Reporter's Notebook: In restructuring, Walsh looks for ‘nimble’ cabinet

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 29, 2014

In a bid to streamline city services, Mayor Marty Walsh is revamping the cabinet structure, creating a position focused on arts and culture while splitting apart some departments and melding others together.

Daniel Arrigg Koh, Walsh’s chief of staff, said the administration is looking for the cabinet to function as a “nimble, efficient group of people.” “We’re doing this for better flow of information, for better coordination,” he said.  Read more

Public report required if panel finds Rep. Henriquez violated rules

Michael Norton and Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 29, 2014

With hearings ongoing, the House will not take any action during its formal session Wednesday on Rep. Carlos Henriquez, who is incarcerated and appealing his conviction by a jury on two counts of assault and battery.

“Not today,” Speaker Robert DeLeo said when asked if the House would take action on the Henriquez matter. Before being hustled onto an elevator by an aide, DeLeo said, “He’s still at hearings.”  Read more

Dot runners form nucleus of Richard Foundation's Marathon Team

100-plus squad will raise funds, honor Martin Richard

Harry BenzanHarry BenzanA tight-knit group of neighbors and family friends will form the nucleus of the inaugural Team MR8, a squad of 100-plus runners who will run in April’s Boston Marathon in memory of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old Dorchester boy who lost his life in last year’s terror bombing attack.

Each member of the team will raise thousands of dollars for the newly formed Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, whose mission is “to honor Martin’s message of ‘No more hurting people – peace’ by investing in education, athletics, and community.”

Among those hand-picked by the Richard family and their foundation are close friends and neighbors, including Lisa Hourihan Jackson, Jose Calderon, Mike McCarthy, and Harry Benzan, who coached both Martin and his younger sister Jane, who lost a limb in the attack.

“When this awful thing happened, Bill and Denise [Richard] said that they really wanted some privacy. And we honored what they wanted,” explained Benzan. “So now this opportunity came and this is what they’ve asked for. It’s a wonderful way to show that we’re there for them.”  Read more

Four students at King School taken for checkups after downing medications, vitamins one brought in from home

Four students at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School on Lawrence Avenue were transported to the hospital for checkups on Tuesday after they shared pills and vitamins one of them brought in from home.  Read more

Henriquez returned to State House for second Ethics hearing

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 28, 2014

For the second time in five days, Rep. Carlos Henriquez was transported to the State House Tuesday by Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department official to testify before the House Ethics Committee as the panel weighs possible discipline against the Dorchester Democrat, convicted on two counts of assault and battery.  Read more

Mattapan man convicted in ’11 Abbott St. murder

Jan. 28, 2014

A 39 year-old Mattapan man was convicted of second-degree murder on Tuesday for shooting 29-year-old Shawn Flores to death in Sept. 2011. Kendrick Clark faces a mandatory life term for the murder inside an Abbott Street rooming house. Clark fled to North Carolina where he was apprehended in Oct. 2011. No one witnessed the fatal shooting, but Flores made a dying declaration that Clark had shot him.  Read more

Three shot to death overnight in Ashmont, Mattapan

A man, believed to be in his 20s, was shot repeatedly around 9:50 p.m. on Sunday outside the Tedeschi store, 1886 Dorchester Avenue.

The Boston Police Department reports he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 2:45 a.m., Monday, a man and a woman, both in their 20s, were shot outside 92 Rosewood St. in Mattapan. both were taken to local hospitals, where they were pronounced dead.

In a statement tonight, Mayor Martin Walsh said the shootings are likely related - as is a murder last week on Callender Street.  Read more

Man shot to death on Callender Street

The Boston Police Department reports a 22 year-old Boston man was found shot to death around 6:25 p.m. on Friday at 82 Callender St. Police identified the victim as Trevain Keene. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.
Or call anonymously to the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Man charged with keeping dogs in illegal, squalid basement kennel

The Boston Police Department reports officers investigating a report of an illegal basement apartment at 8 Glenrose Rd. Thursday morning found five mistreated dogs living in awful conditions.  Read more

Jailed rep transported to State House for ethics committee meeting

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 24, 2014

With his lawyer asserting his innocence and suggesting the all-white jury that convicted him was not a “jury of his peers,” incarcerated state Rep. Carlos Henriquez was hauled in handcuffs back to the State House on Thursday as the House Ethics Committee considers disciplinary action against the Dorchester Democrat.  Read more

State House may be gearing up for Henriquez appearance before committee

State House News Service
Jan. 24, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

When former Rep John Fresolo was the subject of House Ethics Committee deliberations last year, the committee convened its hearings in a first floor conference room that was guarded by court officers who roped off the hallways in an attempt to give those coming and going a clear path in and out of the room.

