“This is a case about a handgun,” prosecutor David Meier told jurors yesterday, opening day of accused would-be cop-killer Jermaine Berry’s trial. “It’s a case about what one man did with a .357 revolver loaded with hollow-point bullets.”
Neighbors who said they were fed up with what police say was a sophisticated drug dealer on their street got action when officers raided a Dorchester apartment and seized surveillance cameras, OxyContin, crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and a growling Rottweiler that the suspect had allegedly used to protect the stash.
Willie Bizzell, 19, was arraigned yesterday on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of a Dorchester man who was electrocuted during a struggle at the Fields Corner MBTA station in September.
Three armed security guards were arraigned yesterday on assault charges in connection with the gunpoint beating of a Dorchester man attacked in his home as his wife and children screamed.
Although the first half of this year got off to a rocky start, Brookline Police Chief Dan O'Leary is predicting this year's crime rate will be the fourth or fifth lowest in the past 10 years, with a small increase over last year's rate.
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