Public Safety

Cops probe melee at Neponset pizza shop

Three teenagers were injured Saturday night during a violent brawl outside a Papa Gino's restaurant on Gallivan Boulevard that witnesses said began with a racially-charged dispute between a restaurant employee and customers. Boston Police confirm that the incident is now being investigated by the Community Disorders Unit, which will make a recommendation on whether any civil rights violations occurred.  Read more

City anti-litter campaign struggles to be born

Just about everyone in Dorchester can agree that a little public education on keeping the neighborhood clean is in order. A good image can help reduce crime, boost business and lift spirits. But when it comes to how that might be accomplished, as some neatniks are finding out, there a few differences of opinion.  Read more

State budget bump targets violence

Lawmakers last week rushed a $28.2 billion budget to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk, with millions in funds for local projects, from $250,000 for an 18-bed women's sober-living facility to $350,000 for a "Safe Neighborhood" crime prevention program in Grove Hall and housing for veterans.

The fiscal 2009 budget also included increased funds for anti-domestic violence and youth violence programs, with five youth violence prevention programs receiving $8.7 million more than the previous year and anti-domestic violence programs receiving a $3.7 million boost.  Read more

Grand jury underway in Tuttle St. murder

Six months after a young man was found fatally stabbed in a Tuttle St. apartment, no arrests have been made, but a Suffolk County grand jury investigation is underway into the case.

Daniel Yakovleff, 20, of Roxbury, was found stabbed to death on Jan. 17 in the third floor apartment at 56 Tuttle St. Since then, little information has been released about the murder.  Read more

Conviction brings some closure to Bourneside killings

The sound of ambulances and police cars roaring are not uncommon in the Melville-Park neighborhood. But, neighbors say, the emergency vehicles are usually racing to someplace else in Dorchester.

But on Dec. 13, 2005, they all converged on Bourneside Street - a short side-street opposite Town Field - and launched an investigation into the murders of four young men, three of them members of a nascent local rap group, Graveside.  Read more

Drowning girl pulled from waters off Columbia Point

A 13-year-old girl was pulled out of Boston Harbor off Columbia Point on Tuesday after a frantic search in the water by her friends, lifeguards, a pair of tourists from Holland and the Boston Fire Department. The girl was holding on to a piling under the pier near Carson Beach, right on the border between Dorchester and South Boston, when she disappeared and her friends began screaming for help. Lifeguards ran over from a nearby beach house and the two tourists dove in to aid in the search.

"I heard screaming of a girl, me and my friend ran over," said Job Van Ryn of Holland.  Read more

Forum targets gun source

At a community meeting held at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School last Wednesday the question heard most was, "Where did the gun come from?"

It's a non-rhetorical question that Citizens for Safety are urging people to ask after every single shooting since the majority of shootings in Boston are with illegal guns.  Read more

Bullets buzz through Uphams Corner

A broad-daylight shooting in the middle of one of the neighborhood's busiest intersections shattered the window of a motorist stopped at the traffic light on Monday afternoon. A pair of bullets punctured the car and narrowly missed three family members - including a five-year old grandchild who was strapped in the backseat.

Four shots rang out in Uphams Corner just after 5:15 p.m., in what police believe was an armed confrontation between two groups of young people at the corner of Dudley Street and Columbia Road.  Read more

Ten indicted in Franklin Field crack cocaine case

An eight-month undercover investigation by District B-3's Drug Control Unit and the FBI has yielded 10 federal indictments and three Suffolk County arrests, all related to the distribution of crack cocaine within the Franklin Field housing development. Many of those arrested were also involved in a street gang based at Franklin Field that has a long-standing and violent beef with youth from the Franklin Hill area, prompting the investigation.  Read more

Police work to head off violence at Caribbean festival

Boston Police have mounted an aggressive operation aimed at preventing a feared outbreak of gang violence at this weekend's Caribbean Festival in Roxbury and Dorchester. The department has already rounded up dozens of so-called "impact" gang members known to have violated conditions of their probation and have issued multiple "stay-away"orders to other young men they say are affiliated with warring gangs.  Read more