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May. 23, 2013
The House unanimously passed legislation Wednesday that would move 17-year-old offenders into the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts, ending the practice of routinely incarcerating 17-year-olds in adult corrections facilities. Read more
May. 20, 2013
U.S. Sen. John McCain visited Boston Monday to stump and fundraise for fellow Navy veteran and Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, who ramped up his attacks on opponent U.S. Rep. Edward Markey for voting against resolutions in Congress honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Read more
Area C-11 detectives busted a 23 year-old Dorchester man on Monday as he attempted to sell them a pair of stolen cameras that he posted for sale on Craigslist just hours before. One of the two cameras was among the items that had been stolen the night before from a Savin Hill Ave. car.
The victim reported the break-in on Monday morning and then circled back with police later that same day after she saw her Canon Powershot SD780 camera— with its distinctive pink case— listed for sale along with another camera on Craigslist. Area C-11 detectives called the number attached to the ad and set up a meeting at the KFC restaurant on Columbia Rd. that same evening. Read more
Two Mattapan men were ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail each at their arraignment Tuesday on charges they resorted to gunfire when barred from a party on Evans Street late Saturday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
The Richard family issued the following statement this morning:
Last evening, just 23 days after the bombing attack on Boston, our seven year old daughter Jane underwent her eleventh surgery. While she has more trips to the O.R. ahead of her, last night's operation marked an important milestone, as doctors were finally able to close the wound created when the bomb took her left leg below the knee. Part of the procedure involved preparing Jane's injured leg to eventually be fitted for a prosthesis.
By closing the wound, the incredible medical team at Boston Children's Hospital laid the groundwork for Jane to take an important step forward on the long and difficult road ahead of her. One of the things we have learned through all of this is to not get too high or too low. We take today's development as positive news and look ahead with guarded optimism. If things go well, Jane could be ready to transition to the rehabilitation stage of her recovery in the next few weeks. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports delivery men for two separate Chinese restaurants were held up on the same street last week. Read more
A Mattapan 14-year-old was arraigned for arson Monday for allegedly setting the front door of the Chez Vouz roller rink on Rhodes Street on fire Saturday night after she was denied entry, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more
A fire reported around 3:40 a.m. on Saturday at 15 Evelyn St. sent three firefighters to the hospital and did an estimated $500,000 in damage, according to the Boston Fire Department. Read more
Apr. 23, 2013
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) will offer free counseling to anyone affected by last week's attacks at a new drop-in center located at 729 Massachusetts Ave. Trained clinicians will be on-site to speak with anyone that needs to talk. It will be open daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday of this week.
The drop-in center will offer one-on-one time with trained clinicians as well as facilitation of group conversations. Groups from a particular workplace or community affected by the attack are welcome and encouraged to visit the drop-in center together. Read more
Eight year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in last week's bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, has been laid to rest in a private ceremony, according to a statement issued by the family today.
"The outpouring of love and support over the last week has been tremendous," Denise and Bill Richard said. "This has been the most difficult week of our lives and we appreciate that our friends and family have given us space to grieve and heal.
"A private Funeral Mass was celebrated this morning with immediate family. We laid our son Martin to rest, and he is now at peace. We plan to have a public memorial service in the coming weeks to allow friends and loved ones from our community to join us for a celebration of Martin’s life.” Read more
Apr. 19, 2013
City advisory issued at 8:10 a.m.: "The City of Boston is urging City-wide shelter in place. As this investigation unfolds we are advising all residents, citywide, to shelter in place. Please understand we have an armed and dangerous person(s) still at large and police actively pursuing every lead in this active emergency event. Please be patient and use common sense until this person(s) are apprehended. We will continue to update the public with more information as it becomes available. All MBTA service remains suspended at this time."
Apr. 19, 2013
With one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects dead and the other suspect on the loose, state and local officials asked people in Boston and several inner suburbs Friday morning to remain at home with doors locked.
“There is a massive manhunt underway. A lot of law enforcement involved in that,” Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters from a televised briefing in Watertown.
