Public Safety

Murder victim’s mom finds a community’s embrace

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

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

Police say housebreak suspects captured after chase halfway across city

The Boston Police Department report arresting three men after a Dorchester homeowner and his burglar alarm interrupted their plans for robbing his house early Monday.  Read more

Man charged with two church burglaries

A man originally charged with breaking into a North End church is now charged with stealing from seven churches across the city, including two in Dorchester.  Read more

The travails of the small businessman

Adam Gaffin, Special to the Reporter
Dec. 6, 2010

It's not easy running a business out of your home these days. Just ask Michael "Muscle Mike" Williams.  Read more

Editorial: Common-sense reforms for ‘Sober Homes’; Chuck Turner's fall

A Reporter story published last month after a multi-week probe into the operation of so-called sober homes in the city raises important policy questions that demand answers from the industry and from our city and state governments. The report— done in partnership with Northeastern University’s Initiative For Investigative Reporting — found that local authorities have virtually no regulatory controls over these homes. Alarmingly, neither city nor state government officials could tell us with any level of certainty just how many such homes exist in our neighborhoods.  Read more

Man shot to death Monday evening

The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot around 5:30 p.m. at 21 Crowell St. on the Dorchester/Mattapan line.  Read more

Two charged with gunpoint robbery of livery driver in Mattapan

The Boston Police Department reports a livery driver who picked up two guys at 113 Greenbrier St. yesterday afternoon for a trip to Mattapan had just turned onto Hazleton Street when "one of the suspects put what he thought was a gun to the back of his head and robbed of $400 in cash, his wedding band, his cell phone, Motorola walkie talkie, his earrings and a car radio faceplate."  Read more