By - 12/7/08 - 1:52 pm

Boston Police report that officers investigating a stabbing by a group of three thugs clad entirely in black at 1747 Dorchester Ave. early this morning wound up arresting a different guy, clad entirely in black, for a different offense.

Police say the officers were cruising the area when they spotted a guy clad entirely in black. Based on his clothing and the fact that he walked across the street when he saw their cruiser, the officers decided to have a little chat. He allegedly was a bit short of breath and seemed to get more and more nervous as the officers asked him where he came from:

Officers performed a pat frisk of the suspect and noticed a hard object in the suspect's jacket pocket. Officers questioned the suspect about what the hard object was and he told officers that it was a cell phone. After further feeling the object and not knowing what it was, the suspect told officers that it was a knife. Officers then concerned based on the feel of the object, removed it from the suspect's jacket and found that it was a double-barreled handgun.

Belal I. Ibrahim, 23, of Roxbury was then arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/7/08 - 1:45 pm

The problem with large parties is they suck up all the nearby parking spaces. Boston Police report that when officers arrived at 39 Sudan St. in Dorchester early Saturday morning to investigate a loud-music complaint, they couldn't find a place to park, so they parked in somebody's driveway rather than block the street:

Officers responding to the call started going up the stairway to the apartment when they heard loud male voice exclaiming, "Boston Police!! What the (expletive)!" Officers next heard a pounding sound coming from the direction of the parked cruiser, and looked outside and observed a male pounding on the hood of the marked department cruiser. Officers then went outside to determine what the cause of the male's distress and to see if he needed police assistance.

The man continued to curse at them and threatened to have their cruiser towed. And that made "sleeping neighbors" wake up and come outside. And if there's one thing cops hate it's a gathering crowd. So they arrested the guy for disturbing the peace.

By - 12/6/08 - 3:36 pm

Boston Police report a Harbor Point Boulevard teen was startled when she went to get breakfast around 6:15 this morning and found some dude asleep on her family's living-room couch:

Officers entered the location and observed the male still sound asleep on the couch. Officers woke the suspect and asked him to explain why he was sleeping on a couch in an apartment that didn't belong to him. The suspect stated that he thought he was sleeping in his friend's apartment. However, the owner of the apartment stated that he had no idea who the suspect was and they were definitely not friends.

After noticing the fragrance of something that might have been the remains of a poisoned apple (or a fermented one), police say, officers arrested Dominic D'Allesandro, 18, of Weymouth, on a charge of breaking and entering in the nighttime.

Earlier, around 1:15 a.m., police were called to 325 E. Eagle St. in East Boston, where they found a car running with a guy asleep at the wheel. Repeated efforts to rouse him failed, so officers called in EMTs, who did manage to wake the guy - who promptly began punching and slapping the EMTs, police say.

Antonio Valdivieso, 28, of East Boston was charged with OUI and assault and battery on a police officer and an EMT.

Ed. Curious Question: So somebody can be charged with OUI even if they're parked?

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/6/08 - 3:28 pm

Boston Police report on an incident at Stash's Restaurant, 612 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester shortly after 11 last night:

Witnesses say the victim was standing next to the suspect when the suspect's firearm fell to the ground and discharged. When the firearm discharged, the victim was struck in the head. Seeing this, the suspect fled the establishment. Witnesses describe the suspect as a black male, in his early 20s, with braided hair wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. The victim was immediately transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

By - 12/4/08 - 7:47 am

The Globe gets the scoop on the Boston Foundation's project to reduce violent crime in several hot spots along the road through "violence interrupter" street workers and job, education and mental-health programs targeted at more than 6,000 at-risk people up to age 24 - teens in gangs or DYS programs, drug dealers, pregnant teens and runaways.

By - 12/2/08 - 1:43 pm

Boston Police report a man was walking down Freeport Street shortly before 8 p.m. yesterday when he noticed four guys following him:

The victim stated that he attempted to escape from the suspects but they chased him, and surrounded him. According to the victim, once the suspects surrounded him, one of them pulled out a knife and demanded that he give them everything he had on him. The victim reported that the suspects went through his pockets after he gave them his cell phone then they fled on foot in the direction of Morrissey Boulevard.

While officers were interviewing him, a security officer at Boston Bowl called police to say he had two of the suspects. Police nabbed them and then, shortly after, nabbed the other two at Victory Road and Everdeen Street.

The four were aged between 13 and 16; all were charged with armed robbery.

A couple weeks ago, Boston Police nabbed two other alleged teen thugs at the bowling alley after they allegedly mugged a guy at gunpoint on Tenean Beach.

By - 12/1/08 - 1:40 pm

The Globe reports a guy walked up to him shortly after 9 a.m. at Washington and Lyndhurst streets and opened fire.

