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Latest public-safety news
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
Aug. 21, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
The Boston Licensing Board has rejected acouple's request to let them turn an old Chinese restaurant into a new Vietnamese place, because of the husband's criminal past and his failure to fully own up to it at a board hearing this week.
The board rarely turns down applications for simple food-serving licenses, such as the one sought for the proposed VN Express, which would have replaced China Pagoda at 1616 Dorchester Ave.
At a hearing on Wednesday, Khanh Nguyen said he and his wife, Nhung, wanted to serve Vietnamese and Chinese breakfast, lunch and dinner. Read more
Police in Bedford say a Dorchester man held up a Bank of America branch Monday afternoon - and that they were able to arrest him three hours later after people recognized him from surveillance photos they posted online.
Police say Joseph Barrett, walked into the Bank of America branch on the Great Road around 12:15 p.m., told a teller he had a gun and demanded cash. He left with a large pile of bills.
Aug. 8, 2014
A bill signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday would provide individuals fighting addiction improved access to treatment and recovery services, advocates said. Read more
Beginning tomorrow night at 9 o’clock and continuing until early Monday morning, Aug. 18, the Morton Street bridge crossing will be closed to auto and bus traffic as work crews begin to replace the crumbling bridge. Detours will be in effect, with vehicles, including the 21 and 26 buses, being re-routed along Washington Street and Talbot and Blue Hill avenues. Read more
Aug. 7, 2014
An overflow audience, including Mayor Martin Walsh, packed an anti-violence meeting in Grove Hall last Saturday held by Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing, or LIPSTICK, a project of Citizens for Safety, an umbrella group working to stem illegal gun trafficking nationwide.
The organization specifically targets the role of women in the illicit trade of firearms. Read more
The public safety threat that was manifested this week by the assault and robbery of Ed Forry in Dorchester Park made the news well beyond the tight-knit village of Lower Mills. The incident resulted in stepped-up police patrols, maintenance, and vigilance in the park itself. At Cedar Grove Gardens, whistles – made available by Councillor Frank Baker’s office – were made available to customers. There was a buzz in and around the park that everyone needs to be on heightened alert, especially because Ed’s assailant was not identified or apprehended.
The regular police patrols will surely dissipate. And, we hope, the sense of alarm will fade away, too. In the absence of any further incidents, things in Dot Park should return quickly to normal.
But one thing needs to change soon— and not just at Dorchester Park, but in and around all city parks. Read more
It’s been ten years coming, but an ambitious, $4.2 million reconstruction project at Mattapan’s largest city-owned park is now well underway. Almont Park’s marquee addition, a newly-installed football field, will open this week— just in time for the neighborhood’s Pop Warner program to start practices on August 1.
This week, Mayor Martin Walsh added another new element to the build-out at Almont: Heeding calls from residents, Walsh has ordered the project to add a little league baseball field to the next phase of the construction, expected to begin this fall. The baseball diamond will be added to a corner of the park that is now used mainly for cricket— and it will give Mattapan a chance to start-up a youth baseball league next spring. Read more
A Hyde Park man was arraigned today on charges he shot Daniel Taylor to death on Boston Street early on Feb. 22.
Smith, 23, of Hyde Park, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in South Boston District Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Prosecutors say the two men attended a work-related party downtown that night:
"They left the event together with Taylor driving a family member’s vehicle. Read more
It was not my usual walk in the park.
There I was, late on a Sunday afternoon in July, making my way in broad and sunny daylight through the beautiful 27-acre park near my home in Lower Mills.
As usual, my thoughts were off in a quiet reverie – as I approach my 70th birthday, I no longer move swiftly, yet I remain committed to regular walks to forestall some of the downside effects of aging.
