Public Safety

Patrick mulls broad commutations of prisoners for first time in his tenure

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Dec. 23, 2013

Expressing continued concern with mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, Gov. Deval Patrick said he would be “very interested” in commuting the sentences of a segment of the inmate population if it would relieve overcrowding in prisons.  Read more

Postal worker shot in Ashmont

A postal worker was shot shortly after 6 p.m. Friday on Bailey Street.

The MBTA shut Ashmont station for both subway and bus service as police mounted a manhunt in the area that included searching backyards around the shooting scene.

Burke student charged with bringing a gun to school, biting police officer

School police arrested a student at Burke High School on Washington Street Thursday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer resulting in injuries.

The Boston Police Department says the 17-year-old, whom they did not identify, packed a gun in his bookbag and then "discussed having the firearm to groups of students throughout the day," word of which got to school officials, who notified school police.

Around 2:10 p.m., police say:  Read more

Neighbors press city to deal with traffic concerns in Fields Corner

Residents say large trucks like this one are a source of frequent problems on Faulkner Street.

Trucks backing up onto a small residential street in Fields Corner have drawn the ire of local residents, who have taken their complaints of traffic congestion to City Hall.

Fred Zayas, who lives on Faulkner Street, has been leading the charge, pushing city officials to ban the trucks from the beleaguered street, which has a loading dock along with a number of homes dominated by apartments. The dock is in back of a mini-mall that houses a supermarket, a liquor store, and a McDonald’s and other retailers is located between Geneva and Dorchester avenues.

Faulkner Street doesn’t just get hit with truck traffic, residents say; the street is frequently used as a cut-through, and by people who are dropping off passengers at the Fields Corner MBTA station, which is nearby. The Harbor Middle School, located on Charles Street, is also a source of traffic.  Read more

Menino, Galvin advise early departures as snow flies

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Dec. 17, 2013

Acting Gov. William Galvin announced at 12:45 p.m. that non-essential state employees may leave work at 1:30 p.m., citing the snowstorm that began moving into the Boston area around noon. Galvin also encouraged private sector employers to consider releasing their employees in an attempt to give them enough time to reach home by 4 p.m., when he predicted the storm’s intensity will make travel more difficult.  Read more

Two charged with ambush murder on Havelock Street

Two men were ordered held without bail Monday on charges they gunned down Romeo McCubbin, 25, early Saturday on Havelock Street.

At their arraignment today, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum accused Omar Denton, 29, and Omar Bonner, 26, of forcing McCubbin out of his car around 1:45 a.m. and ordered him to lie on the ground.  Read more

Judge sets high bail for driver charged with running down pedestrian near the JFK T stop

A woman charged with putting a pedestrian into the ICU Sunday night could spend the time until her trial behind bars after her family said it could only scrape together $2,500 in bail, not the $500,000 set by Judge James Coffey.

Coffeey agreed with a request from the Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Brian Brodigan for the high bail for Kathleen Abban due to the nature of the victim's condition - he has a broken neck and bleeding in his brain and "it's not clear whether he'll make it," Brodigan said. Also, Abban was convicted of OUI in Quincy in 2007, he said.  Read more

Jury acquits man in Samoset Street murder

By 
Staff
Dec. 16, 2013

A Suffolk Superior Court Jury on Friday acquitted a Roxbury man charged with the 2010 homicide of 54-year-old Victor Brookens. Luis Pimentel, 20, was charged with first-degree murder for Brookens’ shooting death inside his own Samoset Street apartment on Dec. 6, 2010. Prosecutors had argued that Pimentel pulled a gun on Brookens and shot him during a drug deal.

One year later, Washington has failed to address gun threat

One year ago today, families across America saw the carnage in Newtown broadcast on the nightly news. Yet one year later, politicians in Washington have failed to protect the American people.  Read more

Dog credited with rescuing owner injured on Neponset Ave.

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 13, 2013

Canine caregiver: Lucy greets John Miles in his hospital bed.Canine caregiver: Lucy greets John Miles in his hospital bed.It was a holiday reminder of how “man’s best friend” got the name.

“We don’t hear stories like this too often,” said MSPCA Public Relations Director Rob Halpin on Thursday. “This rises to the top of very novel and heartwarming events and speaks to the bond that is inherent that people have with their pets.”

Dorchester resident John Miles was walking his son’s dog Lucy on Monday, Nov. 25, but when owner and pet crossed Neponset Avenue, both were struck by a car. Miles blacked out with fractures in both legs, a broken arm, and multiple facial fractures and Lucy was left with a torn ACL and a broken back right leg.

Lucy, a husky-beagle mix, knew Miles was in trouble and hobbled to a nearby dentist office to get help. After barking persistently outside the door, Lucy got the attention of the people inside and led them to Miles. She then stayed by his side until the ambulance arrived.  Read more