Congratulations to Boston Police Officer Loletha Graham-Smith on Her Retirement After 35 Years of Service

Earlier today, on Friday November 30, 2018, Officer Loletha Graham-Smith was honored at her final roll call before her retirement after 35 years of service to the City of Boston. Officer Graham-Smith was applauded by her fellow officers as she added her name to the Area D “Hall of Fame” located at District D-4 in the South End. The hall was created by former District Commander Captain Paul Ivens to honor retired members of the department who had served in Area D for more than a decade during their careers. Officer Loletha Graham-Smith joined the BPD in 1983 and spent the majority of her career serving the South End, Lower Roxbury, Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods which are covered by District D-4. We wish Loletha the very best of health and happiness as she moves into this next chapter of her life.

 

One Less Gun: Officers Arrest One and Recover Loaded Firearm in East Boston

 

At about 7:38 PM on Thursday, November 29, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force made an on-site arrest and recovered a loaded firearm in the area of 164 Waldemar Ave in East Boston. While on patrol in the area of the above location, officers observed a group of males known to them from previous encounters. Officers attempted to speak with the males who immediately began to flee the area on foot. Officers pursued the males and eventually caught up to one of them, who was clutching an apparent item in his right front pocket. Officers were able to subdue the male following the pursuit. An Armi Galesi-Brescia Brevetto firearm loaded with seven rounds of live ammunition was recovered from the male suspect’s front right pocket. 

Officers arrested Damari Larkins, 18-years-old, of Braintree. Larkins is charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. 

 

Keeping Boston Safe: Execution of Search Warrant Leads to One Arrest and Recovery of a Firearm, Drugs and Cash in Roxbury

At about 11:20 AM on Thursday, November 29, 2018 members of the B-2 (Roxbury) Drug Control Unit as well as officers assigned to the district executed a search warrant in the area of 2875 Washington Street in Roxbury. As a result of the search warrant, officers recovered the following items: 

  • Taurus PT111 PRO firearm loaded with 11 rounds of live ammunition

  • High capacity feeding devices

  • Ammunition

  • Electric stun gun

  • Hundreds of prescription narcotics

  • US Currency 

Officers arrested Larinso Myers, 69-years-old of Roxbury and charged him with Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Unlawful Possession Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device, five counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class C, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class E. Myers is expected to be arraigned in Roxbury District Court. 


 

NHL Defenseman Honors the Memory of BPD Sergeant Who Recently Lost His Battle with Cancer

NHL Defenseman Honors the Memory of BPD Sergeant Who Recently Lost His Battle to Cancer: Less than a month ago, on October 25, 2018, the BPD family was saddened to learn that Sgt. Dan Bausemer, a 14-year veteran of the department, had lost his battle with cancer. Just 45-years-old at the time of his passing, Dan was highly respected and extremely well liked by those who knew and worked with him. Tomorrow night, Friday, November 30, 2018, the Florida Panthers will hold their annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night when they host the Buffalo Sabres at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Heading into the game, players and fans alike are asked and encouraged to show their support for someone who has bravely battled cancer by creating an ‘I Fight For’ card dedicated to that person. As you can see in the photo, Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle, a Boston native and 12-year NHL veteran, chose Dan Bausemer, a powerfully poignant and perfectly appropriate gesture for a police officer that spent the majority of his life protecting and serving others.

To learn more about the how the NHL fights cancer, visit: www.nhl.com/community/hockey-fights-cancer. Founded in 1998, the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative has raised millions of dollars for national and local organizations committed to curing cancer.

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Recover a Firearm Following the Arrest of a B&E Suspect in Roxbury

ONE LESS GUN: At about 10:57am, on Thursday, November 29, 2018, officers assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force responded to a call for a person breaking into an apartment building in the area of 58 Annunciation Road in Roxbury. On arrival, officers entered the location and observed a black male walking down the stairwell. When asked if he lived in the building, the individual stated he was just visiting. Officers promptly noted that the individual appeared to be nervous given fact that he appeared to be sweating profusely. Officers further noted that the individual was shielding his body in such a way as if to suggest he was attempting to conceal something or was possibly in possession of a firearm. Fearing the presence of a weapon, officers conducted a pat frisk of the suspect. Upon doing so, officers felt what they believed to be a firearm (see photo) in the back of the suspect’s waistband. After recovering the firearm, later determined to be a black Taurus Judge 4510 revolver, officers arrested a 35-year-old male from Brockton and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.  

