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Bangor, Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing A Firearm

By Tiffany Williams – Jonathan Birtz, 39, of Bangor, Maine pleaded guilty Thursday at the U.S. District Court in Bangor to theft of a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer. In July 2021, Birtz stole a .380 caliber pistol from Main Street Pawn in Lincoln.  Security footage showed Birtz reaching over the counter to take…

2 Men Charged In Murder of Transgender Woman

By DJ Harding A five-count federal indictment was unsealed charging two South Carolina men with hate crime and obstruction offenses. The two men who are charged are Daqua Ritter, 26, and Xaiver Pinckney, 24. The indictment charges Ritter with a hate crime for the murder of a transgender woman because of her gender identity; using…

Jordan Kadlec Arrested By Fall River Police On Gun And Drug Charges

By Tiffany Williams – On Saturday, Police in Fall River, Massachusetts arrested 32-year-old Jordan Kadlec for possession of a firearm without an FID, carrying a large capacity firearm, possession to distribute class A drug, possession to distribute class B drug, possession of ammunition without an FID card, and possession of a large capacity firearm in…

North Carolina Man Found Guilty Of Murdering 3 Men In Hamden, Connecticut

By Marquise Washington – On Thursday at the United States District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut a federal jury found Edward Michael Parks, also known as “Lee” and “Trouble,” 36, of Raleigh, North Carolina, guilty of two counts of kidnapping resulting in death, and one count of witness tampering by killing. In November 2015, Parks was…

2 Adults And 1 Infant Shot In Worcester

By Tiffany Williams – Worcester Police are investigating a Wednesday night shooting in the area of Harlem St.  At about 10:45 p.m. officers responded to ShotSpotter activation. Upon arrival officers officers were informed that shots were fired and and adult female, adult male, and an eleven-month-old infant were being treated at an area hospital. The…

2 Shot, 1 Dead In Boston On New Year’s Day

By Marquise Washington – Boston Police are investigating an early New Year’s Day double shooting, with one person dead. Around 5:56 a.m. Sunday officers responded to a report of a person shot in the area of 1601 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan.  Responding officers located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The…

NYPD Officer Stabbed, Suspect Shot Near Times Square

Marquise Washington – Saturday night an NYPD officer was slashed by an individual armed with a large knife.  Around 10:00 p.m, at 8th Avenue between 51st and 52nd Street, this individual swung at the officers who was on the street, striking this officer with the blade. The officer was taken to an area hospital with…

Leader Of Connecticut Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To 12 Years

By Tiffany Williams – At the United States District Court in New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday, Tajh Wiley 27, of Norwalk, Connecticut also known as “Yung,” was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release.  On July 13, 2022 a jury found Wiley…

2 Shot, 1 Dead In Waterbury, Connecticut Shooting

By Joyce Harris – Police in Waterbury, Connecticut are investigating a double shooting with one person dead. Around 8:30 Monday night Waterbury Police responded to the 200 block of Walnut Street where officers located two people who were shot.  Anyone with any information is being asked to contact Waterbury Police at 203-574-6941.

Worcester, Massachusetts Couple Indicted For Sex Trafficking

By DJ Harding – Arrested on December 16th 2022 a Worcester couple by the names Kiersten (29) and Moises (30) Soto were indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking , one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion, and one count of traveling or using interstate facilities to promote unlawful…

4 People Shot In Hartford, Connecticut On Christmas Morning

By Marquise Washington – Police in Hartford, Connecticut are investigating three separate Christmas morning shootings. Around 1:00 a.m. Police located a male in his 30s shot on Allyn Street. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  On Chadwick Street around 4:30 a.m. a man and a woman were shot. They were taken…

Two Teens Arrested In The Fatal Shooting Of Post University Basketball Player

By Tiffany Williams – A 16-year-old  from Pennington, NJ, and a 17-year-old Hopewell, NJ, were arrested on Friday in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Philip Urban. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that both teens were arrested, and both were charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, and weapons offenses.  The teens will are currently being…

New Britain, Connecticut Man Sentenced To 70 Months For Cocaine Distribution

By Marquise Washington – At the United States District Court in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday Rigoberto Mateo-Silva, 30, of New Britain, Connecticut was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant to 70 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release. On July 20, 2022, Mateo-Silva pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and…

Hartford, Connecticut Man Sentenced To 90 Moths For Fentanyl Distribution

By Marquise Washington – On Thiursday, at the United States District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, Jose Miguel Vega-Rivera, 50, of Hartford, Connecticut was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea to 90 months of imprisonment. In November, 2021, Vega-Rivera pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. “In February 2021, the Drug Enforcement…

