By - 12/20/08 - 8:47 pm

Whalehead King reports on a guy who set up a card table at Lithgow Street and Talbot Avenue to sell paper cones filled with fresh snow and tropical flavorings:

... Mr. Dibble has an array of bottles on his table: Pomegranate, Mango, Passion Fruit, Watermelon, Sour Cherry, Pina Colada, Banana-Raspberry, Guava, and Clementine. We happened upon him at 2:00 this afternoon while he was filling two paper cones with snow from the sidewalk and drizzling one with Passion Fruit syrup and the other with Guava. ...

By - 12/19/08 - 3:39 pm

Because they only strike once. Then they get arrested.

Boston Police report that when a Dorchester pizza place got an order from 17 Argyle St., the same address at which a driver had been robbed a few days earlier, they called police. Police sent along a plainclothes officer to accompany the delivery guy (along with uniformed officers at a discreet distance).

The driver asked the suspect if he had placed an order to which he responded he had. The suspect when asked if he had the money for the order stated yes, reached in his pocket but did not produce any money. While speaking to the suspect Mondesir, the driver noticed two males hiding in the bushes located on the side of the house. The driver at this point pointed out the two other suspects in the bushes to suspect Mondesir who then started walking towards the driver.

The detective from the car at this time observed a bulge in suspect Mondesir coat pocket resembling a possible gun quickly exited the car. The suspect at this time turned from the victim and started walking away down the street. The suspect attempted to run when the detective got out of the car but the detective pursued the suspect. ...

Stevenson DeLucien, 20, Louidson Mondesir, 19 and Larry Ferdinand, 24, all of Dorchester, were charged with armed assault with intent to rob, conspiracy to commit a crime and trespassing. Louidson was additionally charged with carrying a long knife in public. Police say that they have yet to connect the three to the earlier incident.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/18/08 - 10:16 am

A Dorchester man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison earlier this month for two failed bank robberies downtown, the FBI reports.

Scott Backus, 46, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to charges he tried to hold up two Citizens Bank branches, one on Franklin Street and one on State Street, on Oct. 30, 2007, according to his indictment.

According to the FBI, when he gave a teller at one of the banks a stickup note and she didn't respond immediately, he simply walked out:

Backus then went to another Citizens Bank in downtown area and again attempted to rob the bank by passing a note, and again walked out without money. Federal investigative agents were leaving the first bank, on their way to investigate the robbery attempt at the second bank, when they witnessed Backus walking toward them.

By - 12/17/08 - 10:36 am

Boston Police report five incidents since October involving women who say they were attacked or raped by taxi and limo drivers between 11:50 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., most recently, the case of the Northeastern student picked up and allegedly raped in a cabbie's van on Dec. 7.

By - 12/17/08 - 9:44 am

Steven Odegard, wanted for the murder of Daniel Yakovleff in January, turned himself in at the District 11 police station late last night and will be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court today, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

The arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. so that Yakovleff's family from Connecticut can attend the hearing.

Odegard, in whose bed Yakovleff's body was found, was indicted Monday on charges he repeatedly stabbed Yakovleff with a kitchen knife after meeting up at a South End club.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/17/08 - 9:25 am

Some people pine for the flower show. Designer Sheila Selby explains why she's disappointed there won't be an RV show at the Bayside Expo Center this year:

... I'm absolutely fascinated by the efficient use of space in RVs. It’s amazing how, in 140 sf, one can have a fully-functioning kitchen, bathroom, sitting area/lounge, and sleeping accommodations for four. ...

By - 12/16/08 - 12:37 pm

Authorities are now hunting for Steven Odegard, 41, for the stabbing death of Daniel Yakovleff in Dorchester on Jan. 17.

Odegard, in whose bed Yakovleff was found, was indicted by a Suffolk Superior Court grand jury yesterday, District Attorney Dan Conley and Police Commissioner Ed Davis said in a statement, adding that, based on the evidence collected over the past ten months:

Odegard retrieved a knife from his own kitchen and stabbed Yakovleff multiple times, killing him.

