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

Changing of the guard at B-3: After eight years, Boyle makes way for Hosein

Capt. Haseeb Hosein received his badge from Superintendent in Chief William Gross. Photo courtesy Boston Police Dept.

After eight years on the watch at District B-3, Capt. Joe Boyle was ready for a change of pace. The Dorchester-Mattapan precinct is now under the command of a newly minted captain, Haseeb Hosein, the third person of color appointed to a district command by BPD Commissioner William Evans.

Hosein, a 24-year veteran of the department and a Dorchester resident, was promoted to the rank of captain last week. “He’s a hard worker and a great community guy,” said Evans in an interview with the Reporter. “When I was moving to make him captain, diversity came into my mind. I don't know of anyone better to take over from Joe Boyle than Capt. Hosein.”  Read more

Two teens charged with attacking manager at Codman Square McDonald's

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a 14-year-old and her 15-year-old friend on charges that responded to a request to leave the Codman Square McDonald's by beating the manager - and a woman who tried to protect the manager.

According to police, the two were among a group of girls who had been hanging out in the McDonald's, 605 Washington St., for an hour without buying anything. The manager asked them to leave, at which point the group allegedly unleashed a torrent of insults.  Read more

Vote Yes on Question 3: Stop the Casino ‘Mess’

The advertisements for casinos are so glamorous. Sexy young people gathered around a roulette wheel dressed in ravishing clothing and oozing wealth. And the picture painted by the casino industry that wants to be in our commonwealth is of a gambling glitterati, flying in from Paris and Dubai, spending their cash to support our state’s revenue needs, rather than spending it in Connecticut and providing lots of jobs in the process. No pain, lots of gain.  Read more

Man gets 18-20 in prison after admitting to 1992 Savin Hill rape

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A former Dorchester resident was sentenced to 18-20 years in state prison today after he admitted he raped a woman walking home from the Savin Hill MBTA stop on Oct. 30, 1992.

Terry Abercrombie, 52, had avoided detection until 2012, when a DNA database run by the FBI found a match with DNA evidence the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had entered in the database in 2006.

DA Dan Conley said the DNA match and additional evidence convinced Abercrombie to plead guilty.  Read more

Authorities say argument inside Chinese take-out place led to murder

A Quincy man was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges he fatally stabbed another man in the neck outside the Chung Wah take-out place at 199 Bowdoin St. Thursday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to prosecutors, Edgardo Clark, 29, got into a confrontation with Gerald Williamson, 31, around 7:30 p.m. In a statement, the DA's office says:  Read more

Woman stabbed to death early Saturday

The Boston Police Department reports a woman was fatally stabbed in a fight around 4:45 a.m. at 188 Washington St. in Dorchester.

The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was taken to Boston Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Quincy man charged with fatal stabbing on Bowdoin Street

The Boston Police Department reports officers found Gerald Williamson, 31, suffering from a stab wound around 7:20 p.m. on Thursday at 205 Bowdoin St.

He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died.

On Monday, police arrested Edgardo Clark, 29, of Quincy, and charged him with Williamson's murder.

Former Neponset funeral home director held on $50,000 cash bail

By 
Staff
Oct. 20, 2014

Joseph O'Donnell, the former Neponset funeral home director now under indictment for an array of alleged crimes related to the business, was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail at his arraignment today in Suffolk Superior Court. O'Donnell, 56, allegedly bilked customers out of nearly $150,000 over several years and illegally stored dead bodies in two storage lockers while operating without a license. O'Donnell is due back in court on Dec. 9.  Read more