On Friday, a day after the House passed an order enabling Rep. Carlos Henriquez to be summoned from jail to appear before the same committee, officials appeared to be conducting the same type of room preparations on the first floor of the State House.  Read more

House ethics committee given power to take witnesses into custody

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jan. 23, 2014

The House on Thursday raised the possibility of Rep. Carlos Henriquez returning to Beacon Hill to testify in his own defense, approving an order that empowers a House panel to take witnesses into custody as its lays the groundwork for hearings to consider Henriquez’s expulsion from the House or other disciplinary action.  Read more

Drug Court gets boost from ally: the Mayor

Judge Rosalind Miller, Dorchester District Court’s first justice, knows the new mayor well. Marty Walsh, she said last week, “not only talks the talk, [he] walks the walk.”

Addressing a crowd gathered in the courthouse’s first session, Miller was referring to Walsh’s work in the recovery community. Walsh has been a recovering alcoholic for 18 years and it was a key part of his biography when he ran for mayor last year.  Read more

After hearing, city board approves wine and cheese store for Dot Ave.

Adam Gaffin, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 23, 2014

Approved: This recently-renovated storefront at 1047-1051 — once home to a Vietnamese-American market— will next become home to a shop marketed towards consumers with gourmet tastes. 	Photo by Bill ForryApproved: This recently-renovated storefront at 1047-1051 — once home to a Vietnamese-American market— will next become home to a shop marketed towards consumers with gourmet tastes. Photo by Bill ForryThe Boston Licensing Board last Thursday approved a plan to turn a shuttered Vietnamese market on Dorchester Avenue into an upscale shop selling everything a young professional could need for a dinner party - from wine and gourmet cheeses to self-service olive oil and home-made peanut butter.

At a hearing last Wednesday (Jan. 15), young professionals - and some older residents - supported Mateo Van’s proposed Savin Hill Enterprise at 1047-1051 Dot. Ave. saying they are tired of having to drive to distant towns to get the sorts of supplies they need and that Savin Hill has changed enough to be able to support this sort of store.

Opponents, including the pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church next door and a competing liquor store, however, said the area already has enough liquor stores and that adding one more would only turn the area into even more of a haven for drunks and prostitutes than it already is.  Read more

Field takes shape in 13th Suffolk

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 23, 2014

Candidates facing a six-week sprint to the primary election for Marty Walsh’s empty seat are on the move. It’s door-knocking time as one formally launched his effort over the weekend and others began pulling nomination papers.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Boston’s never-say-die GOP unit sets caucuses

Boston’s Republicans will hold back-to-back-to-back half-hour caucuses next Thursday evening in advance of the state party’s convention in March. Three committees – Wards 12, 13, and 14 – are scheduled to gather at the Grove Hall Library at 6:30 p.m., with Ward 14 going first. Rachel Kemp, a Dorchester resident who serves as a state committeewoman for the GOP, is hoping for a “robust” 20 people to appear at the meetings, which will select delegates for the March 22 convention at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.  Read more

One man arrested for December attack on postal worker; second sought


Federal officials report arresting a Dorchester man for they say was the getaway man for a December attack on a postal worker on Bailey Street - and say they are still looking for the second suspect, whom they say beat and shot the worker in his truck.

Maurice Williams Miner-Gittens, 23, was arrested this morning on federal charges of conspiracy to rob, attempted robbery and kidnapping of a federal employee.

Keyon Taylor is at large and should be considered dangerous, officials say.  Read more

Henriquez still weighs next steps; official mulls a run for Fifth Suffolk seat

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 22, 2014

A week after he was whisked away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez remains undecided about stepping down from his House seat, a person close to his situation said Tuesday night. Top officials, including Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Marty Walsh, have already asked the Dorchester Democrat to resign.  Read more

Wahlberg: Would “love” to open family-owned burger joint in Dot

Paul Wahlberg

The star of TV’s latest reality show about the OFD Wahlberg clan says the family would “love” to open up a burger joint in Dorchester— if they can find the right location.

