The Reporter's Crime Maps allow you to track crimes by category and check for trends on a street-by-street basis. Click on each pin-point for more detail on the time, location and type of crime. The data used to generate this map-based tool is supplied to the Reporter by the Boston Police Department (see caveats).
Latest public-safety news
Nov. 21, 2014
An early morning police raid of a suspected Stanton Street drug den resulted in the seizure of a high capacity assault rifle and the arrest of a 39 year-old Dorchester man. The Boston Police Drug Control Unit, aided by the BPD's Entry and Apprehension Team, burst into the first floor apartment of 68 Stanton St. Inside they say they found eight pit bull dogs, six adults and an infant.
Canez Tout Puissant of Dorchester was cuffed and taken away on warrants. Police also found a Ruger assault rifle "with two banana clips loaded with 46 rounds of ammunition, a loaded Beretta Read more
Nov. 20, 2014
Police are searching for the suspect in an armed robbery that took place on the UMass Boston campus just after 11:30 a.m. today, according to university officials.
A man indicated to a student that he had a firearm at 11:33 a.m. between the Quinn Administration Building and the Clark Athletic Center, stealing the victim’s purse and fleeing in an unknown direction, according to an email sent to students at 1:15 through the UMass Boston Alert System. The victim was unharmed. Read more
Nov. 20, 2014
Police are chasing a new lead in the Lower Mills shooting on Election Day that has puzzled both the community and investigators.
Police hope a newly identified motor vehicle that was near the CVS parking lot on Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street will bring forth new information, Boston Police District C-11 Captain Richard Sexton said Thursday evening. Sexton was careful to note that it is not clear whether the vehicle is directly involved with the incident, but “it is something that police are looking into.” Read more
Nov. 18, 2014
After a lengthy period of public discussion where few passions were left unnoted, the Casey Arborway Project has moved into the first stages of its operational phase with the awarding of the construction contract to Barletta Heavy Division Corp. Read more
Nov. 18, 2014
A Jamaica Plain man collared in September after allegedly firing gunshots near Ashmont Station has been indicted for first-degree murder in a separate case. A grand jury has charged Johnnie Bonnie, 22, with the June 29 shooting deat of 17 year-old Evens Archer of Dorchester. Read more
Nov. 17, 2014
A Dorchester woman who stabbed her "abusive boyfriend to death this summer was acting in self-defense and will not face criminal charges," according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. Read more
Nov. 17, 2014
A fight inside the South Bay Target led to two women being stabbed inside the store early Monday evening, Boston police said.
The altercation took place inside the Target store, with a man and a woman attacking two women following an argument just before 6 p.m., Boston Police Spokesperson Jimmy Moccia said. It was not clear if the assailants knew the victims before the incident, Moccia said. Read more
Nov. 13, 2014
A city initiative to revamp Mount Vernon Street at Columbia Point is moving ahead, although feelings about the proposal are mixed based on the input of stakeholders at a public meeting last Wednesday.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the city’s planning agency, held the session to discuss the final design of the project’s first phase. Referred to by developers as the “25% Plan,” the document describes the basic layout of a street, including the number and width of lanes, the width of the sidewalk, and the location of bus stops, crosswalks, street lighting and other outdoor amenities. The so-called “100% Plan” will include more detailed drawings that would eventually be available for construction bids.
The project also involves Boston’s Transportation and Public Works departments as well as McMahon Associates; Crosby, Schlessinger & Smallridge LLC; and Omloop Design as outside consultants. Read more
The best way to prevent tomorrow’s crime is to solve the one that happened yesterday— or last week. Boston Police do a good job responding to the constant calls for service in a city of 600,000-plus people. But they need more tools to help them get clues and identity suspects, especially in the wake of violent events. Read more
Nov. 11, 2014
Neighbors looking for answers in an Election Day shooting outside of Lower Mills Library received few new details about the ongoing investigation less than a week after the incident, which left a 30 year-old victim fighting for his life in a Boston hospital.
