By - 5/24/08 - 10:12 pm

Boston Police report that when they went to investigate a group of a dozen guys milling around Hendry Street yesterday afternoon, one guy seemed particularly anxious to not have the cops around. They eventually arrested the guy, who turned out to be 14, on a variety of charges related to the semi-automatic handgun and ammo they say he was packing.

By - 5/23/08 - 2:10 pm

Oh, brother. That boy who claimed he ran away from a kidnapper on the way to St. Brendan's School in Dorchester the other day was lying just like the girl who texted her mother yesterday about bad things being done to her, Boston Police report.

Further investigation revealed that the young man had fabricated his story because he was concerned about being tardy for school.

Currently the Boston Police School Police Unit will work with the families of these two children to assist them with receiving any necessary social services. Also officers are seeking to get the children involved in community service. In addition, the Boston Police School Police Unit is working closely with the Boston School Department to develop an educational awareness program to reinforce to students the true and serious ramifications for falsifying information to their parent and authorities.

The Boston Police Department would like to take this opportunity to urge parents to have a conversation with their children about the seriousness of both these situations and the consequences that result.

So the anonymous person who posted this not long after I posted about the St. Brendan's kid was absolutely right.

By - 5/20/08 - 2:35 pm

Three-alarmer between Granite Avenue and Pope John Paul II Park; Red Line service briefly halted.


By - 5/19/08 - 4:49 pm

UPDATE: The kid lied; there was no evil man, Boston Police now say.

Boston Police report they are looking for a man who tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy walking on Gallivan Boulevard (near the CVS) on his way to St. Brendan's School this morning:

... The victim stated the suspect approached him from the rear vacant lot next to 663 Gallivan Blvd and stated, "Hey" and then grabbed the victim's right arm and attempted to pull the victim into the vacant lot. The victim was able to break free from the suspect. He then fled through numerous yards and streets in an attempt to lose the suspect. The victim made his way to St. Brendan's School and immediately notified the principal of the incident.

The suspect reportedly chased him through the vacant lot onto Marsh St. into the rear of Florian Hall where the suspect fled in an unknown direction. ...

The alleged perp is described as: A white male, mid 40's- 50's, 200 lbs, 5'10", with scruffy salt/pepper facial hair, wearing a black waist length leather jacket with red sleeves, blue jeans with faded/white spots near the thighs of both legs, a black baseball cap with black sunglasses, and gray New Balance sneakers.

By - 5/18/08 - 2:05 pm

A man sitting in a lobby chair with one hand down his pants while he sipped vodka from a plastic cup with the other was arrested yesterday when he declined entreaties from security guards at the Back Bay Westin to leave, Boston Police report.

Police say the man, from Bar Harbor, Maine, had a plastic shopping bag full of vodka bottles and an unzipped fly when they arrived at the hotel. Even the presence of police would not move him from his chair - at least, not initially.

By - 5/17/08 - 4:40 pm

Boston Police report arresting three men on drug charges at the Finest Cuts barbershop, 405 Blue Hill Ave. shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday. One of the men allegedly had more than a pound of cocaine on him.

Meanwhile, police say a man walking with three boxes of pizza on Saratoga Street in East Boston last night was allegedly set upon by a trio of ruffians who demanded a box:

The suspects then told the victim that the pizzas now belonged to them and started assaulting him by grabbing and punching him. Per the victim, the suspects, after assaulting him, took his pizzas and walked away. The victim en route home observed the suspects sitting in front of 189 Prince Street eating the pizzas they had just robbed from him. The suspects then attacked the victim again and began hitting the victim again forcing him to defend himself.

One of the three was arrested; the other two didn't stick around.

By - 5/15/08 - 9:04 am

This Sunday, there's going to be a "Man Up for Liquarry Jefferson Accountability March" from Grove Hall to City Hall, to try to get black men to take more responsibility for stopping violence in inner-city Boston (starts at 11 a.m.; it's named for the little boy shot by a cousin with an illegal gun a family member left lying around).

I didn't read about it in the Globe or the Herald, of course. Instead, I heard about it this morning on Touch FM, the pirate radio station a toothless FCC can't seem to shut down.

By - 5/8/08 - 12:44 pm

The FCC has ordered a local man to pay a $17,000 fine for running an unlicensed radio station on Blue Hill Avenue.

