Public Safety

Residents speak out after shooting shakes their street

Residents of Nelson Street — a sidestreet off of Morton Street along the Dorchester and Mattapan border — are interviewed in this video about a shooting incident last Friday night that left them shaken, but unhurt. Bullets whizzed into two homes, including one where a dad was watching TV with his two young kids and their cousins.  Read more

Police identify victims in Mt. Ida triple murder

Boston Police recorded a total of four murders in two separate incidents Saturday and Sunday, including three in a single incident outside a house party on Meetinghouse Hill. Police reported finding two women and a man shot outside a party at 41 Mt. Ida Rd. around 4 on Sunday morning. All were rushed to Boston Medical Center, where all three were pronounced dead.  Read more

Odor control facility will be going underground

If you make a stink, it will sink.

That could be the lesson the owners of the Bayside Expo Center take to heart this week after the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority board of directors voted, 7-3, to sink underground a controversial odor control facility on Columbia Point.  Read more

Chemical vapors found at Mildred Ave. Middle School

A trace amount of vapors from the dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, also known as perc, has been detected at the Mildred Avenue Middle School in Mattapan. The school was completed in 2003 on a handful of formerly industrial sites that were cleaned up and patched together by the city.

Boston Public Schools and the Department of Environmental Protection both agree that the amount detected in air quality tests is not enough to be threat to students, but plans are being made to address the problem before it gets any worse.  Read more

The utter stupidity some people possess once they get behind the wheel of a car

Motor vehicles - more specifically the misuse of motor vehicles - is a valuable tool for police officers to enforce traffic laws, but more often than not it leads to the discovery of other more serious crimes. It amazes me to no end the utter stupidity some people possess once they get behind the wheel of a car, especially those that have bad licenses, no licenses, warrants, drugs or guns in their possession. Don't believe me? Read on.

January 17, 9:16 p.m.  Read more

Police to cut jobs, move Youth Force out of building on Hancock Street

After two years in a small building at 170 Hancock St., the Boston Police Department's Youth Violence Strike Force and bicycle unit are moving out, part of several other cutbacks - including 60 layoffs - designed to trim the department's budget in a low-revenue year for the city.  Read more

Shooter gets lengthy term for Levin crossfire death

A Dorchester man will serve 27 1/2 to 30 years in prison for the crossfire killing of a visiting Kentucky woman in March 2007. A judge last Friday sentenced Casimiro Barros to the maximum after he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the death of 22-year-old Chiara Levin.

Prosecutors say Barros, 22, and Manuel Andrade, 35, were shooting at each other on Geneva Ave. when a stray bullet hit Levin in the head. She and friends had gone to a party with Andrade after meeting him in a nightclub.  Read more

Drunken Grinch caught in the act on Coffey Street

I really don't know what to write about this week. Things have been relatively sane in Dorchester lately. No Manny sightings, no berserk chimps eating neighbors. Actually it's been pretty boring the last couple of months. Good for you, but bad for me, who has to report on our more bizarre incidents. Oh well, I can only write about what I have, I don't make these stories up. So here goes ...

Christmas Eve, 6:53 p.m.  Read more

Arson strikes church in historic theater

Firefighters responding to a pull box alarm on Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road found smoke pouring out of the New Fellowship Baptist Church early on Saturday morning. Rushing to discover the source, they found a back door to the church open and fires in multiple locations inside, including the stage.

"The firefighters ruled that the fire was set," said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. "They based that on the fact that the fire was in multiple locations… and they ruled out all the other possible causes."

The department estimated the damage at $250,000.  Read more

Two arrested for year's first homicide

Boston homicide detectives announced Tuesday the arrest of two men suspected of the Jan. 7 murder of 36-year-old Tyrone Smith on Dorchester's Stanwood Street.

Dorchester residents Trevor Mason, 21 and Daryl Pullen, 20, are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court this week in the shooting of Smith, as well as a 36-year-old unnamed female who survived the attack.  Read more