Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday Docket

First item:

"A Leominster man has been arrested for the shooting death last week of a Fitchburg man, which officials said appeared to have been drug-related. Andrew Mathieu, 28, was arrested Tuesday night for the May 12 shooting of 24-year-old Roy Rivera, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said in a statement. An investigation by State Police and Fitchburg police led to Mathieu’s arrest, which occurred without incident. He faces charges of murder and carrying an unlicensed firearm, prosecutors said. Mathieu allegedly shot Rivera on Milk Street near the intersection with Alston Place. Police found Rivera slumped over the steering wheel of his car, prosecutors said. He was taken to Leominster Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The investigation into the death is ongoing, but officials believe it is related to an illegal drug transaction, prosecutors said. Mathieu is to be arraigned Wednesday in Fitchburg District Court."

Next case: 

"Tenants were evacuated from a Lynn dwelling Wednesday morning while police arrested a suspect who allegedly claimed he had explosives during a bank robbery, officials said. Steven Durbano, 22, was charged with robbing the Eastern Bank Tuesday morning at 112 Market St. in Lynn, according to a statement from Lieutenant Richard A. Donnelly, a spokesman for Lynn police. Durbano allegedly told a bank teller there were explosives in his bag, Donnelly said in the statement. After a police detective spotted Durbano outside 200 Lewis St., the Lynn multifamily building where he lived, he ran inside, prompting police to surround him and call the bomb squad, the statement said. Durbano allegedly resisted police, but was arrested at 9:30 a.m. He will be arraigned Thursday in Lynn District Court."

"A man who was paralyzed after being shot by State Police during an alleged crime spree last year is asking to be released from prison so he can live with his mother on home detention as he awaits trial. The Caledonian Record reported that 27-year-old Eric Jackson’s lawyer filed a home detention motion Monday, saying prison is not the proper place for the Lyndon man, who uses a wheelchair. He says Jackson is not a safety risk. Jackson is facing 18 criminal charges after allegedly escaping from furlough and his probation officers, stealing multiple cars, and hitting two State Police cruisers in late May 2014. Police shot him multiple times. Jackson is being held at a correctional facility in Springfield where he makes trips to a medical center."

"Attorney pleads not guilty in witness tampering case" by Milton J. Valencia Globe Staff  May 27, 2015

A well-known criminal defense attorney from the Boston and Cambridge area was charged with witness tampering in federal court Wednesday on accusations he bribed the victim of one of his clients with $2,500 so the victim would not testify in a hate crime case.

Timothy R. Flaherty, son of former state House speaker Charles Flaherty, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in federal court Wednesday afternoon. He was released without bail and ordered to stay away from the target of the alleged bribe.

His attorney, Thomas J. Butters, declared his client’s innocence.

“Tim Flaherty has been a widely respected lawyer for 25 years with a hard-earned reputation for his honesty and talent. Tim is innocent and looks forward to presenting a vigorous defense,” Butters said.

Flaherty was set to go to trial this week in an assault case originating in Cambridge District Court, in which his client allegedly assaulted a person and yelled, “You little Muslim . . . you [expletive] terrorist.”

Flaherty allegedly contacted the victim and offered him cash if he would tell authorities he was no longer interested in pursuing the case, according to US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s office, which is prosecuting Flaherty.

Flaherty allegedly later gave the victim $2,500 in cash and encouraged him to ignore calls from authorities, according to prosecutors. Flaherty instructed the victim to tell state prosecutors, “I have no interest in this. I’d have to come to court, I really don’t want anything to do with it. Um, you know the guy had a bad day and I’m just not going to testify,” according to court records.

The victim, who cooperated with investigators, also told Flaherty he had been contacted by the FBI and federal prosecutors who wanted to probe whether the offense was a hate crime. Flaherty told him to ignore those communications as well, according to court records....