Police went to Odegard's current Dorchester Avenue apartment this morning, but Odegard had already fled.

The week after Yakovleff's murder, Odegard's lawyer maintained his innocence - and pointed to an unknown third man allegedly in the apartment - in a Bay Windows interview.

Yakovleff was last seen alive leaving the Eagle Bar in the South End, where Odegard had picked him up.

Anybody who knows where Odegard is can contact Boston Police homicide investigators at 617-343-4470, the anonymous CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or, via text message, by texting TIP to 27463.

In memory of Daniel Yakovleff.

By - 12/15/08 - 8:40 am

The Providence Journal reports Anthony Parrish, 24, of Dorchester, was gunned down outside Club Passion in Providence around 2:30 a.m., Sunday.

By - 12/13/08 - 6:34 pm

Whalehead King reports:

We were in the Twelve Bens on Adams Street when some joker played Herb Alpert and His Tijuana Brass's classic "A Taste of Honey" on the jukebox. The patrons were a bit riled as this album has never been played in the Twelve Bens and they didn't know what to make of it. There was a vote to pull the juke box's plug and it was done unceremoniously. ...

By - 12/12/08 - 5:35 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Steven Banks, 48, of slicing up an ex-girlfriend's former beau so badly the man today needs to wear a small weight in one of his eyelids to help him blink, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors charge Banks and the man got into a fight after their mutual female acquaintance introduced them on Nov. 13 of last year:

By - 12/12/08 - 2:35 pm

Mike Keaney over at District C-11 in Dorchester reports on the events that led up to the arrest of a Revere woman on charges she was driving a stolen car:

Officers O'Brien and Rosenthal were parked on Hendry Street observing the comings and goings of some locals when a green Pontiac drove past them up Bowdoin Street. The car was operating at the speed limit and everything about the vehicle seemed copacetic except for the gas pump nozzle and six feet of hose hanging out of the gas tank cap that was trailing behind the Pontiac. ...

By - 12/12/08 - 7:55 am

First Dianne Wilkerson and her Dejavu story. Now Walker reports he - and many other people - were had by Jake Severino, a bright young Dorchester man who, it turns out, is not dying of cancer like he told Walker he was back in September.

Jake Severino had a simple explanation for why he started telling the world he was dying. "I wanted to be loved," he said. "I wanted to be loved more than I was."

By - 12/11/08 - 11:35 pm

Channel 4 reports the Dorchester Pop Warner football team could be barred from future national championships after a player bopped an adult official from a Rhode Island team down in Florida - "after several behavioral issues throughout the week." (Ed. Note: WBZ has removed the phrase from its story and added an assertion by a Dorchester coach that the Rhode Island coach struck his player first).

Yes, this is the same team Yvonne Abraham at the Globe wrote so movingly about the other day.

By - 12/9/08 - 9:07 pm
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MassMostWanted reports Hanover Police are looking for a guy, who goes by the names "Magnetic Mack" and Raymond, in connection with a kidnapping around 1 a.m. on Dec. 3 on Hinckley Street in Dorchester:

She said that he put her into his m/v, a newer model white Chevy impala unknown reg. The victim says the pictured male subject robbed her and assaulted her. He finally let her go ion rt. 53 in Hanover.

Meanwhile, the Huntington News reports Saugus Police arrested a Boston man on charges he kidnapped and raped a Northeastern student on Sunday:

The 20-year-old student repeatedly opened and closed a van door as the suspect drove down Route 1 in Saugus in front of a patrol car at about 3:00 a.m, said Lieutenent Mike Annese from the Saugus Police Department. This prompted police to pull the van over.

Faisel Abdi Ibrahim, 36, now faces a variety of charges. The Lynn Daily Item reports Ibrahim offered the woman a ride in Boston, then drove her to Saugus, where he raped her. He was ordered held without bail in Lynn District Court yesterday.

