Public Safety

Police: Another impatient motorist arrested at Freeport Street work zone

Boston Police report an officer working a detail at Freeport and Linden Street around 9 p.m. on Thursday arrested a man who drove into a work zone there and then not only ignored the officer's waving motions to get out of the zone but started driving toward him.  Read more

Midday chase ends with arrest of armed, wanted man in Mattapan Square, police say

Boston Police report several officers chased and captured a wanted hood with a penchant for explosive violence this afternoon in the middle of Mattapan Square.

Police say a detective told local officers that Frantz Germain, 27, was walking around the farmer's market parking lot in Mattapan Square around 2 p.m. By the time officers arrived, Germain, wanted on a variety of warrants, including assault with intent to murder, had gotten into a Chevy, which they stopped at Cummins Highway and River Street. Police say Germain got out and tried to run:  Read more

Man to face trial for shooting death 30 years ago on Greenbrier Street

Richard Franklin, formerly of Brockton, goes on trial tomorrow for the May 13, 1979 shooting death of a man on Greenbrier Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.  Read more

Alleged prostitute, john arrested in police crackdown along Dorchester Ave.

Boston Police report arresting a pair of South Shore residents Wednesday night on charges one was providing oral sex for a fee to the other.  Read more

Two men convicted of murder after fourth trial

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Quincy Butler and William Wood of murder for the 2004 death of a Dorchester woman whose Monsignor Lydon Way apartment they broke into in a drug-fueled home invasion, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced.  Read more

Two teens arrested for gunfire outside Everett School

Boston Police report arresting the pair on charges related to gunfire that put the Edward Everett Elementary School, 71 Pleasant St., into "safe mode" this afternoon.  Read more

Health Insurance??? Who does not have it? Who needs it?

There are so many reasons why people do not have health insurance. It is not offered through my employer, it is so expensive, I don't know how to get it on my own... Are any of these really worth the penalty? It is now a law in Massachusetts for all residents to have health insurance. I am sure a lot of people got hit with the tax penalty in April if you did not have proof of health insurance for 2008. The fee that you may be forced to pay in April 2010 may be more than $1,000 depending on your situation. Why throw this money away?  Read more

Nobody injured in daylight gun battle near Mattapan Square

Boston Police report arresting two men after a gun battle between two gangs at Fremont and Babson streets on Wednesday.

Police responding to reports of gunfire around 2:05 p.m. found "an elderly male victim hiding behind his vehicle with an apparent bullet hole through the windshield" and that "Officers were able to locate a witness to the incident who informed them that a confrontation between two groups of youths occurred at the intersection of Fremont Street and Babson Street. The witness went on to state that the two groups exchanged gunfire before fleeing the area."

Dennis Levy, 22, of Boston, was charged with trespassing, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm on a public way, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling house, possession of a class B substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute and possession of a class D substance (marijuana – civil violation issued). Also arrested, Dwayne Marcus Leaston-Brown, 19, of Boston, was charged with trespassing.

Activists take aim at adult buyers in teen drinking crackdown

A coalition of activists who have been working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the neighborhood are taking direct aim at adults who buy booze for under-age drinkers this week. The Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition (DSAC) will roll out a “sticker shock” campaign today, placing warning labels on cases of beer and brown bags at Harbor Point Liquors on Morrissey Boulevard. The stickers read, “Hey You!!  Read more

Police: Woman who got tired of gridlock sends two cops to the hospital

Boston Police report a Dorchester woman was arrested Tuesday after she allegedly kicked one officer and dragged two more with her car in an attempt to bust out of a traffic jam and escape police.  Read more