While a new fire station is built on Columbus Avenue to replace an old one, there will be temporary fire house sited on Amory Street starting by June. The plan is still being worked on, but the hope is to have the firefighters of companies Engine 42 Rescue 2 and District 9 out of the old house at 1870 Columbus Ave., Roxbury, by June, said Brian Alkins, Public Information Officer for the Boston Fire Department, to Jamaica Plain News. Once out of the current firehouse, there will be a two-month bidding process for the new building to be sited at the current location. The construction process is expected to last from 16 to 18 months. The cost of the overall project is expected to be $23.5 million.
Two Boston Police Drug Control Units teamed up as part of an ongoing investigation to arrest a Jamaica Plain man for allegedly trafficking fentanyl and crystal meth. Jorge Ramirez-Diaz, 46, was arrested and charged with trafficking Class A and B drugs on Jan. 31, according to bpdnews.com. Police allegedly recovered a large amount of fentanyl and crystal meth, as well as drug paraphernalia and $7,000. Jamaica Plain's BPD District E-13 and South Boston's BPD District C-6 executed a search warrant at 9:18 am as part of an ongoing investigation in the area of 53 Forest Hills Street in Jamaica Plain.
The Boston Fire Department safely evacuated all residents and two dogs from a house fire on Boylston Street on Thursday afternoon. As of 5 pm, Boston Fire Department personnel were battling the blaze, but had knocked down the heavy fire, according to a BFD tweet. Upon arrival, firefighters saw that the 2.5-story house was engulfed in flames.
Three defendants were acquitted Tuesday on murder charges of a 28-year-old man who was shot dead while exiting the 7-Eleven on August 27, 2016. Amos Carrasquillo, 30, his girlfriend, Amanda Algarin, 28, and their associate, Julio Pizarro, 45, were acquitted after 11 days of deliberations, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office. The DA's office said the prosecution was confident the jury fully and fairly weighed the evidence that they were provided. Carrasquillo was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in December 2016, after initially being arrested on an unrelated federal probation warrant. In 2016, Assistant DA Julie Higgins of the DA's Homicide Unit, said Carrasquillo and Kelly were known to each other, and Carrasquillo had allegedly "shown signs of hostility toward the victim in the days preceding the Aug.
The Boston Police Department is holding a one-day gun buyback program on Saturday with no questions asked. For anyone who gives a gun they will receive a $100 gift card to Target. There will be six drop off locations across the city from 10 am to 4 pm. The Piece for Peace program will also be a day of remembrance for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that happened on Dec. 14, 2012.