BPD Community Alert: Simulated Cannon Fire and Flyovers Scheduled for Upcoming U.S. Navy Commissioning Ceremony in Boston

 

BPD Community Alert: Between the hours of 8:45 AM – 11:00 AM on both Friday, November 30, 2018 and Saturday, December 1, 2018, the U.S. Navy will be conducting a commissioning ceremony which will include cannon salutes and flyovers in the area of the Flynn Cruise Port Terminal at One Black Falcon Avenue in South Boston.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, November 29, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 1
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 11

Residential Break-ins: 1
Commercial Break-ins: 2

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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.

 

Keeping Boston Safe: BPD Officers Recover Four Loaded Firearms While Arresting Five Suspects in Less than Five Hours During Three Separate Incidents

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INCIDENT #1: At about 12:15 PM on Wednesday November 28, 2018, members of the City-Wide Drug Control Unit and District D-4 Drug Control Unit along with officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) executed a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 168 West Springfield Street in Boston. As a result of their search, officers were able to safely recover a loaded .40 caliber Ruger SR40C handgun, 50 bags of crack cocaine weighing 44 grams and 11 bags of marijuana weighing approximately one pound. While on scene, officers identified and arrested Eric Crewe, 34, of Boston, who was wanted on an unrelated warrant sought out of Roxbury District Court for Possession of Class B Drugs.

INCIDENT #2: At about 12:27 PM on Wednesday November 28, 2018, members of the Youth Violence Strike Force arrested Brandy Soto, 21, of Dorchester, on firearm and drug related charges after executing a search warrant as part of an investigation in the area of 58 Adams Street in Dorchester. The suspect was placed in custody without incident after officers recovered a loaded 9mm Glock 17 handgun, a loaded 9mm Ruger LC9 handgun, (both with obliterated serial numbers), one large bag and four small bags of cocaine with a total weight of 482 grams, one bag of heroin weighing 61 grams and $6,355.00 in U.S. Currency (See Slideshow Above). The suspect will appear in Dorchester District Court on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts), Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Trafficking of Class A and B Drugs.

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EVIDENCE SEIZED DURING INCIDENT #3

INCIDENT #3: At about 4:38 PM on Wednesday November 28, 2018, members of the District C-11 Drug Control Unit (Dorchester) arrested three suspects while recovering a loaded firearm during a drug investigation in the area of Adams Street and Dorchester Avenue in the Fields Corner area of Dorchester. Officers stopped three males after observing a street level drug transaction. These individuals were later identified as Val Postell, 18, of Plainville, Angel Ortiz, 22, of Dorchester and Michael McCardle, 20, of Everett. While conducting a pat frisk of Postell, officers recovered a loaded 9mm Glock 17 and a plastic bag of heroin from inside a small leather bag which was hanging around the suspect’s neck. The suspect was immediately placed in custody without incident. Officers then arrested the other two suspects, Ortiz and McCardle, on charges of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. Additionally, officers determined that Angel Ortiz was wanted on a default warrant sought out of Quincy District Court for Shoplifting. Postell will be charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A Drugs and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. All three suspects will be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

BPD Missing Person Alert: Genrong Lin, 67, of South Boston

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MISSING PERSON ALERT: The Boston Police Department is issuing a missing person alert while seeking assistance from the public in efforts to locate 67-year-old Genrong Lin of South Boston.

Genrong is described as an Asian male with Alzheimers, 5’6” tall, 150 lbs with a medium build. He was last seen yesterday, November 28, 2018, at about 7:00 AM on Old Colony Avenue in South Boston wearing a black jacket, tan pants.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Genrong Lin is urged to contact District C-6 Detectives at (617) 343-4742.

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).

Community members should also know that the Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

BPD in The Community: Commissioner Gross Gives Keynote at Downtown Boston Business Improvement District Meeting

On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District held a meeting and invited Commissioner Gross to be the keynote speaker. Commissioner Gross discussed public safety initiatives and answered questions from community members on topics such as police training and community involvement in crime prevention. The Commissioner recognized the hard work of current and former officers assigned to District A-1, which covers downtown Boston, Beacon Hill, Chinatown and the North End.

