms were struck, said fire department spokesman Steve MacDonald.FULL ENTRY
Homeless shelters throughout Boston are trying to make Christmas feel a little less lonely for hundreds of men and women who won’t spend the holiday with their relatives.
At the Pine Street Inn, carolers sang and volunteers served a hearty beef stew for lunch to several hundred of the shelter’s “guests” sitting in a dinning room decorated with poinsettias, wreaths, and garland.
John Parker, however, waited at the shelter’s front door for one special volunteer — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley.
“I need my blessing,” the 47-year-old Parker said.FULL ENTRY
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