By - 12/10/13 - 12:31 pm

The Dunkin' Donuts at 99 Cambridge St., Charlestown, was held up around noon by a man who threatened the manager with a tire iron to get money. He then fled the store - leaving both the tire iron and his cell phone on the counter.

He's described as white, in his 30s, with a receding hairline, wearing a tan coat and a light-blue shirt under a V-neck sweatshirt.

By - 12/6/13 - 10:40 am

Two Transit Police officers couldn't keep a large man from flinging himself off the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River early on Nov. 17, but they didn't give up on him - ultimately helping him out of the cold water and into the back of a waiting ambulance.

Officers Eli Bojorquez and Kenneth Phillips will be given formal commendations at a ceremony next Wednesday for saving the man's life after his 30-foot plunge.

By - 12/3/13 - 2:49 pm

A perplexed citizen complains:

There is a loud roar like a jet engine running 24hrs aday at or near the Medford street at Belmont street area. Can you look into this please and let us know what it is and why it runs all day and night.

By - 11/23/13 - 10:13 am
Smashing pumpkins

A citizen who is not Billy Corgan complains:

Edwards Park in Charlestown. Many smashed pumpkins. It isn't like the teens were trying to be discrete- they were yelling all night but no police vet patrol the park so they can have open container and do this without any consequence. It shouldn't be up to neighbors to clean this up.

By - 11/13/13 - 7:34 am

A dead train gave Orange Line commuters extra time to check e-mail or read the Metro cover to cover and back again. Around 7, Ford Inbody tweeted:

Overall from Sullivan Square to Back Bay took me 52 minutes. Normally around 20 in the morning.

That included waiting 20 miunutes at Sullivan just for a train to show up and 10 minutes just sitting at Downtown Crossing.

There was also a dead train on the Red Line, but that was around 6 a.m., when hardly anybody was awake to notice.

By - 11/8/13 - 3:41 pm

UPDATE: Another Red Line train died at Harvard around 5 p.m. Of course.

There's a dead trolley on the Riverside Line and an Orange Line train was emptied at Community College around 3:30 p.m.

Oh, by the way, the T is looking for riders to join a "customer opinion panel" to answer surveys every three months and get a chance to win a monthly LinkPass.

By - 11/7/13 - 9:13 am

Signal problems at Sullivan Square mean sardine-level packing on inbound Orange Line trains this morning.

Meanwhile, there are major delays on the Worcester Line due to a train hitting and killing somebody.

By - 10/15/13 - 8:44 am
Smoke from truck on fire on the Tobin

Smoke visible for miles around. Photo by Erin B.

At 8:34 a.m., State Police reported:

Tobin Bridge, Rt 1 SB, CLOSED. There is currently a truck fully engulfed, adjacent to the top of the Everett St on-ramp.

UPDATE, 8:51: State Police say the fire is out and one lane reopened.

By - 10/4/13 - 8:27 am

Paul Matisse's Charlestown Bells, removed from the Charles River Dam in June for repairs, are slated to be put back in place on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m.

The Friends of the Charlestown Bells expect the work to take a few hours - and say people who want to help out but who don't feel mechanically inclined can bring sandwiches.

By - 10/2/13 - 10:11 am

Jocelyn alerts us that the street piano at the Charlestown Navy Yard is shut for the duration, not because it's federally funded, but because the National Park Service has blocked all access to the area.

Navy Yard piano in happier days.

By - 10/1/13 - 8:43 pm

In a ruling rendered temporarily moot by the semi-government shutdown, a federal appeals court yesterday said a National Park Service ranger did nothing wrong by arresting a man for drunk driving even though the arrest took place off federal land.

The man, Kevin Ryan, was found guilty of "unsafe operation" but not OUI after a federal judge ruled the ranger lacked the authority to arrest him outside the boundaries of the yard, which is under federal jurisidiction. But the judge also ruled that "the arrest was not an unreasonable seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment."

By - 9/28/13 - 10:07 am

Don Hagist deconstructs a famous painting of the battle.

Via J.L. Bell.

By - 9/19/13 - 9:43 am
Not the Tobin Bridge.

Pete Leslie wonders if we need some sort of education program for photographers who are increasingly likely to get our two iconic bridges mixed up.

By - 9/15/13 - 8:43 pm

A history-minded citizen reports that the "Entering Boston" on the Alford Street Bridge into Charlestown reads "Incorporated 1635," which agitated the citizen enough to file a complaint.

By - 9/5/13 - 8:16 am

Pablo Flores, Jr., 20, is scheduled for arraignment today on a charge of murder for the shooting death of Steven Jones, 21, on Monument Street on May 7.

By - 8/27/13 - 11:09 am

Todd English's lawyer says his client's getting ready to hand the Olives liquor license over to his former landlord to settle the rent dispute that shut the eatery in June.

Landlord William Carey, who says English owes him more than $780,000 in back rent and interest on the 10 City Square location, seized Olives - including its liquor license.

By - 8/18/13 - 9:56 am
Car on fire on I-93 in Charlestown

Scott Wholley captured a self-immolating car around 9:45 a.m. on that stretch of I-93 where nothing good seems to happen, in this case, southbound just before the Zakim.

By - 8/12/13 - 10:23 am

Mass. Moments reminds us today is the anniversary of the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown by "an unruly, drunken mob of laborers, sailors, apprentices, and hoodlums." The convent burned to the ground because the local firefighters, all Protestant, refused to respond.

Riot on Broad Street.

By - 8/9/13 - 2:22 pm

Truck over the guardrail. Photo by Matt.Truck over the guardrail. Photo by Matt.

Update, 4:15 p.m.: As crews began to try to get the cab back behind the guard rail, the MBTA shut Orange Line service, just in case, because the tracks run right under the crash site.

A crash involving a big truck and a small truck on I-93 north in Charlestown around 2:10 p.m. sent the larger vehicle dangling over the guardrail and the driver of the smaller truck to the hospital.

The larger truck, a Michelob tractor-trailer, ended up with its cab dangling off I-93 over the Leverett Connector, in the same general area as the voodoo Globe-truck incident a few days ago.

State Police shut the road in both directions as firefighters tried to deal with a detached fuel tank that was leaking across the road. Debris showered the connector ramp below.

Dangly bits. Photo by BFD.Dangly bits. Photo by Boston Fire Department.