Public Safety

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

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

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

Man sent for evaluation after allegedly attacking two women with his cane

A Dorchester man started screaming at two gay women coming out of a market and was attempting to beat them with his cane when police arrived on the scene Wednesday evening, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Judge rejects Turner's request to move sentencing date

A federal judge on Thursday denied former City Councillor Chuck Turner's request to move his sentencing date. The date is still set for Jan. 25, three and a half weeks before voters go to the polls to replace him.

Turner, who was tossed from the City Council after a jury convicted him of taking a $1,000 bribe, had argued that because his lead attorney, Barry Wilson, was out of the country until March, his sentencing should be postponed.

"This fact was known, considered and its implication understood when the sentencing date was established," Judge Douglas Woodlock wrote in his order, adding that he found "nothing in the current record before me to justify this belated effort to obtain a continuance."  Read more

Governor discusses snowstorm; emergency order imposed

State House News Service
Jan. 12, 2011

UPDATE 10:50 a.m. Wednesday— Mayor Thomas Menino's office issued a statement this hour telling city residents to "stay indoors throughout the duration of the snow event, as the storm continues to bring heavy, wet snow and high winds into Boston."

The snow emergency— which went into effect Tuesday at 9 p.m.— remains in effect.

The heavy snow is resulting in "a number of fallen trees and power lines," according to Menino's office. Residents are reminded to stay away from down trees and power lines and report them immediately to the Mayor's Hotline: 617-635-4500.  Read more

Police use pepper spray to quell alleged burglars at Carney Hospital

The Boston Police Department reports officers had to use pepper spray to control an unruly mob of people caught breaking into the cafeteria at Carney Hospital Sunday night.

Police say security guards at the hospital requested police around 9:15 p.m. when they noticed several people had lifted the metal grate securing the closed cafeteria and were busy removing various items:  Read more

Police say they shot suspect in leg after he pointed loaded rifle at them

A chase through residential streets and yards off Freeport Street and Morrissey Boulevard Saturday night ended with police shooting one of four men after he allegedly pointed an assault rifle at officers.

The man shot by police, Marvin Veiga, 21, of Dorchester, was the brother of a teen who officials say exchanged gunfire with police before fatally shooting himself in the head this past April, a source said.  Read more

Sentenced to three and a half years, twice-convicted Wilkerson slams prosecutors

Former Sen. Wilkerson's statement after her sentencing. Video by Gal Tziperman Lotan.

It was strike two for former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson. More than a decade after the Roxbury Democrat was convicted of federal tax evasion charges, Wilkerson was sentenced on Thursday to three and a half years of prison for attempting to accept $23,500 in bribes in exchange for legislative action.  Read more

Man shot to death on Blue Hill Avenue

The Boston Police Department reports a man in his 20s was shot at 614 Blue Hill Ave. around 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday.  Read more