NABJ Honors One of Boston’s Finest: Chief Willie Gross

 Pictured in the photo with Chief Gross is Ron Thomas (left) and Darrell Fry (right).

On Friday, August 1, 2014, the National Association of Black Journalists presented Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Willie Gross with the NABJ’s Sports Task Force Merit Award for his ability to use sports and its inherent lessons of teamwork as a means of communicating and connecting with Boston’s young people. In addition to Chief Gross, the NABJ recognized several individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to communities of color at its annual convention - including former Boston Red Sox player Jim Rice, former Boston Celtic Satch Sanders, former WNBA star Michelle Edwards, legendary basketball college basketball coach Alfreda Harris and sports personality Willie ‘Coach’ Maye.    

Cops for Kids with Cancer Honors Mass General Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Department

Making a Difference: This past week, Police Commissioner William Evans joined former Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Robert Faherty, who is the current chairman of Cops for Kids with Cancer, as he presented members of Mass General Hospital’s Pediatric Oncology Department with a donation of $5,000 for all the meaningful work they do in their never-ending efforts to combat one of the world’s deadliest diseases. Said Faherty,’We can’t thank these folks enough for the work they do. They are the epitome of true heroes.” In addition to MGH staff, several patients and their families enjoyed a ride around the harbor courtesy of Boston’s Finest. Said one unnamed officer, “This is easily one of the most meaningful things we do. Seeing these kids smile is worth its weight in gold.”  To learn more about Cops for Kids with Cancer – please click on the enclosed link: www.copsforkidswithcancer.org

Death Investigation in the area of 1005 Columbia Road in South Boston

 

At about 6:39 AM on Friday August 1, 2014 officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to a radio call to investigate a person in the area of Moakley Park, 1005 Columbia Road, South Boston.

On arrival, officers found an adult male believed to be in his early fifties suffering from apparent stab wounds. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Homicide detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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: Officers Recover Illegal Gun in the area of 34 Annunciation Road in Roxbury

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At about 11:29 PM on Thursday, July 31, 2014, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force recovered an illegal firearm in the area of 34 Annunciation Road in Roxbury.

While on directed patrol, officers observed known gang associates loitering in the courtyard in the area of the above location. One of the individuals was known to have an active warrant. Officers placed the individual under arrest without incident. While awaiting transport, officers’ attention was re-directed to the courtyard in which the group had been. Officers were able to locate a silver revolver loaded with three live rounds of ammunition. Further investigation is ongoing pending the results of DNA testing on the firearm.

 

Death Investigation in the area of 157 Washington Street in Dorchester

 

At about 7:00 PM on Thursday, July 31,  2014 officers from District 11 (Dorchester) responded to a report of a domestic incident in the area of 157 Washington Street in Dorchester.

On arrival, officers found an adult male suffering from a single stab wound. That man, who was not a resident of the apartment, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The adult resident of the apartment was at the scene and has been interviewed by responding officers and homicide detectives. Based on the facts and circumstances as they are known to investigators at this time, no charges have been filed. The investigation remains open, but authorities do not believe the incident presents any ongoing public safety threat.

Homicide detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 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.

 

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

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 4
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

Street Robberies: 4
Commercial Robberies: 1
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 17

Residential Break-ins: 6
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.

 

Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Officers Arrest One for Unarmed Robbery of an Elderly Female in Jamaica Plain

 

At about 9:44 PM on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress in the area of McBride and South Streets. 

While en route to the above location, officers were notified that a male suspect had assaulted the elderly female victim, knocking her off of her bicycle as well as stealing her cell phone. On arrival officers observed a male matching the description of the suspect running behind English High School. Following a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was placed under arrest. A pat frisk of the suspect allowed officers to recover the victim’s cell phone. 

The victim was treated for multiple lacerations to her face.  

Officers arrested 28-year-old Robert Christopher Baker of Livermore, CA and charged him with Unarmed Robbery and Assault and Battery (victim over 65 years old).   

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 10
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.

