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Latest public-safety news
Two elderly residents were seriously injured when the house at 27 Hansborough St. exploded around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Boston Fire Department reports.
Ten other residents were injured less seriously in the apparent natural-gas explosion - which blew the house off its foundation and led to its partial collapse. The resulting fire went to three alarms.
Residents of surrounding houses were evacuated. National Grid gave the OK to let them back around midnight.
Apr. 14, 2014
The city of Boston’s coordinated spring clean-up will stretch out over three weekends this year— with Dorchester and Mattapan’s “Boston Shines” weekend set for May 2-3. The citywide effort, now in its 12th year, engages thousands of volunteers in targeted cleaning projects. Read more
Apr. 11, 2014
Janitors who clean MBTA stations say their employers plan to sweep nearly one third of the jobs off the payrolls in September as a cost-saving measure. Read more
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issued a call for help in locating a 13 year-old Dorchester boy who has been missing since Feb. 4. The Reporter received a flyer from the agency this week seeking our assistance in finding Kristopher Lewis, who is described as a black and Hispanic boy with brown hair and eyes, about 5'1" tall and 87 pounds with a scar on his bottom lip.
According to the flyer, Kristopher was last seen on Feb. 4, 2014. He is believed to be in the Boston area.
Anyone with information about Kristopher's whereabouts should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or call Boston Police at 617-343-4687. Read more
Apr. 9, 2014
As funding for statewide and local road and transportation projects remains tied up in legislative negotiations, the Patrick administration on Wednesday announced a $40 million one-time program aimed at helping communities recover from the potholes left behind by another tough winter.
Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and MassHighway chief Frank DePaola spoke at a press conference on Gallivan Boulevard to discuss the $40 million program, which uses fiscal 2014 funds.
According to a program announcement obtained by the News Service, the initiative is designed to facilitate repairs of potholes, street cracking and damage to guardrails and signs, as well as repairs to municipal vehicles, garages and fueling stations. Smooth roads are the goal, one official said. Read more
Apr. 9, 2014
Bad luck or dumb criminal? Maybe a little bit of both.
Police say a Dorchester man was caught with stolen goods on Tuttle Street at around 2:20 a.m. on April 2, a few feet away from Mayor Marty Walsh’s house. He apparently did not notice – until it was too late – the marked police cruiser that sits outside Walsh’s home around the clock as part of the mayor’s security detail. Read more
A death investigation is underway following a gruesome early-morning discovery in Savin Hill on Tuesday. Boston Police say that human remains were found inside a vehicle that was found on fire near 6 Davitt Street— just off of Savin Hill Avenue bear Patten's Cove. The call for the incident came into Boston Police at approximately 3:29 a.m. Sources familiar with the investigation say that the incident is not believed to be a homicide, but it remains under investigation. Read more
Apr. 4, 2014
New parking restrictions will go into effect this month in and around the Four Corners section of Dorchester as the city implements a new resident parking program in the vicinity of a new MBTA commuter rail station. Ten streets in the Erie-Ellington vicinity will be impacted by the restrictions and neighbors are being encouraged to apply for resident permits through City Hall.
Courtesy flyers are currently being distributed now in the area and actual enforcement of the new regulations will begin on Monday, May 5. Read more
Apr. 3, 2014
A day after the tragedy that took the lives of two Boston Firefighters, fifth grader Evy Ayala walked the halls of Mildred Avenue School with a fireman’s boot looking for donations to help.
The boot belongs to her brother, Jerrell Ayala, who worked with the fallen firemen. When swim teacher Lynne Travers saw Evy with her boot, she decided to plan something more. Read more
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted John Graham, 19, of Lynn on a charge of first-degree murder for the death of Ciaran Conneely following the annual Irish festival in Adams Corner on Oct. 10, 2011, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors had charged Graham killed Conneely in a robbery attempt on Nahant Avenue. Read more
Mar. 25, 2014
The FBI agent who shot and killed Ibragim Todashev in his Orlando residence in May 2013 acted in self-defense, according to an investigation by Florida State Attorney Jeff Ashton, who concluded there was no evidence that the agent committed “intentional misconduct or acted with any degree of malice.” Read more
Mar. 17, 2014
A mid-afternoon shooting erupted across from the entrance of Ronan Park on Monday, according to neighbors. Six to nine shots were fired at a car around 4 p.m. on Mt. Ida Road. The targeted vehicle, a black sedan, crashed into two parked cars. The broad-daylight incident drew a swift and massive police response.
