Resident of the apartment building at 209 Heath St. were forced into the chill night air around 6:30 p.m. due to a fire in one unit. The Hennigan School across the street opened its cafeteria to residents so they could stay warm while awaiting the all clear from BFD.
UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Transit Police report the package has been "cleared"- by an X-ray - which means service can resume soon. But expect "severe" residual delays, the T warns. WBZ reports the object was a duffle bag with wires coming out of it.
Transit Police have evacuated the three Red Line platforms at Park Street due to a suspicious package on an Alewife-bound train there. There is no service in either direction.
John Berg reports the Green Line is still running through Park.
Two teens were arraigned today on charges related to a melee last week that started on a 23 bus and ended with a brawl outside Dorchester District Court.
A 16-year-old teen from Roxbury, not named because of her age, was ordered held in lieu of $2,500 bail on three counts of three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The Century Bank branch at 300 Western Ave. was held up around 2:45 p.m. by a black man with a gun. He wore a gray wool scally cap, a gray sweatshirt and a black wool coat. He was last seen headed on foot towards Cambridge - holding a small, black plastic trash can into which he'd placed his loot.
MassLive reports the Boston Licensing Board today approved a request by the Red Sox to add more stands selling hard liquor and to increase sales of beer and hard liquor on Yawkey Way before both Sox games and non-baseball events. Also approved: beer in plastic and aluminum bottles.
At a hearing yesterday, Sox officials claimed their interest was public safety, not greater profits, because the moves would reduce crowding in the stadium's concourse, not designed for the sort of traffic it gets today.
Caesars Entertainment yesterday sued Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steven Crosby, charging he sabotaged its bid to run a proposed Suffolk Downs casino because of his past relationship with a co-owner of the Everett land on which archrival Steve Wynn wants to build a casino.
Updated with arraignment information.
Sandro Fonseca, 30, was arraigned today on charges he pointed a handgun at neighbors on Forest Street in Roxbury while drunk last night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Fonseca, a former Marine, was in his Forest Street home with two friends when police arrived - an on-duty officer was injured in a struggle with one of them, the DA's office says.
Police are investigating.