Public Safety

Uphams Corner building named in honor of slain store clerk

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 25, 2010

Serrano ceremony: Family of Geraldo Serrano gather around a plaque in his honor last Saturday.Serrano ceremony: Family of Geraldo Serrano gather around a plaque in his honor last Saturday.The area outside of an Upham’s Corner bodega became a place of remembrance Saturday as neighbors and friends of the late Geraldo Serrano gathered for the unveiling of a memorial to the store clerk and neighborhood fixture. A bronze plaque now adorns the southern wall of the building at the corner of Dudley Street and Dudley Terrance, the location of Hermanos Unidos, the store the 71-year old Serrano worked in when he was gunned down during a robbery in February. The building is now named in Seranno’s honor as a memorial to his contributions to the community.  Read more

West Nile virus mosquito watch expanded in Dot; caution is urged

Bruce Landers: Sets a trap in Lower MillsBruce Landers: Sets a trap in Lower MillsCity and state officials are stepping up monitoring efforts this week after a sample of mosquitoes captured in Dorchester last week tested positive for West Nile Virus, a bug and bird-borne disease that can be deadly to humans.

The city’s Boston Public Health Commission alerted the public to the discovery last Friday. While officials stress that the risk of individual human cases of West Nile are relatively low, extra mosquito traps have been set throughout the neighborhood this week to further probe the extent of the problem. City officials refused to narrow down the geographic location of the infected bugs beyond the general “north” Dorchester area, but emphasized that the disease is highly mobile and that people throughout the region should take precautions.  Read more

Man stabbed to death on Blue Hill Avenue

For the second day in a row, somebody was murdered in broad daylight on a Dorchester street.  Read more

Two shot, one fatally, near Hemenway Park

Aug. 18, 2010

Two people were shot, one fatally, last Thursday (Aug. 12) in front of an Adams Street home across the street from Hemenway Park. Police responded to the scene at 531 Adams Street — at the corner of Lonsdale Street— just before 9:30 p.m. Two male victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds. One of the men, 30 year-old David Martins, later died from his injuries at Boston Medical Center. The other victim, a teenager, was also shot multiple times but is expected to survive. Police have not discussed a possible motive for the crime, but urge the public to come forward with any information.  Read more

Man shot to death at noon

The Boston Police Department reports Terrance Small, 39, was murdered outside 2 Shafter St. this afternoon.  Read more

Water outage resolved at Lower Mills Apartments

A water line break outside the Lower Mills Apartments left residents in the building without fresh water, toilets or showers for several hours on Tuesday afternoon. Residents say that the rupture happened as work crews dug outside the building at 2262 Dorchester Ave. at approximately 2 p.m. on Aug. 17. Residents had been told that they should expect to be without water for roughly 8 hours, but service was restored around 6 p.m.  Read more

Dorchester man arrested for Roslindale fire; could be charged with additional arson cases

A Dorchester man already being tracked as a suspected arsonist was arrested Monday on charges he set a Roslindale house on fire early Monday morning, federal and city officials say.  Read more

Police charge man recruited kids for charity scam at local intersection

The Boston Police Department reports arresting a Dorchester man on charges he ran a bogus charity drive in which kids stood by an intersection asking for donations - which they had no intention of actually giving to a charity.  Read more

Neighbors patrol streets, send message in Savin Hill

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Aug. 4, 2010

A group of Savin Hill residents fed up with the prostitution and drug dealing in the area took to the streets Tuesday night in an effort to show that crime will not be tolerated in the beachside neighborhood. The effort apparently dissuaded at least one alleged drug user from hanging around.  Read more

Study of X-way pollution will focus on Dot streets

Air Quality StudyAir Quality StudyStarting next month, local environmental activists will be joining up with Tufts University researchers for a study on the effect of air pollution floating into communities situated next to and near the I-93 expressway.

The year-long study, called the Community Assessment of Freeway and Health Study, will include the Columbia/Savin Hill area, including those living on Columbia Rd. and Savin Hill Ave., and east of Dorchester Ave., and the St. Mark’s area, which includes between Dorchester Ave. and Adams St., and Dix St. to Wrentham St.  Read more