By - 12/9/08 - 9:31 am

Around 11 p.m. on Glenway Street, the Globe reports. He is Dorchester's 23rd murder victim this year.

2008 Dorchester murders.

By - 12/8/08 - 12:54 pm

Boston Police report that when officers saw a man clutching his face, standing on a Savin Hill Avenue porch right after seeing three guys running toward Dorchester Avenue, they figured there was a connection.

According to police, the man noticed three guys following him as he walked home from the T stop shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday:

The victim further stated hat he made it home and was about to close his front door when he heard someone say, "Yo Yo!" The victim, thinking it was a friend, slightly opened the front door to the building when he noticed the same three suspects that had been followed him from the T station on his porch. The victim attempted to shut the door but was overpowered by the suspects who forced their way into the building. The victim reported that the suspects upon forcing their way into the building started punching him and knocked him to the ground. The victim reported that one of the three suspects held him while the others repeatedly assaulted him and went though his pockets.

Fortunately, the man's brother heard the commotion, came downstairs and the three fled. And police nabbed Lionel Ighodaro, 18, Angelo Pina, 17, and Jamayl E. Wilson, 17 all of Dorchester and charged them with assault with intent to rob and breaking and entering in the nighttime.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/7/08 - 11:50 pm

Evan reports on the Bay Colony Dog Show at the Bayside Expo Center:

... A woman brought by her fawn-colored French Bulldog and fielded questions. Now, this woman was frazzled and took this a but too seriously, I think. Someone asked her questions about the range of color (I myself haven't seen a fawn colored Frenchie in person). She replied that it runs the whole gamut, from white to brindle to bluish. "Black is unacceptable," she said. This surprised a few people, since we had seen what looked to be black Frenchies in competition. "Well, if you can find that one white hair or a bluish hue, that's fine. Black is unacceptable, " she stated once again, defiantly. "Unacceptable, as in..." the man was beginning to ask. "UNACCEPTABLE," she repeated, as if the man himself were about to hook two black Frenchies up in his back yard and start a puppy mill that afternoon. ...

By - 12/7/08 - 1:52 pm

Boston Police report that officers investigating a stabbing by a group of three thugs clad entirely in black at 1747 Dorchester Ave. early this morning wound up arresting a different guy, clad entirely in black, for a different offense.

Police say the officers were cruising the area when they spotted a guy clad entirely in black. Based on his clothing and the fact that he walked across the street when he saw their cruiser, the officers decided to have a little chat. He allegedly was a bit short of breath and seemed to get more and more nervous as the officers asked him where he came from:

Officers performed a pat frisk of the suspect and noticed a hard object in the suspect's jacket pocket. Officers questioned the suspect about what the hard object was and he told officers that it was a cell phone. After further feeling the object and not knowing what it was, the suspect told officers that it was a knife. Officers then concerned based on the feel of the object, removed it from the suspect's jacket and found that it was a double-barreled handgun.

Belal I. Ibrahim, 23, of Roxbury was then arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Innocent, etc.

By - 12/7/08 - 1:45 pm

The problem with large parties is they suck up all the nearby parking spaces. Boston Police report that when officers arrived at 39 Sudan St. in Dorchester early Saturday morning to investigate a loud-music complaint, they couldn't find a place to park, so they parked in somebody's driveway rather than block the street:

Officers responding to the call started going up the stairway to the apartment when they heard loud male voice exclaiming, "Boston Police!! What the (expletive)!" Officers next heard a pounding sound coming from the direction of the parked cruiser, and looked outside and observed a male pounding on the hood of the marked department cruiser. Officers then went outside to determine what the cause of the male's distress and to see if he needed police assistance.

The man continued to curse at them and threatened to have their cruiser towed. And that made "sleeping neighbors" wake up and come outside. And if there's one thing cops hate it's a gathering crowd. So they arrested the guy for disturbing the peace.