Dorchester

By - 10/16/08 - 4:52 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports police are investigating a break-in at the offices of the community-activism group at 196 Adams St. in Fields Corner sometime late yesterday or early this morning:

ACORN Massachusetts' head organizer Noemi "Mimi" Ramos arrived at the organization's offices in Fields Corner Thursday morning, Oct. 16, to find the front door unlocked, three desktop computers missing, internet and phone lines ripped out of the walls and general disarray. ...

Yes, it's the group that John McCain last night accused of trying to bring down American democracy.

By - 10/16/08 - 12:34 pm

Kathy Booth, 44, today pleaded guilty to stabbing her older brother, Keith Payne, in the heart in a fit of anger in 2006 because he was living in their mother's Dorchester home, which meant there was no room for her.

By - 10/14/08 - 4:33 pm

Jayquann McConnico today admitted he left a loaded gun in his bedroom that a 7-year-old relative used to kill his brother Liquarry last summer, the Suffolk County DA's office reports.

McConnico, himself only 16, was committed to DYS until he turns 21. He was also sentenced to four to six years in prison for manslaughter and 2 1/2 years in jail for lying to police. However, Boston Juvenile Court Judge Stephen Limon suspended those sentences for nine years.

Liquarry's mother, Lakeisha Gadson, is scheduled for trial in April on charges of involuntary manslaughter, wantonly and recklessly permitting substantial bodilty injury to a child, child endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, and misleading a police officer.

Prosecutors McConnico stored a 9-mm Norinco semi-automatic handgun with live ammunition in the unlocked top drawer of a small dresser in McConnico's bedroom at 266 Seaver St. They alleged that Liquarry routinely played in the room - and that it was this gun that the boy and his cousin were playing with when it went off around 11 p.m. on June 24, 2007.

By - 10/14/08 - 8:57 am
See what happens when you don't pay your fare?

Part of a new T ad campaign that started today.

A man arrested Friday night for trying to avoid paying for the T will be arraigned this morning on illegal gun possession charges, the Suffolk County DA's office says.

Transit Police nabbed Cristobal Garcia after they spotted him walking through a fare gate at Ashmont station right after somebody had used his CharlieCard, the DA's office says. On a pat frisk, officers found a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic loaded with nine rounds of ammunition, including one in the chamber, prosecutors say.

By - 10/13/08 - 11:55 am

No one hurt in early-morning fire on Powellton Road. But was it set?

By - 10/13/08 - 10:21 am

In case you missed it, Yvonne Abraham yesterday had an interesting piece that raises the question of whose campaign is really for sale: Sonia Chang-Diaz, who took $500 from some woman in Cambridge, or Dianne Wilkerson, who took $7,000 from the management companiy at the Roxse Homes project (from which Wilkerson rents her campaign office)?

By - 10/8/08 - 9:32 pm

Boston Police report arresting an alleged gun-toting thug in Dorchester yesterday after he got into a cab carrying a loaded gun - and a baby.

Police say Kevin A. Taylor, 19, of Dorchester, was wanted on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, accessory after the fact for murder, kidnapping, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, reckless child endangerment and witness intimidation.

According to police, officers from the fugitive unit tracked him to an address near Capen and Morton streets and were about to go inside to arrest him when they saw him come out of the building holding a baby and get into a cab with the baby and a woman. They followed the cab for a short distance, then stopped it at 85 Capen St., where they got Taylor out of the cab, frisked him, found a loaded revolver, then put him under arrest.

This is at least Taylor's second arrest in connection with a loaded gun. In December, 2006, he was arrested on unlawful-weapons charges when police, responding to a report of gunfire, allegedly found him with a loaded gun on Maxwell Street.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/7/08 - 2:46 pm

Jonathan Sanders, 19, of Dorchester, has been charged with gunning down another teen on a T bus last spring, the Suffolk County DA's office and Boston police announced.

Conveniently for authorities, Sanders was already locked up, on an unrelated probation violation at the Nashua Street jail. He is scheduled for a Thursday arraignment in Dorchester District Court on a charge of murder for the March 30, 2007 death of Dwayne Graham, 18, of Hyde Park.

Graham was killed on a 23 bus around 4 p.m. at Washington Street and Columbia Road.

The Suffolk County DA's office and Boston Police say grand jury investigations into a spate of street killings around the same time last year continue.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/7/08 - 10:04 am

Boston Police report two men, both in their 40s, were found shot at 193 Callender St. around 11:43 p.m. yesterday.

One was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

That makes 19 murders for Dorchester this year. Dorchester murder map.

By - 10/5/08 - 7:10 pm

Channel 4 reports that several hundred people gathered yesterday to remember the 13-year-old gunned down a year ago in a murder that remains unsolved.

By - 10/4/08 - 10:12 am

CDA reports on the aftermath of a robbery in her Dorchester triple-decker. But the story has a happy ending - except for the three kids who got caught.

By - 10/3/08 - 9:01 pm

The Globe reports the state Bar Counsel wants state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson disbarred, saying she lied under oath during a 2005 court hearing involving her nephew:

In both the court appearance and in the affidavit, Wilkerson falsely claimed that she was present at a Boston police station when two homicide detectives interviewed another relative, Isaac Wilkerson, about the 1994 stabbing death of Hazel Mack, the petition said.

The complaint now goes before the state Supreme Judicial Court.

By - 10/1/08 - 7:19 pm

Pahkcah02 reports that while her rabbi in Stoughton discussed Aaron Feurstein (you know, the Malden Mills guy) in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, her sister's rabbi down in Baltimore discussed the life of Samuel "the Chief" Levine of Boston - who was both a ward boss under James Michael Curley and her great uncle. His life gives one a chance to reflect on what sort of life you want to lead in the year ahead, she writes.

By - 10/1/08 - 3:21 pm

Councilor Turner tells PoltickerMA that he doubts Sonia Chang-Diaz is really Latina and that her support really comes from white women who can't stand the idea that a black man could get into the White House instead of Hillary Clinton.

Needless to say, Turner is backing incumbent Dianne Wilkerson in her sticker campaign, calling her "a treasured resource" the 2nd Suffolk District - or rather, real blacks and Latinos in the district - can't afford to give up.

By - 9/28/08 - 3:52 pm

Its dispatch center might be something like this:

Tweedledum careened into the Peppermint Squad's garage that is conveniently, if secretly, located off Codman Square. He killed the engine and shouted to all who could hear: "We've got D-cup Skirt Alert on Melville Street!" It was Friday evening and things were slow in Dorchester's motor scooter community, owing to the rain and all. ...

By - 9/26/08 - 4:18 pm

In Suffolk Superior Court today, Isaura Mendes forgave Arnaldo Lopes for killing her son, Bobby Mendes, in 1995. Lopes was sentenced to 8-12 years in state prison for voluntary manslaughter in the case, which started a decade of murder and violence in Boston's Cape Verdean community.

By - 9/26/08 - 2:00 pm

Dorchester and Melville avenues in Fields Corner. Boston Police report on two drunk-driving arrests there last night: