Boston Massachusetts Police Claim Of Having Seized “Large Cache Of Weapons” Turns Out To Be 2 Rifles, 4 Pistols, And A Tear Gas Launcher – No Arrests

October 9, 2012

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Boston police are looking for suspects after finding a large cache of high powered weapons and ammunition in Roslindale this week, including a machine gun, military-style assault rifles, and grenade-type projectiles.

On Thursday around 1 p.m. members of the Boston Police Department’s Youth Violence Strike Force raided a garage on Seymour Street in Roslindale, where they found an arsenal of weapons and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition.

No arrests have been made. Officers are asking anyone with information to get in touch with them. Police are investigating.

Police put out the following list of items that were seized:
• Panther Arms Mod A-15 .223 with 37mm Launcher and Scope (AR-15 Style Assault Rifle)
• Russian American Armory .223 (AK-47 Style Assault Rifle)
• Intra-Tec Tec-9 Machine Pistol
• Taurus .357 Magnum Revolver
• Ruger .44 Magnum “Super Blackhawk” Revolver
• Springfield Armory 9mm Semi-Auto Handgun
• Lorcin .25 Caliber Semi-Auto Handgun
• Several Large Capacity Feeding Devices (Ammunition Magazines) to include an ammunition magazine for the assault rifle with the capability of holding 100 rounds of .223 armor piercing rounds of ammunition
• In excess of 1,000 live rounds of ammunition (including armor piercing bullets)
• Over 50 shotgun shells
• Numerous grenade type projectiles designed for a grenade launcher
• Numerous holsters and other ballistic attachments and speed loaders as well as gun cleaning kits

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Thousands Of Court Cases Involving 34,000 Defendants In Jeopardy After Massachusetts State Police Chemist Is Arrested For Faking Drug Test Results, Forging Paperwork, And Mixing Samples At State Police Laboratory In Boston

September 28, 2012

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – A Massachusetts chemist accused of faking drug test results, forging paperwork and mixing samples at a state police lab was arrested Friday in a scandal that has thrown thousands of criminal cases into doubt.

Annie Dookhan, 34, was led to a state police cruiser at her home in Franklin, about 40 miles southwest of Boston. Dookhan’s alleged mishandling of drug samples prompted the shutdown of the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Boston last month and resulted in the resignation of three officials, including the state’s public health commissioner.

Since the lab closed, more than a dozen drug defendants are back on the street while their attorneys challenge the charges based on Dookhan’s misconduct.

Many more defendants are expected to be released. Authorities say more than 1,100 inmates are currently serving time in cases in which Dookhan was the primary or secondary chemist.

Dookhan could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted. She is charged with two counts of obstruction of justice, a felony count that carries up to 10 years in prison, and pretending to hold a degree for a college or university, a misdemeanor punishable by as much as a year in jail.

The two obstruction charges accuse Dookhan of lying about drug samples she analyzed at the lab in March 2011 for a Suffolk County case, and for testifying under oath in August 2010 that she had a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Attorney General Martha Coakley said at a news conference Friday.

The only motive authorities have found so far is that Dookhan wanted to be seen as a good worker, the state attorney general said.

“Her actions totally turned the system on its head,” Coakley said. She said Dookhan could face more charges as the investigation continues. “People absolutely deserve a system they can trust. … We have to get to the bottom of this, and we will,” Coakley said.

Dookhan was taken to state police barracks in Foxborough to be booked before her scheduled arraignment in Boston Municipal Court on Friday afternoon.

It is unclear whether anyone else will face charges, but Dookhan’s supervisors have faced harsh criticism for not removing her from lab duties after suspicions about her were first raised by her co-workers and for not alerting prosecutors and police. There is no indication so far of criminal activity by anyone else at the lab, Coakley said.

Co-workers began expressing concern about Dookhan’s work habits several years ago, but her supervisors allowed her to continue working. Dookhan was the most productive chemist in the lab, routinely testing more than 500 samples a month, while others tested between 50 and 150.

One co-worker told state police he never saw Dookhan in front of a microscope. A lab employee saw Dookhan weighing drug samples without doing a balance check on her scale.

In 2010, a supervisor did an audit of Dookhan’s paperwork but didn’t retest any of her samples. The audit found nothing wrong.

The same year, a chemist found seven instances where Dookhan incorrectly identified a drug sample as a certain narcotic when it was something else. He told state police he told himself it was an honest mistake.

