Boston Police report arresting Mario Gomes, 52, of Hyde Park, on charges he used a large folding knife to mug a guy on Winthrop Street in Hyde Park on Sunday.
Police say they arrested Gomes yesterday when the victim spotted him hanging around at Hyde Park Avenue and River Street (a block from the District E-18 police station).
Just the other day, police say they arrested three guys, 46, 44 and 33, for a mugging in the South End.
Boston Police report arresting a black Hyde Park man on charges he ripped an 87-year-old white woman's purse out of her hands at the Shaw's, 1377 Hyde Park Ave., around 5:40 p.m. on Thursday.
Police say Carmello Meus, 25, asked the woman for money for cigarettes and that when she opened her purse to give him a cigarette, he grabbed her purse and ran toward Gordon Avenue, where he lives. Police add:
The suspect stated he stole "the white woman's money" because he has been treated poorly by white people and the government for a long time.
He may not have fired the fatal shot, but the fact that he was allegedly in a gun battle with Roniel Marc was enough to get Kevin Louis, 22, of Hyde Park, indicted last week for Marc's murder, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
The gloom approaches, as seen from the bridge crossing over the train tracks in Readville.
Around 6:30 or so, I was in Readville, where you could get a very nice view of the this big gray/black blob enveloping downtown - or at least, where downtown was supposed to be - even as the sky over Readville was still mostly blue (with some thunderhead-like clouds building up to the south). Almost looked more like smoke from a huge fire than clouds. Went shopping at the Hyde Park Shaw's (alert Steve Garfield: Looks like they're getting ready to change some of the aisles around!), by the time I got out, around 7, the gloom had enveloped Hyde Park and Roslindale. Wasn't particularly dense, but, man, did it make everything sticky.
Christopher Duncan, 27, was ordered held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail yesterday following his arraignment on charges of assault and battery on a child, assault and battery on a child causing serious injury and mayhem.
Prosecutors charge Duncan repeatedly beat the three-month baby almost from birth, leaving him with seven broken ribs and two broken legs, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said today.
Scott Fybush reports that when a new pirate radio station went on the air last month, it promptly got a visit from FCC investigators, because its 97.5 frequency is right next to the frequency used by a legal station, Brockton's WKAF, at 97.7, which repeats the signal of WAAF.
Fybush reports the illegal station's offices are in the Westinghouse Plaza office park. The Bulletin - also located there - recently profiled the station.
The FCC visit apparently had as much effects as similar visits - and fines - have had on the similar Touch FM in Dorchester: None. As I type this, Hot FM is coming in just fine, in stereo, here in Roslindale (on the Hyde Park line, maybe a couple miles as the crow flies from Westinghouse Plaza). The WAAF repeater is also coming in fine, a notch up the dial.
Sliced Flaherty sign at Centre and Baker streets in West Roxbury. Two large Menino signs across the street were untouched.
The Michael Flaherty campaign is still totaling up just how many of its campaign signs were damaged in a vandalism spree across West Roxbury and Hyde Park. One supporter said as many as 200 signs were damaged - large ones by having "Flaherty" excised and smaller ones by being simply slashed.
The Bulletin reports on the vandalism. Flaherty and Yoon backers blame Menino, while the Menino camp says it's had signs destroyed in the North End and Charlestown.
Boston Police report a man who'd been barred from the Hyde Park Pub, 1184 Hyde Park Ave., several months ago returned early this morning and threatened to shoot up the place. Police say he then got into a silver Volvo and drove by the bar several times.
Police say officers found him when they stopped a silver Volvo they said was doing 50 m.p.h. on Fairmount Avenue, which has a posted speed limit of 35. Police say they found a gun and "two large capacity ammunition feeding devices" and arrested Freddy Jean, 26, and alleged accomplice Andrew Driscoll, 22, of Marlborough on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.
Mike Ball reports on a ride along what will someday be the Neponset River Greenway bicycle path in Hyde Park and Mattapan:
... Like so many of the Boston-area bike projects, this one is stuck out there, largely isolated from both other cycling/walking futures and the larger city. Yet, this is another neighborhood that will benefit. Plus, this is the Neponset River Greenway and they are building it not coincidentally where the river has always been.
Flaming death on sale at the Hyde Park Shaw's.
On Friday night, a five-year-old girl suffered serious burns in the South End when some moron (sorry, some alleged moron) poured lighter fluid on the fire pit at which she was toasting marshmallows. In this story, at least, a Boston fire official seems a bit more concerned about the fact that the explosion happened with an illegal fire pit than the fact that somebody was putting an accelerant on an already lit fire (I was not the only one to notice the emphasis on the pit, rather than on the lighter fluid).
OK, so in Boston, fire pits are illegal, "even ones you can buy at the store," the story tells us.
This evening, the kidlet and I were down at the Shaw's in Hyde Park (which, last we checked, was still part of Boston), buying some stuff for a barbecue on our presumably legal Weber grill. When we got to the end of one aisle, we saw that not only does the store sell fire pits, it was selling them at a discount (at $49.99, a 50% markdown). Dear BFD, time for a little chat with local supermarkets?
The Bulletin reports, for roughly the 67 gazillionth time, that the owner of C.F. Donovan's on Hyde Park Avenue says this time, no, really, he plans to open up, possibly as early as this week - but only for catering.
He didn't say when he would actually open the place up for the retail trade. Meanwhile, Donovan's is sitting on a liquor license while other restaurants in the area that are actually open - notably the Upper Crust and Cristelle's in West Roxbury - can't get a liquor license because the city is plum out of them.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said today that seven police officers have been suspended for steroid abuse following a three-year investigation.
Four other officers were suspended for "officer misconduct" at disgraced cop Kiko Pulido's illegal after-hours club at 24 Factory St. in Hyde Park (conveniently located right up the street from a BPD warehouse from which somebody kept stealing drugs a couple years back).
Another officer was given some unpaid time off for not reporting steroid use, Davis said in a statement.
In addition to the suspensions, Davis said he's ordered several steps to reduce future problems, including training supervisors in detecting signs of drug use, mandatory training for all officers on the health risks of anabolic steroids and pre-employment steroid screening of recruits. He said he is also looking at adding steroids to the list of drugs now screened for in annual drug tests and enacting a two-strikes-and-you're-out policy for steroids. These steps would require contract negotiations with unions representing officers.
Konteki Kitchen isn't the only new establishment that's opened in recent days in Cleary Square. A couple doors down, the Lala Market is busy with its grand opening - right across the street from the Tedeschi and right around the corner from Isamary and Star Food Market (and not all that far away from the other Tedeschi).
Konteki Kitchen opened last week at 1238 River St. in Cleary Square, featuring a variety of curried and jerk meat (goat? of course), chicken and shrimp, along with the obligatory meat patties.
It's right around the corner from the African Cuisine on Hyde Park Ave., which started serving Jamaican food a couple months ago. One difference: Konteki is strictly takeout - they don't have any tables. Also, they serve smoothies (which is important with a kidlet in the family).
I got a small chicken curry and a meat patty. I prefer the African Cuisine version of chicken curry, because it has some
crack spice that I really like, and a sauce with which to mix with rice when the chicken's all gone. But Konteki's version had a satisfying spicy note of its own, as did the meat patty, and if the African Cuisine weren't nearby, I could happily eat my own weight of the stuff (over several days, of course). It was $6 for a small version (good enough for lunch) and $8.50 or $8.75 (I really should take a notebook with me) for a large.
Hours: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, closed Sunday. 617-333-9989.