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On Saturday, September 13, 2014, the Boston Police Department in collaboration with Strong Women Strong Girls, Big Sister Association, United Sisters of Color, Project Right, Girls’ LEAP, LIPSTICK, and BCYF Girls Leadership Corps joined Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley at her inaugural launch, ‘Jump in to Peace’ community block party.  The organizers’ mission to empower youth, build community, and foster peace was demonstrated by teams of girls acrobatically jumping between the ropes for Peace.  Said Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston and City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, “The girls participating in today’s double dutch event are celebrating and honoring each other with their talents.”  For more information contact 617-635-4217

United Way’s Read Day Enables Members of the BPD to Share a Few Good Books & Make Some New Friends at Some Local Schools:

Job well done to Boston Police Deputy Superintendent Nora Baston (seen in the enclosed photo) and other members of the Boston Police Department who recently participated in the United Way’s Read Day. Members of the department spent the day reading to preschoolers at the following locations: Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, Ellis Memorial, Children Services of Roxbury and the Jeffries Point Child Care Center. Job well done to all who participated.

SEEKING INFORMATION – the Boston Police Homicide Unit Needs Your Help in Efforts to Solve the Murder of Adrian Gonzalez

 17 year-old Adrian Gonzalez

At about 12:30am, on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 17 year-old Adrian Gonzalez was shot and killed in the area of 17 Wardman Road in Roxbury. The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this violent crime and would welcome any input or information the community may have or want to share. In any homicide case, the cooperation of the community is vital to the successful identification and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

If you have any information that could help detectives solve this case, please call detectives directly at the following numbers:

  • Sgt. Detective Mike Devane 617-343-5826
  • Det. Paul Donlon 617-343-5820
  • Det. Frank McLaughlin 617-343-5827
  • Det. Bob Kenney 617-343-4492

Just remember - no tip is too small and one call can make all the difference. 

SEEKING INFORMATION – the Boston Police Homicide Unit Needs Your Help in Efforts to Solve the Murder of Shongi Fernandes

24 year-old Shongi Fernandes 

Just before 8:00pm, on Sunday, August 31, 2014, 24 year-old Shongi Fernandes was shot and killed in the area of 52 Claybourne Street in Dorchester. The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding this violent crime and would welcome any information the community may have or want to share. In any homicide case, the cooperation of the community is vital to the successful identification and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this crime.

If you have any information that could help detectives solve this case, please call detectives directly at the following numbers:

  • Sgt. Detective Mike Devane 617-343-5826
  • Det. Paul Donlon 617-343-5820
  • Det. Frank McLaughlin 617-343-5827
  • Det. Bob Kenney 617-343-4492

Just remember - no tip is too small and one call can make all the difference. 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest Two for Armed Robbery in Dorchester

 

At about 9:38 AM on Friday, September 12, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 11 Whitten Street in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers observed the female victim suffering from apparent stab wounds was sitting on the curb in the area of the above location who stated that she had been robbed of her handbag. Officers attempted to obtain further details about the incident but due to a language barrier, were unable to ascertain what had occurred. At this time, the victim was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Upon further investigation, officers were able to gather a description of the suspects as well as the vehicle in which they had been travelling. A vehicle matching that of the suspect’s was seen in the area of Talbot Ave. and Harvard Street. The individuals occupying the vehicle also matched the description of the suspects. Both suspects were placed under arrest. All of the victim’s property was discovered within the vehicle.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Tabitha Alfordcinelli of Dorchester and 32-year-old Rachon Landrum of Dorchester. Both are charged with Armed Robbery and Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Illegal Firearm During Traffic Stop in Dorchester

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At about 12:50 AM on Thursday, September 11, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) made an onsite arrest and recovered an illegal firearm in the area of Dorchester Ave and Adams Street in Dorchester.

While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a motor vehicle fail to stop for a red traffic light. Officers followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. Upon speaking with the female operator and obtaining her license, officers observed the front passenger to be traveling without his seat belt on as well as having an open container of beer in his hands. The passenger was unable to provide identification stating that he never had a Massachusetts ID of any kind. Through further investigation officers were able to verify not only the front passenger’s name but also that he had prior firearm related charges. A motor vehicle inventory allowed officers to recover a loaded US Army black and brown .45 caliber firearm located under the front passenger’s seat. The passenger was placed under arrest. Two other individuals were identified and released at the scene.

