Feds, Boston cops team up to get illegal guns off streets: Tiny but potent Taurus pistols key focus of search
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
A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail Thursday at his arraignment on charges he shot a man to death after a Christmas-eve concert.
Ian Holness, 27, stood behind a door as murder and illegal-weapons charges were read against him in Dorchester District Court this morning, frustrating the relatives and friends of Rashaan O'Neil, 36, who wanted to get a look at O'Neil's accused killer. Read more
Mar. 3, 2014
A man died Saturday after he was stabbed during a fight outside of a Columbia Point hotel. The unidentified victim was one of two men found suffering from stab wounds just before 3 a.m. outside of the Doubletree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street. Read more
Feb. 28, 2014
The five candidates hoping to replace Marty Walsh in the State House talked public safety and education during individual appearances on BNN News.
BNN's Chris Lovett interviewed them in the videos below. The Democratic primary is March 4, and with no Republicans running, the election is expected to be determinative of who will take the 13th Suffolk seat after the April 1 general election. 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.
The Boston Police Department reports a man, apparently in his 20s, was found shot to death around 11:40 p.m. on Thursday at 196 Itasca St. in Mattapan.
Feb. 19, 2014
Court: Police must get warrant for detailed phone location data
A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that warrants are required in cases where law enforcement seek two weeks or more of cell site location information, or CSLI, from a suspect’s phone.
The ruling stems from a Dorchester murder case in which State Police troopers investigating the death of 26 year-old Julaine Jules, whose body was recovered from the Charles River in September 2004, obtained the cell phone records for Shabazz Augustine, who had been her boyfriend.
The murder is alleged to have happened at Augustine’s former apartment on Sydney Street. Augustine, now 36, was arrested and charged in the crime in June 2011.
The decision was hailed as a victory by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who said the earlier order would have kept a jury from hearing key evidence in Augustine's trial. Read more
The Boston Police Department report drug officers raided a house at 11 Treadway Rd. on Friday and recovered a large assortment of illegal items:
"Upon executing the search warrant at 11 Treadway Road, detectives encountered two more suspects and recovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle, 5 pounds of marijuana, 627 Grams of MDMA (Molly) 2 bottles of Testosterone (steroid) 3 machetes, 2 bullet proof vests, white zip ties, blue latex gloves and 2 blue wool hats transformed into masks with an area cut out for the eyes." Read more
A tractor trailer burst into flames shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday on the southbound Expressway by the gas tank, completely shutting the southbound side of the road and causing significant delays on the northbound side. Read more