Public Safety

Man critical following afternoon shooting on American Legion Highway

The Boston Police Department reports a man was shot around 3:30 p.m. at 68 American Legion Highway, between Morton Street and Blue Hill Avenue.  Read more

Two honored at B-3 police meeting

Alex Owens Special to the Reporter
Oct. 21, 2010

Mattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonMattapan heroes honored: Councillor Charles Yancey, center, with Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna AndersonBoston Police from District B-3 held a monthly community meeting on Tuesday at the Mattapan Library with a packed crowd of more than 70 people on hand. This was the first regular B-3 meeting since the Sept. 29 shooting on Woolson Street that took the lives of three adults and a toddler, and residents were eager to receive updates about crime in the community. They were joined by Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, who answered limited questions about the murder investigation.
The police department also presented awards recognizing residents for their service to the community. Shaniqua Johnson and Saquawna Anderson were singled out for their bravery when they rescued a 93-year old woman from a house fire on Hazelton St. on Oct. 13.  Read more

Two Dorchester men charged in connection with Boston area gun, drug ring

Benito Maleveje and Juan Omi Velazquez were among 10 men charged in federal court today with running guns, heroin and cocaine in Boston and Chelsea.  Read more

Real estate fraud case lands Dot man in prison

Reporter Staff
Oct. 20, 2010

A Dorchester man convicted in a federal court for his role in a massive mortgage fraud scheme was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail this week. Daniel Appolon, 23, was part of a ring that prosecutors say conducted 21 bogus real estate deals in Dorchester, South Boston, Hyde Park and other communities between May 2005 and June 2006. Appolon was a recruiter for the ring, convincing people to serve as "straw" purchasers on properties.  Read more

Three-alarm fire damages store, apartments

Fire on Boston Street: Photo by Boston Fire DepartmentFire on Boston Street: Photo by Boston Fire Department
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire at 96 Boston St. that broke out around 12:45 p.m. on Monday sent one firefighter to the hospital and did an estimated $300,000 in damage.

Residents of the three-story building, which houses a deli on the first floor, all got out safely, the department says. The injuured firefighter was burned on his ears, the department says.

Investigators are still determining a cause of the blaze, which apparently started in the basement.  Read more

Two teens charged with violent robbery attempt outside Ashmont T stop

The Boston Police Department reports two detectives driving down Dorchester Ave. around 7 p.m on Thursday broke up an attempt mugging in front of the Wainwright Bank.  Read more

Man convicted of rape on his boat at Dorchester Yacht Club

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Torrey Browne, 34, of raping a woman on his new boat at the Dorchester Yacht Club after she told him she didn't want a romantic relationship with him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reported.  Read more

Prosecutor: Man had gun used in 4 Mattapan killings

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press Legal Affairs Writer
Oct. 15, 2010

(AP) —The only person arrested in the shooting deaths of four people — including a 2-year-old boy — had one of the murder weapons and a victim's car, and other people are believed to have been involved, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Kimani Washington, 34, was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail after his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on charges of weapons violations, receiving a stolen car, drug trafficking and being a career criminal. Not guilty pleas were automatically entered on his behalf.  Read more

Gallivan Boulevard bank held up for fourth time in less than a year

The Boston Police Department reports the Sovereign Bank branch at 780 Gallivan Blvd. was held up at lunchtime on Wednesday.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned Cape Verdean man who fled on foot.

The branch was also held up on April 3 and Feb. 8 of this year and Nov. 5 last year.

Woman sparks two-alarm fire by burning old mail in stairway

A fire that broke out shortly before 8 a.m. on Wednesday at 116 Hazelton St. quickly went to two alarms, the Boston Fire Department reports.  Read more