The Most Serious Crimes Dropped 11 Percent in JP for 2014

This map, created by Welcome to Dot, shows Part I crimes (i.e. the most serious ones) graphed within a quarter-mile radius. Credit: Welcome to Dot

Statistically, the most serious crimes are down 11 percent in JP for 2014. That's according to Boston Police Sgt. Beth Leary, who passed along that information at Monday night's Jamaica Pond Association meeting. Leary, who closely tracks crime in the E-13 police district, said it was a "really good year" and that JP's result was "one of the best in the city."


El Oriental Firebombing, Forest Hills Dentistry Fires Pinned on Serial Arsonist

The Fire Department is now pinning the infamous 2005 firebombing of El Oriental de Cuba on a man now behind bars for a string of other arsons. At the Nov. 5 Problem Properties meeting Lt. Thomas Ryan of the Fire department Major Case Unit linked the blaze to Jose Baez, 38, of Dorchester. Baez pleaded guilty in 2012 to four counts of arson, including one in Jamaica Plain. He's serving 15 years in federal prison.