Underage Northeastern, BU kids make it harder for foreigners to get a drink at venerable Fenway watering hole

Punter's Pub, 444 Huntington Ave., no longer accepts foreign IDs from people wanting a drink, due to an incident last month in which police found three underage students drinking draft beer after showing what turned out to be fraudulent foreign IDs.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, pub owner Stephen Newman listened as BPD detectives testified that shortly before 1 a.m., they conducted an inspection and promptly found two Northeastern students and one BU student downing beers even though all were 20 or younger. They used fake IDs from Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico, the detectives testified.

"This is obviously a difficult area," given that the pub is surrounded by Northeastern - which actually bought the building in December - Newman's attorney, Dennis Quilty said. But Quilty said Newman has fought the good fight for the 47 years he's owned the pub. As part of that, Newman said he and his staff are no longer accepting out-of-country IDs as proof of age.

Newman acknowledged the pub will still accept out-of-state IDs - and backup IDs if necessary.

BPD Sgt. Det. Robert Mulvey, though, said that even with backup ID - typically credit cards or college IDs, neither of which show the bearer's age - pub employees who still feel uncomfortable should tell the patrons to go downtown and get an official Massachusetts state ID, if they really are of age. Under Massachusetts law, the only fully acceptable IDs are Massachusetts driver's licenses and IDs, US passports and military IDs.

The board decides Thursday what action, if any, to take.

MBTA testing new Web site; aimed at mobile users

beta.mbta.com is a possible redesigned T Web site.

First impression is that, like boston.gov, it's designed to be best viewed on a phone or other mobile device. Makes sense, given that T users, by definition, are on the go, but it means an awful lot of useless white space for people still at their desks. But what do you think?

H/t Ari Ofsevit.

Things could get ruff at DCR dog-park meeting in Hyde Park

Backers of a plan to turn a needle-infested, abandoned recreation complex in Stony Brook Reservation into a dog park get a chance to convince DCR to let them go forward at a meeting in Hyde Park on Tuesday.

The session starts at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 1739 River St.

The irresistible force that is the Dog Park Association of Southwest Boston has run full force into the immovable object that is state Rep. Angelo Scaccia (D-Hyde Park), who has been doggedly fighting the proposal for a couple years now.

At issue is the Thompson Center, which long ago stopped serving the recreational needs of kids with disabilities and which now slowly rots into the surrounding forest, used by drug addicts, graffiti artists and, ironically, some neighbors who use it to walk their dogs.

The dog-park association has raised money for plans for their proposed park and say they would raise money to slowly rehab the center into a state-of-the-art facility that would also be open to picnickers and other non dog-owners.

Teen indicted for murder outside a boys and girls club

A Suffolk County grand jury today indicted Tykorie Evelyn, 17, on charges he gunned down Khisean Desvarieux in front of the Orchard Gardens Community Center Boys and Girls Club in Roxbury on Jan. 9, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police announced today.

Evelyn now faces trial as an adult on first-degree murder and gun charges for allegedly fatally shooting Desvarieux, 19, on Dearborn Street near Eustis around 7:30 p.m. Desvarieux made it into the Boys and Girls Club, where he collapsed. According to a statement:

A short time later and a short distance away, Boston Police observed Evelyn and attempted to speak with him; he allegedly fled and discarded a firearm before officers apprehended him.

The investigation by Boston Police homicide detectives on the street and Suffolk prosecutors in the Grand Jury proceeded carefully and methodically as investigators assembled physical evidence, witness statements, ballistics testing results, and other evidence supporting today’s indictments.

A date for Evelyn's arraignment has not yet been set.

Innocent, etc.

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