Public Safety

Walsh seat candidates appear on BNN

Reporter Staff
Feb. 28, 2014

The five candidates hoping to replace Marty Walsh in the State House talked public safety and education during individual appearances on BNN News.

BNN's Chris Lovett interviewed them in the videos below. The Democratic primary is March 4, and with no Republicans running, the election is expected to be determinative of who will take the 13th Suffolk seat after the April 1 general election.  Read more

Smoker blamed for Fields Corner fire that displaced 12

<a href="">Photo by BFD</a>.

The Boston Fire Department says "careless disposal of smoking material" this morning sparked a two-alarm fire that displaced 12 people and injured a firefighter at 24 Freeman St.

The fire, right behind the inbound platform at the Fields Corner Red Line stop, was reported around 10:15 a.m. It started under the 2 1/2-story building's rear porch.

One firefighter suffered burns. The department estimated damage at $300,000.

Man shot to death in Mattapan

The Boston Police Department reports a man, apparently in his 20s, was found shot to death around 11:40 p.m. on Thursday at 196 Itasca St. in Mattapan.

SJ Court decision impacts '04 Savin Hill murder trial

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Feb. 19, 2014

Court: Police must get warrant for detailed phone location data

A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that warrants are required in cases where law enforcement seek two weeks or more of cell site location information, or CSLI, from a suspect’s phone.

The ruling stems from a Dorchester murder case in which State Police troopers investigating the death of 26 year-old Julaine Jules, whose body was recovered from the Charles River in September 2004, obtained the cell phone records for Shabazz Augustine, who had been her boyfriend.

The murder is alleged to have happened at Augustine’s former apartment on Sydney Street. Augustine, now 36, was arrested and charged in the crime in June 2011.

The decision was hailed as a victory by Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, who said the earlier order would have kept a jury from hearing key evidence in Augustine's trial.  Read more

Police: Raid on Savin Hill house yields drugs, weapons

The Boston Police Department report drug officers raided a house at 11 Treadway Rd. on Friday and recovered a large assortment of illegal items:

"Upon executing the search warrant at 11 Treadway Road, detectives encountered two more suspects and recovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle, 5 pounds of marijuana, 627 Grams of MDMA (Molly) 2 bottles of Testosterone (steroid) 3 machetes, 2 bullet proof vests, white zip ties, blue latex gloves and 2 blue wool hats transformed into masks with an area cut out for the eyes."  Read more

Truck fire shuts southbound Expressway

Truck fire on the Expressway

A tractor trailer burst into flames shortly before 6 a.m. on Thursday on the southbound Expressway by the gas tank, completely shutting the southbound side of the road and causing significant delays on the northbound side.  Read more

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