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
After a year-long renovation project, the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center has re-opened its swimming pool, just in time to serve hundreds of kids and adults clamoring for a cool-off spot. Read more
Jun. 19, 2014
With just a week for artists to put their hat in the ring for a $250,000 installation at Fields Corner, only out-of-town artists have submitted their qualifications.
“This is a great budget and a great opportunity,” said project manager Jean Mineo last Friday. “Maybe people are waiting until the last day.”
Mineo said between 30 and 40 applications have come forward from artists from around the country, but none from the Boston area.
The project will be a permanent installation at Fields Corner’s Doherty Gibson Park, better known as Town Field. It was initiated by Nam Pham, executive director of the Dorchester-based Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).
It’s title will be “Freedom.” Read more
Boston Police who responded to a shooting in Fields Corner last evening had their hands full when the victim - who had just taken a bullet to the back after an argument - refused to cooperate and started struggling with the officers, according to a report obtained by the Reporter. Read more
Charlie Baker is running late. He walks into the Viet-AID community room at 5:53 p.m., 38 minutes after the gubernatorial meet-and-greet was supposed to start, a victim of evening traffic on Dorchester Avenue.
Thirty people have scattered themselves throughout the room, and as the he makes his way to the podium, he stops to shake hands, making sure to reach out to as many as he can. At six-foot-six, Baker towers over almost everybody there, except for one young man, whom he pulls close and says, tongue-in-cheek, “This guy’s tall.”
It’s a windy Monday night in April and Baker, a Swampscott Republican running for governor, is in Fields Corner. “Mr. Baker, welcome to Viet-AID,” Nam Pham, the Vietnamese-American development organization’s executive director, says in making the introduction to the crowd. “He used to be my boss,” Pham adds, referring to when Pham served as head of the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants under Gov. William Weld. Read more
Renovations to a key commercial building in Fields Corner are underway this month as four new tenants prepare to open up shop along Dorchester Avenue. The building, which once housed the defunct Emerald Isle bar and Yum-Yum Chinese restaurant, has undergone a “gut-rehab” in recent months.
The 6,000-square-foot building carries a Faulkner Street address, but its five retail spaces face a bustling stretch of Dorchester Avenue in the heart of the business district. The building abuts the popular Blarney Stone restaurant, which has thrived in spite of the still-forlorn exterior of its next-door neighbor. 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.
An attorney with roots in Cape Verde is jumping into the race to replace former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez. Evandro Carvalho, who lives in Fields Corner with his fiancé Ashley, emigrated from Cape Verde at age 15. 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)
This is a Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Troop open to girls K2-Grade 3. Meetings are Fridays, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the First Parish Church in Dorchester. We will be doing lots of fun things, having great adventures. We will be working on the new Journey Programs. For information, check out the GSUSA website Journeys.
Registration will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Registration fee is $25.00 per girl from date of registration until October 1st. Financial aid is available.
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