Great Work Recognized Commissioner's Commendation Awarded to Dispatcher

Today, Thursday, August 28, 2014, a Commissioner’s Commendation was awarded to Dispatcher Natasha Gumbs-Levarity for her actions in the following incident: While assigned to the Computer Assisted Dispatch System Development Team over the past year, Ms. Gumbs-Levarity has demonstrated an incredible commitment to her job and has provided an invaluable service. With Ms. Gumbs-Levarity’s assistance, the Boston Police Department has been able to develop a computer assisted dispatch system that will allow officers to further assist the residents of the city. For her professionalism and devotion to this critical undertaking, we thank Ms. Gumbs-Levarity for her service.

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to D-4 Sergeant Detectives and Detectives

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

Today, Thursday, August 28, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to District D-4 (South End) Sergeant Detective Kevin Power and Detectives John Kelleher, Daniel MacDonald, Kevin McGill, Thomas Connolly, and Timothy O’Sullivan for their actions in the following incident: Since the first of the year, District D-4 (South End) had experienced a 63% increase in residential burglaries, the majority of which being committed while the residents were home asleep. Upon further training provided by the Bureau of Investigative Services, these detectives researched the area to identify key players involved in the burglaries. Under the direct supervision of Sgt. Det. Power, Detectives Kelleher, MacDonald, McGill, Connolly, and Sullivan responded to a significant amount of these burglaries and were diligent in processing all evidence, taking the additional steps of comforting and reassuring victims that their investigation was a priority.  With their continued dedication to the victims and the community, the Detectives were able to secure the identity of a known criminal and connect him to at least six burglaries in the area. Since the arrest, the area has seen a 54% decrease in burglaries. For their commitment to justice and dedication to the community, we thank these detectives for their hard work.

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to Officers from the Crime Scene Response Unit

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

Today, Thursday, August 28, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to Members of the Crime Scene Response Unit Officers Peter Cazeau, Charlene Willoughby, and Michael Connolly for their actions in the following incident: On March 26, 2014, Officers Peter Cazeau and Charlene Willoughby responded to the scene of a building fire at 298 Beacon Street in which two Boston Firefighters. Officers Cazeau and Willoughby became the prime crime scene technicians tasked with the responsibility to document the condition of the scene and the evidence collected from it. Acting as a team, they spent the next five days working hand-in-hand with police and fire investigators in often treacherous conditions due to the structural condition of the building and the fear that the fire could reignite. On April 1, the officers were joined by Michael Connolly. The three tirelessly worked the scene using a 3-D scanning system known as FARO. The result of the scans allowed officers to virtually see the scene from every possible angle essentially allowing them to walk through the front door as Lt. Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy had done on the day of the fire. The completion of the work done by these three officers has been an exceptionally useful visual training tool for present and future firefighters. For their diligence to duty and excellent work , we thank them. 

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 2
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 2
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 1
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 8
Vehicle Recoveries: 2
Vehicle Breaks: 9

Residential Break-ins: 6
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 24: Data from Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 10

Residential Break-ins: 7
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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.

 

City of Boston Traffic Advisory: Traffic & Parking Information for College Students and Other New Residents

Students and others moving into Boston over Labor Day Weekend should be aware that temporary traffic and parking restrictions will be implemented in busy residential areas around the city to help facilitate a smooth move day for new residents.  Temporary traffic changes and detours will be instituted as necessary by the Boston Police Department and the Boston Transportation Department will be implementing the following temporary parking restrictions.  Please plan accordingly.

Northeastern University Area – Tow Zone No Parking, August 25 through September 1

  • Forsyth Street, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Hemenway Street
  • Hemenway Street, odd side, from Forsyth Institute parking lot (near Fencourt Road) to Westland Avenue
  • Opera Place, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Saint Stephen Street
  • Saint Stephen Street, both sides, from Gainsborough Street to Opera Place

Northeastern University Area – Tow Zone No Parking, Monday, September 1

  • Gainsborough Street, both sides, from Huntington Avenue to Hemenway Street
  • Symphony Road, both sides, from Saint Stephens Street to Hemenway Street
  • Westland Avenue, both sides, from Hemenway Street to Massachusetts Avenue
  • Hemenway Street, even side, from the Forsyth Institute parking lot (near Fencourt Road) to Westland Avenue
  • Saint Stephen Street, both sides, from Gainsborough Street to Massachusetts

