Photos from the 25th Annual Boston Police Chase Are Now Online.

race3.JPGrace_recruits.jpg race2.JPG --> On Sunday, October 15, 2006, more than 1,0000 runners participated in the 25th (and final) Annual Boston Police Chase. Photos of virtually every runner who participated are available for viewing, via 511 Challenge.com, who agreed to host the photos. View the photos. Or if you ran the race, go to the main race page to search for your photo This year’s Police Chase, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, the 113th Annual IACP Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition and the Boston Police Runner’s Club, benefited the Boston Police Department's Kids at Risk Program. The Police Chase was a great success, and thank you again to all the runners who participated, and to all sponsors and support staff.

Update to Evidence Audit

As press reports today indicated, I recently initiated a routine audit of the central drug depository due to the sheer scope and volume of the evidence maintained there. The audit revealed some discrepancies, which caused me concern. I have since requested that the Superintendent of the Bureau of Internal Investigations, Robert Harrington, utilize the Boston Police Anti-Corruption Unit to commence a full and thorough investigation of the inventory. This investigation is in its preliminary stages as there is an extensive amount of information to review. At this time, I will not compromise the integrity of the investigation by engaging in speculation related to its outcome. The department will go where the evidence takes us and the findings will be presented upon completion. If misconduct is discovered, it will be dealt with swiftly, forcefully and aggressively.As Acting Police Commissioner and former Superintendent of the Bureau of Internal Investigations, I embrace and encourage the necessity of an effective internal investigative function. A department dedicated to preventing and when necessary uncovering intentional police misconduct is crucial to the establishment of an effective, credible and trustworthy police force. This department will not stand for officers who undermine public confidence at the expense of the many who do their jobs courageously every single day. The Boston Police Department is steadfast in ensuring that ‘police’ and ‘integrity’ are synonymous terms. – Acting Police Commissioner Albert E. Goslin

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Wednesday, October 25 thru 10 AM Thursday, October 26 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 1 Street Robberies: 3 Commercial Robberies: 0 Other: 1 (residential) Vehicle thefts: 6 Vehicle recoveries. 7 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 22 Residential break-ins: 11 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Tuesday, October 24 thru 10 AM Wednesday, October 25 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 2 (Three victims) Street Robberies: 9 Commercial Robberies: 3 Other: 1 (residence) Vehicle thefts: 9 Vehicle recoveries. 18 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 14 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

An acknowledgement of the risks faced by officers

A tally of some of the more violent encounters experienced by Boston Police officers in recent months.

"During the first nine months of this year alone, 93 Boston police officers were assaulted - including six who were confronted by men armed with fully loaded weapons, according to department stats. Two were cut by sharp objects. A total of 50 were assaulted by weapons other than guns. And 35 cops were beaten up during arrests. Just this weekend, an officer working a detail on Chatham Street was punched in the face by a Lowell man allegedly intent on carrying on with the fisticuffs he was engaged in. Via The Boston Herald

See also: 20 Boston Officers saluted for bravery

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Monday, October 23 thru 10 AM Tuesday, October 24 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 2 Street Robberies: 4 Commercial Robberies: 0 Other: 3 (involving 1 bar, 1 residence, and 1 taxi) Vehicle thefts: 5 Vehicle recoveries. 11 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 13 Residential break-ins: 15 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Weekend Wrap-up

A look at the last 72 hours in Boston, from Friday, Oct. 20 through 10 A.M. Monday, Oct. 23, 2006Homicides: 1 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 5. Street Robberies: 16 Commercial Robberies: 2 Other: 1. (Home Invasion) Auto thefts: 21. Seven people arrested in 4 incidents Auto recoveries. 20 Larceny from Motor Vehicle (motor-vehicle breaks): 59 Residential break-ins: 25 Commercial Break-ins: 7 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Wednesday, October 18 thru 10 AM Thursday, October 19 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 2 Street Robberies: 10 Commercial Robberies: 3 Vehicle thefts: 4 Vehicle recoveries. 7 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 13 Residential break-ins: 19 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Tuesday, October 17 thru 10 AM Wednesday, October 18 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 0 Street Robberies: 1 Commercial Robberies: 2 Other: 2 (school incident and residential incident) Vehicle thefts: 8 Vehicle recoveries. 11 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 20 Residential break-ins: 11 Commercial Break-ins: 7 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston Police Officers Recognized for Bravery

