By - 9/11/08 - 12:06 pm

Cambridge Police report on two punching incidents yesterday:

Around noon:

[T]wo victims stated that while they were walking on Mass. Ave. by Memorial Dr., a man approached them and punched them in the face for no apparent reason.

The puncher was arrested, taken to a local hospital for observation, police say.

Around 9 p.m., a Harvard student walking through Cambridge Common was set upon by four teenaged ruffians:

By - 9/10/08 - 10:24 am

Cambridge Police report finding a man with multiple stab wounds around 8:49 last night at Fulkerson and Cambridge streets.

By - 9/10/08 - 10:17 am

The Cambridge Chronicle reports a guy working on a scratch ticket while driving his Jeep down Mt. Auburn Street on Aug. 31 plowed into a utility pole, which then fell on four people. The driver was also injured when his Jeep landed on the driver's side. On a positive note, the guy won $100 from the ticket - which should help pay for his legal costs - the paper reports.

By - 8/29/08 - 3:24 pm

The Cambridge Chronicle has the details on a Harvard Square bank job.

By - 8/25/08 - 10:23 pm

The Cambridge Chronicle reports: Shootout ends with gunman jumping from bullet-riddled car after a high-speed chase this afternoon that ended at Main Street and Bishop Allen Drive.

By - 8/22/08 - 8:27 pm

Now, don't get me wrong. I thought "Good Will Hunting" was a very good movie and am glad it won a couple of Oscars. And it does a far better job at capturing the real Boston than, say, "Celtics Pride" or "Blown Away" (to the point of including a line that only a local who was around before CharlieCards would understand: "He wanted to get you a T pass"). But even a movie written by a pair of locals has its errors:

Mind your Ps and Qs

When Lambeau goes to the boiler room to find out who the genius kid is, the head blob janitor eventually pulls out an index card that lists Will's address as "Q Street." There is no Q Street in South Boston (or anywhere else in the city).

Who da Man?

When Will walks out of court, he crosses in front of a blue-and-white "Metro Police" car. Boston no longer has any Metro Police, but even when we did, their cruisers never shared the blue-stripe-on-white scheme of Boston police.

Next stop: Quincy-Adams

Quick geography lesson: MIT is north of South Boston. Dorchester is south of South Boston. So why was Will always shown going through Dorchester on his way home from MIT? Maybe he was so deep in thought he kept missing his stop?

By - 8/14/08 - 11:53 am

They're installing street surveillance cameras for the first time, the Cambridge Chronicle reports. It's part of a $4.6-million Homeland Security grant (Winthrop as terrorist target?) to deploy 100 new cameras in greater Boston.

Boston, Chelsea, Everett, and Revere are also installing cameras under the program, but they already had cameras in place.

By - 8/1/08 - 8:09 am

Cambridge Police busted a dangerous criminal last night. Well, a guy drawing a smiley face in chalk outside the Harvard Square T stop, at any rate.

Jiffywoob reports Cambridge cops detained him for 25 minutes while they waited for an MBTA cop to show up to determine what to do about his wanton disregard for the law:

What's really weird is that as I was being detained, I saw right nearby a guy chugging a Natty Light in plain view and a guy chugging a Heineken in plain view. And smelled the sweet aroma of our friend Mary Jane. What did Officer Anti-Punk do? Continue holding me for drawing a f*cking smiley face. ...

He does not say if the officers took 27 eight-by-ten color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one. However, the T cop was "wicked cool" and let him go.

By - 8/1/08 - 12:46 am

Rob Bellinger advises that Cambridge Police are actually ticketing bicyclists who run a red light at Mass. Ave. and Pleasant Street:

... They got eight bicyclists for this while I was having lunch nearby, plus ticketed another for biking on the sidewalk in front of 7-11. ...

By - 6/30/08 - 3:47 pm

That would be the entrance to the Porter Square T stop. Brendan Cavalier marvels - and wonders:

Saturday morning I was walking through the Porter Square T-Station and had to work my way through a crowd of Asian tourists. I had never seen a tour group in out-of-the-way Porter before, so I stopped to try and figure out what was going on. The entire group was standing at the top of the escalators and the tour guide was talking and gesturing towards the escalators (in a language I didn't understand).

I assumed she was taking her group on the subway and was explaining how to get through the turnstiles, pay, etc. But then she finished talking and the group turned and left. While all this was very strange, it got weirder when one woman turned and took a picture of the escalators.

What is so siginificant about the street-entrance to Porter Sqaure station that an entire tour group would stop there and take photos?!

By - 6/26/08 - 12:01 pm

From the T:

Route 83 is being diverted due to gas leak in Porter Square. buses will be unable to service stops at Porter Sq or Sommerville Ave & Elm Sts.

Anybody know anything more about this?

By - 6/20/08 - 12:10 pm

In the vicinity of Main and Windsor Streets and Harvard and Columbia Streets, the Cambridge Chronicle reports.

By - 6/17/08 - 3:57 pm

According to the Cambridge Chronicle, two local Gandalf-wannabes found themselves locked in mortal battle at the Middlesex Lounge this week.

Police were called to break up the wizardry-infused clash at the Middlesex Lounge --- not to be confused with Middle Earth --- June 15 at 1:34 a.m.

By - 6/9/08 - 5:24 pm

The Cambridge Chronicle reports on the reward, offered by Cambridge Police, for the capture of Tormu Pral, whom they say started a fire in a Cambridge apartment building on May 8. Boston Police actually arrested him a week later, but let him go when he gave a fake name. He is also wanted in New Jersey on charges he set a fire that killed his brother.

By - 6/9/08 - 5:15 pm

Cambridge Police report that when a man felt he'd been cut off on Cambridge Street last night, he caught up to the other motorist and beat him with a baseball bat he happened to have handy. No word on the condition of the other motorist.

By - 6/5/08 - 11:58 am

Cambridge Police wish to have a word with the white guy in "a big straw hat" who keeps asking kids at the Haggerty Elementary School for their phone numbers and if they want to see his dog and the black guy in "a white turban with a cap over it" who keeps staring at the kids.

By - 6/3/08 - 11:05 am

Cambridge Police report arresting two men Saturday morning on charges they were trying to steal five-foot sections of copper from the roof of the Attic, 563 Mass. Ave. in Central Square.

By - 5/28/08 - 4:07 pm

Looks like the Cambridgeside Galleria thug crew is getting bolder these days. Cambridge Police report on a May 23 robbery there:

A male juvenile victim reports that while standing in the checkout line in Best Buy at the mall, he was surrounded by three black male suspects, ages 17-19. One of the suspects motioned that he had a weapon, reached into the victim pocket and stole cash.

He also had a gold chain ripped from his neck, police say.

By - 5/28/08 - 2:20 pm

Two articles in the Globe, one in the Cambridge Chronicle.

Um, let's all chip in and buy it?

I'm a little heartbroken at the moment...

By - 5/14/08 - 2:50 pm

A white T-shirt, to be exact. Cambridge Police report the Store 24 at 321 Broadway was held up shortly after 3 a.m. today by a polite black man, 24-30, about 6 feet tall, who was also wearing a black button-down shirt and black shorts.