By - 10/27/15 - 11:23 pm
Wanted for Desmond Joseph's murder

Boston Police are seeking the public's help to find the man they say shot Desmond Joseph to death last Thursday.

Gammada Musa, 25, is described as black, about 5’10” and 195 lbs. Read more.

By - 10/27/15 - 8:43 am

A citizen who recently resumed smoking after 17 years complains that workers at a Cleveland Circle condo complex keep removing the hand-made ash trays he keeps putting out by a bench near Cassidy Playground so he can "have my coffee and cigarettes and watch the geese" and comply with the complex's rule against smoking inside.

H/t Hingle McDingleberry.

By - 10/23/15 - 12:07 am
Desmond Joseph

Update: Victim identified as Desmond Joseph, 30.

Shortly before midnight on Telford Street, Kevin Wiles reports. The homicide unit was called in; BEMS Incidents reports the victim died.

A nearby resident reported hearing four shots.

By - 10/19/15 - 11:02 am

The Dunkin' Donuts on Beacon Street, next to Mary Ann's, is changing its hours from 24 hours a day to 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The Boston Licensing Board considers the license change on Thursday.

By - 10/16/15 - 4:12 pm
Alleged fake bomb used in Brighton bank holdup

It's amazing what you can do with some tubes and wires, red cellophane, a knob and a battery.

A federal grand jury this week indicted Kenneth Denny, 60, for allegedly holding up a Brighton Center bank with a phony bomb.

Although the faux-bombe was enough to convince a teller to hand Denny some $4,000 in cash, he never got a chance to spend any of it, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent: As he completed his transaction, Denny allegedly left his wallet, containing a photo ID, on the counter, and a Boston cop who'd spotted him nearby on the way into the bank recognized his photo and he was quickly swarmed and arrested.

The affidavit describes the government's version of what happened: Read more.

By - 10/6/15 - 10:38 pm

The Globe reports Secretary of State and Brighton resident Bill Galvin has managed to block construction of an apartment complex for veterans because it would mean demolishing some old buildings that neither the Boston Landmarks Commission nor the Brighton-Allston Historical Society say are important enough to save - especially since there are numerous clones of the buildings across the Northeast.

By - 10/2/15 - 10:46 am

UPDATE: Tree removed, service resumed.

The T is shutting the Green Line between Fenway and Reservoir at 11 a.m. so workers can remove a large tree that is now leaning dangerously close to the overhead wires near Reservoir. Expect a two-hour shutdown.

Because substitute bus service will be limited, customers are strongly encouraged to use the closest stations along the Green Line’s C branch (Beacon Street).

Bus service will be available for persons with disabilities at Reservoir and Kenmore Stations.

By - 10/1/15 - 9:45 pm

Fans of the brushed metal look better hurry over before it's stripped away.

Pizza-making brothers from the Fall River suburb of Somerset have an agreement to buy the long closed Roggie's on Chestnut Hill Avenue and remake it as their second pizza place. Read more.

By - 10/1/15 - 2:26 pm

A city zoning rule that bans more than four undergraduates in an apartment isn't working, city officials said today, so they've begun looking at changes that would let them start levying fines on landlords who persist in overcrowding their units. Read more.

By - 9/28/15 - 2:04 pm

A Winthrop man turned into his own crime spree last night, starting with a failed armed home invasion and ending with a violent struggle that sent both him and a police detective to the hospital, police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more.

By - 9/26/15 - 12:53 pm
Pig 'n Whistle diner

The Pig 'N Whistle at N. Beacon and Market streets served its last meal in 2002, but at least from the outside, it doesn't look like it would take too much to get it up and slingin' hash again. Read more.

By - 9/24/15 - 2:44 pm
Circle Cinema all lit up in Cleveland Circle

Tim Murphy shows us the Cleveland Circle Cinema all lit up last night. Alas, it's not one last movie night before it's torn down for a hotel and a senior-citizen apartment complex, but a training session sponsored by the state for local police (a role it's played before).

