The Herald reports on today's arraignment of Daquan Sparks, 19, on a charge of assault with intent to murder for his alleged role in a stabbing attack on the mother of one of his babies by the mother of one of his other babies.
Prosecutors are sticking by what they said was the victim's initial statement to police. Dorchester District Court Judge Rosalind Miller set bail at $75,000; the Suffolk County District Attorney's office had asked for bail of $500,000, based in part on what they said was a criminal record that goes back to when Sparks was 10.
Alleged stabber Samia Jones is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Court tosses loaded gun found in glove box as evidence because the smell of pot not enough to search carBy adamg - 4/5/13 - 11:25 am
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a Boston police officer should not have searched the glove compartment of a car he had stopped in Dorchester because he failed to provide evidence he needed to search the car immediately to protect either his own or the public's safety.
The ruling upholds the decision of a Boston Municipal Court judge to disallow the gun and ammunition, which might make it tough for prosecutors to continue charging Clint Daniel and Alyson Tayetto with illegal possession of a loaded firearm with a defaced serial number and illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device.
Boston Police report arresting Dequan Sparks, 19, on charges he helped his girlfriend repeatedly stab his ex-girlfriend Monday afternoon on Bay Street. Sparks was picked up in Quincy, police say.
Police charge Sparks set up a meeting with his ex-girlfriend on the pretext of wanting to give her some shoes for their eight-month-old baby. Instead, police say, he held her down while Samia Jones, 17, with whom he also has a baby, stabbed her several times - in front of the baby, in a stroller. The victim made it to Savin Hill Avenue, where she collapsed, police say, adding she remains in stable condition at a local hospital.
Sparks is scheduled for arraignment in Dorchester District Court tomorrow on a charge of assault with intent to murder, police say.
Vargas and Vargas Insurance will spring for a free ice-cream cone for anybody who shows up at Savin Scoop, 107 Savin Hill Ave. between 1 and 2:30 p.m. today.
The agency says it's doing this as "a random act of kindness" following Sunday's stabbing, as well as part of the neighborhood "cash mob" program, in which resident flood a particular business and buy its stuff.
UPDATE: Boyfriend arrested.
Police say Jones's boyfriend - with whom she also has a child - arranged the meeting between the two, and then actively helped in the attack:
Joe Giza photographed the pileup on the Expressway south just past South Bay shortly after 9 a.m. today.
In a roughly 30-minute span this evening, police responded to a home invasion on Talbot near Dot. Ave. a car crash at Washington Street and then a foot chase onto Whitfield Street.
Somebody was stabbed shortly after 4 p.m. on Midland Street, then collapsed at Savin Hill Avenue and Sidney Street, down the block from the T stop. A mini-van wanted in connection with the investigation was stopped about 10 minutes later at Linden and Freeport streets.
UPDATE: The Herald reports the victim was a mother pushing a stroller.
Somebody was shot around 11:40 a.m. on Dacia Street near Quincy Street. Because of the severity of his injuries, the homicide unit was called in, just in case he dies.
Tikee Beverly, a convicted bank robber already charged with raping two women in Egleston Square in February, was indicted yesterday for two additional rapes and an attack in Dorchester and Roxbury, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Beverly now faces a total of 13 charges related to the five case, the DA's office says: four counts each of rape and aggravated rape, two counts each of robbery and kidnapping, and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon.
The indictment charges him with attacking women on Sept. 13 on Shirley Street, Dorchester, Dec. 27 on Kenilworth Street in Roxbury and Jan. 11 on Arcadia Park in Dorchester.
A male, 23, on scene reported to officers that he was the operator of the Ford Explorer. He further explained he was attempting to make a left turn from Blue Hill Avenue onto Mclellan Street and collided with the scooter.
The investigation is continuing, but the Explorer driver has not been cited.
Firefighters are on Fox Street battling a fire that broke out around 6:45 p.m. at 8 Fox St., but which quickly spread to several neighboring buildings on Fox and Juliette Street.
Fire commanders declared a sixth alarm at 7 p.m. and issued a request for four additional ladder companies. The bulk of the fire was declared out shortly after 7:25 p.m.
The Boston Fire Department reports no injuries. The Red Cross says at least 31 people are now homeless.
The Boston Fire Department reports a short circuit in the basement of the Real Deal Jamaican Restaurant started a four-alarm fire around 11:25 a.m. that ended up doing an estimated $500,000 in damage to the restaurant and neighboring stores. One firefighter suffered neck and back injuries; nobody in the stores was injured.
Boston Police report a woman coming home from a movie with her son and nephew had just gotten off the bus at Bowdoin and Norton streets last night when the area erupted in gunfire and one of the bullets grazed her head.
Police say the woman was taken to Boston Medical Center in good condition following the 8:35 p.m. incident. Police say officers on routine patrol in the Bowdoin/Geneva heard several shots.
Video by teachers and students at the Dever-McCormack School on Columbia Point.
A man who showed up at Boston Medical Center with a gunshot wound shortly after 7 a.m. said he'd been shot on Bicknell Street. Officers responding to the street not long after found a blood trail.
Some notes on last night's Boston's Finest:
Snow rage on a bus: Teen arrested on charges he spit at driver who wouldn't open rear door due to a snowbankBy adamg - 3/20/13 - 5:31 pm
Transit Police report arresting a Dorchester teen on charges of assault and battery on a public employee and interfering with public transportation because of an incident this afternoon on a 19 bus on Geneva Avenue.
According to police, the driver pulled into a stop outside 51 Geneva Ave. around 1 p.m.
KiDante Roberts, 18, grew agitated when the rear door wouldn't open, police say:
An earlier generation hid under desks to avoid falling nuclear bombs; now the threat is more immediateBy adamg - 3/18/13 - 7:47 am
Peter Sipe, a teacher at Boston Collegiate Charter School in Dorchester, writes about the intruder-alert drills his school now does:
I instructed everyone to move desks toward the wall and tip them to serve as shields. I'd been dreading this drill, expecting chaos or at least alarm. However, the kids performed not only excellently, but ... cheerfully, which took me aback. Then I realized they were reacting with the same joy I'd felt whenever I heard the fire bell. It's that wonderful reminder that boredom's dominion isn't unchallenged in school -- teachers will call in sick, snow can fall on Sunday night and the law mandates fire drills.
My students and I are fortunate to be in a school whose primary concern is our safety. And we're fortunate -- if that is the word -- to know how to run lockdown drills. But my 13th year is indeed unlucky. It's the first I've ever had to teach children how not to get shot. It's the first I've told kids to be still because movement and noise attract attention and the first I've checked to make sure they've concealed themselves as best they could. And as I went from desk to desk, I saw what I don't always remember to see 20 minutes into second period: beautiful children full of life and promise.
About 45 minutes later, a man was stabbed outside the Ashmont T station. The suspects were described as three black males.
A 15-year-old charged with participating in last weekend's attack on a Route 16 bus driver had bail set today at $1,000, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
The DA's office reports Dorchester District Court Magistrate Michelle Bulger set several other conditions on the Hyde Park girl, not named because of her age: She has to wear a GPS device, follow a 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew and "obey any rules set by her mother."
Transit Police report arresting a 15-year-old female from Hyde Park today for the Route 16 attack - no name because of her age. "Transit Police detectives continue to work toward identifying more suspects," a spokesman says, adding she is not the same person who threw her pass at the driver just as 15 to 20 teens were gathering for the attack.