By - 7/28/14 - 10:51 pm

KTRE reports a resident of a Dallas suburb faces federal charges that he's sent hundreds of rambling, threatening letters to addresses across the country since 2008.

Last year, 28 Boston schools received the letters, which mentioned al Queda, poisonous meats and the cartoon character Scooby Doo.

By - 7/28/14 - 10:27 pm

WCVB reports, posts his mug shot. The Globe reports his journey to the other side of the booking room started when he allegedly assaulted a woman at a party.

By - 7/28/14 - 10:14 pm

The Boston Business Journal tells you more than you probably need to know about a snarky legal blog, Suffolk University's recent series of We-Rule ads and the president of the Boston Bar Association.

By - 7/28/14 - 8:01 pm
Clouds after the storm

Jared Villemaire photographed the interesting clouds over Beacon Hill late this afternoon after a morning of some pretty wild weather.

Rosalia, meanwhile, went for a walk on the Longfellow Bridge and couldn't help but notice the sunset underneath the cloud deck:

By - 7/28/14 - 7:49 pm

At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty will ask his fellow councilors to back a change in state law that would let Boston offer detail work on road projects and at concerts and arenas to retired BPD officers, easing a shortage of detail officers and filling city coffers... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 7:30 pm

City Council President Bill Linehan says it's time to bring companies such as Uber and Lyft under the same sort of regulations already that taxi and pedicab operators already have to follow.

On Wednesday, the city council considers a request from Linehan for a hearing... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 7:25 pm

National Weather Service experts report that based on the evidence on the ground, the tornado that hit Revere this morning seemed to have had maximum winds of 120 m.p.h. and that it traveled two miles on the ground along Broadway.

The funnel, 3/8 of a mile wide, would be an EF2 on the 0-5 scale used to measure tornadoes.

By - 7/28/14 - 11:36 am

Eric Williams reports:

Multiple gas leaks shutting down Davis Square, businesses being evacuated one by one.

UPDATE: Williams reported at 11:48 that his Elm Street building was cleared for re-entry.

By - 7/28/14 - 11:21 am
Nelligan

Transit Police have released a photo of Daniel Nelligan, 25, formerly of Allston, who's on the lam on charges he defaced two historic trolleys at the Boylston station in January.

When caught, Nelligan will face arraignment for felony vandalism and trespassing for... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 10:33 am
Downed trees in Revere

Numerous streets blocked by fallen trees and downed wires; police warning of gas leaks. See the comments for the initial statement from the National Weather Service.

Some video:

By - 7/28/14 - 10:22 am
Paul MacMillan

Transit Police Chief Paul MacMillan has told the MBTA he intends to retire. Although he has yet to set a specific date, the T is already advertising his position.

MacMillan is the first Transit Police chief to rise through the ranks of the force,... Read more

By - 7/28/14 - 10:08 am
Somebody in a stretchy bag on the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Photographynatalia captured a couple of people inside a stretchy sack at Figment Boston on the Greenway over the weekend.

Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/28/14 - 9:22 am
Bromfield Road flooding, Somerville

Flooding on Bromfield Road, Somerville. Photo by Dan Adams. See it larger.

Fast-moving morning showers flooded roads across the area, from small sidestreets to Rte. 9 and Storrow Drive. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of Essex County.

In West Roxbury, emergency workers responded to Spring Street at the Shaw's plaza around 9:20... Read more

By - 7/27/14 - 11:22 pm

Shortly before 11 p.m. outside 33 Rockdale St., near Cummins Highway. A man who showed up not long after at Carney Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back was shot in front of the Burger King on Cummins near Rockdale.

A Cummins Highway resident reported a bullet came through a window; a passing motorist reported a rear window smashed by a bullet.

By - 7/27/14 - 9:48 pm

Ed Forry, co-founder and longtime publisher of the Dorchester Reporter, was attacked around 5:30 p.m. in Dorchester Park, his son, current publisher and editor Bill Forry, reports:

My father was assaulted in Dorchester Park this afternoon; he's OK, but was mugged and choked unconscious

... Read more
By - 7/27/14 - 7:45 pm

Around 7:15 p.m. in the area of 185 Cabot St. Two suspects were spotted running towards the Ruggles T stop, the third spotted driving down Huntington in a teal BMW 3-series.

By - 7/27/14 - 7:01 pm

Edrie reports that sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., her green, 1963 Vespa got lifted from where it was locked outside her house near the Ashmont T stop. Not only was it chained to a post, it had had its spark plugs taken... Read more

By - 7/27/14 - 2:38 pm
Beasts

Dev reports Highland Avenue is shut today so that

THE BEASTS MAY ROAM!

Or it's the city's monthly SomerStreets festival.