Public Safety

Colonial Avenue fire displaces 14 in two homes; smoker blamed

Colonial Avenue fire.

46 Colonial Ave. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters rushed to 46 Colonial Ave. around 1:40 a.m., Sunday, for a fire that eventually went to four alarms and consumed parts of each of the building's three floors - and part of the exterior of the neighboring 42 Colonial Ave.  Read more

Adams Corner parking woes to ease up soon

The parking lot in Adams Village remained closed this week as workers painted stripes and finished landscaping details. One new element of the lot is visible (foreground): a one way only exit onto Minot Street near Gerard's. Photo by Bill Forry

A large section of the key parking lot in Adams Village will re-open in the coming days as the first phase of an ambitious renovation project winds to its end. The privately-owned parking lot behind 540 Gallivan Boulevard has long served as the village’s catch-all car depot. It has been fenced off for the last seven weeks to allow construction crews to resurface the space and add new traffic calming features and lighting fixtures.  Read more

Man shot at Ashmont T stop

MBTA Transit Police report a 20-year-old man was shot around 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Ashmont station.  Read more

Woman charged with stabbing boyfriend in Savin Hill apartment

The Boston Police Department reports an argument that turned physical ended with a woman stabbing her boyfriend in the stomach Sunday afternoon.  Read more

Recovery is an option at Dorchester Drug Court

Drug Court: (From left) Hon. Rosalind Miller, Presiding Justice of Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court; Hon. John E. McDonald Jr., Presiding Justice of the Dorchester Drug Court; and graduate Daniel Champagne.  Drug Court: (From left) Hon. Rosalind Miller, Presiding Justice of Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court; Hon. John E. McDonald Jr., Presiding Justice of the Dorchester Drug Court; and graduate Daniel Champagne.  

They ranged from ages 26 to 38, two men and a woman, each having struggled and overcome. Up on the second floor of the Dorchester District Courthouse, they became the latest graduates of an aggressive program aimed at helping them deal with addiction and navigate probation.

“They have worked so hard to be here today,” Rosalind Miller, the first justice of the Dorchester District Court, told a crowd of family, friends, court officials and prospective participants of the program who had gathered for a small ceremony earlier this month.  Read more

Harbor Point convenience store held up at gunpoint

The Boston Police Department reports the Harbor Point Convenience Store, 17 Harbor Point Blvd., was held up around 8:10 p.m. on Sunday.

"The suspect walked in to the store and brandished a firearm at the cashier. The witness stated the suspect demanded money be placed in a bag, the cashier complied. The suspect fled the store in a maroon motor vehicle.

"The suspect is described as a Middle Eastern male, wearing a fake mustache, black hooded 'North Face' sweatshirt, black jeans and white and black sneakers."

Teen charged in Monday night shooting on Corona Street

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 8, 2013

A 15-year-old from Dorchester was arraigned Tuesday in Dorchester District Court on attempted murder and firearm charges after he was identified as the gunman in a shooting on Corona Street on Monday night that left an 18 year-old man wounded. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office says the male suspect— whose name is withheld because he is a juvenile—was ordered held on $500,000 bail by Judge Leslie Harris.  Read more

Menino may take legal action to force bus drivers back to work

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Oct. 8, 2013

Menino slams bus driver strike: The mayor called for striking bus drivers to return to their jobs tomorrow. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's OfficeMenino slams bus driver strike: The mayor called for striking bus drivers to return to their jobs tomorrow. Photo by Isabel Leon/Mayor's OfficeCaught off guard by a strike of Boston’s public school bus drivers on Tuesday morning, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said the city would pursue every legal action possible against the drivers as he asked families to arrange transportation home for their children and cancelled afternoon athletics.

"I want all these bus drivers back to work tomorrow morning,” Menino said during an afternoon press conference at City Hall, ridiculing the “illegal action” taken by the unionized drivers to go on strike in violation of their contract.

Menino said the management company Veolia Transportation, Inc. would go to court on Tuesday afternoon to seek an injunction compelling the drivers to return to work, and promised that if drivers would go back to work his administration would sit down with union leaders to work out disagreements over provisions in their contract.

He said the city would also explore possible disciplinary action against drivers who participated in the strike.  Read more

Surprise bus drivers' strike puts brakes on kids' commute

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 8, 2013

A surprise and unauthorized school bus drivers strike impacted at least half of the city's student population this morning, according to the Boston Public School department. The work action, which BPS officials have condemned as "illegal", involves around 300 drivers and will impact about half of the city's 33,000 students who ride buses daily to public, parochial and charter schools.  Read more

Estate goes to court to reclaim Fowler-Clark farm from city

A worker hired by the city of Boston cleared overgrowth on the Clark-Fowler farm property on Norfolk Street in August 2013. Photo by Bill Forry

The owner of a historic but run-down Mattapan property that was seized by city officials in August went to court this week seeking an injunction allowing them to reclaim the land. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Judith Fabricant heard from both sides in the case on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to make a ruling in coming days.  Read more