Public Safety

Shootings erupt on a bloody Monday evening

Parts of Dorchester erupted in gunfire on Monday night, part of spasm of violence across the city that included the shooting of a 4 year-old boy in Roxbury. In the span of a few short hours, there were shootings reported on Hamilton Street, Harvard Street, Shafter Street and Callender Street.  Read more

BPD's Safe Streets deployment getting high marks after first year

A Boston Police deployment that saturates city villages with targeted, daily foot patrols is getting strong reviews from community activists after its first full year of implementation. First employed in the spring of 2007 - and then launched more broadly in several Dorchester and Mattapan villages last summer - Operation Safe Streets has become the signature strategy of Commissioner Edward Davis's two-year-old administration and is likely to expand into new sections of the city in coming months - including Uphams Corner.  Read more

Businesses hope to recover after Uphams fire

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Aug. 13, 2008

A midnight blaze tore through King Zion's Den on Hancock Street on Aug. 3. The African collectibles retailer and two other stores sustianed some $600,000 in damage, according to a Boston Fire Department estimate.

Fire Chief Bill Meyer attributed the fire to a short circuit of some kind.  Read more

Two held after gun flashed at Garvey

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Aug. 13, 2008

An 18-year-old Brockton man and a 16 year-old Dorchester teen were arrested Sunday night after they allegedly flashed a loaded 9 millimeter handgun and waved a knife during a dispute on the street hockey court at Garvey Park in Neponset. Police were called to the city-owned Neponset Avenue park around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to a police report, two victims at the park reported that an assailant in a hooded sweatshirt had pulled the gun on a group of young people before fleeing the park. No one was injured in the incident.  Read more

Two arrested after gun is pulled at Neponset park

A 18 year-old Brockton man and a 16 year-old Dorchester teen were arrested Sunday night after they allegedly flashed a loaded 9 millimeter handgun and waved a knife during a dispute on the street hockey court at Garvey Park in Neponset. Police were called to the city-owned Neponset Avenue park around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night. According to a police report, two victims at the park reported that an assailant in a hooded sweatshirt had pulled the gun on a group of young people before fleeing the park.  Read more

Appeals court rejects Geneva Ave. shooter's guilty plea withdrawal

A state appeals court last week rejected a bid by a man who confessed to killing a 15-year-old bystander in a Geneva Avenue shootout to overturn his conviction.  Read more

Fuller-Bailey area will get added police presence

Police pledged this week to devote more resources in the area after meeting with community members of the Fuller-Bailey Neighborhood Association. About 40 community members attended the meeting at St. Mark's VFW Post on Tuesday night, primarily revolving around a June 26 shooting on Carmela Lane. Two parents and their baby were almost caught in the middle of the shootout in the small street in between Fuller and Bailey Streets.  Read more

Let's talk about this elephant

Before you continue reading, I need to ask you a favor. Would you please sit down? Particularly if you are, like myself, of a sensitive nature. I have something shocking to share with you. When I first read it in the newspapers last week, the enormity of it made me sit at my kitchen table almost unable to breathe.

They should be dusting off the Pulitzers for the gangs over on Traveler Street and Morrissey Boulevard by now. Thank God for daily big city newspapers, breaking stories that we, the unwashed, would have gone clueless about for the rest of our natural lives.  Read more

Council to probe EMS response to infant's shooting

A City Council committee will scrutinize the emergency response to a Fairlawn Avenue shooting that seriously injured a baby last month. Councillor Charles Yancey is calling for next Tuesday's hearing as part of his continued look into the city's 911 system.  Read more

Driver takes a bullet through his hat, but is unhurt

An unidentified man pulled over by Boston Police last Friday morning took a bullet through the hat - and lived to tell about it. According to a Boston Police report, officers observed the driver racing the wrong way down Homes Avenue at 2:28 a.m. After he was pulled over, the driver told police that someone had just fired on his car as he was driving by. Officers observed bullet holes on the side of the car and - amazingly - one through the man's hat. The victim sustained no injury and the incident remains under investigation.  Read more