Mission Hill Neighborhood – Monday, September 1

  • Bucknam Street, odd side, Lawn Street to Fisher Avenue
  • Calumet Street, both sides, from Darling Street to Hillside Street
  • Darling Street, even side, from Calumet Street to Hillside Street
  • Eldora Street, even side, from Sunset Street to Hillside Street
  • Hillside Street, north side, from Parker Hill Avenue to Parker Street
  • Judge Street, west side, Parker Hill Avenue to Iroquis Street
  • Lawn Street, north side, from Estrey Street to Bucknam Street
  • Mission Street, east side, from Stockwell Street to Huntington Avenue
  • Oswald Street, west side, from Calumet Street to Hillside Street
  • Parker Hill Avenue, west side, from Huntington Avenue to Hillside Street
  • Pequot Street, odd side, from Wait Street to Calumet Street
  • Pontiac Street, west side, from Tremont Street to Hillside Street
  • Sachem Street, west side, from Hillside Street to Calumet Street
  • Saint Alphonsus Street, both sides, from Alleghany Street to Calumet Street
  • Stockwell Street, odd side, from Wait Street to Frawley Street
  • Sunset Street, even side, from Parker Hill Avenue to Hillside Street
  • Wait Street, odd side, from Huntington Avenue to Hillside Street

Boston University Area – Tow Zone No Stopping, 8 AM to 10 PM, August 28 through September 2

  • Pratt Street, even side, from Linden Street to Ashford Street
  • Ashford Street, even side, from Linden Street to Malvern Street
  • Gardner Street, even side, from Linden Street to Malvern Street
  • Linden Street, even side, from Gardner Street to Pratt Street
  • Highgate Street, even side, from Cambridge Street to Farrington Avenue
  • Farrington Avenue, both sides, from #16 Farrington Avenue to #15 Farrington Avenue

 

Resident Permit Parking Program

The Boston Transportation Department discourages students moving temporarily to Boston for the academic year from bringing their personal vehicles with them to the city. On-street parking is scarce, but Boston is fortunate to be easily accessible by public transportation via the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (please see www.mbta.com for service information.)

If you must bring your car to Boston it is important to know that a City of Boston Resident Parking Permit is required for on-street parking on many streets in the city’s neighborhoods.  A vehicle parked in a Resident Parking Only zone without properly displaying a Resident Parking Permit is subject to a $40.00 parking ticket, and it should be noted that these Resident Parking Only regulations are strictly enforced.  Although the permits are free of charge, among other requirements, the vehicle must be registered and principally garaged to the applicant’s Boston address before a permit will be issued.  No exceptions are made for students.

Please see www.cityofboston.gov/Parking/residentparking/students.asp for detailed information.

Street Occupancy Permits for Moving Purposes

Students moving into off-campus housing should be aware that they may need a Street Occupancy Permit for moving purposes, particularly if their move requires parking a large vehicle in a legal parking space in close proximity to their new address. This permit, which must be obtained at least three business days prior to the move day, authorizes the holder to restrict access to that portion of the street for the length of time specified on the permit.

It is important to note that the permit must be obtained in person at Boston City Hall.  Application hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5 PM, excluding holidays.  The base fee is $50.00 with an additional fee of $1.00 per square foot based on the size of the truck and the space needed to load/unload.  For occupancy of metered spaces there is also a charge of $20.00 per meter head per day and the applicant must provide the corresponding numbers for any meter heads at that location.  In addition, cardboard City of Boston No Parking signs must be posted to designate the restricted area.  A $4.00 per sign fee is charged.  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to post these signs a minimum of 48 hours in advance of occupancy in a residential area.

Please see www.cityofboston.gov/StreetOccupancy/ for detailed information.

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 12
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.

 

One Less Gun: Anonymous Tip From Concerned Community Member Allows Officers to Recover 5 Illegal Firearms in Mattapan

At about 12:45 AM on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, members of the District B-3 (Mattapan) Drug Control Unit acted on an anonymous tip regarding a package containing firearms in the area of Lucerne and Harwood Streets, Mattapan.

Officers were informed by an anonymous source that unknown persons were overheard having a conversation about the pickup of a package containing firearms in the above area. Officers set up surveillance of the area and soon determined that it was necessary for officer and public safety to investigate the area. Officers soon observed a plastic bag hidden near a doorway along the public walkway of a dark alley.

