Public Safety

State officials warn of expressway detours next Tuesday-Wednesday

May. 2, 2014

A key stretch of the northbound expressway will be closed off for road repairs overnight next Tuesday into Wednesday between South Bay and Haymarket— prompting detours onto local streets.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (DOT) put out a news release today that said the closure will start at midnight on Tuesday, May 6 and last until Wednesday, May 7 at 5 a.m.  Read more

Two convicted of first-degree murder in Codman Square marijuana robbery

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Wednesday convicted Reginald Holley and Oasis Pritchett of first-degree murder for the Oct. 17, 2012 death of Alfonso Rivas in a Lyndhurst Street apartment, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. They will be formally sentenced on Thursday.  Read more

UMass student charged with making bomb threats that twice emptied campus building

A man was arraigned in Dorchester District Court today on charges he called in bomb threats that emptied UMass Boston's Wheatley Hall last Thursday and again on Tuesday.

In both cases, the building was evacuated but no actual bomb found.

Dean Beckford, 29, of Somerville, had bail set at $20,000, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

UMass officials identify him as a senior.

According to the DA's office:  Read more

House blows up on Hansborough Street; 12 injured, 2 seriously

Hansborough Street house

Hansborough Street house after explosion, fire. Photo by BFD.

Two elderly residents were seriously injured when the house at 27 Hansborough St. exploded around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Boston Fire Department reports.

Ten other residents were injured less seriously in the apparent natural-gas explosion - which blew the house off its foundation and led to its partial collapse. The resulting fire went to three alarms.

Residents of surrounding houses were evacuated. National Grid gave the OK to let them back around midnight.

Neighborhood-wide cleanup "Boston Shines" set for May 2-3

Apr. 14, 2014

The city of Boston’s coordinated spring clean-up will stretch out over three weekends this year— with Dorchester and Mattapan’s “Boston Shines” weekend set for May 2-3. The citywide effort, now in its 12th year, engages thousands of volunteers in targeted cleaning projects.  Read more

Help sought in locating missing Dorchester boy

Kristopher Lewis, age 13

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children issued a call for help in locating a 13 year-old Dorchester boy who has been missing since Feb. 4. The Reporter received a flyer from the agency this week seeking our assistance in finding Kristopher Lewis, who is described as a black and Hispanic boy with brown hair and eyes, about 5'1" tall and 87 pounds with a scar on his bottom lip.

According to the flyer, Kristopher was last seen on Feb. 4, 2014. He is believed to be in the Boston area.

Anyone with information about Kristopher's whereabouts should contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or call Boston Police at 617-343-4687.  Read more

MBTA janitors protest plans for staffing reduction

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Apr. 11, 2014

Janitors who clean MBTA stations say their employers plan to sweep nearly one third of the jobs off the payrolls in September as a cost-saving measure.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Wrong street, wrong house for this night-time stroller

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 9, 2014

Bad luck or dumb criminal? Maybe a little bit of both.

Police say a Dorchester man was caught with stolen goods on Tuttle Street at around 2:20 a.m. on April 2, a few feet away from Mayor Marty Walsh’s house. He apparently did not notice – until it was too late – the marked police cruiser that sits outside Walsh’s home around the clock as part of the mayor’s security detail.  Read more

State rolls out pothole recovery project on Gallivan Blvd.

Michael Norton, State House News Service
Apr. 9, 2014

Workers filled potholes on Morrissey Boulevard after a press conference by state officials on Wed., April 9, 2014. Photo by Ed Forry

As funding for statewide and local road and transportation projects remains tied up in legislative negotiations, the Patrick administration on Wednesday announced a $40 million one-time program aimed at helping communities recover from the potholes left behind by another tough winter.

Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and MassHighway chief Frank DePaola spoke at a press conference on Gallivan Boulevard to discuss the $40 million program, which uses fiscal 2014 funds.

According to a program announcement obtained by the News Service, the initiative is designed to facilitate repairs of potholes, street cracking and damage to guardrails and signs, as well as repairs to municipal vehicles, garages and fueling stations. Smooth roads are the goal, one official said.  Read more

Dead body found in burning car in Savin Hill

A death investigation is underway following a gruesome early-morning discovery in Savin Hill on Tuesday. Boston Police say that human remains were found inside a vehicle that was found on fire near 6 Davitt Street— just off of Savin Hill Avenue bear Patten's Cove. The call for the incident came into Boston Police at approximately 3:29 a.m. Sources familiar with the investigation say that the incident is not believed to be a homicide, but it remains under investigation.  Read more