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By adamg - 4/27/21 - 3:18 pm

Update: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the fatal stabbing actually happened in a Southampton Street parking lot, but that the victim was able to walk to the intersection of Mass and Cass, where police found him. Also, the suspect has a long record.

Boston Police report arresting Liquarry Jefferson, 41, of Taunton on charges he fatally stabbed Jamaal Chin-Clarke of Mattapan around 5:45 a.m. on Feb. 27.

Innocent, etc.

By adamg - 4/12/21 - 2:01 pm
Sue Sullivan speaks

Sue Sullivan speaks as residents wearing "Build the Bridge" shirts listen.

It was bad enough when the Long Island Bridge shut and even more drug addicts began congregating in the area of Mass and Cass, Sue Sullivan said. But now, the area has become a haven for drug sellers and people quick to settle a beef with a knife or gun, the head of the Newmarket Business Association says. Read more.

By adamg - 2/27/21 - 5:35 pm

Victim identified as Jamaal Chin-Clarke, 40.

Boston Police report a man was stabbed at Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard around 5:45 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 2/15/21 - 9:32 am
Seized drugs and gun

Seized drugs, scale, gun and $3,509 in cash.

Boston Police report arresting a Lowell man and seizing his mobile drugstore outside the city's Southampton Street shelter around 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/21 - 4:40 pm

The Boston Sun reports Andre's Cafe in Worcester Square has closed for good.

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By adamg - 2/2/21 - 9:50 pm

First, a programming note: Tomorrow at noon, the City Council holds a regular Wednesday meeting - at which councilors may decide whether to try to bypass a special election for mayor should Marty Walsh decamp for Washington before March 5. Read more.

By adamg - 10/9/20 - 6:22 pm

The Boston Sun reports that Charlie Baker's own State Police detail delivered a "stay away" order to Domingos Darosa, a community activist and city-council candidate who has been collecting needles from along Methadone Mile and driving them up to Swampscott to deliver to the Baker house to try to spur more action on cleaning up the area.

By adamg - 10/5/20 - 2:59 pm

Boston Police report arresting seven men in recent days on charges they sold a variety of drugs, including fentanyl, crack, marijuana and Gabapentin, in the area of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. Police add that another 25 people will be summonsed to court to face drug-possession charges after they finish addiction treatment.

By adamg - 9/23/20 - 9:01 am

The ACLU of Massachusetts today sued the city of Boston for what the organization says is the city's refusal to turn over documents related to the planning and carrying out of "Operation Clean Sweep" - in which police swarmed the area around Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard for several days in August of 2019 after a Suffolk County corrections officer was beaten just outside the South Bay House of Corrections. Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/20 - 10:37 am

The Daily Free Press reports on a protest along Mass. Ave. yesterday.

James W. Hills videoed the protest: Read more.

By adamg - 8/24/20 - 9:54 pm

Live Boston reports a pedestrian was hit by a car at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard early this morning, in roughly the same sport where another pedestrian was hit, allegedly by a Dorchester man who was charged with OUI, not far from the spot on the Mass. Ave. Connector where a third person was struck by a car two nights earlier, allegedly driven by a drunk woman from South Boston.

By adamg - 8/13/20 - 9:04 am

The Boston Sun recounts the life of Damien Hughes, stabbed to death outside the Southampton Shelter on July 31.

By adamg - 8/10/20 - 9:46 pm

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. The victim fell to the ground, then ran through traffic a half block down Massachusetts Avenue before Boston EMS found him and transported him back a half block to the Boston Medical Center emergency room. Injury not considered life threatening.

It's at least the third knife attack in the general Mass/Cass area in the past two weeks, although the other two were fatal.

By adamg - 8/4/20 - 9:13 am
Suspect being taken into custody

A grinning suspect being taken into custody. Photo by Live Boston.

Update: Victim identified as Michael Dezrick, 48.

Boston Police report a man was fatally stabbed around midnight outside 1024 Massachusetts Ave. - a half mile from where another man was stabbed to death on Friday. Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/20 - 9:33 am

The Boston Sun reports on the controversy over the Pine Street Inn leasing the Roundhouse Hotel near the intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue for use as a 180-person homeless shelter.

By adamg - 1/5/20 - 1:27 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Dorchester man they say was standing outside Boston Health Care for the Homeless, 780 Albany St., Friday morning with salable amounts of fentanyl, crack and marijuana. Read more.

By adamg - 11/21/19 - 2:53 pm

The Boston Sun reports on the new members of the Mass/Cass 2.0 Task Force.

By adamg - 10/25/19 - 11:31 am
Methadone Mile as a landmark

An outraged citizen discovers that "Methadone Mile" is now a searchable "landmark" on some mapping services and files a 311 complaint to get that changed: Read more.

By adamg - 10/4/19 - 9:40 am

Mayor Walsh today released details of a plan to clean up Methadone Mile and Newmarket Square through additional resources and workers aimed both at "deconcentrating" addicts and homeless people by getting more of them into treatment and shelters - some created outside those areas - and through faster cleanup of the needles and other detritus they leave behind and stepped up police presence. Read more.

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