Public Safety

Mixed reaction to Walsh’s call for a gun buyback; Mayor’s move follows shooting death of nine-year-old boy

Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 13, 2014

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has called for the return of a city-organized gun buyback program following last Friday’s shooting death of a nine-year-old boy. The victim’s 14-year-old brother, who is alleged to have shot him in their Morton Street apartment while “handling the firearm recklessly,” has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and illegal gun possession. The names of both the boy and his teenage brother have been withheld by authorities.

Walsh, who held a press conference outside the murder scene last Friday, said the buyback idea was being discussed by police officials and clergy prior to the boy’s violent death, which marked the tenth homicide so far this year in the city. Boston last conducted a buyback program in 2006.  Read more

Feds seek help to ID ‘serial’ bank robber

Feb. 11, 2014

Suspect in a rash of bank robberies is described as armed and dangerous.

The FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force is seekingv the public’s help to identify a “serial” bank robber who has hit four Boston-area banks in the last six weeks. The unknown robber is said to be armed and dangerous. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for tip’s leading to the suspect’s capture.  Read more

Man injured in Morrissey Boulevard gas-station crash

Foam covered gas station in Dorchester

Blanket covers area where man was pinned. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a man was pumping gas at the Citgo station at 741 Morrissey Blvd. around 8:15 Sunday morning when the driver of a car behind him failed to stop:  Read more

What’s needed on Greenway parks: trash barrels, better care from DCR

Park needs clean-up: Trash and debris piled up at Victory Road Park last weekend. Photo by Steve Bickerton, Jr.Park needs clean-up: Trash and debris piled up at Victory Road Park last weekend. Photo by Steve Bickerton, Jr.To The Editor:

This past weekend we were fortunate to have beautiful weather that allowed folks to get out and enjoy the Neponset River Greenway, one of the treasures of our community which connects Mattapan to Port Norfolk, and will have its missing links connected in the coming years to the tune of $14-plus million. I myself walked from Butler Street in Lower Mills to Port Norfolk. It was a great walk and I bumped into several Dorchester neighbors.

The overwhelming topic of conversation: The Greenway and the adjacent parks are a mess!  Read more

Tenean Beach needs major fixes, agency findings make clear

Jordan Frias, Special to the Reporter
Feb. 6, 2014

Dorchester’s Savin Hill and Malibu beaches have seen maintenance improvements, but Tenean Beach is still in need of major upgrades, according to the preliminary findings in a report on the 14 beaches along Boston Harbor that was shared at a meeting at UMass Boston on Saturday by the Commission of Metropolitan Beaches.

Paul Polito, 61, who lives on Parkman Street in Fields Corner, remembers swimming in the water at Savin Hill and Malibu Beach when he was a kid and the water quality was “horrible.”  Read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in Fields Corner

The Boston Police Department is looking for the driver of a car that hit a man on Dorchester Avenue by the Red Line station around 8 p.m. Tuesday, then kept on driving.

The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information can contact detectives at 617-343-4470 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463)

State officials tell workers to stay home today

Michael Norton, State House News Service
Feb. 5, 2014

Update: The snow emergency and parking ban in the City of Boston will be lifted at 5 p.m.

Gov. Deval Patrick early Wednesday morning directed all non-essential executive branch employees not to report to work on Wednesday due to the arriving snowstorm and poor weather conditions.  Read more

No school Wednesday, snow emergency starts at 11 p.m. Tuesday

For the second time in two weeks, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has ordered a snow emergency in the city of Boston. This one will commence at 11 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 4) and there will be no school in the city's public schools on Wednesday as a winter storm chugs towards the region with accumulations estimated in the 6 to 12 inch range.  Read more

House sets table for vote on Rep. Henriquez

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2014

The Massachusetts House on Monday set the ground rules for a potential vote to discipline incarcerated Rep. Carlos Henriquez, approving a procedural order that includes an allowance for Henriquez to address his colleagues before they pass judgement.

Henriquez has refused to resign as he appeals his Jan. 15 conviction on assault and battery charges.  Read more

Task force outlines steps to reduce gun violence

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Feb. 3, 2014

All private firearms sales should be completed through a licensed dealer, live-fire training should be required for those seeking a license, and the state should comply in a limited capacity with the National Instant Background Check System, according to the long-awaited recommendations of a team of experts advising House Speaker Robert DeLeo on gun policy.  Read more