Annual George Hanna Awards Ceremony held at State House.Hanna.jpg At a State House Ceremony today, more than 20 Boston Police Officers were among 53 police officers from across the Commonwealth who were recognized for acts of bravery and exemplary service during the past year. (View the full press release from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) Among the recipients were 4 Boston Police Officers who received the George L. Hanna Medal of Honor, the state’s highest award for bravery. An additional twenty officers were recognized with either Valor or Merit Awards. The Boston Police Department proudly congratulates the following recipients:

Medal of Honor: The highest award that the Commonwealth can bestow upon a police officer. The Medal of Honor is awarded to sworn department personnel who have performed specific acts of bravery, or who have performed acts of extraordinary courage above and beyond the call of duty, with disregard for their own personal safety

  • Officer Al S. Young and Officer Ebenezer S. Sealy On October 3, 2005, Officer Young and Officer Sealy were assigned to monitor patrons at closing time in the Theater district. Just after closing, the officers heard the sound of gunshots coming from a nearby parking lot. Upon approaching the parking lot, the officers were confronted by a suspect who began firing a weapon at them. After seeking cover, and after the hundreds of pedestrians had dispersed, the officers returned fire. The suspect fell to the ground suffering fatal gunshot wounds. At this time the officers were physically attacked by 10-15 males, until assistance arrived. The suspect had shot and killed a man just prior to Officer Young and Sealy’s arrival.

  • Officer Luke Taxter and Officer Matthew Morris On December 2, 2005, Officer Luke Taxter and Officer Matthew Morris, working in plain clothes observed a masked gunman shooting in the direction of a group of people huddled at a bus stop on Blue Hill Avenue. The officers took positions blocking his escape path while the gunman continued to fire shots at the bus shelter. After several verbal commands from the officers to stop, the suspect finally ended the standoff, dropped his weapon and surrendered. The suspect was placed under arrest for assault with intent to commit murder.

MEDAL OF VALOR Established to honor sworn department personnel who have performed acts of extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Officer Kevin P. McGoldrick On the evening of July 27, 2005, Police Officer Kevin P. McGoldrick was off duty and traveling in his motor vehicle when he observed an armed robbery in progress. The officer stopped and announced his presence causing the suspect to flee on foot into the Carney Hospital’s parking lot. During the pursuit the suspect turned and aimed what appeared to be a handgun at Officer McGoldrick. In response, the Officer took aim with his service weapon resulting in the suspect being placed under arrest and the recovery of a handgun, ammunition clip and a ski mask.

  • Officer Neil F. Murphy (retired) At 1:05 am, on July 15, 2005, Police Officer Neil F. Murphy was assigned to Bowdoin Street in Dorchester when he heard the sound of gunfire. As other units announced a gunshot victim, Officer Murphy observed two young males fleeing the area. Officer Murphy attempted to stop the two suspects when they took off on foot in different directions. After observing an object in one of the suspect’s hands, Officer Murphy pursued him. A brief struggle ensued and Officer Murphy placed the suspect under arrest and recovered a loaded semi-automatic firearm.

MERIT AWARD Recognizing sworn department personnel who have performed meritorious acts of bravery, courage and performance beyond the call of duty.

  • Officer John D. Conway and Officer Dean C. Bickerton On May 20, 2005, Officer John Conway and Officer Dean Bickerton were in plainclothes patrolling a known drug area. While conducting a motor vehicle stop in a high drug traffic area, one of the passengers jumped from the vehicle and reached to his waist. Officer Bickerton attempted to frisk him, finding a weapon. The suspect grabbed the revolver and pointed it at the officers, yelling he was going to shoot them so he would not go back to jail. Officer Bickerton lunged at the suspect grabbing both hands, while Officer Conway radioed for help before joining the struggle. The officers were able to gain control of the weapon and place the suspect under arrest.

  • Officer Joseph Singletary On January 22, 2005, Officer Singletary responded to a repeat call for an estranged husband shooting at his wife’s house. Due to deep snow blocking the roadway, the officer approached the victim’s house on foot. Officer Singletary observed the suspect driving a vehicle in the direction of responding officers. After attempting to stop the suspect, the officer was struck by the vehicle. The vehicle slid into a snow bank with Officer Singletary holding onto the driver’s door. As the officer observed the suspect with a firearm he reached though the window and struggled for possession of the weapon. After a violent struggle, the suspect was subdued and the fully loaded firearm secured.

