Saturday News Digest

Red Zone anti-violence project outlined.

Boston police, saying that one-fourth of the city's gun crimes happen in about 10 areas totaling half a square mile, said yesterday that they and federal agencies will flood those spots to remove criminals.

Walker convicted in 2000 murder.

Andre Walker, whom prosecutors described as a Franklin Hill gang leader, was convicted in the death of Francis Stephens and also found guilty of assault with intent to commit murder in the shooting of Stephens's friend, Jose Astacio, who was 19 at the time.

Suspect in Molotov attack arrested.

Mark Recupero of Medford pleaded not guilty in Roxbury District Court yesterday to the attempted arson charge and a charge of possessing a Molotov cocktail, said David Procopio, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Red Line crime reports on the rise.

Reports of simple assaults on the Red Line have jumped every year since 1999, from 91 six years ago to 142 in 2004. Through October of this year, there were 133 such assaults reported, putting the Red Line on a pace for 160 by year’s end - which would mark the highest tally in nine years.

Residents offer help near T Station.

Shaken by the jump in muggings and assaults by thieves who lie in wait for Shawmut MBTA riders walking home at night, three Dorchester activists have volunteered to give residents free rides home.

Possible link seen in Boston, Albany thefts.

Police believe the men who swiped two rings worth $45,000 from a Western Avenue jewelry store [in Albany, NY] Monday are the same pair who hit a Boston department store four days earlier, absconding with a $17,000 diamond necklace.

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