Public Safety

Senate okays Sunday morning liquor store openings

By 
State House News Service
Jul. 15, 2014

Both branches of the Massachusetts Legislature are now on record in support of legislation authorizing retail liquor stores in Massachusetts to open for sales at 10 a.m. on Sunday, rather than noon.

The House approved the legislation (H 228) in March and the Senate on Thursday approved the bill without debate. The Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Robert Hedlund to postpone consideration of the bill until July 24.  Read more

Hopkins Street residents redefine their community with a garden

By 
India Smith, Special to the Reporter
Jul. 15, 2014

Garden in Dorchester Honors Efforts Against Violence from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

On Saturday, July 12, residents of Hopkins Street hosted Mayor Marty Walsh, other officials and peace activists from around the city to dedicate a parcel of city-owned land as the Steven P. Odom Serenity Garden. Graced by ancient oak and mulberry trees, the shady spot will now offer residents a gathering place and a chance to commune with nature.

According to event organizer Faylis Matos, the garden represents the shared vision of the neighborhood group Redefining Our Community, known simply as ROC.

“Often Dorchester is stigmatized as a place of darkness, a dangerous place,” said Matos. “But we won’t allow people who don’t live here to define us.”  Read more

Pedestrian struck and killed in Lower Mills

A woman was hit by a white pickup truck shortly after 5 a.m. on Saturday at Washington and River streets.

Kevin Wiles, who photographed the scene, reports she was taken to Carney Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The Boston Police Department reports she was 32.

Two brothers charged with second-degree murder for stabbing death outside hotel

A Suffolk County grand jury this week indicted two brothers on charges they used a detachable steering wheel and a knife in a brawl outside a party at the DoubleTree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street that ended with one of their opponents dead of stab wounds.

Shawn Coleman, 22, of the South End, was charged with second-degree murder and was allegedly the attacker who inflicted Christopher Borgella's fatal injuries early on March 1.  Read more

Driver charged with running down teen on scooter then racing away

A Dorchester man was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail today on a variety of charges related to a series of incidents Wednesday night that started when he allegedly drove away after hitting a 15-year-old on a scooter in Dorchester and ended with his capture in Jamaica Plain after police say he crashed into another car.

The teen remains in the hospital Thursday morning with injuries so serious the homicide unit was initially called in after the crash.  Read more

Coming soon: A 10-day red light on Morton Street

By 
Lauren Dezenski, Reporter Staff
Jul. 9, 2014

Work on a replacement bridge for Morton Street is going on this week. The roadway will close for ten days next month to fix the new span in place. Photo by Bill Forry

Bridge replacement work to shut section Aug 8-17

For ten days next month – from Aug. 8 to Aug. 17 – the well-traveled section of Morton Street above the railroad tracks and near the Norfolk Street intersection will be closed to traffic as the state lays in place a new Morton Street bridge. While rerouting plans for buses are known, transportation officials will present the detour details for all residents, businesses, and travelers at a meeting tonight (July 10) at 6 o’clock at the Economy Plumbing site at 875 Morton St.  Read more

City offers free meals for kids this summer

By 
Staff
Jul. 8, 2014

City schools and community centers are serving free meals this summer to any Boston child or teen under 18. The program, which started Monday, will run through August 29 at more than 120 locations, including 43 in Dorchester and Mattapan. Some of the locations include the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Neponset, Bird Street Youth Center on Columbia Road, the Ryan Playground in Mattapan and the Dorchester House in Fields Corner. Most of the locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

See a map with locations here. Or call the Project Bread Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.  Read more

Man walks onto Expressway, where he is struck and killed by a car

A man, 38, walked onto the southbound side of I-93 at South Bay around 1 a.m. on Tuesday and was hit and killed by a car in the left lane, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and State Police report.  Read more

Holiday weekend goal for top cop: ‘Making sure no one gets shot’

BPD Commissioner William Evans

Boston’s police commissioner has his hands full assisting with logistics for tonight’s July 4th celebration along the Charles River. But, William Evans says he’s staying focused on his chief goal for the holiday weekend: “Making sure nobody gets shot” in any of the city’s neighborhoods.

“We’ll have a lot of officers deployed tonight on the Esplanade to assist the State Police, but honestly our priority is the neighborhoods and we’re putting a lot of resources into making sure this weekend is a safe one,” said Evans in an interview with the Reporter on Thursday.

“For us, it definitely helps to have the two nights combined into one,” said Evans, referring to the city’s decision to condense the two-night Boston Pops concerts into a single event tonight, Thursday, July 3. Inclement weather associated with a northbound hurricane, Arthur, prompted the schedule change. The weather will also likely ease the burden on city police, as Friday should be a quieter day across the board as outdoor plans are cancelled.  Read more

Summertime fun secured once again

Summer kicks-off at Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: The ZAC Foundation is running a water safety ZAC Camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester this week.Summer kicks-off at Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester: The ZAC Foundation is running a water safety ZAC Camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester this week.

1990 was a tough year in Dorchester. The murder rate was at an all-time high, drug-fueled gang warfare was a constant threat, and teens were dropping left and right in shootings that seemed particularly menacing for their randomness. The level of violence that we experience today in Boston is bad enough, but in the early ‘90s, it was far worse and seemed to be spiraling out of control.

It was in that environment that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester – then known as the Colonel Daniel Marr Club – started an ambitious summertime program aimed at keeping our kids and teens as safe as possible while they still had a fun break from school. They did it by extending their hours until 11 p.m. for older teens and arranging rides home for many of those who lived on streets that were unsafe.  Read more