Cambridge man has busy night, police say: Breaks into sub shop, crashes into police cruiser, sets building on fire

UPDATE: Add a charge of receiving stolen property over $250: Police say the U-Haul was stolen.

A Cambridge man with a record as a terrible driver faces numerous charges after he allegedly led police on a two-town trail of destruction overnight, Saugus Police report.

According to police, Robert Silvia, 50, broke into Santoro's Sub-Villa, 259 Essex St. in Saugus around 3 a.m., not long after an officer on routine patrol had noticed a U-Haul truck parked outside. Alerted by an alarm from the shop, responding officers found the shop's front doors smashed and the U-Haul gone.

Shortly thereafter, police observed the U-Haul exit off Route 1 onto Walnut Street. Officers then conducted a motor vehicle stop on the U-Haul, but as they were getting out of their cruisers to investigate, the operator of the U-Haul took off at a high rate of speed.

Saugus Police attempted to stop the U-Haul, but when the driver failed to stop, a pursuit ensued. The U-Haul traveled from Lynn, then back into Saugus. As it was entering Revere on Route 107, the U-Haul struck a Revere police cruiser, and then crashed into Gulino's Auto Body, 1062 Broadway.

Police rushed into the building and found and arrested Silvia - just as Revere firefighters were pulling up to put out the fire that started when the U-Haul caught fire inside the building after the crash - and set the building on fire as well.

Police add the Revere officer was not injured because he had gotten out of his cruiser when it was hit.

Silvia faces arraignment tomorrow on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, attempted larceny from a building, failure to stop for police, negligent operation, operating a motor vehicle after having his license revoked as a habitual traffic offender, speeding, marked lanes violation, running a red light and running a stop sign, police say.

Police add they are investigating whether Silvia is also responsible for another break-in at a business near the sub shop.
Innocent, etc.

Chuck Berry dies at 90, was banned in Boston

Chuck Berry, who helped give us rock 'n' roll, died yesterday at his home in Missouri.

In his biography of Berry, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Bruce Pegg writes about a May 3, 1958 concert Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis gave at the old Boston Garden, emceed by DJ Alan Freed: The cops, already antagonistic towards the new type of music, repeatedly ordered Freed to get fans dancing in the aisle back in their seats - and they refused to let Freed lower the lights as Berry performed. People in the audience got rowdy; chairs and fists began to fly; the show ended early.

In the aftermath, Mayor John Hynes vowed to keep Berry and his ilk out of Boston, telling Variety:

These so-called music programs are a disgrace. They must be stopped and they will be stopped here - effective at once. As far as the City of Boston is concerned, ... if the kids are hungry for this kind of music they'll starve for it - until they learn to behave like citizens instead of hooligans. Boston will have no more rock and roll.

Apartments could replace transmission place on Washington Street in West Roxbury

Architect's rendering

A developer has filed plans for a 17-unit apartment building on Washington Street near Grove Street in West Roxbury.

Antonio Ferrara, who lives a half mile from the site, says the four-story building, which would replace the current Lee Myles Transmission shop at 5205 Washington St., would add "energy and vitality" to the intersection, which is now dominated by small restaurants and stores, hugging one side of the extinct volcano formed 400 million years or so ago, as well as several auto-related businesses.

In his filing with the BPDA, Ferrara proposes 26 parking spaces in a first-floor garage, along with 12 enclosed spaces for bicycles.

Nine of the units would have one bedroom, the rest two.

The project meets zoning requirements for the site, the filing says.

5205 Washington St. small-project review application (1.2M PDF).

Roslindale driver charged with killing man by slamming into his cab while driving drunk on I-95

State Police report a passenger in a taxi died around 1 a.m. when a car smashed into the back of the cab at "an extremely high rate of speed" on I-95 southbound in Attleboro.

Michael Spinale, 41, of Roslindale, was charged with OUI, motor-vehicle homicide, negligent operation, speeding, failure to use care in stopping and failure to stay within marked lanes, State Police say.

Police say the victim, Kailash Bolar, 39, of Warwick, RI., was in the back of a cab driven by a 50-year-old Brockton man. The cab driver was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with minor injuries.

Spinale is being held at a State Police barracks in lieu of $10,000 bail, pending his arraignment Monday, State Police say.

Innocent, etc.

Kids, balls, tubes and duct tape come together in former Roslindale cafe

Roslindale Wants to Play and Roslindale Village Main Street have turned the long abandoned Select Cafe on Belgrade Avenue into a pop-up Build Zone where kids (and, shh, adults) can create "ball runs" tomorrow and next Saturday.

Cora Carey, STEAM and maker project manager at the Children's Museum worked with other Roslindale residents over the past few days to build the centerpieces of the play area: Hand-cranked "elevators" kids can use to transport plastic balls to the tops of towers for journeys down to the ground.

Build Zone in Roslindale
Build Zone in Roslindale

The Build Zone is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow and March 25 at 2 Belgrade Ave., across from the Roslindale Village train-station parking lot. Free admission, but parent or guardian required.

Build Zone in Roslindale
Build Zone in Roslindale

Procession for a fallen firefighter

Watertown firefighter Joseph Toscano's body was transported this morning from Mount Auburn Hospital to the state medical examiner's office on Albany Street in the South End this morning, passing by firefighters, police officers, EMTs and paramedics who assembled to honor him after his death yesterday at a two-alarm fire. 617 Images watched first responders line up outside the medical examiner's office.

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