Inside the bag, officers recovered the following:

  • Smith & Wesson .45 caliber firearm, Model 457 with magazine
  • Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver, Model 65-3
  • Bryco Arms .380 automatic firearm, Model 38 with magazine
  • Bauer .25 caliber firearm with magazine
  • Taurus .40 caliber firearm with two magazines.
  • Box of twenty Federal Premium .45 caliber rounds of ammunition

The contents of the bag were seized and processed. The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information is encouraged to contact District B-3 detectives at (617) 343-4712. Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

This recovery brings the total number of illegal crime guns taken off the streets of Boston to 449, year-to-date in 2014. In addition, 376 guns have been voluntarily turned in by community members taking advantage of the Boston Gun Buyback Program. In total, there are 825 fewer guns in the community thus far in 2014, as opposed to a total of 667 seized firearms in the year 2013. 

 

UPDATE: Suspect Charged in Death Investigation in the Area of Charlotte Street & Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

Two days after the shooting death of 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier of Boston, today, Monday, August 25, 2014, Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans along with Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit announced charges against 18-year-old Keith Williams of Boston for Murder. 

Said Commissioner Evans, “Our condolences are with the Jaffier family. Words can not adequately express our sadness at the loss of Dawnn Jaffier, and it is our sincere hope that this arrest brings with it a small level of comfort for the Jaffier family.”

Said Mayor Walsh, “The violence has to stop. Efforts to stem the violence by taking guns off our streets will continue, and we will work even harder to make our city an even safer place in memory of Dawnn Jaffier.” 

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley called on community members to continue to aid and assist the investigation, “We know there are others out there with information that could be extremely helpful with this investigation. Please come forward. We still need witnesses to come forward. Once again the city of Boston has lost a young, vibrant, promising life.”

At about 8:17am on Saturday, August 23, 2014, Boston police officers assigned to the J’Ouvert Parade heard and responded to the sound of gunshots in the area of Charlotte Street & Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester on District B-3 (Mattapan). Officers promptly located and observed a female victim, believed to be in her early twenties, suffering from what appeared to be life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victim, Dawnn Jaffier, 26, of Boston, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. 

Three individuals observed running from the shooting scene were detained and questioned in connection to the incident. Of the three, two were interviewed and released while a third individual, Keith Williams, 18, of Boston, was arrested and charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Williams has been additionally charged with Murder. 

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

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

One Less Gun: Search Warrant Allows Officers to Arrest One and Recover Two Illegal Firearms in Roxbury

PHOTO COURTESY OF BPDNEWS.COM

At about 1:32 AM on Monday, August 25, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force executed a search warrant in the area of 14 Horadan Way in Roxbury. As a result of the search warrant, officers were able to recover a black Smith & Wesson .390 handgun loaded with six live rounds of ammunition, a black Smith & Wesson 5-shot revolver loaded with five rounds of live ammunition, as well as a large amount of illegal narcotics and US Currency.

Officers arrested 25-year-old Douglas Reid of Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of Firearm 2nd and Subsequent Offense, Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of Class B Drugs, and Resisting Arrest.

 

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 7
Nonfatal Stabbings: 7

Street Robberies: 13
Commercial Robberies: 4
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 11
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 20

Residential Break-ins: 12
Commercial Break-ins: 4

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.

 

One Less Gun: BPD Officers Arrest One and Recover an Illegal Gun in South Boston

At about 3:00am, on Saturday, August 23, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South End) received a radio call for a person with a gun outside of 77 W. 7th Street. On arrival, officers were informed that two males had been arguing and raising voices outside of the above mentioned address and one of the males was seen with a firearm in his hand. The two individuals were last seen walking towards D Street while pushing a red scooter. Officers quickly responded to the area and, in short time, observed a male engaged in a conversation with a female and a red scooter parked on the sidewalk. When asked about the scooter, the individual stated that it did not belong to him. Additional officers observed a second male, matching the witnesses’ description, sitting on a bench in front of 88 West 7th Street. As officers approached the male, he quickly got up and attempted to walk away. Officers stopped the male and, during their encounter, observed and recovered a dark colored revolver laying in close proximity to where the suspect had been sitting.

The male suspect, Dion Smith, 24, of Dorchester was placed under arrest and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

The scooter, which belonged to the suspect, was towed from the area for safe keeping.