By - 9/22/15 - 7:36 pm
Sunset over Soldiers Field Road

Keith Richard watched the sun go down from Soldiers Field Road.

Jed Hresko caught the sky show from John Paul II Park in Dorchester: Read more.

By - 9/18/15 - 1:18 pm
Chocolate Lab

UPDATE: Owner found.

Boston Animal Control reports this male chocolate Lab was found in tough shape near the reservoir yesterday, with no license tag or microchip:

The dog is currently at Angell Animal Medical Center at 350 South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain. This is an intact male Chocolate Labrador Retriever. If this is your dog please contact them at 617 522 7282 immediately!

By - 9/17/15 - 9:32 pm
Power out on Western Avenue

Powerless Western Avenue. Photo by Ari Ofsevit.

Around 7:30 p.m., Rose sent out an urgent plea:

All of lower Allston just went dark! Send beer and pizza.

Soon, other residents of Allston and Brighton were checking in - via 4G rather than WiFi - of a sudden absence of electricity in the area.

By 9 p.m., power was coming back to most of the area, although some spots near Market Street remained dark until 9:30.

By - 9/10/15 - 12:02 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a nearly $3-million wrongful-death against Dr. Ivan Liang, who gave a 23-year-old man with a sort throat, a cough and pain on breathing a pain reliever and then sent him home - where he was found dead the next day of viral myocarditis.

In its ruling, the state's highest court also ruled it's one thing for hypochondriacs to use Google searches on their symptoms to confirm their worst fears. It's quite another for lawyers to use the results of these searches to question doctors in medical-malpractice suits, the court said.

By - 9/5/15 - 11:32 am
Bright lights at Brighton school

An agonized citizen files a 311 complaint about the ludicrous spotlights at St. Joseph Preparatory High School on Cambridge Street:

St Josephs has spot lights that are so bright that shades and blackout curtains don't block them out. Please force them to put blinders on them that point the light down at their driveways and parking lot's instead of peoples windows.

By - 9/3/15 - 11:28 am

A West Roxbury man who already has one conviction for indecent exposure was arraigned on a new charge yesterday after he allegedly spent some quality time with his privates in his car in full view of the public in Brighton, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding police are looking at his possible involvement in other incidents in Brighton.

Stanislav Englegardt, 24, was arrested by Newton Police after a woman reported spotting him taking care of himself in an Accord on South Street to Boston College Police on Tuesday. According to the DA's office, BC officers spotted the car, then followed it into Newton, where Newton Police stopped it:

In an identification procedure, the South Street woman positively identified the vehicle but was not positive about the operator, Englegardt, who was wearing a purple shirt. During this time, however, BCPD officers learned that Newton PD had just received a call about a suspicious male rubbing his stomach underneath a purple shirt in a black Honda Accord. Also during this time, BPD officers checked Englegardt's record and learned that he had previously been placed on probation for indecent exposure out of Dedham District Court. Based on the totality of circumstances, Englegardt was placed under arrest for the South Street incident.

Prosecutors asked for $10,000 bail and an order that he stay away from BC, wear a GPS monitor and surrender his passport. Judge David Donnelly set bail at the $225 Englegardt posted the night before. He did agree with prosecutors' other requests.

Englegardt was convicted of indecent exposure in Dedham District Court in 2013 after he was arrested for exposing himself to women on a walking trail near the Charles River in Needham. He received a sentence of a year's probation, the DA's office reports.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/31/15 - 11:54 pm

Somebody was robbed outside 15 Lothian Rd. around 11:40 p.m. by three white men in shorts, one with long hair, armed with a knife and a baton.

By - 8/31/15 - 3:14 pm
State Police with stopped U-Haul

Kevin Connolly spotted a trooper stopping a U-Haul well before its driver could learn what happens to a sardine can today.