Public Safety

High bail for two accused in Codman Sq. shooting

Two Dorchester people are being held on $1 million cash bail each for allegedly shooting a man in the head in a brazen daylight attack on Washington Street on Monday morning. Patrick Grier, 20, and a 16-year-old female accomplice were arraigned in separate courtrooms on Tuesday. Both allegedly accosted the victim, a 19-year-old man, near the corner of Lyndhurst Street and Washington just after 9 a.m. The unidentified victim was hit in the head once and twice in the leg and remains in grave condition.  Read more

Mattapan man posed as his brother in phony car crash

Raymond DeGraca, 56, entered a guilty plea in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday for reporting a false car accident with a fake identity and lying under oath, among other charges. In October 2002, DeGraca registered his car using a Rhode Island driver's license with his own picture but using his brother's information. The following year, he falsely claimed to his insurer, the Amica Mutual Insurance Company, that his vehicle was hit by another driver.  Read more

New medical command center named for Dot's Stephen Lawlor

The city of Boston dedicated a new, state-of-the-art command center for its EMS department last week. The Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center memorializes a Dorchester man who had a 27-year career with Boston EMS before he died of cancer in 2005.

Lawlor's family was on hand for the dedication of the command center, which is located at the Boston Public Health Commission's headquarters in Roxbury.  Read more

Panel offers ideas on urban violence

Access to substance abuse treatment for all regardless of income, mandatory K-12 bullying and violence prevention programs, and aggressive steps to reduce access to illegal firearms are among the anti-urban violence recommendations released last Thursday by the governor's Anti-Crime Council.

Other recommendations include immediate steps to offer reentry supports to violent offenders, job training for individuals between 14 and 22 years old, and the establishment of ways to immediately respond to and treat children who witness violence.  Read more

Judge orders evaluation for suspect in bus attack

In Dorchester District Court Tuesday, Judge David Poole ordered a 20-day mental evaluation for 32-year-old Steven Phillips, who allegedly flashed two teenage girls on the Route 23 MBTA bus just before 3 p.m. on Monday, and then stabbed them both. Phillips will be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for the evaluation, on a recommendation by the court's clinician.  Read more

Stats show serious crime down citywide and locally

Statistics released this week by the Boston Police Department show a slow-down in serious crime across the city, with significant reductions in our neighborhood's two main police districts, C-11 and B-3, compared to last year's figures. The good news is relative: Homicides are well up this year in C-11, where 2008 began with a flurry of gun violence that has slowed, but not ceased, in recent months.  Read more

Cold weather doesn't mean reprieve on crime

There is some encouraging news on the public safety front this week. As we report this week on Page One, official Boston Police statistics show some progress has been made in reducing violence on the streets of Dorchester and Mattapan.  Read more

Uphams shooting spree fatal to bystander

Remembrances at the shooting site. Photo by Pete Stidman

Neighbors say it is a "neutral street," a place where others from all parts of the surrounding neighborhood congregate to hang and drink or smoke. But that crossing of paths on Elder Street near Uphams Corner ended in tragedy during the wee hours of Sunday morning, in a shooting spree that took the life of a 19-year-old mother. Four others survived gunshot wounds in the melee.  Read more

Sentences rolling in for Fields Corner gang beating

Three of five adults involved in a brutal youth gang beating that took place in Fields Corner in August, 2007 have been sentenced. Two others have court dates in early December.  Read more

St. Mark's Area restaurant re-opens after break-in

Once again it is Indian chicken Balti on Tuesdays and shepherd's pie on Wednesdays for lunch. After a break-in and a slow-down in business, patrons of Dot2Dot café in the St. Mark's neighborhood come here not only to eat, but also to volunteer.

With help from the neighborhood, the European-style café is back in business after briefly closing its doors.  Read more