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110 guns seized in 2014

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BOSTON — Boston police arrested five people and seized nine illegal guns in a 15-hour span starting Friday, officials said.

Police first recovered four guns, ammunition and a ballistic vest from a backpack inside a trash can at Thetford Avenue and Evans Street in Dorchester at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Later that night at 47 Topliff St. in Mattapan, police said they seized seized three guns and 15 plastic bags of marijuana while executing a search warrant. Jesor Brown, 19, of Roslindale; James Edwards, 22, of Dorchester; and Jesus Gonzalez, 23, of Dorchester were arrested on various firearm and drug charges.

Police said at about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday they recovered two handguns during a motor vehicle stop at Carmen and Radcliffe streets in Dorchester. Lino Cook, 22, of Dorchester, and Rickie Thompson, 29, of Mattapan, were arrested for violating auto laws and firearm charges.

“Reducing violence in our neighborhood starts with taking illegal guns off of our streets,” Police Commissioner William Evans said in a statement.

Police have seized 110 firearms in Boston in 2014.


Evans currently interim Boston Police head

BOSTON —William Evans, currently the interim Boston police commissioner, will be appointed to the job permanently Thursday by Mayor Marty Walsh, NewsCenter 5′s Janet Wu reported.

Evans, 55, was named acting commissioner by outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino when Edward Davis stepped down from the job in October.

Evans, who became a Boston police officer in 1982, is the brother of former Commissioner Paul Evans, the head of the department from 1994 to 2003.

William Evans rose through the ranks starting as a patrol officer, and in 2007 was named Superintendent of the Bureau of Field Services.

William Evans is a well-respected veteran of the Boston police department and is known for his street savvy.

William Evans was seen leaving the Mayor’s office shortly after noon Tuesday, a half hour before Mayor Walsh’s press conference to announce six other appointments.