Public Safety

Man charged with lying to grand jury investigating violent gang

The owner of a Dorchester auto-body shop was indicted yesterday on charges he lied to a grand jury investigating a gang that authorities say was responsible for drug deals and a number of murders, the state Attorney General's office said Thursday.  Read more

Two charged with shootings and a beating

The Boston Police Department reports arresting two men on charges they shot another pair of men in Codman Square Sunday night, then beat a woman who witnessed the crime.  Read more

Police officer charged with attacking his wife

The Boston Police Department reports the arrest of an officer assigned to District B-2 on charges he attacked his wife before storming out of their Roxbury apartment around 3:10 a.m. Saturday.  Read more

Mattapan store owner shoots would-be robber

A man who allegedly tried to use a hammer to rob Essential Body Herbs, 1282 Blue Hill Ave., Tuesday night wound up getting carted away in an ambulance after the store's owner shot him.

WHDH-TV reports the owner has a license to carry the weapon.  Read more

Police: Mattapan man threatened to shoot up MBTA bus that wasn't moving

MBTA Transit Police report arresting a man they say threatened to shoot up a bus on Cummins Highway Tuesday morning because the bus wasn't moving.

Police say the driver opened the bus's doors to let panicked passengers out - and they began running toward Mattapan Square looking for cops to flag down as Jawan Bristow, 27, continued his threats.  Read more

Firefighters rescue kids from bedroom when their house catches on fire

The Boston Fire Department reports a basement short circuit sparked a fire that spread to the first floor of 116 Adams St. around 3:30 Friday afternoon.

Local 718 reports the initial call came from children in their bedroom. Firefighters got them out OK, however. The Red Cross responded to the fire scene to help one adult and four children find alternate housing because of the damage, which the department estimated at $75,000.

Roslindale teen arrested for murder of Mattapan man on bus last fall

Kim Gross, Jr., 18, was arrested today on charges he stabbed two men, one fatally, on a 44 bus on Nov. 2.  Read more

Two-alarm vent fire damages China Sky restaurant

Gintautas Dumcius and Adam Gaffin
Feb. 11, 2011

China Sky fire: Photo courtesy Judy TuttleChina Sky fire: Photo courtesy Judy Tuttle

Firefighters on Friday knocked down a two-alarm grease fire at the China Sky restaurant in Adams Corner. The fire erupted around 12:45 p.m. at the 520 Gallivan Blvd. restaurant.

District 8 Fire Chief Doug Smith estimated the damage to the mostly-brick building at $100,000.

Three workers were inside the restaurant at the time of the fire, and all got out safely, he said. There were no injuries.

Charles Mardirosian, a driver for Windy City, a pizza restaurant adjacent to China Sky, said he saw flames shooting out of the vent in back of China Sky.

"You could see the smoke was billowing out all over the place," he said. "You couldn't even see out here."  Read more

Library roof leak sealed, but more repairs needed

There’s good news for patrons and friends of the Lower Mills Library: A breach in the roof that forced the temporary closure of the building last Friday has been located and sealed. But the Richmond Street branch will remain closed through the next week as repair crews fix the ceiling near the circulation desk, where the problem was located.  Read more

Lower Mills BPL branch remains closed due to crack in ceiling, leak

Reporter Staff
Feb. 4, 2011

(Updated Monday, Feb. 7 11 a.m.)— The Lower Mills branch library remains closed today as a "precautionary measure" after a water leak and a crack in the ceiling were observed last Friday.

On Friday, a BPL official said that the building at 27 Richmond Street would be closed until "structural engineers review a crack discovered in the ceiling."

On Monday, BPL spokesperson Gina Perille told the Reporter that the building will remain closed today (Monday, February 7) in order to allow for the completion of the inspection process.

"The structural engineer’s report is expected before the end of the work day," Perille said in an email. "In addition, the BPL facilities team has been in touch with the City’s Inspectional Services to ask that they review the building condition."