Apr. 19, 2013
The Richard family issued the following statement tonight:
Our family wishes to salute the thousands of officers and agents from the Boston, Cambridge and Watertown Police & Fire Departments, Massachusetts State Police, FBI, ATF, and other police departments and agencies who worked and collaborated around the clock to bring the perpetrators of Monday’s attack to justice. We also thank the citizens and businesses that shared images and footage with investigators in hopes of advancing the investigation. Read more
(Thurs., April 18, 6:30p.m.)- After days of investigation, a just-released Boston Fire Department report concludes that Monday's fire at the JFK Library on Columbia Point was caused by "careless disposal of smoking material." The report closes the door on any continued link to the terror attack in Boston's Back Bay- which took place just minutes before the fire alarms activated at the presidential library. Read more
The playground at Tenean Beach has been ordered closed immediately due to damage caused by tidal flooding earlier this year that has made the surface of the play area unsafe. The determination was made after a safety inspection this week. Read more
A South Boston forum that was set for Tuesday night in the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart has been postponed until April 25. The forum, put together by several South Boston-based civic organizations, is set for the new date with the same time (6:30 pm) and the same location, the Lithuanian Club at 368 West Broadway.
Garry Murad, who will be the moderator, said several of the candidates felt it was inappropriate to hold the forum so soon after the Boston Marathon bombings. Read more
(Updated, 1 p.m.)- A beloved Dorchester family watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line in Copley Square was caught in one of two bomb blasts that exploded on Monday afternoon. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the explosion, while his sister Jane, 7, suffered a grievous injury to her leg. Their mom, Denise, was also badly hurt in the blast and underwent emergency surgery yesterday to save her life.
In a statement issued through a spokesman today, Martin's father Bill Richard said, "My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries.
"We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.”
Word of the injuries spread quickly through the Richard family's tight-knit Ashmont-Adams neighborhood, where both parents are known and respected as civic leaders. Bill Richard served as board chairman of the St. Mark's Area Main Street group and has played a key role in the transformation of Peabody Square over the last decade. The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann's parish in Neponset. Read more
Apr. 16, 2013
Thousands of grieving neighbors gathered Tuesday evening at Neponset's Garvey Park — where 8-year-old Martin Richard once played with friends —to mourn his death and his family's injuries in Monday's horrific bomb attack along the Boston Marathon route in Copley Square. Attendees held candles and American flags to show support for the Dorchester family and other victims.
Denise Richards, Martin's mother, suffered a head injury during the blast, and his younger sister Jane, 7, lost her leg. In a statement issued earlier today, Bill Richard — Martin's dad— asked for privacy at this time. Read more
UPDATED (6:05 p.m.)— Commissioner Ed Davis just clarified his earlier statement regarding the JFK Library fire this afternoon, saying that reports that it was connected to the marathon explosions "could be premature" and "may not be linked directly" to the Copley Square incidents.
Davis added that the JFK incident was either a fire or "an incendiary device."
There is conflicting information at this hour about whether or not a fire at the JFK Library this afternoon is related to the deadly explosions along the marathon route on Boylston Street at the same hour. The director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum told the Reporter on the scene that the 3 p.m. fire inside the building's mechanical room was not caused by "a device." Read more
A city licensing official on Monday warned the Dublin House, 7 Stoughton St., that it faces a possible suspension of its license because of a stabbing last month - which follows a shooting outside the bar last year. Read more
Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley is in: His campaign put out a statement below on Wednesday afternoon.
Boston is a great city, and with the right leadership and vision, its best days are still ahead. So today I am officially declaring that I am a candidate for Mayor of Boston.
Neighbors in and around Bowdoin-Geneva are rallying to help neighbors who were displaced by a fast-moving fire that impacted three homes on Meetinghouse Hill last week.
Three homes in a densely-packed Meetinghouse Hill neighborhood were badly damaged last Wednesday evening as Boston firefighters scrambled to contain the dangerous six-alarm blaze near Ronan Park. No one was injured in the blaze, which Boston Fire official later said was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette on the third floor porch of a three-decker at 10 Fox Street. Read more
Apr. 2, 2013
A 17 year-old Dorchester woman was formally charged with armed assault with intent to murder this week after she allegedly stabbed a rival during a vicious sidewalk attack in Savin Hill on Monday afternoon. The victim was attacked as she pushed her 8-month-old baby in a stroller near 15 Midland Street. Prosecutors say that the teenage victim was lured to the scene by her baby’s father, who allegedly held down the victim while the suspect, Samia Jones, stabbed her repeatedly with a butcher knife in her back, leg, face, and torso. Read more
Officers on routine patrol on Dorchester Avenue early this morning watched as a man wandered into the middle of the street, then collapsed, blood pouring out of the back of his head, the Boston Police Department reports.