  • Sergeant Wayne Lanchester On February 18, 2005, Sergeant Wayne Lanchester responded to shooting on Townsend Street in Roxbury. Sergeant Lanchester observed the vehicle that was described over the radio and pursued it. The pursuit ended when the four suspects jumped from the vehicle and fled. Sergeant Lanchester began a foot pursuit of one suspect and chased him through several streets, through backyards and over fences. Finally, the sergeant was able to overtake the suspect and after a violent struggle, secured the fully loaded handgun and place the suspect under arrest.

  • Lieutenant Steven M. Ciccolo On September 3, 2005, Lieutenant Steven Ciccolo, a morning watch patrol supervisor, responded to a call regarding a man with a knife sitting on a porch. While Lieutenant Ciccolo attempted to disarm the unresponsive male, the man suddenly awoke and attacked him. After a violent struggle, Lieutenant Ciccolo was able to free himself by rolling away and kicking the suspect. The suspect was then placed under arrest by assisting units.

  • Officer Kenneally On the Expressway, Officer Kenneally made a motor vehicle stop for numerous violations. One occupant, wanted on warrants, jumped out of the vehicle and began to violently strike the officer. The suspect was then able to suspend himself over a barrier to an approximate 40 foot drop to the expressway below. Officer Kenneally was holding on to the suspect’s belt as the suspect yelled he was going to commit suicide and take the officer with him. Officer Kenneally was able to pull the suspect back over the wall where he was placed in custody.

  • Lieutenant Matthew J. Spillane On Tuesday, November 9, 2005, Lieutenant Matthew Spillane was off duty when he observed a male brandishing a gun and firing it randomly into the Jackson Square MBTA station. Lieutenant Spillane was unable to corner the suspect in the busy MBTA station so he continued to follow the suspect to a less populated areas. After a foot chase, with the assistance of other units, the suspect was placed under arrest and the gun was also recovered.

Meritorious (Group Award)

  • Sergeant Kevin O’Brien, Police Officer Patrick J. Donovan, Police Officer Shannon McLaughlin At approximately 9:30 p.m. in the East Boston section of the city, Sergeant Kevin O’Brien and paid detail officers Patrick J. Donovan and Shannon McLaughlin responded to a call for which a man had been shot. Arriving at the residence in question, the officers opened a door at which time a violent struggle ensued between Sergeant O’Brien and Officer Donovan and the suspect who was armed with a firearm. As the suspect was being placed under arrest, Officer McLaughlin observed and placed another suspect in the rear of the apartment under arrest. A loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered and both suspects were booked for murder.

  • Police Officer Anthony Williams, Police Officer Daran S. Edwards, Police Officer David J. Miller On August 23, 2005, Police Officer Anthony Williams and Police Officer Daran S. Edwards were on patrol near Blue Hill Avenue when they observed a suspicious male riding a bicycle. As they stopped and attempted to talk to the male, he fell off his bike, and upon rising was pointing a gun at the officers. The suspect fled toward Franklin Park, where a perimeter around the dark, unlit park was set up and a canine unit was requested to assist. Police Officer David J. Miller and his canine partner, Maximus, arrived and tracked the suspect through the dark shrubs, finally locating the suspect in the center of the golf course. Also recovered was a 9mm semi automatic pistol with 8 live rounds and 1 in the chamber.

  • Sergeant Thomas J. Teahan, Sergeant Richard J. Houston, and Police Officer Jean Pierre Ricard On December 26, 2005, Sergeant Thomas J. Teahan, Sergeant Richard J. Houston and Police Officer Jean Pierre Ricard responded to a report of an armed robbery of a merchant in Egelston Square. After securing the perimeter the officers began to canvas a nearby neighborhood. The officers approached a house known for gang activity and observed movement from inside the locked first floor porch. After conducting a forced entry of the porch, a violent struggle ensued between the officers and four suspects. The officers were able to place the suspects under arrest and recover a semi-automatic firearm and the stolen merchandise.

