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Tyler Zanco, 17, found shot in parking lot last week

Middlesex DA

WALTHAM, Mass. — Police said they are looking for two men wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Waltham high school student last week.

Tyler Zanco, 17, of Waltham, was found shot in a Waltham parking lot on Middlesex Circle at about 10 p.m. on March 20. He was taken to Newton Wellesley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Waltham Police Chief Keith MacPherson said Domingo Mendes, 22, of Belmont, is wanted on charges of murder, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws.Murder of high school senior stuns Waltham

Mendes is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Taylor Poulin, 21, of Newton, is wanted on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlicensed possession of a firearm and conspiracy to violate drug laws, police said.

Poulin is described as white, 6 feet tall and weighing 220 pounds. He may be driving a black 2002 Ford Explorer.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the men is urged to call Waltham police at 781-314-3607 or Massachusetts State Police detectives at 781-897-6600.

Hernandez investigated after Tuesday altercation
DA seeks recordings of Hernandez s jailhouse calls

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — A Massachusetts sheriff says former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been involved in a jail altercation.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson tells Rhode Island’s WJAR-TV that the former New England Patriots tight end had an altercation at the Bristol County House of Corrections on Tuesday.

Hodgson said he couldn’t provide much information, but told the TV station that Hernandez and another inmate are part of an internal investigation at the jail. He said Hernandez is away from the general jail population in a segregated housing unit.

The 24-year-old Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. The Boston man was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

Walter Shelley sentenced in murder death of William McCabe
John McCabe

TEWKESBURY, Mass. — A 62-year-old Tewksbury man convicted last year of killing a 15-year-old boy more than four decades ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

Walter Shelley was sentenced Thursday in Lowell Superior Court after being found guilty of first-degree murder in September in the 1969 death of William McCabe.

The Sun reports that because Shelley was 17 at the time, he is eligible for parole in 15 years based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision that anyone 17 or younger at the time of the crime cannot be sentenced to life without parole.

Prosecutors say Shelley was one of three teens who kidnapped, beat and bound McCabe, leaving him to die of asphyxiation in Lowell. Authorities say McCabe was targeted because he had flirted with Shelley’s girlfriend at a dance.

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Eileen Ferro found dead in home 30 years ago

The Telegram

SHREWSBURY, Mass. — An arrest has been made in the murder of a Shrewsbury woman whose husband found her stabbed to death in their home 30 years ago.

Eileen B. Ferro was 21 when she was killed in her home on Ladyslipper Drive on Feb. 22, 1974. Her husband, Anthony T. Ferro Jr., found her body.

Lonzo Guthrie was arrested Tuesday night and arraigned on a fugitive of justice charge in Georgia in connection with the case, the Worcester County District Attorney’s office confirmed.

Investigators said at the time that the slaying was especially brutal. Ferro, a dental hygienist who grew up in Worcester, had been slashed numerous times in the head and shoulders with a heavy, sharp object, possibly a hatchet or a butcher knife, police said.

In 1974, police quickly ruled out robbery as a motive for the slaying and said Ferro didn’t appear to have been sexually assaulted. Police initially theorized she knew her killer, based on the lack of any signs of forced entry or a struggle in the house.

By Henry Austin and Christopher Nelson, NBC News

A convicted killer who broke out of a Michigan prison during the Super Bowl then carjacked and kidnapped a woman as he fled was captured in Indiana on Monday, police said.

Indiana State Police confirmed to NBC News that Michael David Elliot was captured Monday evening in LaPorte County, Ind.

Elliot was taken into custody at about 6 p.m. ET after a sheriff’s deputy investigating a stolen vehicle tried to make a traffic stop, police said. The vehicle initially sped off but, after a short chase, was pulled over. At that time, Elliot was identified as the driver and detained, police said.

He was being held in LaPorte County jail.


‘Armed and dangerous’ Michael David Elliot who escaped from a Michigan Prison, Sunday.

Elliot’s capture put an end to an intense manhunt underway in Indiana that put several communities on high alert.

Hundreds of officers from multiple agencies were hunting for him after he pried a hole in a fence in a “secure area” at the Ionia Correctional Facility on Sunday night.

He then carjacked an older woman by threatening her with a hammer and box cutter and held her hostage, said Michigan State Police Lt. Mardella Horhn, who described Elliot as “armed and dangerous.”

The woman managed to escape in Indiana. And later, the red Jeep that Elliot stole from her turned up in Shipshewana, Ind., LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office said in an alert.

“Please avoid area,” the alert said, adding that nearby schools were placed on lockdown. Shipshewana is seven miles south of the Michigan border.

Prison guards discovered Elliot was missing at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, but Ionia Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns said surveillance video shows he probably escaped between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“It appears that he created a hole at the bottom of the two perimeter fences of the correctional facility and then crawled through those holes,” Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan told The Associated Press in an email.

Elliot traveled to Indiana with his hostage, drove two hours and pulled over for gas in Elkhart County, Ind. While Elliot was pumping gas, the woman pulled out a cell phone she was hiding and called the LaGrange County police around 11:30 p.m., according to a LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office statement.

The woman managed to escape to a gas station bathroom, where she waited for police to arrive, according to the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office. She was not hurt.

The woman told police that her captor told her he wanted to get far away from Ionia, Mich.

Elliot took off in her red 2004 Jeep Liberty with Michigan license plate 5FTG55, before the police arrived, Horhn said.

Elliot was given life terms for the murder of four people in 1993, according to his MDOC profile.

