Public Safety

State Senate race: Candidates' forums in South Boston and Dorchester postponed

A South Boston forum that was set for Tuesday night in the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart has been postponed until April 25. The forum, put together by several South Boston-based civic organizations, is set for the new date with the same time (6:30 pm) and the same location, the Lithuanian Club at 368 West Broadway.

Garry Murad, who will be the moderator, said several of the candidates felt it was inappropriate to hold the forum so soon after the Boston Marathon bombings.  Read more

Ashmont boy killed in bomb blast; mom and little sister badly hurt

Martin William Richard

(Updated, 1 p.m.)- A beloved Dorchester family watching the Boston Marathon near the finish line in Copley Square was caught in one of two bomb blasts that exploded on Monday afternoon. Martin Richard, 8, was killed in the explosion, while his sister Jane, 7, suffered a grievous injury to her leg. Their mom, Denise, was also badly hurt in the blast and underwent emergency surgery yesterday to save her life.

In a statement issued through a spokesman today, Martin's father Bill Richard said, "My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries.

"We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.”

Word of the injuries spread quickly through the Richard family's tight-knit Ashmont-Adams neighborhood, where both parents are known and respected as civic leaders. Bill Richard served as board chairman of the St. Mark's Area Main Street group and has played a key role in the transformation of Peabody Square over the last decade. The family is deeply involved in all facets of life in Dorchester, from little league baseball and soccer to their church, St. Ann's parish in Neponset.  Read more

Police probe possible link between JFK fire, marathon explosions

A fire broke out inside a mechanical room at the JFK Library on Monday afternoon around 3 p.m. The fire was quickly knocked down. Photo by Bill Forry

UPDATED (6:05 p.m.)— Commissioner Ed Davis just clarified his earlier statement regarding the JFK Library fire this afternoon, saying that reports that it was connected to the marathon explosions "could be premature" and "may not be linked directly" to the Copley Square incidents.

Davis added that the JFK incident was either a fire or "an incendiary device."

There is conflicting information at this hour about whether or not a fire at the JFK Library this afternoon is related to the deadly explosions along the marathon route on Boylston Street at the same hour. The director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum told the Reporter on the scene that the 3 p.m. fire inside the building's mechanical room was not caused by "a device."  Read more

Uphams Corner bar has two weeks to come up with plan to keep violent people out

Dublin House/ Yaz's Place on Stoughton Street

A city licensing official on Monday warned the Dublin House, 7 Stoughton St., that it faces a possible suspension of its license because of a stabbing last month - which follows a shooting outside the bar last year.  Read more

Conley wades into race for mayor

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley is in: His campaign put out a statement below on Wednesday afternoon.

Boston is a great city, and with the right leadership and vision, its best days are still ahead. So today I am officially declaring that I am a candidate for Mayor of Boston.

Neighbors rally to help residents displaced in six-alarm fire

Neighbors in and around Bowdoin-Geneva are rallying to help neighbors who were displaced by a fast-moving fire that impacted three homes on Meetinghouse Hill last week.

Three homes in a densely-packed Meetinghouse Hill neighborhood were badly damaged last Wednesday evening as Boston firefighters scrambled to contain the dangerous six-alarm blaze near Ronan Park. No one was injured in the blaze, which Boston Fire official later said was caused by the careless disposal of a cigarette on the third floor porch of a three-decker at 10 Fox Street.  Read more

Teen charged in brazen knife attack on Savin Hill Ave.

Reporter Staff
Apr. 2, 2013

A 17 year-old Dorchester woman was formally charged with armed assault with intent to murder this week after she allegedly stabbed a rival during a vicious sidewalk attack in Savin Hill on Monday afternoon. The victim was attacked as she pushed her 8-month-old baby in a stroller near 15 Midland Street. Prosecutors say that the teenage victim was lured to the scene by her baby’s father, who allegedly held down the victim while the suspect, Samia Jones, stabbed her repeatedly with a butcher knife in her back, leg, face, and torso.  Read more

Two charged for hammer attack that sent one to the hospital

Dung (l) and Khang Truong.
Dung (l) and Khang Truong

Officers on routine patrol on Dorchester Avenue early this morning watched as a man wandered into the middle of the street, then collapsed, blood pouring out of the back of his head, the Boston Police Department reports.

Police say the victim was attacked by two men in the parking lot of the 1221 Cafe, 1221 Dorchester Ave. shortly before 1 a.m. According to a police account:  Read more

Six-alarm fire on Meetinghouse Hill impacts several three-deckers

Boston Fire photo shows damage.

(Updated- 8 p.m.) Three multiple-family homes in a densely-packed Meetinghouse Hill neighborhood caught fire on Wednesday night as Boston firefighters scrambled to contain the blaze near Ronan Park. Boston Fire official struck a sixth alarm around 7 p.m. and several ladder trucks were called to the scene.

Reports from Boston Fire officials on the scene indicate that the fire has been knocked down and that no injuries have been reported at this hour. Nine apartments were involved, according to Boston Fire.

"Two 3-deckers at 10 and 12 Fox St.faced a 3 decker at 8 Julette St. Heavy fire where all met," reported the official Twitter account for the department, @BostonFire.

Four-alarm fire damages Harvard Street stores

125 Harvard St. fire

The scene at 125 Harvard St. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a short circuit in the basement of the Real Deal Jamaican Restaurant started a four-alarm fire around 11:25 a.m. Tuesday that ended up doing an estimated $500,000 in damage to the restaurant and neighboring stores.

One firefighter suffered neck and back injuries; nobody in the stores was injured.