Public Safety

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

Homeless man charged with carjacking pizza-delivery man; accomplice at large

A homeless man was arraigned Friday on charges he helped steal a Dorchester pizza guy's car Wednesday night, then promptly flipped it onto its side two blocks away, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Editorial on ‘police protocol’ unfair

To the Editor:

After reading the editorial in the Dorchester Reporter entitled “Answers needed on police protocol at crime scenes,” I concluded that the editorial contained unfair criticism directed at the Boston Police Homicide Unit.  Read more

Man with manslaughter conviction charged with all four Woolson Street murders

Dwayne Moore, 33, was arrested today for the Sept. 28 murders of three adults and one child on Woolson Street in Mattapan, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Widow of man shot to death by police files wrongful-death lawsuit

Boston police officers trying to stop a deranged man with a pellet gun who'd stolen a police cruiser should have called in a mental-health professional rather than shooting him dead, his widow argues in a lawsuit filed last week.  Read more

Answers needed on police protocol at crime scenes

Ed Davis, the commissioner of the Boston Police Department, said last Friday that his command staff will investigate how the body of a 19-year-old murder victim was left undiscovered in a Mascot Street driveway for more than two days following a shooting incident last Sunday that left another teenager dead.  Read more

Hearing eyes resources for families hit by violence

Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 18, 2010

More than 60 Boston officials, victims advocates and family members touched by street crime met at Boston City Hall to discuss resources available for families struggling in the wake of violent crime.

City councillor Charles Yancey and Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley heard testimony from almost 20 community service providers as well as representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Boston Police Department who outlined their long-term commitment to families who have lost loved ones in the streets of Boston.  Read more