Suddenly, and without any sort of warning, I felt an arm reach around my neck from behind. It seemed at first to be maybe a friend, horse-playing as guys can do, with a sneak-up surprise. But the grip was very strong, and it was squeezing the air out of my lungs and the blood out of my head. This was no friend. Read more
Jul. 29, 2014
On Thursday, July 24, Boston’s disability community met on City Hall Plaza to commemorate the Americans With Disabilities Act, signed on July 26, 1990. The gathering included people using wheelchairs, people using American Sign Language, and people assisted by service animals, as well as personal care attendants, family members and many other supporters. Instituted four years ago by Kristen McCosh, Boston’s Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, the annual event marks progress toward the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of city life.
According to McCosh, the day is not meant for long speeches, but is mainly a time to get together and celebrate. This year’s event began with a procession around City Hall Plaza, following a route that has been made wheelchair accessible in part because of the mandate of the ADA. After looping around City Hall, the parade returned to a tent where several organizations had set up tables. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and others were offering information. Lines formed at food trucks and a hot dog stand, while Radio 103.3 provided background music.
Dorchester resident Ann Siegel of the Boston Center for Youth & Families was handing out brochures on activities for kids. Many of the center’s programs are in Dorchester and Mattapan. Read more
Ed Forry, the co-founder and longtime publisher of the Reporter, was treated for minor injuries sustained when he was assaulted and robbed by an unknown assailant in Dorchester Park on Sunday afternoon. Forry, 69, was walking alone through the park in the vicinity of the Dorchester Ave. entrance closest to Carney Hospital when the attack occurred. Read more
Dervin Hibbert, 53, was arraigned Friday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of manslaughter by motor vehicle and motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence for the death of a man standing on a Cummins Highway sidewalk last fall, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A Suffolk County grand jury indicted Hibbert on the charges earlier this month. They carry minimum mandatory terms of five years and one year, respectively, the DA's office says. Read more
Police officers were in legitimate fear for their lives when they fired at a man reaching for a gun in Mattapan on June 2 of last year, Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said Friday. Read more
Jul. 25, 2014
When Marcy Goldstein-Gelb hears something described as a “freak accident,” a buzzer goes off in her head.
Executive director of the Dorchester-based Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Goldstein-Gelb said many accidents described that way could have been predicted and avoided.
“In most cases, it has happened before and will happen again unless we do something,” said Goldstein-Gelb.
MassCOSH’s mission is to advocate for workers facing unsafe conditions, particularly teens and immigrants, who are the most vulnerable, according to Goldstein-Gelb. Read more
Jul. 24, 2014
"It is not something I want to do, it is something I feel I have to do," said Nancy Goode Talalas, a Savin Hill resident and author of a children's book titled "My Private Places." The book is meant to educate children about their bodies and give them the knowledge they need to be empowered against sexual predators. Read more
Jul. 23, 2014
Giving police chiefs discretion to decide who should have a license to carry a shotgun or rifle is crucial to prevent gun violence, domestic violence murders and suicides, police officials and other activists said at a State House rally Tuesday. Read more
The state’s heavy investment in the Fairmount commuter rail line will soon be put to the economic test in a very tangible way: Two requests for proposals have been issued by the city of Boston in recent weeks to gauge interest in a pair of sites deemed as ideal for so-called “transit-oriented development.” Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday that Ernest Watkins IV, charged with first-degree murder for a fatal Fields Corner stabbing in 2012, can be tried as an adult.
Watkins, 14 at the time of Cherby LaJoie's murder outside the Fields Corner Red Line stop, had sought to be tried in juvenile court, which cannot impose a life sentence.
A Superior Court judge denied his motion. The Supreme Judicial Court said the case raised no double-jeopardy questions and that Watkins can be tried as an adult under a state law that sets 14 as the minimum age for adult murder cases. Read more
A Neponset Avenue funeral director who is already behind bars awaiting trial on charges he stole funeral pre-payments from an elderly couple could be in even more trouble after detectives and pathologists recovered 12 bodies from the Public Storage facility in Weymouth and cremated remains at another self-storage place in Somerville, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
Jul. 15, 2014
On Saturday, July 12, residents of Hopkins Street hosted Mayor Marty Walsh, other officials and peace activists from around the city to dedicate a parcel of city-owned land as the Steven P. Odom Serenity Garden. Graced by ancient oak and mulberry trees, the shady spot will now offer residents a gathering place and a chance to commune with nature.
