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JP First Responders: ‘Jamaica Plain’—the police thriller novel

June 7, 2013
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The cover of “Jamaica Plain” by Colin Campbell. (Image Courtesy Midnight Ink Books)

“Jamaica Plain” is the title and setting for a new hard-boiled crime thriller from English novelist Colin Campbell. The novel, published in April, tells the story of a tough English police officer who travels to Boston to question a suspect. Things quickly go wrong, as it appears the “political intrigue brewing in Jamaica Plain...

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JP First Responders: Decoding the Boston Police badge

June 7, 2013
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(Gazette Photo by John Ruch) A giant, generic version of the Boston Police Department badge as seen on a monument outside BPD headquarters in Roxbury.

A galloping horse and a Bible quote are among the decorations on the Boston Police badge carried by every officer. While most people probably avoid situations where they would see a police badge up-close, there is a lot going on for those who take a look. A giant version is available for view at...

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JP First Responders: JP police stations, past and present

June 7, 2013
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(Photo Courtesy Boston Police Department) The Jamaica Plain police station at 28 Seaverns Ave. in 1901.

Jamaica Plain has been patrolled by some form of police officer since it began emerging as a distinct neighborhood in the 1850s. The home base for those officers has varied widely, from a grand Victorian structure to a long period with no local police station at all. The earliest known local policing was organized...

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JP man guilty of drug trafficking

June 7, 2013
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PONDSIDE—A Jamaica Plain man will spend five to seven years in prison after pleading guilty in April to selling illegal drugs from his Pondside home, according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office. Christopher Cadman, 34, was arrested in 2011 in a State Police raid of his 39 Prince St. home, according to court...

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On the Police Beat: May 20- June 2, 2013

June 7, 2013
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The following crime incident reports are public records provided by the Community Service Office of the District E-13 Police Station, which is solely responsible for their content. All suspects are innocent unless proven guilty in court. June 2: Threats, 319 Centre St.; larceny from vehicle, 8 Chestnut Ave.; assault and battery, 92 W. Walnut...

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Woman killed by train at Stony Brook Station; T running shuttle buses

June 5, 2013
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A woman was struck and killed by an Orange Line train while on the tracks at the Stony Brook T Station around 2:45 p.m. today, according to MBTA Transit Police. The MBTA is running shuttle bus service for all Orange Line stops from Jamaica Plain’s Forest Hill Station to Roxbury’s Ruggles Station while the...

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1 dead, 1 wounded in Egleston shooting

June 2, 2013
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EGLESTON SQ.–A woman was killed and a man wounded in a double shooting yesterday afternoon in the heart of Egleston Square at Columbus Avenue and Washington Street, according to the Boston Police Department (BPD). Brianna Bigby, 23, of Boston, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to BPD. The male victim, who police did not...

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Activists to protest police spy center

May 31, 2013
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Civil liberties groups will stage a protest tomorrow, June 1, at Boston Police headquarters against a controversial anti-terrorism intelligence center based there. The protest follows recent articles in the Gazette and DigBoston about how the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) overlooked the alleged Boston Marathon bombing mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but kept secret files on...

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Cause of death unknown in Jamaica Hills body case; may be natural

May 29, 2013
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The cause of death for the body found yesterday in Jamaica Hills is still under investigation and may be natural, according to Boston Police Department (BPD) spokesperson Cheryl Fiandaca. She said the dead person is female. “It appears this may be a sudden death,” Fiandaca told the Gazette, adding, “We are awaiting the [medical...

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BPD: Body found in Jamaica Hills

May 29, 2013
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A body was found on Parkside Drive in Jamaica Hills yesterday, and the Boston Police Department is seeking tips about the death of the “victim,” according to BPD. The body was found outside near a motor vehicle in the area of 7 Parkside Drive, according to BPD. BPD did not identify the dead person in any way,...

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