Public Safety

House fire on St. Margaret's Street causes heavy damage

By 
Adam Pieniazek, Special to the Reporter
Apr. 25, 2009

St. Margaret Street Fire: One firefighter was injured in the Saturday blaze. Above, firefighters work on the roof of 39 St. Margaret St. Photo by Adam PieniazekSt. Margaret Street Fire: One firefighter was injured in the Saturday blaze. Above, firefighters work on the roof of 39 St. Margaret St. Photo by Adam Pieniazek

A two-alarm fire caused $350,000 in damages and brought at least eleven fire trucks and over fifteen additional emergency response vehicles to 39 Saint Margaret Street this morning. The Boston Fire Department received a call at 11:13 a.m. for a house fire at the owner occupied three decker. The first floor of the Dorchester household was unoccupied, with the second floor occupied by the owner and the owner's children lived on the third floor. All of the residents escaped injury, but a firefighter was hurt in a fall inside the dwelling.  Read more

Since January, two dozen guns seized or found on district three

Every now and then you will hear someone ask the question, where do all these firearms come from? Finding guns on the district is like going Easter egg hunting. They can turn up anywhere – on a pile of rock, in a snow bank, in a garage, in a back yard, in a car and sometimes on a perpetrator. Since Jan. 1, 2009, 24 guns have been seized on the district.

January 15, 1:08 a.m.  Read more

‘Good citizen’ aids cops in mugging arrests

Three juveniles were arrested Monday evening after they allegedly beat a man near the JFK-UMass MBTA station. The Boston Police bicycle unit, returning from duty at the Boston Marathon, made the arrests- with a major assist from a helpful witness who tracked the suspects as they attempted to make their escape.  Read more

Police probe death of man on Hilltop Street

Boston Police detectives probing the death of a 46 year-old man, who was found outside a home on Hilltop Street on Tuesday morning, do not believe that foul play was involved.
Elaine Driscoll, a spokesperson for the BPD, tells the Reporter that police believe that the man died after a fall that caused trauma to his head. Driscoll says that homicide detectives will stay on the case at least until the Medical Examiner's office issues a report. The identity of the victim has not been released.

Firefighters give Flaherty the official nod

City Councillor Michael Flaherty has picked up the official endorsement of the city's firefighters union, Local 718. The campaign made the announcement on Friday afternoon, a day after Flaherty rolled out four other union endorsements. A public endorsement event will be held on May 9th at Firefighters Family Day in Neponset's Pope John Paul II Park.  Read more

Shootout probe leads to arrests in Savin Hill

Nearly a month after an evening shootout sent bullets buzzing through a typically peaceful Columbia-Savin Hill sidestreet, Boston Police returned to the scene last night and arrested two men while executing a search warrant.


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Man admits guilt in Norton St. murder

A Dorchester man today admitted that he gunned down a rival outside a Norton St. baby shower in January 2008. Ryan Gillespie, 24, was set to go on trial today for the slaying of Joseph Clarke, 23. Instead, Gillespie pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter, apologized to Clarke's kin and was immediately sentenced to 12 to 14 years in state prison.  Read more

Smash-and-grab suspect nabbed on Pope's Hill

Boston Police relay news of an early morning arrest of a South Boston man, who apparently thought neighbors on Neponset Ave. would snooze through his glass-shattering antics. Police caught up to the 23 year-old suspect on Train Street and returned to the scene, where the victim positively identified him as the man who just plunged his hand through her car window.

Police: Blood-spattered walls, dead and dying dogs at illegal dog-fight ring

Boston Police report the discovery of a basement at 29 Raven St. outfitted as a dog-fighting arena.  Read more

Teen gunned down on Pleasant Street

Update: Police have identified the victim of a Thursday night shooting as 17 year-old Jamayl E. Wilson, 17, of Dorchester. He was shot to death outside 101 Pleasant Street.  Read more