By - 6/3/09 - 1:19 pm

The Dorchester Reporter relates the saga of a woman who, on getting impatient with sitting in traffic at Freeport Street and Dorchester Avenue yesterday morning, took off with two cops still attached to her car - after first kicking a third officer.

Innocent, etc.

By - 6/3/09 - 9:21 am

Boston Police tweet a fire at 188 Boston St. caused major traffic and bus delays on Dorchester Avenue through Andrew Square this morning.

By - 6/2/09 - 10:21 am

Closing arguments could come today in the Suffolk Superior Court trial of Quincy Butler and William Wood. But you haven't heard of them because they're only charged with stabbing a woman to death and shooting out her boyfriend's eye in a drug-fueled 2004 home invasion in Dorchester, and this is their fourth trial on the charges, so it's understandable that reporters are just too fatigued to care anymore, especially when the alleged run-away nebbish with the fun fake name is on trial so far away, like in a whole other courtroom in the same building.

Same thing happened at their third trial, last year, which took place at the same time some loathsome Brit was on trial in Middlesex County for murdering his wife and daughter in Hopkinton, and which was declared a mistrial, following two other mistrials.

And by "media," I include the Globe's Adrian Walker, whose column today breaks new ground in not telling you anything you didn't already know about the Defendant.

By - 6/1/09 - 5:02 pm

Bill Forry, managing editor of the Dorchester Reporter, has been awarded a yearlong Shorenstein scholarship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government:

The full tuition Shorenstein Center Scholarship in Press and Politics is awarded to an individual who has a proven interest in issues concerning the press and politics. The scholarship supports students who wish to pursue graduate study in the field of press, politics and public policy.

To prepare for his absence, the Reporter has announced several newsroom changes. Publisher Ed Forry (Bill's father), will return to overseeing editorial and op/ed pages, while Tom Mulvoy, former managing editor of the Boston Globe, will become interim managing editor. News Editor Pete Stidman is leaving the chain by mutual consent after two years to pursue other interests. Mike Deehan of Dorchester, a partime staffer with State House News Service, joins the paper as a contributing writer. And longtime contributor Gin Dumcius, a veteran State House reporter will expand his coverage of local politics.

In addition to the Dorchester paper, the Reporter chain includes the Mattapan Reporter, the Boston Haitian Reporter and the Boston Irish Reporter.

Ed. full disclosure: I do consulting for the Reporter folks.

By - 5/27/09 - 10:14 am

An East Boston man faces a charge he groped an undercover MBTA Transit Police officer near Dudley station yesterday - even after the officer identified himself as a cop.

Ricardo Lopez, 41, is scheduled for arraignment in Roxbury District Court this morning.

Meanwhile, Transit Police are continuing to hunt for a man they say sexually assaulted a teen at a Downtown Crossing Red Line platform last month and who was last spotted getting off the Red Line at Fields Corner.

By - 5/26/09 - 10:35 am

Channel 5 reports none of the injuries appeared serious following an accident at Blue Hill Avenue and Talbot Street this morning involving a T bus, a car and an SUV that may have crossed the median to hit the other car and bus. Channel 5 posts some video from the scene.

By - 5/22/09 - 1:40 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today found Gary Johnson guilty of gunning down the owner of a Norfolk Street pizza place on Nov. 1, 2007.

Gary Johnson of Roxbury will now be sentenced to life behind bars without possibility of parole.

Prosecutors successfully argued that when Stalex Pizza owner Mumin Manavoglu of Brockton chased Johnson after Johnson held him up in his store, Johnson shot him in the head.

By - 5/22/09 - 9:18 am

It's cool that American Legion Highway is now all decked out with bike-lane markings. But driving from Roslindale to Dorchester yesterday, I spotted four different kinds of bike lanes:

The non-bike lane bike lane. Just a regular traffic lane with a weird icon consisting of a stylized bike with a chevron on top. Presumably these markers were to alert drivers to the fact that just past Walk Hill Road and the nature center, there'd be:

By - 5/21/09 - 9:53 pm

Boston Police tweet somebody was shot tonight at Blue Hill Avenue and Arbutus Street - and that the homicide unit is on scene. Channel 5 reports the woman, 29, was sitting on her porch.

By - 5/21/09 - 4:13 pm

The Boston Public Health Commission just announced it's shutting the British School of Boston on Pond Street for a week starting tomorrow.

The commission says it took the action after learning that 160 of the school's roughly 300 students were abasent. The school provides British-style education for students from nursery school to high school.

The Dorchester Reporter reports that the Frederick Middle School on Columbia Road in Dorchester was also ordered closed.

By - 5/21/09 - 8:06 am

The Dorchester Reporter interviews the owner of Westminster Dodge, one of the dealerships Chrysler just told to liquidate. He's got local pols, including U.S. Rep. Steve Lynch, fighting his case.

By - 5/19/09 - 4:11 pm

Cali the Pomeranian from Dorchester has been missing since 5.14.2009.

For more info and a picture, please see the owners plea for help!


By - 5/19/09 - 12:07 am

Channel 7 reports a two-year-old was in the back seat when a woman was shot in her car at the intersection of Columbia Road and Dudley Street tonight.

Toddler, woman shot on Bowdoin Street.

By - 5/17/09 - 9:46 am

Not good: The homicide unit is on Gaylord Street this morning, Boston Police tweet.

By - 5/15/09 - 6:43 pm

Police Commissioner Ed Davis today announced an attempt to crack down on a recent spate of violence in certain neighborhoods. He said police are increasing patrols in the following areas: Bowdoin Street (where a three-year-old was shot last night), the Dudley Street area, Franklin Field and the Jackson Square area and the Norfolk Street area in Mattapan.

He added:

The Boston Police Department in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will execute a proactive warrant sweep specifically targeting fugitives who are wanted on drug and gang-related charges.

By - 5/15/09 - 4:57 pm

Area C-6 reports a man who showed up at Boston Medical Center with stab wounds to the chest and arms on May 12 said he was stabbed at Columbia Road and Dorchester Avenue around 7:20 p.m., but "did not cooperate with investigation."

By - 5/15/09 - 3:18 pm

Boston Police tweet they are looking for a man who robbed a Sovereign Bank branch around 2:30 p.m. They say a red dye pack in the money he got exploded, coating him in the stuff. They just recovered his car on Thornley Street; still looking for a thin black man, about 5'7", all red in the face and elsewhere.

By - 5/14/09 - 9:06 pm

Boston Police tweet the pedestrian was hit shortly before 9 p.m. at Washington Street and Talbot Avenue. No immediate word on the person's status; EMS was on the way.

Possibly rushing here?