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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 2

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 11
Vehicle Breaks: 15

Residential Break-ins: 5
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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.

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: Officer Tommy Barrett Looks Back on One of Marathon's Most Iconic Photos

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: In the enclosed photo, Boston Police Officer Tommy Barrett is seen assisting and carrying a young boy, who had been injured in the attack on last year’s Boston Marathon, to safety. With the one year anniversary of the attack on the Boston Marathon fast approaching, we caught up to Officer Barrett and respectfully asked him to recount the feelings he felt looking back on the photo almost a year after it was taken. 

Said Barrett, “When I look back at the photo, I say to myself that I am really glad that I was able to be in the right place at the right time … if that sounds right. I am thankful that a person who had just been involved in the explosion had the wits about them to grab the little boy, realize that he needed to be removed quickly, saw me and instinctively handed him over to me and then, amazingly, went right back to helping other more severely injured persons. I wish I had been able to find out the identity of the person who handed the little boy - who I came to know as Leo - over to me to complete the ‘chain of custody’ for Leo. I did meet up with the Paramedics that I handed him over to but I don’t know who handed Leo to me. Looking at the photo, I also realize just how quickly everybody (Police, EMS, Fire and bystanders) mobilized to help out. Literally, the smoke hadn't cleared before people were helping. If I had to use one word to describe the photo, I’d say relief. Although that feeling … the feeling of relief … only came later in the week after I was able to locate Leo at his hospital and learn that he had not been seriously hurt. When he was handed to me, I really never saw his face because how he was handed to me with his back facing me. And then, once I had him, I cradled him like a football running down to Exeter Street. When I looked at my uniform later on, I noticed that I had a lot of blood on my yellow vest and jacket and it concerned me because I didn't know how much may have come from Leo. When I learned that he was okay, that much needed answer was music to my ears. It was great to get that news.”

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds

Our hearts remain heavy as we mourn the loss of Officer Dennis Simmonds and we continue to offer our thoughts, prayers and condolences to Dennis’ family and friends. Those looking to pay their respects at the wake for Officer Simmonds can do so on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cartwright Funeral Home at 419 North Main Street (Rte. 28) in Randolph. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church at 519 North Main Street (Rte. 28) in Randolph.

IN THE NEWS: Great Story in today's Globe about Sgt. Shawn Burns & the Friendship Formed in the Days after the Attack

Globe photo courtesy of Wendy Maeda

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to the Globe’s Evan Allen for her heartfelt story in today’s newspaper which chronicles the actions taken by Boston Police Sergeant Shawn Burns in his efforts to provide aid, care and comfort to those injured during the attack on last year’s Marathon. While many have said Shawn’s actions that day were nothing short of heroic, Shawn – on the other hand - would be quick to say that he was simply doing his job. Either way, there’s a young woman – injured that day - who says Sgt. Shawn Burns saved her life. In looking back on that day, Shawn offered the following: “I wasn’t sure if she was going to live or not. You think, that injury, that’s a battle wound. Soldiers get it in the military. I was saying to myself, if this is going happen here in the street, I want to make sure she’s not going to be alone.” (Photo courtesy of Wendy Maeda)

To read the full story as it appeared in today’s paper – please click on the enclosed link: 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/04/13/boston-police-sergeant-injured-teen-forge-friendship-after-marathon-bombings/xU7sUraakHdHyTnx9stINM/story.html

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Gun in Dorchester

 

At about 10:29 PM, Friday, April 11, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Wainwright Street and Brent Street in Dorchester.

While en route, officers were informed that two black males were seen running in the direction of Centre St. The individuals were described as two black males with one wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. While searching in the area of Center St. and Clementine Park, officers observed two black males standing in the lobby of an ATM machine at Shawmut Station. One of the individuals was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, which matched the description of the suspects. Officers remained in the area to observe the individuals, who were acting as if they were withdrawing money from the machine. The individual in the red sweatshirt appeared to be standing extremely rigid and stiff. With their close proximity to the scene of the shots fired call, and the matching clothing description, officers approached the males. As officers approached the individuals, they began to frisk the individuals. While patting down the individual in the red sweatshirt, officers were alerted by a hard object in the right side of the suspect’s waistband consistent with a firearm. Upon taking possession of the firearm, the officer continued his search and located a second firearm tucked into the suspect’s waistband. The suspect was placed under arrest.

Arrested was Deandre Lattin, 20, of Dorchester. Lattin is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. 

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One for Running Illegal Gaming Operation in Roxbury

 

At about 3:01 AM Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call to investigate a premise in the area of 5 Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury.

