Public Safety

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

Roxbury mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Aug. 19, 2014

Though there have been no recorded cases of mosquito-borne illnesses in Boston this year, the Boston Public Health Commission is warning residents to take simple precautions after a mosquito pool in Roxbury tested positive for the West Nile Virus.  Read more

Smash-and-grab jewel thieves targeted Dot Ave. store

A team of thieves used hammers to smash display cases inside a Dorchester Ave. jewelry shop, making off with a “good amount” of merchandise in a brazen robbery on Monday afternoon. Boston Police say that two men and a woman— possible aided by an accomplice who helped them gain entry to the store— entered Tiem Vang Thai Binh Jewelry just after 3:30 p.m. on Monday.  Read more

New Fields Corner restaurant loses bid for license

The Boston Licensing Board has rejected acouple's request to let them turn an old Chinese restaurant into a new Vietnamese place, because of the husband's criminal past and his failure to fully own up to it at a board hearing this week.

The board rarely turns down applications for simple food-serving licenses, such as the one sought for the proposed VN Express, which would have replaced China Pagoda at 1616 Dorchester Ave.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Khanh Nguyen said he and his wife, Nhung, wanted to serve Vietnamese and Chinese breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Read more

Local man arrested as bank robber after police post his photos online

Surveillance photo of alleged bank robber

Police in Bedford say a Dorchester man held up a Bank of America branch Monday afternoon - and that they were able to arrest him three hours later after people recognized him from surveillance photos they posted online.

Police say Joseph Barrett, walked into the Bank of America branch on the Great Road around 12:15 p.m., told a teller he had a gun and demanded cash. He left with a large pile of bills.

Police quickly posted a series of photos, which led them to his workplace about a mile away on South Road in Bedford.  Read more

Gov. Patrick to sign gun bill on Wednesday

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Aug. 11, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick plans Wednesday morning to sign omnibus legislation aimed at reducing gun violence in Massachusetts.  Read more

Governor signs substance abuse treatment bill into law

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Aug. 8, 2014

A bill signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday would provide individuals fighting addiction improved access to treatment and recovery services, advocates said.  Read more

Morton St. detours now underway as bridge is replaced

Beginning tomorrow night at 9 o’clock and continuing until early Monday morning, Aug. 18, the Morton Street bridge crossing will be closed to auto and bus traffic as work crews begin to replace the crumbling bridge. Detours will be in effect, with vehicles, including the 21 and 26 buses, being re-routed along Washington Street and Talbot and Blue Hill avenues.  Read more

Women’s role in illicit gun trade is the target

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 7, 2014

LIPSTICK: Mayor Martin Walsh joined LIPSTICK for a workshop and meeting at the Grove Hall Library on Saturday. From left to right: Kim Odom, Ruth Rollins, Kristen Keif, Mayor Martin Walsh and Paul Barrett. 	Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel LeonLIPSTICK: Mayor Martin Walsh joined LIPSTICK for a workshop and meeting at the Grove Hall Library on Saturday. From left to right: Kim Odom, Ruth Rollins, Kristen Keif, Mayor Martin Walsh and Paul Barrett. Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel Leon

An overflow audience, including Mayor Martin Walsh, packed an anti-violence meeting in Grove Hall last Saturday held by Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City Killing, or LIPSTICK, a project of Citizens for Safety, an umbrella group working to stem illegal gun trafficking nationwide.

The organization specifically targets the role of women in the illicit trade of firearms.  Read more

Police: Help us find Mary Newell

By 
Staff
Aug. 4, 2014

Missing since June 1

UPDATE: "Mary Newell has been located. The Boston Police would like to thank all who have assisted in the recovery of Ms. Newell."- 5:40 p.m. on Aug. 4
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