Dorchester

By - 3/13/09 - 11:52 am

Little kids and other fans of construction sites will enjoy Carpenters Center - a blog that shows the progress in construction of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters' new headquarters in Dorchester. With photos detailing each step.

By - 3/10/09 - 1:56 pm
Who is that hooded dude?

MassMostWanted says the above fellow is wanted for holding up the City of Boston Credit Union branch at 1010 Morrissey Blvd. on March 4. The 6'1" guy must've been warm under his blue/green hooded sweatshirt, fleece style mask, baseball cap and gloves. He also didn't shave that day, although how can they tell?

By - 3/9/09 - 6:05 pm

Check this out. It's how I know there was a crash, with injuries, involving an MBTA bus at Park and Washington streets in Dorchester and a fire at 30 Pleasant St., also in Dorchester, this afternoon.

By - 3/9/09 - 12:57 pm

Boston Police report arresting two men on charges they tried breaking into a Fields Corner liquor store with a power saw around 11:30 Sunday night.

Police report that when officers arrived at Lynn's Liquor, 195 Adams St., they saw sparks flying from where two guys were attempting to cut through a steel door with the saw; when the pair saw the law, they ran, but were captured after what police said was "a violent struggle."

After the suspects were placed under arrest, officers returned to the rear of the liquor store and recovered an electric extension cord running from an electric box on the rear of the building, down the alley where it was attached to an electric cutting wheel, a pry bar and a bag with various tools on the ground. Officers then spoke with the caller/witness who reported to officers that around 11:00PM he heard what sounded like an electric saw. The caller reported that at first he thought nothing of it but when it continued he looked outside his window and observed sparks flying from an electric tool despite not being able to see the suspects he called 911.

Loc Tran, 31 and Vu Q. Nguyen, 32 both of Dorchester, were arrested and charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, trespassing, possession of burglarious tools, and resisting arrest.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/9/09 - 11:03 am

Adam Pieniazek of Dorchester reports on a year without driving:

By - 3/7/09 - 2:11 pm

Boston Police report arresting an alleged gun-toting crack dealer in Dorchester who goes by the name "Jizz."

Police say they nabbed Jizz on Friday after an investigation that began in January into an alleged crack distribution operation at 22 Larchmont St.

When detectives spotted Jizz walking out of his apartment there, he was arrested and police took a stroll into his apartment, where they say they found:

[A]n amount of crack cocaine in excess of 14 grams, several scales (commonly used in a cocaine distribution operation), a .380 caliber semi-automatic firearm, numerous .380 rounds of ammunition, a .22 caliber-revolver firearm and numerous .22 caliber rounds of ammunition.

Jizz, more formally known as Gregory Roberson, and 44, was arrested on charges of trafficking a Class B substance over 14 grams, trafficking a Class B substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/6/09 - 8:41 am

Three seriously injured in five-car crash early this morning, Channel 5 reports.

By - 3/5/09 - 9:17 pm
Wash me!

The back of a BPS box truck at Day Boulevard and Mt. Vernon Street in Dorchester today.

By - 3/4/09 - 11:34 am

Maria Varmazis captures a really sad recession paper in front of Pi Alley downtown.

Copyright Maria Varmazis.

By - 3/2/09 - 6:34 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Dung Van Tran of Dorchester of assault with intent to murder for a Jan. 8, 2007 fire that left four people - including himself - with severe burns, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 3/2/09 - 12:51 pm

Boston Police report arresting two alleged goons for a holdup around 12:18 Sunday morning at 11 Elton St. in Dorchester.

Police say the trio, clad identically in black hoodies, approached the man. One produced a stick, another a large knife and the third stuck something hard in the man's back and said it was a gun, police say. The made off with $20 and a paycheck made out to the victim.

Police say officers round up two of the three not long after and found a 12-inch knife, a crumpled $20 bill and a paycheck made out to the victim.

Ailton M. Rodriguez, 23, of Dorchester, was charged with armed robbery. The other suspect, not named because he's 15, was charged with armed robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/1/09 - 10:07 am

A man was shot around 9:30 p.m., Friday on Devon Street, from a silver car, the Globe reports.

By - 2/27/09 - 2:01 pm

Two men were ordered held without bail today after prosecutors charged his killers shot him to death on Stanwood Street in Dorchester as he tried to shield a woman and her child from them, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Trevon Mason and Daryl Pullen are both charged with murdering Tyrone Smith in a fusillade of bullets on Jan. 7. Mason was out on bail the night of the murder on an earlier charge of holding up a pizza-delivery guy at gunpoint.

According to a statement from the DA's office:

By - 2/27/09 - 8:58 am

A man was struck and killed by a Red Line train around 11:20 last night at Savin Hill, the Globe reports.

A man was struck and killed by a commuter-rail train around 8 this morning in Belmont, the Herald reports.

By - 2/26/09 - 10:51 pm

State Police report arresting a Dorchester man on meth-trafficking charges after a trooper stopped him for allegedly speeding on Gallivan Boulevard late Wednesday night and then searched his car.

The trooper allegedly clocked Carson W. Trent at 52 in a 30-mph zone. He was initially arrested for a couple of outstanding warrants; State Police say that after his car was towed away, troopers spotted an open suitcase on the floor containing 34 grams of meth, two glass pipes, a lighter and $1,000 in cash.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/26/09 - 7:37 pm

A correspondent spotted him down in Ashmont this evening, asking passers-by for, well, you know.

By - 2/26/09 - 11:39 am

A Suffolk County Superior Court jury today found Casimiro Barros of Roxbury guilty of voluntary manslaughter, rather than first-degree murder, in the March 24, 2007 death of Chiara Levin outside a Dorchester house party, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors had sought a first-degree conviction, which would have sent Barros away for life without the possibility of parole.

The case of a second man charged with Levin's murder, Manuel Andrade, 36, of Dorchester, has yet to come to trial. Levin was killed in the crossfire between the two, which prosecutors say was the violent culmination of a long-standing beef between Barros's Roxbury boys and Andrade's Dorchester associates.

Prosecutors allege Barros and Andrade got into a battle inside - which ended with Andrade throwing a plate of food at one of Barros's pals and then shooting him in the shoulder for good measure - and that they took the fight outside, pulling guns and taking aim at each other. Officials say one of Barros's bullets hit Levin, sitting inside Andrade's Escalade, in the head, killing her. Levin had met Andrade at a club earlier in the evening but was not involved in the fight, officials said.

By the time he'd turned 20, Barros was already listed by the state as an "an armed career criminal" for a variety of gun-related violent crimes.

In addition to the reduced murder charge, which could get him 20 years, the jury found Barros guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, the DA's office says. He's scheduled for sentencing tomorrow morning.

By - 2/26/09 - 10:50 am

The Dorchester Reporter takes a tour of foreclosed properties in Fields Corner that are becoming neighborhood trash dumps - including 225 Westville St., from which an entire family of squatters was evicted this week. Most of the properties are owned by out-of-town banks, which don't seem to much care about cleanliness, but the Reporter also says neighbors had been complaining about 225 Westville for two months before the city finally did something. With a photo of the property and some details of just how gross the building had become.