By - 3/4/09 - 11:34 am

Maria Varmazis captures a really sad recession paper in front of Pi Alley downtown.

Copyright Maria Varmazis.

By - 3/2/09 - 6:34 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Dung Van Tran of Dorchester of assault with intent to murder for a Jan. 8, 2007 fire that left four people - including himself - with severe burns, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

By - 3/2/09 - 12:51 pm

Boston Police report arresting two alleged goons for a holdup around 12:18 Sunday morning at 11 Elton St. in Dorchester.

Police say the trio, clad identically in black hoodies, approached the man. One produced a stick, another a large knife and the third stuck something hard in the man's back and said it was a gun, police say. The made off with $20 and a paycheck made out to the victim.

Police say officers round up two of the three not long after and found a 12-inch knife, a crumpled $20 bill and a paycheck made out to the victim.

Ailton M. Rodriguez, 23, of Dorchester, was charged with armed robbery. The other suspect, not named because he's 15, was charged with armed robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/1/09 - 10:07 am

A man was shot around 9:30 p.m., Friday on Devon Street, from a silver car, the Globe reports.

By - 2/27/09 - 2:01 pm

Two men were ordered held without bail today after prosecutors charged his killers shot him to death on Stanwood Street in Dorchester as he tried to shield a woman and her child from them, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Trevon Mason and Daryl Pullen are both charged with murdering Tyrone Smith in a fusillade of bullets on Jan. 7. Mason was out on bail the night of the murder on an earlier charge of holding up a pizza-delivery guy at gunpoint.

According to a statement from the DA's office:

By - 2/27/09 - 8:58 am

A man was struck and killed by a Red Line train around 11:20 last night at Savin Hill, the Globe reports.

A man was struck and killed by a commuter-rail train around 8 this morning in Belmont, the Herald reports.

By - 2/26/09 - 10:51 pm

State Police report arresting a Dorchester man on meth-trafficking charges after a trooper stopped him for allegedly speeding on Gallivan Boulevard late Wednesday night and then searched his car.

The trooper allegedly clocked Carson W. Trent at 52 in a 30-mph zone. He was initially arrested for a couple of outstanding warrants; State Police say that after his car was towed away, troopers spotted an open suitcase on the floor containing 34 grams of meth, two glass pipes, a lighter and $1,000 in cash.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/26/09 - 7:37 pm

A correspondent spotted him down in Ashmont this evening, asking passers-by for, well, you know.

By - 2/26/09 - 11:39 am

A Suffolk County Superior Court jury today found Casimiro Barros of Roxbury guilty of voluntary manslaughter, rather than first-degree murder, in the March 24, 2007 death of Chiara Levin outside a Dorchester house party, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors had sought a first-degree conviction, which would have sent Barros away for life without the possibility of parole.

The case of a second man charged with Levin's murder, Manuel Andrade, 36, of Dorchester, has yet to come to trial. Levin was killed in the crossfire between the two, which prosecutors say was the violent culmination of a long-standing beef between Barros's Roxbury boys and Andrade's Dorchester associates.

Prosecutors allege Barros and Andrade got into a battle inside - which ended with Andrade throwing a plate of food at one of Barros's pals and then shooting him in the shoulder for good measure - and that they took the fight outside, pulling guns and taking aim at each other. Officials say one of Barros's bullets hit Levin, sitting inside Andrade's Escalade, in the head, killing her. Levin had met Andrade at a club earlier in the evening but was not involved in the fight, officials said.

By the time he'd turned 20, Barros was already listed by the state as an "an armed career criminal" for a variety of gun-related violent crimes.

In addition to the reduced murder charge, which could get him 20 years, the jury found Barros guilty of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm, the DA's office says. He's scheduled for sentencing tomorrow morning.

By - 2/26/09 - 10:50 am

The Dorchester Reporter takes a tour of foreclosed properties in Fields Corner that are becoming neighborhood trash dumps - including 225 Westville St., from which an entire family of squatters was evicted this week. Most of the properties are owned by out-of-town banks, which don't seem to much care about cleanliness, but the Reporter also says neighbors had been complaining about 225 Westville for two months before the city finally did something. With a photo of the property and some details of just how gross the building had become.

By - 2/25/09 - 7:45 pm

Lissa Harris has a serious point to make in this post about stupid cliche-brained reporters doing vapid faux sociology pieces on stuff like why women rob banks. But she makes the mistake of recounting an incident at the Lower Mills CVS last year in which she watched as some guy successfully stole a package of Pampers:

... Shoplifting an item the size of an ottoman is no mean feat, especially after you're caught doing it, but fat man was undeterred. Finding himself cornered, he began uttering vague threats and clawing suggestively at the waistband of his sweatpants. A gun, however imaginary, was clearly out of CVS guy's pay grade. He backed off, and the Scarlet Pampernel escaped into the night with his absorbent booty. ...

Why is that a mistake? Because now I can't get the phrase "Scarlet Pampernel" out of my brain.

By - 2/24/09 - 8:18 pm

Channel 4 reports:

An abandoned foreclosed home in Dorchester was condemned after it was learned people were illegally living in the trash-covered home.

225 Westville St. property record.

By - 2/24/09 - 8:02 pm

Boston Police report counterfeit $10, $50, $100 and especially $20 bills continue to surface in Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester and Jamaica Plain, despite the Feb. 3 arrest of a man on counterfeiting charges and the seizure of equipment that could be used to make bogus bills:

The most frequent recipient of these counterfeit bills have been Taxi/ Livery drivers, restaurants and bars ...

By - 2/23/09 - 10:08 pm

Maybe it's a problem with lenders or something, but Whalehead King wishes somebody would open a bagel shop in Dorchester. Even better would be a kupel of them.

By - 2/23/09 - 4:27 pm

A Dorchester man out on bail for holding up a pizza guy at gunpoint and an alleged pal were today charged with gunning down another man on Jan. 7.

Trevon Mason, 21, and Daryl Pullen, 20, are both charged with the Jan. 7 slaying of Tyrone Smith at 96 Stanwood Street, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announced. Officials charge they also pulled the trigger on Smith's female acquaintance, who survived.

Last September, Mason was charged with using a silver-colored handgun to rob a pizza-delivery man. He was released on $3,000 bail; at the time, his attorney called the charge "completely trumped up." The DA's office says Mason's bail was revoked on Jan. 7 following Smith's murder when police picked him up for trespassing and illegal possession of a firearm.

Mason and Pullen are expected to be arraigned later this week on murder and related charges in Dorchester District Court.

By - 2/22/09 - 12:42 pm

Boston Police report a delivery guy with pizza, calzone and chicken wings was held up by a knife-wielding man outside 21 Wildwood St. around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The driver went on to state that the unknown male removed a large knife from his waistband and stated, "Give me the food ... give me everything”. The driver handed over $40, the food and his cellular phone to the suspect before he ran to the rear of 21 Wildwood Street.

The criminal mastermind then went inside 21 Wildwood St. to chow down with a couple of pals, police say. Police say when officers showed up, the landlord gave officers a key to the apartment where the three were and arrested Neil Earvin Tom, 19, on a charge of armed robbery.

Innocent, etc.

By - 2/21/09 - 9:36 pm

Boston Police report that shortly after 1 a.m. today, a man jumped into a woman's car and sped off - with the woman's young female cousin in the front seat.

Police say two officers soon spotted the car on Washington Street and managed to pull the car over. But as officers approached the car, the guy slammed on the gas, slightly grazing one of them. Police say the officers "observed a female, believed to be the victim of the carjacking, slumped over in the front passenger's side seat."