Derek Coulson Of Bridgeport, Connecticut Sentenced To 39 Months For Methamphetamine Distribution

By Marquise Washington – On Tuesday, Derek Coulson, 36, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill to 39 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, In October 2021, Coulson pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine. In January and February 2021, Coulson…

Connecticut College Basketball Player Killed Over The Weekend In New Jersey

By Marquise Washington – On Saturday night, Philip Urban, 20, of Manalapan, New Jersey was shot in Hopewell Township. Urban, a freshman basketball player at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut found by police at the Hopewell Valley Nature Preserve around 7 p.m., slumped over in the driver’s seat of his vehicle. Urban, was taken to…

Boston Gang Member And Drug Trafficker Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

By Rebecca McGregor – On Thursday, December 15, 2022 by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin sentenced Damian Cortez, 34, of Quincy, Massachusetts to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release.  In June 2022, Cortez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled…

Hartford, Connecticut Member Of Los Solidos Sentenced To 54 Months

By Tiffany Williams – On Thursday, December 15, 2022, Edil Ramos, also known as “E,” 40, of Hartford, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 54 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. On March 28, 2022, Ramos pleaded guilty to one count of possession with…

2 People Shot, 1 Dead In New Haven, Connecticut

By Marquise Washington – Police in New Haven, Connecticut are investigating a Friday afternoon double shooting on Shepard Street.  Responding officers located one victim at the scene who was taken to an area hospital in critical condition. They have been identified as a 24-year-old male from Pennsylvania and were pronounced deceased at the hospital. A…

Worcester Man Charged With Sending Obscene Material To A Minor

By Tiffany Williams – On Wednesday at the United States District Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, Andrew James Gallagher, 28, of Worcester was arrested and charged with one count of transfer of obscene material to a minor. In April 2022, Gallagher contacted a 14-year-old using a social media platform. It is alleged that Gallagher asked, “are…

Russell Trafford Of West Warwick, Rhode Island Pleads Guilty To Production Of Child Pornography

By Tiffany Williams –  At the United States District Court in Providence, Rhode Island on Thursday, Russell C. Trafford, 55, of West Warwick, Rhode Island pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Trafford conspired with others to produce child pornography through the sexual abuse of…

Wayne Smith Of Bangor, Maine Pleads Guilty To Distribution Of Methamphetamine And Fentanyl

By Tiffany Williams – At the United States District Court in Bangor, Maine, Wayne Smith, 31, of Bangor, Maine pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. Between January 2018 and December 2021, Smith, along with others, trafficked methamphetamine and fentanyl in Penobscot County, Maine, and Aroostook County,…

Police Arrest Suspect In Fatal Stabbing At Somerville, Massachusetts Laundromat

By Tiffany Williams – In Massachusetts, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has identified a man stabbed and killed Monday night in Somerville, Massachusetts as Joseph Muzzi, 33 of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Around 7:00 p.m. Monday night, Somerville Police responded to a laundromat on Main Street for a reported stabbing.  Upon arrival officers located the Muzzi suffering…

Jamont Patrick Of Providence, Rhode Island Sentenced to 3 Years For Distribution Of Methamphetamine

By Tiffany Williams – At the United States District Court in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday, Jamont Patrick, 30, of Providence, Rhode Island was sentenced to three years in federal prison. In November, Patrick pleaded guilty to a charge of knowingly and intentionally distributing and possessing with intent to distribute pills containing a methamphetamine mixture.…

Jorge Torres Of Hartford, Connecticut Sentenced To 27 Months For Possession With Intent Distribute Fentanyl

By Daniel Ingle – In Vermont Monday, United States District Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Jorge Torres, 23, of Hartford, Connecticut to 27 months of imprisonment.  Torres previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.  Following his sentence, Torres will serve three years of supervised release.  On December 21, 2021, Torres was…

17-Year-Old Shot Multiple Times In Bridgeport, Connecticut

By Livia Gomes – Police in Bridgeport, Connecticut are investigating a Saturday night shooting in the area of Stratford Avenue and Wilmot Avenue. At about 6;40 p.m. Police received a ShotSpotter activation and calls of a shooting.  Bridgeport Police said a 17-year-old male from Stratford, Connecticut who was shot multiple times walked into an area…

17-Year-Old Shot Thursday Night In Waterbury, Connecticut

By Daniel Ingle – Police in Waterbury, Connecticut are investigating a Thursday night shooting on Scott Road.  A 17-year-old male juvenile was shot and taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 203-574-6941. Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234.

