Dorchester

By - 5/2/09 - 2:38 pm

It kind of stands out:

... The arrest of the suspect came about when detectives traveling in the area of Bowdoin St. and Geneva Ave. observed the suspect riding a bright yellow scooter. Officers aware that an armed robbery had taken place on 4/26/09 and that the victim had been robbed of a bright yellow scooter, two cell phones and US currency decided to further investigate. In addition, the detectives were aware that one of the possible suspects of the armed robbery lived in the vicinity of where they observed the suspect riding the scooter. ...

Police say that after he noticed the cops were after him, Jumaane Samuel, 24, of Dorchester ditched the scooter, tossed away a gun and tried unsuccessfully to run away. He was charged with unlawful carrying of a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful carrying of a large capacity firearm, unlawful possession of a large capacity feeding device, unlawful possession of ammunition, trespassing, receiving stolen property, assault and battery on a police officer, receiving stolen property and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Innocent, etc.

By - 5/2/09 - 11:31 am

Michael DiMella lists the least- and most-expensive condo sales in Boston in April, ranging from a $25,000 unit in a three decker on Harwood Street in Dorchester ("needs some cosmetics and updates") to a $9.2-milllion in a "classic" building on Beacon Street on Beacon Hill.

By - 5/1/09 - 9:37 am

The Globe reports 17 Metco students were on the bus when it careened into 178 Woodrow Ave. around 6:30 this morning.

With photo.

By - 4/30/09 - 1:56 pm

The Franklin Park Coalition hosts a tasty tour of Franklin Park this weekend:

By - 4/30/09 - 1:37 pm

Savin Oxide is loving it:

... The bright greens, yellows, whites and purples are everywhere and it is a welcome change from the dingy looking streets of Dorchester. These trees with white blossoms line both sides of Dot Ave in Dorchester. ...

By - 4/28/09 - 1:10 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports state workers spent this morning painting over anti-black and anti-gay graffiti and swastikas somebody sprayed along the Neponset Greenway over the weekend:

... "The whole wall down there had graffiti all over it. One of the murals down there had nothing but swastikas on it. They demolished the mural there. We had to wipe it out because it looked so bad," said Stephens.
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By - 4/27/09 - 4:04 pm

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, the call went out over the Boston Police radio system: "Be on the look out for a man in a baseball uniform seen throwing rocks in the area of 42 Hartwell St."

Police report not long after the resident of that house called 911, Manuel Rosario, 51, returned and, police say, was arrested before he could resume throwing rocks. Police say Rosario was charged with willful and malicious destruction of property and attempted breaking and entering in the nighttime. Unforunately, they do not say what sort of uniform Rosario was wearing.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/27/09 - 9:01 am

You get to park wherever you want, even in fire lanes, and all you have to do is hope none of your competitors has a camera to take an embarrassing photo.

Of course, one of the downsides of being mayor in an election year where the local broadsheet has decided to sic an investigative reporter on city government is having to explain how a retired BRA official can make $162,000 a year on top of his pension working 25 hours a week:

McCann, seated in his City Hall office overlooking Faneuil Hall on Friday afternoon, insisted he has not violated the law because it does not apply to him. He said he believes the BRA is an independent authority and not a government agency covered under the income-limit clause of the law.

By - 4/25/09 - 12:28 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports a triple-decker suffered extensive damage in a fire this morning that may have started in a dryer. With photo of firefighters on the roof (more photos).

By - 4/24/09 - 4:43 pm

Boston Police report finding an 18-year-old male with a gunshot wound around 11:40 this morning at 71 Homestead St. in Dorchester. EMTs at the scene were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead where he lay.

We await the front-page coverage and news bulletins on local TV stations as police pursue his killer.

Oh, who are we kidding? Some poor kid is dead in the ghetto, and this is the last we'll hear about him.

By - 4/23/09 - 9:11 am

The Metro reports Paul Rockwell of Dorchester, who has cerebral palsy, wanted to "empower other riders with disabilities to ride the system, even though it may seem like a daunting task at times."

By - 4/22/09 - 11:49 am

Culinary diversity continues to spread across Dorchester: A Blue Hill Avenue motorist passes along the news that Grove Hall is getting a Gyro King, which will offer, yes, gyros and felafel.

By - 4/21/09 - 4:42 pm

Plumbing?
Hardware?
Lighting fixtures?

Answer below:

By - 4/21/09 - 8:31 am

UPDATE: The Dorchester Reporter reports police believe there was no foul play - it was a case of a man falling on his head.

By - 4/20/09 - 6:04 pm

After 3 p.m. at 42 Hancock St., Boston Police tweet.

By - 4/15/09 - 12:01 am

Chris Farone details the near closure of the Chez Vous rink thanks to an Atlanta rapper who took all its money in advance, then refused to give it back because Dorchester was too scary for him or something:

By - 4/13/09 - 5:50 pm

Ryan Gillespie got lucky: In a gunfight outside a baby shower, he killed his former girlfriend's current boyfriend before the guy could kill him.

Gillespie, 24, today pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Joseph Clarke on Norton Street on Jan. 6, 2008. By pleading guilty rather than risking conviction on his original second-degree murder charge, Gillespie got a sentence of 12 to 14 years, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors say both men attended the shower, which ran into the early morning and that when Clarke's girlfriend left to meet Clarke at his car, Gillespie followed:

In a confrontation outside, investigators believe, Clarke said that he didn't come to the party looking for trouble. Gillespie nonetheless produced a firearm, as did Clarke. The two men fired on one another. Clarke was struck in the head and died of his injuries; Gillespie was not hit.

In their victim witness statements, Clarke's family members - including his mother - say they forgave Gillespie and hoped he would find peace.

Gillespie in turn apologized to the family.

More details, statements from the DA's office.

By - 4/13/09 - 11:42 am

Boston Police tweet somebody was stabbed on Norfolk Street around 11 a.m.; victim taken to Boston Medical Center.

By - 4/13/09 - 11:39 am

Boston Police tweet that the Bank of America branch at 1440 Dorchester Ave. was held up by three men around 11 a.m.

By - 4/13/09 - 9:51 am

Channel 4 reports on the freak accident this morning on I-93 south in Dorchester.