Police Probing Quincy Point Shooting

By SCOTT JACKSON

Police are investigating the shooting of a 24-year-old man in Quincy Point early Friday morning, but do not believe it was a random crime.

Quincy police were called to the vicinity of Southern Artery and South Street (near Des Moines Road) on reports of possible gunfire around 3:15 a.m. Friday.

Officers located a 24-year-old black male who had been shot twice in the leg on Des Moines Road. He was taken to Boston Medical Center. Police, when inventorying his property, found cash and a plastic bag containing a white powdery substance.

The victim’s vehicle was found at the entrance to Faxon Commons, and police observed what appeared to be bullet holes in driver’s door.

Police said no further information was available as of 9:30 a.m. Friday with the investigation ongoing.

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West Quincy Fire Causes $200,000 In Damage

By SCOTT JACKSON

A two-alarm fire that caused $200,000 in damage to a West Quincy home Wednesday was likely caused by faulty wiring, Quincy’s fire chief said Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the home 38 Branch St. – a dead-end road off of Centre Street – around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Five engines, three ladders and the department’s rescue truck all responded to the fire inside the two-story home, and it took 45 minutes to put out the fire.

The first firefighters on scene smelled smoke and observed it coming from the attic of the home. The fire spread from the attic to bedrooms in the back of the home because it could not vent out of the attic.

The homeowner, an 89-year-old woman, was home when the fire started and was at the front door when firefighters arrived. Fire Chief Joseph Barron said the woman was taken to South Shore Hospital Weymouth for an evaluation. He did not have an update on her condition Thursday afternoon.

About twenty firefighters responded to the scene. One firefighter was treated and released from Quincy Medical Center after a portion of ceiling collapsed on him while overhauling inside the house to check for hot spots. Barron said that firefighter was taken there for precautionary reasons.

The chief said the fire was mostly likely caused by faulty wiring and was not suspicious in nature.

“It appears to be electrical in nature – faulty wiring,” Barron said. “It was a very old house.”

The house at 38 Branch St. was built in 1880, according to the city assessor’s online database.

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Board Approves PorchFest Beer Garden

By SCOTT JACKSON

A Boston food truck owner has received permission from the city’s licensing board to set up a beer garden outside a Squantum home during Saturday’s PorchFest.

The Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday approved a one-day beer and wine permit for Avi Shemtov, the owner of The Chubby Chickpea food truck, for the PorchFest event. The beer garden will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 45 Bayside Road; Shemtov plans to rope off a portion of the site for the beer garden, and beer will be served from an antique automobile by a TIPS-certified staff.

The licensing board approved the one-day license in a 3-2 vote. City Clerk Nicole Crispo, Inspectional Services Director Jay Duca and Police Chief Paul Keenan voted in favor of the license, with Fire Chief Joseph Barron and Health Commissioner Drew Scheele opposed.

Shemtov said several houses on Bayside Road will be hosting bands during PorchFest, and his goal is to cater to people there to celebrate the event and not draw in a large outside crowd.

“We’re there to service people that are already there,” he stated. “It’s not our intention with this event to draw people to the neighborhood or to increase the number of people.”

Kerry Byrne, who has worked as a marketing and hospitality consultant for the city, spoke in favor of the beer garden.

“What Avi is doing is very innovative, very new,; he’s getting a lot of intention for what he’s doing. For lack of a better term it’s kind of cool – going to these neighborhoods all over Boston and getting attention for it – and it’s kind of a way for Quincy to do something maybe other people aren’t doing,” Byrne said.

“Again, [it is] all licensed and insured and for lack of a better word all on the up and up.”

Shemtov said this will be the first public beer he has operated, but he has others lined up elsewhere.

Two residents spoke out about the proposal: John Rodophele of Grenwold Road was opposed and Jim McCarthy of Babcock Street in favor.

Rodophele called it a bad precedent in a residential neighborhood that would detract from PorchFest.

“This is a terrible idea. It sets a terrible precedent,” he said. “It’s taking away from the spirit of the event.”

McCarthy said it would be good for the community.

“I think it’s good for the community,” he said. “I think it’s something that really brings the flavor of Boston into Quincy and I think that’s what we need to keep the beautiful tradition of Quincy going – we’re always growing and coming up with new ideas.”

Keenan said Quincy police would be able to deal with any issues that arise from the beer garden, though he did not believe it would cause any problems.

“If there is any kind of an issue that comes up, we can handle it on our end. We have officers available and I don’t see it getting out of control. It’s 4 to 8 – I don’t see that as an issue,” Keenan said. “They’re down there for the music anyway – they’re not going to be drawing in thousands from 14 different communities.”

Barron said he has heard from a number of Squantum residents who are unhappy with the crowds the Third of July bonfire at Orchard Beach attracts, and believed those same residents would oppose the beer garden.

“I would find it hard to believe they would support it, so I will not be in favor,” he said.

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Fall Polling Places Approved

By SCOTT JACKSON

The City Council on Monday approved the location of polling places for this fall’s municipal election.

The polling places for the municipal election – the preliminary will be held on Sept. 12, if necessary, and the final on Nov. 7 – will remain mostly unchanged from last year. The one exception is in Ward 1, Precinct 2, which covers most of Germantown. Voters in that precinct will cast ballots at O’Brien Towers, 73 Bicknell St., this fall, instead of at the Germantown Community Center on Palmer Street.

City Clerk Nicole Crispo said the new location was chosen because it is more suitable for voters.

Ward 5 Councillor Kirsten Hughes asked about a possible change in Ward 5, Precinct 2, which covers Wollaston Center, including the senior citizens buildings at 80 and 91 Clay St. Those residents currently vote at the Quincy Community United Methodist Church at 40 Beale St., which Hughes said can be difficult for the senior citizens to access.

“Those folks who are in that area that vote there from 80 Clay and 91 Clay express difficulty walking down the stairs into church,” Hughes said. “That is a busy corner.”

Crispo said she has been looking at other possible polling places in the precinct, but had yet to find one. She will continue to work on alternatives this summer in the hopes of finding a new polling place and will work with the council and Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin on the matter if a new one were found.

“So far I have not succeeded, but I have not given up. I felt the right thing to do was to move forward and should something become available over the summer, I will certainly let you all know and reach out to the secretary of the commonwealth and notify voters,” Crispo said.

She noted 80 Clay St. and 91 Clay St. have community rooms, but they are on the upper levels of the high-rise buildings.

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Pedestrian Struck, Killed On Quincy Shore Drive

By SCOTT JACKSON

A 45-year-old Quincy man was struck and killed by a vehicle Friday night on Quincy Shore Drive.

Massachusetts State Police were called to Quincy Shore Drive at Alstead Street shortly before 10:15 p.m. Friday for reports of pedestrian struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was reported to have serious injuries.

Upon arrival, Troopers James DeAngelis and Ryan McLeod discovered that a 2005 Saab 93, operated by a 31-year-old man from Quincy, struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian, identified as Scott D. Rooney, 45, of Quincy was transported to Boston Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained from the crash.

State police closed two lanes of traffic as they responded to the scene and the subsequent follow-up investigation. They re-opened around 2 a.m. Saturday.

The remaining facts and circumstances of the crash are currently under investigation by troopers from the State Police South Boston Barracks and Troop H Headquarters in South Boston. State Police Crime Scene Services Section (CSSS), State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS), State Police Troop H Headquarters, Quincy Police Department, and Quincy Fire Department all assisted on scene.

The name of the driver of the Saab will not be released until the investigation determines if charges will be filed.

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