Boston Police Arrest Providence, RI Man With Loaded Firearm

By Michael J. Goddard – Monday night, Boston Police arrested Mekhi Roderique, 18, of Providence, RI for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. After Boston Police officers with the Youth Violence Strike Force observed a vehicle with excessively dark tinted windows traveling on Washington Street, they conducted a traffic stop and…

Massachusetts State Police Arrest Webster Man With Loaded Firearm

By Michael J. Goddard – At approximately 1030 a.m. Monday, Massachusetts State Police arrested Robert Cephas, 30, of Webster, Massachusetts. Cephas is charged with Illegal Possession of a Firearm, Second Offense; Possession of a Firearm with Prior Violent/Drug Crime; Carrying a Loaded Firearm; Possession of Firearm Silencer; Possession of Ammunition without FID Card; Operating a…

Southington, Connecticut Man Pleads Guilt In New Haven, Connecticut To Possession Of Child Pornography

By Tiffany Williams – On Monday at the U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut, Richard E. Smith, 67, of Southington, Connecticut pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. On October 1, 2020, Homeland Security Investigations special agents conducted a court-authorized search of Smith’s residence.  At the time of the search, Smith’s computer was running…

Nashua, New Hampshire Women Pleads Guilty To Making False Statements

By Livia Gomes – At the United States District Court in Concord, New Hampshire, Kaylie Esquivel Arizmendi, 32, of Nashua, New Hampshire pleaded guilty to making false statements, Arizmendi received Supplemental Nutritional Agricultural benefits, better known as food stamps, and Medicaid benefits from the state Department of Health and Human Services.   Eligibility for this program…

Ludlow, Massachusetts Man Charged With Distribution Of Child Pornography

By Tiffany Williams – On Monday, Robert Avrett, 41, of Ludlow, Massachusetts was arrested distribution of child pornography. Avrett was identified as the owner of a Kik messenger account that shared numerous videos containing child sexual abuse material to an undercover law enforcement agent.  The child sexual abuse material Avrett allegedly distributed depicted the sexual…

Boston Man Indicted For Sex Trafficking A Minor

By Tiffany Williams – On Wednesday, Jimall Dawn Brown, 33, of Boston was indicted on one count of sex trafficking of a minor; one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion; one count of using a facility of interstate commerce to induce a minor to engage in prostitution; and one count of transporting…

Boston MS-13 Clique Leader Sentenced To 162 Months

By Tiffany Williams – On Tuesday, Manuel Adan Yanez Cruz, a/k/a “Rocky,” a/k/a “Flaco,” a leader of a local MS-13 clique in Boston was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 162 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On March 18, 2022, Cruz pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct…

Boston Police Identify Victim Of Fatal Shooting In Mattapan

By Jonathan Burgos – Boston Police have identified the victim of a Saturday morning homicide in Mattapan, as Jasmine Burrell, 33, of Mattapan. Officers with the Boston Police responded Saturday morning, at about 4:47 a.m. to the area of 40 Fairlawn Avenue in Mattapan and upon arrival, officers located Burrell suffering from gunshot wounds.  Boston…

Boston Police Identify Victim Of Fatal Shooting In Dorchester

By Jonathan Burgos – Boston Police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Dorchester Saturday morning. The victim, Daniel Sanders, 36, of Dorchester was shot in the area of 39 Baird Street around 1:00 a.m. Officers from District B-3 (Dorchester/Mattapan) responded to the area of 39 Baird Street and located Sanders suffering from…

Vermont State Police Arrest Reed Messner Of Colchester, VT for DUI

By Tiffany Williams – On Sunday, Vermont State Police arrested Reed Messner, 27, of Colchester, VT for DUI #2 – Criminal Refusal.  Around 1:52 a.m. Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 89 North, at mile marker 90 in the town of Winooski after observing several lane violations. While Troopers were speaking…

Worcester Police Arrest 3 People In Connection To Webster Street Shooting

By Tiffany Williams – Worcester Police confirmed Thursday morning that three men, Patriky Sampaio Gomes, 21, of Euclid Ave, Worcester, Carlos Junio Alves-Silva, 20, of Fall River, and Luis Fernando Alves-Silva, 18, of Fall River were arrested in connection with a shooting at 88 Webster St. on October 15th. Luis Alves-Silva was arrested in Danbury…

Namir Walker Of Hartford Was Sentenced To 60 Months Possession Of A Firearm

By Tiffany Williams – At the United States District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut U.S. Circuit Judge Sarah A. L. Merriam sentenced Namir Walker, 23 of Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release. Walker, previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. On…

