By - 11/15/08 - 3:08 pm

Boston Police report that when a Dorchester teen told them he'd been robbed on Tenean Beach around 9 p.m. yesterday by a gang of thuglets, one armed with a gun and one wearing a "half mask," and that they'd then headed toward Boston Bowl, they knew just where to go:

[O]ther assisting units responded to the Boston Bowl and noticed a group of teenagers matching the suspects' description. As officers approached the group they observed the suspects retrieving the stolen I-Pod from some nearby bushes. The group was stopped and, there officers noted the half mask described as being worn by one of the suspects on the person of one of the suspects.

Michael D. Beswick, 18, of Dorchester and a 15-year-old Dorchester juvie were then arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/14/08 - 6:06 pm

Daniel Harris, 23, was charged today with killing Alexandra Gomes in a gunfight that left him and three other people injured, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley announced.

Harris was one of the four people who got themselves and Gomes to local hospitals following the incident early Sunday morning on Elder Street.

By - 11/13/08 - 4:53 pm

How many Massholes can truthfully state they almost caused an international incident - and almost got taken out by a Secret Service sniper protecting the life of the British prime minister? Not content to merely be living the dream, Braude is, of course, contesting the ticket he got.

By - 11/13/08 - 2:13 pm

Boston Police report that officers had reason to believe that the female suspect in a knifepoint robbery on Kerwin Street last night was holed up in a triple-decker there. When they knocked on the door of the third-floor unit, several guys let them in but said no, no women were there.

Then everybody heard a knock on the unit's rear door. And then they heard a woman yell:

Yo, let me in before the police arrest me!

Milena Polanco, 23, of Dorchester, was so busted - and charged with armed robbery.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/12/08 - 8:21 am

Two precincts in South Boston and one in Dorchester, according to Matt O'Malley, who provides some interesting Boston numbers from this year's election. Overall, of course, Obama won big in Boston - O'Malley says one Roxbury precinct went for Obama by a 99.5 - 0.5 margin.

Bonus fun fact: There is a Harbor Islands precinct, with nine registered voters, none of whom bothered to vote.

By - 11/11/08 - 1:56 pm

UPDATE: He returned home.

TuckerBoston Police report Shaydon Tucker, 12, left his Norfolk Street home for school around 6:50 yesterday morning and hasn't been seen since.

He's black, about 4'11" with a medium build and was wearing a Red Sox hat, a green jacket, a black zip-up hoodie, a white short-sleeve polo shirt, black pants and white and black Fubu sneakers, and was carrying a blueish backpack.

By - 11/10/08 - 8:11 pm

Lily Von Schtoop begins to wonder about never-opening Van's Restaurant on Dorchester Avenue and its promise of "causal dining" and "coktails."

By - 11/10/08 - 2:34 pm

Boston Police report the three, ages 17, 17 and 16, were shot at 6:58 p.m. yesterday while standing at a bus stop at Humboldt Avenue and Homestead Street.

Police say one was shot in the leg, another in the back and the third in leg and back and that they ran to the Family Super Market for help. All three are expected to survive.

Police say they are looking for a small black or gray car that sped away toward Seaver Street, possibly with tinted windows and a "C" on it.

By - 11/9/08 - 10:19 pm
Gomes and daughter
From her MySpace page.

UPDATE: Man arrested, charged with her murder.

The Metro identifies the dead woman as Alexandra Gomes, 19, of Dorchester. Her friends knew her as Xanda. She and four other people were raked with gunfire early this morning on Elder Street.

On her MySpace page, her friends expressed shock and promised to watch over her baby, Niylah:

i cant believe this is real it feels like a dream.. i wish i was being punked.. i remember our fun lil sleepovas when we were younger and ur mom made cucumbers and we miss you all and watch over us everyday... i love you so much.. and we'll take care of niylah for you.. you don't deserve this one bit... but we love you so mcuh... i cant believe it.. i wish there was a way for you to come back ...turn back time or something.. we love youuuu
rest easy xandaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

By - 11/9/08 - 9:07 pm

Boston Police report an elderly man who'd just left the Convenient Corner store on Dorchester Avenue Friday afternoon was attacked from behind, knocked to the ground and then robbed by several teenagers, one of whom dropped a knife during the attack.

