West Coast Productions, makers of adult cinema, are suing four Massachusetts residents for allegedly sharing one of their films through the online file-sharing program BitTorrent.
A Mattapoisett man, a Duxbury man, a Bedford man, a Brewster woman and a Peabody woman for allegedly sharing its film “Teen Anal Nightmare 2″ through BitTorrent in November 2010, according to the five separate lawsuits, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston Feb. 3.
The five people all downloaded and distributed the film between Nov. 10 and Nov. 27, 2010 even though it was protected by copyright law, the lawsuits, written by Cambridge attorney Todd Bennett said. The IP addresses of the plaintiffs were handed over to the porn company by Comcast, the defendants’ internet service provider, one of the lawsuits said.
The lawsuits seeks at least $30,000 and up to $150,000 from each individual.
It isn’t the first time West Coast Productions, based in California, has sued over illegal file sharing. Between September and November 2010, a West Virginia filed a set of mass lawsuits against 22,000 alleged porn file-swappers on behalf of the company, according to an ARS Technica report from 2011.
A man has been indicted on a federal gun charge after a Dorchester resident reported to police he saw a man in his backyard with a “big ass f—— gun,” according to an ATF affidavit.
Mohamed Ali Bile, a Somalian national who lives in Dorchester, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Boston Feb. 2 on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Bile was arrested early in the morning Nov. 5 by Boston police, after he had allegedly been walking around yards in Dorchester with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Boston police initially caught wind of Bile when a Ballou Avenue resident called them at 5:45 a.m. and told them “there was a guy in my yard with a big ass f—— gun,” the affidavit, written by ATF agent Linda Rudnicki, said. The witness said the man with the big ass gun was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and was drinking out of a cup, the affidavit said.
Bile was spotted by police walking down Ballou Avenue toward Norfolk Street, but he immediately fled into a yard and hopped a fence, the affidavit said. He tried to jump a fence between two Jones Street yards, but fell to the ground.
When he was found lying down in the yard, Bile told police he “was taking a nap,” and he had run from police because he thought someone was trying to shoot him, the affidavit said.
The AK-47 and 15 rounds of ammunition were found in a nearby yard, the affidavit said. Boston Police initially charged him with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm on a public way, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and possession of a large-capacity feeding device.
Bile has previously been arrested on Sept. 30 in South Portland, Maine on a criminal threatening charge. He was previously convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Roxbury District Court in 2004.
He will be arraigned on Valentine’s Day, according to a federal court docket.
A man who allegedly swore and acted violently on a flight from Boston to Amsterdam in November faces federal charges.
Kurt Haberstroh, 20, left the lavatory in a bloody mess on a Delta flight to Amsterdam Nov. 17, angerly swore at flight attendants and repeatedly punched his traveling companion in the face, according to an FBI affidavit.
Haberstroh was refused entry upon landing in Holland and was deported to the United States Nov. 19, the affidavit said. A charge of intimidating a flight crew member was brought against Haberstroh Monday, according to court filings. Haberstroh was remanded in custody of U.S. Marshals with an interview and hearing scheduled Tuesday, according to court filings.
While boarding the flight at Logan International Airport, Haberstroh could be heard loudly swearing in conversation with a friend, and the behavior continued through the flight, according to the affidavit, written by FBI Special Agent Daniel Romanzo.
“After the aircraft doors closed, Haberstroh suddenly hit the armrest and shouted ‘Let’s get this fucking plane in the air already,’” the affidavit said.
Mid-flight, there was a medical emergency, and a flight attendant went to retrieve equipment from the cabin above Haberstroh, the affidavit said. When some of the items fell to the ground, Haberstroh warned the attendant to “be more careful with that shit,” Romanzo wrote.
Later in the flight, Haberstroh couldn’t find his cellphone and allegedly began to tear through his carry-on luggage and pull apart his coach-class seat.
“They stole my fucking phone! They took my fucking phone!” Haberstroh said, according to the affidavit.
When a man traveling with Haberstroh tried to calm him, Haberstroh allegedly repeatedly punched him in the face. The man eventually convinced Haberstroh his cellphone was in his bag, the affidavit said. The man said to Haberstroh, “You’re fucked up. You’re high. I told you not to take all of that shit before you got on the plane,” according to the affidavit.
About four hours into the flight, several crew members heard loud noises coming from one of the lavatories. The door swung open and Haberstroh emerged with his hands and arms covered with blood according to the affidavit.
When a flight attendant asked Haberstroh if he had trouble opening the door, he responded, “Fuck you!” the affidavit said.
The inside of the lavatory was also covered in blood, and when a flight attendant asked him to clean it up, Haberstroh allegedly stood an inch from his face and said “Are you talking to me? Who do you think you’re talking to?” according to the affidavit.
After he returned to his seat, another flight attendant brought Haberstroh a towel to clean his hands, but he apparently didn’t want it.
“I don’t need it, get that fucking thing away from me!” Haberstroh said, according to the affidavit.
Flight attendants warned Haberstroh that if he did not calm down, they would place him in plastic zip cuffs for the rest of the flight, the affidavit said. flight crew members met with a federal agent who was aboard the flight, and showed him the disheveled bathroom as Haberstroh continued to fight with his flight companion, kicking the seat in front of him and punching his friend in the face, the affidavit said.
