District E-18 reports the fake water workers who'd been knocking on doors in Roslindale have moved south, getting themselves invited into homes by claiming to be water workers who need to inspect pipes:
While the resident leads one of the team to the basement, the others in the team will go throughout the residence and ransack bedroom areas of valuables. They even sometimes cut the telephone line so the resident cannot access 911 Emergency.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave Townsend's on Fairmount Avenue permission to add hard liquor and mixed drinks to its existing beer and wine menu.
At a hearing on Wednesday, the restaurants and supporters - who included city councilors and Hyde Park residents Rob Consalvo and Steve Murphy - said the restaurant was losing business to restaurants with full-service liquor licenses in Milton and Dorchester Lower Mills. And that, supporters said, was just not fair for a restaurant that has done so much to revive a once fairly desolate stretch of Fairmount Avenue.
Price Rite, on River Street at the Hyde Park/Mattapan line, opens the 14th.
Boston Police report seizing heroin, cocaine and shotguns at two locations yesterday.
Mike Ball appreciated the instant and brief artwork this morning created by his paper guy tossing his morning papers onto a snowy sidewalk.
Boston Police report a woman waiting for a train at the Hyde Park commuter-rail stop in Cleary Square yesterday afternoon was mugged at knifepoint by a man who got annoyed when she had no money so he grabbed her and punched her in the face.
Police say her screams attracted officers patrolling the area, who saw a guy running away from the station. He refused to stop for officers, so they chased him, caught him and brought him to E-13 a block or so away.
Bob LeLievre breaks down Coakley's large win in Boston by neighborhood, along with comparisons to 2006 numbers for Deval Patrick. Some interesting numbers: She lost South Boston, barely took West Roxbury, Charlestown and Tom Menino's redoubt of Readville, but got 96% of the vote in Mattapan and 92% in Roxbury.
A disagreement over how fast a clerk at a Hyde Park liquor store was serving a customer ended with a store employee chasing the customer down the street and beating him with a metal pipe, according to testimony at a Boston Licensing Board hearing today.
At least three students at Hyde Park Education Complex are under arrest following a fight inside the school cafeteria, Channel 4 reports.
No injuries, but the fight was big enough to bring newscopters a-flyin' - I was busy typing away here in the mountain fastness when I started hearing a helicopter circling overhead - we're basically on the other side of a hill from the high school.
Mike Ball needs to contact the Acme Co. about one of its customers.
One of the suspects then asked the clerk about a clothing item in the store and when the victim went to get the article of clothing, one of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and instructed the victim to open the cash register. The victim opened the cash register and was then instructed to lie on the ground. The suspects took an undetermined amount of money from the cash register and fled the store before the victim could dial 911.
Anybody with information can contact E-18 detectives at 617-343-5607 or the anonymous tip line at 800-494-TIPS.
Wicked Local Walpole reports on "Turtle," a badly injured pit bull found abandoned and near death along Turtle Pond Parkway in Stony Brook Reservation:
"She was in pretty bad shape," said Lt. Alan Borgal of the Animal Rescue League, explaining dog fighters often discard animals that are excessively injured.
The Globe reports on the 4:30 p.m. accident, but says no details on the crash or the condition of the two officers.
You'd think that having reached the age of 40 in a state like Massachusetts, you'd have figured out how party primaries work. Hyde Park poll worker Mike Ball reports that isn't the case:
... Inspector: You are unenrolled. Which ballot would you like, Democratic, Republican or Libertarian?
Voter: I'm an independent.
Inspector: Yes and you have the choice of any of the three ballots. Would you like, Democratic, Republican or Libertarian?
Voter: (angrily) I don’t have to tell you who I’m voting for!
Boston Police report arresting a West Roxbury teen on charges he tried using a fake ID to buy some booze at a Readville liquor store last night - after he allegedly stumbled over the name, fled the store, then came back and threatened a clerk who refused to give back the wallet he'd left behind, the one that had his real license in it.