White Infiniti sought for near-fatal hit-and-run crash in Roslindale

Wanted car (photo not taken at crash scene).

Boston Police have released a photo of the car whose driver they say plowed into a pedestrian at Washington and Walworth streets in Roslindale last night, then fled, leaving the man lying in the street with life-threatening injuries.

Police say the car is a 2005 or 2006 white Infiniti G35 sedan with a sun roof, blue HID headlights and "possible front end damage" of the sort caused by running into somebody.

Police say the victim was transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital for care.

If you know somebody with a newly damaged white Infiniti, contact detectives at 617-343-4566 or contact the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

Dog flu could be on way here

Angell Animal Medical Center reports seeing a case of canine flu in a five-year-old terrier just back from a family trip to Chicago - right in the middle of the current dog-flu belt.

Dog flu is rarely fatal, but like its human counterpart can make victims pretty miserable for up to 20 days. The virus does not affect people.

"It's the same as when we get sick and our doctor says: 'Stay at home, rest and drink lots of water,' she said. However, dogs must be brought in if they’re experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, hacking cough, fever or nasal discharge. “In these cases we're asking dog owners to come to the hospital but to keep their pets clear of all other dogs - and immediately inform our staff if their pet has been exposed to dogs in the outbreak states."

Business was slow in Maine, so the pimps brought their prostitutes down to Boston - and that proved their downfall

A Dorchester man was sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison this week for transporting three Maine women across state lines to work as prostitutes in Boston.

Unlike in Maine, where he earned money from the work of two of the women, however, Fritz Blanchard, 28, and his fellow pimp never got a chance to see any revenue from the women they tried to have pick up men in downtown Boston, the FBI reports:

Blanchard took two of the women to a downtown street and told them how to attract customers and engage in prostitution. One of the two women, upon learning what was expected of her, feigned illness, separated herself, and contacted the police.

In court documents, prosecutors said that Blanchard and his accomplice had set up business in Maine, using backpage.com to advertise the women's services, but that they decided to try their luck in Boston because business seemed slow in Portland. In Boston, they initially tried to use backpage.com as well, but Blanchard didn't have any luck posting an ad there from his family home in Dorchester.

Blanchard and the other man were convicted last August after a four-day trial in Portland, but was only sentenced this week.

His lawyers argued for leniency in part because he was a troubled youth - his father and stepfather were both drug addicts who were deported back to Haiti and his mother was hospitalized, leaving him in the care of his grandmother, who did nothing to stop him being abused by a family member and a neighbor.

First of 86 refurbished Green Line trolleys rolls back into service

The MBTA reports car 3614, the first of four score and six Green Line cars being refurbished in upstate New York, started carrying passengers again this week.

The next refurbished car is scheduled to go into service over the next few days - with all the rest trucked back into Boston by the end of 2016. In a statement, interim T General Manager Frank DePaola said:

This rehabilitation work is preserving the integrity of the vehicle structure, roof, and exterior, all of which experienced water damage and corrosion over the last two-and-half decades. Each car’s renewed condition and enhanced appearance will improve the Green Line experience for tens of thousands of daily customers.

A look at the new trolleys now on order from a Spanish company.

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