In an interview with state police late last month, Dookhan allegedly admitted faking test results for two to three years. She told police she identified some drug samples as narcotics simply by looking at them instead of testing them, a process known as “dry labbing.” She also said she forged the initials of colleagues and deliberately turned a negative sample into a positive for narcotics a few times.

Defense attorneys for drug suspects were not surprised by Dookhan’s arrest.

“I hate to say it — it’s more than appropriate,” said attorney Bernie Grossberg, who has already had one client released from prison and has been deluged by calls from other clients since news of the scandal broke.

Attorney John T. Martin, who has a client who was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea based on concerns over Dookhan’s work, said: “I think it’s rather tragic … that she finds herself in the same position as the people she was testifying against. I hope the system isn’t treating the evidence against her the way she treated the evidence against several thousand defendants.”

Dookhan was suspended from lab duties after getting caught forging a colleague’s initials on paperwork in June 2011. She resigned in March as the Department of Public Health investigated. The lab was run by the department until July 1, when state police took over as part of a state budget directive.

Dookhan said she just wanted to get the work done and never meant to hurt anyone.

“I screwed up big-time,” she is quoted as saying in a state police report. “I messed up bad; it’s my fault. I don’t want the lab to get in trouble.”

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Nutcase Foxboro Massachusetts Police Chief Edward O’Leary Faces Lawsuit After Arresting And Falsely Imprisoning Hundreds Without Cause

September 25, 2012

FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS – Police Chief Edward O’Leary has been sued by two concertgoers detained for alleged drunkenness before a Bruce Springsteen show at Gillette Stadium last month in a civil action that could have a profound impact on police procedure at future concerts.

The suit by Paul Weldner and Dr. Timothy Dutton, both from Maine, was filed in federal court, alleging they were held under an illegal policy in which police simply round up people they think are drunk.

An attorney for the men says he’s seeking class-action status for the suit, alleging the police policy has been in effect at other concerts affecting hundreds of people, if not more.

Weldner and Dutton are suing to strike down the policy and for unspecified damages, citing “emotional distress and humiliation.”

In the Springsteen incident, the pair was on a bus trip organized by Dutton to take about 50 fans from the Portland, Maine, area to the Aug. 18 show at Gillette Stadium.

Both men were drinking, but neither was “incapacitated” – the state’s legal standard for putting people into protective custody, the lawsuit said.

“We are confident that … (police) were basically casting the net too wide,” said David Milton, an attorney for the plaintiffs. “The statute’s called protective custody. It’s not meant to be preventive detention.”

Milton said he believes more than 1,000 people were also wrongly detained under O’Leary’s policy, including at the Aug. 24-25 New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium. He’s seeking class-action status.

O’Leary said Monday that he hadn’t read the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.

Sixty-six people were taken into protective custody at the Springsteen concert, which drew an audience of 46,700 fans.

That was more than was taken into custody at last year’s Springsteen appearance, but O’Leary said after the concert fans were mostly well-behaved, calling them a “more mature” crowd.

A week later at the two-night country music fest featuring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, local and state police took 617 people into protective custody.

O’Leary, who serves as head of security for events at Gillette Stadium, said after the country-western concerts: “We set a higher bar for the protection of the public that goes to these events. Several of the young people taken into protective custody were so impaired, we feared for their lives and they were sent to the hospital.”

According to the suit, Weldner and Dutton had some drinks while they listened to music and watched Springsteen videos on the ride down, and both could feel the alcohol’s effects. But police had no justification to detain either one, the suit said.

Weldner, 25, said officers handcuffed him, claiming he was “too drunk,” after he stumbled briefly while moving from the sidewalk to the street as he walked in a crowd to the stadium.

Weldner said police repeatedly refused to give him a sobriety test and held him for more than six hours at the stadium, then at the police station, the suit said.

The lawsuit said Dutton was in the ticket line when he protested that police were taking his girlfriend into custody. They told him to get back in line, and when he didn’t, they detained him for six hours, releasing him after the show about 1 a.m., according to the suit.

Milton said a breath test indicated his client had a blood alcohol level of 0.07, below the legal level of 0.10 to be presumed drunk. Drunken driving charges can leveled in Massachusetts if the driver registers 0.08 percent on an alcohol breath test.

And under state law, even if a person is drunk in public, that’s not illegal and hasn’t been for decades, Milton said.

To be held in protective custody, a person must be “incapacitated,” meaning they’re either unconscious, in need of medical attention, being disorderly or likely to suffer or cause physical harm or damage property, the suit said.

Milton said his clients were none of these things.

