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:


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

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

By - 3/17/09 - 2:50 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man Monday afternoon on charges he was using a Ruthven Street apartment to distribute crack cocaine.

Police say that after Tommy Hubbard, 52, drove up to 97 Ruthven St. in a white Lincoln Town Car, they arrested him and then searched his apartment, where they say they found numerous bags of crack, $700 in cash, a .357-magnum revolver with rubbed-out serial numbers, 29 rounds of ammunition and a police scanner set to pick up Roxbury police and drug-unit communications.

A woman in the car with him, Jemison Rolanda, 35, will be summonsed into court on similar charges to Hubbard: Trafficking cocaine in excess of 14 grams, trafficking cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school zone (Crispus Attucks Elementary), possession of a firearm With obliterated serial numbers and illegal possession of ammunition.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/15/09 - 12:52 pm

That being: If you rip some gizmo out of the dashboard of a car in the parking lot, don't go into the Dunk's and start asking people what it is, because the woman whose car you just broke into might enlist some belp to grab you and hold you until the cops arrive (third item):

On arrival, officers observed the suspect on the ground with the victim and a witness standing over him. As officers approached the group, the suspect started yelling that he thought the car was abandoned and that’s why he took the items from the car.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/14/09 - 3:42 pm

The Manchester Union-Leader reports on the unfolding case, which involves a Super 8 Motel in Manchester, a teen who told police Uche Ifedikwa threatened to strangle her if she didn't comply and, of course, ads on Craigslist:

By - 3/13/09 - 11:52 am

Little kids and other fans of construction sites will enjoy Carpenters Center - a blog that shows the progress in construction of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters' new headquarters in Dorchester. With photos detailing each step.

By - 3/10/09 - 1:56 pm
Who is that hooded dude?

MassMostWanted says the above fellow is wanted for holding up the City of Boston Credit Union branch at 1010 Morrissey Blvd. on March 4. The 6'1" guy must've been warm under his blue/green hooded sweatshirt, fleece style mask, baseball cap and gloves. He also didn't shave that day, although how can they tell?

By - 3/9/09 - 6:05 pm

Check this out. It's how I know there was a crash, with injuries, involving an MBTA bus at Park and Washington streets in Dorchester and a fire at 30 Pleasant St., also in Dorchester, this afternoon.

By - 3/9/09 - 12:57 pm

Boston Police report arresting two men on charges they tried breaking into a Fields Corner liquor store with a power saw around 11:30 Sunday night.

Police report that when officers arrived at Lynn's Liquor, 195 Adams St., they saw sparks flying from where two guys were attempting to cut through a steel door with the saw; when the pair saw the law, they ran, but were captured after what police said was "a violent struggle."

After the suspects were placed under arrest, officers returned to the rear of the liquor store and recovered an electric extension cord running from an electric box on the rear of the building, down the alley where it was attached to an electric cutting wheel, a pry bar and a bag with various tools on the ground. Officers then spoke with the caller/witness who reported to officers that around 11:00PM he heard what sounded like an electric saw. The caller reported that at first he thought nothing of it but when it continued he looked outside his window and observed sparks flying from an electric tool despite not being able to see the suspects he called 911.

Loc Tran, 31 and Vu Q. Nguyen, 32 both of Dorchester, were arrested and charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime with intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property, trespassing, possession of burglarious tools, and resisting arrest.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/9/09 - 11:03 am

Adam Pieniazek of Dorchester reports on a year without driving:

By - 3/7/09 - 2:11 pm

Boston Police report arresting an alleged gun-toting crack dealer in Dorchester who goes by the name "Jizz."

Police say they nabbed Jizz on Friday after an investigation that began in January into an alleged crack distribution operation at 22 Larchmont St.

When detectives spotted Jizz walking out of his apartment there, he was arrested and police took a stroll into his apartment, where they say they found:

[A]n amount of crack cocaine in excess of 14 grams, several scales (commonly used in a cocaine distribution operation), a .380 caliber semi-automatic firearm, numerous .380 rounds of ammunition, a .22 caliber-revolver firearm and numerous .22 caliber rounds of ammunition.

Jizz, more formally known as Gregory Roberson, and 44, was arrested on charges of trafficking a Class B substance over 14 grams, trafficking a Class B substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/6/09 - 8:41 am

Three seriously injured in five-car crash early this morning, Channel 5 reports.

By - 3/5/09 - 9:17 pm
Wash me!

The back of a BPS box truck at Day Boulevard and Mt. Vernon Street in Dorchester today.