Public Safety

Sentences rolling in for Fields Corner gang beating

Three of five adults involved in a brutal youth gang beating that took place in Fields Corner in August, 2007 have been sentenced. Two others have court dates in early December.  Read more

St. Mark's Area restaurant re-opens after break-in

Once again it is Indian chicken Balti on Tuesdays and shepherd's pie on Wednesdays for lunch. After a break-in and a slow-down in business, patrons of Dot2Dot café in the St. Mark's neighborhood come here not only to eat, but also to volunteer.

With help from the neighborhood, the European-style café is back in business after briefly closing its doors.  Read more

Uphams shooting spree fatal to bystander

Remembrances at the shooting site. Photo by Pete Stidman

Neighbors say it is a "neutral street," a place where others from all parts of the surrounding neighborhood congregate to hang and drink or smoke. But that crossing of paths on Elder Street near Uphams Corner ended in tragedy during the wee hours of Sunday morning, in a shooting spree that took the life of a 19-year-old mother. Four others survived gunshot wounds in the melee.  Read more

Crossing guard dies from injuries

A Dorchester crossing guard who was run down on a Meetinghouse Hill street died last week. Marie Conley, 58, was hit by a car on the morning of Oct. 21 at the intersection of Parish and Winter streets, just steps from the Mather School. Mrs. Conley, a mother of four, was buried from St. Ann Church in Neponset on Monday. She was laid to rest at New Calvary Cemetery.  Read more

Dot service station named in emissions scam; Owner denies 'Joe the Fish' was used at station

Attorney General Martha Coakley's office charged seven emissions inspection stations with conducting illegal clean scans of cars that should not have passed the test last week, including one from Dorchester.  Read more

Report: Violence, obesity, asthma are on rise across the state

A new report looking at health trends in Massachusetts is warning that girls and young children are increasingly involved in violent behavior, and deaths from domestic violence have tripled since 2005.

The Massachusetts Health Council report also finds that asthma rates, lack of access to dental care and obesity also are on the rise. And hepatitis C rates among younger people has increased.  Read more

Everyone has a 'Walter Fahey story'

The following article about former Boston Police officer Walter Fahey was published in the Reporter in 1997. Walter passed away last week at age 76.

In 1957, the year Walter Fahey became a cop, the Soviets launched Sputnik, Ted Williams hit a robust .388 and the tallest building in Boston, the John Hancock tower, was a mere 26 stories high.  Read more

Unsolved murders top agenda at St. Mark's civic meeting

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The separate murders of two men on King Street in the last month-and-a-half weighed heavily on the minds of those gathered for Tuesday night's meeting of the Saint Mark's Area Civic Association.

Nicklan Rosa, 25, was shot to death in the driveway of a home he lived in at 26 King Street on the afternoon of Sept. 18. Police say that an unidentified, lone gunman targeted Rosa in what they say was likely a gang-related dispute.  Read more

Council hearing probes baby's shooting, EMS response

Two of Boston's elected officials this week praised police response to a Mattapan shooting that injured a baby, but pressed for more direct communication between officers and emergency response workers.

In a Tuesday hearing, Councillors Charles Yancey and Stephen Murphy questioned officials from the city's Emergency Response Services and other agencies on a June shooting on Fairlawn Avenue.

"We might have gotten trained medical personnel looking at the baby two three four minutes before they ultimately did," Murphy said.  Read more

Davis orders extra cops on patrol: in Neponset

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis this week told a gathering of civic leaders that he would order more police patrols to begin Tuesday in Greater Neponset, part of a beefed-up policing presence aimed at curbing what many residents say has been an uptick in violence and delinquency in that part of Dorchester.  Read more