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  • FILE - This 1995 file booking photo taken in West Palm Beach, Fla., and released by the FBI shows Francis P. "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, a former mafia boss. Salemme and co-defendant Paul Weadick are on trial in federal court in Boston in connection with the 1993 killing of nightclub owner Steven DiSarro. (Federal Bureau of Investigation via AP, File)

Friday, May 11, 2018
Jurors in Mafia boss trial visit killing, burial sites

BOSTON — Jurors who will decide whether former New England Mafia boss Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme is guilty of having a federal witness killed have viewed the home where prosecutors say the killing took place.

Jurors traveled to Sharon on Friday to see the home where prosecutors say Steven DiSarro was strangled in 1993. Jurors also went to Providence, R.I., where DiSarro’s remains were found behind a mill building in 2016.

Prosecutors say Salemme watched as his son strangled DiSarro, and another man, Paul Weadick, held DiSarro’s feet. Prosecutors say they killed DiSarro to keep him from cooperating with authorities.

Weadick is also on trial. Salemme’s son died in 1995. Salemme and DiSarro deny any involvement in the killing.

Sober home operator charged with giving drugs for sex

BOSTON — A prominent Boston lawyer and operator of a sober home has been charged with distributing drugs to people recovering from addictions in exchange for sex.

Prosecutors say 57-year-old David Perry targeted multiple people between 2012 and 2017 and provided false information to probation departments in exchange for sex, drugs and money.

Perry is the owner/operator of Recovery Education Services Inc., a nonprofit that runs a residential facility in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood.

The Reading man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to multiple charges, including evidence tampering, conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs and sex for a fee.

Perry’s attorney, Peter Pasciucco, says his client denies the allegations and plans on “vigorously defending” against each indictment.

He is free on $10,000 bond and has been ordered to stay away from the sober house.

Grandfather gets 8 years for viewing child pornography

SPRINGFIELD — A 76-year-old grandfather of 12 has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for viewing hundreds of sometimes violent child pornography images on the web.

Edward Dupont, of Holyoke, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge who called the images a “horror show.”

Dupont is among hundreds of defendants prosecuted after the FBI won a search warrant which allowed them to take over a defunct website and collect users’ IP addresses.

Dupont’s home was raided in 2015 by federal agents, who recovered child porn on Dupont’s computer as well as a manual entitled “How to Practice Child Love” in his home.

Dupont told the judge that what he did was “despicable” and he never abused a child himself.

Authorities: Person struck, killed by train in Connecticut

WESTBROOK, Conn. — Amtrak is warning of service disruptions after someone was struck and killed by a train in Connecticut.

A state Transportation Department spokesman says someone was struck and killed on the tracks near the Westbrook station at about 7:30 a.m. Friday.

The person was struck by an Acela Express high-speed train en route to Boston from Washington. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

From Associated Press