But perhaps nowhere more so than over Dorchester, as Annabelle Blake noticed when she looked down Morrissey Boulevard.
Ashley Bigsbee, 26, was charged with possession of one of the machine guns stolen from a Worcester armory last month after investigators found photos on her phone of the weapon in her Page Street home - and after the man charged with the burglary implicated her - according to federal officials. Read more.
Boston Police report the arrest of two men at a party at 42 Norton St. in Dorchester early Sunday - one for illegal possession of a firearm, one for trying to incite the crowd to whip out their phones and start recording the officers.
Police say officers responding to a party complaint around 12:50 a.m. " a large group of males drinking alcoholic beverages" outside 42 Norton: Read more.
Around 2:15 a.m. at Harvard and Algonquin streets. At least one shell casing recovered.
Plymouth County officials have issued an APB for Fernando Owens, 43, of Dorchester, on charges he murdered a New Jersey woman and set her body on fire because he apparently thought she had something to do with the murder of his son Dominic, shot to death on Shepton Street in Dorchester on Nov. 3. Read more.
Two Virginia residents who recruited bogus buyers in Michael David Scott's scheme to defraud banks in Dorchester and Roxbury condo deals have each been sentenced to two years in federal prison.
Jerrold Fowler, 31, and Thursa Raetz, 40, pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme earlier this year; they were sentenced last week in US District Court in Boston. Read more.
An East Boston man had bail set at $2,500 today on charges related to the loaded gun and "high-capacity feeding device" police say they found in the trunk of his car after a traffic stop early Saturday in Dorchester.
At his arraignment today, Anthony Bailey's attorney, however, said the gun wasn't Bailey's - and couldn't be, because he can't see. "This man couldn't possibly use it," attorney Marcy Levington said, as her client, wearing dark sunglasses and holding a cane, stood in the prisoner's dock. Read more.
A Dorchester man was arraigned today on changes he posed as a woman online to lure men to what they thought were romantic assignations but were actually robbery setups.
Rakeem Austin, 30, had bail set at $75,000 on six counts each of armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and threats to commit a crime, but had his bail on six outstanding cases in two counties revoked. Read more.
Boston Police report officers drew their guns yesterday before arresting Matthew Davis, 25, of Roxbury, on charges he repeatedly stabbed his mother in a Mattapan apartment building on Tuesday. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow considers approving a proposal to transfer the beer and wine license held by Gerard's on Adams Street in Dorchester to the soon-to-open Aloft Hotel on D Street - and to grant a new full-service liquor license to Gerard's purchasers, who are planning on renovating the Dorchester institution. Read more.
A Dorchester man with a criminal record dating to at least 1981 was arraigned this week on weapons and drug charges after he was arrested by Boston Police officers executing a search warrant at his home.
Arnold Woodrum, 56, was arraigned of charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance as a subsequent offense and being a Level 3 armed career criminal - which will elevate his sentences on the other charges should he be convicted. Read more.
A fire called in around 4:05 p.m. did an estimated $50,000 in damage to a 16-unit apartment building at 137 Columbia Rd., the Boston Fire Department reports.
The department says the cause of the fire remains under investigation. There were no injuries; three people were displaced.
A teacher at the Frederick Pilot School was robbed at knifepoint around 12:40 p.m. at Columbia Road and Intervale Street - one house away from the school.
The suspect is described as black, short and between 14 and 16. He wore a blue jacket; his clothes may have stains from the coffee the teacher threw at him.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a police report was good enough evidence with which to terminate a Section 8 voucher even if the materials found in an apartment had yet to be tested in a state drug lab for confirmation they were drugs. Read more.
A federal judge today sentenced Michael David Scott, 51, of Mansfield, to 135 months in federal prison for his role in defrauding banks in a condo-flipping scheme as the local housing market went into decline.
In addition to his time behind bars, Scott was also ordered to repay $11.4 million in fraudulent payments and fork over another $7.4 million, the US Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Peter Gelzinis reports how a BPD officer thanking the man on the bus at Columbia Road and Stoughton Street for his service put him at ease and let police disarm him.