Faneuil Hall sick of fake monks preying on tourists

RyanInBos snapped one of the signs management at Faneuil Hall Marketplace have put up to warn tourists against people in saffron monk's robes who hand out trinkets and then expect payment in return.

"These are not real monks," the signs warn. "They have been harassing our visitors - please do not encourage them by giving them money."

The faux monks have also flooded Long Wharf and the area in front of the New England Aquarium this summer.

Body of boy missing from Carson Beach found in water

Troopers search water around 4 p.m. Photo by James.

Updated, 8:20 p.m.

WBZ reports police this evening found the body of Kyzr Willis in the water off Carson Beach.

The boy was last seen around 2:05 p.m. near the M Street bathhouse.

State and Boston police launched a massive search that included helicopters and boats and tracking dogs and officers called in from other parts of the city, who looked for him on nearby beaches and as far away as a Dorchester bowling alley.

The Boston Police homicide unit is now investigating his death, as is routine with all unexplained deaths in Boston.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

The City of Boston is devastated to learn of the tragic loss of Kyzr Willis, and I will be working closely with Boston Centers for Youth and Families and the Boston Police Department until we know exactly what happened. My heart is broken for the Willis family and my thoughts and prayers will be with them.

Wilmington man charged with threatening to burn down Roxbury mosque

Patrick Keogan, 44, is scheduled for arraignment in federal court today on charges he left a threat on the Islamic Society of Boston's Facebook page to burn the Roxbury mosque to the ground, the US Attorney's office reports.

It's the second time in a little over a year that somebody has been charged with threatening violence against the mosque. Last year, an Iowa man six months' home confinement after leaving threatening messages on the mosque's Facebook page, one implying he would come out here and shoot members.

According to the US Attorney's office:

Keogan posted on the ISBCC’s Facebook page an image depicting a mosque in flames with lettering superimposed that stated “Burn your local mosque,” along with the statement “Hello scumbags,” next to a smiley face emoji. Keogan allegedly posted the same threatening image on the Facebook page of the Islamic Society of Northeastern University (ISNU).

The US Attorney's office says Keogan had been doing this sort of thing for several years:

Through a warrant authorizing a search of Keogan's Facebook account, law enforcement investigators found posts that approved burning mosques as early as 2013. For example, in 2013 Keogan shared a post with the following summary: "On July 4th, Joplin, Missouri's Islamic Center - the city's only mosque - suffered roof damage after an unidentified man set it on fire by tossing a burning object onto the building." Keogan wrote in response: "Somewhere out there is an unknown hero. The people's champion. A true God amongst mortal men. May your days be many & troubles be few my good man." On or about Nov. 17, 2015, Keogan posted a status update saying, "Canada enters the Mosque Burning Winter Olympics of 2016 early! Who will take the Gold? Who will take the Silver? and WHO will take the Bronze??? We'll have to wait til the snow clears to find out folks but lets keep our fingers crossed for some fierce competition! And remember- you (yes you) are a qualified competitor of your own nation - so get out there and help your Country be number one in this winter's Mosque Burning Olympics!"

But, wait, there's more. The US Attorney's office says Keogan is also facing arraignment on a charge of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition:

Keogan's Facebook account also showed that, despite his statutory prohibition as a convicted felon from possessing firearms and ammunition, Keogan continued to buy, sell, trade, build, modify, possess and shoot firearms and ammunition. After obtaining a warrant to place a GPS tracking device on Keogan’s car, federal agents tracked Keogan to a gun store in New Hampshire on or about May 1, 2016. Keogan allegedly purchased two boxes of 8mm rifle ammunition and two bags of loose 8mm rifle ammunition, and then drove the ammunition directly back to his residence in Wilmington.

He faces up to ten years in federal prison.

Innocent, etc.

Careless smoker starts four-alarm fire in Dorchester

The Boston Fire Department says "careless disposal of smoking material" started a fire this afternoon that did $500,000 in damage to the house at 87 Sawyer Ave. and melted the siding on the house next door.

Ten people - plus a family moving into one of the house's four units today - were made homeless, the department says.

Firefighters responded at 12:55 p.m. Fire commanders called in extra firefighters to limit the amount of time firefighters had to spend in the heat battling the blaze.

Video by the Dorchester Reporter.

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:55

It's not Great Woods anymore, but Mansfield man still not allowed at concert venue without permission

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that "permanent" means "permanent," and that an injunction that permanently barred Karl Clemmey from Great Woods in 1993 remains in effect despite the facility's change of both ownership and names.

The then owners of Great Woods had to go to court to permanently bar Clemmey, who owned a neighboring piece of land, after he repeatedly threatened and in one case physically attacked Great Woods' manager, apparently in an unquenchable rage over the way the state took some of his land by eminent domain to widen Rte. 140 so that Great Woods could add more seats. His anger extended to driving heavy machinery across Great Woods property.

At one point, the appeals-court ruling recounts, Clemmey made a unique threat to the venue manager:

One of these nights when you have a full house [at a Great Woods performance] I'm going to take a couple of my dump trucks up to your house, and you know, Bruce, I know where you live. And I'm going to pull up to the house and flash the lights, blow the whistles, and bang the rear doors on the trucks. Your wife's going to be scared; she's going to try and get you on the phone and you're not going to be able to leave, and you're going to have to tell her that there's nothing you can do. And if you do leave, you're going to get fired.

In 2013, Clemmey sought to have the injunction lifted, in part because what is now Xfinity Center has new owners - Live Nation.

But the court noted that many of the people threatened by Clemmey - including the manager - still work there, and that the injunction was designed more to protect these people than the corporate entity that owns the place:

It would make little sense for a person in this context to be deprived of the protection of a permanent injunction simply because the corporate ownership of his employer changed.

Plus, it's not like Clemmey always obeyed the injunction - the court said that in 2004, he built a fence on the venue's property.

And, the court continued, Clemmey had taken advantage several times of a clause in the injunction that let him attend specific events at Great Woods/Tweeter Center/Xfinity Center by asking for permission, which the court noted he had always gotten.

So, the court concluded, the injunction remains in place.

Owner of shuttered Roxbury bar hopes to re-open it as a restaurant this fall

Norvia Pena says her long closed Norvia's Place, 2807 Washington St., should re-open this fall - with more of an emphasis on food than drinks.

Pena was before the Boston Licensing Board to explain why she's not using her valuable liquor license. Pena intended to close, but when she started doing kitchen renovations last year, "the [building's] foundation basically started to crumble," her attorney, Carolyn Conway said, adding that while the location has been home to a bar since the 1930s, nobody had ever done any major upkeep on the place before.

Conway said Pena is now on track to re-open in September, with a 45-seat restaurant, instead of a bar that sat only 15. Conway said Pena has poured $100,000 already into repairs and renovations, and that her landlord, the Stamatos family, has also worked to keep the building up.

The board votes Thursday whether to grant Pena permission to remain closed until the fall.