Two people who were in the car jumped out and ran off, leaving behind a person in the crashed car, neighbors said. The person, a female, appeared to be shaken but uninjured, according to one neighbor who spoke to the Reporter. Read more
A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail Thursday at his arraignment on charges he shot a man to death after a Christmas-eve concert.
Ian Holness, 27, stood behind a door as murder and illegal-weapons charges were read against him in Dorchester District Court this morning, frustrating the relatives and friends of Rashaan O'Neil, 36, who wanted to get a look at O'Neil's accused killer. Read more
Mar. 3, 2014
A man died Saturday after he was stabbed during a fight outside of a Columbia Point hotel. The unidentified victim was one of two men found suffering from stab wounds just before 3 a.m. outside of the Doubletree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street. Read more
Feb. 28, 2014
The five candidates hoping to replace Marty Walsh in the State House talked public safety and education during individual appearances on BNN News.
BNN's Chris Lovett interviewed them in the videos below. The Democratic primary is March 4, and with no Republicans running, the election is expected to be determinative of who will take the 13th Suffolk seat after the April 1 general election. Read more
The Boston Fire Department says "careless disposal of smoking material" this morning sparked a two-alarm fire that displaced 12 people and injured a firefighter at 24 Freeman St.
The fire, right behind the inbound platform at the Fields Corner Red Line stop, was reported around 10:15 a.m. It started under the 2 1/2-story building's rear porch.
One firefighter suffered burns. The department estimated damage at $300,000.
The Boston Police Department reports a man, apparently in his 20s, was found shot to death around 11:40 p.m. on Thursday at 196 Itasca St. in Mattapan.
Feb. 19, 2014
Court: Police must get warrant for detailed phone location data
A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that warrants are required in cases where law enforcement seek two weeks or more of cell site location information, or CSLI, from a suspect’s phone.
The ruling stems from a Dorchester murder case in which State Police troopers investigating the death of 26 year-old Julaine Jules, whose body was recovered from the Charles River in September 2004, obtained the cell phone records for Shabazz Augustine, who had been her boyfriend.
The murder is alleged to have happened at Augustine’s former apartment on Sydney Street. Augustine, now 36, was arrested and charged in the crime in June 2011.
The decision was hailed as a victory by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who said the earlier order would have kept a jury from hearing key evidence in Augustine's trial. Read more
The Boston Police Department report drug officers raided a house at 11 Treadway Rd. on Friday and recovered a large assortment of illegal items:
"Upon executing the search warrant at 11 Treadway Road, detectives encountered two more suspects and recovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle, 5 pounds of marijuana, 627 Grams of MDMA (Molly) 2 bottles of Testosterone (steroid) 3 machetes, 2 bullet proof vests, white zip ties, blue latex gloves and 2 blue wool hats transformed into masks with an area cut out for the eyes." Read more
Mixed reaction to Walsh’s call for a gun buyback; Mayor’s move follows shooting death of nine-year-old boy
Feb. 13, 2014
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has called for the return of a city-organized gun buyback program following last Friday’s shooting death of a nine-year-old boy. The victim’s 14-year-old brother, who is alleged to have shot him in their Morton Street apartment while “handling the firearm recklessly,” has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and illegal gun possession. The names of both the boy and his teenage brother have been withheld by authorities.
Walsh, who held a press conference outside the murder scene last Friday, said the buyback idea was being discussed by police officials and clergy prior to the boy’s violent death, which marked the tenth homicide so far this year in the city. Boston last conducted a buyback program in 2006. Read more
Feb. 11, 2014
The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force is seekingv the public’s help to identify a “serial” bank robber who has hit four Boston-area banks in the last six weeks. The unknown robber is said to be armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for tip’s leading to the suspect’s capture. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a man was pumping gas at the Citgo station at 741 Morrissey Blvd. around 8:15 Sunday morning when the driver of a car behind him failed to stop: Read more
Feb. 6, 2014
To The Editor:
This past weekend we were fortunate to have beautiful weather that allowed folks to get out and enjoy the Neponset River Greenway, one of the treasures of our community which connects Mattapan to Port Norfolk, and will have its missing links connected in the coming years to the tune of $14-plus million. I myself walked from Butler Street in Lower Mills to Port Norfolk. It was a great walk and I bumped into several Dorchester neighbors.