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to B-3 Sergeant, Officers and YSVF Officers

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Today, Thursday, July 31, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to District B-3 (Mattapan) Sergeant Thomas Brooks and Officers David LanteigneMichael GogginSean Daniely and Robert Robichaud as well as Youth Violence Strike Force Officers Shawn Butler and Matthew ConleyOn May 2, 2014, Officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a radio call for a home invasion in the 1000 block of Dorchester Ave. in which the victim had been severely beaten, robbed and bound with duct tape. Officers were provided with names of the suspects as well as a motor vehicle that one of them was known to operate. Sgt. Brooks met with Officers Conley, Butler, Goggin, Lanteigne, Robichaud and Daniely to track down the suspects. Officer Butler was able to connect the suspect to a particular motor vehicle through extensive research. Officers Butler and Conley proceeded to the area of 103 Evans Street where they located the unoccupied vehicle. At this time, Officers Butler, Conley, Goggin, and Lanteigne set up a surveillance of the address while Sgt. Brooks and Officers Daniely and Robichaud set up a perimeter. At approximately 2:10 AM, the officers observed two individuals carrying a broken safe and placing it in the trunk of the motor vehicle. Officers approached and detained the suspects. A pat frisk revealed a loaded handgun carried by one of the suspects. Officers also arrested two females as well. All of the victim’s property was recovered. 

The level of work performed by these officers is exemplary, due to their diligence and persistence, they were able to apprehend those responsible for such a horrific crime.  

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to District B-2 Officers

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Today, Thursday, July 31, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to District B-2 Officers Andrew Blake and Frederick Rice: On June 19, 2014, Officers Blake and Rice were performing a construction detail in the area of Parker and Smith Streets when they were notified that member of the construction crew was experiencing a medical trauma and had collapsed. The officers immediately responded to the construction worker and requested EMS. The worker’s condition began to rapidly worsen to the point that officers could not detect a pulse. At this time, Officers Blake and Rice began chest compressions. Following several compressions, a pulse was detected. The officers were able to keep the victim’s pulse going until EMS and Boston Fire arrived and took over treatment. For their quick response and life-saving efforts, we thank Officers Blake and Rice.

 

Great Work Recognized: Commissioner's Commendations Awarded to Drug Control Sergeant Detective, Detective and Officers

Today, Thursday, July 31, 2014, Commissioner’s Commendations were awarded to City Wide Drug Control Sergeant Detective Joseph Sullivan, Detective Daniel Griffin, Officers Omar Borges, Stephen Fabiano, Jarrod Gero, Eric Merner, and Todd PetersonDuring the first 6 months of 2014 the City Wide Drug Control Unit under direction of Sgt. Det. Joseph Sullivan comprised of Det. Daniel Griffin, Officers Omar Borges, Stephen Fabiano, Jarrod Gero, Eric Merner, and Todd Peterson have gone above and beyond in their efforts to combat gun, drug and gang activity in the City of Boston. Their impressive work ethic has resulted in the following results through July 1st, 2014:

  • 64 Search Warrants Executed
  • 81 Arrests with the majority being active gang members
  • 31 Firearms Recovered
  • $72,411 Seized
  • Approximately 900 Grams of Class A Drugs Recovered
  • Approximately 2,112 Grams of Class B Drugs Recovered
  • Approximately 484 Pills of Class E Drugs Recovered
  • Approximately 10 Lbs. of Class D Drugs Recovered

For their exceptional efforts and continued dedication to making the streets safer, we thank the members of the DCU.

 

UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in the Death Investigation in area of 126 Boston Street

 

Today, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit arrested Marquis Smith, 23, of Boston and charged him in the shooting death of Daniel Taylor, 23, of Boston.  

At about 12:42am, on Sunday, February 23, 2014, officers from District C-6 (South Boston) responded to an outside scene for shots fired in the area of 126 Boston Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located a male victim suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. That victim was later identified as Daniel Taylor, 23, of Boston. 

