Public Safety

Judge rejects Turner's request to move sentencing date

A federal judge on Thursday denied former City Councillor Chuck Turner's request to move his sentencing date. The date is still set for Jan. 25, three and a half weeks before voters go to the polls to replace him.

Turner, who was tossed from the City Council after a jury convicted him of taking a $1,000 bribe, had argued that because his lead attorney, Barry Wilson, was out of the country until March, his sentencing should be postponed.

"This fact was known, considered and its implication understood when the sentencing date was established," Judge Douglas Woodlock wrote in his order, adding that he found "nothing in the current record before me to justify this belated effort to obtain a continuance."  Read more

Governor discusses snowstorm; emergency order imposed

State House News Service
Jan. 12, 2011

UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Wednesday— Mayor Thomas Menino's office issued a statement this hour telling city residents to "stay indoors throughout the duration of the snow event, as the storm continues to bring heavy, wet snow and high winds into Boston."

The snow emergency— which went into effect Tuesday at 9 p.m.— remains in effect.

The heavy snow is resulting in "a number of fallen trees and power lines," according to Menino's office. Residents are reminded to stay away from down trees and power lines and report them immediately to the Mayor's Hotline: 617-635-4500.  Read more

Police use pepper spray to quell alleged burglars at Carney Hospital

The Boston Police Department reports officers had to use pepper spray to control an unruly mob of people caught breaking into the cafeteria at Carney Hospital Sunday night.

Police say security guards at the hospital requested police around 9:15 p.m. when they noticed several people had lifted the metal grate securing the closed cafeteria and were busy removing various items:  Read more

Police say they shot suspect in leg after he pointed loaded rifle at them

A chase through residential streets and yards off Freeport Street and Morrissey Boulevard Saturday night ended with police shooting one of four men after he allegedly pointed an assault rifle at officers.

The man shot by police, Marvin Veiga, 21, of Dorchester, was the brother of a teen who officials say exchanged gunfire with police before fatally shooting himself in the head this past April, a source said.  Read more

Sentenced to three and a half years, twice-convicted Wilkerson slams prosecutors

Former Sen. Wilkerson's statement after her sentencing. Video by Gal Tziperman Lotan.

It was strike two for former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. More than a decade after the Roxbury Democrat was convicted of federal tax evasion charges, Wilkerson was sentenced on Thursday to three and a half years of prison for attempting to accept $23,500 in bribes in exchange for legislative action.  Read more

Man shot to death on Blue Hill Avenue

The Boston Police Department reports a man in his 20s was shot at 614 Blue Hill Ave. around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday.  Read more

Three-alarm fire displaces nine

A fire that raced through a three-story, two-family home at 5 Page St. late Tuesday afternoon left nine people without a home.

The Boston Fire Department says a short circuit on the first floor caused the fire, which resulted in an estimated $400,000 in damage.

The Red Cross is assisting them find new quarters.

Oil spill forces building's residents out

The Boston Police Department reports the residents of 251 Boston St. were forced out of their apartments this morning by a 60-gallon heating-oil spill Sunday morning. They will have to find other places to live until the spill is cleaned up, police say.

Homicides in 2010 in Dorchester and Mattapan

Reporter Staff
Dec. 30, 2010

Man with one boot charged with trying to break into house

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a West Newbury man who allegedly tried to kick his way into a Pleasant Street house last night.

Police say that when officers arrived at 18 Pleasant St. around 11 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a call about a breaking-and-entering attempt, they found a guy running away, with just one boot on. Police stopped the man - just in time for a resident of the house to throw down a boot, which police say fit the "heavily inebriated" man perfectly.

Police describe what happened when the resident heard somebody begin to kick his rear door:  Read more