Public Safety

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

Three-alarm fire displaces nine

A fire that raced through a three-story, two-family home at 5 Page St. late Tuesday afternoon left nine people without a home.

The Boston Fire Department says a short circuit on the first floor caused the fire, which resulted in an estimated $400,000 in damage.

The Red Cross is assisting them find new quarters.

Oil spill forces building's residents out

The Boston Police Department reports the residents of 251 Boston St. were forced out of their apartments this morning by a 60-gallon heating-oil spill Sunday morning. They will have to find other places to live until the spill is cleaned up, police say.

Homicides in 2010 in Dorchester and Mattapan

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 30, 2010

Man with one boot charged with trying to break into house

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a West Newbury man who allegedly tried to kick his way into a Pleasant Street house last night.

Police say that when officers arrived at 18 Pleasant St. around 11 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a call about a breaking-and-entering attempt, they found a guy running away, with just one boot on. Police stopped the man - just in time for a resident of the house to throw down a boot, which police say fit the "heavily inebriated" man perfectly.

Police describe what happened when the resident heard somebody begin to kick his rear door:  Read more

Police hunt man who tried to shoot ex-girlfriend

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 28, 2010

Eric McPhailEric McPhailBoston Police have issued an urgent appeal for the public's help in finding a 23 year-old suspect who allegedly chased down an ex-girlfriend and fired gunshots at her car during a brazen attack and car chase this morning in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.

The suspect — Eric McPhail— is described as 5'9" black male, between 145-155 pounds and was last seen driving a 2002 Nissan Gray Altima with Massachusetts registration # 194FE7. McPhail is "considered armed and dangerous and has several outstanding warrants for his arrests in addition to the charges for today’s incident," according to police.

Police say that McPhail followed his ex-girlfriend's car this morning and rammed into her at the intersection of American Legion Highway and Blue Hill Ave. around 9:40 a.m. this morning.  Read more

Snow emergency ends at 6 p.m. Monday

By 
Reporter Staff
Dec. 26, 2010

The city of Boston says that the snow emergency that went into effect yesterday will be lifted at 6 p.m. on Monday. The emergency order means that parking is prohibited on all major arteries in Boston.

In a noon hour press conference on Sunday, Gov. Deval Patrick said that service on the Mattapan high-speed trolley line would be suspended tonight and replaced with buses. All other public transportation is expected to follow a normal schedule.

"Residents are reminded to remain at home throughout the duration of this snow event and businesses tomorrow should consider asking employees to work from home," stated a press release issued by the city of Boston on Sunday morning. The city also is cautioning older residents or those with "health conditions" to "refrain from shoveling this heavy wet snow."  Read more

Police charge man, pals with beating, threatening girlfriend's former boyfriend

The Boston Police Department reports a man who went to see his girlfriend and their child last night wound up getting beaten, dragged through the street and threatened with a knife by her new boyfriend and two accomplices Monday night.  Read more

Lower Mills liquor store nabbed for selling beer to a teenager

The owner of a Lower Mills liquor store nabbed for selling beer to a Quincy teen vows to keep it from happening again.  Read more

Spike in shootings prompts renewed quest for solutions

By 
Stephen Kurkjian and Pat Tarantino, Special To The Reporter
Dec. 16, 2010

Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..Tina Chery: A pioneer in citywide efforts to curb violence, Chery's son Louis was killed in a December 1993 shooting, not far from her current office in Fields Corner..

The numbers are deeply disturbing: Nearly eighty percent of the shootings in Boston in 2010 have taken place in the three police districts that cover Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.

Last year, 223 people were killed or wounded by gunfire in Boston, and 174, or 78 percent, of the shootings took place in districts B-2, B-3 and C-11. This year, with several weeks to go, the number of shootings in the city has increased to 258, and, again, 78 percent of them were in these three districts.

The Search for Solutions

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Rev. Eugene Rivers: Pastor convenes stakeholders, stresses "realism"

George Chip GreenidgeGeorge Chip GreenidgeGeorge "Chip" Greenidge: Violent year spurs new calls for answers

Celeste Allan: Murder victim's mom finds community's embrace

Marivelle Crespo and Gina Patterson: BPD team aids families, heads off trouble

Tina Chery: Peace Pioneer seeks to improve coordination of services

Emmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmet Folgert: On alert for alternativesEmmett Folgert: Veteran youth worker connects teens with jobs

These stark numbers only convey part of the story. The real story, those on the front lines of the battle tell the Dorchester Reporter, is the impact this violence is having on those who live and work in these neighborhoods – and whether they will assert strongly to families, friends, and acquaintances that they will not tolerate the continued presence of guns or further criminal activity in the homes and on the streets of their neighborhoods. And, too, there is the overarching question of the role of the rest of Boston in this enterprise: Will they join Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan – or abandon them – in taking on the challenge of saving the streets.  Read more