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

BPD & Home Depot Team Up to Teach the Kids from the Boston Police Teen Academy a Few Lessons in Home Improvement

Today, Wednesday, July 30, 2014, anyone who stopped by the Boston Police Academy located at 85 Williams Ave in Hyde Park would’ve seen a wooden structure surrounded by teenagers wearing protective goggles while wielding hammers, nails, rulers, levels, screws and screw guns. Thanks to the fine folks from Home Depot, all involved in today’s project learned how to frame a wall, hang dry wall and lay a floor. And, while the lessons in home improvement were certainly in high supply, Detective Lanita Cullinane says a healthy portion of life lessons were on the menu as well. Said Cullinane, “Today was all about teamwork. We wanted the kids to learn that – regardless of the task – whether it’s making an arrest or building a shed – it takes a team to get the job done. No one can do it alone and good things happen when people work as one. And we’re grateful to the folks from Home Depot for coming out and helping us impart that lesson. ” Said Jim Robichau, assistant store manager of the Home Depot at the South Bay Mall in Dorchester, “We love being involved in stuff like this. For us, it’s all about giving back and making our community a better place. So, when the BPD approached us about teaching a course in home improvements, we were more than happy to get involved.” The Boston Police Teen Academy, which is in its 6th year, meets three days a week for six weeks during the summer at the Boston Police Academy. This year’s class graduates in two weeks on August 14, 2014. For more information about the Teen Academy, call Police Officer Darryl Owens at the Boston Police Academy at (617) 343.4410.

One Less Gun: Three Illegal Firearms Recovered in Less Than Eight Hours

 

In addition to two illegal firearms recovered from the streets of Dorchester in the evening hours of Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (posted earlier), Boston police officers recovered a third firearm—a sawed-off shotgun—in the South End less than eight hours later. These seized guns bring the year-to-date total recovered from the streets of Boston to 327, in addition to 361 guns received through the Boston Gun Buyback program. The BPD seized a total of 667 guns in 2013.

The facts of the incident are as follows:

At about 3:58 AM on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, officers from District D-4 (South End) responded to a radio call for a person with a gun in the area of 82 West Newton Street in the South End. 

While en route, officers were notified that a group at the above location were fighting. As officers arrived, they observed the crowd loitering in the area. Officers took note of two Hispanic males, one matching the description of the suspect with the gun, who immediately fled the scene upon seeing officers. When officers caught up to the individuals, they were notified that one of the males may have discarded a shotgun near a tree on West Newton Street. Officers ordered the males to the ground and placed them in custody. The suspect was positively identified as the individual carrying the shotgun, which was located during a search of the area. 

Officers arrested 31-year-old Alvin Ariel Cepeda of the South End and charged him with Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Assault by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun). 

 

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

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 5

Residential Break-ins: 9
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.

 

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

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At about 9:36 PM on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to radio calls for shots fired and a “shot-spotter” activation in the area of Topliff and Speedwell Streets in Dorchester.

Upon arrival, officers recovered ballistic evidence at the above location and observed ballistic damage to parked cars and a nearby residence. Officers made contact with the building manager and resident of that home, who allowed the officers to make a protective sweep of the units to ensure there were no victims inside. During a sweep of the common areas, officers recovered a Peerless 12-gauge, sawed-off shotgun from a duffel bag on the rear porch of a unit.

As a result of the above radio calls, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force assumed directed patrol in the area of Geneva Avenue and Bowdoin Street. As officers received information from the 911 dispatcher that persons involved in the above incident may be walking in the area of Levant Street, they observed two individuals walking from Levant onto Geneva. Officers engaged the two males in conversation, and one male immediately made defensive statements and actions. Due to the close proximity and recency of the “shot-spotter” activation, calls for shots fired, the recovery of ballistics, and the statements of the individuals, officers performed a pat frisk of the males for their safety. During the frisk, officers recovered a loaded Norinco .45 caliber automatic firearm from the waistband of one of the males.

Officers arrested 18-year-old Gelson Barbosa of Dorchester, and charged him with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Carrying a Loaded Firearm.