Officers arrested 30-year-old Demarcus Kirkland of Mattapan and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a High Capacity Magazine.

 

Boston 24: Data from Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 9
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 1

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds Remembered at today’s 9/11 Tribute Bike Ride

Dennis’ uncle, Larry Grant, thanked those gathered for remembering his nephew. 

Today, September 11, 2014, over 300 riders representing police departments from around the region - including NYPD and Boston’s Finest - hit the road for the first day of a four day bike ride from Boston to New York to honor and remember all the police officers and first responders killed 13 years ago running towards danger while so many did their best to escape it. Prior to the ride, a check was presented to the family of Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds who died suddenly and unexpectedly this past year. The monies raised by officers participating in the ride will be donated to InnerCity Weighlifting, a non-profit organization created to inspire and empower at risk youth through strength and conditioning. Dennis’ uncle, Larry Grant, who was one of several family members attending today’s ceremony, offered the following, “Seeing Dennis remembered here today means a lot to our family. We miss Dennis every day and, clearly, so do his fellow brother officers. To see them remember him and honor his memory is very special to us.”  

Police Officers from around the Region Pedal their Way to Ground Zero in New York to Honor Police Officers Lost 13 Years Ago

Today, September 11, 2014, over 300 riders representing police departments from around the region - including NYPD and Boston’s Finest - hit the road for the first day of a four day bike ride from Boston to New York to honor and remember all the police officers and first responders killed 13 years ago running towards danger while so many did their best to escape it. Commissioner Evans addressed the riders prior to their departure from the Boston Marathon Finish Line earlier this morning. Said Commissioner Evans, “As we all know, we lost a lot of great police officers and firefighters on this day thirteen years ago. This day gives us a chance to forever remember and recognize their service and sacrifice and I thank you for honoring them with your participation on this ride.”         

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendation Awarded to Hackney Carriage Unit Officer

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Today, Thursday, September 11, 2014, a Commissioner’s Commendation was awarded to Hackney Carriage Unit Officer Gerard Boyce: On August 13, 2014, Officer Boyce spearheaded an investigation at a taxi garage identified as the USA Automotive Garage in Dorchester. Officer Boyce received information from the Massachusetts State Police that there may have been an altered/forged registration which belonged on a taxi managed by one “Edward Summers.” After a lengthy investigation, Officer Boyce determined that possibly eleven medallions had been attached to taxi cabs which might have altered/forged registrations. An investigative team was put into place including BPD, Mass. Department of Environmental Protection, and the Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles. The investigation resulted in nine taxi cabs had altered registrations, while four taxi cabs had fraudulent inspection stickers. Another cab had an expired inspection sticker. Each of the taxi cab owners had written agreements with the aforementioned Edward Summers, who, as the manager, was responsible for the registration and inspection of the vehicles. Mr. Summers was charged Altering/Forging Registry Documents as well as being indefinitely suspended by the BPD Hackney Unit. Through his diligent work and cooperative efforts with these agencies, we say thank you to Officer Boyce.

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to District E-13 Officers

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Today, Thursday, September 11, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to District E-13 Officers Dave Juba, Luciano Cirino-Ayuso, William Moran, and Jackson Hernandez: On July 16, 2014 Officers Cirino-Ayuso and Juba were on foot patrol in the area of 940 Parker Street in Jamaica Plain when they observed an individual acting suspiciously by constantly moving back and forth toward a group of teens in the area. Due to multiple gun and drug incidents in this area, they approached the individual to obtain his name. At this time, the suspect became evasive and began moving in an odd manner as though to conceal an item in his pocket. The individual was asked to remove his hands from his pockets several times to which he refused. The suspect then pulled away from officers and fled on foot. During the foot pursuit, Officers Juba and Cirino-Ayusa were able to place the suspect under arrest. At this time, Officers Moran and Hernandez arrived on scene and retraced the suspect’s direction of flight. During their search, Officers Moran and Hernandez were able to recover a Colt .45 firearm in the area of 928 Parker Street. For their keen observations and perseverance, we thank Officers Juba, Cirino-Ayuso, Moran, and Hernandez.

