Public Safety

Lower Mills water pipe project starts on Monday

Apr. 13, 2011

A massive public works project that will impact Lower Mills for the rest of the year will start on Monday, according to officials with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA). Crews will begin by digging a ventilation shaft near the intersection of Morton and Sanford streets. A larger access pit will be excavated at Washington and Morton streets as well. Contractors hired by the MWRA will spend the next several months cleaning and lining water pipes along Washington Street, prompting lane closures and detours in that area through November. More details can be found online at  Read more

Alleged naked gunman arrested after chase

An alleged gunman briefly managed to evade police Monday afternoon by removing all his clothes, but officers caught up with him after witnesses told them they'd just seen a naked guy running down the street.  Read more

Police say serial armed robber nabbed in Mattapan

Click for larger.Click for larger.The Boston Police Department says a man arrested Friday is responsible for a series of armed holdups of gas stations and convenience stores in Dorchester, Mattapan and Medford - with a replica firearm.

Michael Gomes, 35, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on Friday at a home on Woodgate Road in Mattapan. Police say they seized a replica black firearm used in several robberies in recent weeks.

Police say Gomes was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Man gets life for role in death of innocent Mattapan man in gang feud

A Revere man admitted yesterday he helped kill a man who was outside talking with some friends one May night two years ago, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Police seek man in rash of armed store robberies

Armed Robbery Suspect: From surveillance footage at a Shell gas station in South Boston on March 29.Armed Robbery Suspect: From surveillance footage at a Shell gas station in South Boston on March 29.A rash of armed robberies of convenience stores — including three in Dorchester’s C-11 police district in recent days—is prompting a Boston Police alert this afternoon.

The most recent robbery took place on Monday, when a white Hispanic male flashed a gun at a worker inside the CVS store on Morrissey Boulevard. The incident took place at about 2 a.m., according to Captain Richard Sexton, commander of the C-11 police district.

Gerard’s Adams Corner store was robbed on Saturday, April 2, just after it opened for the day around 5:30 a.m. A third Dorchester store— the 7-11 gas station on Morrissey Boulevard, was also hit on March 20— apparently by the same gunman that was caught on tape on Monday robbing the CVS across the street.  Read more

Police: Mildred Ave. School no longer in ‘safe mode’

Reporter Staff
Apr. 5, 2011

Mattapan’s Mildred Avenue K-8 School briefly went into “safe mode” on Tuesday morning, following a spat between two parents, according to the Boston Police Department. A spokesman on Tuesday afternoon said that the situation had been resolved and students were sent home at their regular schedule.

A call came into police at 11:20 a.m., when two parents were in a spat over the custody of a child and one was fearful that the other would take the child without proper permission, police said.

"The situation was resolved peacefully, amicably," said BPD spokesman James Kenneally.  Read more

Man shot dead on Ellington Street

The Boston Police Department reports a 24-year-old man was shot around 7:40 p.m. on Saturday near 37 Ellington St.

He was transported to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The man, not identified by police, was Dorchester's fourth murder victim this year and the second in less than a week.

Flynn: Thieves broke into home, stole items from days at Vatican, City Hall

By Mike Deehan

BOSTON, MARCH 25, 2011….Former Boston Mayor and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Raymond Flynn's home in South Boston was broken into and ransacked Thursday while he and his wife attended the funeral Mass in Dorchester for former House Speaker Thomas Finneran's mother, Flynn told the News Service Friday.

"They literally took everything of value," Flynn said.  Read more

Teen shot to death on Norfolk Street

The Boston Police Department reports an 18-year-old was fatally shot around 3:10 p.m. at Norfolk and Whitman streets.

Immediately following the shooting, police were looking for two black males spotted leaving the scene in a red truck with New York plates.

Teen pleads guilty for role in 2009 drive-by murder

Damante Burrell, 18, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today for the death of Fred Bing, gunned down while standing outside talking to some friends on May 13, 2009 in retaliation for another murder Bing had nothing to do with.  Read more