The ACLU of Massachusetts now has a data person on staff, who's begun analyzing lots of data related to criminal justice, and one of his first looks is at "Declining to prosecute" cases for Suffolk County - the sort of thing that new DA Rachael Rollins said she would step up for certain types of low-level crimes: Read more.
Matt Frank watched a tug work its way down Chelsea Creek at sunset today.
Paul Koolloian photographed the aftermath of a crash between an 18-wheeler and an SUV at Spruce and Auburn streets in Chelsea early this morning. He reports no injuries.
Bob watched the sun come up over the tanks of Chelsea this morning.
The Chelsea Record reports MBTA and Massport officials now acknowledge the constant raising of the Chelsea Bridge for ships even during rush hour is screwing up Silver Line and other bus service and commuters and that they are hoping to convince the Coast Guard to go along with a pilot plan to bar most maritime traffic - but not oil tankers - under the bridge for two hours in the morning and again in the late afternoon.
CommonWealth interviews incoming Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins:
More recently, Rollins has seemed to temper the policy, saying the approach will be not to seek incarceration for first-time offenders for the list of 15 charges, but she stopped short of saying they would not face prosecution.
Luis "Brujo" Solis Vasquez, a member of a Chelsea MS-13 gang, was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison yesterday for his role in the murder of a rival gang member in an apartment on Chester Avenue in 2014, the US Attorney's office reports.
Massachusetts does not have a "stand your ground" law, and the Massachusetts Court of Appeals today rejected an attempt by an MS-13 leader convicted of a 2014 shooting in Chelsea to try to create a precedent for it.
The State House News Service summarizes a panel discussion with Rachael Rollins, newly elected Suffolk County DA and Liz Miranda and Nika Elugardo, both elected as state representatives.
Miranda said that as a candidate this year, she felt she was "fighting" against a party that she says should have been helping her.
Rachael Rollins cruised to victory over Michael Maloney in the race to replace Dan Conley.
A federal judge today sentenced Chelsea MS-13 member Hector "Vida Loca" Enamorado to life in prison for murdering a member of a rival gang and nearly killing an innocent bystander.
Conley had announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election. Democrat Rachel Rollins and independent Michael Maloney are running in November.
A Somerville man who led one of the local MS-13 "cliques" was sentenced to 212 months in federal prison today for RICO violations that included trying to slice up a member of a rival gang in Chelsea and helping to dispose of evidence related to the knife/gun murder of another alleged member of a rival gang on Falcon Street in East Boston. Read more.
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