Public Safety

Motorists beware: Casey Overpass will be closed for weekends in October

The Casey Overpass, which carries Route 203/Arborway over Washington and New Washington streets in Forest Hills, will be closed next weekend— Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.— as work crews perform what MassDOT calls "emergency repairs to the driving surface of the road to ensure the bridge can remain open during snow and ice events."

"MassDOT anticipates needing to close the bridge for the same duration for up to three additional weekends to complete the work. This work is weather dependent and must be done during dry weather in order for the asphalt to properly set."  Read more

Police seek clues in crash that killed off-duty EMT

Marcus Jerome

An off-duty Boston EMT was killed on Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding on crashed at the intersection of Washington Street and Dunbar Avenue near Codman Square. Marcus Jerome, 32, was fatally injured around 3:40 p.m. Boston Police are asking for witnesses to come forward by calling 617-343-4470.

“The entire department is mourning the fact that this talented and passionate young man’s life was cut short,” said Nick Martin, a spokesperson for the city’s Emergency Medical Services. “His fellow EMTs and paramedics responded to the call and tried to save him, which has made his passing all the more difficult for those that knew him.”  Read more

Callender Street lodging house faces sanctions over two rape cases

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to shut Mac's Guest House, 194 Callender St., after hearing a BPD detective recite a litany of complaints dating back years - including two active rape investigations in which police cited Mac's for "permitting immoral conduct" and failing to call police.  Read more

Owner seeks permit to demolish Grampian Way home

24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark. 24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark.

The owner of a historic Savin Hill house that could be soon designated as an official city landmark is seeking a permit to bulldoze the property instead. City officials will convene a community meeting on Thursday evening at the Dorchester Yacht Club to discuss the owner’s proposal to raze the house and adjacent stable at 24 Grampian Way.

A meeting notice obtained by the Reporter today stated, “The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community about the proposed demolition and to present alternatives to the demolition.”

The notice also makes it clear that Thursday’s meeting “does not take the place” of a Boston Landmark Commission public hearing— which has yet to be scheduled— to further discuss a petition to make the Grampian Way property a city landmark.”  Read more

One dead, one stabbed in early morning attack on Greenwood Street

The Boston Police Department is attacks early Wednesday that sent two men to the hospital, where one of them would be pronounced dead.

Police say that shortly after 1 a.m., officers responded to a call about a man lying in the street outside 17 Greenwood St. He was taken with " injuries to his forehead" to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

About a half hour later, police say, a resident at 54 Greenwood who heard a noise and thought somebody was trying to break into his house instead found a second man lying on his front porch, bleeding, police say, adding:  Read more

Mayor hopefuls: Tell us your plan for this case

Eyesore remains a hold-out on Dudley Street
Uphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill ForryUphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill Forry

There are many high-profile eyesores and abandoned lots across Boston that merit the attention, imagination and hustle of the next mayor. But few loom as large as the Leon Electric building in Uphams Corner.

The hulking warehouse complex sits right next to the MBTA commuter rail station at the corner of Dudley and Humphreys streets. The empty, fenced-off, weather-worn behemoth rises up seven stories and casts a foreboding shadow over the neighborhood business district below.  Read more

(VIDEO) Interim Sheriff Tompkins Unlawfully Pulls Badge/Intimidates Boston Store Owner

Click on this link to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZszLm-CCmio&feature=player_detailpage

Jean, the owner of La Paix barber shop at 1059 Hyde Park Avenue in Boston, testifies how Suffolk County Interim Sheriff Steven Tompkins unlawfully pulled out his badge and demanded that the store owner remove Douglas Bennett for Sheriff's sign "because it was too early to put up campaign signs..."

Tompkins is scheduled to face a Criminal Magistrate in BMC Roxbury District Court on 85 Warren Street on September 10, 2013 at 9AM for Theft and Destruction of Property.  Read more

Mass delegation weighs possible US action in Syria

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Aug. 29, 2013

Several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called for caution and forethought in the nation’s approach to Syria, which might include military force.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, and Congressmen John Tierney, Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch indicated openness to the use of force, while calling for more information and in some cases the assertion of Congress’s constitutional power to declare war.

“The one thing that I’m absolutely certain of is that Congress has to be consulted and in my opinion, consulted means more than just informed. In my opinion it means Congress has to be asked for permission to use military force,” Capuano said.  Read more

Probation beat: Making the rounds

By 
Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 29, 2013

On two consecutive recent Tuesday nights, the Dorchester District Court’s Probation Department allowed the Reporter to accompany its officers while they met with probationers. The reporter rode first alongside two officers on daytime rounds and later with the Boston Police-affiliated NiteLite program that watches over potentially more volatile offenders.  Read more

MBTA Police seek info on robbery suspects caught on video

By 
Reporter Staff
Aug. 17, 2013

MBTA police are asking for the public's help in identifying two young men —shown in the video above— who allegedly robbed two women of their purses and cell phones in an incident on Tuesday night (Aug. 13) at Savin Hill MBTA station.  Read more