By - 12/17/13 - 6:00 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Jason Barbosa, 24, of first-degree murder for the shooting death of a childhood friend who became a mortal enemy when he joined a rival gang, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life without possibility of parole.

The DA's office says Barbosa, as a member of the Woodward Avenue gang in... Read more

By - 12/17/13 - 1:01 pm
Moultrie Street fire

Moultrie Street fire. Photo by DWIGS.

A fire reported at 11:48 a.m. in a two-family house at 24 Moultrie St. went to two alarms.

No residents were hurt but two firefighters suffered leg injuries. The Boston Fire Department estimates damage at $400,000 and says the cause is under investigation.

Inside the building (photo by BFD):

By - 12/16/13 - 9:26 pm

Boston Police report a thief or thieves broke into 10 Mather St. sometime Sunday afternoon:

The male victim stated he left his residence and when he returned he noticed the rear door was wide open with the storm door closed. The victim further observed his front door breached. and door's frame damaged.

Officers observed footprints in the snow that led out the front door

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By - 12/16/13 - 8:05 pm

A really nice, inspiring story about a couple of poor kids from Dorchester.

By - 12/16/13 - 2:29 pm

A woman charged with putting a pedestrian into the ICU Sunday night could spend the time until her trial behind bars after her family said it could only scrape together $2,500 in bail, not the $500,000 set by Judge James Coffey.

Coffeey agreed with a request from the Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Brian Brodigan for the high bail for Kathleen Abban due to... Read more

By - 12/16/13 - 1:58 pm

Two men were ordered held without bail today on charges they gunned down Romeo McCubbin early Saturday on Havelock Street.

At their arraignment today, Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum accused Omar Denton and Omar Bonner of forcing McCubbin out of his car around 1:45 a.m. and ordered him to lie on the ground.

"As he lay there, Bonner shot him multiple times at... Read more

By - 12/15/13 - 5:27 pm

UPDATE: At 9:53 p.m., Joanna Carvalho tweeted her power - and heat - was still out in JP.

NStar is currently estimating 7 p.m. for a fix to power outages in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and Roslindale, the city reports.

That can't come soon enough for Maura O'Toole in Jamaica Plain:

It's cold and dark being told 7:30 - so power will have

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By - 12/15/13 - 11:30 am

UPDATE: Victim identified as Romeo McCubbin, 25.

Boston Police report two men arrested on gun charges in Hyde Park after a chase from near the scene of a Dorchester murder early yesterday are now also being charged with the murder.

Omar Denton, 29, of Milton, and Omar Bonner, 26, will be arraigned Monday in Dorchester District Court on charges of murder, illegal... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 7:00 pm
Tobogganing in Franklin Park

The BPL has posted lots of photos of Boston in the snow in the old days, such as this postcard showing tobogganing at Franklin Park sometime in the early years of the 20th century.

Back in 1941, the city still used one-horsepower plows on the Common, as Leslie Jones showed:

One horsepower

In 1939, parents in... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 11:11 am

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday found Luis Pimentel, 20, not guilty for the shooting death of a man inside the man's Samoset Street apartment on Dec. 10, 2010, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The jury did not buy prosecutors' arguments that Pimentel shot Victor Brookens, 54, to death over the marijuana Pimentel allegedly though Brookens was keeping in his apartment.... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 10:51 am

James Sarhanis shows us the view past one of the five bullet holes in windows at Planet Fitness, 500 Neponset Ave., this morning.

By - 12/12/13 - 3:22 pm

Two teens were arraigned today on charges related to a melee last week that started on a 23 bus and ended with a brawl outside Dorchester District Court.

A 16-year-old teen from Roxbury, not named because of her age, was ordered held in lieu of $2,500 bail on three counts of three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk County... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 12:07 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owners of the Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave., sell the place - and its valuable liquor license - to a Dorchester resident who plans to remake it as a neighborhood, family-focused restaurant.

Eleanor Arpino, general manager of Davio's in Park Square for 12 years, wants to turn the Ledge into ester, which she said would serve... Read more

By - 12/10/13 - 4:35 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Park Street

Where's Waldo? Not getting on the Red Line at Park Street, that's for sure. Photo by Shumita Basu.

The T's now acknowledging that a dead train at JFK/UMass means "severe" delays. As in 30 and 45-minute delays.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Problems persist - The Braintree-bound are being told to take any train they can jam into to JFK for a shuttle bus.

At South Station, Kate Birney reports:

just got pulled off braintree to alewife & routed to

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By - 12/10/13 - 11:06 am

The Bank of America branch at 740 Gallivan Blvd. was held up shortly before 11 a.m. by a white man, about 5'8" and about 50, who handed a teller a note. He wore a black Nike cap.... Read more

By - 12/10/13 - 11:03 am

Shortly after 10 a.m., at 45 Lonsdale St. Police are looking for two black men, both about 6' and 180 lbs., dressed all in black and carrying black guns and wire ties.... Read more

By - 12/9/13 - 2:12 pm

Transit Police report that around 10 a.m. today, Officer Lisa Murawski-Dupont managed to convince a pit bull that commuter-rail tracks running between Savin Hill and JFK/UMass were not the best place for him to be.

According to police, Murawski-Dupont was at the Savin Hill T stop when somebody alerted her there was a dog on the commuter rail tracks.

Officer Murawski-Dupont immediately proceeded to

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By - 12/9/13 - 1:25 pm

Christopher Murrain, 25, had his bail on two outstanding cases revoked today at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on charges he tried to interfere with police chasing Darryl Dookhran, who would soon be lying on the ground, dead.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Murrain and Dookhran were standing at Geneva Avenue and Westville Street around 1 p.m. on Saturday when... Read more

By - 12/8/13 - 8:46 pm
Bright lights in Dorchester

Stefanie O'Shea shows us how Christmas is done on Popes Hill.

By - 12/8/13 - 6:26 pm

The Globe reports police identified the man killed in a shootout with police yesterday as Darryl Dookhran, 20, who was last in the news for carrying a loaded firearm in his backpack onto the campus of Mass. Bay Community College in Wellesley in 2011.

Boston Police say Dookhran opened fire on members of the Youth Violence Strike Force when they approached him... Read more