Another exam school also losing its headmaster

Nicole Gittens, headmaster at the O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, is leaving Boston to become deputy superintendent of teaching and learning in neighboring Brookline, Brookline Schools announced today.

Gittens became O'Bryant headmaster in 2014; her last day is June. 30.

Before the O'Bryant, she was headmaster at the Urban Science Academy.

While searching for dirt bikers who may have smashed cop's car window, officers find armed-robbery victim

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:00

Around 10:45 p.m., BPD officers responded to Columbia Road and Blue Hill Avenue on a report that some guys on dirt bikes had just smashed a window of a sergeant's personal car.

As officers roamed the area looking for five guys on dirt bikes - several were spotted but not pursued for safety reasons - officers found somebody who'd just been robbed at gunpoint at Dudley and Cottage streets, shortly after 11 p.m. The suspect made off with, among other things, the victim's sneakers.


Free tagging: 


File under L for Larceny: Man charged with stealing DVDs from Brookline, Boston and Cambridge libraries

Brookline Police report a man thought he'd figured out a way to steal DVDs from local libraries: Get a series of library cards under bogus names - some for children for whom he was the alleged guardian - check out as many DVDs as he could for each card and then not return them.

Police say detectives from both Brookline and Boston closed his accounts for good earlier this month when they arrested him for the scam:

During the arrest they located over 50 DVDs and video games and a number of empty cases belonging to several area libraries, including Brookline, Cambridge, and Boston. The items taken from Brookline Library have an estimated value of $4,124.50. He is being charged with 6 counts of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretenses and 2 counts of Identity Fraud.

Police warn somebody's selling potentially deadly Fentanyl as Oxycodone

Boston Police warn:

This dangerous drug is being sold to buyers who presume the pills, which are accurately formed and marked with the designation A/215, are Oxycodone 30 mg tablets. Anyone who ingests these Fentanyl pills may put themselves in serious danger of overdosing which can result in death.

Assistant headmaster at BLS resigns as well

Malcolm Flynn, an assistant headmaster at Boston Latin School, today submitted his resignation, one day after Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta resigned.

BLS has, or had, five assistant headmasters.

Flynn wrote to students and other members of the BLS community on Facebook:

A few minutes ago, I submitted my resignation from the Boston Public Schools after 52 years. I am sorry to be leaving Boston Latin School and the superior staff and the outstanding students. Every day has been rewarding in countless ways.

I hope that under new leadership Boston Latin School will continue to thrive as a high-powered, demanding academic institution where students of all backgrounds, advantaged or disadvantage, can start on the road to successful college studies, responsible and engaged citizenship, and a rewarding life.

Two-alarm roof-deck fire damages Beacon Hill condo building

Firefighters on roof. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: BFD says the fire started in a rooftop flowerpot, but that investigators don't know what set that on fire.

A fire called in around 7:10 p.m. at 32-34 Hancock St. did an estimated $500,000 in damage, but caused no injuries, the Boston Fire Department reports.

The four-story building has 16 units.

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:11

Man faces manslaughter for death in a fight behind a Dorchester bakery

A Suffolk County grand jury this week indicted Brian McElhinney, 23, on a charge of manslaughter for the April 17 death of Brian Hingston of Quincy behind the Greenhill Bakery on Adams Street, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to the DA's office, the two men, along with some others, had been celebrating a friends birthday when two other men got into a fistfight behind the bakery.

McElhinney joined in the fight and struck another man. At this point, the evidence suggests, Hingston attempted to intervene and McElhinney struck him once in the face. Hingston fell to the ground, hit his head, and never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.

McElhinney will be arraigned July 8, the DA's office reports.

Innocent, etc.