While on patrol, officers observed an unknown Hispanic male lift the security gate and enter the Blue Hill Tailor Store which appeared to have the lights turned out. Officers, believing that the suspect was breaking and entering, approached the suspect who stated that his friends were inside of the store. While conducting a protective sweep of the store, officers were confronted by another Hispanic male. Officers observed a pool table which had been manipulated by wood to be a craps table with multiple parties rolling die. Officers also observed an electronic gaming machine as well. The individual who opened the door became aggressive, stating he was the owner of the store and demanded that officers leave. The male then addressed another Hispanic male in Spanish, directing him toward the gaming machine. At this time one of the males left officer’s sight. The officer, fearing for his safety, moved closer to the entrance to keep the male in his sight. At this time the store owner pushed the officer in the chest in an effort to remove him from the store. The individual was then told that he would be placed under arrest if he continued to assault the officer, to which he complied. Additional officers arrived on scene to conduct a protective sweep of the area and discovered approximately 25 males in the store which appeared to be an illegal gaming operation. As officers swept the area, they recovered a black semi-automatic firearm and 7 small plastic bags containing a white powdery substance. The owner of the store was placed under arrest.

Arrested was Wilson Martinez, 52, of Roxbury. Martinez is charged with Keeper of a Disorderly House, Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, and Maintaining a Gaming House.

 

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

Homicides: 2
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 5

Street Robberies: 12
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 14
Vehicle Recoveries: 13
Vehicle Breaks: 27

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 6

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.

 

Death Invesigation in the Area of Dabney Street and Regent Street

 

At about 1:00 AM, Monday, April 14, 2014, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Dabney Street and Regent Streets in Roxbury.

On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The unidentified male victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. 

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by testing the worked 'TIP' to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously

 

Boston Police Commissioner Speaks with Channel 7 News Reporter Kayna Whitworth About His Passion for Running

photo courtesy of BPDnews.com

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans joined Kayna Whitworth of Channel 7 News for a conversation and a jog this Sunday morning to gain insight into the Commissioner’s feelings on last year’s Boston Marathon events, the upcoming anniversary, and his own running regimen and love of the sport. Commissioner Evans told Kayna, “I sort of joke and say I’m more of a runner than I am a policeman, but I have a good mixture of both. Running allows me to get a lot of steam off of my plate. In our job, men and women see a lot of things and deal with a lot of stressful incidents. I think it’s a good relief for any profession, whether you’re in nursing or a firefighter. We need to make sure we’re not only physically fit, but mentally fit, and that’s what running does for me.”

 

One Less Gun: Officers Recover Two Illegal Firearms and Arrest One Suspect in Dorchester

 

At about 10:29 PM on Friday, April 11, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of Wainwright & Brent Streets in Dorchester. Officers were informed six shots had been fired and witnesses described two black males, one wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, running from the area.

Officers immediately flooded the area in search of suspects, witnesses, and evidence. An officer in the area of Centre Street and Clementine Park observed two black males, one wearing a red hoodie and the other wearing a gray hoodie, standing in the lobby of an ATM in Shawmut MBTA station. The officer observed that the movements of the individual in the red hoodie appeared unusually rigid and stiff, and the individual in gray acted as if he were using the ATM, but the officer did not observe any monetary transaction.

Due to their close proximity to the crime scene, their unusual behavior, and their clothing descriptions, the officer conducted a stop of these two individuals. A pat-frisk of the suspect in the red hoodie revealed two loaded Hi-Point handguns tucked into the suspect’s waistband. For his safety, the officer took control the weapons and requested the suspect’s License to Carry. The suspect could not produce one, and 20-year-old Deandre Lattin of Dorchester was placed under arrest and charged with two counts of both Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. The officers obtained the information of the second suspect, and he was released. Detectives responded to process the scene.

 

In the News: BPD’s Sergeant Shawn Burns Runs His First Boston Marathon for a Good Cause

Thank you to Mark Burridge of WickedLocal.com for his coverage of Boston Police Department Sergeant Shawn Burns. Sergeant Burns is a supervisor in District D-14 (Allston/Brighton) and running his first Boston Marathon for a very good cause. While working in the area of the finish line during last year’s tragic Marathon Bombings, Sgt. Burns leapt into action to assist one of the victims, Sydney Corcoran. The sergeant felt connected with Sydney and her mother, Celeste, who lost both her legs in the blast. So this year, Sgt. Burns will not only run for the charity Cops for Kids with Cancer, but also for Team Corcoran to raise money to pay for Sydney’s mother’s prostheses. Go Sgt. Burns and Team Corcoran!

