Drivers Warned to Watch for School Buses and Children on Local Streets as School Year Begins

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The City of Boston has implemented traffic safety precautions to coincide with the 2019/2020 first day of school.  Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments will both be out in force at key locations to ensure that Boston’s streets are accessible so that the City’s children arrive in their classrooms safely and on time.  Drivers are warned to watch closely for school buses and children, to be patient, and to drive and park with extra care on local streets.

Boston Police Officers will be concentrating their efforts at various intersections throughout the City to control traffic and to keep congestion to a minimum so that both school buses and MBTA buses carrying children are not delayed along their routes.  Drivers are reminded that it is against the law to pass a school bus when the “STOP” arm on the bus is activated.

BPD and BTD will also be working to ensure that drivers do not violate public safety related parking regulations.  Of particular concern are:

  • No Parking in Crosswalks

  • No Double Parking

  • No Parking in Handicap Ramps

  • No Parking Within 20 Feet of An Intersection

  • Less than 10 Feet from a Fire Lane

  • No Stopping or Standing

  • Hydrants

In addition, the City of Boston has been in touch with local utilities and construction companies to coordinate permitted work activities so that they do not impact designated bus routes, traffic safety and school zone safety.

 

Investigation Update: Victim Identified in Homicide Investigation in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston

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UPDATE: At about 11:24 PM, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Carlos Ramos, 22-years-old, of East Boston.

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 search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

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

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, September 5, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 0

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

Vehicle Thefts: 2
Vehicle Recoveries: 3
Vehicle Breaks: 3

Residential Break-ins: 1
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.

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Tuesday @ 10AM through Wednesday @ 10AM

Homicides: 1
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 3

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 3
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 6

Residential Break-ins: 5
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.

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer John Ivar Jackson 90 Years Ago Today

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BPD REMEMBERS: In the early morning hours of September 4, 1929, at about 2:00am, Officer John Jackson was struck and killed by a drunk driver moments after he stepped off of a streetcar while walking his beat in West Roxbury. The driver who struck Jackson never stopped to render aid and fled the scene of the accident. Moments later, a passing motorist, seeing the injured officer, stopped and transported Officer Jackson to an area hospital (Forest Hills Hospital) where he, sadly. later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The driver who struck him later turned himself in and was charged with Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Although, the charges were later dropped.

Officer Jackson, who was a recipient of the Victory Medal for his military service in France during WWI and was appointed to the Boston Police Department on November 19, 1928 and assigned to Division 17 in West Roxbury. At the time of his death, Jackson was 36-years-old and had served the Boston Police Department for 11 months. Making his passing ever more tragic IS the fact that he was survived by his wife, Blanche, and their two young children: 8-yr-old George and 1-yr-old Lorraine.

Officer Jackson lays in rest at the Norden Cemetery in Uxbridge, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Panel 60, West Line 5, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

 

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer Alfred M. Sturdivant 115 Years Ago Today

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BPD REMEMBERS: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer Alfred Sturdivant who was killed in the line of duty 115 years ago today. On Sunday, September 4, 1904, Officer Alfred Sturdivant was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance at a home on Falcon Street in East Boston.

Officer Sturdivant was 47-years-old at the time of his death and had been with the Boston Police Department for 15 years. Making his death of more tragic is the fact that he left behind and was survived by his wife and mother.

Officer Sturdivant is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 11, East Line 13, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor in the area of Falcon Street and Putnam Street in East Boston.

 

Death Investigation in area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION: At about 11:24 PM, on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, officers assigned to District A-7 (East Boston), responded to a radio call for a person stabbed in the area of 36 West Eagle Street in East Boston. On arrival, officers located an adult male victim suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased..

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 search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

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

Boston 96: Weekend Update and Public Journal

Data includes 72 HR PERIOD beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Monday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

Street Robberies: 6
Commercial Robberies: 0
Bank Robberies: 0
Other Robberies: 1

Vehicle Thefts: 13
Vehicle Recoveries: 7
Vehicle Breaks: 27

Residential Break-ins: 13
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.

The Martin Richard Foundation Holds Second Annual MR8K at the Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton

Earlier today, on Monday September 2, 2019, runners of all ages showed up for the 2nd Annual MR8K “A Run for Gratitude” Road Race in Brighton to benefit the Martin Richard Foundation. Officer Stephen McNulty was honored to perform the National Anthem before the race stepped off from the Warrior Ice Arena at Boston Landing as BPD officers lined the route, ensuring the safety of all of the participants as they made their way along the five-mile (8k) road course. Thank you to all of the participants, volunteers and organizers for their support of this wonderful cause.  

“The Martin Richard Foundation – Choose Kindness. Build Bridges. Do More.”

 

BPD in the Community: Officer Kim Tavares Honored to Perform for 3-Year-Old "The Mighty Quinn" Waters in Weymouth

BPD in the Community: Thank you to the Waters family of Weymouth for inviting BPD Officer Kim Tavares to serenade their adorable 3-year-old son, Quinn Waters, with the timeless classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” earlier today. “The Mighty Quinn” as he has come to be known, enjoyed a snack while listening to Officer Tavares on a beautiful Sunday morning during a one on one private concert that he will not soon forget. Thank you to Officer Tavares for helping brighten Quinn’s day and for carrying a message of support and strength to young Quinn and his entire family on behalf of all of the women and men of the Boston Police Department.

