Police urge caution
in soliciting cab rides
Two recent incidents in which women said they were sexually assaulted after getting into vehicles that they thought were taxis do not appear to be related, a Boston police official said Monday.
Authorities also urged people to make certain they are getting rides from legitimate, licensed cab or livery service drivers before they step into the vehicles.
In the most recent incident, a woman told police she was hailing a cab at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the Brighton neighborhood when a dark four-door sedan pulled up and offered her a ride.
The victim, according to police, said she was driven to an area believed to be on the Boston-Cambridge line near the Harvard University campus, where she was attacked.
A similar incident was reported in the Seaport district earlier this month.
Police on Monday posted tips on its website, bpdnews.
com, for identifying properly licensed taxis and clearly identified livery service vehicles in the city.
Slay suspect rejected
in bid for new counsel
An Easthampton man charged with killing his girlfriend has had his request for a new lawyer denied.
Ryan Welch asked a judge last week in Hampshire Superior Court for a new court-appointed attorney because of disagreements over defense strategy.
But the judge said in a ruling that Welch’s "displeasure or mistrust of appointed counsel is not justified," and would not lead to "an unjust verdict."
The 37-year-old Welch is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to the February 2012 slaying of Jessica Ann Pripstein. An autopsy determined the 39-year-old Pripstein died from a "sharp-force injury" to her neck.
No charges for DA
involved in collision
The Norfolk district attorney will not face criminal charges stemming from a three-vehicle crash last month that landed him and three others in the hospital, a clerk magistrate determined Monday.
District Attorney Michael Morrissey said after a closed-door hearing in Quincy District Court that he passed out as a result of dehydration and fatigue on one of the hottest days of the year.
According to police, Morrissey’s car crossed the center line on July 16 as he was in Milton on his way home and collided with two other vehicles.
Another vehicle went off the road to avoid a collision. Morrissey spent two days in the hospital.
He said soon after the accident that he had felt lightheaded and dizzy before losing consciousness.
Milton police had sought a criminal charge of operating to endanger. A citation for a marked lanes violation stood.
-- The Associated Press