By - 3/9/08 - 8:29 pm

UPDATE: Torres convicted of first-degree murder.

Melissa Santiago, 29, found face down in kitchen around 11:20 this morning at 689 Washington St.

Jose Torres, 26, of the South End, arrested on a charge of murder. Torres will be arraigned Monday morning in Dorchester District Court. Police say it was a case of domestic violence.

Santiago is Dorchester's tenth murder victim this year (Dorchester murder map).

By - 3/8/08 - 9:53 pm

Outside of the Red Line corridor, the prices of Dorchester housing units - especially multi-family properties - are crashing, the Dorchester Reporter reports. The mortgage crisis may not be the only reason:

... A less examined reason for the sinking market could be a decrease in fraud brought about by increased media and governmental focus on the sub-prime lending crisis. Several properties previously detailed in the Reporter appear to have been sold under curious circumstances. ...

By - 3/7/08 - 9:20 am

Chris Lovett details growing opposition in Dorchester to a proposal by Attorney General Martha Coakley to eliminate acute-care medical services at Carney Hospital, as part of an overall plan to stabilize the Caritas hospital system.

By - 3/6/08 - 1:51 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Roxbury man on charges he held up some people walking to the Marriott off the Southeast Expressway at gunpoint around 9 p.m. last night. A surveillance camera at the nearby Target helped police identify and arrest the guy.

Down in West Roxbury, police arrested a local man following an accident shortly after midnight today:

On arrival, officers spoke to the operator who reported to officers that he was traveling down Wren St. towards Rutledge St. when he lost control, and struck a parked and unattended car causing his car to roll over. The operator then told officers that he had no license and that he had stolen the car keys from his mother. Further check via Mobile Data Terminal (computer in police cruiser) revealed that the operator's license was revoked, and that he had several six outstanding warrants. The passenger in the suspect car was transported to the hospital with minor injuries while he refused medical attention.

Finally, back up in Dorchester, police say a dude "known to them" started running away when he spotted them - and eventually tossed away a gun. They lost sight of him, so they staked out his house and, sure enough, he showed up there three hours later. Arrested.

Innocent until proven guilty.

By - 2/23/08 - 9:14 pm

G posts a pair of photos of some exemplary Dot space saving, including one of a space heater used either to melt snow or save a space or both.

By - 2/15/08 - 9:42 pm

No, not a triple decker on that Meeting House Hill street the Herald, the Globe and Tom Menino are suddenly wicked interested in.

By - 2/12/08 - 10:18 am

UPDATE: Monroe pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Rashard Monroe, 17, will be arraigned today in Dorchester District Court on manslaughter charges in connection with the death of Kendell Floyd, also 17, yesterday.

Floyd was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

This is Boston's 11th killing of the year, the ninth in Dorchester.

By - 2/10/08 - 1:34 pm

The Herald shows how the subprime crisis has hit home in Dorchester, focused on Hendry Street on Meeting House Hill.

Also see the Dorchester Reporter's Hendry Street report from this past September and its follow-up (from October) on foreclosures and triple deckers.

By - 2/4/08 - 12:26 pm

Donald George Smith, Jr., 35, around 10:40 p.m. yesterday at 377 Park St. Taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The Globe reports he was a father of four and that he was not the intended target; he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time - walking to the Red Line after watching the Super Bowl at his girlfriend's apartment.

By - 1/31/08 - 1:16 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man at 349 Adams St. on a variety of drug- and gun-related charges yesterday. Police say they seized, among other things, 58 grams of crack, numerous bags of pot, three semi-automatic firearms (one with an obliterated serial number), 161 rounds of ammunition, a large-capacity magazine loaded with 30 9-mm rounds and two bullet-proof vests. Many of the items were inside a Brinks safe, police say.

Also, police report yet another arrest resulting from a traffic violation; this time, two guys from Newton, arrested at Forest Hills and Washington streets in JP on a variety of pot and gun-related charges around 9 p.m. yesterday after officers pulled them over because their license plate was "barely visible and dirty."

By - 1/26/08 - 5:04 pm

Fatal stabbing shakes city's gays.

The article comes nine days after Daniel Yakovleff was found dead in a Savin Hill apartment and five days after the Globe got scooped on this Boston story by the Hartford Courant.

By - 1/22/08 - 9:53 am

Buried in an otherwise routine Globe article about Roslindale seeking answers to gun violence (note to any out-of-state family members reading this: No, we are not cowering in our basement just yet), was this fun little nugget:

Several law enforcement officials said police fear the new violence could be the result of gang members recently moving from Dorchester to Roslindale.

By - 1/21/08 - 2:57 pm

YakovleffThe Hartford Courant interviews the family of Daniel Yakovleff, 20, found murdered in a Savin Hill triple decker last week. Among their questions: Was he murdered because he was gay and will Boston Police not take his death seriously because of that?

Yakovleff moved to Boston not long after graduating high school in Ashford, Conn., two years ago. He was a cosmetologist at Liquid Hair Studios on Tremont Street in the South End.

His death notice.

Photo from Yakovleff's Facebook page.

By - 1/18/08 - 11:32 pm

Tyrone Credle, 23, died in a hail of gunfire around 7:35 p.m. on Harvard Street. The Herald reports he was eating curry shrimp and rice in a Jamaican restaurant at the time and was "a major player in Boston street violence."

He's the seventh murder victim in Dorchester this month.

By - 1/17/08 - 5:40 pm

Roderick Carter, 24, of Dorchester, found dead at 20 Stratton St. around 3:05 this morning.

Carter is the fourth Boston murder victim in less than two days, and the seventh this month. Six of the seven murders have been in Dorchester; the seventh, in Roslindale, involved a man leaving a funeral for the victim of one of the Dorchester murders.

By - 1/17/08 - 12:27 pm

Man in his 30s, single stab wound, on the top floor of a Tuttle Street triple decker around 6 a.m. Daniel Yakovleff.

Up there:

Family of Dorchester stabbing victim seeks answers.

By - 1/16/08 - 8:03 pm

Boston Police report a man in his late 20s was shot around 1:15 this afternoon outside 82 Topliff St., Dorchester. He was taken to Boston Medical Center in critical condition.

By - 1/16/08 - 9:44 am

Carlos Sierra, 16, found with multiple gunshot wounds at 16 Strathcona Rd., Dorchester, at 10:41 p.m. yesterday:

Homicide investigators are interested in speaking to the occupants of a gray or dark green Honda with tinted windows that is believed to have been in the area at the time of the shooting.

By - 1/12/08 - 9:40 pm

1443 Dorchester Ave., around 4:10 p.m.; man, 20, rushed to Boston Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.

By - 1/11/08 - 1:06 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Nile J. Reavis, 42, of first-degree murder in the Nov. 2, 2006 death of his wife Sandra.

Suffolk County prosecutors charged Reavis used "the biggest kitchen knife he could find" to stab his wife, Sandra, six times while she slept early on Nov. 2 of that year. When she woke up and tried to fight back, Reavis started beating her. As she lay dying, he told her: "You're not going to cheat on me anymore."

Reavis will be sentenced on Monday; he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.