Public Safety

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.

Police oppose later hours for Blue Hill Avenue restaurant

Boston Police and two city councilors today opposed a request by Tasty Caribbean, 388 Blue Hill Ave. to extend its closing hours from midnight to 2 a.m.  Read more

Dorchester man convicted for stabbing death at South Boston bar

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Bernard Piscopo of voluntary manslaughter for the June 16, 2007 death of Adam Rich of Revere at the 6 House, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Mt. Washington bank branch on Gallivan Boulevard held up

Boston Police report the Mt. Washington Bank branch at 489 Gallivan Blvd. was held up before noon today by a white man wearing a light-blue Northface jacket. No weapon shown.

Man gets life in murder of girl in Jermaine Goffigan Park

On Monday, a Suffolk Superior Court jury convicted Joseph Cousin, 25, of second-degree murder for gunning down 10-year-old Trina Persad in 2002, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s office. She was shot in a gang feud she had nothing to do with in Jermaine Goffigan Park - itself named for a young boy shot to death in a gang feud he had nothing to do with.  Read more