Public Safety

Kids, teens wrestle with crime impacts, STD figures at Great Hall

By 
Martine Louis
Oct. 24, 2007

"Snitching." Reporting crime to the police. To many youth in Boston, it is the ultimate "no-no." Fearing getting hurt or killed themselves, young men and women in Boston have increasingly opted to keep silent, according to a health status report from the Boston Public Health Commission.

"We are dying out here! Someone has to do something!" one woman cried out from a large audience at Codman Square's Great Hall, where the report was delivered to the public on Monday.  Read more

Firefighter endures game show hot seat, dignity intact

By 
Pat Irish
Oct. 24, 2007

If there is anyone most qualified to endure the famed "hot seat" from television's hit show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," it's local firefighter Kevin Meehan. For the past four years, Meehan, 42, has worked with Engine #7, the oldest fire company in the United States. He is used to pressure. Whether working the pump or driving the fire engine, Meehan is well acquainted with the perspiration that accompanies tight situations.  Read more

Boy, 13, shot dead near his home; not seen as target

Steven Odom, 13, was just steps from his Evans Street door last Thursday evening when he was gunned down, shot in the head by an unknown assailant. Within minutes, he was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center, making the middle school student the 52nd homicide victim of the year.

Boston Police said this week that they do not believe Odom was the intended target of the shooting.

"The information right now suggests that he was struck accidentally by somebody who was firing at someone else," said Elaine Driscoll, a spokesperson for the BPD.  Read more

Steady stream of domestic cases tries Dot courthouse

A teen accused of beating his girlfriend over a period of six hours. A nephew charged with allegedly throwing a window fan at his uncle. Another man stood accused of coming at his girlfriend with a machete.

These are just a few of the domestic violence cases that have crossed before a judge in Dorchester District Court's first floor courtroom recently. At one time they would have gone to a courtroom on the second floor, specifically set aside for such cases. Now, they are lumped in with the rest of the previous nights' arrests.  Read more

Burglary on the rise in District C-11, murders down

Bring in your air conditioners, lock up your windows and keep an eye on the neighbors' place when they're away, said Captain John Greland of District C-11. Break-ins for the last two months are at a 3-year high in his district.

"Around 71 percent of them occur during the day," said Greland. "Most of the entry is through the side and the rear. They push in the A/C unit, they force the door or they force the window."  Read more

C-11 cops gain new footing with "Safe Street" teams

Early one evening this week, two little heads with a problem poked into the cruiser that had pulled over on Washington Street. The two brothers, around ten years old, had left their two bicycles in their backyard, only to have them stolen by alleged gang members.

As Sgt. Lucas Taxter called in the group of police officers further up the street, the taller brother hesitantly looked down in the direction of the Codman Square Library, where the gang members were hanging out.  Read more

Shooting shakes up Mattapan side street

A 20 year-old woman was killed and three others wounded by two hooded gunman Sunday night in a brazen ambush on a leafy and normally peaceful Mattapan sidestreet. The incident has ratcheted up fears of escalating gang activity in a residential section off River Street more known for its well-kept yards and tide single-family homes than for the crackle of gunfire.  Read more

Forum links domestic violence to other community ills

By 
Martine Louis
Aug. 22, 2007

Dozens gathered at the Haitian Multi-Service Center on Columbia Road last Saturday to promote awareness and discuss how domestic violence impacts our community. The 11th annual domestic violence forum, hosted by the Association of Haitian Women (AFAB) along with the Haitian Roundtable on Domestic Violence, provided an opportunity for community members to express their feelings on the subject.  Read more

Iraq vet ascends new ladder; First Haitian-American woman joins fire ranks

By 
David Benoit
Aug. 1, 2007

The Boston Fire Department likes to think of themselves as one large family, and even if their family outings might not be a trip to Castle Island, they live and work together with an intense closeness.

Last week they welcomed into their ranks 46 new brothers and one new history-making sister. Dorchester native Nathalie Delsoin became the sixteenth woman in the Boston Fire Department, and the very first Haitian-American woman on the force.  Read more

Codman activists want police lines redrawn

Neighborhood concerns and confusion over which Boston Police District has jurisdiction in Codman Square have led activists to ask Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to look at relocating the district boundary between B-3 and C-11. The request, brought before the Commissioner at a community meeting in late May, received an enthusiastic response from the Commissioner at the time, and now appears to be under consideration within the department.  Read more