Public Safety

No teen names today; just poor adult role models

We’ve all heard time and time again about the decline in morals, gratitude, and sometimes just plain common decency, when discussing the behavior of today’s teenagers. But in all honesty, I feel that when it comes to the younger generation, teenagers get a bum rap.

Behavior and morals, or the lack thereof, are learned or not at an early age and thus a person’s character is built. It seems to me that maybe our generation is partly to blame for the younger generation’s misgivings with parents refusing or unable to parent their kids. Not exactly good role models.  Read more

SPECIAL REPORT: At ‘sober homes,’ issues of safety inside, safeguards outside

By 
Pat Tarantino and Stephen Kurkjian, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 4, 2010

Second of two parts.
Three years ago, a series of newspaper articles raised serious questions of safety and supervision in the operation of so-called “sober homes” throughout the city of Boston, prompting city and state political leaders to call for desperately needed reforms to assure that recovering substance abusers who lived in these homes had a chance for recovery.

The articles in the Boston Herald and the Bay State Banner found poor living conditions in many sober homes, including the fact that two men had fatally overdosed in one Roxbury sober-living complex, spurring local and state officials and leaders in the fight against substance abuse to call for controls on the homes to make certain that residents received the help they needed to stay clean while ensuring the homes did not pose a safety threat to neighbors.

“We don’t fund them, but we need to have oversight over them,” Senator Steven A. Tolman (D-Brighton) said in a 2007 interview with the Herald. “The neighborhoods have to have recourse if they are run inappropriately.’’

Three years later, little has changed. None of the proposed rules and standards meant to ensure safe living conditions inside the homes have been enacted, nor have any safeguards been put in place for neighbors concerned about the operation of these homes. In fact, an investigation by the Dorchester Reporter has found, no one inside Boston City Hall or the State House can state with accuracy how many sober homes exist in the city or how many people live in them.  Read more

Woman convicted in stabbing death of senior citizen

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Verna Sewell, 65, guilty of manslaughter for the stabbing death of the man whose apartment she had shared for several months, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Man charged with exposing self at elementary school

A Roxbury man was arrested Tuesday on charges he exposed himself to students at the John Winthrop Elementary School, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Man shot dead in Fields Corner

The Boston Police Department reports a 30-year-old man was found shot around 8 p.m. on Monday at 481 Geneva Ave.

The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  Read more

Man caught trying to bust into bank's ATM in Lower Mills

By 
Reporter Staff
Oct. 26, 2010

Boston Police report on the arrest of a 45 year-old man who was allegedly trying to grind his way into an ATM at the Meetinghouse Bank in Lower Mills earlier this morning. The suspect — Chris Doyle— had a ski mask and a bag full of "burglarious tools" when C-11 cops caught up to him after a brief foot chase.  Read more

Noontime stabbing leaves woman in critical condition

Boston Police tweet a woman was stabbed at 364 Centre St.  Read more

MBTA cop, commuter team up to rescue woman from tracks

By 
Ed Forry, Publisher
Oct. 22, 2010

JFK-UMass rescue: An MBTA police officer and commuters tend to a woman moments after she was pulled from the tracks at JFK-UMass. Photo by Ed ForryJFK-UMass rescue: An MBTA police officer and commuters tend to a woman moments after she was pulled from the tracks at JFK-UMass. Photo by Ed ForryThere are many heroes among us, and today I saw two of them save a life on the MBTA.

At about 4:40 this afternoon, I walked down the stairs to the platform to catch an Ashmont train that was just arriving. At the platform, I saw several passengers gathering to look into the inbound pit, and saw a young woman lying flat on her back in the middle of the tracks, just four feet away from the third rail.

I had seen an MBTA police officer on duty upstairs, so I quickly went back and started yelling "Police-Police-Help." At this, the officer asked what was wrong, and when he learned of the scene downstairs, he was off down the stairs in a flash. As he descended, he radioed in a report, asking to stop all trains.  Read more

Man critical following afternoon shooting on American Legion Highway

The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot around 3:30 p.m. at 68 American Legion Highway, between Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue.  Read more

Two honored at B-3 police meeting

By 
Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Oct. 21, 2010

Mattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonMattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonBoston Police from District B-3 held a monthly community meeting on Tuesday at the Mattapan Library with a packed crowd of more than 70 people on hand. This was the first regular B-3 meeting since the Sept. 29 shooting on Woolson Street that took the lives of three adults and a toddler, and residents were eager to receive updates about crime in the community. They were joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, who answered limited questions about the murder investigation.
The police department also presented awards recognizing residents for their service to the community. Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna Anderson were singled out for their bravery when they rescued a 93-year old woman from a house fire on Hazelton St. on Oct. 13.  Read more