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Boston Harbor Cop's Strange Rescue: a Wedding

When the groom's boat broke down, officer Joe Matthews stepped up

(Newser) - Officers with the Boston Police Department's harbor patrol unit are accustomed to helping boaters in distress, but last weekend officer Joe Matthews came to the rescue of a groom in danger of missing his own wedding, per the AP . Patrick Mahoney was scheduled to get married on Thompson Island...

Cop Mistaken for Suspect, Beaten Will Lead Boston Police

Michael Cox was working undercover in 1995 when officers mistook him for suspect

(Newser) - A former Boston police officer who was beaten more than 25 years ago by colleagues who mistook him for a suspect in a fatal shooting will be the new leader of the city's police department, Mayor Michelle Wu announced Wednesday. The commissioner post is a homecoming for Michael Cox,...

Boston's Top Cop Fired Over Domestic Abuse Claims

Dennis White denies physically, mentally abusing ex-wife

(Newser) - Boston's police commissioner was fired Monday following a bitter battle to keep his job after decades-old domestic violence accusations came to light. Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced Dennis White's removal as the city's top cop, four months after White was placed on leave over the allegations just...

Cop Accused of Attacking, Carjacking Uber Driver

But Boston police veteran ends up with serious injuries

(Newser) - A veteran Boston police officer is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted an Uber driver—but the cop says he was really the victim. According to a police report, Michael Doherty, 40, a veteran of 16 years, was riding in an Uber car early Sunday when he verbally accosted the...

Emotional Red Sox Fans Kiss Marathon Finish Line

Meanwhile, riots break out in New Hampshire, at UMass

(Newser) - Celebrations—and, occasionally, riots—broke out all over Red Sox Nation following last night's World Series win, the team's first at Fenway since 1918. But one gathering had particular poignancy: Many of the fans pouring out of Fenway made their way to the Boston Marathon finish line, bringing...

Cops React to Anonymous Hack With Quirky Video

Hackers replaced police website with KRS-One song

(Newser) - Hacked by Anonymous a week ago, Boston police fought back ... with a little dry humor, Naked Security reports. Anonymous broke into BPDNews.com on Feb. 3 and substituted its usual police and crime news with a video of rapper KRS-One performing his song, "Sound of Da Police." So...

Cop Suspended for Gates Slur Sues Over Civil Rights

(Newser) - The Boston police officer suspended for referring to Henry Louis Gates as a “banana-eating jungle monkey” is suing the city and the department for violating his civil rights, the Globe reports. The BPD, police commissioner, and mayor are “conspiring to intentionally inflict emotional distress” and interfering with Justin...

Boston Cop Suspended After Racial Slur on Gates

Calls him 'jungle monkey' in email

(Newser) - The fallout from the Henry Louis Gates arrest continues: A Boston cop has been suspended for referring to Gates as a "jungle monkey" in an email, the Globe reports. Officer Justin Barrett, 36, faces a disciplinary hearing next week and could be fired. He used the phrase while describing...

Police Charge Premed Student as 'Craigslist Killer'

(Newser) - Boston police arrested 22-year-old premed student Philip H. Markoff today for being the "Craigslist killer," the Boston Herald reports. Nabbed at a traffic stop outside Boston, Markoff was charged with murder, kidnapping, and unlawful possession of a firearm, and thrown behind bars. Police believe he murdered a...

'Rockefeller' Forged New Phony Life

Kidnap dad created yet another identity in Baltimore: cops

(Newser) - Bogus blueblood Clark Rockefeller, who went on the lam after abducting his 7-year-old daughter during a custody dispute, was creating a new identity in Baltimore when he was arrested Saturday, reports the Boston Herald. He was using the name Chip Smith or sometimes Clark Rock, and had already been building...

Missing Girl's Dad Bought Gold
 Missing Girl's Dad Bought Gold

Missing Girl's Dad Bought Gold

Converted cash to bullion to use anywhere in world, say cops

(Newser) - The wealthy businessman accused of abducting his 7-year-old daughter has apparently exchanged cash for gold as part of his elaborate kidnapping plot, reports the Boston Globe. Clark Rockefeller, a man with a mystery history who lied about his connections to the Rockefeller family, can use the gold anywhere in the...

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