The Boston Police Department Remembers the Service and Sacrifice of Officer William R. Beckman 43 Years Ago Today

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BPD Remembers: The men and women of the Boston Police Department remember the service and sacrifice of Officer William R. Beckman 43 Years ago today. On Wednesday September 1, 1976, Boston Police Officer William Beckman suffered a fatal heart attack in the line of duty after responding to a vandalism call in the area of 325 Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay. On arrival, Officer Beckman became involved in a foot pursuit and subsequently made an arrest when he collapsed after placing the suspect in his cruiser.

Officer Beckman was 52 years old at the time of his passing and had served with the Boston Police Department for 21 years. He was survived by his wife and their five children.

Officer Beckman is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Needham, MA. His name is located on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, Panel 24, West Line 11, as well as the Hero Wall at Boston Police Headquarters and the Police Memorial located at the State House in Downtown Boston.

A Hero Sign has been placed in his honor on Boylston Street at Ring Road on District D-4 (South End).

Recent Promotions: Boston Police Department Command Staff Ceremony

On Friday, August 30, 2019, in a ceremony held at Boston Police Headquarters, Lieutenant Detective Luis Cruz was appointed Deputy Superintendent by Commissioner Gross in a badge ceremony.

Congratulations, Deputy Superintendent Cruz on this well-deserved promotion and for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to the community.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Friday, August 30, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Thursday @ 10AM through Friday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 3
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

Vehicle Thefts: 7
Vehicle Recoveries: 1
Vehicle Breaks: 7

Residential Break-ins: 4
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.

Because We Care: Cops for Kids with Cancer Enjoy a Harbor Tour with Boston Police

On Monday, August 26, 2019, CFKWC partnered with the BPD Harbor Patrol Unit and treated youngsters with cancer to a Boston Harbor "cruise" on our police boats. Cops for Kids with Cancer is here to support children and families afflicted with this devastating disease. Boston Police Commissioner, William Gross, cruised along the harbor and enjoyed spending his afternoon with some very special youngsters!

To learn more about Cops for Kids with Cancer – please click on the enclosed link: http://copsforkidswithcancer.org

BPD Traffic Advisory: Straight Pride Parade, MR8K, Labor Day March, and BC Football

Special events taking place from Saturday, August 31, through Monday, September 2, will impact traffic and parking in Boston and require the implementation of temporary restrictions.  People coming into Boston to attend are encouraged not to drive their personal vehicles.  Information on Bluebikes, the regional bike share service, may be found at http://bluebikes.com and information on the MBTA may be found at www.mbta.com.  For a faster return trip, the MBTA advises riders to purchase a round-trip rather than a one-way ticket.  Walking is also a great way to move around Boston.  

Saturday, August 31 

The Straight Pride Parade is scheduled to begin at 12 PM on Boylston Street between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets.  Marchers will proceed on Boylston Street, turn left on Tremont Street, continue onto Cambridge Street to City Hall Plaza.  Streets along the route will be closed for the duration of the event, and ”No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday” parking restrictions will be in effect as follows. 

  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Exeter Street to Tremont Street; and odd side, from Hereford Street to Gloucester Street 

  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street 

  • Clarendon Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Saint James Avenue 

  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Saint James Avenue to Newbury Street 

  • Providence Street, both sides, from Arlington Street to Berkeley Street 

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Saint James Avenue 

  • Charles Street South, both sides, from Park Plaza to Boylston Street 

  • Charles Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street 

  • Tremont Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Cambridge Street 

  • West Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Tremont Street 

  • Temple Place, both sides, from Washington Street to Tremont Street 

  • Bromfield Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Tremont Street 

  • Park Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to Beacon Street 

  • Cambridge Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to New Chardon Street 

  • Beacon Street, both sides, from Somerset Street to Tremont Street 

  • School Street, both sides, from Tremont Street to Province Street 

  • Court Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Cambridge Street 

  • New Chardon Street, both sides, from Cambridge Street to Merrimac Street/Congress Street 

  • Union Street, both sides, from North Street to Hanover Street 

  • Hanover Street, both sides, from Surface Road to Congress Street

 A Boston College football game is scheduled for 4 PM.  Neighborhood residents who do not already have an Allston/Brighton Resident Parking Permit are encouraged to obtain a one day resident parking pass at the Boston Transportation Department vehicle that will be parked at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Thomas More Road.   Passes will be available on Friday, August 30, from 4-8 PM, and on Saturday, August 31, from 12-4 PM.  Residents must present a proof of residency from their Brighton address to receive the one day parking pass. 

