Public Safety

Judge directs witnesses against using term 'kidnap' in Rep. Henriquez's trial

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Jan. 8, 2014

Witnesses in the case against Rep. Carlos Henriquez, a Boston Democrat, will be directed not to use the term "kidnap" and when the alleged victim takes the stand she will be asked not to use the term "hostage," Judge Michele Hogan ruled ahead of the trial Wednesday.

Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Clarence Brown said the prosecution dropped a kidnapping charge because to press such a felony against Henriquez would have required a grand jury indictment.  Read more

Snow emergency begins at noon in Boston

By 
Reporter Staff
Jan. 2, 2014

New (10:20 a.m.) — Morrissey Boulevard will close to traffic at 10:30 a.m. Thursday due to tidal flooding conditions. State officials say it will re-open later today after the tide goes down.

The city of Boston will be under a snow emergency order beginning at noon on Thursday as a major winter storm moves into the region. There is no school in Boston on Thursday or Friday as officials prepare for the storm which could bring as much as 14 inches of snow to the city with heaviest snow fall beginning Thursday evening and continuing throughout the night. Blizzard-like conditions are expected Friday morning.  Read more

Patrick mulls broad commutations of prisoners for first time in his tenure

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Dec. 23, 2013

Expressing continued concern with mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders, Gov. Deval Patrick said he would be “very interested” in commuting the sentences of a segment of the inmate population if it would relieve overcrowding in prisons.  Read more

Postal worker shot in Ashmont

A postal worker was shot shortly after 6 p.m. Friday on Bailey Street.

The MBTA shut Ashmont station for both subway and bus service as police mounted a manhunt in the area that included searching backyards around the shooting scene.

Burke student charged with bringing a gun to school, biting police officer

School police arrested a student at Burke High School on Washington Street Thursday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer resulting in injuries.

The Boston Police Department says the 17-year-old, whom they did not identify, packed a gun in his bookbag and then "discussed having the firearm to groups of students throughout the day," word of which got to school officials, who notified school police.

Around 2:10 p.m., police say:  Read more

Neighbors press city to deal with traffic concerns in Fields Corner

Residents say large trucks like this one are a source of frequent problems on Faulkner Street.

Trucks backing up onto a small residential street in Fields Corner have drawn the ire of local residents, who have taken their complaints of traffic congestion to City Hall.

Fred Zayas, who lives on Faulkner Street, has been leading the charge, pushing city officials to ban the trucks from the beleaguered street, which has a loading dock along with a number of homes dominated by apartments. The dock is in back of a mini-mall that houses a supermarket, a liquor store, and a McDonald’s and other retailers is located between Geneva and Dorchester avenues.

Faulkner Street doesn’t just get hit with truck traffic, residents say; the street is frequently used as a cut-through, and by people who are dropping off passengers at the Fields Corner MBTA station, which is nearby. The Harbor Middle School, located on Charles Street, is also a source of traffic.  Read more

Menino, Galvin advise early departures as snow flies

By 
Michael Norton, State House News Service
Dec. 17, 2013

Acting Gov. William Galvin announced at 12:45 p.m. that non-essential state employees may leave work at 1:30 p.m., citing the snowstorm that began moving into the Boston area around noon. Galvin also encouraged private sector employers to consider releasing their employees in an attempt to give them enough time to reach home by 4 p.m., when he predicted the storm’s intensity will make travel more difficult.  Read more

Two charged with ambush murder on Havelock Street

Two men were ordered held without bail Monday on charges they gunned down Romeo McCubbin, 25, early Saturday on Havelock Street.

At their arraignment today, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum accused Omar Denton, 29, and Omar Bonner, 26, of forcing McCubbin out of his car around 1:45 a.m. and ordered him to lie on the ground.  Read more

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

By 
Staff
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.