Dan Santry snapped Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plane after it had landed at Logan. Abe starts a three-day US tour with dinner tonight at John and Teresa's place at Louisburg Square. His itinerary also includes a speech at the Kennedy School across the river and a trip down to DC for a speech before Congress....Read more
Alex Jafarzadeh shows us a darkened Maverick station on the Blue Line around 6 p.m.; reports trains were still running despite the lack of light.
Shortly after 5 p.m., riders began reporting issues on the other side of the harbor on the Blue Line.
UPDATE, 5:25 p.m. BFD gave the MBTA the OK to resume service.
Boston firefighters are currently investigating what caused smoke in the Maverick Blue Line station shortly before 5 p.m. Trains in both directions are halted - except for one empty train that firefighters are riding from Maverick to Aquarium to look for the source of the smoke, possibly the third rail....Read more
The BRA board yesterday approved two new residential buildings in East Boston, and changes to a waterfront tower already under way.
The board approved a converting and expanding 151 Liverpool St from its current use as commercial space (which had a fire earlier this week) into 24 residential units, 4 of them affordable. The building will have 35 parking spaces.
Also approved: ...Read more
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded around 3:05 a.m. to 151 Liverpool St. for a fire on the first floor of a three-story commecial building.
The fire went to two alarms before it was knocked down. One firefighter was taken to Mass. General after he got some debris in his eye.
The department estimates $500,000 in damages, including to several cars in...Read more
Two Springfield residents yesterday pleaded guilty to extorting several thousand dollars from women in East Boston and Revere by claiming they had their relatives captive and demanding ransoms, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Jose Carrasquillo, 33, got a year in jail and and Jennifer Rodriguez, 21, was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Both were ordered to repay their victims, the DA's office...Read more
Boston Police report they are looking for this guy in connection with an incident around 8:05 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shaw's on Border Street, involving a girl under 14:
According to the victim, the suspect (described as a white Hispanic male in his forties, approximately 5â€™7â€ť tall, 175 pounds, wearing a blue-colored hat, beige-colored jacket and blue jeans) approached her and touched her...Read more
Sandy Castillo, 19, was arraigned today in her hospital bed on a variety of charges including assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury for a Saturday incident in which she allegedly sliced up a 4-year-old boy and then had to be subdued with a beanbag gun when she refused to drop the knife.
Judge John McDonald imposed $35,000 bail and ordered her...Read more
Boston Police report a woman who'd gotten into an argument with the boy's father grabbed his four-year-old son and stabbed him shortly before 6:50 p.m. yesterday at 106 Paris St. WCVB reports she slashed the boy's neck.
Police say people who witnessed the attack managed to grab the boy away from her and his father rushed him to the East Boston Health Center...Read more
The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved Philip Frattaroli's proposal to turn the shuttered Oscar's Woodworking building, 47 Webster St. into a restaurant with rooftop seating, a yoga studio and four residential units.
Shortly after 10 pm. on Sumner Street near Liverpool.Read more
The owner of a former Colombian restaurant in East Boston is buying Off the Boat Seafood on Porter Street.
At a Boston Licensing Board hearing today, Gilbert Preciado's lawyer, Jared Chrislip, said the new Pilones will retain seafood, but will add "more of the Colombian, South American and Latino cuisine." Preciado needs the board's permission to buy Off the Boat's liquor license.
Preciado formerly owned...Read more
A concerned citizen reports rodents of unusual size in the fire swamp at Cambridge and Seattle streets in Allston:
Caller is reporting that there are rats the size of small dogs running around this area.
Heath Management Co. is seeking BRA approval to convert a decaying old factory at 151 Porter St. at Orleans Street into a hotel that would feature 127 "industrial loft-style hotel guestrooms with high ceilings, exposed structure and oversized windows to optimize natural light and dramatic city views."
In its filings with the BRA, Heath is also seeking permission to add a new sixth floor to...Read more