Public Safety

District Attorney Conley questions legality of East Boston-only casino vote

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 5, 2013

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, a candidate for mayor, on Sunday raised questions about the legality of an East Boston-only vote on a Suffolk Downs casino. Conley added that the 13-member City Council should “come to their senses” and move to endorse a city-wide vote.  Read more

(UPDATED) Forums, forums, forums

Looking to catch a mayoral candidate in action? A list of forums and debates taking place over the next two months, as the city edges closer towards the Sept. 24 preliminary, is available after the jump. The list is a work-in-progress: times and dates are subject to change, and there are forums and debates we've probably missed. If you want to submit a listing, email with the information.  Read more

Two women attacked near Ashmont MBTA station

The Boston Police Department is investigating two separate incidents of indecent assault and battery near the Ashmont T station on Friday and Monday.  Read more

Police seek tips in abduction, murder of South Boston woman

A surveillance image shows Amy Lord in Uphams Corner, where her abductors drove her on Tuesday morning before her murder. Lord's body was later found in Hyde Park. Photo courtesy Boston Police

Man in custody for second assault that may be linked to homicide

A South Boston woman who was abducted and later stabbed to death and dumped in a wooded section of Hyde Park was first driven to several ATM machines in Dorchester, according to Boston Police. Authorities released surveillance images on Wednesday afternoon as they sought the public's assistance in the investigation.  Read more

Boom time in Lower Mills: Seismic tests on Thursday

Neighbors in Lower Mills can expect to hear a series of loud bangs on Thursday (July 25) morning and afternoon, according to the state’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The booms will be sonic tests that are being conducted on the Neponset River to “evaluate the river's subsurface conditions.” There will be six to eight such tests spaced out in intervals of about 45 minutes, beginning at 9 a.m. “This work will not affect vehicular, MBTA, or pedestrian travel in the area,” according to a statement from MassDOT.  Read more

Ashmont Market damaged after Monday fire

The Ashmont Market sustained serious damage in an early-morning fire on Monday. Photo by Ed Forry

Update (Thurs., July 25)— The manager of Ashmont Market, Jay Patel, said today that the store has re-opened for sale of groceries, beer and wine, despite a Monday fire that closed its doors for three days. The store's popular deli, however, remains closed as repairs begin.  Read more

Four shot in three weekend incidents

Police are investigating four shootings in Dorchester and Mattapan, two of which sent people to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.  Read more

Shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains this weekend, next

Heads up, MBTA customers: Shuttle buses will be replacing Red Line service between JFK/UMass and Ashmont this weekend and next (July 20-21 & July 27-28). The replacement service is prompted by an ongoing project to replace an aging bridge on Clayton Street. The existing steel bridge that dates to 1911 will be fully replaced in October.  Read more

Toppled utility pole nearly crushed family

The remains of a 2013 Hyundai Sonata that was struck by a street pole that collapsed on it last month on Erie Street. Five people in the car— including two small children— narrowly avoided serious injury. The pole had been flagged as a danger weeks before by local residents, business owners, and at least one city official. Photo: Boston Police

Hits car with five aboard; neighbors on Erie St. had asked utilities to make repairs

At first, it seemed like another case of a Boston driver run amok: a dark stretch of roadway, a crumpled-up sedan, a toppled utility pole, a flash of flames, and the wail of sirens.

Car hits pole on a Saturday night in Dorchester.

But the June 22 incident on Erie Street near the Four Corners neighborhood actually turned out to be a case of pole hits car – a pole that neighbors, business owners, and at least one city official had flagged as a pressing danger to the public weeks before the incident.

“People were very fortunate not to have been killed in this accident,” said Darryl Smith, an assistant commissioner for the city’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD), who responded to the chaotic scene that night. Smith leads a multi-agency Neighborhood Response Team deployed by Mayor Menino to fix quality-of-life problems in sections of Dorchester and Mattapan. “These five people walked away with their lives. It was a matter of inches.”

Related story: Who is in charge of street poles?  Read more

Who’s in charge of street poles?

The two utilities that jointly own the wooden street poles from which aerial wire systems loop through just about every street in Boston are Verizon and NStar— the telephone and electric company, respectively.  Read more