At the Monday night meeting, more than 200 residents, from Lower Mills and beyond, gathered in the St. Gregory’s Auditorium for a discussion on the recent violence in the neighborhood, hosted by State Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, State Rep. Dan Cullinane and Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans. Read more
Nov. 11, 2014
Bricks from a Washington Street chiropractic building's exterior facade fell to the ground just after noon on Tuesday, Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald told the Reporter.
No one was injured, MacDonald said. The building at 497 Washington St. is occupied by Active Chiropractic Rehab. The building’s strip mall-style brick exterior is visible from Google Maps Street View. It is located directly across the street from Dorchester District Court. Read more
Woman found dead in Bowdoin Street apartment; hours later, suspect boyfriend found dead near Rhode Island
A man wanted for killing his girlfriend in their Bowdoin Street apartment was discovered near his car off I-195 in Rehoboth, also dead, Boston and State police report.
The Boston Police Department had issued an alert for Paulo Rosa, 30, after the body of Audilia DaVeiga, 33, was discovered in their 45 Bowdoin St. apartment around 4 p.m. on Saturday.
"Pending the results of an autopsy, the cause and manner of death will remain under investigation," police reported. Read more
Boston Police now say that Tuesday afternoon's shooting incident in Lower Mills that left a 30 year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head was "not random."
Keldon Liverpool was shot in the head outside of the CVS on Dorchester Avenue and River Street just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday–yards from the Lower Mills Library, a busy polling location. Liverpool was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he remains in serious condition. Read more
Brother of Lower Mills shooting victim pleads for answers; detective tells TV station event was "random"
Nov. 6, 2014
Family members of the 30-year-old man shot in Lower Mills on Tuesday evening are searching for answers.
Keldon Liverpool was shot in the head outside of the CVS on Dorchester Avenue and River Street just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday–yards from the Lower Mills Library, a busy polling location. Liverpool was rushed to Boston Medical Center where he remains as of Thursday morning in serious condition. The homicide unit was called to the scene to investigate as police canvassed the darkened parking lot looking for evidence. Read more
A pair of shootings on Tuesday afternoon and evening left two men with serious injuries and triggered a major police response on two ends of Dorchester Avenue.
In the first incident, 30-year-old Keldon Liverpool was shot in the head next to the CVS store lot at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Richmond St. just before 5 p.m. He was then rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said. The homicide unit was called to the scene to investigate as police canvassed the darkened parking lot looking for evidence. Read more
Nov. 4, 2014
A man was seriously injured after being shot in the head in Lower Mills just before 5 p.m.
The young man was shot in the CVS parking lot at intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Richmond Street. The man is in critical condition, police said a press conference held at the scene just after 7 p.m. He was transported to Boston Medical Center.
Boston Police called in the homicide unit to investigate. The shooting is believed to be gang related, police said. Eyewitnesses, who reported seeing the crime occur, said four gunshots were fired. Read more
Boston Police report arresting a suspect on charges he robbed a Dorchester Ave. convenience store and shot the owner. The incident took place on Monday night around 7:30 p.m. at D&D store, 1002 Dorchester Ave. near the intersection of Sudan Street. Read more
Public and private schools in Boston circulated a message from Boston Police yesterday warning about an "uptick" in vandalism and other criminal acts by school-aged kids — and asking for increased vigilance on Halloween night. The advisory warns that teens and kids are by recruited through "social media sites" to join larger groups to cause "lawless and destructive behavior on Halloween." Read more
After eight years on the watch at District B-3, Capt. Joe Boyle was ready for a change of pace. The Dorchester-Mattapan precinct is now under the command of a newly minted captain, Haseeb Hosein, the third person of color appointed to a district command by BPD Commissioner William Evans.
