Community Crime Update
Community Service Officer, Mike Keaney, C-11
There have been 26 incidents since the last meeting -- 3 Domestic Violence cases, 5 arrests.
On February 19th at 10:30am an off duty officer saw a man stab tires of a car at 61 Minot street. Turns out there were problems between men in the past. A 32 year male from the neighborhood was arrested for willful and malicious destruction of property
On March 1st there was a drug arrest
at the corner of Gallivan and Adams 41 year old male from Dorchester was caught selling percocets to man from Taunton. The Dorchester man was charged with distribution of class B substance.
On March 3rd at 1:48pm, a 36 year old Malden man cut off the police van and ran red light at Gallivan Boulevard and Granite Avenue. He then refused to stop for the BPD van and was arrested for refusing to stop, for not wearing a seat belt, for not having a license, for speeding, and for running a red light.
On February 26th, at 269 Minot Street, near the corner of Carruth Street. A woman walking from the T, was confronted by a male who showed here a gun and demanded everything. The woman screamed for help, but the male stole her phone and ran off. He has not yet been apprehended.
Rite Aid Update
Sean Weir, CGCA President
CGCA President Sean Weir opened the meeting by addressing the Rite Aid Pharmacy closing. He relayed that there have been no negotiations for a new tenant at this point. He did share that on March 17th the Pharmacy will close, do an inventory check, and will open sometime in April before closing for good.
Sean stressed that the parking lot WILL NOT be closed while Rite Aid is closed and any rumor about that is 100% false. However once a new leasee comes in, they will have to re-do the parking lot. That is part of contract with the city.
He also relayed that to the best of our knowledge, Rite Aid did not negotiate an extension of the lease at all, they just let it run out.
C-11's Captain Sexton
Captain Richard Sexton, Commander of BPD District C-11 addressed the membership. He stressed that people should feel safe leaving the T and that crimes like these tend to come and go and should pass because criminals know police are in the area so they move on.
He went on to say that robberies always tend to raise the fear level in the neighborhood, but they are not similar at all to the home break rash that we saw in January.
Captain Sexton was proud to report that crime was down 6% in 2012, but noted that there was a small increase in home robberies
People to be â€œthe eyes and ears of the neighborhood,â€ he said. So far in 2013, crime is down 19%, but that has been helped by the major storms that have hit the area. Finally, he asked people to follow the BPD on Facebook and Twitter to get up the minute updates. It helps people be aware of what is going on.
City Councilor Felix Arroyo
Councilor Arroyo addressed the membership once again, relaying new information about legislation that he is proposing to â€œInvest in Boston.â€ The city costs $2.6 billion a year to run. $1 billion is kept in banks. The city only asks the banks 3 questions: Is the money safe? Whatâ€™s the interest Rate? In emergency, can money be withdrawn quickly. But, the City does not know if the banks lend to small business, home owners, if the bank hires Boston residents, or even have branches or ATMâ€™s in Boston.
His legislation would like to find out those answers, and make the banks prove they are helping Boston.
Frank Baker has signed on, and he asks Cedar Grove residents to let their At-Large Councilors know they want this bill passed.
State Representative Marty Walsh
Rep. Walsh addressed the membership about a major issue in reconstructing Morrissey Blvd. They are in the process of allocating money to re-do or add sidewalks on Morrissey and Gallivan.
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