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to Area E Detectives and Officers

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Today, Thursday, September 11, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to Detectives Leo Ronan and Gloria Kinkead as well as Area E Officers Fabian Belgrave and Wilson Quiles: On August 13, 2014, Officer Quiles responded to a radio call for a robbery at the Burger King on Washington Street in Roslindale. On arrival, Officer Quiles spoke to the four young victims and was able to obtain a detailed description of all suspects involved. Moments later, Officer Belgrave stopped a motor vehicle on an unrelated violation. Upon gathering information on the vehicle and the operator, Officer Belgrave observed the front passenger repeatedly moving and crouching down. During the traffic stop, Officer Belgrave heard a broadcast of the suspect descriptions provided by Officer Quiles which matched that of the occupants of the motor vehicle in which he had stopped. Additional units arrived on scene including Detective Kinkead and Detective Ronan. A brief investigation led to all of the suspects being positively identified and subsequently placed under arrest. For their swift response and team work, we thank Detectives Ronan and Kinkead and Officers Belgrave and Quiles. 

 

Boston 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 9
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 8

Residential Break-ins: 4
Commercial Break-ins: 1

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.

 

BPD’s Pipes & Drums to Perform in a 9/11 Tribute Concert this Saturday in Plymouth

See and hear the BPD’s Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums along with the NYPD’s Emerald Society of Pipes & Drums and singer Pauline Wells this Saturday, September 13, 2014, at the Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA in a musical event designed to honor, remember and pay tribute to all those lost on September 11, 2001. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial. For more information, please visit: www.brownpapertickets.com.   

Community Boat Ride Around Boston Harbor Enables Boston’s Finest to Thank Some of Their Most Trusted Team Members

Today, Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Commissioner William Evans bid bon voyage and smooth sailing to over 500 community members, many of them elderly, who enjoyed a beautiful day cruising around Boston Harbor on the Spirit of Boston courtesy of Boston’s Finest and monies raised through several charitable endeavors and some very generous community members. Said James Stone of Stone Security Consulting, whose company donated several thousand dollars to help defray the cost of today’s boat ride for hundreds of grateful community members, “The men and women of the Boston Police Department do so much for so many in our community, anything we can do to support them in their efforts, we’re more than happy to do. For me, helping make today’s boat ride a reality is a dream come true and something I feel honored to be a part of.” Community members from Districts B-2 (Roxbury), B-3 (Mattapan) and C-11 (Dorchester) were treated to a three hour cruise around the harbor which included a complimentary lunch, some great company and plenty of laughs. Said Lt. Tim Torigian of District B-3 (Mattapan), “As a police department, this is one of the best events we do. It’s more than a just a boat ride. It’s our way of strengthening some already strong relationships and thanking community members and neighborhood watch groups who’ve helped and assisted us throughout the year in our on-going efforts to keep our city safe. Public safety is a team sport and everybody you saw on the boat today was there because they’re all valuable members of our team and we can’t thank them enough.”

One Less Gun: Tip from Concerned Community Member Enables BPD Officers to Recover Gun near City Playground

ONE LESS GUN

At about 8:17pm, on Monday, September 8, 2014, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike received information from a concerned community member relative to a firearm located in a trash can near a playground in the area of 144 Seaver Street. Acting on the aforementioned information, officers responded to the Tiffany Moore Tot Lot, located directly across from 144 Seaver Street, in order to conduct a search of the playground. As a result of the search, officers were able to see and take possession of a silver-colored firearm (see photo) which was found inside a trash can near the entrance of the Tiffany Moore Tot Lot playground.

Said Commissioner William Evans, “I want to thank the community member who shared this information with my officers. Thanks to their tip, a gun near a playground was recovered and a likely tragedy averted.”

Noteworthy Stats: In the calendar year 2014, the men and women of the Boston Police Department have taken 477 illegal crime guns off the streets of Boston.  A crime gun is defined as an illegal firearm used in the commission of a crime or confiscated in the course of an arrest. In addition to the above, 384 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. All told, there are 861 fewer guns in circulation as a result of the above efforts.  For perspective purposes, the BPD seized a total of 667 guns for the year in 2013.

Boston 24: Data from Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 1

Note: The information above is preliminary information, and should not be considered official crime statistics. The information is based on an initial review of incident reports and may not be a comprehensive listing of events. It is not a statistical analysis, but rather an initial tally of significant events.