Boston Uber driver charged with raping passenger in Newton last fall

An Uber driver who picked up a woman in Boston raped her, then dropped her off at Boston College, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office charges.

Luis Baez, also known as Pedro Valentin, had bail set at $2,500 today at his arraignment on three counts of rape in Newton District Court, the DA's office reports.

According to prosecutors, Baez, 34, picked the woman up in Boston on Sept. 29, then "drove her to a location other than her requested destination where he proceeded to sexually assault her."

Investigators were able to find him in part due to "information stored in the application from the victim’s ride request," the DA's office says.

Innocent, etc.

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink on Hyde Park's Fairmount Hill

A contractor managed to take out a water main in the area of Milton Avenue and Spring Hill Road this afternoon, cutting off water to people along Milton Avenue.

Darryl Houston reports the outage could extend as far as Warren Avenue. He reports BWSC workers managed to get water flowing again tonight, but that they didn't seem absolutely sure repairs would hold until the morning.

'Asian-influenced seafood' could be landing on South End/Bay Village line

The Board of Appeal today approved plans to replace an old pet-care place at the lonely corner of Tremont and Herald streets with a new seafood place that would offer outdoor seating in warmer months.

Stephen Chan's proposed Bootleg Specials would feature "Asian-influenced seafood," his attorney told the board. The restaurant would have 80 seats indoors and 28 outdoors, along with a 16-seat bar and room for another 16 people to mill about near the bar.

Chan is hoping to stay open until midnight most nights and 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and to offer brunch on weekends.

Chan still needs permission from the Boston Licensing Board to serve food and must either buy a liquor license on the open market or hope the board just happens to have a spare one when he files an application there.

His proposal was supported by the mayor's office - which said residents have been asking for something to go into the "very quiet corner" for a long time - and City Councilor Bill Linehan.

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