Charlestown

By - 6/6/15 - 10:39 am
Helicopter circling Chelsea

Chopper over Chelsea. Photo by Andrew Teman.

A helicopter is flying low and in circles over the area this morning. It could be a federal radiation chopper, or it could be a training exercise by the FBI and State Police. Read more.

By - 6/3/15 - 12:52 pm

The mayor's office announced today that Charlestown will be used as a pilot for a new street-cleaning program in which cars will no longer be towed if they block street sweepers - but will instead get ticketed with fines that will be increased from the current $40 to $90. Read more.

By - 6/2/15 - 11:30 am

The Santander Bank branch at 437 Rutherford Ave. was held up around 11:20 a.m.

The suspect is a white man in a white sweatshirt and a white Red Sox cap showing two red socks rather than a B. He's about 5'7" and in his 20s.

By - 5/21/15 - 6:54 pm

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh today announced the city has expanded its lawsuit against the state Gaming Commission to seek nullification of all its decisions, not just the one allowing a casino in Everett on the Charlestown line, and a court ruling that the present commissioners be disqualified from any future votes on a Boston-area casino. Read more.

By - 5/20/15 - 5:26 pm
USS Constitution in drydock

Our own SwirlyGrrl captured Old Ironsides in its new home for the next couple of years: Drydock for some restoration work.

By - 5/15/15 - 8:08 am

The BRA board yesterday approved a new way to spur more development in the Charlestown Navy Yard: Issue bonds to clean up decades of pollution that would then be repaid through the new tax revenue the development would bring.

The proposed Navy Yard Historic Monuments Area "development district" now goes to the City Council for its approval. Read more.

By - 4/29/15 - 4:11 pm

In April 1965, the Boston City Council was arguing over urban renewal plans for Charlestown.

Probably the only time a city councilor has called another one a "bald-headed s.o.b." at a public meeting (but not the only time someone has thought about it).

By - 4/4/15 - 1:42 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a short circuit sparked a fire at 311 Main St. that killed several pets and sent one firefighter to the hospital with a neck injury.

The fire was reported around 11:40 a.m. The six residents were not at home at the time.

Firefighters were hampered at first when they couldn't get any water.

By - 3/27/15 - 10:00 am

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

State Police investigating an abandoned motor vehicle on the Tobin Bridge at about 6:40 this morning observed the body of its apparent owner on a Charlestown street below the bridge. A death investigation is now under way by State Police detectives and other specialized units. The evidence does not currently suggest foul play.

By - 3/25/15 - 12:05 am

Ryan Miller caught one of the two giant $1.5 million wind-turbine blades that turned up in Grove Hall on its way to Charlestown's Wind Turbine Testing Center, only the lead blade got stuck.

By - 3/23/15 - 9:03 am

State Police report a Medford man pulled over by a trooper doing traffic duty on Alford Street Saturday night because his car's inspection sticker was expired turned out to be wanted on a variety of warrants and had a loaded gun in the car.

German Hernandez, 27, of Medford, also didn't have a valid license, State Police say, adding, "a fully-loaded 32 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver was recovered from inside the vehicle" - and it had its serial number obliterated.

By - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."

By - 3/12/15 - 6:23 pm
Chain Forge hotel proposal in Charlestown Navy Yar

Architect's rendering.

The BRA today approved a developer's plan to turn a long empty Navy Yard building once used to make ship chains into a 230-room extended-stay hotel.

Under his proposal, developer Tom Kavanagh will keep many of the Chain Forge building's unique industrial components in the hotel lobby for public viewing.

Kavanagh's roughly $90-million project will include about $10 million worth of removal of PCB- and dioxin-contaminated building material. The buildings that make up the current structure have gone unused since the Navy shut them in the 1970s.

By - 3/11/15 - 6:02 pm

Boston Police report arresting men from Charlestown and Dorchester and a teen from Charlestown on charges they fatally shot Ryan Morrissey, 17, and wounded another teen on Nov. 5.

By - 3/5/15 - 10:25 pm
Funny street signs in Charlestown

Tom Richardson spotted these new signs on Sullivan Street in Charlestown tonight.

By - 3/4/15 - 3:59 pm
Beacon light

Beacon safely belted in for its ride back to the bridge. Photo by State Police

A homeless man who figured out how to enter one of the Zakim Bridge's towers climbed to the top and stole a 60-lb. airplane warning light last month - the second one he's stolen - State Police charge.

Clifford Beckford, 34, allegedly stashed his newest light at the historic Warren Tavern in Charlestown, after leaving the first light outside the Old State House in downtown Boston, State Police say.

By - 3/4/15 - 11:21 am
Smushed car in Charlestown Navy Yard

Looks like last night's snow/sleet/rain was the last straw for Boston buildings. We've had a partial roof collapse on Columbia Point and a complete building collapse in Readville. And now this: Cars are being flattened by killer death ice. Kristin MacDougall forwarded this photo of a car flattened like a pancake by snow that fell off a building on 3rd Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

By - 3/3/15 - 10:04 pm

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports on an incident shortly before 7:30 p.m.:

State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA's office, along with uniformed troopers and specialized State Police units, are on the upper deck of the Tobin Bridge and on the street below in Charlestown for a death investigation involving an adult who left a motor vehicle and went over the rail. The preliminary evidence does not suggest foul play, but the investigation is still in its early stages.

By - 2/23/15 - 2:02 pm

An East Boston man faces OUI charges after a crash in which he somehow managed to avoid plummeting to the ground early Sunday.

According to State Police, Vannak Sao, 33, was heading north on I-93 around 6:25 a.m. on Sunday when he:

By - 2/18/15 - 4:46 pm
Boston Harbor

A concerned citizen in Charlestown who might possibly not realize that Boston Harbor drains into this giant ocean demands the city stop this snow dumping into the harbor forthwith:

Harbor almost flooding. Please stop allowing snow in harbor. I don't want our homes flooded.

The city marked the case closed as "noted."

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