By - 12/6/08 - 3:28 pm

Boston Police report on an incident at Stash's Restaurant, 612 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester shortly after 11 last night:

Witnesses say the victim was standing next to the suspect when the suspect's firearm fell to the ground and discharged. When the firearm discharged, the victim was struck in the head. Seeing this, the suspect fled the establishment. Witnesses describe the suspect as a black male, in his early 20s, with braided hair wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. The victim was immediately transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

By - 12/4/08 - 7:47 am

The Globe gets the scoop on the Boston Foundation's project to reduce violent crime in several hot spots along the road through "violence interrupter" street workers and job, education and mental-health programs targeted at more than 6,000 at-risk people up to age 24 - teens in gangs or DYS programs, drug dealers, pregnant teens and runaways.

By - 12/2/08 - 1:43 pm

Boston Police report a man was walking down Freeport Street shortly before 8 p.m. yesterday when he noticed four guys following him:

The victim stated that he attempted to escape from the suspects but they chased him, and surrounded him. According to the victim, once the suspects surrounded him, one of them pulled out a knife and demanded that he give them everything he had on him. The victim reported that the suspects went through his pockets after he gave them his cell phone then they fled on foot in the direction of Morrissey Boulevard.

While officers were interviewing him, a security officer at Boston Bowl called police to say he had two of the suspects. Police nabbed them and then, shortly after, nabbed the other two at Victory Road and Everdeen Street.

The four were aged between 13 and 16; all were charged with armed robbery.

A couple weeks ago, Boston Police nabbed two other alleged teen thugs at the bowling alley after they allegedly mugged a guy at gunpoint on Tenean Beach.

By - 12/1/08 - 1:40 pm

The Globe reports a guy walked up to him shortly after 9 a.m. at Washington and Lyndhurst streets and opened fire.

By - 12/1/08 - 8:48 am

The Globe reports on a study by researchers at Tufts and BU; one possible explanation: Americans are just too darn clean, so their kids' formative immune systems aren't exposed early on to substances that later on cause their immune systems to overreact.

Researcher Doug Brugge explains his findings in this NECN video from earlier this month:

Article abstract (you'll have to pay to read the whole thing).

By - 11/30/08 - 1:19 pm

Boston Police report that when officers saw a couple of guys moving a table saw from one van to another at 13 Kimball St. in Dorchester shortly before 2 this morning, they stopped to ask what they were doing. One volunteered the owner of the first van was a friend of his and said he could borrow the saw.

Officers asked for the friend's phone number; the guy said he couldn't remember it. Unfortunately for him and his alleged accomplice, the van was a commercial vehicle and had the owner's number painted on the side. Which the officers then called:

While speaking to the owner, the owner of the van stated that nobody had permission to be in his van and he would never loan out his tools. A search of the suspect's van enabled officers to locate and recover additional tools stolen from the victim's van.

Darren Duffy, 33, of Dorchester and Thomas Washington, 42, of Dorchester, were then arrested on charges of larceny over $250 and breaking and entering a motor vehicle.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/28/08 - 11:03 pm

Whalehead King reports Fields Corner stores were so busy early this afternoon that the fire department had to count heads to make sure one of the stores, 99-Cent State, wasn't exceeding its licensed capacity:

... Super Dollar Plus was busy. Family Dollar was busy. Stereo Electronics was busy and its better known rival, Radio Shack, was busy. The busiest place of all was that bottomless bargain emporium, 99-Cent State, a place that puts Ocean State Job Lot to shame with less square footage and only one outlet located along the teeming sidewalks of Dot Ave. ...

By - 11/27/08 - 3:32 pm

The Boston Herald reports three men were arrested for armed robbery after a man reported they stole his cell phone, license and belt and sneakers.

By - 11/27/08 - 12:34 pm

Boston Police report that at 1:44 a.m., police found a man with a gunshot wound inside 416 Talbot St. in Dorchester. He was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he died.

By - 11/26/08 - 11:18 pm

Woman attacked man, but was scared off by witnesses.

By - 11/26/08 - 11:13 pm

Man, 70, whacked in head with umbrella by teens, aged 13 through 15. All four arrested, the two 13-year-olds charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon against a person over the age of 65.

By - 11/26/08 - 9:56 pm

So Boston Police remind you to be careful out there (like take those headphones off on the way home from the T - and don't be chattering away with a friend on the phone on your walk).

By - 11/26/08 - 1:23 pm

The Herald reports on Big Mouth Jim Braude's day in court; Braude acknowledged driving the wrong way on Morrissey Boulevard but said his ticket should be dismissed because a state trooper mailed him the ticket rather than handing it to him. The trooper testified he was more concerned at that point about protecting the life of the British prime minister - at whose car Braude seemed to be aiming.

By - 11/26/08 - 11:16 am

Dry and toasty A man in a slicker is wanted for robbing the Sovereign Bank branch at 780 Gallivan Blvd. in Dorchester yesterday.

He's described as 5'11", 40 to 50 years old and in need of some dieting. According to Mass. Most Wanted, he passed a note and got away with a "small amount."

Anybody try to pay you with soggy bills yesterday? Contact the FBI Bank Robbery Task Force: (617) 223-6070.

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

Boston Police report a woman was stabbed several times around 4 this morning at Quincy and Howard streets. She is expected to survive.

Police arrested Lorenzo D. Hicks-Hinson, 21, and Gequan E. Perry, 18, both of Dorchester, on charges of assault with intent to murder:

By - 11/23/08 - 11:09 pm

Like a complete moron, apparently:

... Suddenly we noticed that we were across the street from our destination and we had to cross Dorchester Ave. I caught up to the others, who were waiting for an opening in the traffic. But Junior walked out in front of us and shouted:


And then he broke from the group and walked right into the rear side panel of a speeding, green, 2-door Civic. His knee made a grotesque pop! as it struck the car. It sounded like a two-liter bottle of soda hitting the pavement after a long fall. ...

By - 11/21/08 - 8:16 am

The Dorchester Reporter breaks the news that Corcoran Jennison Companies is considering canceling its giant "Bayside on the Point" project because the MWRA is refusing to budge on its plans to build an odor-control plant nearby.

The housing project would replace the current Bayside Expo Center; the odor-control plant would use carbon filters and a smokestack to get rid of odors from up to 18-million gallons of sewage-laden storm runoff. The paper talks to South End residents who live near a similar treatment plant.

By - 11/18/08 - 7:14 pm

Boston Police arrested a Dorchester man this morning for slicing up a guy whom he bumped into him on the stairs at Dorchester District Court this morning:

[O]fficers learned that the victim was walking inside the Dorchester District courthouse when an individual physically bumped into him in the stairwell. According to the victim, words were briefly exchanged, but the individual thought nothing of it as he exited the courthouse. However, once outside, the victim states that the same individual ran up to him and cut him in the face with what appeared to be a knife. Victim says the suspect then fled (on foot) down Tremlett Street.

Brock Randolph, 21, was found and charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and mayhem, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/17/08 - 8:25 pm

Bobby reports on a cop with attitude in Dorchester:

Today, as I was leaving the apartment to get some food, there was a police cruiser facing the wrong way parked out front. Two officers, standing over the car, were looking at a piece of paper. "Everything ok, guys?" I asked. One of them looked up at me, crooked his eyes, and demanded, brusquely, "You live here?" "Yes," I replied, caught off guard somewhat by his tone. He paused, unable to contain his disgust at the fact that I would live here, and continued, "Do you know where [such and such] is?" "No." "Ok, well it's not your concern then." ...