Public Safety

Police investigating Molotov cocktail thrown into Dorchester District Court

Somebody apparently tried to set Dorchester District Court on fire around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to Boston Police.  Read more

Man convicted of distributing crack cocaine out of vacant Mattapan apartment

Joel "Ninety" Clay, 25, got a 15-to-17-year prison term for running a crack-distribution operation out of a vacant Sturbridge Street apartment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

Clay was convicted and sentenced last week on charges of trafficking in more than 200 grams of a Class B substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition, according to the DA's office. He was acquitted on similar charges related to drugs and weapons found at a Florida Street apartment.  Read more

T warns of robbery risk around Ashmont

A rash of street robberies around Ashmont station prompted the MBTA Transit Police to issue an advisory to their officers on Tuesday. The warning details a string of four armed and unarmed robberies targeting black teenagers over the last week.  Read more

Man gunned down near Marshall Elementary School

Boston Police report a man shot at Bowdoin and Westville streets shortly before noon has died.  Read more

Man arrested at South Bay as 'kissing bandit' is suspect in attempted rape in Brookline

A homeless man arrested at the South Bay mall on Wednesday after allegedly trying to kiss a woman waiting for her boyfriend in his car turns out to be a suspect in a 2007 attempted rape near the Brookline Village Green Line stop.  Read more

Police arrest teen on charges he carried a loaded gun

Police report arresting a local teen after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at a student waiting for a bus on Columbia Road around 7:15 a.m. and then fled when officers spotted him.  Read more

Three indicted for roving gun battle that left two dead at Uphams Corner restaurant

Emmanuel Pina and Sandro Tavares were indicted today for the murder of an innocent chef and a man with whom they allegedly fought at the Ka-Carlos restaurant in Uphams Corner, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. A third man, Timothy Santos, was indicted on charges of armed assault with intent to murder - he allegedly shot at somebody during the incident, but missed, the DA's office says.  Read more

Mattapan murder linked to heroin distribution

Boston Police reported today that shortly after Carlos Romero Franco, 31, was gunned down on Oct. 16 at 598 Harvard St., they discovered heroin there with an estimated street value of $1 million, as well as a gun and an unspecified amount of cash.  Read more

Fields Corner bank held up for second time in 10 days

Boston Police report the Sovereign Bank branch at 1442 Dorchester Ave., was held up today - somebody passed a note to the teller.  Read more

Police say woman laughed as her pit bull attacked school girl

Boston Police report a girl waiting for her bus to school on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester Wednesday morning was attacked by a pit bull but managed to avoid serious harm when a man driving by on a motorcycle stopped to free her from the dog.

According to a police statement, "individuals who witnessed the incident stated the dog's owner did nothing to stop the dog and was seen laughing."

Police say the girl, 12, suffered no injury because the man got the dog off her before it could bite through her shoe - the animal was latched onto her foot.

Police add witnesses said the dog was neither leashed nor muzzled. Police said Animal Control is now investigating the case.