By - 10/31/08 - 2:00 pm

Boston Police report finding two men shot yesterday evening. William Branch, 38, of Dorchester, found at 222 Norwell St. around 6:35 p.m., died. The second man, 35, found at the corner of Harvard and Warner streets three minutes earlier, is in critical condition at Boston Medical Center.

Police say the two were together when one of them got into a fight with a group of men. This then led to a second fight, at which point they were shot.

By - 10/30/08 - 9:08 pm

The Southeast Distressway lived up to its name this afternoon, with some people getting stuck in the HOV lane for more than an hour after one car ran out of gas and two more broke down, according to report after report on WBZ's Traffic on the 3s.

By - 10/30/08 - 5:04 pm

Boston Police report a 24-year-old man was shot around 10 a.m. today at 110 Greenbrier St. in Dorchester. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he died:

Preliminary information suggests that two black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts and masks approached the residence, forced entry and shot the victim. The suspects are believed to have fled on foot.

This is Dorchester's 20th murder this year. Map.

By - 10/30/08 - 9:14 am

The Times of London (!) tracks down Zeituni Onyango to "a rundown public housing estate" on Flaherty Way (the West Broadway project). The paper adds:

A second relative believed to be the long-lost "Uncle Omar" described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a "sawed-off rifle"” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court.

Via Blue Mass. Group.

By - 10/29/08 - 6:48 pm

Marie Conley, the crossing guard run down at Parish and Winter streets on Oct. 21, died today, Boston Police report. She was 59.

The man who plowed into her, Anis G. Cazeau, 86, will now be charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, police say.

In a statement, Conley's family says farewell:

By - 10/29/08 - 4:07 pm

Will make U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who brought the charges against her, an issue, the Globe reports.

By - 10/29/08 - 8:49 am

And will city councilors Charles Yancey, Sam Yoon, Stephen Murphy, and John Connolly do likewise? You may recall they made a point of not endorsing anybody in the 2nd Suffolk state-senate race after their horse lost by a nose in September. Now that said horse has made them look like, at best, tools, you think they might make the best of a bad situation and endorse their fellow Democrat?

By - 10/28/08 - 10:48 pm

Boston Police report she was sexually assaulted by a man described as a Haitian black male, 5'8" and 180 lbs.

By - 10/28/08 - 1:11 am

Two men, both 21, were shot on Norton Street around 5:26 p.m. - one in the face and one in the leg - the Globe reports. Both are expected to survive.

By - 10/27/08 - 1:55 pm

Boston Police report the older teen got the better of the younger one in a knife fight over a bicycle around 3:20 p.m., Sunday at 4 Perth St. in Dorchester.

The older teen was arrested on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The stabbed kid, from Jamaica Plain, was taken to Boston Medical Center and is expected to survive. Police say he'll also be called into court to face a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

By - 10/27/08 - 9:08 am

Dottie Hottie reports that Mrs. Jones, 2225 Dorchester Ave., offers chicken takeout that "definitely kicks the poor colonel to the curb."

By - 10/27/08 - 9:06 am

Beantown Caffe posts some photos.

By - 10/26/08 - 6:53 pm

When the economy is going in the tank what do you do? Design a neighborhood based on Feng shui!

NECN with the story.

By - 10/26/08 - 11:03 am

WBZ reports Bruce Wall wants to ban on-street trick or treating this Halloween, saying Boston streets have become too dangerous for kids.

He cites the recent shooting of three kids playing at the Academy Homes project in Roxbury last week (allegedly by a thug from the Bromley-Heath project).

Instead, Wall would have the streets lined with volunteers to guard the kids as they go to indoor events.

Wall is also demanding that elected officials join this patrol:

We will no longer allow elected officials to come see us on Sunday morning in our churches to ask for our vote but then are not there when the families of our city needs them. It is time for our politicians to put their bodies where their campaign promises said that they will be.

By - 10/25/08 - 7:41 pm

Boston Police report they had to separate two feuding Dorchester roommates who couldn't agree on how to set the thermostat. One roommate was cold, so he turned the heat on, but the other roommate objected - to the point of ripping a wire out of the thermostat to disable it. When police arrived at 23 Howell St. on Thursday evening, the alleged wire ripper began yelling at them:

Specifically, the suspect, while flailing his arms, stated that his roommates were spies and the whole incident was a conspiracy against him.

Officers then gave him the opportunity to tell it to the judge, arresting him on charges of disturbing the peace and willful and malicious destruction of property.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/23/08 - 8:00 pm

The Phoenix reports on two more issues involving Wilkerson:

One involves a questionable personal loan from a powerful developer who has dealings with the State Senate, and the other involves, yet again, failure to file tax returns, this time for a nonprofit she has run.

By - 10/23/08 - 7:32 pm

The state Attorney General's office today charged Dorchester Auto Service and several other stations across the state with providing bogus inspection stickers.

Prosecutors allege that people whose cars would otherwise fail the bi-annual emissions test would ask for "Joe the Fish" when they drove into the Savin Hill establishment:

Nelson allegedly would then conduct a fraudulent emissions inspection and issue a passing Inspection Certificate for the vehicle even though it was not in fact inspected. According to the complaint, Nelson admitted to MassDEP and the RMV during a site visit that he was "Joe the Fish."

More details from the AG's office.

By - 10/22/08 - 9:33 pm

Whalehead King explains:

... We were standing on Mission Hill across the street from Mission Church, between Tiny's Flowers and Mike's Donuts. I pointed to the east and I said, "You see that sun rising over yonder? That's Dorchester, my friend, a place where all good things begin. You can lay your head down to sleep in the Dot and when you do, you know you'll wake up to a better day. The future is bright in Dorchester. From Lower Mills to Andrew Square, from Harbor Point to Mattapan and everywhere in between good, honest folk wake up every morning in Dorchester to get to work making their part of Boston the best part of all."

My companion snuffled a bit into his sleeve. I continued, "You live in Needham so you don't what it's like to be down on your luck but up to snuff. You don't know what it's like to have the whole danged world against you but you still gather up enough pluck to show up every live-long, ding-dong day to make your mark and make it stick. Boston runs on Dorchester. It's made up of good people with good intentions." ...

By - 10/22/08 - 3:46 pm

Boston Police are charging Ricardo Feliciano, 38, of Waltham, with two carjackings last night along I-93.

The first you already know about - that Ohio cop at the Marriott who tried holding onto his car door. Boston Police say that about 20 minutes later a woman at 813 Dorchester Ave. heard a knock on her door: