Public Safety

Off-duty cops foil bag-snatch in Lower Mills

A pair of off-duty police officers on line for a Saturday morning buzz cut in Lower Mills Village lept into service to protect an elderly woman from a street robbery earlier this month. Their swift action not only prevented a likely bag-snatching, but led to the arrest of a 19 year-old Mattapan man who elected to go toe-to-toe with one of the cops.  Read more

DA Conley says two local businesses played role in widespread gambling ring

Fifteen teams of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies hit a number of locations across Boston and the state with warrants on Tuesday, targeting a major underground gambling ring. Two businesses in Dorchester allegedly served as fronts for the gambling ring, according to Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley's office: Thalia Beauty Salon, at 338 Blue Hill Ave., and Gentileza's Market, at 140 Bowdoin St.  Read more

Egleston only for gun-search program

Mayor Thomas Menino this week defended a controversial program that has drawn criticism from community members and local politicians as an unconstitutional invasion of home privacy by police. Boston police officers are launching a pilot program, dubbed "Safe Homes," to search people's homes and look for guns, but are only going into one neighborhood - Egleston Square - instead of four "high-risk neighborhoods" as initially planned.  Read more

Former postal supervisor gets jail-time for perjury

A one-time supervisor at Dorchester Center's post office has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for lying to criminal and civil investigators in the alleged sexual assault of a co-worker in the office's boiler room.

John Kelley, 46, a former acting manager, was sentenced last week by a U.S. District Court judge on two counts of perjury and one count of a scheme to falsify information, according to U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's office. The sentence also carries two years of supervised release.  Read more

State Supreme Court allows firearm evidence despite 'unlawful' search

The state's high court on Tuesday reversed a lower court decision to suppress evidence of illicit firearms in what officers initially thought was a case of illegal drug use.

The case stems back to the summer of 2004, when Boston Police officers entered a Dorchester apartment building to investigate a matter on the third floor but smelled "fresh marijuana" coming from a second floor apartment, according to the Supreme Judicial Court opinion.  Read more

Son of '70s 'slumlord' Wattendorf is himself under indictment

In one of Dorchester's darkest periods - the 1970s - neighborhood activists knew the name George V. Wattendorf well. He was known as a "notorious slumlord" by some and a victim of "bad tenants" by others.

For those that still remember him, a recent press release from the Attorney General's office sparked a few memories. George V. Wattendorf and his East Boston construction company G.V.W. Inc. were arraigned last month for allegedly violating the state's prevailing wage, overtime and record keeping laws, said the release.  Read more

Violent video prompts soul-searching

At a meeting held last Saturday to strategize against youth violence, some parents saw it for the first time. Their stony faces watched as edited parts of a grainy video - known in some dark corners of the Internet as the "most brutal beatdown of 2007" - played out on a screen at the Vietnamese American Community Center in Fields Corner.  Read more

DA, cops work to assemble new Cold Case Squad

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley will be assigning a prosecutor to a unit the Boston Police Department is assembling to look into old unsolved murder cases, he said last week.

Conley said he recently met with Police Commissioner Ed Davis and is "very supportive" of the resurrection of a "cold case" squad.

"This opportunity to look back and solve some of the cases, give some families comfort. I'm very supportive of that," he told the Reporter.  Read more

Five charged, one sought in Blue Hill Ave. stabbing death

Amid an ongoing special grand jury investigation, four Dorchester men and a Brockton resident were arraigned this week on murder charges stemming from the brutal stabbing of a 16-year-old last year. Police are still searching for a sixth suspect.

Those charged with murder included Markeese Mitchell, 16, of Brockton, with the rest from Dorchester: Admilson Vizcaino, 16; Terrance Pabon, 18; and Paul Goode, 25. Richard Allen, 20, is charged as an accessory.  Read more

Cape Verdean deportees import U.S. problems

In January, State Rep. Marie St. Fleur joined a delegation to Cape Verde to meet with government officials and address growing concerns among Cape Verdean communities at home and abroad. The group held a session with over 10 deportees to discuss the hardships they face as they struggle to reintegrate in Cape Verde.

Also on the agenda was business development on the islands, the political relationship between Cape Verde and the United States, and the social and cultural issues that arise from Cape Verde's ties to America.  Read more