Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Howie Winter, former head of the Winter HIll Gang, is accused of demanding money from businessmen who made a loan without consent from the North End.
The Medford Sons of Italy Hall, at 42 Alfred St., plays a role in an extortion case involving Howie Winter, former boss of the notorious Winter Hill Gang. Winter, 83, of Millbury, was scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court Tuesday morning on extortion charges, according to an announcement from the Middlesex District Attorney's office. He will be arraigned with James Melvin, 70, of Braintree, the announcement says. According to the district attorney's office, Winter and Melvin allegedly tried to extort tens of thousands of dollars from two businessmen, making threatening statements and phone calls and leaving a threatening note at one victim's home. Some of the alleged meetings took place at the Medford Sons of Italy Hall. …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Howie Winter is accused of conducting extortion, with some of his alleged actions taking place in Medford.
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Friday, June 8, 2012
A District Court judge set bail at $25,000 for Howie Winter, the former head of the infamous Winter Hill Gang, who was arrested yesterday in Millbury. Winter, 83, is accused of conducting extortion and conspiracy, with some of his alleged actions taking place in Medford. He appeared in Somerville District Court Friday morning for an arraignment. Stephen Gilpatric, assistant district attorney with the Middlesex District Attorney's office, outlined an alleged extortion scheme in which Winter and an associate are accused of meeting with victims in Medford and Randolph, leaving a handwritten note at a victim's home and making expletive-laden threats with references to Winter's connections to organized crime in the North End. He and his alleged…
Winter ran the Winter Hill Gang before James "Whitey" Bulger took it over.
Howie Winter, 83, former head of Somerville's infamous Winter Hill Gang, has been arrested and charged with extortion, according to an announcement from the Middlesex District Attorney's office. Winter and James Melvin, 70, allegedly extorted money from two unnamed victims who had made a loan of $100,000 to a third man for an unspecified business venture. According to the announcement, the former Winter Hill Gang boss demanded that each of the victims pay $35,000 to Winter for making a loan without his consent or permission. Winter and Melvin conducted the extortion, which began in February, at the Sons of Italy in Medford, according to prosecutors. Son's of Italy is on Broadway in South Medford, across the street from Somerville's Trum …