Public Safety

Henriquez still weighs next steps; official mulls a run for Fifth Suffolk seat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 22, 2014

A week after he was whisked away from a Medford courtroom in handcuffs, state Rep. Carlos Henriquez remains undecided about stepping down from his House seat, a person close to his situation said Tuesday night. Top officials, including Gov. Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Mayor Marty Walsh, have already asked the Dorchester Democrat to resign.  Read more

Walsh: Snow emergency will end at 8 a.m. in Boston

Storm cleanup on Pope's Hill: In an image posted on Twitter this morning, Steve Bicketon, Jr. noted the streets are plowed down to pavement.Storm cleanup on Pope's Hill: In an image posted on Twitter this morning, Steve Bicketon, Jr. noted the streets are plowed down to pavement.The City of Boston's snow emergency and parking ban will end at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Mayor Walsh's office announced this morning at 5:45 a.m. The winter storm— the first significant snowfall of the Walsh administration— resulted in about 7 inches so far. While schools are closed, City Hall will be open today as a "regular business day." A winter weather warning remains in effect through 1 p.m. and a deep freeze is expected to set in through the weekend.

All city of Boston community centers will be open today from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for children ages 7 and older. Adults will be asked to complete a short intake form when dropping children off.  Read more

T police seek to ID alleged cell phone thief

By 
Reporter Staff
Jan. 21, 2014

MBTA Police are asking for the public's help in identifying an alleged cell phone thief who robbed a woman on the platform of the Fields Corner T station last month. In a video posted on the T Police website, the individual is shown escaping through the station's turnstiles after the incident on Dec. 19.

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Prosecutors seek tougher penalties for juvenile murder convictions

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 20, 2014

Out of concern for the families of those murdered by juveniles and in the wake of a high court ruling that the most severe penalty is unconstitutional, state prosecutors are calling on Beacon Hill to make sure juveniles who commit murder spend at least 35 years behind bars.  Read more

French consul visits Codman Academy to discuss travel warning

By 
BNN-TV
Jan. 16, 2014

Students Challenge Neighborhood Profiling by French Government from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Chris Lovett of BNN-TV's Neighborhood Network News reports on the visit of the French consul general to Codman Academy. The consul was invited to the school by students upset by the French Foreign Ministry's travel advisory that warns its citizens to avoid parts of Boston, including Dorchester.  Read more

Dorchester man seeks new trial, citing withheld evidence, police corruption

By 
Elaine A. Murphy, Special to the Reporter
Jan. 16, 2014

Sean K. Ellis: After 20 years behind bars, he seeks a new trial.Sean K. Ellis: After 20 years behind bars, he seeks a new trial.A Dorchester man serving a life sentence for a cop killing 20 years ago – a crime he says he didn’t commit – may yet have a chance for a new trial and freedom. Sean K. Ellis, arrested in 1993 at age 19, was one of two teenagers convicted of putting five bullets into the face of Boston Detective John Mulligan -- “to get his gun for a trophy,” prosecutors said. The other youth, Terry Patterson of Hyde Park, then 18, was freed from prison in 2007 after a ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court discredited fingerprints that police claimed were his.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez sentenced to jail after conviction on two assault counts

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 15, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez

Rep. Carlos Henriquez was led away in handcuffs Wednesday after being found guilty by a jury in a domestic violence case stemming from an early morning rendezvous in Arlington Heights during the summer of 2012.

Henriquez, a Dorchester Democrat in his second term, was found guilty in Cambridge District Court of two counts of assault and battery, and was acquitted on an additional count of assault and battery, witness intimidation and larceny of a SIM card.  Read more

Rep. Henriquez's attorney to seek dismissal of assault case

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 10, 2014

Rep. Carlos Henriquez is seeking a dismissal or finding of not guilty in his assault and battery criminal case after a previously undisclosed police report turned up during cross-examination in the trial Thursday.

Judge Michele Hogan met with Henriquez’s attorney and prosecutors Friday morning, saying the hearing’s purpose “is to make sure this defendant gets a fair and impartial trial.”  Read more

Walsh makes three more interim appointments, including Dot native Holmes as info chief

Justin Holmes

A top aide to Mayor Marty Walsh on Thursday afternoon announced three additional appointments. In an email to City Hall workers, Walsh chief of staff Daniel Koh thanked them for their patience and said he would keep them informed about new hires and promotions.

According to the email, which was obtained by the Reporter, Justin Holmes, a Dorchester native, is the interim chief information officer. Holmes, who served as chief of staff to Maureen Feeney when she was the City Council president, was director of constituent engagement under Mayor Thomas Menino.  Read more

Judge directs witnesses against using term 'kidnap' in Rep. Henriquez's trial

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 8, 2014

Witnesses in the case against Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, will be directed not to use the term "kidnap" and when the alleged victim takes the stand she will be asked not to use the term "hostage," Judge Michele Hogan ruled ahead of the trial Wednesday.

Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Clarence Brown said the prosecution dropped a kidnapping charge because to press such a felony against Henriquez would have required a grand jury indictment.  Read more