Police recover bag full of guns

The Boston Police Department reports recovering five guns, magazines and ammunition sitting in a plastic bag in an alley off Lucerne and Harwood streets in Dorchester shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police say an anonymous source reported overhearing some guys talking "about the pickup of a package containing firearms" in that area.

Officers are first set up surveillance of the alley, but decided they couldn't just let a bunch of guns in a bag sit there, even if under surveillance.  Read more

Dorchester teen charged with killing one woman, injuring another on Blue Hill Avenue

Around 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Keith Williams took out a loaded .357 revolver at Blue Hill Avenue and McLellan Street and began firing into a crowd of people waiting for the J'Ouvert parade, assistant Suffolk County District Attorney Mark Lee said today.

One of the bullets hit Dawnn Jaffier in the head a block away at Charlotte Street, killing her, Lee said. Another bullet traveled more than four blocks down Blue Hill Avenue, hitting another woman in the leg as she sat on a curb with her friends.  Read more

Shooting erupts in Adams Corner; bullet hits nearby home

Bill Forry, Editor
Aug. 23, 2014

The scene on Gallivan Boulevard this afternoon around 5 p.m. Traffic was diverted as State Police searched for ballistic evidence in front of Mt. Washington Bank. The house closest to the scene at 2 Granville St. was hit by a bullet. Photo by Bill Forry

Gunfire erupted at a busy Adams Corner intersection this afternoon when a gunman in one vehicle opened fire on the occupants of a second vehicle around 4:15 p.m. Eyewitness accounts suggest that five rounds were fired in the incident, which left a bullet hole in a nearby home and prompted the shut-down of the eastbound lane of Gallivan Boulevard for more than an hour as State Police canvassed for evidence.  Read more

Young woman killed during morning parade on Blue Hill Ave.

Aug. 23, 2014

Dawnn Ashley

A 26 year-old Boston woman died today after she was shot in the head as she walked on Blue Hill Avenue in J'Ouvert, a traditional morning parade that precedes the larger Boston Carnival celebration. Dawnn Jaffier was found suffering from gunshot wounds near the corner of Charlotte Street just after 8:15 a.m. Police were in the area to provide security for the annual event, which had drawn thousands to the avenue.  Read more

Two women shot on Blue Hill Avenue, one fatally; three arrested

The Boston Police Department reports two women were found shot shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday on Blue Hill Avenue.

One woman, found at Charlotte Street, was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The second woman, found near American Legion Highway, was expected to survive.

Police say not long after, they arrested three men spotted running from the scene. A gun was recovered a couple blocks from the murder scene.  Read more

Dot Park Antique Car Show, Family Fun Day is Sept. 7

Aug. 23, 2014

The second annual Antique Car Show and Family Fun Day in Dorchester Park will take place on Sun., Sept. 7. The car show itself will be held on the Adams Street side of the park from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Prizes will be given out to best in show, which will also feature a DJ and 50/50 raffle.  Read more

Four sought for robbery at new Dorchester Avenue jewelry shop

Four wanted for Dorchester jewelry robbery

The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for four people for the robbery of $20,000 worth of jewelry at Thai Binh Jewelry, which recently opened at 1283 Dorchester Ave.

According to police, one of the four walked into the shop around 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, looked around, declared he didn't want anything they had, then walked out.  Read more

Man charged in shooting outside Ashmont Station

Aug. 21, 2014

A 22 year-old Dorchester man allegedly shot and wounded a man outside of Ashmont station on Wednesday evening as stunned commuters watched and ran. Balfour McLean was arrested near the scene of the 7:30 p.m. incident by members of the Boston Police Drug Control Unit who happened to be nearby and witnessed McLean running from the scene. McLean was arrested in front of a home on Alban Street, about two blocks from the shooting, which left a 24 year-old Randolph man suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He is expected to survive, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.  Read more

