By - 4/16/14 - 3:29 pm

Mike Moura reports the Peoples United Bank branch at 485 Mass. Ave. in Central Square was held up around 3:15 p.m. by two guys - who then had to deal with an exploding dye pack.

The T stopped one train at Central Square, but after police didn't find any dye-covered people on it, service was allowed to resume.

By - 4/16/14 - 2:39 pm

WHDH reports an MBTA inspector is charged with having sex at Ashmont station while on duty yesterday.

The woman whom he was allegedly inspecting in his T vehicle denied she was a prostitute but allowed as how "she needed money for her hair," WHDH reports.

By - 4/16/14 - 2:06 pm

Cambridge Police report a woman walking on Richdale Avenue shortly after midnight was jumped by a man who tried to sexually assault her but that she was able to find him off.

The woman, who was walking home alone from the Porter Square T stop, told police she was only able to see that the man was wearing dark clothes.

By - 4/16/14 - 1:59 pm

A Wakefield man was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail and sent down to Bridgewater for evaluation at his arraignment today on a variety of charges related to the alleged act of performance art that led police to shut Boylston Street for more... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 1:44 pm
Palladino

Steven Palladino, federal prosecutors charge, wasn't about to let an SEC lawsuit or state criminal charges for running a massive Ponzi scheme stop him from enjoying meals at fancy restaurants, tooling around town in one of three luxury vehicles or picking up new clothes... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 9:44 am
Maidenform

A pair of Massachusetts women are suing two "shapeware" makers, saying they were mightily put out, both monetarily and physically, when the allegedly nutrient-infused underwear they bought did not actually burn their fat or improve their skin tone.

In their suit, filed this week in... Read more

By - 4/16/14 - 9:05 am
Trash at the Arnold Arboretum

Last week, Erica Fletcher posted a photo of some of the remains of a killer party at the top of the Arboretum's Hemlock Hill, and asked City Councilor Matt O'Malley for some city help in cleaning it up.

O'Malley and Fletcher report the mess got cleaned up alright - by the culprits themselves. Of course, they didn't do it out of the goodness of their hearts - seems one of the kiddies left his or her phone behind and police had a little chat with the parents.

By - 4/16/14 - 7:20 am
Space savers in South Boston

Erikk Hokenson shows us the scene at I and Marine this morning.

By - 4/16/14 - 6:29 am
Windshield snow in Somerville

Rubifruite Tiwesdægs awoke around 5 a.m. in Somerville to this.

By - 4/15/14 - 7:09 pm
Suspicious backpack

UPDATE: Kayvon Edson facea a variety of charges in Boston Municipal Court following his arrest at the finish line.

Boylston Street was shut at the Marathon finish line tonight after police found two unattended backpacks - not long after a barefoot man dressed like... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 6:56 pm

A group of seven descended on a man and woman walking in Downtown Crossing Friday night and stopped beating the man only when they heard police sirens approaching, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The attack came just two days after a... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 6:19 pm
Changing of the guard on Boylston Street

Brian D'Amico watched commemorations on Boylston Street, including a changing of the guard at a marker for one of the two explosion sites.

Meanwhile, Tom Reiner watched and listened to ships in the harbor sound their horns after the afternoon's moment of silence.... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 6:03 pm
Turkey on Morrissey Boulevard

Good gravy, as if traffic on Morrissey Boulevard weren't already bad enough, Lorenzo Charlie marveled this afternoon.

By - 4/15/14 - 5:57 pm

Churches across the city rang their bells at 2:50 p.m. to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The bells that rang at All Saints Church in Dorchester's Peabody Square had special meaning for the friends of the Richard family. The Dorchester Reporter recorded portions of the two hymns played on the bells by Jeff Gonyeau, a neighbor of the Richards - and the man who stopped the clock in Peabody Square in their memory.

By - 4/15/14 - 4:02 pm

Mt. Washington Bank, 181 Brighton Ave., held up around 3:50 p.m. by a white guy in a white Red Sox sweatshirt with red trim, wearing glasses a black hat. He waved a black handgun at tellers as he demanded money. He may have run towards Cambridge Street.

By - 4/15/14 - 3:20 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the BRA has withdrawn the proposed mixed-use development from its agenda this week, with one official saying this is to try to reach a compromise with neighbors over the height of the buildings.

By - 4/15/14 - 2:16 pm
Car-alarm car being towed away in South Boston

This morning, Heather Anderson tweeted:

Car alarm still going off, 24 hrs now on W2nd btwn C & D, Black Hyundai. For the sanity of W2nd, pls help us find the owner!

It goes off for 30 secs, then stops & you can't help

... Read more
By - 4/15/14 - 2:05 pm
Wind knocks down tree, light pole in South Boston

Across the area, the wind is pulling down tree limbs and power lines.Kenny Jervis photographed a tree and a light pole that came down on cars at K and E. 7 streets in South Boston.

By - 4/15/14 - 2:00 pm

Mass Transit reports the first of 40 new commuter-rail locomotives is scheduled to pull out of North Station at 10:30 a.m., as part of Train 213 on the Haverhill line.

The locomotives, built in Idaho, will replace locomotives with an average age of 35... Read more

By - 4/15/14 - 12:37 pm

This morning, police evacuated a MassDOT building at 185 Kneeland St. after the discovery of a mysterious device. The BPD bomb squad blew it up, then found a second, similar device.

The Globe reports authorities didn't blow it up because a label on... Read more