The FCC says Charles Clemons continued to run Touch FM at 106.1 FM even after FCC field investigators - acting on a complaint from engineers at licensed stations - told him to knock it off.

By - 5/8/08 - 10:23 am

Around 8 a.m. on Humphreys Street.

Ed. clueless note: Is this Dorchester or Roxbury?

By - 5/5/08 - 2:45 pm

Boston Police say they had Mohammed Kaba, 21, of Roslindale, cornered in the Hip Zepi clothing store on Blue Hill Avenue yesterday afternoon, when he bolted:

Officers were waiting at the front door anticipating the suspects attempted escape and engaged him in a struggle after he broke the glass front door of the store. After a brief but violent struggle officers were able to place the suspect in handcuffs and arrest him.

Police say Kaba was already wanted for assault with intent to murder and a variety of drug and weapons charges. Because, they say, they found him with a loaded weapon and several bags of pot, he now faces a whole slew of new charges, including being an "armed career criminal." At 21.

Kaba was taken down by the Boston Police Fugitive Unit, the Boston Police SWAT team, the Homicide Unit and the Youth Violence Strike Force.

Meanwhile, female companions of some alleged thuglets learned an important lesson at 214 Harvard St. in Dorchester yesterday afternoon: If the police are busy arresting your boyfriends (ages 13 through 18) on trespassing and marijuana charges, and they ask you to leave the scene, you might want to do so rather than jump the cops, because then the police are going to arrest you as well, even if one of you is only 11.

By - 5/4/08 - 11:50 am

The Herald reports a couple of guys in a brown Japanese sedan were spotted dumping what turned out to be a male body near the Franklin Park Zoo's overflow parking lot last night.

Police are also investigating a Chinatown stabbing last night: They say a man made it to South Station after being stabbed in a bar where he said the bartender kicked him out after he was sliced open.

By - 5/2/08 - 1:39 pm

NStar worker injured, but expected to survive the flash fire under Freeport Street.

By - 4/29/08 - 9:00 am

Both the officer and the other driver taken away after the crash at Morton and Washington streets Monday evening.

By - 4/23/08 - 9:08 am

Boston has fined Atlantic Records $12,000 for plastering posters all over Dorchester:

... During a routine walkthrough of various Dorchester neighborhoods, Sgt. Steve Tankle observed many music release posters plastered on city poles along Dorchester Ave. and Washington St.

Sgt. Tankle also noted, some poles contained two posters of the various advertisements. Tickets were immediately issue to Atlantic records for violation of City Ordinance, 16-23.1 "posting signs without authority." ...

Tip o' the Sox cap to John Keith for spotting the city press release.

By - 4/21/08 - 9:17 pm

Four men were shot, none fatally, at Whittemore Terrace and Hancock Street in Dorchester. The Globe reports officials do not believe the shootings (or the South End shooting of a 13-year-old) are related.

By - 4/19/08 - 11:08 am

Larry Davidson reports from the annual event, held at the First Parish Church:

... [T]his endeavor is deliberately an interfaith community-building activity, so it's best not to hold it in a Jewish facility even if one still existed in Dorchester. ...

By - 4/16/08 - 9:00 pm

Bernard White, 38, shot repeatedly around 4:30 p.m. at 68 Bowdoin Ave., pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.

This is Dorchester's twelfth murder this year; the first since March 19.

By - 4/14/08 - 1:51 pm

51-53 Colonial Ave. in Dorchester, broke out around 10 a.m.

By - 4/5/08 - 2:30 pm

The trio, from Hyde Park and Mattapan, were escorted out of the Venetian Garden on Mass. Ave. early this morning, then made good on their threat to come back with a gun, police charge, adding they were able to arrest them before they also made good on a promise to kill somebody:

... The victim stated that a short time later while he was standing outside the restaurant, he observed the suspects drive by with suspect, Santana brandishing a gun and suspect, Rodriguez brandishing a knife while suspect, Garcia was operating the vehicle. The victim stated that the suspects then drove up the street made a U-turn, and headed back in his direction. Per victim, thinking that the suspects were coming to harm him, he flagged down an officer that was driving by and directed them to the suspects who now had fled down Mass. Avenue. ...