Public Safety

Police say man shot eight times no longer interested in helping their investigation

A man shot repeatedly in an apparent dispute with his ex-girlfriend's current beau is no longer cooperating with police, but police had enough evidence to arrest the many anyway, a police lieutenant told the Boston Licensing Board this morning.  Read more

Mattapan bar could be in trouble over brawl that left three injured

A bruising battle at the Avenue Tavern in Mattapan Square that sent three to the hospital on March 6 was due to some "older kids" trying to re-assert their authority in the neighborhood after 8 1/2 years in prison, a bar manager told the Boston Licensing Board today.

The board decides Thursday whether to levy any penalties against the bar for the fight and for a follow-up inspection a week later that found far more people inside than allowed by the bar's license.  Read more

High bail set for alleged accomplice in murder in court parking lot

A Hyde Park man was murdered in his car in the Dorchester District Court parking lot last week minutes after he and a suspect's wife left a court hearing on a suit over a car engine, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.  Read more

Police shoot teen to death after he opens fire

The Boston Police Department says the 19-year-old died as he tried running away from officers conducting an anti-gang sweep in the area of Navillus Terrace and Winter Street around 9:41 p.m. on Saturday.

In a statement, police said: "While conducting [interviews] of the group, a male suspect fled from the group and was pursued by officers. In the course of the pursuit, the suspect turned around and there was an exchange of gunfire. During this exchange, the suspect, a 19 year old male, sustained fatal injuries."  Read more

Man pleads guilty to providing gun used to murder Steven Odom

Steven OdomSteven OdomDavid Johnson, 20, of Mattapan, will serve six to eight years in state prison for giving an acquaintance a loaded .357 Colt Python that the guy used to murder Steven Odom - when he mistook one of Odom's friends for the gang rival he really meant to shoot, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Man shot to death in Uphams Corner

The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot several times around 10:20 p.m., Tuesday, in a hallway at 31 Leyland St.  Read more

Florian Hall cancels disco nights after incident that left woman missing a fingertip

Florian Hall has canceled a series of glitter-ball events because of a fight that left one woman with only nine fingertips on Jan. 22.  Read more

Series of brawls jeopardizes Neponset Circle bar's late closing time

A series of recent incidents at the Upstairs Downstairs bar at Neponset Circle could cost the establishment its 2 a.m. closing time.  Read more

Suspects sought for string of break-ins in Savin Hill/Columbia Road area

Boston Police report an outbreak of burglaries in the area since February, but that they are unsure if burglaries on Dorchester Avenue and Buttonwood, Moseley and Carson streets are related.  Read more

Police catch alleged Fields Corner bank robber trying to make getaway on the Red Line

The Boston Police Department reports capturing a suspect in a holdup of the Citizens Bank at 217 Adams St. yesterday not long after the robbery - on the outbound platform of the Fields Corner Red Line station.

Police say the responded to the holdup by setting up a perimeter around the bank - and checking the nearby Red Line stop, where they say they found a man who was "breathing heavy and avoiding eye contact." When officers approached, he tried to flee, police say, adding it took several officers and "a violent struggle" to subdue Magdy Wasif, 41.  Read more