Following a violent struggle with his friend, several federal agents aboard the flight surrounded Haberstroh and arrested him, the affidavit said.
When the flight landed, Haberstroh was denied entrance to The Netherlands and ordered deported to the United States as soon as he was medically cleared, the affidavit said. He was sent back on a Delta flight on Nov. 19 without incident.
Court records show Haberstroh is a resident of Brighton, but a press release issued by the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz Thursday said he is from Watertown.
A Dorchester woman is suing a city-run summer camp for special needs children, claiming a camp counselor instructed her 4-year-old to swear, recorded the child doing it, and posted it on YouTube.
The woman’s son was attending Camp Joy at the Holland School in Dorchester in August 2010, when she learned from her brother that a video of her son saying “Fucking Ass Bitch” was being circulated on Facebook, according to civil court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Boston by the mother on Monday.
The video features a counselor at Camp Joy instructing the child to say the swears, and telling him to say them louder and louder, the court papers say.
The mother called the director of Camp Joy, who told her she would be firing the individual responsible for the video.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction requiring the video be removed from YouTube, and seeks financial rewards for the child’s family.
An elderly man who allegedly plotted to have an assistant district attorney killed has been indicted on a charge of commissioning murder-for-hire.
Pernell Powell, 73, of Roxbury, was jailed on an OUI charge when he allegedly offered $4,000 to a fellow inmate at Worcester County House of Corrections to murder an assistant district attorney who was prosecuting him on a drunk driving charge, according to an FBI affidavit.
It was the fifth time Powell had faced an OUI charge, and prosecutors were seeking a four to six year term against him, the affidavit said.
Powell was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on a charge of commissioning a murder for hire, court records show.
The FBI learned of Powell’s plans to have the prosecutor killed when they received a letter from another inmate at the jail, who said Powell offered him $2,000 up front and another $2,000 after to carry out the killing.
The inmate told the FBI he gave Powell the name of a relative in Florida to send the money to, with the intent of taking the first $2,000 and not carry out the murder, the affidavit, written by agent Michael Dwyer, said.
The inmate later agreed to wear a wire and record a conversation with Powell in early August, according to the affidavit.
During the conversation, Powell reaffirmed he wanted the killing carried out, the affidavit said.
“I want it,” Powell told the inmate. “I mean what do you think I put that money up for? I want his ass either way man.”
When asked again, Powell said. “Yea, I want it done.”
Powell has a lengthy record of minor crime and driving violation, according to a Boston Globe story from earlier this week.
Powell’s attorney, Timothy Watkins, told the Globe Powell would be exonerated.
“We’re confident that once all of the facts have been brought before a jury at trial, justice will be done and he will live out his life as a free man,’’ Watkins said told the Globe.
An alleged member of a massive, nationwide jewelry theft ring was arrested in Massachusetts this week.
Ventrous Stewart, 21, of Detroit was allegedly part of a “grab and go” robbery ring based in Detroit, but conducted heists around the country, according to an FBI affidavit. The ring has stolen about $1.2 million in goods through 45 heists in 22 states, according to investigators.
At least one of those robberies occurred in Massachusetts – and Stewart was allegedly the man who did it.
On Oct. 7, 2009, Stewart allegedly snatched an $18,000 watch from an employees hand at a jewelry store in Auburn, Mass. The watch broke and Stewart fled with only its dial, authorities said. Stewart was allegedly identified through fingerprints found in the store.
He was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Massachusetts Wednesday on an outstanding warrant casted by a Federal Judge in Michigan in April, the warrant does not specify the charges against Stewart.
The members of the ring went to great lengths to make the thefts appear as though they were isolated incidents, but a total of 19 individuals have been identified through wire tapped conversations on prison phone lines, according to an affidavit written by FBI agent Brian Max.
Typically, the ring carried out the thefts by sending one man into a store and ask an employee to show them an expensive watch or ring, Max wrote. The suspect would grab the jewelry from the employees hand and dash from the store to a waiting getaway driver, waiting in a rental car.
The ring would rotate who went into the stores and spread out the thefts across the country, Max wrote. The goods were brought back to three stores in Detroit where they were re-sold, according to the affidavit.
The most common items taken were Rolexes and diamond rings.
Stewart was previously arrested in Michigan in 2009 on a charge of grand theft, according to bustedmugshots.com.
A man charged with distributing cocaine allegedly used a bathroom at the Washington Street Registry of Motor Vehicles to sell crack.
On June 17 about noon, London Lee, 18, of Roxbury allegedly sent an undercover police officer who approached him on the street to a second-floor bathroom of the RMV. Lee met the officer there and traded two bags of crack for $30, according to a police affidavit written by Boston Police Sgt. William Dwan.
Before leaving the restroom, Lee also gave the undercover his cell phone number – should he want to buy crack again – and told him to file it under “Murda,” the affidavit said.
A strip-search of Lee found bags of crack and heroin hidden in his buttocks, the affidavit said. Along with the hidden drugs, Lee also had a folding knife and $214 on him, police said.
Lee is charged with distributing cocaine within 1000 feet of a school because of the proximity to University High, the affidavit said. Lee was approached by the undercover officer at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets, where he was standing with three other men near a flower pot, police said.
He was indicted on the charge in U.S. District Court last week.
The arrest was part of a heightening investigation into drug sales around the Common, Theater District and Chinatown, Dwan wrote.