Hyde Park

By - 9/19/14 - 7:05 pm

This afternoon, somebody called police to report a coyote was just lounging on her rear porch on the Arborway up near Centre Street in Jamaica Plain

Shortly before 7 p.m., a woman called in from one of the paths in Stony Brook Reservation near the George Wright golf course on the Roslindale/Hyde Park line: She was walking her dog when she noticed two coyotes were following them. Before police could arrive, however, two men in the area spotted her and escorted her to safety. No word if either of them was named Elmer.

By - 9/18/14 - 9:52 pm
Fairmount Station apartments rendering in Hyde Park

The BRA today approved a proposed 27-unit apartment building on what is now an unused piece of industrial land next to the Fairmount commuter-rail station.

The Southwest Boston Community Development Corp., which covers Hyde Park, and the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp. which has considerable experience building affordable housing, are partnering on the $7-million Residences at Fairmount Station, which will feature 24 "affordable" apartments and three market-rate units.

By - 9/18/14 - 7:47 am

Boston Police report arresting five people and seizing a half pound of heroin in a raid on Tina Avenue home Tuesday morning.

By - 9/12/14 - 10:51 am

Darrell "Diamond" Graham, 52, who's been pimping women since he was at least 18, was sentenced in federal court this week after admitting last year that he had forced a woman across state lines for prostitution.

Graham convinced the woman, 19, who had been living in foster homes and shelters for years, he could provide a better life for her if only she'd sell her body under his tutelage the US Attorney's office in Boston reports. Instead, prosecutors - who had sought 15 years - say:

By - 9/9/14 - 7:45 pm

The Ward 19 Democratic Committee will meet Wednesday, September 10, at 7:00 PM at the Farnsworth House in JP. The Committee welcomes any voters registered as Democrats in Ward 19 who are interested in participating in Committee events, and contributing to our mission, to attend our meetings. Check here to see if you live in Ward 19.
The Farnsworth House is located at 90 South Street in Jamaica Plain, and is accessible by the #39 bus. On-street parking is available.

By - 9/8/14 - 1:23 pm

WFXT reports Yamiley Mathurin, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery today as jury deliberation continued for the trial of her and two pals for fatally stabbing Richel Nova in 2010. The other two still face charges of first-degree murder.

By - 9/6/14 - 8:47 pm

Firefighters responded at 8:30 p.m. to the new mall off River Street by Wood Avenue for what became a three-alarm fire in the smaller of two remaining buildings from the old Mattapan Paperboard complex.

The Boston Fire Department reports four firefighters suffered heat exhaustion.

Because of the difficulty in getting to the building from River Street, many firefighters had to come in in via an old bridge over the Neponset River from Truman Parkway. The hollowed out structure sits behind the recently opened Dollar Tree store.

By - 9/5/14 - 9:47 am

Alexander Gallett, 22, Michel St. Jean, 24, and Yamiley Mathurin, 21, face trial on charges they stabbed Richel Nova to death in a robbery at the vacant Hyde Park Avenue house to which they ordered a Domino's pizza on Sept. 2, 2010.

Prosecutors charge that after luring the father of three inside and stabbing him to death, the trio raced off in his car - which was discovered the next morning in the parking lot of a River Street church.

By - 8/26/14 - 3:49 pm

Roxbury, MA – It is election season for Massachusetts residents! There are so many important issues that need to be addressed. Whether it be violence in the community, education, the economy, or green energy, everyone needs to be heard. For the first time, the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPNULEM) is hosting a series entitled “Candid Conversations”. During this series, the community has the opportunity to speak to candidates directly and learn how each candidate stands on issues that matter the most to them. All are welcome to attend.

By - 8/23/14 - 1:30 pm

Hyde Park Avenue just south of River Street was shut around 1:20 p.m. so the bomb squad could investigate a suspicious package near the charter school.

By - 8/20/14 - 1:31 pm

Boston Police report arresting five kids - aged 12 to 15 - on armed-robbery charges for an incident around 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Business Street and Reservation Road.

By - 8/20/14 - 9:47 am

Stanley Staco reports two teens who took a cab from Allston to Garfield Avenue in Hyde Park robbed the cab driver when he asked for payment around 12:50 a.m.

By - 8/1/14 - 9:28 pm

The Globe reports the guy cleaned up in more ways than one - at least until officers who had him under surveillance at the Dana Avenue DPW yard arrested him on River Street.

By - 7/23/14 - 6:14 pm
Goats eating things

We drove down West Street to the very end (just past River) this afternoon and, yes, just like we herd, there were goats there, behind a fence in a new "Goat Management Area."

The Southwest Boston Community Development Corp. rented the four goats for eight weeks to eat up a really baaad infestation of poison ivy on a city-owned urban wild off the Neponset River - through which local high-school kids will lay down paths after the goats leave. According to the city:

By - 7/23/14 - 9:46 am

Urban goat. Photo via the mayor's office.

Boston Magazine reports the Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation is renting goats to chow down on all the poison ivy infesting an urban wilds at the end of West Street in Hyde Park.

By - 7/3/14 - 9:56 am

A Dorchester man was indicted this week on charges he killed Orlando Guerrero in Roxbury on Dec. 15, 2012, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report.

Luis Diaz, 29, was indicted Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm for Guerrero's death on Windsor Street. The Boston Police fugitive unit found and arrested him yesterday. He's scheduled for arraignment today in Suffolk Superior Court.

By - 6/17/14 - 9:35 pm

The Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project plans to spray sumithrin from the back of a truck on Wednesday, June 18 in the areas of Dale Street, Deforest Street, Austin Street and Gordon Avenue.

The spraying will happen sometime between dusk and midnight, unless it rains, in which case it'll be sprayed the following night.

By - 6/16/14 - 11:27 am

Two men from Dorchester were among four indicted last week on federal charges of running a heroin ring out of a Hyde Park triple decker.

According to a court filing, Osvaldo Ortiz-Ventara, 23, and Weslley Hernandez, 25, served as couriers for the ring. They allegedly delivered the fatal dose of heroin laced with fentanyl and an animal painkiller to an intermediary who sold it to a Braintree man whose girlfriend found him dead of an overdose in January.

By - 6/15/14 - 8:09 pm

Around 7 p.m., a couple of people fishing on Sprague Pond near the Dedham line discovered what turned out to be a convertible sitting in six feet of water about 30 feet offshore.

Boston firefighters dispatched to the scene found the car with two open doors and its top down, but no people or bodies in the car. The BFD dive team was summoned to search around the car; a tow truck was requested to pull the vehicle out.

UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.: Divers found no people or bodies in the area near the car.