May. 7, 2008
From the Old Colony Correctional Center where he is currently serving a 15-year sentence, Anthony Warren apologized and then thanked the little Dorchester girl he shot and paralyzed in 2003.
"I have been blessed to be forgiven by a beautiful person like Kai Leigh. It has made me want to change," Warren said. "It has made me accept the change. It has shown me that forgiveness is good. And I appreciate the opportunity Kai Leigh has given me to grow as a person." Read more
In a tight-budget year, the eyes of many local activists looking to boost domestic violence and youth violence prevention accounts now turn to the Senate, after the House passed a $28.2 billion budget that fell short of some of their aims last week.
Anti-domestic violence advocates were shooting for $10 million, but only received about a tenth of that in House budget. Read more
City workers pull a junked car out of the mud behind 14 Hannon Street last Tuesday.
In a situation inspectors called "unbelievable," over 17 cars and trucks were hauled out of a residential backyard in Mattapan on Friday. The "junkyard," as assistant commissioner Darryl Smith called it, broke several zoning codes and presented a fire and safety hazard, he said. Neighbors said they had lived with it for more than 20 years, but never knew it was illegal. Read more
A quadruple shooting near the Ka-Carlos restaurant on Hancock Street alarmed Bowdoin-Geneva activists enough to demand a visit from police brass and Department of Neighborhood Development director Evelyn Friedman last week. The concern was the possibility that rampant foreclosures in the neighborhood - which includes the now infamous Hendry Street with its rows of boarded up three-deckers - may be driving crime. Read more
The Walsh Corporation, a Dorchester-based construction contractor with an office on Park Street, is being forced to move a storage site for their equipment yet again. Read more
A pair of off-duty police officers on line for a Saturday morning buzz cut in Lower Mills Village lept into service to protect an elderly woman from a street robbery earlier this month. Their swift action not only prevented a likely bag-snatching, but led to the arrest of a 19 year-old Mattapan man who elected to go toe-to-toe with one of the cops. Read more
Fifteen teams of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies hit a number of locations across Boston and the state with warrants on Tuesday, targeting a major underground gambling ring. Two businesses in Dorchester allegedly served as fronts for the gambling ring, according to Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley's office: Thalia Beauty Salon, at 338 Blue Hill Ave., and Gentileza's Market, at 140 Bowdoin St. Read more
Mayor Thomas Menino this week defended a controversial program that has drawn criticism from community members and local politicians as an unconstitutional invasion of home privacy by police. Boston police officers are launching a pilot program, dubbed "Safe Homes," to search people's homes and look for guns, but are only going into one neighborhood - Egleston Square - instead of four "high-risk neighborhoods" as initially planned. Read more
Mar. 26, 2008
The state's high court on Tuesday reversed a lower court decision to suppress evidence of illicit firearms in what officers initially thought was a case of illegal drug use.
The case stems back to the summer of 2004, when Boston Police officers entered a Dorchester apartment building to investigate a matter on the third floor but smelled "fresh marijuana" coming from a second floor apartment, according to the Supreme Judicial Court opinion. Read more
A one-time supervisor at Dorchester Center's post office has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for lying to criminal and civil investigators in the alleged sexual assault of a co-worker in the office's boiler room.
John Kelley, 46, a former acting manager, was sentenced last week by a U.S. District Court judge on two counts of perjury and one count of a scheme to falsify information, according to U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan's office. The sentence also carries two years of supervised release. Read more