BPS back-to-school hotline is up and running

Aug. 21, 2014

Boston Public Schools (BPS) parents can get back-to-school information and learn about school assignments by calling the multilingual BPS Back-To-School Hotline at 617-635-9046. Interim Superintendent John McDonough has launched the hotline early this year, at the end of June, to enhance customer service efforts for families with children in summer school. Since June 30, operators have responded to more than 2,000 calls and remain ready to answer a wide variety of questions from parents and students.  Read more

City prepares for ‘unlikely’ Ebola outbreak

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 21, 2014

City Outlines Response to Potential Ebola Threat from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

While a Boston Ebola case is unlikely, officials say, everyone from medical emergency workers on city streets and in the Port of Boston to nurses and doctors in the hospitals are prepared for that potentiality.

The Boston Public Health Commission held a press briefing on the disease that is ravaging parts of West Africa to quell what they described as misconceptions and answer questions officials say they have received.  Read more

Man shot outside Ashmont station

The Boston Police Department reporst a man was shot around 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday just outside the Ashmont MBTA station.

Officers on patrol saw the shooting and immediately took off after the suspect on foot. Police say they captured Balfour McLean, 22, of Dorchester, on Alban Street and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. They also recovered the Ruger 357 firearm they say he discarded during the chase.  Read more

Landlord set to sell his key properties in Adams Village

Arthur S. Murphy owns property on both sides of Adams Street, including the two-story commercial building at 526 Gallivan Blvd., shown on the right. Photo by Bill Forry

The owner of two key commercial buildings in Adams Corner intends to sell his high-profile properties, a move that is likely to trigger a new round of redevelopment in Dorchester’s gateway village.

Arthur S. Murphy controls the flagship two-story corner building at 526 Gallivan Blvd. that houses Windy City and China Sky restaurants and the Butcher Shop, along with other office space. Murphy also owns an assortment of storefront condo units along Adams Street. He told the Reporter last week that he is entertaining offers for his entire Adams Corner portfolio.  Read more

The making of ‘David’s Law’ – a story of love, grief, resolve

Cathy and Don Macrelli pose with a photo of their son David. Photo by Lauren Dezenski

After almost two decades of work and waiting, Don and Cathy Macrelli got their wish: as of two weeks ago, “David’s Law” was a reality and the Adams Village couple attained closure on a deeply personal matter of life and death.  Read more

City asks community input on rehab of Savin Hill Park

It doesn’t take an expert to see that with its crumbling walkways, overgrown brush, graffiti, and litter, Savin Hill Park is in dire need of updating.

The Boston Parks Department recently secured nearly $250,000 to fix up passive areas of the park and the specific areas to be improved will be finalized at a meeting next month that will offer “the chance for the community to come together to see what can be feasible based on the community’s needs and wants,” said Ryan Woods, spokesperson for the Boston Parks Department.  Read more

DOT BY THE DAY August 21 – 28, 2014

Thursday (21st) – WBZ Radio & the Department of Conservation & Recreation present “Beetlejuice” — a free film for families at Pope John Paul II Park in Neponset, starting at sunset.

Saturday (23rd
) – The Lower Mills Branch Library hosts an Irish Celebration from 12-2 p.m. Join the Friends of the Lower Mills Library as they celebrate all things Irish with a traditional Irish band Geese in the Bog, traditional step dancers from Brady Kenny O’Brien Academy, delicious Irish snacks and more.  Read more

New storage building under construction in Neponset

A new 100,000 square foot, five-story storage building is under construction aty the corner of Norwood and Conley streets in Neponset this summer. The structure — rising along the MBTA tracks near Tenean Beach— will soon house Dorchester Great Space, an enterprise co-owned by partners Edward Ahern, Ken Goldberg and Charlie Sample. Ahern, a Dorchester resident and builder, says that the construction should be completed this fall with a prospective opening in November. Timberline Construction is the contractor that is building the structure.  Read more

