Public Safety

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

SUV winds up on home's front steps

SUV on front porch of 44 Hill Top St.

Photo via BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded around 4 p.m. on Friday to a report of an SUV up the front stairs of 44 Hill Top St.

The driver is being evaluated for injuries. A woman and two children in the car checked out OK, the department says.

Dem operative to lobby for medical marijuana dispensaries

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, State House News Service
Oct. 17, 2014

A top Democratic operative and the campaign manager of a November ballot effort has registered as a lobbyist. The move comes two months after she participated in meetings with Boston City Hall officials and a company seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary.  Read more

WIC benefits switch to debit card system this month

By 
Colleen Quinn, State House News Service
Oct. 14, 2014

Poor women in Massachusetts who rely on federal assistance to buy milk, cereal and other specified food items for themselves and their children will no longer have to worry that everyone around them in the grocery store checkout line knows they receive aid.

Massachusetts this month began to switch from paper checks to debit-like cards for the federal nutritional assistance program that helps more than 125,000 women, infants and children in the state.  Read more

DA: Dorchester boy likely murdered by father, who killed himself

By 
Staff
Oct. 14, 2014

Destin Marcelin, 6, died in a Dorchester apartment last month when his father, Patrick Marcelin, smothered or strangled him - or maybe both, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Marcelin then slashed his wrists, then plunged a knife into his chest after opening the door of a Mattapan apartment to police after they had tracked him down two days later.  Read more

Officials: Risk of Ebola spreading in Mass is low

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Oct. 14, 2014

Mayor Martin Walsh, flanked by Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, spoke at a Tuesday morning press conference at Logan Airport. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's office

Gov. Deval Patrick emphasized the relative safety of getting close to Ebola-infected patients, while state and local officials maintained the state is well equipped to handle cases of the virus that has spread death and devastation through three countries in West Africa.

"If I had Ebola, the commissioner standing right here would be at minimum risk of catching it, if any, if any," Gov. Deval Patrick said, standing next to Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett at a Logan International Airport press conference Tuesday morning. "This is hard to catch. She would have to touch my blood or other bodily fluids . . . and don't."  Read more

Mattapan native charged with murder in New York City

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Hughes

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a woman who was wanted for a Sept. 21 murder in Brooklyn.

The department's fugitive squad found and arrested Chivona Hughes, 32, in her old neighborhood, along Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan, police say.

Police in New York had been searching for Hughes for a Sept. 21 murder in which the victim was stabbed 75 times in the chest and head.  Read more

State transportation chief Richard Davey stepping down

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 10, 2014

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, the longest serving of the governor's the four transportation chiefs, plans to resign at the end of October, leaving the administration two months before the end of Gov. Deval Patrick's tenure.

Davey informed the governor of his decision late last month, and plans to depart on Nov. 1, becoming the second Cabinet official to leave the administration since Patrick asked his top lieutenants to commit in early 2013 to another two years to see the administration through to the end.

"It's time," Davey told the News Service. "I'm going to take some time to travel a little bit with my wife and start to think about what's next for my career. But we have a window to travel now, and I know the governor understands."  Read more

Neponset Greenway update: Phase 2 construction set to begin

A rendering shows what a connection of the Neponset Greenway near the gas tank on Dorchester Bay would look like.

Construction on the second of three phases of the Neponset River Greenway will soon get under way as the project to connect Readville’s Martini Shell to South Boston’s Castle Island continues on schedule and on budget, according to Jack Murray, the commissioner of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“This has been a real priority of the governor’s,” Murray told the Reporter. “He’s directed us to get this project in the ground before the end of his term and we’re working hard to make it happen.”  Read more

Former Neponset funeral home director charged with flurry of crimes

By 
Staff
Oct. 8, 2014

Joseph V. O'Donnell. Photo courtesy Suffolk County DA's Office

A former Neponset funeral home director has been named in a "sweeping, 278-count indictment" charging him with illegally storing dead bodies for years in a storage facility while bilking customers out of tens of thousands of dollars in pre-payments for burials that never happened. Joseph V. O'Donnell, 56, is also alleged to have operated his family-owned funeral home without a license in over 200 funerals and cremations.  Read more