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.

By - 5/12/08 - 4:21 pm

UPDATE: Bikers leave one man unconscious after mob-style beating.

Cambridge Police report two guys, apparently fed up with a motorist who "swerved into and encroached upon" the Mass. Ave. bike lane around 11 p.m. on Saturday, caught up with the car, dragged the two people out and began beating them - one into unconsciousness - in front of 250 Mass. Ave.. Both alleged perps arrested.

By - 5/5/08 - 8:05 pm

The Cambridge Chronicle posts the new stops north of Lechmere proposed for the Green Line extension - including a relocated Lechmere.

By - 5/5/08 - 6:17 pm

Another step forward for the Somerville Green Line: State transportation folks announced this afternoon proposed stops in Somerville and Medford (sort of). The Cambridge Chronicle has the list.

By - 5/2/08 - 8:35 am
Flaming manhole
Flaming manhole this morning.

The Crimson reports on flaming manholes early this morning:

A fire started underground on the corner of Mass Ave and Dunster Street was visible through several manholes in the Square this morning. Harvard's Holyoke Center, Cambridge Savings Bank, Au Bon Pain, and other nearby institutions were evacuated, and automobile access to the Square had been severely restricted by the Cambridge Fire Department. ...

NeutralSurface took photos, including the one on the right.

Quelle mess!

Channel 5 reports. NECN has video on "the underground mechanical failure" as well (great fire-AND-ice NECN screen capture).

Sushiesque was on the scene later in the morning taking photos of the aftermath:

Mishka gets the day off.

Michael: On second thought, maybe I'll go to Yale.

Crispyfoods captures Old Flameful outside the Pit:

By - 4/24/08 - 4:55 pm

Cambridge Police report on a little spilled spat at 352 Prospect St. yesterday afternoon:

Suspect was arrested and another will be summonsed for a mutual assault involving baseball bats after a disagreement ensued over spilt Coca-Cola. One individual was sent to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained during the fight.

By - 4/22/08 - 8:27 pm

Cambridge Police report three early morning attempted housebreaks on April 20 near Sennott Park. Also, in a separate case:

... The arrested person became agitated when she felt that her pizza had not been delivered in a timely fashion. When officers attempted to calm her, she became belligerent, trying to spit on the officers at the scene. While being handcuffed, she kicked the arrested officer in the leg.

By - 4/16/08 - 2:58 pm

Make a note in your calendar for May 14, because that's when Harvard has its semi-annual Primal Scream naked-butt run. The Crimson reports the run will go on despite a recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling that people can be charged with open and gross conduct for disrobing in public.

No, it's not the Men and Women of Harvard showing their disdain for the laws of the Commonwealth, but because, the paper reports, the ruling only applies to public displays of nudity in which bystanders are not alerted (the Lady Godiva doctrine), and everybody knows the last night of "reading period" at Harvard is when people get nekkid.


Rain doesn't stop them.

Modest women are offended.

Seeing your ex naked in public is just so awkward, especially when you're in the arms of your current flame (keep reading for proof that, yes, Lena Chen has run naked through the Yard).

Bathroom facilities are sparse, so plan ahead.

Little known fact: Running naked is kosher.

Naked Harvard butts.

Presumably the Cambridge Chronicle will attempt to upstage the Somerville Journal with even better coverage of naked college students.

By - 4/16/08 - 1:02 pm

Boston Police report arresting two 17-year-olds, one from Roxbury, one from "Boston," on charges they stabbed and robbed one man and robbed another on Western Avenue after 10 p.m. yesterday. The two were actually arrested on the other side of the river by Cambridge police. No word on the condition of the stabbed man.

By - 4/10/08 - 3:26 pm

So Lady Godiva had best stay out of the Pit - unless she puts up some fliers first.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today a Cambridge woman can face criminal charges for dancing nude in Harvard Square even if she was trying to exercise her First Amendment rights, in this case to protest the commercialization of Christmas, because of a state law banning nudity that "shocks and alarms" people.

Ria Ora was arrested on June 25 (the anti-Christmas?), 2005 on charges of "open and gross lewdness."

A lower court had ruled the arrest unconstitutional. In its decision, the Supreme Judicial Court agreed that people do have a right to take all their clothes down, but only if their displays are not "imposed upon an unsuspecting or unwilling audience" (so strip clubs are OK).

In the court's hearing on the case, the state argued that employees of the kiosk in Harvard Square expressed "shock and alarm" when they called police to report the woman (must've been new employees; who knew there was anything shocking left for Harvard Square?). And when justices asked how Ora's anti-Christmas protest was different from Lady Godiva's political ride, the assistant attorney general arguing the case said the difference was that everybody in the town knew Lady Godiva would be taking her ride and everybody averted their eyes except for that one Peeping Tom.

Watch the oral arguments in the case (requires Windows Media Player, but worth it if only to hear the highest court in the state discussing Lady Godiva).

By - 4/7/08 - 3:01 pm

Cambridge Police report arresting two construction workers at the site of the new police station at 125 Sixth St. around 12:30 p.m. last Thursday "after they were observed placing boxes of copper cable into their Jeep."

Cops cop copper copper.

By - 4/6/08 - 3:08 pm

Apparently, Cambridge police don't like it if they catch you drawing in chalk on the sidewalk:

By - 4/3/08 - 2:50 pm

Cambridge Police report on a case of aggravated assault Monday evening:

Officers responded to the corners of Fifth St & Spring St for a report of five males in black & gray hoodies throwing bricks at someone. The suspects were rounded up and identified.

By - 3/29/08 - 11:03 pm

Cambridge Police have the alleged shooter, but can't find the victim of an early-morning shooting in Central Square.

By - 3/28/08 - 4:10 pm

Rogue! The Cambridge Chronicle reports Cambridge Police have arrested the guy they say was going around town soliciting donations for Greenpeace, then keeping the money for himself.

A Greenpeace representative offered some handy tips for differentiating between legitimate Greenpeaceniks and grifters. For starters, Greenpeace no longer goes door to door. Also, the workers always have Greenpeace attire on and have Greenpeace literature at the ready.