Oct. 20, 2010
A Dorchester man convicted in a federal court for his role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail this week. Daniel Appolon, 23, was part of a ring that prosecutors say conducted 21 bogus real estate deals in Dorchester, South Boston, Hyde Park and other communities between May 2005 and June 2006. Appolon was a recruiter for the ring, convincing people to serve as "straw" purchasers on properties. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 96 Boston St. that broke out around 12:45 p.m. on Monday sent one firefighter to the hospital and did an estimated $300,000 in damage.
Residents of the three-story building, which houses a deli on the first floor, all got out safely, the department says. The injuured firefighter was burned on his ears, the department says.
Investigators are still determining a cause of the blaze, which apparently started in the basement. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports two detectives driving down Dorchester Ave. around 7 p.m on Thursday broke up an attempt mugging in front of the Wainwright Bank. Read more
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Torrey Browne, 34, of raping a woman on his new boat at the Dorchester Yacht Club after she told him she didn't want a romantic relationship with him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reported. Read more
Oct. 15, 2010
(AP) —The only person arrested in the shooting deaths of four people — including a 2-year-old boy — had one of the murder weapons and a victim's car, and other people are believed to have been involved, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Kimani Washington, 34, was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail after his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on charges of weapons violations, receiving a stolen car, drug trafficking and being a career criminal. Not guilty pleas were automatically entered on his behalf. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports the Sovereign Bank branch at 780 Gallivan Blvd. was held up at lunchtime on Wednesday.
The suspect was described as a light-skinned Cape Verdean man who fled on foot.
The branch was also held up on April 3 and Feb. 8 of this year and Nov. 5 last year.
A fire that broke out shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday at 116 Hazelton St. quickly went to two alarms, the Boston Fire Department reports. Read more
The Boston Police Department reports arresting two local men on charges they used a gun to hold up somebody about to enter the Tedeschi store at 1580 Dorchester Ave. on Tuesday night. Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that broke out at 114 Saxton St. around 3 a.m. on Friday displaced nine people. Read more
Oct. 7, 2010
An initiative aimed at getting people with outstanding arrest warrants to turn themselves in has begun in Mattapan this week. The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program program, which started on October 6 and will run to October 9, is based out of the Jubilee Christian Church, 1500 Blue Hill Ave. The effort is run by the Boston Police Department, the District Attorney’s office and the US Marshals Service and targets individuals with warrants for non-violent minor offenses, allowing a chance for a quick surrendering process. Read more