Public Safety

Snow emergency, parking ban to end at 6 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2011

The Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will end this evening at 6 p.m., according to Mayor Menino's office.

Snow emergency in effect, no school in Boston

Jan. 26, 2011

A Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will go into effect at 7p.m., according to Mayor Menino's office. The City of Boston Storm Center has been activated: call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500.

Boston Public Schools will be closed on Thursday.

There is also no parking on DCR roads beginning at 7 p.m. The state's Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is urging motorists to avoid Morrissey Boulevard between Freeport Street and Mt. Vernon Street (UMass/Boston) around the 5 a.m. high tide on Thursday morning. Flooding and lane closures are expected due to the forecasted snow storm. The same stretch of the boulevard was also closed last Friday morning during the last snow storm.

State roads where cars will be towed include:
Columbia Road, Gallivan Boulevard, Morton Street, Truman Parkway, and William J. Day Boulevard.  Read more

Judge orders Turner to serve three years in prison

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jan. 25, 2011

Chuck TurnerChuck TurnerChuck Turner, the former Boston city councillor who was convicted last year of accepting a bribe as part of a federal anti-corruption sting, was sentenced on Tuesday afternoon to three years in prison.

Turner, 70, said he would appeal the sentence, which also includes three years of supervised release, and the jury's unanimous verdict in October that he accepted the $1,000 bribe and lied to federal agents about it. One of his attorneys, John Pavlos, has agreed to take the case pro bono, Turner said.

His attorneys are asking for a stay of his sentencing so they can continue their legal battles. He must report to jail in two months.  Read more

Morrissey Blvd. reopened between Freeport St. and UMass Boston

(UPDATED 2:30 PM) The stretch of Morrissey Boulevard between UMass-Boston and Freeport Street has reopened after both sides of the road were closed.

Department of Conservation and Recreation spokeswoman Wendy Fox attributed the closure to the confluence of wind, snow, high tide and the full moon.  Read more

Prosecutors recommending range of 33 to 41 months in jail for Turner

Federal prosecutors are recommending that a judge hand down a prison sentence of 33 to 41 months for former City Councillor Chuck Turner.

Turner was convicted by a jury of taking a $1,000 bribe and lying to federal agents about it. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence and is suing the City Council for jettisoning him from his District 7 seat.

"Turner’s conduct has been the [antithesis] of acceptance of responsibility," prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memo filed on Thursday. "Instead, his conduct has affirmatively promoted disrespect for the law, has demeaned the seriousness of his offense, has debased his public office, and has eroded the public’s trust in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Turner’s calculated and persistent attacks on local and federal law enforcement agencies, designed to deflect attention from his own corrupt conduct, have been corrosive to respect for important public institutions and the rule of law."  Read more

Car tied to brutal Revere murder found in Ashmont; suspect arrested in Roxbury

ChappellA mental-health patient charged with brutally murdering a counselor at his residential facility in Revere apparently drove to Ashmont a few hours before he was apprehended in Roxbury.

Deshawn James Chapell, 27, of Chelsea, is charged with murdering Stephanie Moulton, 25, and dumping her body in a church parking lot in Lynn.  Read more

City's snow response: As good as it gets

Let’s be up front about this: The Reporter is hardly a mouthpiece for the Menino administration. We have sharp differences with the mayor and his team, particularly over their hard-to-pin-down policy on the city’s libraries.

But there are plenty of things that Menino and his seasoned staff get right — and snow removal is one of them.  Read more

Chance encounters, one man’s vision fueled Codman Square Health’s success

Walczak speaks in 1979. At left, Mayor Kevin White; at right state Rep. W. Paul White. Photo: CSHC.Walczak speaks in 1979. At left, Mayor Kevin White; at right state Rep. W. Paul White. Photo: CSHC.

Give Marge Muldoon her share of the credit.

As the president of the Codman Square Civic Association, she made a fateful decision one night in December 1974 during a meeting in the basement of “the white church” — the landmark Second Church of Dorchester. She gave Bill Walczak an assignment that changed his life and, eventually, the course of history in our neighborhood.  Read more

Commissioner’s ‘first full winter’ offers tough challenge

Joanne Massaro: photoJoanne Massaro: photoIt’s Tuesday afternoon and for Boston Public Works Commissioner Joanne Massaro, New England’s winter season is in full swing. The city has just faced down a massive storm, is in the midst of dealing with a messy mix of sleet and snow, with another storm forecast to hit Friday.

“This is my first full winter in the job,” she says after a conference call on conditions outside. Her department and Boston Water & Sewer workers were expected to be hitting the streets on Tuesday night, salting and sanding the roads, and attempting to keep flooding to a minimum.

Though a snow emergency was declared, the Tuesday storm was a bit more unpredictable than the one last Wednesday, which took down power lines and trees with its heavy snow.  Read more

Another person sent to prison for role in Dorchester-area mortgage fraud

Andre Junior Lamerique, 26, was sentenced to five years in federal prison on Tuesday for his part in an effort to wring more than $10 million out of lenders in bogus transactions on properties across Boston, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.  Read more