http://pembroke.wickedlocal.com/article/20140410/NEWS/140419697/12581/NEWS

 

Boston Gun Buyback Enables Community Members to Turn In Over 230 Guns

Photo courtesy of BPDNews

Your Piece for Peace: Counting and including the 5 guns turned in on Friday, April 10, 2014, the Boston Gun Buy Back program has recovered and removed over 230 guns - including the one pictured - from our city streets since the start of the program on March 24, 2014. To those who've taken advantage of the opportunity to make our community a safer place - we say: "Thank you." To learn more about how or where to turn in a gun, please visit: http://bpdnews.com/bgb.

City Officials Outline Safety Plans for the 118th Boston Marathon

Photo courtesy of BPDNews

Today, Saturday, April 12, 2014, Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans along with several other city officials gathered at a press conference outside of City Hall to discuss and detail some of the security measures being taken in preparation for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon which is scheduled for Patriots Day - Monday, April 21, 2014.  

Said Mayor Walsh: “Our goal for the Marathon is for everyone to enjoy the Marathon. It’s important to know that the Marathon will not be fundamentally changed this year. It will be the Boston Marathon, just as it’s always been.”

Said Commissioner Evans: “I’m confident in our plan. Unfortunately, since 4/15, things have changed and, as a result, security for the race will be enhanced and stepped up as well. That said, we’re not looking to scare people. We don’t want to intimidate people with the police presence out there. That’s not our goal. But believe me, we’re gonna have plenty of assets and, if need be, they’ll be rolling in very quickly. But the goal is to make it a safe family day.”

Those attending this year’s Boston Marathon should take note of the following:

  • The number of Boston Police Officers assigned to the race (including both uniformed and undercover personnel) will be increased.
  • The level of video surveillance in and around the Boston section of the Marathon will be increased and enhanced.
  • The use of backpacks and baby strollers – although not prohibited – are being strongly discouraged. Those who choose to use a backpack or baby stroller can or should expect to be searched.
  • Access in and around the Marathon Finish Line will be restricted. Streets will be closed and parking limited. Use of public transportation is strongly encouraged.
  • Spectators who see anything suspicious are asked to notify police. If you see something – say something.  Community members can call 9-1-1 or the anonymous CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS.
  • The BPD will maintain a strong presence on social media, not only on race day, but in the days leading up to the race as well. For up to the minute public safety announcements and information, community members should monitor: bpdnews.com, the BPD’s official Facebook page at: facebook.com/BostonPoliceDepartment or the BPD’s official twitter account at: @Bostonpolice.
  • The BPD has created a dedicated race day only anonymous text line. To report suspicious activity on Marathon Monday, community members can text ‘Boston’ to 69050.    

In addition to the above, Boston Police Department is asking spectators at this year’s Marathon to be cooperative and compliant as it relates to – not only the enhanced security measures – but also our officers efforts to effectively implement and enforce them. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support in our collective efforts to make sure that 118th running of the Boston Marathon is one of the best.  

 

Sports Illustrated Pays Tribute to the Boston Strong Movement

Photo Courtesy of BPDNews

Job well done to the thousands - including Mayor Martin Walsh & Police Commissioner William Evans - who got up early this morning and enthusiastically accepted the invitation from Sports Illustrated to appear on the cover of next week’s Sports Illustrated magazine. The magazine encouraged and invited any and all interested Bostonians to drop by the Boston Marathon Finish Line at 7:00am this morning (Saturday, April 12, 2014) to pose and participate in the photo shoot created to honor the Boston Strong movement. The photo taken today is designated for the cover of next week’s magazine which hits newsstands on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. When asked to explain the motivation behind the photo shoot, Sports Illustrated managing editor Chris Stone offered the following: "Boston Strong is a story about people, ordinary people doing extraordinary things, ordinary people doing ordinary things. SI's creative director, Chris Hercik, believed the best way to tell this story a year later was to bring all those people, or as many as possible, into a single photo at the finish line. If you look at last year's cover photo, you see all that empty space all the way down Boylston Street filled by smoke and that backdrop of chaos and destruction. This year's photo fills those spaces with the Bostonians who wrote the Boston Strong story."

Death Investigation in the Area of 282 Border Street in East Boston

 

At about 6:59 AM on Saturday, April 12, 2014, officers from District A-7 (East Boston) responded to a radio call for a man down in the area of 282 Border Street in East Boston. Upon arrival, officers observed an unidentified male suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene and has not yet been identified.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Three Arrested in Counterfeit Money Scheme

 

At about 5:40 PM on Thursday, April 10, 2014, an officer performing a detail in District C-6 (South Boston) at the TJMaxx store (7 AllState Road) was approached by a store clerk who reported that a female had just made a purchase with a $100 bill that appeared to be counterfeited.

