Buyer Beware! Boston Police Continue to Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

 

Boston Police Seek Community Cooperation on Talbot Ave Shooting Incident

About 7:01am, on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, Officers responded to a radio call for a person shot at Hicks Auto Body at 10 Talbot Avenue in Dorchester. Upon arrival, officers located three male victims suffering from gunshot wounds inside the garage. All victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. At this time, the investigation indicates that two of the male victims were unintended targets. Officers are seeking two vehicles of interest including a dark-colored Chrysler 300M with an out of state license plate and a black Nissan. According to witnesses, the Chrysler was occupied by four black males and the driver is described as a light skinned male wearing a white t-shirt. A witness also reported that the Chrysler made a quick, sharp left turn from Wales Street, onto Nightingale Street and fled toward Bernard Street.

The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the District B-3 detectives at (617) 343-4712.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously should either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in the information you can provide, not the identity of the person providing it.

 

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Leaves One Behind Bars

At about 2:30am, on Sunday, June 5, 2011, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) were on patrol in the area of 51 Torrey Street in Dorchester when they observed a white motor vehicle strike a parked car and then speed off. As officers got closer to the scene, officers observed damage to the motor vehicle. Specifically, officers observed two driver-side doors (front and back) bent forward in such a way that it was impossible to close them.  Officers were able to catch up to and stop the car. When officers asked the operator of the motor vehicle if he was aware of the fact that he had just struck another vehicle, the operator stated that he was but was unable to pull over right away. Officers noted that the operator was approximately two blocks away from the accident scene when stopped. 

Officers spoke to the owner of the car who stated that she was exiting her car at the time of the accident. The operator was evaluated on the scene by EMS. 

Officers arrested Alejandro Senise, 27, of Boston and charged him with Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Personal Injury).

Firearm Found – Gun Arrest Made in Mattapan

At about 6:21pm, on Friday, June 3, 2011, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) received information relative to an individual in possession of a firearm. The information provided was both reliable and supported by a substantial basis of knowledge. Officers were able to locate the individual believed to be in possession of the firearm. For officer safety, a pat frisk was conducted to determine the presence of a weapon. Officers were unable to locate a firearm on the suspect. However, a search of the suspect’s residence enabled officers to locate and take possession of a loaded firearm. The firearm recovered was consistent with the description of the firearm as described by the confidential informant.  Officers arrested Christopher Ajene, 20, of Boston and charged him with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition.

Boston Police Fugitive & Apprehension Unit Make Significant Arrest of Violent Offender

Officers Recover Six Loaded Firearms, 100 Rounds of Ammunition, Trafficking Weight of Crack Cocaine and a Bulletproof Vest Members of the Boston Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit in conjunction with the US Marshals executed an arrest warrant for 22 year old Sirrocko Landrum of Mattapan for outstanding charges of assault to murder and threats to commit crime among other Federal probation violations.

Police Commissioner Edward Davis stated, “I commend the efforts of the Fugitive Unit and the US Marshals for apprehending this violent offender and predator to our community. The city today is a safer place with this individual behind bars. Any other individuals engaging in similar activity would be wise to take notice. There is no doubt that this significant arrest prevented future violence.”

On June 2, 2011, officers entered 115 Deering Road in Mattapan in search of suspect Landrum. Officers immediately gave commands for all occupants to present themselves. Two individuals exited the kitchen area with their hands in the air and were secured by officers. Officers believed that suspect Landrum was still inside hiding and began to clear the apartment. At that time, officers observed several firearms and crack cocaine in plain view.

Suspect Landrum was found hiding in the kitchen and began to struggle with officers before being placed into custody.

Officers soon secured a search warrant for the residence which resulted in the recovery of 3 Rifles, 2 semi automatic hand guns, 1 revolver, over 100 rounds of ammo, trafficking weight crack cocaine and 1 bullet proof vest.

Sirrocko Landrum, 22, of Mattapan is also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B.

A Message from the Neighborhood Watch Unit: Planning a Block Party this Summer? Contact your Local Community Service Officer or the Neighborhood Watch Unit for Assistance!

It's about that time and Neighborhood Watch groups across the city are beginning to make their plans for their annual, summer block parties! The Neighborhood Watch Unit believes the block parties and similar social events are a great way for residents and neighbors to connect and build community.  These neighborhood events provide a way in which people can meet each other and begin to have a dialogue about where they live and what they want for their street.  Block parties usually tend to draw even the most reticent person because they’re fun!  Some of the events that have taken place in the past are ice cream socials, yard sales and tag sales, barbeques and the traditional pot luck block party where people congregate and socialize right on their street.  If you would like to plan a block party call your local CSO office or the Neighborhood Watch Unit at 617-343-4345 for assistance.  

