Public Safety

Meetinghouse Bank robbed, suspect in custody

By 
Ed Forry
Aug. 28, 2014

The robbery suspect, shortly after being apprehended. Photo by Ed Forry

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

Feds, Boston cops team up to get illegal guns off streets: Tiny but potent Taurus pistols key focus of search

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special to The Reporter
Jan. 5, 2011

As the city struggles to contain a dramatic spike in gun violence, 18 handguns bought through an illegal straw purchase in Georgia in 2009 are believed to have wound up on the streets of Boston. So far two of the 18 handguns have been recovered by Boston Police officers, but, according to investigators the others are believed to be hidden here.  Read more

Police raid suspected drug den on Stanton Street

By 
Staff
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

New lead in Lower Mills shooting

By 
Lauren Dezenski
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

Police search for suspect in UMass Boston armed robbery

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
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

Suspect in Ashmont gun arrest is charged with murder

By 
Staff
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

Work will begin soon on overpass demolition at Forest Hills; public meeting to be scheduled

By 
Tom Mulvoy, Associate Editor
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

Argument led to Monday night stabbing at South Bay Target

By 
Lauren Dezenski
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

Woman will not face charges in fatal July stabbing; DA cites 'self-defense'

By 
Staff
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

A mixed reaction to BRA plans for Mount Vernon St.

By 
Eliza Dewey, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 13, 2014

Mt. Vernon Street meeting on Nov. 5.: Residents and stakeholders got hands on in reviewing BRA plans for a re-design of Columbia Point's main drag. Photo by Eliza Dewey Mt. Vernon Street meeting on Nov. 5.: Residents and stakeholders got hands on in reviewing BRA plans for a re-design of Columbia Point's main drag. Photo by Eliza Dewey 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