By - 3/13/14 - 12:27 pm

James Hobin discusses the Roxbury Puddingstone that underlies so many parts of Boston, from how it was formed to its properties, which include being both remarkably tough and yet weepy.

Roxbury Puddingstone is underground but we can see outcroppings of it throughout Dorchester. Maybe there is a lump of it sitting in a friend’s backyard, or maybe there is a wall of it standing

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By - 3/13/14 - 11:09 am

A communications mixup between the front desk and a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express on Boston Street last week led to a Dorchester man's arrest on charges of illegal weapons possession and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to the DA's office, Reginald Weaks, 33, of Dorchester, had rented a room at the South Bay... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 11:26 am

If you're looking for a parade with no controversy and an essay contest on making the neighborhood better.

By - 3/11/14 - 9:34 am
Car on fire on Southeast Expressway

Darryl Houston drove by a car on fire in the northbound HOV lane around 9 a.m.

Nobody was hurt, Houston reports.

The fire backed up traffic for miles, according to Adam Franklin, who photographed the fire from the other side.

By - 3/10/14 - 8:01 pm

Boston Police report the man stabbed to death in a fight that spilled out of the Doubletree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street on March 1 was Christopher Borgella, 23, of Dorchester.

Borgella was fatally stabbed around 2:35 a.m. in a fight that sent another man to the hospital.... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 5:48 pm

Augusta "Gus" Mims, 20, who was fatally stabbed early on March 1 at 744 Washington St., also leaves his parents, five brothers and a sister.

A viewing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Morning Star Baptist Church, 1257 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, will be followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 4:36 pm

Boston Police report two separate busts in Dorchester yesterday and early today yielded four handguns, a rifle and 15 bags of pot.

This is in addition to the four guns, bullets and bulletproof vest found in a Dorchester trash barrel yesterday.

According to police, a routine traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. at Carmen and Radcliffe streets in Dorchester ended up as a... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 12:08 pm

State Police report a two-car crash on I-93 north at Neponset Circle around 11:30 a.m. left both cars on their roofs, four people injured and the road completely shut into town.

Stephen McBride reports from his motionless car on 93 north:

The only movement is when emergency vehicles push through.

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By - 3/7/14 - 4:47 pm

Talk about your community guns. Boston Police report that "pursuant to an ongoing investigation and prior information" drug officers today went to the park at Thetford Avenue and Evans Street, looked inside a particular trash can there and pulled out a backpack containing: One Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum; one Smith and Wesson .38 Special; one Colt .357 Magnum; one Interarms .38 Special; a... Read more

By - 3/6/14 - 9:33 pm

Around 9:20 p.m., Geneva Grocery, 385 Geneva Ave., was held up by a man with a gun. He was described as 5'10", thin and possibly Cape Verdean. He wore a black jacket, a gray hoodie and a yellow ski mask.

By - 3/6/14 - 4:03 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that the perpetual candidate has sued Secretary of State William Galvin for barring her from the Democratic ballot for Carlos Henriquez's old seat on the grounds she didn't switch from being a Republican to being a Democrat in time this time.

By - 3/6/14 - 12:02 pm

A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment on charges he put a bullet in the back of another man's head after a Christmas-eve concert.

Ian Holness, 27, stood behind a door as murder and illegal-weapons charges were read against him in Dorchester District Court this morning, frustrating the relatives and friends of Rashaan O'Neil, 36, who wanted to get... Read more

By - 3/5/14 - 5:09 pm

Ian Holness, 27, will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court tomorrow for the fatal shooting of Rashaan O'Neil, 34, at a party at 92 Wales St. early last Christmas, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Holness was arrested today by the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/5/14 - 1:03 pm
Crashed car in Dorchester

The Walsh honeymoon is over for one irate Dorchester citizen, who files a report about an apparently abandoned car on Downer Avenue:

This car has been left here for more than two weeks. First posted 5 days ago, absolutely NO response by the City. Still sitting there. If this was in Beacon Hill that car would have been gone in half an hour. But

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By - 3/5/14 - 8:07 am

A Dorchester woman has gotten so sick of what she says are incessant calls from a debt-collection company over some other woman's debts that she's sued to make the calls stop.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, the woman says that even if she were the person who owes money, the repeated calls from Federal Bond and Collection Service, Inc.... Read more

By - 3/4/14 - 8:25 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports Dan Hunt won the Democratic primary, which means he'll be the next state rep, since there weren't any Republicans signed up to run.

By - 3/4/14 - 7:31 pm

A man was arrested yesterday after, police say, an officer found a gun in his waistband.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, this was Wesner Theodore's fifth gun-related arrest in his 26 years:

Two of the prior four led to convictions in 2009 and 2012 after Suffolk prosecutors indicted and prosecuted him in Suffolk Superior Court. One, involving Wesner’s arrest in a

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By - 3/4/14 - 3:49 pm

Several city councilors say they're not opposed to medical marijuana but that Southampton Street is just the wrong place for one of the two dispensaries provisionally approved by the state because it's already in the middle of an area with large methadone clinics, a jail, trash-transfer facilities and the BU biolab.

And at a hearing today, councilors expressed major disappointment in state officials, none... Read more

By - 3/3/14 - 4:39 pm

The Animal Rescue League reports it was called to a Dorchester playground today to try to round up a pair of Guinea fowl. They report they caught one, but the other one flew away.

Not the kind of birds usually seen in a Dorchester playground.