Public Safety

Dot dad remains critical after crash on the Arborway

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 3, 2013

Kevin CellucciKevin CellucciLast month, a horrible midday car accident on the Arborway near Forest Hills left several people injured— including Dorchester carpenter and father of three Kevin Cellucci, who remains in a coma. Next month, his family, friends, and supporters will come together to support him with a fundraiser.

Pete Alvarado, Kevin’s cousin, still remembers the disturbing call from his sister on the day of the accident. He rushed to the hospital, where he found family members, close friends, and a parish priest from St. Brendan’s church.  Read more

Sudan Street house under scrutiny after complaints

This house at 56 Sudan Street has been the subject of complaints from neighbors in recent weeks and will be the subject of discussion at a City Hall meeting on “problem properties.” Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

A house in Savin Hill is facing designation as a “problem property.” The home, located at 56 Sudan St. and a longtime source of complaints from neighbors, will be on the agenda of Mayor Thomas Menino’s “problem properties” task force when it meets this week.  Read more

Savin Hill barn demolished

A dilapidated stable atop Savin Hill was torn down on Monday morning after city officials and the property owners reached an agreement in court last week to allow the demolition to proceed. A second structure at 24 Grampian Way— a three-story home that was once a stately mansion owned by 19th century sporting goods magnate George Wright— remains intact and will not be demolished “at this point”, according to a city spokesman.  Read more

Motorists beware: Casey Overpass will be closed for weekends in October

The Casey Overpass, which carries Route 203/Arborway over Washington and New Washington streets in Forest Hills, will be closed next weekend— Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.— as work crews perform what MassDOT calls "emergency repairs to the driving surface of the road to ensure the bridge can remain open during snow and ice events."

"MassDOT anticipates needing to close the bridge for the same duration for up to three additional weekends to complete the work. This work is weather dependent and must be done during dry weather in order for the asphalt to properly set."  Read more

Police seek clues in crash that killed off-duty EMT

Marcus Jerome

An off-duty Boston EMT was killed on Saturday afternoon when the motorcycle he was riding on crashed at the intersection of Washington Street and Dunbar Avenue near Codman Square. Marcus Jerome, 32, was fatally injured around 3:40 p.m. Boston Police are asking for witnesses to come forward by calling 617-343-4470.

“The entire department is mourning the fact that this talented and passionate young man’s life was cut short,” said Nick Martin, a spokesperson for the city’s Emergency Medical Services. “His fellow EMTs and paramedics responded to the call and tried to save him, which has made his passing all the more difficult for those that knew him.”  Read more

Callender Street lodging house faces sanctions over two rape cases

The Boston Licensing Board decides Thursday whether to shut Mac's Guest House, 194 Callender St., after hearing a BPD detective recite a litany of complaints dating back years - including two active rape investigations in which police cited Mac's for "permitting immoral conduct" and failing to call police.  Read more

Owner seeks permit to demolish Grampian Way home

24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark. 24 Grampian Way : Owners want permission to bulldoze the home and adjacent stable. The property is also under review to become a city landmark.

The owner of a historic Savin Hill house that could be soon designated as an official city landmark is seeking a permit to bulldoze the property instead. City officials will convene a community meeting on Thursday evening at the Dorchester Yacht Club to discuss the owner’s proposal to raze the house and adjacent stable at 24 Grampian Way.

A meeting notice obtained by the Reporter today stated, “The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community about the proposed demolition and to present alternatives to the demolition.”

The notice also makes it clear that Thursday’s meeting “does not take the place” of a Boston Landmark Commission public hearing— which has yet to be scheduled— to further discuss a petition to make the Grampian Way property a city landmark.”  Read more

One dead, one stabbed in early morning attack on Greenwood Street

The Boston Police Department is attacks early Wednesday that sent two men to the hospital, where one of them would be pronounced dead.

Police say that shortly after 1 a.m., officers responded to a call about a man lying in the street outside 17 Greenwood St. He was taken with " injuries to his forehead" to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

About a half hour later, police say, a resident at 54 Greenwood who heard a noise and thought somebody was trying to break into his house instead found a second man lying on his front porch, bleeding, police say, adding:  Read more

Mayor hopefuls: Tell us your plan for this case

Eyesore remains a hold-out on Dudley Street
Uphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill ForryUphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill Forry

There are many high-profile eyesores and abandoned lots across Boston that merit the attention, imagination and hustle of the next mayor. But few loom as large as the Leon Electric building in Uphams Corner.

The hulking warehouse complex sits right next to the MBTA commuter rail station at the corner of Dudley and Humphreys streets. The empty, fenced-off, weather-worn behemoth rises up seven stories and casts a foreboding shadow over the neighborhood business district below.  Read more

(VIDEO) Interim Sheriff Tompkins Unlawfully Pulls Badge/Intimidates Boston Store Owner

Click on this link to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZszLm-CCmio&feature=player_detailpage

Jean, the owner of La Paix barber shop at 1059 Hyde Park Avenue in Boston, testifies how Suffolk County Interim Sheriff Steven Tompkins unlawfully pulled out his badge and demanded that the store owner remove Douglas Bennett for Sheriff's sign "because it was too early to put up campaign signs..."

Tompkins is scheduled to face a Criminal Magistrate in BMC Roxbury District Court on 85 Warren Street on September 10, 2013 at 9AM for Theft and Destruction of Property.  Read more