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By adamg - 3/7/23 - 4:04 pm

A Dorchester man with a record of gun arrests was charged yesterday on charges he shot Jose Despeignes, 56, to death in an apartment on Weaver Way in Roxbury's Academy Homes development Saturday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 3/4/23 - 9:10 pm

Victim identified as Jose Despeignes, 56, of Hyde Park.

Boston Police report a man was shot at 109 Weaver Way in Roxbury around 3:30 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/20 - 10:52 pm

At Weaver Way and Academy Road, about 10:30. Like with the gunfire about 30 minutes earlier a half mile away on Harrishof Street, there were no reports of injuries.

By adamg - 6/19/19 - 12:34 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Demetrius Wardsworth, convicted of first-degree murder, because of errors at his trial by both Suffolk County prosecutors and the judge. Read more.

By adamg - 12/24/18 - 11:19 am

City Councilor Kim Janey reports on efforts to provide holiday meals to residents at Academy Homes, now on their second day without heat or gas: Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/18 - 10:05 pm

City Councilor Kim Janey (Roxbury) reports on a big problem for the residents of the 202 apartments at Academy Homes along Columbus Avenue: Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/15 - 7:05 pm

A second member of the BPD gang unit faces a charge of trying to disrupt a two-year investigation of the Academy Homes gang in Roxbury.

But unlike Det. Mel Steele, who acted out of a longstanding friendship with a member of the gang in feeding information to its members, Det. Brian Smigielski is charged with acting in a fit of pique. Read more.

By adamg - 8/3/15 - 12:51 pm

Around 12:45 p.m. at 92 Academy Terrace in the Academy Homes project near Jackson Square. The homicide unit is on the way, due to the severity of at least one victim's injuries. At least five shots fired, by somebody who got out of a pickup, fired, then got back in the pickup, which sped away.

WBUR reports the victims were sitting in a car; a brother and a sister were the most critically injured.

By adamg - 2/6/14 - 6:21 am
Snow carriage

Jed Hresko spotted this stroller saver at Academy Homes in Roxbury.

By adamg - 12/27/12 - 2:49 pm

Owens Brown, 34, former leader of the Academy Homes gang, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison last week after pleading guilty to cocaine distribution between 2007 and 2011 - some of the sales arranged through phone calls from the Suffolk County jail, where he spent a month after an arrest for driving with a suspended license.

By adamg - 10/22/08 - 9:02 am

Boston Police last night arrested Jermeil Robinson, 17, of Jamaica Plain, for the Saturday shooting at the Academy Homes project that sent three boys to the hospital with gunshot wounds.

He's to be arraigned this morning in Roxbury District Court on charges of assault by means of a firearm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, discharge of a firearm within 500 ft. of a dwelling and carrying a loaded firearm on a public way.

Witnesses and relatives told the Globe the attacker just walked up to the boys, 11, 11 and 12, and started shooting.

According to the Jamaica Plain Gazette, thugs at the Bromley-Heath project in Jamaica Plain have a long-standing beef with thugs at Academy Homes.

By adamg - 10/19/08 - 10:09 am

UPDATE: Alleged shooter from Bromley-Heath arrested.

The Herald reports the boys, aged 10-12, were playing in a parking lot at the Academy Homes project around 8:15 last night by a sniper who sprayed them with bullets. Not long after, a man was shot as he ran away from the scene. All are expected to survive.

Boston Police report:

At around the same time, officers from Area E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of 225 Centre Street. On arrival, officers located a 19 year-old black male suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot. According to the victim, he was walking down the street when he heard what sounded like a gunshot. The victim says he then felt pain in his ankle and, at that time, realized he was shot. While talking to the victim, officers discovered that the individual was in possession of an undisclosed amount of marijuana. As a result, officers charged the victim with Possession of a Class D Drug. Officers are also considering this individual a potential suspect in connection with the shooting incident at 68 Academy Terrace.

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