Baker plans to run again for Council seat, pursue charter reform

Councillor Frank Baker, District 3

As head of the Special Committee on Charter Reform, City Councillor Frank Baker will have a lot on his plate ahead of next year’s council elections. Confronting whispers that he might not seek reelection, Baker was frank in an interview with the Reporter: “As of right now, yes, absolutely, I’ll definitely do another term. But things can change in one year. I don’t want to think about another election until I have to think about another election.”  Read more

With new bridge in place, Morton St. is back in play

At long last, the Morton Street bridge is structurally sound. After years of planning, community outreach, and scheduling to replace the structurally deficient bridge, crews finished work on Monday morning just after midnight – more than 24 hours ahead of schedule. The contractor will receive a bonus for finishing ahead of Monday’s scheduled opening.  Read more

Team Henry backed the wrong horse in MLB’s czar sweepstakes

It’s been a drab baseball season, especially hereabouts, with little chance of getting much more scintillating in such time that’s left. So it may prove to have climaxed in mid-August in a Baltimore hotel suite where the 30 owners of Major League Baseball teams played some good old fashioned hardball and came away with a victory for common sense. Keep in mind they have not always been so clever.  Read more

Mayor’s Cup Jamboree to be played at renovated Roberts Playground

Jacob Aguiar, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 20, 2014

Gearing up for Mayor's Cup: The Dorchester Eagles practiced at Robert’s Playround on Monday evening. Photo by Jacob AguiarGearing up for Mayor's Cup: The Dorchester Eagles practiced at Robert’s Playround on Monday evening. Photo by Jacob Aguiar

The Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner league will host the Mayor’s Cup Football Jamboree this weekend at the newly renovated Roberts Playground near Codman Square. Youth football players from all over Boston will participate in the all-day event on Sunday, which will feature live performances, food and, of course, football. Over 1,000 people are expected to drop by the day long event, which will also serve as a way to highlight the results of a $2.8 million renovation project to the playground— which now serves as the Dorchester program’s home field.  Read more

Meet the BFD’s newest Captain, Mark Loschiavo

Deputy Chief Hasson, Capt. Mark Loschiavo and Commissioner Joe Finn. Photo courtesy Diana Loschiavo

Boston Fire Captain Mark Loschiavo, 41, is a native of Dorchester who lives with his wife Diana, also a Dorchester native, and their two children in the Ashmont-Adams neighborhood.

The Reporter caught up with Capt. Loschiavo this week, just days after he was elevated from the rank of lieutenant to captain by the BFD’s Commissioner Joseph Finn.

“Mark has proven himself as a lieutenant to be a leader and now he’ll use that know-how and wisdom to lead a company,” Commissioner Finn told the Reporter.  Read more

Roxbury mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile

Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Aug. 19, 2014

Though there have been no recorded cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston this year, the Boston Public Health Commission is warning residents to take simple precautions after a mosquito pool in Roxbury tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  Read more

DA has to decide whether to re-try local man for first-degree murder

The Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday gave Suffolk County prosecutors a choice: They can retry Mario Gonzalez for stabbing his girlfriend to death in 2009 or they can accept reducing his current conviction from first to second-degree murder.

A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life without parole. A second-degree conviction also carries a life sentence but with the possibility of parole, as early as 15 years after conviction.  Read more

Smash-and-grab jewel thieves targeted Dot Ave. store

A team of thieves used hammers to smash display cases inside a Dorchester Ave. jewelry shop, making off with a “good amount” of merchandise in a brazen robbery on Monday afternoon. Boston Police say that two men and a woman— possible aided by an accomplice who helped them gain entry to the store— entered Tiem Vang Thai Binh Jewelry just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  Read more

Healey, Tolman contrast approaches to AG's office

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 15, 2014

The two Democrats seeking the office of attorney general have said they would take significantly different approaches to the job, with Warren Tolman saying he would stretch the powers of the office into charged public policy arenas and Maura Healey saying she would use her years of experience within the office to uphold the laws.  Read more