According to event organizer Faylis Matos, the garden represents the shared vision of the neighborhood group Redefining Our Community, known simply as ROC.
“Often Dorchester is stigmatized as a place of darkness, a dangerous place,” said Matos. “But we won’t allow people who don’t live here to define us.” Read more
Jul. 15, 2014
Both branches of the Massachusetts Legislature are now on record in support of legislation authorizing retail liquor stores in Massachusetts to open for sales at 10 a.m. on Sunday, rather than noon.
The House approved the legislation (H 228) in March and the Senate on Thursday approved the bill without debate. The Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Robert Hedlund to postpone consideration of the bill until July 24. Read more
A woman was hit by a white pickup truck shortly after 5 a.m. on Saturday at Washington and River streets.
Kevin Wiles, who photographed the scene, reports she was taken to Carney Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The Boston Police Department reports she was 32.
A Dorchester man was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail today on a variety of charges related to a series of incidents Wednesday night that started when he allegedly drove away after hitting a 15-year-old on a scooter in Dorchester and ended with his capture in Jamaica Plain after police say he crashed into another car.
The teen remains in the hospital Thursday morning with injuries so serious the homicide unit was initially called in after the crash. Read more
A Suffolk County grand jury this week indicted two brothers on charges they used a detachable steering wheel and a knife in a brawl outside a party at the DoubleTree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street that ended with one of their opponents dead of stab wounds.
Shawn Coleman, 22, of the South End, was charged with second-degree murder and was allegedly the attacker who inflicted Christopher Borgella's fatal injuries early on March 1. Read more
Jul. 9, 2014
Bridge replacement work to shut section Aug 8-17
For ten days next month – from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17 – the well-traveled section of Morton Street above the railroad tracks and near the Norfolk Street intersection will be closed to traffic as the state lays in place a new Morton Street bridge. While rerouting plans for buses are known, transportation officials will present the detour details for all residents, businesses, and travelers at a meeting tonight (July 10) at 6 o’clock at the Economy Plumbing site at 875 Morton St. Read more
A man, 38, walked onto the southbound side of I-93 at South Bay around 1 a.m. on Tuesday and was hit and killed by a car in the left lane, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and State Police report. Read more
Jul. 8, 2014
City schools and community centers are serving free meals this summer to any Boston child or teen under 18. The program, which started Monday, will run through August 29 at more than 120 locations, including 43 in Dorchester and Mattapan. Some of the locations include the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Neponset, Bird Street Youth Center on Columbia Road, the Ryan Playground in Mattapan and the Dorchester House in Fields Corner. Most of the locations serve both breakfast and lunch.
1990 was a tough year in Dorchester. The murder rate was at an all-time high, drug-fueled gang warfare was a constant threat, and teens were dropping left and right in shootings that seemed particularly menacing for their randomness. The level of violence that we experience today in Boston is bad enough, but in the early ‘90s, it was far worse and seemed to be spiraling out of control.
It was in that environment that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester – then known as the Colonel Daniel Marr Club – started an ambitious summertime program aimed at keeping our kids and teens as safe as possible while they still had a fun break from school. They did it by extending their hours until 11 p.m. for older teens and arranging rides home for many of those who lived on streets that were unsafe. Read more
Boston’s police commissioner has his hands full assisting with logistics for tonight’s July 4th celebration along the Charles River. But, William Evans says he’s staying focused on his chief goal for the holiday weekend: “Making sure nobody gets shot” in any of the city’s neighborhoods.
“We’ll have a lot of officers deployed tonight on the Esplanade to assist the State Police, but honestly our priority is the neighborhoods and we’re putting a lot of resources into making sure this weekend is a safe one,” said Evans in an interview with the Reporter on Thursday.