Police say the victim was attacked by two men in the parking lot of the 1221 Cafe, 1221 Dorchester Ave. shortly before 1 a.m. According to a police account: Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a short circuit in the basement of the Real Deal Jamaican Restaurant started a four-alarm fire around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday that ended up doing an estimated $500,000 in damage to the restaurant and neighboring stores.
One firefighter suffered neck and back injuries; nobody in the stores was injured.
(Updated- 8 p.m.) Three multiple-family homes in a densely-packed Meetinghouse Hill neighborhood caught fire on Wednesday night as Boston firefighters scrambled to contain the blaze near Ronan Park. Boston Fire official struck a sixth alarm around 7 p.m. and several ladder trucks were called to the scene.
Reports from Boston Fire officials on the scene indicate that the fire has been knocked down and that no injuries have been reported at this hour. Nine apartments were involved, according to Boston Fire.
"Two 3-deckers at 10 and 12 Fox St.faced a 3 decker at 8 Julette St. Heavy fire where all met," reported the official Twitter account for the department, @BostonFire.
Mar. 25, 2013
Boston Police are warning neighbors to use caution after two men posing as water utility workers allegedly robbed a home on Huron Circle last Thursday evening. An elderly homeowner was targeted in the incident, which began around 6:30 p.m. when a white male posing as a Water and Sewer employee rang the doorbell. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a woman coming home from a movie with her son and nephew had just gotten off the bus at Bowdoin and Norton streets around 8:30p.m., Saturday, when the area erupted in gunfire and one of the bullets grazed her head.
Police say the woman was taken to Boston Medical Center in good condition.
Police say officers on routine patrol in the Bowdoin/Geneva heard several shots.
In roughly 90 minutes Saturday night, four men were stabbed in incidents in Ashmont and on Columbia Road.
The homicide unit was summoned to Columbia Road shortly before 11 p.m., after two men were stabbed in a fight in the middle of the street outside 180 Columbia Rd., near Geneva Avenue. One of the victims had potentially life threatening injuries.
Around 9:30 p.m. a man was stabbed several times in the stomach on Dorchester Avenue at Dracut Street near the Ashmont MBTA station. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center. The suspects were described as two or three Asian males. Read more
In the mid-1990s, a group of community activists began a three-year effort— in conjunction with the state’s Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) — to re-imagine Morrissey Boulevard. The result of their work was a 1998 report that proposed an ambitious, $35 million rehabilitation project that would have transformed the 2.75 mile-long boulevard into its original “parkway character.” Read more
Mar. 14, 2013
MBTA Police say the woman pictured above is wanted after she spat on a bus driver who asked her to pay her fare on Saturday afternoon. The incident happened at Ashmont Station where the driver "ejected" the passenger for not paying.
The suspect is described as a black female in her 20’s approximately 5’04"-5’06" in height and wearing a double-breasted, brown jacket with large black buttons on the front.
If you can identify the suspect, contact Transit Police at 617-222-1050 or text to 873873.
Morrissey flooding fix awaits state’s solution: Cost of upgrade put at $25m; Patrick tax plan could be key
Morrissey Boulevard, a major south-north artery running along Dorchester’s coast that is frequently forced to close due to storm surges accompanying high tides could be in line for a $25 million overhaul under Gov. Deval Patrick’s tax hike proposal, a top official with the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation said on Wednesday. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers found two men shot in a gray Toyota Corolla at Columbia Road and Hancock Street around 6:30 p.m., Saturday.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was rushed to Boston Medical Center in critical condition, police say.
Mar. 4, 2013
President Obama on Monday nominated Gina McCarthy, a Dorchester native, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
McCarthy went to UMass Boston for a social anthropology degree, graduating in 1976. She later grabbed a master of science in environmental health engineering and policy and planning at Tufts University. Read more
Mar. 4, 2013
An Abington man was under the influence of drugs when he ran into two kids who were crossing through a crosswalk in Peabody Square last week, prosecutors say. Michael Duca, 29, was also charged with driving without a license in the incident, which happened last Thursday evening. Both children were treated by EMTs at the scene and sent to the hospital, but will survive. Duca allegedly was speeding into the intersection of Talbot and Dot Ave. around 6 p.m. last Thursday when he hit the kids, including a toddler who was in a stroller. Read more
Feb. 26, 2013
Looking to make the city’s school system the focus of his campaign, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly launched his mayoral bid on Tuesday morning outside of a Brighton school. He said he plans a “bottom-up” campaign, with a community organizer’s mindset, similar to President Obama’s campaign for the White House.
