DA: Man doing twice the speed limit when he struck and killed teen crossing VFW Parkway

Zyoma Vasserman of Newton, who has a long history of traffic offenses, was doing 59 m.p.h. in a 30-m.p.h. zone when he killed a kid crossing the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury in June, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charges.

Vasserman, 49, was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment today in West Roxbury District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and speeding, the DA's office says. However, he was ordered to give up his license.

According to the DA's office, Vasserman was speeding along the parkway inbound near Gardner Street when he ran into Francis McInerney of West Roxbury around 9:20 p.m. on June 14. McInerney and some friends were crossing the parkway back from a trip to Marino's market. McInerney was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he died later that night.

Vasserman stayed at the scene and showed no signs of intoxication, according to the DA's office, which says, however, he hap past traffic violations in Auburn, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Needham and Newton, along with speeding citations in downtown Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Canton, and Dorchester.

Innocent, etc.

Police: West Roxbury woman chases burglar out of friend's house and down the street

KelleyBoston Police report a woman who'd gone to a friend's house in the area of Glenham Road and Kingsland Street yesterday afternoon to take her dog out for a walk found a man inside, putting things in a bag:

The suspect fled out of the door upon seeing the witness and was pursued by the witness until she came upon officers where officers took on the pursuit. The witness directed officers along the path that she had pursued the suspect before she came upon the officers where they recovered the bag that the suspect had with stolen items from the house. The owners of the house responded to the scene and positively identified all the items that were stolen from their apartment.

Terrence M. Kelley, 36, of West Roxbury was arrested on LaGrange Street and charged with breaking and entering a dwelling in the daytime, larceny from a building, knowingly receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.

Kelley was ordered held in lieu of $2,000 bail at his arraignment in West Roxbury District Court, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He was also ordered to stay away from the area around LaGrange and VFW Parkway.

Innocent, etc.

Day of violence along Mattapan street included a masked man shooting repeatedly into a packed car

District E-18 reports on one of the shootings that erupted along Greenfield Street on the Hyde Park/Mattapan line on Monday:

Around 9:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunfire in the Fairlawn Estates apartment complex (where a woman was strangled last month). Not long after, two people showed up at Carney Hospital with gunshot wounds:

The victims reported leaving the area of 60 Fairlawn Street in a motor vehicle when one victim observed a black male with a black hat and a black ski mask leaning over the fence in the rear of the parking lot and firing a gun into the motor vehicle occupied by several of the victims. Two victims inside the vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries. One victim was treated for a graze and a second victim was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm.

Police continue to investigate the shootings, along with two other incidents involving gunfire but no injuries along Greenfield earlier in the day.

Service cuts? They'll show you service cuts

So far this cold January morning, trains have died on the Red, Blue and Green lines and the Worcester Line is experiencing major delays.

At 8:34 a.m., Tanya K. tweeted:

Two empty, broken down trains we will be pushing in. 1000+ frozen, frustrated people cramming into this one. MBTA Red Line. Good times.

A few minutes later, Candice Springer added:

Thank you, MBTA for stranding me outside on the Wollaston platform in the EFFING cold. Now I have to go all the way back to drive in to work

'No sir, it is not a thing a sane man would do'

The Outraged Liberal notes the MBTA has announced its Doomsday Machine (again). Will the legislature blink?

Davey says that bailout is unlikely in the state's current climate, which can mean only one thing: change the climate with a proposal that is so awful lawmakers will have to cave.

It's a scenario more reliable than the bus and subway schedules that stand to be blown up.