  • Operation “Cloak and Dagger” DISTRICT B-3 (Represented at the ceremony by Captain Timothy Murray) During the year 2005, District B-3 which patrols the neighborhoods of Mattapan and parts of North Dorchester, implemented a new deployment plan, Operation Cloak and Dagger. The basic premise of this deployment plan was to stress warrant arrests, drug arrests and gun arrests. It was a district-wide initiative to target the most wanted individuals and fugitives, who presented the greatest threat to the community. As a result of this plan, District B-3 made more than 100 firearm related charges, over one thousand warrant arrests and more than 500 drug arrests. District B-3 led all of the Boston police districts in drug arrests and warrant arrests, as well as removing over 100 firearms from the streets of Mattapan and Dorchester.

The Boston Police Department also extends our congratulations to all the officers who were recognized at today’s ceremony. (Award summary text excerpted from the Commonwealth of MA press release.)

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Tuesday, October 3 thru 10 AM Wednesday, October 4 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 0 Street Robberies: 13 Commercial Robberies: 1 Vehicle thefts: 11 Vehicle recoveries. 13 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 12 Residential break-ins: 8 Commercial Break-ins: 5 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Project ChildSafe Comes To Boston

5,000 Firearm Safety Locks To Be Distributed LocallyChildSafe.gifToday Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in conjunction with Acting Boston Police Commissioner Albert E. Goslin is pleased to announce that the Boston Police Department will manage the distribution of free gun safety locks to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The gunlocks will be available starting tomorrow at all 11 Boston Police district stations as well as through the Licensing Unit at Boston Police Headquarters. Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms. The gunlocks provided are cable-style and fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home. DSC_0030.jpg Mayor Menino stated, “As Mayor, and as a grandfather, I know that nothing is more important than the safety and well being of our children,” Mayor Menino added, “Today I am proud to announce that Project Childsafe, a nationwide firearm safety education program, has provided the Boston Police Department with 5 thousand free safety locks. The locks will be distributed to gun owners “No Questions Asked” at district police stations throughout the city.” gl_goslin.jpg By partnering with Project ChildSafe, the City of Boston is participating in a growing national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. It is important to note that over 40% of homes where children live have a gun, and many of those guns are locked and unloaded. “We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,” said Acting Commissioner Goslin. “I am here today as a police officer, father and grandfather telling all of you that just talking to your children about the dangers of firearms is not enough. Children are naturally curious. If a gun is accessible in someone’s home, there is a good chance a child will find it and play with it.” Mayor Menino, through his Strategic Crime Council, continues to launch an aggressive and innovative programs designed to educate and create awareness around firearm-related issues. The distribution of free gunlocks is just one of the many initiatives that have resulted from the mayor’s campaign against gun violence. Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), will distribute millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country over the next year. The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry. Today Mayor Menino provided several key steps that parents with guns in the home can take to protect their children:

  • Unload your guns and keep them in a locked, secure place out of the reach of children.
  • Lock your ammunition in a separate location, and keep the keys and combination in a secure place.
  • And tell your kids: If they come across a gun, don’t touch it. Leave the area immediately. And tell an adult.

Mayor Menino concluded, “It’s tempting for parents to dismiss this issue by thinking, ‘I don’t need to worry about gun safety because I don’t keep a gun in my home.’ But what happens when your child goes over to a friend’s house to play? Does that household have an unlocked gun? It’s crucial that parents inquire about firearm safety in the households that their children are visiting.”

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Tuesday, Wednesday 27 thru 10 AM Thursday, September 28 2006.(See today’s Daily Incident summary for more detailed descriptions of some of the incidents identified below) Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 0 Non-fatal Stabbings: 0 Street Robberies: 4 Commercial Robberies: 0 Vehicle thefts: 13 Vehicle recoveries. 7 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 10 Residential break-ins: 4 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Tuesday, Wednesday 27 thru 10 AM Thursday, September 28 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 1 Non-fatal Stabbings: 1 Street Robberies: 7 Commercial Robberies: 1 Vehicle thefts: 6 Vehicle recoveries. 16 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 14 Residential break-ins: 6 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Message from the Police Commissioner

A Boston Police Officer has been charged today with violating the rights of an unnamed female victim.It is not unreasonable to expect that in a department this size – one of the 50 largest local Police Departments in America - there will be a few bad apples, a few officers who choose not to live up to the ideals of professionalism, service, and integrity that have been established over the past 152 years of this Department. While this is to be expected, that does not mean that it has to be tolerated. I hold my officers to a higher standard than that of the general population. We consider any form of corruption to be repugnant, and a disgrace to the badge that so many officers have worked so hard to earn. When we are made aware of any potential instances of corruption or police misconduct, we will aggressively pursue the investigation and go where the evidence takes us. Boston Police investigators have worked, and will continue to work with, our law enforcement partners such as the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office. Our willingness to investigate these matters underscores our dedication to integrity and service to the community. Intentional police misconduct will not be tolerated. We will not allow a criminal to hide behind the badge. Officer Michael LoPriore has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings. View the press release (PDF document)

Boston 24: A look at the last 24 hours in the City of Boston.

