Crime & Justice

Officials Consider Appeal In Ruling That A Boston Officer Get His Job Back

July 24, 2015

Officer David Williams was fired in 2012 amid allegations of lying and using excessive force in the arrest of former Middlesex County correction officer Michael O’Brien.

Since February, DCF Had Been ‘Actively Engaged’ With Hardwick Boy Now In A Coma

July 24, 2015

The boy’s father is charged with child abuse, and the state’s child welfare agency is facing questions about whether it did enough to protect the boy.

AG Healey: Don’t Suspend Drivers’ Licenses For Drug Offenses

July 23, 2015

Attorney General Maura Healey said she supports repealing a Massachusetts law that automatically suspends the driver’s license of anyone convicted of a drug offense.

U.S. Attorney’s Office: Boston Lawsuit Against Gaming Commission Contains False Claims

July 23, 2015

Boston’s claim that private investigators working for Wynn Resorts knew of a convicted felon’s stakes in the land Wynn purchased for its $1.7 billion Everett casino is false, according to court filings on behalf of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office.

Funeral Plans Announced For Mass. Marine Killed By Gunman In Chattanooga

July 23, 2015

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, who was one of five service members killed during an attack on military facilities in Tennessee last week, will be laid to rest in Springfield on Monday.

Man Charged After 7-Year-Old Son Is Hospitalized Weighing 38 Pounds

July 22, 2015

The father of a 7-year-old boy who is suffering from starvation and dehydration was being held without bail Wednesday after the child was brought to the hospital unconscious.

8 Former Casa Isla Staffers Charged With Assaulting Troubled Teens In DYS Custody

July 22, 2015
Casa Isla, which was run out of Boston’s Long Island by Volunteers of America, Massachusetts, was shut down last year amid allegations that the workers mistreated clients. Here's the bridge to the island. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Eight former employees of a program serving troubled youths in state custody have been charged with assaulting male teens in their care.

Judge Won’t Move Trials Of 2 Men In UMass Dorm Rape Case

July 22, 2015

A judge has refused to move the trials of the last two defendants accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student almost three years ago.

Appeals Court Hears Arguments In 11-Year Boston Church Protest

July 22, 2015
Barbara Nappa heads into Scituate's St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in May to take her turn sitting vigil. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Parishioners are seeking to overturn a judge’s ruling that ordered them to end their nearly 11-year, round-the-clock protest vigil to prevent the church’s closure.

Former Cape Cod Police Chief Gets 9 Months For Driving Drunk

July 21, 2015

A former Cape Cod police chief has been sentenced to nine months in prison for a second drunken driving conviction.

Boston’s Top Cop Emphasizes Community Policing In The City That’s Always Been Home

July 21, 2015
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, in his office (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Williams Evans is the department’s 41st commissioner, serving the city where he grew up and is now raising his children. Evans talks on how a kid from Southie became the second of his brothers to lead Boston’s police force.

Former Uber Driver In Boston Held Without Bail On Sex Assault Charge

July 20, 2015

Alejandro Done, 46, who has already been charged with sexually assaulting a patron late last year, has been ordered held without bail on charges that he raped a woman nine years ago. He faces arraignment for a 2007 case on Tuesday.

Official: Probation Promotion Exams Accidentally Shredded

July 20, 2015

The shredding incident comes after 55 percent of probation employees failed a test to win promotion to assistant chief probation officer earlier this year, a failure rate so high that some questioned whether the test was flawed. Thirty-two people have to retake the test.

Police: 3 Teens Injured In Worcester Shooting

July 20, 2015

The three victims, two 18-year-old men and a 17-year-old boy, were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds that police say aren’t life-threatening.

Did The Boston Police Captain Who Warned FBI About His Son Have Other Choices?

July 20, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, Alexander Ciccolo, second from right, is depicted with his attorney David Hoose, during a bail hearing July 14 in federal court in Springfield. Ciccolo's being held. (Jane Flavell Collins via AP)

Alexander Ciccolo has a history of struggle with mental illness, and some attorneys are asking whether he should have been committed to a mental ward instead of charged in court.

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