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District creates a clean, safe and vibrant environment for everyone who spends time in the area. It’s mission is to transform downtown through programs and supplemental services targeting area needs.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 1
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 3
Commercial Robberies: 2
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 0

Vehicle Thefts: 4
Vehicle Recoveries: 4
Vehicle Breaks: 12

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

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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 Juvenile and Recover Loaded Firearm in Roxbury

 

At about 11:15 PM on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a radio call for shots fired in the area of 15-39 Dabney Street in Roxbury. On arrival, officers were met by the victims who stated they had been shot at. Officers were provided with a description of the suspect and began to search the area. Officers located a male matching the description of the suspect walking down the street with his right arm pinned to the side of his body. Officers attempted to approach the male who immediately began to run away from officers. Following a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was apprehended in the area of 120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Officers recovered a Jennings Bryco Arms firearm loaded with one round of live ammunition inside of the suspect’s front right pocket. 

Officers arrested a 16-year-old male juvenile of Mattapan and charged him with Delinquent to wit: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Firearm Discharged within 500 Feet of a Dwelling, Assault by means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun). The suspect is expected to be arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court.

 

UPDATE: Victims Identified and Causes of Death Determined in Death Investigation in the area of 60 Bickford St in Jamaica Plain

UPDATE: Victims Identified and Causes of Death Determined in Death Investigation in the area of 60 Bickford Street in Jamaica Plain: At about 5:45pm, on Monday, November 19, 2018, officers from District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) responded to a call for shots fired in the area of 60 Bickford Street in Jamaica Plain. On arrival, officers located two individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. One victim, a 32-year-old male later identified as Jose Dos-Santos of Boston, was pronounced deceased at the scene from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, while a second victim, a 23-year-old female later identified as Lodimira Dos-Santos of Boston, was transported to an area hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries was pronounced deceased. As for the cause and manner of death, the Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the female’s death a homicide while the male’s death has been ruled a suicide. 

The Boston Police Department continues to review the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly urged to contact Boston Police 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 all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.

If you find yourself in need of emotional support or needing to talk to someone about distressing events in your community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.

BPD In The Community: Bruins and Boston's Finest Team Up to Teach Kids in Dorchester about Physical Fitness

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#BPDinTheCommunity: In keeping with their ongoing commitment to promote physical fitness, healthy living and nutrition, representatives of the Boston Bruins with help from Boston’s Finest stopped by Girls & Boys Club of Dorchester to spread the good word and virtues of health, wellness and exercise to the kids at the club. After a lengthy discussion about the importance of healthy eating, our officers and the kids squared off in a high scoring, fun-filled game of street hockey. Special thanks to the Bruins and Boston Police Foundation for sponsoring this wonderful community event. Additionally, the Girls & Boys Club received a generous donation of a full and complete set of Franklin Sports Street Hockey equipment that will help the kids grow and develop both their hockey skills and love of the game.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Data includes 24 HR PERIOD beginning Monday @ 10AM through Tuesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 0
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 9
Commercial Break-ins: 0

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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.

Local Business Owners Awarded Commissioner’s Commendations for their Assistance in Capturing Suspect 

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On Monday, November 26, 2018, local business owner Daniel Morris and his daughter Dawn Morris were presented with Commissioner’s Commendations for their actions following a robbery of their store at 120 Boston Street (DJ's European Market) during a community meeting in South Boston. The incident occurred at about 4:29 AM on August 4, 2018. While preparing food inside her family’s business, Ms. Morris heard the sound of glass breaking in front of the store. Immediately, Ms. Morris activated the store’s panic alarm and notified her father, Daniel Morris who arrived at the scene. Mr. Morris gave chase to the fleeing suspect. With the assistance of Mr. Morris and Ms. Morris, officers were able to apprehend the suspect. Due to the selfless and heroic actions of Dawn and Daniel Morris, a violent crime was interrupted, and a felon with a long criminal history was apprehended, thereby making the streets of the city of Boston a safer place for all residents.

 

#BPDinTheCommunity: Be Sure to Stop by the No Books No Ball Hoops Clinic this Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10AM to 4PM at the Orchard Gardens School Gym on Albany Street

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#BPDinTheCommunity: Men and women of the BPD are super excited about stopping by the No Books No Ball Hoops Clinic being held this Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10AM to 4PM at the Orchard Gardens School Gym on Albany Street. Our officers are looking forward to yet another awesome opportunity to interact and engage with our city's young people in a positive and productive setting.