Elliot killed two women and two men in Bentley Township, Mich., during a plan to steal drug money, according to Michigan court documents. When he couldn’t find the money, he killed the four and set fire to the house where he thought the money was.

He was subsequently charged with four counts of premeditated murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of entry with intent to commit a larceny, one count of arson of a dwelling house and one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to court documents.

He has gone by the names Michael D. Delarosa, Michael David Delarosa and Michael David Shreader in the past, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Marlan said all other prisoners at the Ionia Correctional Facility were accounted for and that Elliot escaped without help from other inmates.

Jeff Black of NBC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Watch video on Midwest manhunt underway for escaped killer

Officials are searching for Michael David Elliot, who was discovered missing Sunday from a Michigan prison, where he’d been serving a life sentence for murder. He’s believed to be armed. He allegedly carjacked a woman’s vehicle nearby. The woman got away unhurt in Indiana.


Malia Gomez, 40, arrested Sunday

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A Cambridge woman will be in court Monday in connection with the stabbing death of a man on Sunday.

Watch Report

Malia Gomez, 40, is charged with armed assault with intent to murder and other charges following the stabbing death of Dana Robinson, 46, of Cambridge, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.

Police responded at 6:23 a.m. to an apartment building at 396 Putnam Ave. for a report of an unconscious man and found Robinson on the porch suffering from a stab wound, Ryan said. Robinson was taken to Beth Israel Hospital where he died.

Neighbors told NewsCenter 5 that they heard screaming in the multi-family apartment building early Sunday morning.

“The incident does not appear to be random and the defendant and victim were known to each other,” Ryan said.

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

Vincent Lalli found dead behind Coakley Middle School

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Investigators searched the Somerville home overnight of a man found dead behind a school in Norwood on Wednesday.

Norwood police, along with Somerville and state police went in and out of the home on Sycamore Street removing items.

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The search is almost 30 miles from where the body of Vincent Lalli, 66, was found Wednesday afternoon.

Detectives are trying to a piece together the last few moments of Lalli’s life and trying to determine who killed him and dumped his body behind Coakley Middle School in Norwood.

“I didn’t want to think it was Vinny. He’s a really nice old man. It broke my heart,” Lalli’s landlord, Maria Veliz, said.

Lalli shared his apartment with another man and that man’s son. Veliz said she would often hear fighting and just last week gave them notice that they were being evicted after living there for two months.

Veliz said Lalli is a veteran, and his ex-wife alerted police last week that he was missing.

“It’s very sad. Feel very sad for family and for his son. He had 11-year-old son,” she said.

A man walking his dog found Lalli’s body several hundred yards behind the school in the woods near the ball fields.

The investigation has been quite difficult because detectives say the victim suffered significant trauma, but a positive identification came Thursday when officials used fingerprints to identify the body.

Criminal Courts of Justice

When someone chooses to take the life of another they are committing a mortal sin “Thou Shalt Not Kill”. Sometimes we find that we have to protect ourselves and our families against those that mean us harm.  We are given the right to do this in most cases. In this case, Gary Lee Sampson intended to steal the car that both Jonathan Rizzo, 19, of Kingston, and Philip McCloskey, 69, of Taunton, were driving (Read more: While attempting to steal the car, Mr. Sampson opted to brutally stab the two men to death. Mr. Sampson was also convicted of another murder committed in the same week this incident occurred.  It’s obvious that Mr. Sampson cares not for the lives of others. In fact, he cares not for his own life, if he did he wouldn’t be committing acts that would most certainly cause him to meet his own end. With that being said, we now learn from Mr. Sampson’s attorney, William McDaniels that he only has no more than 10 years to live. The families of the murdered victims cannot see past their own grief and pain, and rightfully so; they just want Mr. Sampson to be put to death. Their loved ones had no choice in whether they lived or died.  Their death sentence was chosen for them by a criminal who had no cares in the world not even for himself. He left a trail of wounded hearts and souls behind him that yearn for all that could have been. Now the victims along with all of those who continue to follow this case have to hear from McDaniels that Sampson is suffering from chronic active Hepatitis C and advanced cirrhosis of e liver, which is the reason he is not expected to live past 10 years.

In everyone’s eyes they know that is 10 more years than the 3 lives that he took without remorse. So you ask yourself a moral question, is it right to take the life of a man whose time on this earth is limited because of his ailments? Forgetting his grievous crimes, we know in our hearts that this man, either way will not be permitted to live his life in the way that he had hoped. He will not step outside as a free man and make his own choices like the rest of us. So wrapping your head around this reality must make you think; maybe, just maybe, why would we spend money on a trial just to get the legal right to take the life of a man who is literally already dead inside. Whatever happens now, the three victims who lost their lives will not be brought back to life.  All the families and mourners will still mourn their losses for a life time. I’m not certain that a peace of mind could truly be found in knowing that any one person could have had a hand in deciding to kill someone who is already dying inside and quite painfully I might add. I’m not at all sympathetic to his pain by any stretch of the imagination, I just know that I could not knowingly pull a switch on someone who is going to die any way.  It’s the same as someone murdering someone who has terminal cancer because they couldn’t wait to receive their inheritance. It just seems morally wrong and cold-blooded.

Although it is difficult to find peace within your pain, we all must remember that each decision we make is one that we will have to live with in this life and the next.

My heart goes out to all the victims, their families and those having to serve on this case. Pain accompanies us for a lifetime but how we manage it is our choice. Good comes from all evil if you learn how to deal with it. Don’t hold in your pain, work together to release it. Let those you have lost look down on you with pride.

Felina S Robinson

January 22, 2014


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