“I would love to and if we find the right location we would do it,” Paul Wahlberg told the Reporter this week in an interview to publicize tonight's (10:30 p.m.) debut of his A&E program, “Wahlburgers."  Read more

PERFECT STORM: Team Walsh gets first winter test

Mayor Martin J. Walsh took a turn manning the 24 hour hotline set up for constituent calls during Tuesday night's snowstorm. The minor winter storm was a good opportunity for the new administration to show its capacity for handling a snow emergency, which was declared by Walsh on Tuesday afternoon.  Photo courtesy Mayor's Office.Mayor Martin J. Walsh took a turn manning the 24 hour hotline set up for constituent calls during Tuesday night's snowstorm. The minor winter storm was a good opportunity for the new administration to show its capacity for handling a snow emergency, which was declared by Walsh on Tuesday afternoon. Photo courtesy Mayor's Office.

As the first snowstorm of his mayoralty headed his way, Marty Walsh struck an optimistic tone during a Tuesday morning interview with FOX 25. “Hopefully the snow moves out and we miss it,” Walsh said inside its Beacon Hill studio.

The camera then cut back to the FOX 25 studio in Dedham. “Sorry, Marty,” the station’s weatherwoman, Shiri Spear, said. “Get ready to dig out.”

Not quite.

The snowfall landed somewhere in the middle, between a dusting of a few inches and the 10 inches that some weathermen predicted. Boston received roughly five inches, while areas south of the city picked up double digits. The roads appeared to be largely clear in the morning, with police posted at major intersections to direct traffic.  Read more

Walsh: Snow emergency will end at 8 a.m. in Boston

Storm cleanup on Pope's Hill: In an image posted on Twitter this morning, Steve Bicketon, Jr. noted the streets are plowed down to pavement.Storm cleanup on Pope's Hill: In an image posted on Twitter this morning, Steve Bicketon, Jr. noted the streets are plowed down to pavement.The City of Boston's snow emergency and parking ban will end at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Mayor Walsh's office announced this morning at 5:45 a.m. The winter storm— the first significant snowfall of the Walsh administration— resulted in about 7 inches so far. While schools are closed, City Hall will be open today as a "regular business day." A winter weather warning remains in effect through 1 p.m. and a deep freeze is expected to set in through the weekend.

All city of Boston community centers will be open today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for children ages 7 and older. Adults will be asked to complete a short intake form when dropping children off.  Read more

T police seek to ID alleged cell phone thief

Reporter Staff
Jan. 21, 2014

MBTA Police are asking for the public's help in identifying an alleged cell phone thief who robbed a woman on the platform of the Fields Corner T station last month. In a video posted on the T Police website, the individual is shown escaping through the station's turnstiles after the incident on Dec. 19.

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House seat hopeful Hunt formally launches campaign

Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 20, 2014

DanHunt, a candidate for 13th Suffolk state representative, spoke during a Saturday morning event at Phillips' Old Colony House. Photo courtesy Hunt campaign

Neponset’s Dan Hunt, one of several hopefuls vying to replace Marty Walsh in the state Legislature, kicked off his campaign on Saturday and grabbed the backing of a top elected official and neighborhood activists.  Read more

Truck plunges into Savin Hill Cove, spills fuel

Jan. 20, 2014

A gravel-carrying dump truck rolled over on I-93 into Savin Hill Cove on Monday morning, sending at least 50 gallons of fuel into the water and snarling traffic all the way into Quincy.

“The driver safely out,” said the Boston Fire Department’s Twitter feed, which has been posting pictures of the rollover. The State Police's Twitter account has also been posting pictures of the accident.

The Boston Fire Department says that the truck, a 2000 Volvo, belongs to Mobile Excavating Company in Medway.  Read more

Prosecutors seek tougher penalties for juvenile murder convictions

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 20, 2014

Out of concern for the families of those murdered by juveniles and in the wake of a high court ruling that the most severe penalty is unconstitutional, state prosecutors are calling on Beacon Hill to make sure juveniles who commit murder spend at least 35 years behind bars.  Read more