Mattapan

Police say serial armed robber nabbed in Mattapan

Click for larger.Click for larger.The Boston Police Department says a man arrested Friday is responsible for a series of armed holdups of gas stations and convenience stores in Dorchester, Mattapan and Medford - with a replica firearm.

Michael Gomes, 35, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on Friday at a home on Woodgate Road in Mattapan. Police say they seized a replica black firearm used in several robberies in recent weeks.

Police say Gomes was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Man gets life for role in death of innocent Mattapan man in gang feud

A Revere man admitted yesterday he helped kill a man who was outside talking with some friends one May night two years ago, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

BOSTON FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Boston Centers for Youth & Families Recreation, Sports, & Fitness Division, in partnership with BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center and the Mattapan Patriots Pop Warner organization, are hosting the Boston Flag Football League at Almont Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Tuesday, April 19th. This league is open to boys and girls ages 10-15. This is a FREE program. To register, please contact Donald Caisey at (617) 756-1319 or Hajji Glover @ BCYF Mildred Avenue Community Center at (617) 635-1328.

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Donald Caisey

T officials defend new station siting; abutters unmoved

Despite opposition from the area’s abutters, top transportation officials are sticking with their choice to construct a commuter-rail station between the Blue Hill Avenue and Cummins Highway overpasses. A key state senator has also weighed in, saying he remains unconvinced about the location.

Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan and MBTA General Manager Rich Davey met with local lawmakers and some neighborhood residents last week in Sen. Jack Hart’s State House office to discuss the siting of the station.

Some Mattapan residents have pushed for re-locating the proposed Woodhaven Street stop on the Fairmount Line, saying its presence there will hurt property values. But studies commissioned by the MBTA say it’s the most feasible site with the least impact to local residents, as well as the cheapest, costing $11 million. The other alternatives ranged from $13.5 million to $14.7 million.  Read more

Lawmakers split after transportation officials stick with Blue Hill commuter rail stop

Top transportation officials are sticking with their choice to construct a commuter rail station between the Blue Hill Ave. and Cummins Highway overpasses, despite opposition from the area’s abutters. A top senator has also weighed in, saying he remains unconvinced about the location.

Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Mullan and MBTA General Manager Rich Davey met with local lawmakers and some neighborhood residents on Tuesday in state Sen. Jack Hart’s State House office to discuss the siting of the station.  Read more

Teen pleads guilty for role in 2009 drive-by murder

Damante Burrell, 18, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today for the death of Fred Bing, gunned down while standing outside talking to some friends on May 13, 2009 in retaliation for another murder Bing had nothing to do with.  Read more

Compassionate Friends of Boston

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Our newest chapter is in Boston. It meets at the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston, MA., every first Tuesday of the month. The meeting is from 6pm-7:30pm. Refreshments are provided.

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Ray Strother

Teen charged with trying to chisel into check-cashing place after neighbors complain about hammering

Residents who got fed up with the sound of hammering at 2 in the morning at Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan finally called police, who say officers and Nitro the K-9 dog found a Dorchester teen inside the walls of a vacant building on Blue Hill Avenue, attempting to bang his way into Boston Check Cashing next door.  Read more

Mattapan store owner shoots would-be robber

A man who allegedly tried to use a hammer to rob Essential Body Herbs, 1282 Blue Hill Ave., Tuesday night wound up getting carted away in an ambulance after the store's owner shot him.

WHDH-TV reports the owner has a license to carry the weapon.  Read more

Police: Mattapan man threatened to shoot up MBTA bus that wasn't moving

MBTA Transit Police report arresting a man they say threatened to shoot up a bus on Cummins Highway Tuesday morning because the bus wasn't moving.

Police say the driver opened the bus's doors to let panicked passengers out - and they began running toward Mattapan Square looking for cops to flag down as Jawan Bristow, 27, continued his threats.  Read more