Public Safety

Police hunt man who tried to shoot ex-girlfriend

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 28, 2010

Eric McPhailEric McPhailBoston Police have issued an urgent appeal for the public's help in finding a 23 year-old suspect who allegedly chased down an ex-girlfriend and fired gunshots at her car during a brazen attack and car chase this morning in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.

The suspect — Eric McPhail— is described as 5'9" black male, between 145-155 pounds and was last seen driving a 2002 Nissan Gray Altima with Massachusetts registration # 194FE7. McPhail is "considered armed and dangerous and has several outstanding warrants for his arrests in addition to the charges for today’s incident," according to police.

Police say that McPhail followed his ex-girlfriend's car this morning and rammed into her at the intersection of American Legion Highway and Blue Hill Ave. around 9:40 a.m. this morning.  Read more

Snow emergency ends at 6 p.m. Monday

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 26, 2010

The city of Boston says that the snow emergency that went into effect yesterday will be lifted at 6 p.m. on Monday. The emergency order means that parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston.

In a noon hour press conference on Sunday, Gov. Deval Patrick said that service on the Mattapan high-speed trolley line would be suspended tonight and replaced with buses. All other public transportation is expected to follow a normal schedule.

"Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home," stated a press release issued by the city of Boston on Sunday morning. The city also is cautioning older residents or those with "health conditions" to "refrain from shoveling this heavy wet snow."  Read more

Police charge man, pals with beating, threatening girlfriend's former boyfriend

The Boston Police Department reports a man who went to see his girlfriend and their child last night wound up getting beaten, dragged through the street and threatened with a knife by her new boyfriend and two accomplices Monday night.  Read more

Lower Mills liquor store nabbed for selling beer to a teenager

The owner of a Lower Mills liquor store nabbed for selling beer to a Quincy teen vows to keep it from happening again.  Read more

Spike in shootings prompts renewed quest for solutions

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Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..

The numbers are deeply disturbing: Nearly eighty percent of the shootings in Boston in 2010 have taken place in the three police districts that cover Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Last year, 223 people were killed or wounded by gunfire in Boston, and 174, or 78 percent, of the shootings took place in districts B-2, B-3 and C-11. This year, with several weeks to go, the number of shootings in the city has increased to 258, and, again, 78 percent of them were in these three districts.

The Search for Solutions

BPD Commissioner Ed Davis: Extra pressure on gang members

Rev. Eugene Rivers: Pastor convenes stakeholders, stresses "realism"

George Chip GreenidgeGeorge Chip GreenidgeGeorge "Chip" Greenidge: Violent year spurs new calls for answers

Celeste Allan: Murder victim's mom finds community's embrace

Marivelle Crespo and Gina Patterson: BPD team aids families, heads off trouble

Tina Chery: Peace Pioneer seeks to improve coordination of services

Emmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmett Folgert: Veteran youth worker connects teens with jobs

These stark numbers only convey part of the story. The real story, those on the front lines of the battle tell the Dorchester Reporter, is the impact this violence is having on those who live and work in these neighborhoods – and whether they will assert strongly to families, friends, and acquaintances that they will not tolerate the continued presence of guns or further criminal activity in the homes and on the streets of their neighborhoods. And, too, there is the overarching question of the role of the rest of Boston in this enterprise: Will they join Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan – or abandon them – in taking on the challenge of saving the streets.  Read more

Violent year spurs new calls for activism, answers

By 
Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

George Chip GreenidgeGeorge Chip Greenidge

Editor's Note: This article is part of a larger series of stories that was published in the Dec. 16, 2010 edition of the Dorchester Reporter.

George “Chip” Greenidge believes the residents of Dorchester and Mattapan can stem the increase of crime in their neighborhoods, and the first step is to convince people that their community is worth fighting for.

Greenidge leads The Greatest Minds, which is committed to cultivating a strong black-owned business community as a first step towards revitalizing what are perceived as some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Boston. Through his work to make Boston a more liveable city for young black professionals, the Ashmont-based organizer hopes to overcome the unwritten “stop snitching” policy that has become the coda of many city streets and neighborhoods.  Read more

Murder victim’s mom finds a community’s embrace

By 
Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

Editor's Note: This article is part of a larger series of stories that was published in the Dec. 16, 2010 edition of the Dorchester Reporter.

Celeste Allan has raised seven children and like so many other mothers in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan learned before her, she now knows that street violence is not solely measured by statistics and murder rates - but also by the hole it brings to the middle of her family.

Her second youngest child, 21-year old Richard Allan, was stabbed to death on an MBTA bus in Roxbury November 2. Allan acknowledges that her son was “no angel,” she had learned her son had fought with other young men from the neighborhood. But she insists that he was turning his life around in the months before his death, that his girlfriend announced that she was pregnant and the pair planned on raising the child together.  Read more

Police hunt butt-grabbing, handbag-snatching bike rider in South Boston, Columbia Point

By 
Staff
Dec. 9, 2010

Boston Police report they are looking for a guy they say has grabbed two women from behind and robbed a third.

Police say the most recent incident was yesterday afternoon when a woman had her buttocks touched by the guy twice, first at F and W. 8 streets and then again at F and Tudor streets as she was trying to get away. The suspect was described as a black guy, 5'6", between 16 and 20 in a black jacket with a fur-lined hood and riding a dark bike.  Read more

Career criminal charged with key role in quadruple murders

Edward "Eddie" Washington supplied the guns and the getaway car, then helped corral the four people who would wind up dead on Woolson Street, a prosecutor charged at his arraignment this morning.

Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin did not say whether Washington actually joined Dwayne Moore in spraying five victims - four of whom died - with gunfire. However, it may not matter, because Zabin laid out a case in which Washington could be charged with first-degree murder under the "joint venture" doctrine, which could hold him as guilty as if he had pulled the trigger.  Read more

Man acquitted of racketeering charges now accused of Mattapan quadruple murders

Authorities today announced the arrest of a second man on murder charges for the deaths of three adults and a child on Woolson Street in Mattapan on Sept. 28.  Read more