The Boston Police Teen Academy, started in 2009 by the two primary instructors, Officer Billy Baxter of District B-2 (Roxbury) and Officer Darryl Owens of the Academy, was designed to change the way teens on the streets regard, perceive and relate to police officers. Said Baxter, “We want them to know that – despite what they may think or may have been told – we as police officers care about them and their future and we want to see them succeed.” For six or seven weeks this summer, teens reported to the Boston Police Academy in Hyde Park from 9:00am to 2:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Once there, the teens were challenged both academically and physically. Part of the curriculum was dedicated to physical training while another part was set aside for class room discussions, workshops and guest speakers. The theme of this year’s teen academy was conflict resolution. Said Officer Owens, “Our goal was to make the kids better. We wanted to empower them by teaching them ways to make themselves and their communities safer by showing them how to understand and resolve conflicts. And the kids – to their credit – really bought in.” For more information about the Boston Police Teen Academy, call the Boston Police Academy at (617) 343.4410.
The year 1929 was an interesting time. 1929 marked the end of the Roaring Twenties and the beginning of the Great Depression. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, a worldwide economic recession consumed the nation and the world. Herbert Hoover was elected the 31st President of the United States. The 1st Academy Awards for film were held in Los Angeles. And, in the world of sports, in addition to the Boston Police Department playing baseball, the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup, the Boston Red Sox finished 8th in the American League while the Philadelphia Athletics were crowned World Series Champions. As for the New York Yankees, well, interestingly enough, in 1929 they became the 1st professional team to wear numbers on a permanent basis on the back of their uniforms. A player’s number correlated with his place in the batting order. As such, Babe Ruth wore #3 while Lou Gehrig wore #4.
At about 11:59pm, on Wednesday, July 25, 201, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to an outside scene for a person shot at 67 Dakota Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers observed a black male in his early twenties suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, suffering from life threatening injuries, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The victim has since been identified as Ashley Costly, 22, of Dorchester.
The Boston Police Homicide Unit is actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the detectives assigned to the Homicide Unit at (617) 343-4470.
Community members wanting to assist this investigation anonymously can either call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text a ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department stringently guards and protects the identities of those who wish to provide help anonymously.
BOSTON, Aug. 17, 2012 – Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today renewed their call for help and assistance in the investigation into the shooting deaths of Kristen Lartey, Sharrice Perkins and Genevieve Phillip.
As is always the case, any information or assistance provided by community members is greatly appreciated, and investigators continue to ask and encourage individuals with direct knowledge of the facts and circumstances of the August 12th incident to contact the Boston Police Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470.
What authorities need now are witnesses who can provide specific information. Detectives not only hope to speak with individuals with that type of information but they ask potential tipsters to contact them directly.
Boston Police Homicide detectives and Suffolk Homicide prosecutors have been running down leads and actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the deaths of Lartey, Perkins, and Phillip since Sunday night (August 12, 2012) when the three women were callously gunned down inside a motor vehicle in the area of 36 Harlem Street in Dorchester.
In the days following the tragedy, Commissioner Davis and District Attorney Conley have been in regular contact to discuss the investigation and the avenues of inquiry that police and prosecutors are following in their joint efforts to secure justice for the victims and their families. Investigators continue to consider all possible motives.
“In this case and in every homicide, Boston Police and Suffolk Prosecutors are working hand in hand to find the facts and build the case,” the two officials said. “We’re pursuing several good theories and we don’t believe this was a random attack. The victims’ families, their communities and the public at large can have confidence that we are working together with a singular goal: to speak for these young women and hold the person or persons who committed this heinous act responsible”
Gregory Maxwell and Ronald Mikell are no longer wanted by the Boston Police Department. Both men have been located and taken into police custody. The Boston Police Department would like to thank all those who aided and assisted in their capture.
At about 2:15pm, on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, officers from District C-11 (Dorchester) responded to a call for a person reporting a stolen car at 2100 Dorchester Ave (the Carney Hospital). On arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that she had a doctor’s appointment at the hospital and a friend offered to travel with and accompany her to the appointment. According to the victim, upon entering the hospital, the suspect turned to her and stated he had inadvertently left his cell phone inside her car. As a result, the suspect asked the victim if he could take possession of her car keys so that he could go out to her car in order to retrieve his phone. According to the victim, the suspect said, “I left my phone in the car. I’ll be right back.”According the victim, the suspect never returned. Moreover, the victim told officers that she was concerned because in addition to her car key, the key to her home was attached to the key chain. Armed with this news, officers responded to the victim’s home to safeguard the victim’s home until a locksmith could respond to the scene.
In the interim, officers were able to locate the stolen motor vehicle in the area of Erie & Washington Streets. Upon seeing the stolen motor vehicle, officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens) and stopped the car and apprehended the suspect.
Officers arrested Anthony Hurse, 34, of Boston and charged him with Receiving a Stolen Motor Vehicle.
Gregory Maxwell and Ronald Mikell are wanted by the Boston Police Department. Both men are considered armed and dangerous and high levels of caution should be exercised when interacting or approaching these individuals. Both men may be travelling together in a brown 2004 Buick Century. Maxwell, age 49, is small at 5’5” tall while his accomplice, the 53 year-old Mikell, walks with a pronounced limp and is a bit taller at 6’2” in height.
Mikell is wanted for armed robbery while Maxwell is wanted on Federal Parole violations. If you know or have any information about their whereabouts, please contact the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit at (617) 343.4468.
If you would feel more comfortable assisting this search anonymously, you can always call the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1(800) 494-TIPS or text 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 capacity.
Traffic Advisory Relative to Street Closures in the area of Magazine Street & Norfolk Ave on District B-2 (Roxbury)
Due to a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor trailer in the area of Magazine Street & Norfolk Ave on today’s date (August 15, 2012), the following streets will be closed for the next few hours.
- Magazine Street from Kemble Street to Cedric Streets
- Norfolk Ave from Gerard Street to Langdon Street
Motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to avoid the area if possible. With the evening commute approaching, traffic, specifically motorists travelling in and around the impacted area will be slowed and delays should be expected. Accordingly, motorists are asked and encouraged to seek alternative routes which would detour them away from the impacted location.
Congratulations to Boston Police Officer & Professional Boxer Billy Traft for Making Good While Making History at New England’s Favorite Football Stadium
For the first time in the history of Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots), boxing took center stage on a fight card headlined by Boston Police Officer Billy Traft and Framingham’s Danny O’Connor. The fighting commenced at the conclusion of Sunday night’s soccer game between the New England Revolution game (Sunday, August 12, 2012) and the Montreal Impact. Unfortunately for the Revolution, the Montreal Impact got the better of them beating them 1-nothing as the Revs suffered their 12th loss of the season. Meantime though, the news was much better for Officer Billy Traft.
Traft, a two time Golden Gloves Champion, entered his battle, the 2nd of his professional career, looking to grow his undefeated record to 2-and-0. And, to the delight of his fans, the Dorchester native did just that and it didn’t take long to do it. In fact, courtesy of a 1st round TKO (technical knockout), Billy ‘Sugar Bill’ Traft was able to run his undefeated record to 2-and-0 after stopping Dan Bonnell in the 1st round of his fight.
Said Traft’s trainer, Tim Stanton, “Gotta give Billy a ton of credit. He fought a perfect fight. He let his opponent come to him and he landed punches perfectly when the opportunities arose. As for the result, I can’t say I’m surprised by it because Billy worked hard in camp and he worked the plan we put together and fought the fight we anticipated.”