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Dumb As Dirt Salem Massachusetts Police Officer Arrested Man With Paraglider On Bogus Disorderly Conduct Charge After He Flew On 9/11

September 14, 2012

SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS – Patrick Tarmey calls his airborne toy a “powered paraglider.” But on September 11th of this year, some people in Salem thought his quirky-looking glider may have posed some kind of threat.

“I was flying it over the harbor just practicing doing some 360s and some spins,” Tarmey said.

Tarmey owns a business called Paramotor Tours. But while he was flying Tuesday, the phones at the Salem police department lit up.

“Are you aware of the guy that’s in this, like, gyrocopter that’s flying over the Bridge Street bypass, and stopping traffic basically?” asked one caller.

Another caller said someone was “circling the depot right now in a seat with a motor on it.”

Tarmey says those callers were witnessing an optical illusion.

“The perception of that can seem like I’m over the neighborhood if you’re sitting on one side of the harbor. If you’re on the other side of the harbor, it may look like I’m over the city of Salem,” he said.

He says one of the Salem police officers who came to question him did not want to hear that.

The officer arrested Tarmey and charged him with disorderly conduct. A judge dropped the charge, but Tarmey was still on the hook for $50 in court costs.

Tarmey says next time, if he wants to fly on 9/11, he’ll stay far away from any city. “I don’t want anybody to feel like I’m putting them in jeopardy,” he says.

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Pedophile Harvard University Professor And Boston Children’s Hospital Endocrinologist Richard Keller Arrested, Charged After Ordering 50 DVDs Of Child Pornography – 500+ Pictures And 60-100 DVDs Found In His Andover Massachusetts Home

September 13, 2012

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – A pediatric endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Dr. Richard Keller, 56, of Andover, “knowingly received films depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”

In a statement Thursday afternoon, federal prosecutors said Keller “purchased and ordered over 50 DVDs of child pornography online. At this time, more than 500 photographs and between 60 – 100 DVDs have been recovered during an ongoing search of Dr. Keller’s home today.”

Keller is also a pediatrics instructor at Harvard Medical School. He was the Medical Director at Phillips Academy for 19 years before leaving in 2011.

“Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274, and messages will be promptly returned,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Keller will be arraigned at U.S. District Court in South Boston Thursday afternoon.

If he is convicted on all charges, prosecutors said Keller faces “a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by up to lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.”

Children’s Hospital spokesman Rob Graham released this statement:

“Providing safe and appropriate care in a safe and protective environment is the absolute paramount priority for Boston Children’s Hospital. When the hospital learned of the allegations against Dr. Richard Keller earlier today, he was immediately put on administrative leave pending results of the investigation by the US Attorney’s Office. We will cooperate fully with the US Attorney’s Office and all other involved regulatory and legal authorities.

“No complaints or concerns have been expressed by any patients or family members about the care Dr. Keller provided while he was at Children’s.”

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Federal Judge Mark Wolf Orders Massachusetts To Provide Sex Change Operation At Taxpayer Expense For Inmate Serving Life In Prison For Murder

September 4, 2012

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – A federal judge has ordered the Massachusetts Department of Correction to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation for a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murder.

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Tuesday in the case of Michelle Kosilek, who was born as a man but has received hormone treatments and lives as a woman in an all-male prison. Robert Kosilek was convicted of murder in the killing of his wife in 1990.

Wolf is believed to be the first federal judge to order prison officials to provide the surgery for a transgender inmate.

Michelle Kosilek first sued the Department of Correction 12 years ago. Two years later, Wolf ruled that Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender-identity disorder, but stopped short of ordering surgery. Kosilek sued again in 2005, arguing that the surgery is a medical necessity.

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Foxborough Massachusetts Tried To Arrest Everyone At Country Music Festival – 567 Arrested And/Or Otherwise Detained

August 31, 2012

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – Foxborough police arrested 101 people and took another 466 into custody at the New England Country Music Festival in Gillette Stadium Friday and Saturday evenings, police said today.

The charges included being a minor in possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, trespassing, assault and battery, and assault and battery on a police officer, Foxborough Police Sergeant Richard Noonan said. One person was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, and another was arrested for drug possession.

Those arrested ranged in age from teenagers to people in their 50s, Noonan said. The two-day event was headlined by country singers Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw.

At the 2009 New England Country Music Festival, where also Chesney performed, police arrested 114 and placed placed at least 228 people in protective custody. Six people were charged with assault and battery in 2011 after a melee at a McGraw concert in Attleboro.

Noonan declined to say whether police provided extra security for this year’s event in Foxborough.

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