Significant incidents reported to the BPD, from Monday, September 25 thru 10 AM Tuesday, September 26 2006.Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 2 Non-fatal Stabbings: 2 Street Robberies: 3 Commercial Robberies: 2 Other: 1 (bank). Vehicle thefts: 16. Vehicle recoveries. 5 Larceny from motor Vehicles (motor-vehicle breaks): 17 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Weekend Wrap-up

A look at the last 72 hours in Boston, from Friday, Sept. 22 through 10 A.M. Monday, Sept. 25, 2006 (See the previous Daily Incident summaries for more detailed descriptions of some of the incidents identified below) Homicides: 0 Non-fatal Shootings: 1 Non-fatal Stabbings: 8. Seven incidents resulting in 8 people stabbed. Street Robberies: 22 Commercial Robberies: 1 Other: 1 (Home invasion) Auto thefts: 25. Two attempted thefts Auto recoveries. 34 Larceny from Motor Vehicle (motor-vehicle breaks): 68. Residential break-ins: 26 Commercial Break-ins: 9 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. Some of the incidents included may be covered in more detail in other blog postings.

Public’s Help Sought In Identification Of Homicide Victim

Boston police and Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are seeking help in identifying a woman whose body was found last year in the chimney of a Dorchester building in hopes that someone might recognize her description. The woman’s remains were found by workmen at 17-19 Winter Street on Oct. 14. This case was profiled on the America’s Most Wanted television program this past Saturday. Anyone with knowledge of the woman’s identity is urged to call the Boston Police Department Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 .Below is a video of a digital reconstruction of the victim, showing what she may have looked like at the time of her death. If you cannot view the video, there are individual images available for viewing. Download file (PDF file)

Background Investigators believe that the woman stood about 5’2” tall and was between 25 and 35 years of age at the time of her death. Evidence suggests that she died at least a year ago and possibly as many as five years ago. Forensic anthropologists have indicated that the woman was of mixed ethnicity, likely Caucasian and Latino, with possible African-American and/or Asian ancestry as well. Medical experts have advised investigators that she had at least one child in life, and had no scars, tattoos, or broken bones. A possible key to the woman’s identity is the distinct dental plate she was wearing at the time of her death. The plate, which would have been worn in her upper palate, contained two teeth and was missing a third. Based on certain grooves on her teeth, it is believed that this acrylic plate replaced a metal one that she had worn previously. Civilian dental experts have indicated that the style and construction of the plate indicates that it may have been made either in the Caribbean or in the United States by a dentist from Haiti or Jamaica. LInks/downloads View a PDF document with victim photos and details Visit the America's Most Wanted page on this case. See also: “Boston Police Seeking Victim Identification in Causeway St. Death Investigation in wich the BPD is seeking another identification on a found body.

Preventing Residential Burglaries

One of the more consistent concerns that we hear from City residents is the fear of burglaries. The Boston Herald today ran a story highlighting some of the more recent burglaries in the city. The Boston Globe also recently ran a story highlighting the fact that the number of burglaries has decreased so far in 2006. Both stories are noteworthy for the attention they bring to what is ultimately a very preventable crime. As noted in one of the above stories, enhanced vigilance by residents is a factor in reducing the number of residential burglaries.This is especially important in the fall, when thousands of newly-arrived students move into the city. Many of these students are not used to living in a large city where it is necessary to lock their apartment doors and windows. The advice we always offer residents is simple but effective: Lock your doors, lock your windows, and get to know your neighbors. Most thieves are opportunists - they look for the easiest target, and will often move on if they find a house or an apartment that they consider to be too secure. View a Tip Sheet listing the seven things you can do to secure your home against burglaries. (a PDF document prepared by officers in District A-1)