Vermont State Police Arrested Martin Syvertson Of West Rutland, Vermont For DUI

By Tiffany Williams – On Thursday morning, just before 1:00 a.m. Vermont State Police arrested Martin Syvertson, 50, of West Rutland, Vermont. Syvertson was charged with DUI.  Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop and while speaking with the operator of the vehicle, who was identified as Syvertson, troopers detected signs of impairment.  Syvertson…

Mitford, Connecticut Police Arrested Jeffrey Hartshorn For DUI

By Nicole McDonald – On Sunday, Mitford, Connecticut Police arrested Jeffrey Hartshorn, 51, of 22 Birchwood Road, Seymour, Connecticut. Hartshorn was charged with Operation of a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence. On October 16, 2022, an officer was dispatched to 118 Plains Road, the Mobil Gas Station.  Upon arrival the officer observed Hartshorn sitting in…

Vermont State Police Arrest Cody Aldrich For DUI

By Nicole McDonald – Just after 6:00 p.m. Monday night, Vermont State Police arrested Cody Aldrich, 28, of Franklin, Vermont. Aldrichhas been charged with DUI #2 and operating with a criminally suspended drivers license. Troopers with the Vermont State Police responded to Rice Hill Road for a report of a motor vehicle crash.  Upon arrival…

4 People Stabbed, 1 Suspect Arrested Sunday Morning In Boston

By Tiffany Williams – Boston Police, early Sunday morning arrested Daryl Diamond, 39, of Dorchester. Diamond allegedly stabbed 4 people in the theater district.  At around 2:10 a.m., Officers assigned to District A-1 responded to a report of a stabbing that occurred in the area of Stuart and Tremont. Upon arrival officers located two adult…

6 People Shot Overnight In Worcester On Webster Street

By Tiffany Williams – Worcester Police are investigating an overnight shooting that happened at 88 Webster St.  Just after 3:00 a.m., officers assigned to the Operations Division Last Half responded to 88 Webster St., a warehouse for a report of a person shot. Upon arrival and after entering the warehouse, officers located a male who…

Worcester Man Sentenced To 40 Months For Cocaine Distribution

By Tiffany Williams – On Thursday, at the United States District Court in Worcester, Kevin Jean, 31, of Worcester was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 40 months in prison and three years of supervised release. On March 30, 2022, Jean and co-defendants Junior Melendez and Juan Rodriguez were convicted…

Nashua, New Hampshire Man Was Sentenced To 68 Months For Conspiracy To Distribute Controlled Substances

By Daniel Ingle – On Thursday, Antron Hughes, 60, formerly of Nashua, New Hampshire was sentenced to 68 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. From December 2022 through March 2021, Hughes conspired with another individual on five occasions to distribute quantities of cocaine base (“crack”) to an individual who was cooperating…

9 Individuals Connected To International Drug Trafficking Organization Arrested In Massachusetts, Rhode Island And New York

By Daniel Ingle – As the result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces operation, eleven individuals from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and California have been charged in connection with their alleged involvement in a sophisticated international money laundering and drug trafficking organization involving cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy). Nine of these individuals were…

3 Police Officers Shot, 2 Killed In Bristol, Connecticut

By Tiffany Williams – Overnight in Bristol, Connecticut, just after 11:00 PM two police officers were killed in a shooting. Connecticut State Police have confirmed that the two officers were responding to a domestic incident at a home on Redstone Hill Road involving two brothers. When the two officers arrived on scene the suspect was…

2 Teenagers Shot In Broad Daylight In Boston, 1 Dead

By Tiffany Williams – A 14-year-old juvenile was shot and killed on a Boston street Monday, in broad daylight.  The shooting incident was in the area of 2990 Washington Street in the Roxbury section of the city.  Boston Police confirmed they responded to the area about 12:18 p.m., for a shotspotter activation. Upon arrival, “Officers…

Boston Police Arrest Darryl Henley Of Boston For Drug Trafficking

By Daniel Ingle – On Wednesday, around 3:30 p.m., Boston Police arrested Darryl Henley, 54, of Boston. Henley was charged with Trafficking; Class A, Drugs, 28-99 grams, Trafficking; Class B, Drugs, 100-199 grams and Distribution Class A, Drugs. While on patrol in the area of  E 9th Street near Mercer Street in South Boston, officers…

Cameron Cartier Of Buzzards Bay Pleaded Guilty To Violent Kidnapping

By Bryan Collins – At the United States District Court in Boston, Cameron Cartier, 28, of Buzzards Bay pleaded guilty on September 30, 2022 to one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice by retaliating against a witness, victim, or informant. In April 2019, Cartier and his co-conspirators…

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