East Boston

By - 8/15/08 - 10:39 am

That little girl didn't disappear from the McDonald's in Central Square in Cambridge. She disappeared from the McDonald's in Central Square in East Boston. Fortunately, it's a moot point, since she showed up at home last night, but, you know, it might make a difference sometime. For the record, the Globe issued a correction.

By - 7/31/08 - 10:12 am

You know those "9/11 was an inside job" stickers? Jason Robo, 26, of Eureka, Calif., faces charges for allegedly putting one of them up in the lavatory of an airplane due to fly out of Logan yesterday - then rushing off the plane. The Suffolk County DA's office says he was scheduled for arraignment in East Boston District Court today on charges of interfering with a flight crew and some related offenses; no word if the sticker had LEDs on it.

On his Blogger profile, he describes himself:

HyperActivist/scholarly revolutionary, against the New World Order. @ Humboldt State University majoring in Political Science/Economics & history minor. Corporate minded administrators destroy so-called social and environmental justice institutions, overpaid fat-cats cut classes, fire lecturers & raise class sizes; degrading education while enriching wallets. ...

At Humboldt, he was impeached as a member of the student legislature and wrote an oped piece explaining how the US is run by a secret cabal stretching from the German Illuminati to Barack Obama.

Innocent until proven fnord guilty.

By - 7/23/08 - 11:48 pm

Shot in chest, in stable condition after the Princeton Street incident, Channel 4 reports.

By - 7/6/08 - 12:59 pm

Boston Police report a man who'd just cashed in a $10 winning ticket at Morris and Brooks streets in East Boston shortly after 8:30 p.m. yesterday was jumped by a man and woman:

The victim initially thought it was a friend and attempted to turn around, when he was met with resistance and the female suspect who was wielding a pair of scissors. The male suspect then directed the suspect to give up his wallet. A struggle ensued during which the victim yelled for help and he and the two suspects fell to the ground. A good Samaritan came along and grabbed the male suspect off of the victim, at which time he fled and the victim detained the female suspect.

Steven M. O'Brien, 27, and Jannell Smith, 23, both of East Boston, both arrested.

Innocent, etc.

By - 6/27/08 - 11:02 am

Jimbo makes the case. Potential mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty is involved. I'd link to the paper's initial story and the column that has Jimbo upset, but the East Boston Times has kind of a pitiful Web site that is perpetually out of date.

By - 6/11/08 - 8:45 pm

Because they don't have major supermarkets and so many residents must eat junk food from convenience stores, according to this Dig article.

Hmm, don't know about East Boston, but much of Mattapan is within a five or ten-minute drive of supermarkets in Roslindale and Hyde Park (and yes, I realize poor people are less likely to have cars).

Via Jimbo.

By - 6/10/08 - 9:55 pm

Boston Police report that a guy allegedly held up his former boss at knifepoint and made off with his car around 9 p.m. yesterday. Police say the suspect didn't get far - he allegedly smashed into another car at Border and Maverick streets. But when he tried to run away, two people grabbed him and held him for police. The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

By - 6/2/08 - 2:09 pm

Star Simpson, everybody's favorite LED-bedecked MIT student, got pre-trial probation today after Suffolk County prosecutors acknowledged they didn't have enough evidence to actually charge her with a felony.

By - 5/30/08 - 5:24 pm

Fabulously Out There begins to wonder if the fountain at the Bremen Street Park will ever be finished - it's been a year and a half already and just when it looked like it was done, now it's surrounded by wire fence and yellow tape and it looks like somebody took multiple jackhammers to it.

By - 5/17/08 - 4:40 pm

Boston Police report arresting three men on drug charges at the Finest Cuts barbershop, 405 Blue Hill Ave. shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday. One of the men allegedly had more than a pound of cocaine on him.

Meanwhile, police say a man walking with three boxes of pizza on Saratoga Street in East Boston last night was allegedly set upon by a trio of ruffians who demanded a box:

The suspects then told the victim that the pizzas now belonged to them and started assaulting him by grabbing and punching him. Per the victim, the suspects, after assaulting him, took his pizzas and walked away. The victim en route home observed the suspects sitting in front of 189 Prince Street eating the pizzas they had just robbed from him. The suspects then attacked the victim again and began hitting the victim again forcing him to defend himself.

One of the three was arrested; the other two didn't stick around.

By - 4/28/08 - 9:21 am

Jimbo passes along the rumor about Joan Lawrence, formerly principal of the St. Mary's Star of the Sea school, supposedly taken out just before the school was ordered shut.

By - 3/11/08 - 12:30 pm

Boston Police report officers broke up an armed holdup around 11 a.m., Sunday at Princeton and Marion streets in East Boston:

As officers arrived on the scene, officers observed an individual holding what appeared to be a knife to the neck of another individual. When the man with the knife saw police, he threw the knife and began to run. After a short foot pursuit and brief struggle, officers arrested Jose Ramiro, 50, of East Boston and charged him with Armed Robbery.

By - 2/29/08 - 2:40 pm

Wired has a story about a new type of hacking, in which people use "spoofed" phone numbers to report crimes to distant police stations - increasingly as a way of getting back at enemies. The story begins with a 2005 incident in which a SWAT team descended on a Colorado Springs home after getting a call from somebody allegedly holding a family hostage at gunpoint there:

By - 2/17/08 - 4:52 pm

A.k.a. Massport. Jimbo reads how Massport wants to add 4,500 spaces for rental cars at Logan:

... According to the article, a Massport representative at the meeting said that the proposed consolidated rental-car facility is "a trend that other major airports are following in terms of providing services that travelers have come to expect." Well, how about the things that local residents have come to expect, like air that is safe to breathe?

By - 2/14/08 - 2:16 pm

GVW, Inc. charged with six counts of failing to pay workers "prevailing wages" on public projects, three counts of failing to pay overtime, six counts of failing to provide accurate payroll records and two counts of perjury, in an indictment released today.

By - 1/19/08 - 1:24 pm

Hours of fun for the whole family! Lewis posts the rules:

Make a mental note of all the leaks that you find within your ride to work or play. Tell everyone about them.

Since he made up the game, he goes first, starting with Maverick station in East Boston, where part of the station leaks like a sieve even though it was just renovated, and ending with Bucket Central, a.k.a. Back Bay station.

By - 1/15/08 - 8:16 pm

Ulli urges you to shovel your frickin' sidewalks already:

Because, what you don't want is a German woman running down the street wielding and ice pickel and possibly a flame thrower. TRUST me. You don't want me to go all German all over you!

By - 12/21/07 - 7:35 pm

But a Suffolk County jury only convicted Whitney Baskin, 47, of second-degree murder, which means he could one day get out of jail.

Prosecutors say Baskin asked his wife, Velveena, from whom he had separated, into her bedroom on the evening of April 16, 2006. He locked the door, turned up the stereo, beat her, then left the Condor Street apartment with the keys to her SUV. Her children eventually grew worried, opened the door and found their mother, face down on the bed, bleeding heavily and unconscious. She died a day later at Mass. General Hospital.