Public Safety

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

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.

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

MBTA will run trains and buses into the early morning

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Dec. 3, 2013

Trolleys, subways and 15 key bus routes will begin running until 3 a.m. during the weekends under an MBTA pilot program set to begin next spring, according to a transportation official.

The pilot program is estimated to cost $20 million, and the MBTA hopes to bring on corporate sponsors to assist with the funding of it. The Boston Globe has agreed in principle to be a corporate sponsor, and state transportation officials expect additional sponsors to sign on in the coming weeks.  Read more

Mayor-elect Walsh opens up on immigration, Secure Communities

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Nov. 26, 2013

Hoping to meet in the next few weeks with other new mayors from around the country to discuss immigration, Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh on Tuesday said if he could "get around" enforcing the Secure Communities Act he would.

Walsh attended the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition's annual free Thanksgiving luncheon and spent some time serving mashed potatoes before dishing on how immigrants would have a "friend" in City Hall.  Read more

Walsh adds surgeon, UMass Boston professor and others to transition team

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh's transition team on Friday added three co-chairs, including the former CEO of Boston Children's hospital, a UMass Boston professor and the head of a Roxbury-based organization.  Read more

Police: Street robberies spike as thieves target smart phones

Boston Police say that thieves targeting people carrying smartphones are responsible for a string of street robberies in Area C-11 in recent days.  Read more

‘Building Pathways’ opens door to union jobs

Building Pathways: Students learn about fiber optics at IBEW Local 103. Photo by Gintautas DumciusBuilding Pathways: Students learn about fiber optics from instructor Tom Olson at IBEW Local 103. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

Tom Olson holds up a pale blue cord in front of the class. Outlets and wires hang from the ceiling over the heads of 15 men and women, many of whom are wearing green hard-hats. “FiOS,” Olson says, holding the blue cord a little higher. “Anybody know what that stands for?”

The answer comes cautiously, in unison, from the class: “Fiber integrated optical solutions.” Says Olson, “Now, when you see the commercials with Comcast and FiOS and Verizon, you’ll be able to say ‘I know what FiOS is.’ Fiber integrated optical solutions, right? High-end communications, guys and girls. It doesn’t get any faster than that. That’s transmission through glass.”  Read more

Short and sweet: Red Line bridge replaced in 3 days

Will Taylor, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 14, 2013

Clayton St. bridge: After months of preparation, workers swung a new bridge into place above Clayton Street over the Veterans Day weekend. The new span, pictured above, carries Red Line trains above the street en route to and from Fields Corner station. 	Photo courtesy MBTAClayton St. bridge: After months of preparation, workers swung a new bridge into place above Clayton Street over the Veterans Day weekend. The new span, pictured above, carries Red Line trains above the street en route to and from Fields Corner station. Photo courtesy MBTA

“Get in and get out as fast as you possibly can. I think people prefer [this] to the pain of years of construction.”

The speaker was State Transportation Secretary Richard Davey, and he was referring to the guiding principle behind the installation over the weekend of a new $5.5 million bridge above Clayton Street near Clam Point that shut down Red Line train service between Ashmont Station and JFK/UMass from Friday evening to Monday morning.  Read more