Tree Topples on Newbern Street

Today's storms took down a tree and power lines on Newbern Street a little before 5 p.m.

A neighbor reports hearing a sound "like thunder" as the tree fell. As of 5:20 p.m., the Boston Fire Department was on the scene. Motorists should avoid the area. If you see other downed trees and wires in the neighborhood, please share.

Police Seize Drugs and Cash, Make Arrests on Forbes Street

Boston Police report they made a significant drug bust in Jamaica Plain over the weekend. According to the department's blog, on Saturday, July 1, officers in the citywide drug control unit executed a search warrant as part of a month-long investigation into an organized drug trafficking operation in the area of 42 Forbes St. in JP. The result? Officers say they found and nabbed more than 400 grams of heroin, 250 grams of fentanyl and $4,945 in cash.

District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) Headquarters, Boston Police

8-Year-Old Girl Hospitalized After Early-Morning Drive-by on Heath Street

An 8-year-old girl was hit with bullet fragments in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning on Heath Street in Jamaica Plain. The Boston Globe reports that fragments hit the girl's shoulder and grazed her side. She was expected to be released from the hospital Sunday. Fifteen rounds were fired in the shooting, and Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said the girl, reportedly a student at the nearby Hennigan School, was lucky her injuries were not worse given the number of rounds fired. “We’re very fortunate.

District E-13 (Jamaica Plain) Headquarters, Boston Police

Man Shot on Metcalf Court Tuesday; Injuries Not Life-Threatening

An adult male was shot on Metcalf Court in Jamaica Plain Tuesday evening. Boston Police Department spokesperson Rachel McGuire told Jamaica Plain News that the victim was shot around 6:30 p.m. His injuries were deemed not life-threatening. McGuire said he did not cooperate with police when questioned about the incident. Universal Hub reports the Homicide Unit was called in to investigate the incident. Metcalf Court is located off South Street between the Monument and Forest Hills station.

20,000+ Criminal Cases Tossed Due to Former JP Lab Chemist

Prosecutors across the commonwealth have moved to vacate more than 20,000 cases that were tainted by former state chemist Annie Dookhan, who worked out of the Hinton Lab in JP. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts estimated that 24,000 cases could be thrown out due to Dookhan, who served three years in prison after pleading guilty in 2013 to obstruction of justice, perjury and tampering with evidence. She was paroled last year. The total number of cases across seven counties ended up being a whopping 21,857, with 7,886 being dismissed in Suffolk County, according to