UPDATE, 10:40 p.m. He called his mother from the KFC in Edward Everett Square. Police quickly found him; EMTs were called to take him to the hospital for evaluation.
Police officers from across the city are combing Dorchester and Mattapan tonight, looking for Leland Corning, a 12-year-old with Asperger's who has been missing since 8:30 a.m. on Glenway Street. Read more
Andrea Cabral’s chief of external relations will take over as Suffolk County sheriff, a source tells the Reporter. With Cabral signing on as Gov. Deval Patrick’s public safety secretary, Steven Tompkins will succeed her.
The State House News Service reported on Tuesday that Patrick will swear in Tompkins later today. A source with knowledge of the appointment confirmed the news to the Reporter. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports 12 people were forced out of 16 Estella St. in Mattapan when a two-alarm fire broke out around 2 a.m.
The Red Cross was called in to help residents find new lodgings for the night. One firefighter suffered burns, the department says, adding that the fire caused an estimated $500,000 in damage and that its cause remains under investigation. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports it is looking for an AR15 rifle stolen from the bedroom of a resident of 157 Intervale St. in Grove Hall yesterday. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports they are looking for Jackson Barros, 30, of Dorchester, in connection with today's early morning raids aimed at breaking up two Dorchester gangs involved in drugs and guns. Read more
Several hundred Boston police officers and federal agents descended on Dorchester early Thursday, arresting some 30 alleged members of the Woodward Avenue and Hendry Street gangs in a bid to quell violence in the Bowdoin/Geneva and Uphams Corner neighborhoods, particularly in the Cape Verdean community. Read more
Jan. 16, 2013
The country looks to Massachusetts’ recently-passed animal control law as a model. Unfortunately, Councilor Consalvo and a few Boston officials, ignoring facts offered by animal experts, want to repeal portions of this new law that will improve public safety.
Legislation will soon be filed to once again allow ordinances based on dog breed. Boston’s 2004 Pit Bull Ordinance, nullified by a new state law, was at best ineffective and at worst harmful, avoiding meaningful attempts to address dangerous dogs in our communities.
My dog is probably a pit bull. That I say “probably” is indicative of a problem of identification in breed-specific legislation. I have a DNA test that says he is something else, but under the now-defunct Boston Pit Bull Ordinance, if a police or animal control officer thought perhaps he looked like one, he could have been seized from me, or I could be fined if I walked him without a muzzle. In addition, I paid much higher licensing fees than anyone with a dog not deemed pit bull and had my privacy invaded with a requirement that I file a photo of myself to obtain a dog license. Read more
Boston firefighters responded around 4:15 p.m., Sunday, to what became a three-alarm fire at 5 Everett Ave..
Two residents became trapped by the fire. Firefighters rescued both, but not before they suffered smoke inhalation, according to the Boston Fire Department. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports a Weymouth man spotted buying heroin off Columbia Road in Dorchester around noon Sunday stopped for pursuing police, then drove away - dragging an officer down the street.
The officer was taken to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police say.
Police say the incident began around noon at Devon Street and Vaughn Avenue, when undercover drug officers observed an individual, operating a silver motor vehicle, pull over and buy illegal narcotics. Read more