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.
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).
Apparently, Cambridge police don't like it if they catch you drawing in chalk on the sidewalk:
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.
Cambridge Police would like to have a word with you.
Cambridge Police have the alleged shooter, but can't find the victim of an early-morning shooting in Central Square.
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.
The suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. The suspect managed to escape with some cash.
She's also wanted for robbing a Citizens Bank branch on Cambridge Street yesterday.
Call 617-349-3370 with any info.
David Harris at the Cambridge Chronicle grinds out some video from the Great Boston Burlesque Exposition and Vintage Fashion Fair this past weekend. You probably won't want to watch it at work.
Cambridge Police report on a robbery early Sunday morning on Brodway: A guy hailed another guy he recognized from a couple of bars they'd been in earlier in the evening:
As the suspect and victim engaged in a conversation, the suspect moved behind the victim and placed a firearm to his lower back and demanded money. The suspect reached into the victim's pockets and stole a cell phone and wallet. The suspect then fled through a backyard on Broadway towards Market St. Once on Market St, the suspect got on a bike and headed towards Windsor St.
Described as a black male, 19-23, 5'5", thin, with short black hair.
Police also report on a case of early-morning disrespecting on Eliot Street in Harvard Square:
A 27-year-old male victim was walking with a group of friends when a female in his group was disrespected by a group of 4 males. After words were exchanged, the victim’s group was jumped from behind. One victim was knocked to the ground and sustained face injuries. The male suspects were described as either Hispanic or white, all wearing white dress shirts.
Cambridge Police report that Cambridge Hospital officials called them when a pregnant woman tried using a stolen ID around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday (no word if she was in labor). When police arrived, they found the car her male acquaintance had used to drive her there had been stolen - and was loaded with "ten stolen pocketbooks and several personal identifications from victims of car breaks from Danvers to Weymouth." Both will now face charges.
The Cambridge Chronicle reports that Mr. Gobbles has been moved to Dedham after being hit by a car last month.
Mr. Gobbles had preened and pecked on the grounds of the Volpe Transportation Center since 2003. Unlike his man-eating cousins in Brookline, Mr. Gobbles never bothered anybody. Today, he has the run of the Animal Rescue League's 27-acre refuge in wildest Dedham.
Cambridge Police report a man was shot around 1:30 this morning on Montgomery Street; taken to a Boston hospital for treatment and is expected to live. Police say they are still investigating conflicting stories about what happened.
Like you need another reason to be annoyed with Greenpeace canvassers. Via David Harris comes this Cambridge PD alert about a guy going around saying he's collecting money for Greenpeace - but keeping the money for himself.
ROY TUCKER HAS BEEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR IN THE CAMBRIDGE AREA FOR THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS POSING AS A GREENPEACE FUNDRAISER AND COLLECTING CASH AND CHECKS. DETECTIVE GRASSI HAS BEEN INFORMED BY GREENPEACE ATTORNEY TOM WETTERER THAT ROY TUCKER HAS NO AFFILIATION WITH GREENPEACE. PLEASE IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE CAMBRIDGE POLICE DEPARTMENT IF MR. TUCKER ATTEMPTS TO RAISE MONEY IN THE NAME OF GREENPEACE.
Cambridge Police report on an incident on Meacham Road near Mass. Ave. at 9:24 p.m. on Saturday:
Two male suspects, unknown race, dressed in black, approached the victim and asked for directions. One of the suspects then punched the victim in the mouth and demanded money. After taking $125 from his wallet, the suspects fled towards Davis Square.
The Cambridge Chronicle reports:
... A group of men - some with Irish accents - beat up a 23-year-old Cambridge man and sent him to the hospital after they spotted him sporting a Yankees baseball cap. ...
Cambridge Police report five home break-in attempts (two of which succeeded) on Friday, on Linnaean, Agassiz and Forest streets.
Boston Police report an upsurge of GPS-related smash-and-grabs in Allston/Brighton. Cambridge Police report their own GPS theft swarm in the Riverside and Cambridgeport neighborhoods. And Brookline Police report one or two GPS-related break-ins a day, although they also report catching one alleged GPS grabber in the act on Harvard Street Thursday evening.
All three police departments urge residents to take their units with them and to remove the suction-cup thingees.