Police say they quickly identified and arrested four suspects on charges of armed robbery: Roger Middleton, 17, of Dorchester, two 16-year-olds and a 15-year old.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/9/08 - 6:56 pm

This mini-article in City Weekly quotes extensively from Dorchester blogger Whalehead King without providing the URL for people who might actually want to read more. The very next page has a bunch of URLs accompanying some story about bicycles, so I don't think it's that City Weekly doesn't know how to get URLs into print.

By - 11/9/08 - 12:22 pm

UPDATE: Arrest made.

Boston Police report a woman, 19, died at Boston Medical Center after being shot repeatedly around 2:24 a.m. at 6 Elder St. (UPDATE: Her name was Alexandra Gomes and she had a 15-month-old daughter) Four other victims, three men and one woman, showed up at local hospitals and are expected to survive, despite multiple gunshot wounds.

Scene of the crime (the blue building):

The woman is Dorchester's 22nd murder victim this year. Dorchester murder map.

By - 11/7/08 - 2:24 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Jovon Adams, 24, guilty of all charges related to a May 15, 2007 shooting at Franklin Field that left a man dead and a woman with gunshot wounds, the Suffolk County DA's office reports.

Because the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Cordelro Andrade, Adams will be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. An alleged accomplice, Taquise Johnson, will be tried at a later date, according to the DA's office.

By - 11/6/08 - 5:56 pm

Boston Police report a man was slashed across the chest early Saturday morning outside the Venetian Garden, 1269 Mass. Ave.. Police say they are looking for two black males, possibly brothers.

By - 11/4/08 - 4:57 pm

Kimya Foust today pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the stabbing death of Walter Jackson, Jr. in his Harold Street apartment two years ago following a days-long crack and heroin binge.

By - 11/3/08 - 12:29 am

Boston Police report arresting a 14-year-old who allegedly rode up to a woman at Blue Hill Avenue and Wayne Street on his bike and demanded her cell phone around 8 p.m. yesterday Police say he then started to lift his shirt and the woman's friend yelled "He's got a gun!" He enjoyed his freedom for another 20 minutes, until police picked him up.

Innocent, etc.

By - 11/1/08 - 7:35 pm

When police officers asked Brian C. Chuckran, 28, of Brockton, what he was doing inside 16 Rockne Ave. in Dorchester around 2:20 this morning, he reportedly replied that a kindly black man let him in after he'd been attacked by a gang of white supremacists.

The occupants of the house, however, told police the first they knew about Chuckran was when they were awoken by the sound of him walking around their bedroom. Noting this discrepancy, plus the busted front-door lock and splintered door frame, officers arrested Chuckran on a charge of breaking and entering in the nighttime.

Innocent, etc.

By - 10/31/08 - 2:00 pm

Boston Police report finding two men shot yesterday evening. William Branch, 38, of Dorchester, found at 222 Norwell St. around 6:35 p.m., died. The second man, 35, found at the corner of Harvard and Warner streets three minutes earlier, is in critical condition at Boston Medical Center.

Police say the two were together when one of them got into a fight with a group of men. This then led to a second fight, at which point they were shot.

By - 10/30/08 - 9:08 pm

The Southeast Distressway lived up to its name this afternoon, with some people getting stuck in the HOV lane for more than an hour after one car ran out of gas and two more broke down, according to report after report on WBZ's Traffic on the 3s.

By - 10/30/08 - 5:04 pm

Boston Police report a 24-year-old man was shot around 10 a.m. today at 110 Greenbrier St. in Dorchester. He was rushed to Boston Medical Center, where he died:

Preliminary information suggests that two black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts and masks approached the residence, forced entry and shot the victim. The suspects are believed to have fled on foot.

This is Dorchester's 20th murder this year. Map.