Hundreds of Boston Police Officers To March on 'A Day To Remember'

Boston Police Relief Association Memorial Service Honors Deceased Member of the Department WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino, Police Commissioner Edward Davis, Superintendant-In-Chief Daniel Linskey, Boston Police Relief Society Association President John McGee, Reverend John Connolly, Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff and the Boston  Police Gaelic Column and Honor Guard.

WHAT:           Hundred of Boston police officers descend on Mount Hope Cemetery to honor deceased members of the Boston Police Department. The event includes a march to the Boston Police Relief Association Memorial, a memorial service and a ‘Reading of the Roll’ to recognize those deceased.

The Boston Police Relief Association, a fraternal benefit association, was organized on January 13, 1871 and incorporated in 1876.

WHERE:         Mount Hope Cemetery main entrance, Walk Hill Street, Mattapan.

WHEN:           Sunday, June 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am.

 

Boston Police Officers Step Up To The Plate For 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament

Numerous officers participate to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes WHO:              Mayor Thomas Menino; Police Commissioner Edward Davis; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald; Boston Police Runners Club President and Boston Police Detective Cecil Jones; numerous Boston Police officers and family and friends; Renown singer Rene Rancort

WHAT:           The Boston Police Runners Club is holding the 2nd Annual ‘Field of Dreams’ Wiffle Ball Tournament to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Numerous Boston Police officers and their families will be on hand for some competitive wiffle ball! Last year’s event raised $32,500 for juvenile diabetes. Rene Rancort of Boston Bruins’ fame will perform the National Anthem to kick off the competition.

WHERE:         Boston Athletic Club

650 Summer Street, South Boston

WHEN:           Saturday June 4, 2011 at 12:00pm

National Anthem to be performed at noon

WHY: The Boston Police Runners Club recognized that diabetes has effected many families throughout the Boston Police Department and the community. With the history of charitable efforts undertaken every year by the Boston Police Department, the club believed there was an important opportunity to contribute to this important cause.

Community Reminder: Boston Police Warn Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

During the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Police would like to take this opportunity to remind fans to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets. Fans who purchase tickets from a secondary source are taking a chance. We would like to encourage fans to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies. Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer’s risk. Officers want to proactively curb such activity and encourage buyers to only purchase from official vendors.

The department suggests that fans guarantee authenticity by purchasing tickets through the Boston Bruins website, Ticketmaster.com, in person at the TD Garden Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet.

Purchasing via other means, creates the potential for possessing either an invalid or counterfeit ticket.  Individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will be evicted from the building and face the possibility of arrest.

If any community members have information about the selling of counterfeit tickets, you are urged to contact District A-1 detectives at (617) 343-4248. Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). Individuals wishing to provide information anonymously are reminded that the Boston Police Department in ONLY interested in the INFORMATION you provide, NOT who YOU are.

 

Detail Officer Leads to Gun Recovery

Yesterday morning around 10:57AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to 85 Wellington Hill St. in Mattapan in response to a call from a detail officer call for a fight. On arrival, the detail officer and assisting units spoke to the victim who was bleeding from the back of his head. The victim reported to officers that his brother hit him with a gun and directed officers to his brother who was walking up a nearby driveway. The victim continued by telling officers that he had gotten into a fight with his brother when his brother pulled out a gun wrapped in a black blue colored cloth and hit him over the head.  The fight was stopped when a witness alerted a nearby detail officer who separated the two. The detail officer reported to assisting units that he was flagged down by a witness and arrived on scene to see the two brothers fighting but did not witness a gun.

Having heard this story, several other units responded to the area and conducted a search of the area where the brother was initially seen walking away near his house and there recovered a black handgun wrapped in a towel from a recycle bin.

The suspect, Christopher M. Taylor, 44 of Mattapan was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), and Assault and Battery.

Death Investigation at 113 Evans Street, Dorchester

Last night, Tuesday, May 31, 2011 around 9:54AM, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a radio call for a “ShotSpotter” activation in the area of 113 Evans Street. While en route, officers were advised that the call had been upgraded to a person shot. Officers arrived on scene and located a 20 year-old black male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to Boston Medical Center suffering from life threatening injuries where he today succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced.

