By - 3/20/14 - 11:23 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld Trevon Mason's conviction for resisting arrest in an armed-holdup investigation in 2008 - roughly four months before he was arrested for fatally shooting a man in the lobby of a Stanwood Street apartment building and injuring the woman whom the victim was shielding with his body.

Mason had originally been arrested on a variety of charges for a... Read more

By - 3/18/14 - 6:10 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Lavonrence Perkins, 23, of Mattapan, not guilty for the shooting murder of Cordell McAfee at Dorchester Avenue and Roseland Street on May 7, 2010, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Prosecutors had alleged that Perkins ran up to a porch where McAfee was sitting with relatives and shot him.

This was Perkins' second trial for the... Read more

By - 3/17/14 - 4:44 pm
Fireboat on the Neponset River

Fireboat waiting for a drawbridge opening that never came. Photo by Todd Duval.

A brush fire along the Neponset River just upriver from the Granite Avenue bridge around noon brought a BFD fireboat - which then couldn't reach the fire because the bridge turned out to be stuck.

BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald reports it turned out the river near the fire was too shallow for the boat, anyway, and that the fire burned itself out about an hour... Read more

By - 3/15/14 - 8:33 pm

Shortly before 8:30 p.m. at Stoughton and Bakersfield streets.

Police are looking for a light-gray Fusion with red tape wrapped around the passenger-side mirror.

By - 3/13/14 - 5:51 pm

A Suffolk County grand jury yesterday indicted Olivia Mora, 36, for manslaughter for the death of Briana Rosales, 7, on a Dorchester sidewalk last November.

Mora faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the charges of manslaughter by motor vehicle, motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, operating under the influence causing serious... Read more

By - 3/13/14 - 12:27 pm

James Hobin discusses the Roxbury Puddingstone that underlies so many parts of Boston, from how it was formed to its properties, which include being both remarkably tough and yet weepy.

Roxbury Puddingstone is underground but we can see outcroppings of it throughout Dorchester. Maybe there is a lump of it sitting in a friend’s backyard, or maybe there is a wall of it standing

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By - 3/13/14 - 11:09 am

A communications mixup between the front desk and a housekeeper at the Holiday Inn Express on Boston Street last week led to a Dorchester man's arrest on charges of illegal weapons possession and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to the DA's office, Reginald Weaks, 33, of Dorchester, had rented a room at the South Bay... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 11:26 am

If you're looking for a parade with no controversy and an essay contest on making the neighborhood better.

By - 3/11/14 - 9:34 am
Car on fire on Southeast Expressway

Darryl Houston drove by a car on fire in the northbound HOV lane around 9 a.m.

Nobody was hurt, Houston reports.

The fire backed up traffic for miles, according to Adam Franklin, who photographed the fire from the other side.

By - 3/10/14 - 8:01 pm

Boston Police report the man stabbed to death in a fight that spilled out of the Doubletree Hotel on Mt. Vernon Street on March 1 was Christopher Borgella, 23, of Dorchester.

Borgella was fatally stabbed around 2:35 a.m. in a fight that sent another man to the hospital.... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 5:48 pm

Augusta "Gus" Mims, 20, who was fatally stabbed early on March 1 at 744 Washington St., also leaves his parents, five brothers and a sister.

A viewing at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Morning Star Baptist Church, 1257 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan, will be followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m.... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 4:36 pm

Boston Police report two separate busts in Dorchester yesterday and early today yielded four handguns, a rifle and 15 bags of pot.

This is in addition to the four guns, bullets and bulletproof vest found in a Dorchester trash barrel yesterday.

According to police, a routine traffic stop around 1:30 a.m. at Carmen and Radcliffe streets in Dorchester ended up as a... Read more

By - 3/8/14 - 12:08 pm

State Police report a two-car crash on I-93 north at Neponset Circle around 11:30 a.m. left both cars on their roofs, four people injured and the road completely shut into town.

Stephen McBride reports from his motionless car on 93 north:

The only movement is when emergency vehicles push through.

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By - 3/7/14 - 4:47 pm

Talk about your community guns. Boston Police report that "pursuant to an ongoing investigation and prior information" drug officers today went to the park at Thetford Avenue and Evans Street, looked inside a particular trash can there and pulled out a backpack containing: One Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum; one Smith and Wesson .38 Special; one Colt .357 Magnum; one Interarms .38 Special; a... Read more

By - 3/6/14 - 9:33 pm

Around 9:20 p.m., Geneva Grocery, 385 Geneva Ave., was held up by a man with a gun. He was described as 5'10", thin and possibly Cape Verdean. He wore a black jacket, a gray hoodie and a yellow ski mask.

By - 3/6/14 - 4:03 pm

The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that the perpetual candidate has sued Secretary of State William Galvin for barring her from the Democratic ballot for Carlos Henriquez's old seat on the grounds she didn't switch from being a Republican to being a Democrat in time this time.

By - 3/6/14 - 12:02 pm

A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail today at his arraignment on charges he put a bullet in the back of another man's head after a Christmas-eve concert.

Ian Holness, 27, stood behind a door as murder and illegal-weapons charges were read against him in Dorchester District Court this morning, frustrating the relatives and friends of Rashaan O'Neil, 36, who wanted to get... Read more

By - 3/5/14 - 5:09 pm

Ian Holness, 27, will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court tomorrow for the fatal shooting of Rashaan O'Neil, 34, at a party at 92 Wales St. early last Christmas, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Holness was arrested today by the BPD Youth Violence Strike Force.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/5/14 - 1:03 pm
Crashed car in Dorchester

The Walsh honeymoon is over for one irate Dorchester citizen, who files a report about an apparently abandoned car on Downer Avenue:

This car has been left here for more than two weeks. First posted 5 days ago, absolutely NO response by the City. Still sitting there. If this was in Beacon Hill that car would have been gone in half an hour. But

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