Monday, September 2, 2019 

The MR8K will begin at 9 AM on Guest Street in Brighton at the Warriors Arena.  An estimated 2,000 runners will proceed from Guest Street, to Life Street, left on North Beacon Street, right on Gordon Street, right on Cambridge Street, right on Washington Street, left on Foster Street, right on Commonwealth Avenue westbound, right on Lake Street, left on Washington Street, right on Bigelow Street, right on Faneuil Street, left on Market Street, right on North Beacon Street, left on Life Street, right on Guest Street.  The run is expected to be completed by 11 AM. 

The Labor Day March is scheduled to begin at Copley Square at 12:15 PM.  An estimated 500 people will proceed on Boylston Street to the Boston Common.  The event is expected to be completed by 1:15 PM. 

*Please note that the above temporary traffic and parking restrictions are in addition to those implemented this weekend to assist with move-in activity for Boston’s college students.  Please see: https://www.boston.gov/news/student-move

 

BPD Community Advisory: Straight Pride Parade Scheduled for Saturday, August 31, 2019 on Copley Square

Community Advisory: On Saturday, August 31, 2019, the Boston Police Department anticipates large crowds to gather in response to a planned event which is scheduled from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Boston. Event participants will be gathering at Copley Square and marching along a planned route down Boylston Street, to Tremont Street and concluding on City Hall Plaza. The Department has been and continues to be in contact with event organizers and is working with them to ensure a safe and peaceful day. 

The Department has a comprehensive operational plan in place. While details of this plan are not for public release, those in attendance at the event can expect a large police presence of both uniformed and undercover officers. The Department will be deploying fixed video cameras and mobile video support teams to assist with keeping the event safe for all who attend. 

Parking in and around Copley Square, City Hall Plaza and along the parade route will be prohibited. Signs will be posted, “No Stopping Boston Police Special Event” on effected roadways. 

Due to increased public safety concerns, those who plan on visiting the areas impacted by this event on Saturday August 31, 2019, are strongly urged to not bring backpacks, large bags or strollers. For those who choose to bring these items, please be advised that they may be subject to search, and there will be no storage area designated to leave these belongings.

In order to provide a safe and peaceful environment, the Boston Police Department has determined certain items to be prohibited from the Copley Square and City Hall areas as well as along the entire parade route. Please see the list of prohibited items below:

  •  Firearms, knives, weapons, sharp objects, shields or fireworks 

  • Pop up tents or canopies 

  • Cans, glass containers, pre-mixed beverages or alcoholic beverages 

  • Wagons or pull carts 

  • Coolers 

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly referred to as ‘drones’ 

  • Pets (excluding certified service animals) 

  • Grills, propane tanks or open flames 

  • Bicycles 

  • Flag poles, bats, clubs, sticks (including signs attached to sticks)  

  • Any athletic equipment or other item which could be used as a weapon

     

Security Checkpoints will be set up in and around City Hall Plaza where magnetometers will be utilized in addition to mandatory bag checks. 

Traffic is expected to be impacted along the route and surrounding areas. Travelers are encouraged to leave extra time, seek alternate routes or utilize public transportation.  

The Boston Police Department expects all who will be attending events to act respectfully and responsibly. The Department intends to provide a safe and peaceful opportunity for people to exercise their Constitutional rights. Violence or property damage of any kind will not be tolerated. Anyone engaging in illegal behavior is subject to arrest and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

 

Boston 24 and Public Journal for Thursday, August 29, 2019

Data includes 24–Hour-Period Beginning Wednesday @ 10AM through Thursday @ 10AM

Homicides: 0
Nonfatal Shootings: 0
Nonfatal Stabbings: 1

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

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

Residential Break-ins: 3
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.

Nothing Better than Having a Cup of Coffee With A Cop at the Swissbäkers in Allston/Brighton

Nothing Better than Having a Cup of Coffee With A Cop at the Swissbäkers in Allston/Brighton: Our officers assigned to District D-14 (Brighton) had a wonderful time connecting and communicating with community members at 'Coffee with a Cop' earlier today, Wednesday, August 28, 2019, hosted by the fine folks at the Swissbäkers Bakery at 168 Western Ave in Allston. As always, the BPD’s ‘Coffee with a Cop’ community policing initiative is all about bringing people together - police officers and the community members alike – to discuss and problem solve issues impacting our neighborhoods. And, best of all, the coffee’s always on us. Thanks again to everybody who turned out. Make no mistake about it, together we make our city safer.

BPD Homicide Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Death Investigation in the area of 868 Huntington Ave in Roxbury

 

BPD Homicide Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Death Investigation in the area of 868 Huntington Ave in Roxbury: At about 12:20am, on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, officers assigned to District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to Brigham & Women's Hospital at 75 Francis Street in Roxbury to take a report relative to an elderly male, believed to be in his seventies, transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries. The victim, suffering serious head trauma, later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. BPD Homicide Investigators are asking for the public’s help if they have information regarding the victim’s injuries. Investigators believe the victim’s injuries may have been sustained in the area of 868 Huntington Ave in Roxbury between the hours of 8:00pm - 9:00pm on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

Anyone in the area at that time who may have information helpful to the investigation is asked to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this search 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 assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.