By - 4/1/09 - 4:30 pm

Quincy Butler and William Wood, both facing first-degree murder charges for the 2004 throat-slashing death of a Dorchester woman, will get a fourth trial following yet another mistrial declaration, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office vowed.

Judge Patrick Brady, who also presided over the pair's first two trials in the case, declared the Suffolk Superior Court jury deadlocked, 10-2 in favor of conviction, after five days of deliberations.

By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

By - 4/1/09 - 11:30 am

This time, it's the Bank of America Branch at 555 Columbia Rd., around 11 a.m. Boston Police tweet. No weapon shown. The holdup comes about two hours after gunmen held up a credit union on Mt. Vernon St..

By - 4/1/09 - 9:57 am

Boston Police tweet they're looking for armed men who held up the Tremont Credit Union, 180 Mt. Vernon St., around 9:30 this morning.

By - 3/31/09 - 8:03 am

Ghetto Uprising reports he briefly taught Anthony Peoples, one of the three people murdered outside a Dorchester party early Sunday:

... What's bothering me more than the shooting itself is that I'm not as bothered as I should be. unfortunately and absurdly, at some point, dudes getting shot must have become relatively normal to me because now I feel little more than "damn, that's fucked up." I must not be too insensitive though because every time I hear about a shooting, I immediately worry that it's one of my students or a young person I know.

By - 3/30/09 - 9:05 pm

Boston Police today reported the names of the three people gunned down outside an after-hours party at 41 Mt. Ida Rd. in Dorchester early Sunday: Anthony Peoples, 19, of Boston, Shacora Gaines, 20, of Brockton and Chantal Palmer, 20, of Brockton.

According to her MySpace page, Gaines had two children, a 4-year-old daughter and an infant son. She described herself as a soca and reggae lover and wrote:

... Im a pretty laid back chic i like to smoke weed and drink henny and remy red. ...

By - 3/30/09 - 2:38 pm

A Dorchester man was indicted today on charges he ran an illegal car-rental agency.

The state Attorney General's office reports that George Quinn, 70, was charged with 13 counts of insurance fraud and four counts of larceny over $250. Oh, and for good measure: four counts each of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

By - 3/30/09 - 10:51 am

Residents of Nelson Street in Dorchester are both scared and fighting mad about a Friday-night incident in which somebody gunning for a rooming house proved unable to fire accurately. Press Pass TV reports.

By - 3/29/09 - 5:11 pm

In addition to the three people slaughtered in a car on Mt. Ida Rd., Boston Police report a man was shot to death around 8:05 p.m. on Saturday at 8 Odgen St. Okwudill Onujiogwie, 26, was pronounced dead at the scene.

By - 3/29/09 - 10:12 am

Boston Police report finding two women and a man shot outside a party at 41 Mt. Ida Rd. around 4 this morning. All were rushed to Boston Medical Center; all were pronounced dead there.

The address is home to Soca and Associates, which puts on a float at the annual Caribbean Carnival and which holds after-hours parties at that address.

By - 3/27/09 - 6:39 pm

Around 2:30 this afternoon at 124 Washington St., Boston Police tweet.

By - 3/27/09 - 6:35 pm

Around 2 p.m. at 37 Holiday St., Boston Police tweet.

By - 3/25/09 - 1:26 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say they clocked at 60 mph on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester around 10:30 yesterday morning.

Oh, wait, what was I thinking? No way could somebody get up to 60 on the Expressway during the day.

By - 3/24/09 - 7:57 am

The third in a series of shows with candidates to replace Sal DiMasi is today (Tuesday, 3/24) at 2:30 p.m. The presumptive leader in the 3rd Suffolk House race is on the Left Ahead! podcast. As former Speaker DiMasi’s fixer, the constituent services guy, Aaron Michlewitz is already well known and respected in the district. Listen in for his strategy to build on that.

By - 3/23/09 - 7:54 pm

Boston Police report finding a 68-year-old man dead of "head trauma" at 55 Brookledge St. around 10:40 this morning.

By - 3/23/09 - 2:37 pm

Boston Police report on a car chase in Dorchester last night that somehow ended without any injuries.

Police say officers in a cruiser noticed a stolen car on Rosseter Street around 6 p.m. and began tailing it as they radioed for backup. The driver saw the cruiser and floored it:

While doing so, the suspect vehicle struck two vehicles on Larchmont Street, as well as crossing the yellow line and striking an oncoming police cruiser. At this point, all three occupants of the stolen vehicle exited and fled on foot. Officers gave chase and set up a perimeter of the general area. After a brief search, all three suspects were apprehended. A loaded .45 Caliber firearm was located within the suspects vehicle.

Dominic Toledo, 18, was arrested on charges of receiving a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, failure to stop for a police officer, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, assault & battery by means of a dangerous weapon (car), unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and various motor vehicle violations. Michael Miranda and Armando Barros, both 20, were charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, resisting arrest, trespassing, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/23/09 - 2:30 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man and seizing the more than two pounds of pot they say he was getting read to sell out Friday afternoon of a condo at 135 Neponset Ave.

George Davis, 31, was charged with possession of a Class D substance (marijuana), with intent to distribute and possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of a school zone (Richard Murphy Middle School).

Police say they opened an investigation into Davis after receiving "numerous complaints" about allged drug dealing at the location.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/23/09 - 10:41 am

A Dorchester teenager convicted of gun crimes shouldn't have to undergo drug and alcohol testing as part of his parole because the state didn't show that alcohol or drugs had anything to do with his case, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals ruled today.

By - 3/21/09 - 3:59 pm

The Dorchester Reporter has a spiffy new look - and, equally important, the beginnings of a new online community for Boston's largest neighborhood.

I have to admit I'm a bit biased, though, since I helped build the site (see, I haven't just been sitting around moping and feeding my Twitter addiction). Actually, I'd be most grateful if you could check it out and let us know what you think - both good and, especially, bad, so I can bask in the former (no ego here) and fix the latter (I already have a checklist started).

Let us know in this forum, where Managing Editor Bill Forry explains the reasons for the changeover more eloquently than I could. It's the first time the Reporter's had a forum, which is one of the ways we're trying to build that community. You'll see other community hooks as you explore the site, with more to come (think of what a community newspaper could do with maps) - but in addition to finding problems, let us know how the site can better serve the neighborhood.

A search-engine note: We're using Google's coop search. It works well and means less server issues on our end. But until Google indexes the new site, which should take a few days, the links will all go to old versions of articles (all of them with the same exact title).

From this:


to this:


By - 3/21/09 - 2:17 pm

Could have been worse, firefighters say of the triple-decker fire at 1672 Dorchester Ave.