Public Safety

Crime is focus of new Mattapan civic group

An effort to start up a new civic association along the border of Mattapan and Hyde Park got off to a slow start Tuesday night when only around 15 interested residents showed for a meeting representing a neighborhood of over 1,200 homes.

Inspired by a high crime rate - including a triple non-fatal shooting at Taunton Avenue and Oak Crest Road in January - teacher Ginny Allen and others, with help from Boston Police Department's District E-18, are pulling together neighbors to address crime and other problems. The new group is called the Matta Park Civic Association.  Read more

C-11 police see rise in daytime home burglaries

An uptick in daytime burglaries has Boston Police stepping up patrols and calling this week for increased vigilance from residents.

Captain Richard Sexton, who commands the Area C-11 district, told the Reporter that breaking-and-entering reports have been on the increase for three consecutive months.  Read more

Nothing normal about young men being murdered on our streets

To the Editor:

Recently there have been letters to the editor and articles in the Dorchester Reporter telling people that we must not fear the violence in the Dorchester community and that people should go on with their lives as usual. Have we desensitized ourselves to the fact of a young black man being murdered on our streets is the norm?  Read more

Community cross over DA's dismissal of organizer

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office is taking heat from residents for the abrupt firing of a Dorchester man who ran the Washington Street Corridor Weed and Seed Initiative. Adam Gibbons, coordinator of the Codman Square-based program for the last year, was unexpectedly sacked on Monday. The termination has outraged members of a grassroots board that helped to hire Gibbons.

Alison Carter-Marlowe, the interim chair of the initiative's steering committee, says that she and other officers were surprised when they learned of Gibbons' dismissal.  Read more

Turner leans on LaRouche fans

City Councillor Chuck Turner has made a move that has some of his most ardent supporters groaning. While Sen. Dianne Wilkerson was admitting to the Boston Globe that she took some $70,000 in off-the-books cash donations, and while House leader Sal DiMasi was signaling his intention to resign amidst a swarming influence-peddling investigation, Turner - accused by the FBI of extorting and accepting a $1,000 bribe - was meeting with a previously-undisclosed branch of his faithful, the Lyndon LaRouche Movement.  Read more

Teen shot to death

Boston Police report finding a male, 16, shot at Gallivan Boulevard and Patterson Street around 3:30 p.m. yesterday. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Thieves loot Frederick Pilot School - twice in one month

Two men were caught on videotape stealing computers and other items, but police say they will be difficult to identify: Photo Courtesy BPD.Two men were caught on videotape stealing computers and other items, but police say they will be difficult to identify: Photo Courtesy BPD.

With Boston Public Schools facing a more than $100 million deficit and the superintendent calling for 15 percent budget reductions at all buildings, the last thing the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School needed was thieves ravaging its halls.  Read more

Victims in two murders ID'd

A 21 year-old man from Tiverton Street in Dorchester has been identified as the young man found shot to death next to Wainwright Park last week. Terrence Hadily was discovered suffering from multiple gunshot wounds outside of 101 Brent Street on Monday, Dec. 22.

Police were called to the scene just after 10:30 p.m. that night. Hadily was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Monday (Dec 29), a 17 year-old Dorchester teen was found shot multiple times outside 7 Hosmer Street just before 1 a.m.. The victim, who was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center, was later idenitifed as Jermaine Perry.

Boston Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470. Or, call anonymous tips to CrimeStoppers at 1(800) 494-TIPS (8477) or text the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).

Man indicted for Elder Street murder

A Suffolk County grand jury last week indicted a 23 year-old man for the murder of a 19 year-old Dorchester woman last year. Daniel Harris faces first-degree murder charges and a variety of weapons charges in the shooting death of Alexandra "Xanda" Gomes last November. Gomes was standing with a group of people outside a home on Elder Street near Uphams Corner when she was shot. Three other people were injured in the shooting, which happened at about 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.  Read more

Bank robber strikes out twice, gets 100 months

Guns and masks and getaway cars are not required for a stiff sentence for bank robbery. Prosecutors told a U.S. District judge that on July 10, Scott F. Backus, 46, of Dorchester, passed a note demanding money to Citizens Bank employee in downtown Boston. When the employee didn't immediately respond, Backus backed out and walked to a second Citizen's Bank and repeated the process. Again he got cold feet and walked out, but this time he ran smack into federal agents who had just left the first bank to answer the call at the second bank.  Read more