By - 12/1/08 - 8:48 am

The Globe reports on a study by researchers at Tufts and BU; one possible explanation: Americans are just too darn clean, so their kids' formative immune systems aren't exposed early on to substances that later on cause their immune systems to overreact.

Researcher Doug Brugge explains his findings in this NECN video from earlier this month:

Article abstract (you'll have to pay to read the whole thing).

By - 11/30/08 - 1:19 pm

Boston Police report that when officers saw a couple of guys moving a table saw from one van to another at 13 Kimball St. in Dorchester shortly before 2 this morning, they stopped to ask what they were doing. One volunteered the owner of the first van was a friend of his and said he could borrow the saw.

Officers asked for the friend's phone number; the guy said he couldn't remember it. Unfortunately for him and his alleged accomplice, the van was a commercial vehicle and had the owner's number painted on the side. Which the officers then called:

While speaking to the owner, the owner of the van stated that nobody had permission to be in his van and he would never loan out his tools. A search of the suspect's van enabled officers to locate and recover additional tools stolen from the victim's van.

Darren Duffy, 33, of Dorchester and Thomas Washington, 42, of Dorchester, were then arrested on charges of larceny over $250 and breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/28/08 - 11:03 pm

Whalehead King reports Fields Corner stores were so busy early this afternoon that the fire department had to count heads to make sure one of the stores, 99-Cent State, wasn't exceeding its licensed capacity:

... Super Dollar Plus was busy. Family Dollar was busy. Stereo Electronics was busy and its better known rival, Radio Shack, was busy. The busiest place of all was that bottomless bargain emporium, 99-Cent State, a place that puts Ocean State Job Lot to shame with less square footage and only one outlet located along the teeming sidewalks of Dot Ave. ...

By - 11/27/08 - 3:32 pm

The Boston Herald reports three men were arrested for armed robbery after a man reported they stole his cell phone, license and belt and sneakers.

By - 11/27/08 - 12:34 pm

Boston Police report that at 1:44 a.m., police found a man with a gunshot wound inside 416 Talbot St. in Dorchester. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died.

By - 11/26/08 - 11:18 pm

Woman attacked man, but was scared off by witnesses.

By - 11/26/08 - 11:13 pm

Man, 70, whacked in head with umbrella by teens, aged 13 through 15. All four arrested, the two 13-year-olds charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon against a person over the age of 65.

By - 11/26/08 - 9:56 pm

So Boston Police remind you to be careful out there (like take those headphones off on the way home from the T - and don't be chattering away with a friend on the phone on your walk).

By - 11/26/08 - 1:23 pm

The Herald reports on Big Mouth Jim Braude's day in court; Braude acknowledged driving the wrong way on Morrissey Boulevard but said his ticket should be dismissed because a state trooper mailed him the ticket rather than handing it to him. The trooper testified he was more concerned at that point about protecting the life of the British prime minister - at whose car Braude seemed to be aiming.

By - 11/26/08 - 11:16 am

Dry and toasty A man in a slicker is wanted for robbing the Sovereign Bank branch at 780 Gallivan Blvd. in Dorchester yesterday.

He's described as 5'11", 40 to 50 years old and in need of some dieting. According to Mass. Most Wanted, he passed a note and got away with a "small amount."

Anybody try to pay you with soggy bills yesterday? Contact the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force: (617) 223-6070.

By - 11/26/08 - 10:03 am

Boston Police report a woman was stabbed several times around 4 this morning at Quincy and Howard streets. She is expected to survive.

Police arrested Lorenzo D. Hicks-Hinson, 21, and Gequan E. Perry, 18, both of Dorchester, on charges of assault with intent to murder:

By - 11/23/08 - 11:09 pm

Like a complete moron, apparently:

... Suddenly we noticed that we were across the street from our destination and we had to cross Dorchester Ave. I caught up to the others, who were waiting for an opening in the traffic. But Junior walked out in front of us and shouted:


And then he broke from the group and walked right into the rear side panel of a speeding, green, 2-door Civic. His knee made a grotesque pop! as it struck the car. It sounded like a two-liter bottle of soda hitting the pavement after a long fall. ...

By - 11/21/08 - 8:16 am

The Dorchester Reporter breaks the news that Corcoran Jennison Companies is considering canceling its giant "Bayside on the Point" project because the MWRA is refusing to budge on its plans to build an odor-control plant nearby.

The housing project would replace the current Bayside Expo Center; the odor-control plant would use carbon filters and a smokestack to get rid of odors from up to 18-million gallons of sewage-laden storm runoff. The paper talks to South End residents who live near a similar treatment plant.