East Boston

By - 4/9/15 - 7:45 am

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 reports.

According to prosecutors, Carrasquillo called a Revere woman on Dec. 15, 2013:

By - 4/3/15 - 10:14 am

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:

By - 3/31/15 - 8:47 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports a fire in a single-family home at 174 Leyden St., reported around 7:15 p.m. sent one firefighter to the hospital with a shoulder injury, displaced three people and did an estimated $150,000 in damage.

The cause remains under investigation.

By - 3/31/15 - 5:51 pm

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 to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from her alleged victim and his family should she make bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

By - 3/31/15 - 10:43 am

It's Democrat Adrian Madaro vs. independent Joanne Pomodoro in a race to succeed state Rep. Carlo Basile, who left for a job with Charlie Baker. Polls open until 8.

See the ballot, courtesy of Don.

By - 3/29/15 - 3:59 pm

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 on Gove St. She then locked herself in a bedroom before officers arrived, police say:

By - 3/24/15 - 3:28 pm
Proposed Cunard Building in East Boston

Another architect's rendering featuring a blimp (also see).

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.

Frattaroli, who owns Ducali in the North End - and whose family started out in the restaurant business in East Boston - plans to call his gastropub Cunard Tavern, after both the shipping line and the tavern of the same name that used to be in East Boston.

By - 3/23/15 - 10:14 pm

Shortly after 10 pm. on Sumner Street near Liverpool.

By - 3/18/15 - 11:07 am

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 Bohemios on Bennington Street.

By - 3/16/15 - 7:05 am
Long line at Logan

As she waited at 1 a.m. today in this long cab line at Logan, Rachael Ringenberg wondered:

Totally makes sense not to encourage Uber here??

By - 3/15/15 - 7:04 pm
Snow in East Boston

Hkergrrl shows us the snow in East Boston around 6:20 p.m. - and you know they make the official measurements at Logan.

By - 3/12/15 - 4:29 pm

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.

Up on Morris Street in East Boston, an equally concerned citizen with a rodent problem does not specify the size, but that's not what's concerning him or her:

By - 3/10/15 - 7:34 pm
Proposed Porter Street hotel

Architect's rendering.

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 the top to house fitness and business centers and rooftop gardens.

By - 3/9/15 - 2:50 pm

Updated with arraignment info.

Ronald Smoot, 50, of East Boston, had bail set at $25,000 today at his arraignment on charges he tried to evade police officers who wanted to talk to him about why he was driving an SUV stolen earlier in the day with a three-year-old in the back, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Smoot was formally charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating to endanger, failure to stop for a police officer, and speeding, for an incident around 6:30 p.m. on Marion Street:

By - 3/8/15 - 7:27 pm

UPDATE: Arrest made.

The Globe reports on an incident around 11:40 a.m. at an ATM at Bennington and Porter streets. The thief left the kid at a gas station not long after; drove off in the car.

By - 3/2/15 - 8:21 am

Steve Annear has been following a trash truck through East Boston this morning. And, yes, one guy removed his space saver then put it right back after the truck went by.

By - 2/28/15 - 4:42 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 15-year-old Friday evening after they say officers watched him in two alleged drug transactions on Lamson Street, Jeffries Point.

Police say the teen, too young to have his name released, was charged with distribution of heroin, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and carrying a loaded firearm. One of the men he allegedly sold heroin to, Daniel Frometa, 29, of Winthrop, was charged with possession of heroin.

By - 2/26/15 - 6:46 am
Stuck truck in East Boston

The driver of an 18-wheeler disregarded or didn't see the signs banning big rigs from left turns at Bennington and Neptune around 6:30 a.m. and got stuck under 1A, just in time to jam up the morning rush hour.

By - 2/22/15 - 1:43 pm
Giant icicle on Trenton Street in East Boston

A concerned citizen complains about giant crashing icicles on Trenton Street in East Boston this morning:

Huge icicles falling.

By - 2/21/15 - 10:23 am
British ship leaves Boston Harbor in canal dug through ice

This print, from the BPL archives, shows a British steamer leaving Boston Harbor through ice, thanks to local merchants:

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