By - 5/5/16 - 10:58 am

Bill Forry knew Mike Baker from their days as teens at the Boys and Girls Club. Today, Forry writes about coming to grips with Baker's self-inflicted death last Thursday in his Adams Village home, about the anger, the grief and the sadness and what Baker meant to him, his neighbors and the city. He concludes:

We'll choose to remember him as he was in his prime: A husband, father, son, brother, coach, comedian, and devoted public servant. And, always - quite proudly - a Dorchester kid who always found a way to make us smile.

By - 5/5/16 - 7:42 am

WBZ reports workers turned on fountains at the Lee and Mather schools in Dorchester, the Curley school in Jamaica Plain and Another Course to College in Brighton by mistake and that students may have drunk from them before they were shut off again because of elevated lead levels.

Parents are not amused:

[A BPS administrator] met with staff on January 29th to discuss the water situation. But didn’t notify school families until February 12th. In addition, the families were told not to worry, there were no health risks associated with the elevated levels. BPS was just being proactive by turning off those fountains. If she knew about the issues at the Mather, why did she not include it in last week’s count of schools impacted by elevated levels of lead.

By - 5/5/16 - 7:34 am

Shortly after 7:15 a.m. at 484 Blue Hill Ave.

By - 5/4/16 - 2:09 pm
Boston firefighters at 11 Capen Pl. in Dorchester

Firefighters make sure fire stays out. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire that started in a first-floor bedroom at at 11 Capen Pl., off Capen Street, did an estimated $250,000 in damage.

The fire, reported at 11:30 a.m., displaced six people. There were no injuries, the department reports.

By - 5/4/16 - 7:26 am

Boston EMS Incidents and WBZ report two people were shot on Bailey Street shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Because of the severity of at least one victim's injuries, the homicide unit was requested, just in case.

Last July, a man was shot to death near there.

By - 5/2/16 - 7:49 am

A sleepless citizen complains:

Our neighborhood is being woken up from crashing sounds. Huge booms. We thought it was construction materials bring dropped off. One neighbor thinks it is the sound of dumpsters being emptied. It's messing with our sleep on a regular basis. Today was 5:40 am some days are as early as 4:15. Minot Street residents must be dealing with this, too. Please, this can't continue.

By - 5/1/16 - 6:19 pm
Lambert's in Dorchester bans Roger Goodell

Lambert's on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester makes it pretty clear that Goodell better not show his face there, as Joel Pettigrew shows us.

World's best salad bar, now with free Brady.

By - 5/1/16 - 2:31 pm

Around 2:20 p.m. inside 726 Dudley St.

By - 5/1/16 - 1:45 pm

Boston Police report a raid on D&D Market, 734 Blue Hill Ave. yesterday morning uncovered a pound and a half of marijuana, scales and packaging used to distribute it in smaller amounts and 23 rounds of ammunition. Read more.

By - 5/1/16 - 8:16 am
Fire hit this building on Montello Street in Dorchester

The rear of 8 Montello. Photo by BFD.

An hour after a fire on Dacia Street, the rear porches at 8 Montello St. caught on fire, the Boston Fire Department reports. Read more.

By - 4/30/16 - 7:15 pm
Fire on Dacia Street in Dorchester

The structure on fire. Photo by BFD.

A shed already marked as dangerous by firefighters caught on fire around 7 p.m. behind 50 Dacia St. in Dorchester and spread to two three deckers at 12 and 16 Woodcliff, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The fire displaced 22 people on Woodcliff Street, the department says, adding the cause is under investigation.

By - 4/30/16 - 11:22 am

Somewhere between JFK/UMass and Braintree, a Red Line train saw eternity and now there are "moderate" delays on the line.

By - 4/28/16 - 3:20 pm

Now entering its fifth year, the Hubway bike-sharing program reports it will add ten new bike-rental stations in Roxbury and North Dorchester, thanks in large part due to a $525,000 grant from the Barr Foundation.

By - 4/27/16 - 11:11 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a landlord who never gave a tenant a receipt for her $1,300 security deposit, let alone pay her interest on it, will have to try again if he wants to evict her from her Dorchester apartment. Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 7:06 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court judge today sentenced Erroll Foreman, 51, to life in prison following his conviction on three counts of aggravated rape of a child and single counts of assault and battery and witness intimidation, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 4/26/16 - 7:37 am

Residents can get info and comment on Boston Police's plan to outfit up to 100 officers with body cameras in May at meetings tonight and Thursday, organized by the City Council's Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice.

Tonight's session starts at 6 p.m. in the Charlestown High School cafeteria, 240 Medford Street. Thursday's also starts at 6, at the First Parish Church of Dorchester, 10 Parish St.

By - 4/25/16 - 1:11 pm

Boston Fire, Boston Police and Coast Guard crews all responded to the Dorchester Yacht Club off Savin Hill today on a report of a possible oil spill.

But then they realized the stuff was actually pollen, probably washed down from I-93. A yacht-club worker said the pollen spills have happened before.

By - 4/24/16 - 11:50 am
Car inside Dorchester insurance agency

The car was still there this morning. Photo by Tri Pham.

WCVB reports a car wound up inside the Mohawk Insurance storefront on Dorchester Avenue at Melville last night.

By - 4/21/16 - 9:00 pm

Police arrested a pair for an armed home invasion on Trescott Street not long after the two used their victim's ATM card to withdraw $200 from a nearby bank machine yesterday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Quaknesha Garvin-Johnson, 22, and a 17-year-old, not named because of his age, were both ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail at their arraignments in Dorchester Municipal Court this morning, the DA's office reports, adding it had only requested $50,000 bail for Garvin-Johnson. Read more.