Further investigation revealed that the same female suspect had made multiple purchases that afternoon in the TJMaxx store with four other $100 bills that also appeared to be counterfeit. The officer observed that these bills had the same serial numbers. The officer then viewed surveillance video that showed the suspect sitting in a black motor vehicle in the parking lot in front of the nearby Target store.

Along with other responding units, the officer approached the vehicle and observed three occupants. The female passenger was identified as the suspect who had passed the counterfeit currency. Eighteen-year-old Adina Chisolm of New York City was arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Notes/Bank Bills.

A search of the vehicle in an attempt to recover the fraudulently purchased merchandise revealed thirteen additional counterfeit $100 notes, over $3,100 in legitimate U.S. paper currency, a pink Vipertek stun gun (electric weapon), merchandise from TJMaxx and Marshalls valued at approximately $600 purchased with counterfeit bills, two large plastic bags containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and three small plastic bags containing over 250 light blue pills later identified as Oxycodone.

The operator of the vehicle, 31-year-old Monique Bangura of New York City, was arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Notes/Bank Bills, Possession of an Electric Weapon, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs, as well as issued a parking citation for illegally parking in a marked handicap spot.

The second passenger, 25-year-old Clevon Grant of New York City, was arrested and charged with Possession of Counterfeit Notes/Bank Bills, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

As a result of the motor vehicle search, Chisolm incurred additional charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drugs.

 

In The News: Captain Frank Armstrong Pays Tribute to Marathon Victims

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BOSTON HERALD - ANGELA ROWLINGS

Thanks to the Boston Herald's Peter Gelzinis for the powerfully heartfelt story in today's paper. In the story, Gelzinis speaks to Boston Police Captain Frank Armstrong who recounts and recalls the parental obligation and responsibility felt by him and the other officers who watched over and stayed with the bodies of Martin Richard and Lingzi Lu hours after the attack on last year's Boston Marathon. Said Armstrong, “We stood there not so much as cops, or veterans, but as fathers. I have five children. Every one of us there that night thought but for the grace of God that could be my child, coming in to watch the marathon on a beautiful day. And if their parents couldn’t, but as fathers. I have five children. Every one of us there that night thought but for the grace of God that could be my child, coming in to watch the marathon on a beautiful day. And if their parents couldn’t be there, then we would be there.” be there, then we would be there.”

To read the full article as it appeared in today’s paper – please click on the enclosed link

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/columnists/peter_gelzinis/2014/04/gelzinis_cop_watched_over_victims_like_a_father 

 

In Memoriam: BPD Mourns the Passing of On Duty Officer Dennis O. Simmonds

It is with deep regret that the Boston Police Department announces the passing away of on-duty Police Officer Dennis O. Simmonds.

Officer Simmonds, assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force, was rushed to the hospital yesterday after suffering a medical emergency.  After valiant efforts to save Officer Simmonds by department and hospital personnel, he passed away late yesterday.  Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Simmonds family and friends during this very difficult time.

Officer Simmonds was a highly decorated and beloved member of the Boston Police Department.  He served the Department with dedication for 6 years.  He was appointed in 2008, assigned to District B-3 and in 2012 became a member of the Youth Violence Strike Force.  He was 28-years-old.

Officer Simmonds was honored at this year's Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ceremony, earning the Department's highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal for his bravery during the initial Watertown shoot-out following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Officer Simmonds will be greatly missed by his friends, colleagues and all members of the Department.  Funeral arrangements will be shared as soon as they become available.

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 7
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

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

Residential Break-ins: 8
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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.

 

In the News: Women in Command - Deputy Superintendent Kelly A. Nee

Photo courtesy of THE BOSTON HERALD - ROBERT GREIM

Another big thank you to the Boston Herald’s Robert Greim for his coverage of one of the Boston Police Department’s great leaders, Deputy Superintendent Kelly A. Nee. Deputy Nee is the commander of the department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis, and she works diligently each day with other local and federal agencies to ensure the safety of Bostonians at large events like the upcoming Boston Marathon. Deputy Nee has risen steadily through the ranks, juggling her thriving career with her family and life at home. Thank you for your continued dedication to the department and the community, Deputy Nee.

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2014/04/women_in_command_marathon_not_only_event_on_her_radar