The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident. Anyone with information about this shooting incident is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by either calling the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

UPDATE: Death Investigation in the Area of Itasca & Messinger Streets in Mattapan: Homicide Victim Identified

 At about 10:15pm, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Itasca & Messinger Streets. On arrival, officers located a 22 year-old male outside the above-mentioned location suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported from the scene to BMC and was later pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as Marc Edmond, 22, of Mattapan. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

2nd ANNUAL FIELD OF DREAMS WIFFLE BALL TOURNAMENT HITS THE DIAMOND THIS WEEKEND ALL FOR A GREAT CAUSE: JUVENILE DIABETES

Last year Super Fitz and friends raised close to $33,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

“She appeared to be tired. Something wasn’t right and then they told us.”

When doctors told Paul Fitzgerald that his daughter, Caroline, then 8 years-old, had juvenile diabetes, like most parents, he was quick to confess, although familiar with the terminology, he wasn’t completely familiar with the disease. However, that was four years ago. Today, Paul Fitzgerald, a Superintendent in the Boston Police Department, and his family not only have a better understanding of the disease that effects approximately 285 million people worldwide, but they also better understand the responsibility that comes with doing everything in their power to spread the word about the need for funding the research that will one day lead to a cure. “The goal is to cure this disease. We can’t wait to see the day when no family has to worry about juvenile diabetes. But accomplishing that goal means people have to step up. I can’t be a doctor but I can raise money.”

In an effort to step up, Fitzgerald and his family had long been thinking about a way to raise awareness and monies for the disease that presently affects their daughter. To hear Paul tell it, the family had been thinking about holding a road race or a golf tourney. And although Paul is a big fan of both, he was looking for something different, something that would be more inclusive, something, not just for adults, but also for kids of Caroline’s age. So, after much talk and some lengthy discussions, the idea came to the Fitzgeralds courtesy of an old friend and colleague. Said Detective Cecil Jones, “How about a wiffle ball tournament?” To Fitzgerald and his family, the suggestion was one they liked instantly.

Last summer, thanks to a wonderful support group consisting of people like Karen Kelleher, Tommy Joyce, Brendan England, Sean Butler and a host of others, on June 12th, 2010, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament took to four make-shift diamonds inside the Boston Athletic Club and became a reality.

According to Fitzgerald, the reality of the day far exceeded all expectations and went far better than anyone could have envisioned or imagined. According to Fitzgerald, on the day of the event, he couldn’t help but count his blessings. He says, prior to the first pitch being thrown, he looked around at the large turnout and found himself humbled by the tremendous show of support and friendship. “Something like this only comes together because people who care make it happen. I can’t thank my family, my friends and all those who participated enough. This day was possible because people cared enough to come out.”

When it came to raising dough for a great cause, the 1stAnnual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tourney was nothing short of a huge home run. All in all, the tourney raised $32,500.

This year promises to be even better. Says Fitzgerald, “We’d love to raise as much, if not more money than we did last year. But, to do that, we need people to come out.”

If you would like to see this year’s Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament,  the 2nd Annual Field of Dreams Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held this Saturday (June 4, 2011) at the Boston Athletic Club at 653 Summer Street in South Boston.

To learn more about Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, log on to the website at www.jdrf.org

Death Investigation in the Area of Itasca & Messinger Streets in Mattapan

At about 10:15pm, on Sunday, May 29, 2011, officers from Area B-3 (Mattapan) responded to a call for a person shot in the area of Itasca & Messinger Streets. On arrival, officers located a 22 year-old male outside the above-mentioned location suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The Boston Police Department is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or text the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is only interested in what you know, not who you are.

Officers on Surveillance Arrest Armed Suspect

Around 7:00PM last night, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) were conducting surveillance in the Talbot Ave. and Wales St. due to a few recent incidents of firearm related violence in the area. While conducting surveillance in the area, officers observed a young man who was sitting on the stairs of a house appear startled, start looking over his shoulder from side to side, jump up from his seated position and suddenly disappear out of sight.  Around this same time, officers observed another male briskly walk past them to where the suspect had been sitting and walk up the stairs where the initial young man had been sitting.  As officers continued to observe the second male, he pulled what appeared to be a black sock from his back pocket and extended his arms toward the stairwell and residence that the first young man had just entered.  A short time later, the second male was observed descending the stairs nervously looking over his shoulders as he placed the black sock back in his pocket.