The overwhelming topic of conversation: The Greenway and the adjacent parks are a mess! Read more
Feb. 6, 2014
Dorchester’s Savin Hill and Malibu beaches have seen maintenance improvements, but Tenean Beach is still in need of major upgrades, according to the preliminary findings in a report on the 14 beaches along Boston Harbor that was shared at a meeting at UMass Boston on Saturday by the Commission of Metropolitan Beaches.
Paul Polito, 61, who lives on Parkman Street in Fields Corner, remembers swimming in the water at Savin Hill and Malibu Beach when he was a kid and the water quality was “horrible.” Read more
Feb. 5, 2014
Update: The snow emergency and parking ban in the City of Boston will be lifted at 5 p.m.
Gov. Deval Patrick early Wednesday morning directed all non-essential executive branch employees not to report to work on Wednesday due to the arriving snowstorm and poor weather conditions. Read more
The Boston Police Department is looking for the driver of a car that hit a man on Dorchester Avenue by the Red Line station around 8 p.m. Tuesday, then kept on driving.
The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Anyone with information can contact detectives at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463)
For the second time in two weeks, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has ordered a snow emergency in the city of Boston. This one will commence at 11 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 4) and there will be no school in the city's public schools on Wednesday as a winter storm chugs towards the region with accumulations estimated in the 6 to 12 inch range. Read more
Feb. 3, 2014
All private firearms sales should be completed through a licensed dealer, live-fire training should be required for those seeking a license, and the state should comply in a limited capacity with the National Instant Background Check System, according to the long-awaited recommendations of a team of experts advising House Speaker Robert DeLeo on gun policy. Read more
Feb. 3, 2014
The Massachusetts House on Monday set the ground rules for a potential vote to discipline incarcerated Rep. Carlos Henriquez, approving a procedural order that includes an allowance for Henriquez to address his colleagues before they pass judgement.
Henriquez has refused to resign as he appeals his Jan. 15 conviction on assault and battery charges. Read more
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
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
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
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.
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Jan. 16, 2014
A Dorchester man serving a life sentence for a cop killing 20 years ago – a crime he says he didn’t commit – may yet have a chance for a new trial and freedom. Sean K. Ellis, arrested in 1993 at age 19, was one of two teenagers convicted of putting five bullets into the face of Boston Detective John Mulligan -- “to get his gun for a trophy,” prosecutors said. The other youth, Terry Patterson of Hyde Park, then 18, was freed from prison in 2007 after a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discredited fingerprints that police claimed were his. Read more
Jan. 16, 2014
Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News reports on the visit of the French consul general to Codman Academy. The consul was invited to the school by students upset by the French Foreign Ministry's travel advisory that warns its citizens to avoid parts of Boston, including Dorchester. Read more
Jan. 15, 2014
Rep. Carlos Henriquez was led away in handcuffs Wednesday after being found guilty by a jury in a domestic violence case stemming from an early morning rendezvous in Arlington Heights during the summer of 2012.
Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat in his second term, was found guilty in Cambridge District Court of two counts of assault and battery, and was acquitted on an additional count of assault and battery, witness intimidation and larceny of a SIM card. Read more
Jan. 10, 2014
Rep. Carlos Henriquez is seeking a dismissal or finding of not guilty in his assault and battery criminal case after a previously undisclosed police report turned up during cross-examination in the trial Thursday.
Judge Michele Hogan met with Henriquez’s attorney and prosecutors Friday morning, saying the hearing’s purpose “is to make sure this defendant gets a fair and impartial trial.” Read more
A top aide to Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday afternoon announced three additional appointments. In an email to City Hall workers, Walsh chief of staff Daniel Koh thanked them for their patience and said he would keep them informed about new hires and promotions.
According to the email, which was obtained by the Reporter, Justin Holmes, a Dorchester native, is the interim chief information officer. Holmes, who served as chief of staff to Maureen Feeney when she was the City Council president, was director of constituent engagement under Mayor Thomas Menino. Read more
Jan. 8, 2014
Witnesses in the case against Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, will be directed not to use the term "kidnap" and when the alleged victim takes the stand she will be asked not to use the term "hostage," Judge Michele Hogan ruled ahead of the trial Wednesday.
Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Clarence Brown said the prosecution dropped a kidnapping charge because to press such a felony against Henriquez would have required a grand jury indictment. Read more