Hosein, a 24-year veteran of the department and a Dorchester resident, was promoted to the rank of captain last week. “He’s a hard worker and a great community guy,” said Evans in an interview with the Reporter. “When I was moving to make him captain, diversity came into my mind. I don't know of anyone better to take over from Joe Boyle than Capt. Hosein.” Read more
The Boston Police Department reports arresting a 14-year-old and her 15-year-old friend on charges that responded to a request to leave the Codman Square McDonald's by beating the manager - and a woman who tried to protect the manager.
According to police, the two were among a group of girls who had been hanging out in the McDonald's, 605 Washington St., for an hour without buying anything. The manager asked them to leave, at which point the group allegedly unleashed a torrent of insults. Read more
Oct. 23, 2014
The advertisements for casinos are so glamorous. Sexy young people gathered around a roulette wheel dressed in ravishing clothing and oozing wealth. And the picture painted by the casino industry that wants to be in our commonwealth is of a gambling glitterati, flying in from Paris and Dubai, spending their cash to support our state’s revenue needs, rather than spending it in Connecticut and providing lots of jobs in the process. No pain, lots of gain. Read more
A Quincy man was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges he fatally stabbed another man in the neck outside the Chung Wah take-out place at 199 Bowdoin St. Thursday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to prosecutors, Edgardo Clark, 29, got into a confrontation with Gerald Williamson, 31, around 7:30 p.m. In a statement, the DA's office says: Read more
A former Dorchester resident was sentenced to 18-20 years in state prison today after he admitted he raped a woman walking home from the Savin Hill MBTA stop on Oct. 30, 1992.
Terry Abercrombie, 52, had avoided detection until 2012, when a DNA database run by the FBI found a match with DNA evidence the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had entered in the database in 2006.
DA Dan Conley said the DNA match and additional evidence convinced Abercrombie to plead guilty. Read more
Oct. 20, 2014
Joseph O'Donnell, the former Neponset funeral home director now under indictment for an array of alleged crimes related to the business, was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail at his arraignment today in Suffolk Superior Court. O'Donnell, 56, allegedly bilked customers out of nearly $150,000 over several years and illegally stored dead bodies in two storage lockers while operating without a license. O'Donnell is due back in court on Dec. 9. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers found Gerald Williamson, 31, suffering from a stab wound around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday at 205 Bowdoin St.
He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died.
On Monday, police arrested Edgardo Clark, 29, of Quincy, and charged him with Williamson's murder.
The Boston Police Department reports a woman was fatally stabbed in a fight around 4:45 a.m. at 188 Washington St. in Dorchester.
The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Oct. 17, 2014
A top Democratic operative and the campaign manager of a November ballot effort has registered as a lobbyist. The move comes two months after she participated in meetings with Boston City Hall officials and a company seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary. Read more
Oct. 14, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick emphasized the relative safety of getting close to Ebola-infected patients, while state and local officials maintained the state is well equipped to handle cases of the virus that has spread death and devastation through three countries in West Africa.
"If I had Ebola, the commissioner standing right here would be at minimum risk of catching it, if any, if any," Gov. Deval Patrick said, standing next to Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett at a Logan International Airport press conference Tuesday morning. "This is hard to catch. She would have to touch my blood or other bodily fluids . . . and don't." Read more
Oct. 14, 2014
Destin Marcelin, 6, died in a Dorchester apartment last month when his father, Patrick Marcelin, smothered or strangled him - or maybe both, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.
Marcelin then slashed his wrists, then plunged a knife into his chest after opening the door of a Mattapan apartment to police after they had tracked him down two days later. Read more
Oct. 14, 2014
Poor women in Massachusetts who rely on federal assistance to buy milk, cereal and other specified food items for themselves and their children will no longer have to worry that everyone around them in the grocery store checkout line knows they receive aid.
Massachusetts this month began to switch from paper checks to debit-like cards for the federal nutritional assistance program that helps more than 125,000 women, infants and children in the state. Read more
Oct. 10, 2014
Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, the longest serving of the governor's the four transportation chiefs, plans to resign at the end of October, leaving the administration two months before the end of Gov. Deval Patrick's tenure.
