Level 3 Sex Offender Arraigned for Exposing Himself in Forest Hills Area, Attempted Rape on Same Day

A level 3 sex offender who allegedly exposed himself in the Forest Hills area on July 18, and had earlier tried to rape and kidnap a different victim earlier that day, was arraigned in two district courts on Tuesday for multiple charges. Kennedy Colson, 29, who provided the address of a Boston homeless shelter during booking, was arraigned on Tuesday at Roxbury Municipal Court and the West Roxbury Municipal Court for alleged crimes that all occurred on July 18, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office. He was arraigned in Roxbury Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to rape, kidnapping, open and gross lewdness, assault and battery, and trespassing. He allegedly assaulted a victim shortly before 1 pm at a Northeastern University building. He was held without bail pending a July 26 dangerousness hearing under Chapter 276, Section 58A, of the Massachusetts General Laws.

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Rollins Sworn In as First Woman Suffolk County DA, First Female Person of Color DA in MA

History was made is often a cliche description of many things. History is always being made. But after being sworn in as the District Attorney for Suffolk County, Rachael Rollins truly made history -- by being the first woman person of color to be a DA in Massachusetts -- and she's also the first woman to be our county's DA. “We have a big job ahead of us – changing perceptions and expectations of how the criminal justice system can best serve the community, and how necessary other disciplines are to our shared success,” said Rollins at the ceremony held on Wednesday at the Roxbury Community College. “Professionals in education, medical and mental health, social services, housing, and many other fields all play a part in public safety and we need their collaboration as surely as we need police and prosecutors.

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Sheroes at Doyle’s: Ayanna, Rollins, Nika, Malia, Chang-Diaz on Dec. 12

The JP Progressives are hosting their annual fundraiser on Dec. 12 and it's going to feature several newly elected sheroes. "Our work this year was extensive, and we are proud of both the results that we helped achieve and the effort we put forward. We gathered signatures for ballot questions and candidates. We organized phone and text banks to elect progressive candidates to state and federal offices across the nation.

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Poll: Who Are You Voting for Suffolk County District Attorney?

For the first time in decades there is no incumbent in the Suffolk County District Attorney race. There are five candidates in the Democratic Party primary on Tuesday. Who has your vote? The hottest topic in this year's race was criminal justice reform and discussion was often about a criminal justice reform bill signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker in April. State Rep. Evandro Carvalho (5th-Suffolk) was going to run for an open state senate seat, but changed his mind to run for the DA position once he heard that current DA Dan Conley wasn't seeking reelection.

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