“For us, it definitely helps to have the two nights combined into one,” said Evans, referring to the city’s decision to condense the two-night Boston Pops concerts into a single event tonight, Thursday, July 3. Inclement weather associated with a northbound hurricane, Arthur, prompted the schedule change. The weather will also likely ease the burden on city police, as Friday should be a quieter day across the board as outdoor plans are cancelled. Read more
Jul. 1, 2014
Beaches in South Boston and East Boston had significantly less bacteria in 2013 than years past, while improper sewage hookups and other pollutants continue to mar the waters at Lynn, Swampscott, Dorchester and Quincy swimming spots, according to Save the Harbor Save the Bay’s third annual report card. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man in his mid-30s was shot repeatedly around 2 p.m. on Monday at 73 Edgewater Dr.
He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A Boston Police detective with deep roots in Dorchester and a businessman who is making a big investment in the neighborhood’s future are being recognized this week by the Adams Village Business Association. Detective Steve Charbonnier and Tom Cifrino, president of Supreme Realty Trust, were scheduled to receive their honors at the association’s June meeting, held on Wednesday evening at the Adams Street Library. Mary Kelly, the president of the association, said that the honorees are seen as leaders in Adams Village, each in his own way.
Charbonnier, who was a patrolman in Dorchester’s Area C-11 for much of his career prior to his promotion to detective in 2011, is valued as much for his philanthropy as he is for his service as a cop. In recent years, Charbonnier, 44, has been the key administrator of the memorial fund named for his brother, Mark S. Charbonnier, a Massachusetts state trooper who was killed in the line of duty on Route 3 in Kingston in 1994. Read more
Jun. 18, 2014
A Dorchester man will go to prison for life for murdering a 72 year-old woman in her Codman Hill Avenue apartment in 2012. Tu Nguyen, 31, admitted that he stabbed his neighbor Mary Miller on Feb. 21, 2012. Nguyen was arrested in his apartment upstairs later that morning after video footage showed him breaking into her unit. Read more
Two men from Dorchester were among four indicted last week on federal charges of running a heroin ring out of a Hyde Park three decker.
According to a court filing, Osvaldo Ortiz-Ventara, 23, and Weslley Hernandez, 25, served as couriers for the ring. They allegedly delivered the fatal dose of heroin laced with fentanyl and an animal painkiller to an intermediary who sold it to a Braintree man whose girlfriend found him dead of an overdose in January. Read more
Jun. 13, 2014
Boston is among four U.S. cities in the running for a potential 2024 Olympic Summer Games bid, the U.S. Olympics Committee reported Friday. Read more
Jun. 12, 2014
Come September, most seventh and eighth graders who attend Boston Public Schools (BPS) will swap a round-trip ride on a yellow city school bus for a student Charlie Card and a journey on the MBTA. The switch — approved this month by the School Committee— is not sitting well with some parents, according to news reports.
The Metropolitan Beaches Commission has released “Waves of Change,” its report on the Boston Harbor region’s 15 public beaches in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull that are owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Nearly 1,000 people took part in the commission’s hearings and helped to shape the findings and recommendations contained in the report. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a man was found dead around 8:45 p.m. on Friday outside 5 Taft St.
The man, identified as Michael DePina, brother of Joao DePina, who has organized vigils for local murder victims, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police recovered a gun near DePina's body and motorcycle and a second gun near the Pleasant Street end of the street.
Jun. 9, 2014
House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s new proposal to reduce gun violence has barely emerged with a favorable report from a legislative committee, foreshadowing a potentially turbulent reception in the full House and Senate. Read more
Jun. 6, 2014
Kimberly Rice, Chief Operating Officer for the Boston Public Schools, explained a plan to have more 7th and 8th graders switch from yellow school buses to riding the MBTA. This interview with Chris Lovett for Neighborhood Network News aired on June 4, 2014. For information on the plan: bostonpublicschools.org/safetransitplan. To participate in planning process: communityplanit.org/bpsdot.