Davey informed the governor of his decision late last month, and plans to depart on Nov. 1, becoming the second Cabinet official to leave the administration since Patrick asked his top lieutenants to commit in early 2013 to another two years to see the administration through to the end.
"It's time," Davey told the News Service. "I'm going to take some time to travel a little bit with my wife and start to think about what's next for my career. But we have a window to travel now, and I know the governor understands." Read more
The Boston Police Department reports arresting a woman who was wanted for a Sept. 21 murder in Brooklyn.
The department's fugitive squad found and arrested Chivona Hughes, 32, in her old neighborhood, along Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, police say.
Police in New York had been searching for Hughes for a Sept. 21 murder in which the victim was stabbed 75 times in the chest and head. Read more
Construction on the second of three phases of the Neponset River Greenway will soon get under way as the project to connect Readville’s Martini Shell to South Boston’s Castle Island continues on schedule and on budget, according to Jack Murray, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation.
“This has been a real priority of the governor’s,” Murray told the Reporter. “He’s directed us to get this project in the ground before the end of his term and we’re working hard to make it happen.” Read more
At 10:16 a.m. next Thursday, Oct. 16, employees and school kids from across the region will be asked to “drop, cover, and hold on” under their desks a la the 1950s when the maneuver was seriously and widely practiced as a defensive measure against an atomic bomb attack by Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.
No Stalin and no bomb this time. State officials want Massachusetts residents to join next week in a national earthquake preparedness exercise that has been dubbed the Great Northeast ShakeOut. The under-the-desk-quickly drill is meant to get people thinking about what they’d do to stay alive in the event that they don’t get pulverized in the initial tectonic take-down. Read more
Oct. 8, 2014
A former Neponset funeral home director has been named in a "sweeping, 278-count indictment" charging him with illegally storing dead bodies for years in a storage facility while bilking customers out of tens of thousands of dollars in pre-payments for burials that never happened. Joseph V. O'Donnell, 56, is also alleged to have operated his family-owned funeral home without a license in over 200 funerals and cremations. Read more
Oct. 6, 2014
A suspect was arrested Monday night after a man was shot on Dorchester Avenue just outside Ashmont MBTA station. The victim, who was shot in the stomach, was transported to Boston Medical Center with what first responders described as "serious" injuries.
The 6:30 p.m. shooting left the station cordoned off with buses and commuters stuck as police swarmed the area. A description of the suspect, described as a black male wearing a black hoodie, white undershirt, white shoes and hat was quickly broadcast to officers. Around 8:30 p.m. Boston Police told the Reporter that a suspect was in custody for allegedly shooting the victim at "point-blank" range with a .45 calibre gun. The suspect was previously known to police and his image was captured by surveillance cameras. Read more
Luis Miguel Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, was sentenced this week to nine years in prison and permanent status as a sex offender, after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to child-exploitation charges related to the more than 6,000 sexually explicit photos and videos of young girls federal agents found on his computers, the US Attorney's office reports.
The FBI began investigating Gonzalez-Buzetta, 22, in 2013 after his e-mail address turned up on the computer of an Oregon man who was himself under investigation for distributing child porn - including photos of his own daughter. Read more
Oct. 2, 2014
Fifty years ago this week, the city was saddened at the loss of five firemen battling a midnight blaze in the South End— including three men from Dorchester.
Shortly after midnight on the morning of October 1, 1964, firemen from the fire station on Harrison Ave behind the Cathedral responded to an abandoned brick building ablaze at 34 Trumbull Street in the South End. Laying down hoses, a front wall collapsed in two sections, killing four and a ‘spark’ by the name of Andrew Sheehan. A fifth firefighter (Jim Sheedy) died later that morning at City Hospital. Read more
A stabbing at a benefit for an injured motorcyclist at the Boston Teachers Union Hall in August remains unsolved because every person inside the hall interviewed by police either said they saw nothing or refused to talk, a police detective says. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a person was shot around 7:15 p.m. on Monday on Dudley Street near East Cottage Street.
