Public Safety

Who’s in charge of street poles?

The two utilities that jointly own the wooden street poles from which aerial wire systems loop through just about every street in Boston are Verizon and NStar— the telephone and electric company, respectively.  Read more

Two-alarm fire in Mattapan three decker displaces 18

Inside 742 River St. Photo by BFD.

A two-alarm fire at 742 River St. on Monday sent one firefighter to the hospital with a cut and brought the American Red Cross in to help find temporary housing for 18 residents.

The fire, reported around 7:30 p.m., did an estimated $250,000 in damage according to the Boston Fire Department, which says the cause remains under investigation.

Report touts benefits of summer jobs for city youth

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 11, 2013

Are there real benefits to urban youths spending six to nine weeks in a summer job? Conny Doty, director of Mayor Thomas Menino’s Office of Jobs and Community Services, took up that question with the mayor at her side as she looked grimly out into the crowd at the Holland Community Center on Tuesday.  Read more

Two shot in different areas within 30 minutes

Police are investigating two separate shootings between 9 and 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

In the more serious incident, a person was taken away in critical condition after a shooting at 107 Columbia Rd.

A suspect and a gun were found on Rosedale Street near Codman Square.

A man was shot in the back on Marden Avenue.

Leaders huddle on ways to cut down violence

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 3, 2013

Law enforcement officials and local lawmakers on Monday outlined citywide efforts to stem violence, citing “safe street” teams to pushing for more youth summer jobs.

The afternoon press conference, held at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury and aimed at showing a united front among elected and police officials, comes as the city is experiencing an uptick in gun violence.  Read more

Police issue alert after flurry of house breaks

The Boston Police Department's Neighborood Crime Watch department issued a "community alert" today in the wake of a series of residential break-ins that have occurred in recent days in Dorchester Area C-11 police district. The flurry of house breaks includes both daytime and overnight incidents stretching from June 17-June 26 on Crockett Ave., Fossdale Rd., Shenandoah St., Burgoyne St., Laban Pratt Rd., and Glenrose Road.  Read more

Hearing topic: Does city need its own trauma response system?

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 27, 2013

The headmaster of the Neighborhood House Charter School is still feeling the effects of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed one of his students and injured another and her mother. Martin Richard, of Dorchester, died from the impact of one of the bombs, while his sister Jane, a first grader at the school, was seriously injured, as was their mother, Denise, the school librarian.

“It’s going to be there in September when we come back,” said Kevin Andrews at a City Council hearing last Thursday afternoon on the impact of violence and the need for a comprehensive trauma response system for the city.  Read more

Editorial: Greenway links now in sight thanks to Patrick's commitment

Neponset Greenway: Popular amenity will become more popular with planned expansion. Photo by Chris LovettNeponset Greenway: Popular amenity will become more popular with planned expansion. Photo by Chris Lovett

Gov. Deval Patrick has made our summer —before it even began officially.

On June 11, the Patrick administration announced that it intends to fully fund the completion of the Neponset Greenway, a long deferred project that has been stymied — despite clear public support — due to the lack of a clear funding pipeline.  Read more

Police: Mugger leaves behind his birth certificate - and a letter from his mom

The Boston Police Department reports it got a quick lead on a suspect in a Fields Corner robbery yesterday - the alleged criminal mastermind left behind his birth certificate.  Read more

Pod Life— Could this be the future of transport on Columbia Point?

Could this be the future of public transit in parts of Boston— perhaps even Dorchester's own Columbia Point? How about Blue Hill Avenue?

Moving around town in a solar-powered “pod” that cuts down on congestion, helps the environment and gives you your own space to breathe? Sounds like a storyboard from The Jetsons, but the technology exists and is advancing in other parts of the globe, especially in airports like London’s Heathrow, shown in this YouTube video:  Read more