In a conversation with reporters on Monday, Connolly said he is ready to “ask every voter I can meet to consider me.” Connolly has spent months building up his campaign kitty and he said last week that he was seriously considering a mayoral bid. Read more
Feb. 26, 2013
An advisory panel on the city’s school assignment system on Monday night signed off on a plan providing students with a minimum of six choices. The plan uses an algorithm and students’ home address to determine the set of choices, which will also include schools within a mile radius of the address, on top of new citywide schools. Read more
Feb. 22, 2013
Awash in data and comments from the school department, parents, and outside groups, the panel tasked with revamping the city’s school assignment system will meet at City Hall for a Saturday morning (Feb. 23) discussion. A vote is still planned for Monday night (Feb. 25) at Suffolk University.
The 27-member panel appears to be leaning toward the “home-based” models as they look to make a recommendation to Superintendent Carol Johnson and the School Committee, according to its members. Read more
Boston Police report a man, 23, was found with life-threatening stab wounds around 3:30 p.m. at 16 Almont St. Read more
Feb. 21, 2013
City councillors plan to review the city’s response to the two feet of snow that hit Boston earlier this month at a hearing on March 4. The northeaster and City Hall’s clean-up efforts prompted responses of praise and criticism, and councillors are expected to delve into the issue at a session of the City, Neighborhood and Veterans Services Committee. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports officers responding to a report of gunfire found a man with gunshot wounds at 24 Woodruff Way around 2:35 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more
Storms of the sort that blew through Boston last weekend are a test not only of city government but also of a community’s mettle and patience. We’ve been spoiled in recent years with mild winters, but in most ways, Boston came through last weekend just fine— as a New England community should, given our heritage. Read more
It was not quite the Blizzard of ‘78. But the weekend northeaster that tore into the region last Friday afternoon might have been a close cousin.
The storm dumped more than two feet of wind-driven snow onto Boston’s neighborhoods by Saturday afternoon, disrupting the drumbeat of daily life, forcing school cancellations and prompting a record number of service calls to City Hall. By mid-week, Boston was still in recovery mode, but a return to normalcy was at hand, with schools re-open freeing house-bound families from a five-day stretch of severe cabin fever.
“Our snow removal teams did great work throughout the night last night,” Mayor Menino said on Tuesday. “Our crews will be out there all day and again tonight as we continue to widen roads, make our schools safe for students, and respond to residents’ concerns about residential areas.” Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 49 Mather St. late last night quickly went to three alarms and sent two residents and two firefighters to the hospital. One resident was rescued from a top floor of the multi-family building via a department aerial ladder. Read more
Feb. 8, 2013
A snow emergency and parking ban will begin at noon today as the region braced for what could be a blizzard of historic proportions. The National Weather Service is also advising people not to travel after noon on Friday.
“This is going to be a very serious storm,” Mayor Menino said in a press conference on Thursday. “Safety is our number one priority, I want to stress that the best thing everyone can do Friday and Saturday is to stay home. Stay off the roads, stay safe and let our Public Works crews work.”
The city of Boston issued the following information: Read more
Feb. 5, 2013
Mayor Thomas Menino on Tuesday asked for the advisory panel eyeing a school assignment overhaul to again delay their vote, scheduled for Saturday, and wrap up their work by before the end of the month.
“I ask that you continue your work past this weekend,” Menino wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the Reporter. The advisory panel had aimed for a December vote, and that was pushed back into January, and then to this weekend. Read more
Andrea Cabral’s chief of external relations will take over as Suffolk County sheriff, a source tells the Reporter. With Cabral signing on as Gov. Deval Patrick’s public safety secretary, Steven Tompkins will succeed her.
The State House News Service reported on Tuesday that Patrick will swear in Tompkins later today. A source with knowledge of the appointment confirmed the news to the Reporter. Read more