Public Safety

Early morning fire guts three decker, spreads to adjoining houses

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

Safe Surrender program sets up shop at Blue Hill Ave. church

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
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

Senseless killings: a déjà vu scene

It’s all so familiar: Senseless shootings in those area of Dorchester where the most vulnerable live. Will it ever end or are the poor condemned to live in fear on the streets where danger seems ever present?

I was a judge in Dorchester District Court from the early ‘70s to the early ‘90s. For 20 years I witnessed the consequences of violence, ignited first be forced busing and then by the drug epidemic.  Read more

Arrest made in connection with Mattapan murders

WashingtonWashingtonA man already facing at least two assault and battery charges in Boston was arrested in Manchester NH on charges of illegal possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property related to Tuesday's quadruple murders.

The Manchester Police Department reports Kimani Washington was arrested without incident around 6 p.m. on Friday:  Read more

Manhunt is on for killers in Woolson St. massacre

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter and Bill Forry, Managing Editor
Sep. 30, 2010

Chris Byner, who heads the city's Streetworker program, comforts grieving woman

Chris Byner, who heads the city's Streetworker program, comforts a grieving woman near the scene of Tuesday’s mass murder on Woolson Street Mattapan. AP photo by Josh Reynolds

Outraged residents and leaders called out for swift justice this week after someone murdered four people on a Mattapan sidestreet Tuesday morning — including a 2 year old-boy shot to death in his mother’s arms. The early morning incident on Woolson Street, which also left a fifth victim near death, ranks as one of the worst atrocities in Boston’s history.

Investigators have thus far been tight-lipped about the circumstances of the murders, but police sources have told the Reporter that the mayhem was the result of “a drug deal gone bad.” The carnage triggered a massive response from local officials, who have engaged the help of the FBI in mounting a manhunt, although no suspects have yet been named publicly.

The city’s Shot Spotter sensor system alerted Boston Police to the gunshots just after 1 a.m. Police from district B-3 who responded found three men and a woman lying in the street. The men had been stripped naked. Shaken officers described finding a two year-old boy, later identified as Armani Smith, clinging to his mother’s body. He died hours later at a Boston hospital.  Read more

Appeals court upholds gun convictions related to disturbance at Dorchester District Court

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld the weapons-possession convictions of alleged Dorchester gang members Ferndy Elysee and Richard Davis after their vehicle was pulled over following a disturbance at Dorchester District Court in 2006.  Read more

Rash of smash-and-grabs hit cars in C-11

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 28, 2010

District 11 police alerted residents this week to take precautions after a rash of car break-ins that seem to be the work of one individual or group. There were 11 break-ins overnight between last Wednesday and Thursday, according to C-11 police Capt. Richard Sexton. The incidents took place on East Street, Melvinside Terrace, Maryland St., Saxton St. and Sumner St.  Read more

Mattapan massacre scene is next-door to non-fatal shooting in August

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 28, 2010

A shooting rampage at a home at 40 Woolson Street in Mattapan on Tuesday morning left four persons dead, including a toddler. A fifth victim is hospitalized and not expected to survive, according to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

Elected officials, clergy and Boston Police met with outraged residents during a community meeting on Tuesday evening at Morningstar Baptist Church to discuss the murders. Universal Hub has video from the event, including remarks from Gov. Deval Patrick.

The last shooting on Woolson Street, according to police records obtained by the Reporter, occurred a month ago at 42 Woolson St., right next door to Tuesday's shooting scene. It is not yet clear whether the Aug. 28 shooting, reported as an assault and batter with a dangerous weapon- gun at 42 Woolson Street, is related to last night's homicides.

The victim in the Aug. 28 incident survived and his identity has not been released. He was found by police just after 7 a.m. in the first-floor hallway of 42 Woolson. He had been shot in the upper torso and arms. Police searched the address but did not seize anything at the time, according to a police report.  Read more

Trooper released on own recognizance; ordered to surrender any guns

Timothy Walsh, the state trooper charged with pointing a loaded gun at an off-duty Boston cop after crashing his car while drunk, was released from custody today on condition he surrender any guns and his gun license and that he stay away from alcohol.  Read more

Man beaten and robbed at gunpoint in Columbia Point parking lot

The Boston Police Department reports a man getting out of his car in the fenced-in Sovereign Bank parking lot at 2 Morrissey Blvd. Monday night was robbed by two men, one of whom was armed with a Glock handgun.  Read more