Jamaica Plain

By - 4/7/08 - 11:48 pm

Mike Ball and I have been kicking around the idea of having a get-together for folks of the blogging persuasion in our neck of the woods. If you live in JP or Roslindale or thereabouts (it's not like we'd be checking IDs at the door, or something) and would like to meet your blogging neighbors, let me know, either here or via by e-mail, so we can begin to figure out if Doyle's would work or if we'd have to rent the Hynes.

By - 4/6/08 - 1:34 pm

Boston Police report finding a woman who'd been stabbed repeatedly outside 31 Gay Head St. in Jamaica Plain around 1:25 this morning.

Police say the woman got into it with another woman who has allegedly been harassing her for several months. The other woman pulled a knife out of her pocket, stabbed the victim several times, then fled in a car with three other women, police say. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

By - 3/30/08 - 1:58 pm

Boston Police report arresting a guest at the former Charles Street Jail (now known as the Liberty Hotel) who was allegedly spoiling for a fight in the lobby last night. When they arrived and he offered to duke it out with them, they escorted him to another building with bars on the windows.

His arrest comes a month after he was arrested for raising a similar ruckus at Olives in Charlestown.

Also click on the link to read about the perils of inevitability: Boston officers already at the Forest Hills T stop on another matter got on a train just in time to see a guy unzip his pants:

Officers shortly thereafter observed the suspect removed his private parts from his pants, and ordered him to zip up his pants, and get off the train. The suspect stated to officers "It's too late!" At this time officers observed the suspect start to urinate all over the floor of the train causing people to scatter and scurry away from the suspect.

Finally, in the mayhem department, police report that when security guards at the Back Bay Lord and Taylor tried to stop an alleged shoplifter, he warned he was armed and willing to shoot. They backed off; police report arresting the guy at Clarendon and Stanhope.

By - 3/17/08 - 5:05 pm

Guillermo Vazquez, 66, was convicted last week on charges he raped two young relatives starting when both turned 6 and continuing until one was 9 and the other 13, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Suffolk Superior Court jurors deliberated for just an hour on Friday before convicting him on four counts of rape of a child. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 9; faces life in prison:

Over the course of a five-day trial, Assistant District Attorney Audrey Mark introduced evidence and testimony proving that Vazquez began the systematic rape of a six-year-old female relative in 1993 while he was supposed to be babysitting her. In 1996, he began raping a second female relative, by then also six. The abuse of both girls stopped in 2000, when the older victim – at the age of 13 – told a friend about the abuse.

By - 3/14/08 - 2:05 pm

Dotster Larry Davidson explains why JP Seafood is worth the drive, "especially if you're tired of the six good restaurants in Dorchester."

By - 3/12/08 - 7:05 pm

Che Sosa, already serving a long Norfolk County sentence for rape, was convicted today of charges of raping a Jamaica Plain woman repeatedly in 1995. He was linked to the case in 2003 when Boston police submitted a sample from the scene to an FBI database. He is scheduled for sentencing tomorrow in Suffolk Superior Court.

By - 3/4/08 - 6:28 pm

Orange Line to Forest Hills this evening: Three teens, two girls and one guy, are trying to figure out where they know each other from. They figure it out and they start to chat, when one of the young ladies asks the guy where he lives:

Seaver Street! Wooo, Seavey! You must hate me 'cuz I live on Seaver, but I don't rep Seaver.

No, she didn't hate him; by the time we got to Forest Hills, they were trying out secret gang handshakes with each other.

By - 2/29/08 - 9:40 am

Sam Baltrusis says this photo he took at the Orange Line stop is freaking him out because he sees a ghost in it.

By - 2/28/08 - 2:58 pm

Boston Police report two teens, 15 and 16, threatened to shoot some guy on River Street near the commuter-rail entrance if he didn't hand over his cell phone around 1:20 yesterday afternoon. Instead, he ran - right around the corner to the Hyde Park police station, where officers quickly arrested the alleged thuglets, who apparently stuck around to see what would happen.

By - 2/25/08 - 7:47 pm
By - 2/12/08 - 3:06 pm

Boston Police report a guy walking home from the supermarket around 2 p.m. yesterday was followed by a group of teenagers, one of whom stabbed him at 9 O'Meara Ct. He said the stabber was a Hispanic guy wearing a black jacket and a red hat with the letter "C" on it. A few minutes later, officers spotted a Hispanic guy wearing a black jacket and a red hat with the letter "C" on it walking into a store on Bunker Hill Avenue. They say they got him to the original crime scene in time for the victim to ID him before his ambulance pulled away; no word on the victim's condition.

Later, around 11:20 p.m., down in JP, police responded to Evelyn's Market, 298 Centre St., to find the front door smashed, a trash barrel inside the store and a woman yelling, "They disrespected me!"

Officers spoke to this individual and she told officers that someone had disrespected her earlier and that she believed the person to still be there. Officers then spoke to the store employees who reported that they were closing shop for the night when the suspect threw a barrel through the front door shattering the glass door. After throwing the barrel through the window, the suspect, per witnesses and victims, entered the store and started yelling at them.

Officers then respectfully placed Jocelyn M. Valentin, 21, of Jamaica Plain in a cruiser for booking on charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and destruction of property over $250.

By - 2/10/08 - 9:46 am

Neighbor vs. neighbor, complete with chairs being thrown off the roof, in this interview by Margaux Joffe:

By - 2/1/08 - 10:26 am

Jason reports on his futile effort to put a monthly pass on his CharlieCard on the Orange Line this morning, starting at Green Street:

By - 1/29/08 - 4:44 pm
FBI agents

Boston Police and FBI agents swarmed the normally quiet Bournedale Road in Jamaica Plain this afternoon to arrest a man wanted in connection with at least ten local bank holdups: Angel Robles, 33.

Mike Ball returned home from lunch downtown just in time to see - and photograph - the bust going down.

... So far, the city cops outside my front door said that they think one or more recent guests were involved in bank robberies. ...

I know the fellow in the white sweatshirt. He was in cuffs, then free. The ectomorph with the Mohawk on the other hand is a stranger to the block. He went away with new companions to discuss the matter at hand. ...

Angel, is that you? Surveillance photo from one of the robberies:


Innocent until proven guilty.

By - 1/29/08 - 9:38 am

Mike Ball goes for a walk and discovers seven-foot-high milkweed on Lamartine Street by the Southwest Corridor park:

... It's as though Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors had aged into white hair. The evil urge to thrive remains.

The wispy white pod floss and brown seeds care little for the snow, wind and cold. They can wait. Don't be surprised if the 2008 version comes tapping at your windows.

By - 1/28/08 - 9:55 pm

Brookline Police report that Horai-San Book and Crystal Shop, 242 Washington St. in Brookline Village, was held up around 6:42 p.m. on Friday.

By - 1/28/08 - 3:01 pm

Suffolk Superior Court Judge Patrick Brady today sentenced Michael Benjamin, 52 to life in prison for the Jan. 31, 2007 holdup at knifepoint of a Heath Street resident, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Brady sentenced Benjamin, formerly of Quincy, under the state's habitual offender law.

By - 1/25/08 - 1:47 pm

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports:

Shots exchanged across New Washington Street between one person at Forest Hills Station and three people in the Southwest Corridor Park at approximately 7:50 p.m. on Jan. 17 resulted in no injuries or fatalities, according to MBTA officials. ...

Shooting in September.

By - 1/20/08 - 10:36 pm

At least two alarms, sometime after 8:30 p.m. at 429 Walnut Ave.

By - 1/16/08 - 4:50 pm

Steve Garfield posts a slideshow of snow-powdered trees.