UPDATE: Victim Identified in the Death Investigation in the area of Charlotte Street & Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester

 

At about 8:17AM, on Saturday, August 23, 2014, Boston Police Officers - assigned to the J’Ouvert Parade – heard and responded to the sound of gunshots in the area of Charlotte Street and Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester on District B-3 (Mattapan). Officers promptly located and observed a female victim in her early twenties suffering from what appeared to be life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Dawnn Jaffier, 26, of Boston

Three individuals, observed running from the shooting scene, were detained and questioned in connection to the incident. Of the three, two were interviewed and released while a third individual, Keith Williams, 18, of Boston, was arrested and charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.   

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Homicide detectives 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

Death Investigation in the area of Charlotte Street & Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester

 

At about 8:17 AM on Saturday, August 23, 2014, Boston police officers assigned to the J’Ouvert Parade responded to the sound of gunshots in the area of Charlotte Street and Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester in District B-3 (Mattapan).

Officers observed a female victim in her early 20’s outside the above suffering from what appeared to be life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victim was transported by Boston EMS to Boston Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased.

Alert officers observed three individuals running from the shooting scene on foot. Officers pursued these individuals and, with the assistance of additional responding officers, were able to detain them a short distance away. A firearm was also recovered near the scene.

A second female victim in her early 20’s suffering from what appeared to be non-life-threatening gunshot injuries was also found in the area of 783 Blue Hill Avenue. This victim was transported by Boston EMS to Carney Hospital.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Homicide detectives 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 those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.

 

One Less Gun: Two Arrested and Two Illegal Firearms Recovered in Dorchester

At about 9:35 PM on Friday, August 22, 2014, members of the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force made an onsite arrest of two suspects for firearm-related charges in the area of 45 Centre Street in District C-11 (Dorchester).

While on patrol in the area of Washington Street and Talbot Avenue, officers received a radio call for a fight inside Mayor Menino Park. Officers were on scene seconds after the broadcast and observed only two males walking through the park. As officers approached the individuals, the males immediately made moves to evade the officers. As the males fled, an officer observed what appeared to be the handle of a firearm protruding from the waistband of one of the individuals.

The two suspects split up, and officers pursued them on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, officers were able to apprehend both suspects. A search of the suspects’ flight paths revealed a loaded black and silver Phoenix Arms “Model HP22” .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a bush near 45 Centre Street, as well as a loaded black Beretta “Mod 950BS” .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun in a yard near 54 Lithgow Street. Both firearms were recovered and processed by police.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Parrish of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2nd and Subsequent), and Armed Career Criminal Level II (having been previously convicted of drug and firearm related charges).

Thirty-five-year-old Antonio Oliver of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, and Armed Career Criminal Level II (having been previously convicted of drug and assault and battery related charges).

Missing Person Alert for Antonio Perez Recinos

MISSING PERSON: Antonio Recinos

The Boston Police Department is seeking the public’s help in their efforts to locate 81 year-old Antonio Perez Recinos who was last seen in the area of 329 N. Harvard Street in Brighton early this morning (Friday, August 22, 2014) at approximately 6:00am. When last seen, Mr. Recinos was wearing a black cap with a red heart on it, green shirt, black slacks and brown shoes. Mr. Recinos is visiting from Guatemala and speaks limited to no English. He has a slim build, is approximately 5’6” tall and weighs 120 lbs. Anyone who sees Mr. Recinos is asked to call District D-14 detectives at (617) 343-4256. Community members preferring to provide information anonymously can do so by calling our CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 5
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 5
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 6
Commercial Break-ins: 3

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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Nab Known Breaking and Entering Suspect in the Fenway

 

At about 2:50 AM on Thursday, August 21, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) made an onsite arrest of a suspect for breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the area of 108 Jersey Street.

While on patrol in the Fenway neighborhood, officers observed a gray Jeep Wrangler with its rear driver side soft-top window ajar. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed a male inside rummaging around in the back seat. The officers engaged the male in conversation and were told that the vehicle did not belong to him. When officers requested the male to exit the vehicle, he at first refused, but then abruptly ran out the passenger side door and fled on foot. Officers gave chase and ultimately apprehended the suspect a short distance away.

Officers arrested 39-year-old Mark Coburn of Boston for Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle; Nighttime, as well as an outstanding default warrant for a similar charge.