By - 1/5/15 - 7:31 am

Around 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, firefighters rushed to the Talbot Collision Center, 215 Talbot Ave., where they found at least two cars on fire.

Ron Chamberlin reports the shop had a fire last month, as well. Scott Eisen photographed the scene....Read more

By - 1/4/15 - 4:06 pm

Police are investigating gunfire around 3:45 p.m. on Devon Street near Normandy. At least one of the rounds pierced the wall of an building on Stanwood Street and wound up in apartment there. There were no injuries.Read more

By - 1/4/15 - 11:07 am

Two teens who robbed two women - and pistol whipped one of them - near Ashmont station early this morning were arrested not long after when police activated the tracking app on one of the phones.

Boston Police report the teens, one male, one female, both 17, attacked two women around 1:10 a.m. on Alban Street. They beat one in the head with...Read more

By - 1/3/15 - 8:23 pm

Boston Police report an attempt to arrest a gang member on crack charges ended in a melee in which the guy escaped - but after which they were able to arrest a kid with a loaded 9-mm gun in his waistband.

Police say members of the Youth Violence Strike Force were patrolling Normandy Street due to a recent spike in gun incidents around midnight...Read more

By - 1/3/15 - 6:39 pm
Jimmy Velasquez

Ed. note: Posting about this September murder now because BPD never reported on it when it happened - I discovered this case on a BPD list of unsolved murders.

Boston Police report that Jimmy Velasquez, 49, was shot to death around 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 14 at 14 Glenarm St.

Velasquez, originally from Honduras, left his wife Catalina and seven children....Read more

By - 1/2/15 - 9:45 pm
Three decker on Bellevue Street in Dorchester

Firetrucks at the ready at 34 Bellevue. Photo by BFD.

Updated with cause of the fire.

A two-alarm fire at 34 Bellevue St. also caused extensive exterior damage to the neighboring three decker, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The department says the fire, reported shortly before 8 p.m., was caused by "a spark from frayed wiring on a 2nd floor Christmas tree."

The fire engulfted the tree, burst out a window and climbed...Read more

By - 1/1/15 - 11:54 pm

WBZ reports somebody sitting in a car on Olney Street was shot around 1:30 p.m. Because of the severity of the person's injuries, the homicide unit was summoned. The Herald reports the shooting was likely "gang related" and that the victim should survive.

Scott Eisen photographed the scene....Read more

By - 12/30/14 - 11:50 am

Around 11:40 a.m. on Monday on Ainsley Street. She was taken away in stable condition. A suspect was arrested not long after several blocks up Adams Street....Read more

By - 12/29/14 - 9:43 pm

Police are looking for the two teens witnesses said fired guns as they ran down Harrow Street in Uphams Corner shortly after 9 p.m., and the white car they shot at as it turned onto Humphreys StreetRead more

By - 12/28/14 - 11:38 pm

Around 11:30 p.m. in the area of Milton Avenue and Fairmount Street.Read more

By - 12/28/14 - 9:09 pm

Paul Levy relays some stories from Charlie Sandler, born in Four Corners in 1932:

At age 11, he obtained a job selling refreshments during the dance nights at the Greenwood Youth Center. During a break in the active dancing, the girls would come over to the refreshment stand and order Cokes. Before they had finished them, the music would start up again and they

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By - 12/28/14 - 5:33 pm

Shortly after 5 p.m., Brian D'Amico reported:

Boston Fire just put out a fire in a rolling machine in the press room at the Boston Globe, under control.

H/t Ian Lamont for the headline.Read more

By - 12/27/14 - 7:40 am

WBZ reports on John MacPherson's possibly stolen Shetland Sheepdog, Daisy.Read more

By - 12/26/14 - 8:34 pm

Boston Police report a man told to leave the Codman Square McDonald's Christmas morning because he was rolling a blunt on a table came back awhile later and began loudly cursing out customers and employees.

In addition to the stream of profanities, the suspect dropped his pants in the middle of the store and began exposing himself to all inside.

Peter Fanfan, 28,...Read more

By - 12/25/14 - 8:34 pm

At least three people were shot around 8:25 p.m. in the area of Bowdoin and Norton streets.

Boston EMS Incidents reports one victim was shot several times in the chest, another in the stomach and legs and the third in the arm. The homicide unit was called in due to the severity of the first victim's injuries....Read more

By - 12/23/14 - 6:12 pm

City health officials and police are trying to figure out what's causing a sharp increase in drug overdoses in Boston this year.

The Boston Public Health Commission said today the city had 32 suspected overdoses this past weekend - concentrated downtown and in East Boston and Dorchester. The same period last year saw just 8 overdoses.

In a statement, the commission said samples from street...Read more

By - 12/23/14 - 8:17 am reports on Nicole Bollerman, a teacher at UP Academy.Read more

By - 12/22/14 - 6:05 pm
Yes, Virginia sign on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester

Yesterday, Deirdre showed us the electronic signboard on the southbound side of Morrissey Boulevard. As you can see above, the signage on the northbound side of the road is a bit different, even if part of the same general theme.

So beware of Morrissey Boulevard between now and the 26th.Read more