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 say woman was sexually attacked off Columbia Road

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

Police bike unit to set up shop in near Glovers Corner, Freeport Street

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

Man stabbed to death at Franklin Field

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.

Police say a father killed himself two days after his son died under mysterious circumstances

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

For Paciulli, his bank’s business is ‘personal’

Tony Paciulli: Pursuer of justiceTony Paciulli: Pursuer of justicePresident 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

Man shot to death on Claybourne Street

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).

Shots fired in Savin Hill T station

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

She’s ready to hear from Vietnamese women in abusive situations

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 28, 2014

Tram T. Nguyen

“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