The victim, identified only as "male," was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.
The Boston Police Department reports a woman walking in the area of Columbia Road and Holden Street around 7:50 a.m. yesterday "when she was approached by a male who forced her into the rear of an adjacent property and sexually assaulted her." Read more
The Boston Police Department’s recently reinstated citywide bike unit will be moving soon to new quarters in a garage off Freeport Street near Glovers Corner. “This is great for Fields Corner and Savin Hill,” Boston Police Department Captain Jack Danilecki, the BPD’s citywide night commander and supervisor of the bike unit, told the Reporter in an interview this week.
“There will be police going in and out responding to calls all across the city, but going through Dorchester, so no matter what, the neighborhood gets more visibility.”
Set to be located at 12 Linden St. within the next two months, the new headquarters will be equipped to deploy the team’s 32 officers to any incident across the city, weather permitting. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man found stabbed shortly after midnight Sunday at 5 Ames St. was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Officers investigating the death of Patrick Marcelin's six-year-old son at 61 Devon St. on Thursday were unable to keep Marcelin from stabbing himself to death when they arrived at the apartment where he'd been staying on Saturday, the Boston Police Department reports.
According to police, the boy was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived at his home around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, but that the exact cause of death remains under investigation. Then, police say: Read more
President and CEO Tony Paciulli is very clear about priorities at Meetinghouse Bank: “We emphasize personal attention” he tells his clients and staff. That philosophy is especially the case, it seems, when someone attempts to hold up his bank.
Last Thursday, shortly after 2 p.m., a lone note-passer demanded cash from a teller at the Lower Mills bank and then, with money in hand, fled on foot down Richmond Street. “I heard the teller scream and I came out of my office and saw him going out the door,” Paciulli told the Reporter. Intent on giving the matter his “personal attention,” the chief executive followed the man down Richmond Street, and caught up with him a block away at the corner of Butler Street.
“I tried to tackle him to the ground, but he was too big,” Paciulli said, describing the suspect as weighing more than 300 pounds. “We took a couple of shots at each other, but when I saw him reaching into his pants, I backed off, in case he had a knife or a gun.” Read more
The Transit Police Department reports that around 5 p.m. on Sunday, a man walked into the Savin Hill Red Line station and began shooting at two other people.
All of his shots missed, police say. Both the intended targets and the shooter then fled.
Transit Police are now investigating whether a man arrested for illegal gun possession near the scene on Sunday afternoon is connected to the Savin Hill station incident. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was found shot outside 52 Claybourne St. around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Anybody with information can call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470 or contact the anonymous tip line at 800-494-TIPS or by texting the word TIP to CRIME (27463).
Aug. 28, 2014
“At last, a lawyer who speaks my language.”
For women experiencing domestic violence in Dorchester’s Vietnamese immigrant community, language can be the final barrier to getting help, but since Tram T. Nguyen, Esq. joined Greater Boston Legal Services as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, that barrier has been coming down.
When battered women are referred by Carney Hospital, or come to the weekly intake sessions at Viet-AID in Fields Corner, they find in Nguyen a lawyer who not only understands the Vietnamese language and culture, but who also understands their experience as immigrants. Read more
Aug. 28, 2014
Boston Police arrested a suspect in a brazen early afternoon bank robbery in Dorchester Lower Mills today, and he was arrested with the help of a fleet-footed bank executive.
A lone robber demanded cash from a teller at Meetinghouse Bank shortly before 2 p.m. today, and when he fled on foot with cash in hand, he was pursued by bank president Tony Paciulli.
“I heard the teller scream and I came out of my office and saw him going out the door,” Paciulli said. He followed the man down Richmond Street, and caught up with him a block away at the corner of Butler Street. Read more