Based on their observance, officers formed the opinion that the suspect may be armed with a firearm secreted in the black sock and had possibly been intent on shooting the first young man who had fled the stairs after he obviously saw the suspect.  Officers then radioed this information to other units in the area and gave them the description of the suspect and his direction of flight.  Officers within a few moments observed the suspect with the black sock protruding from his back pocket as he walked from Talbot Ave. to Wales Street. Officers followed the suspect and once he became aware of officers presence was observed to pull the black sock from his rear pocket and throw it into an overgrown vacant lot. The suspect was stopped, a search of the field conducted and a loaded firearm found in a sock in the field.

Once the suspect was arrested while awaiting transport for the suspect, two individuals exited from a vehicle and confronted officers about arresting the suspect.  The two suspects refused officers’ orders to back off as they appeared to be trying to free the suspect. The two other suspects were eventually arrested.

Officers then returned to the location where they had first observed the young man sitting on the stairs and he explained that while he was sitting on the stairs to his house he saw a car occupied by the three suspects drive by several times and the last time the car drove by, the first suspect got out of the car and approached him and pointed a black object at him, presumably the gun in the sock and exclaimed, “What!?” and continued to approach him. The suspect stated to officers that there was an ongoing feud between the suspects and some of his friends and further reported that the suspect fled out of the door before firing any shots at him but that he was now in fear for his life as the suspect and his friends now knew where he lived.

The first suspect with the firearm, Prescott Thompson, 21 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, and Receiving Stolen Property as the gun turned out to be a stolen gun after investigation. The second suspect, Harvey Patterson, 21 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Witness Intimidation, Assault and Battery on a Public Employee, Assault with Intent to Murder, resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.  The third suspect, Taylor Sinkler, 18 of Hyde Park was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Murder, Witness Intimidation and Disorderly Conduct.

“Shot Spotter” Activation Leads to Firearm Recovery

About 1:20AM on Tuesday, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to 71 Callender Street for shots fired notification through the “Shot Spotter.”  A few moments later, officers were advised that another “Shot Spotter” activation had just taken place on Boyden St. near Oakhurst Street, a short distance from Callender Street..   Officers immediately responded to the area and within moments observed a motor vehicle traveling towards them. Officers stopped the car in light of the fact that no other cars or people were in the area in order to further investigate the possibility of this car having been involved in the shots fired incident. Officers topped the car which was occupied by five occupants and asked them some questions about whether they had any  heard anything. The occupants contradicted each other in their responses coupled with familiarity with one of the occupants raised officers concerns about this car having possibly been involved in the shots fired incident. While speaking to the occupants, officers observed a marijuana grinder on the lap of the driver which caused officers to ask the driver if there was any marijuana in the car to which the operator answered affirmatively.

 Officers removed all the occupants out of the car, and pat frisked the occupants without any weapons or drugs being found. Officers then frisked the car and located a firearm under the driver’s seat.

The driver, David Moreland, 24 of Dorchester was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Subsequent Offense, and Armed Career Criminal.

“Ghost” Busted by Ghost Busters aka BPD

Around 8:06Pm on Monday, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) responded to the 800 block of Blue Hill Avenue Streets for a man who had been assaulted and robed. On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who reported that he was walking when he heard someone yelling something. The victim reported that he turned around and observed a dark skinned suspect was wearing a brown/mustard hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, walk up to him and ask him to use his cell phone. The victim refused to let the suspect use his phone because he did not know him at which point the suspect attacked him and tried to forcibly take his phone. During the attack, the victim’s cell phone fell out of his pocket and the suspect grabbed the phone and fled into 828 Blue Hill Avenue.

 After arriving on scene, officers and detectives conducted an investigation which allowed them to learn that the suspect’s nickname was “Ghost.” Based on this information, officers were able to learn the suspect’s true name and address.  That same night officers responded to the suspect’s address but were unable to find him there. Officers, now aware of suspect’s name and address, while on patrol around 11:15PM observed an individual matching the suspect’s description at Gleason and Harvard Streets. The individual was stopped and confirmed to be the suspect from the robbery who was still wearing the same brown/mustard hooded sweatshirt.

 The suspect, Isaiah Johnson, 22 of Dorchester  was arrested and charged with Unarmed Robbery, Assault and Battery by Means of a Dangerous Weapon (shod foot), and Assault and Battery. At the station, the suspect engaged officers in a struggle during the booking process which resulted in an additional charge of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer.