By - 8/14/15 - 1:00 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today overturned a man's conviction for operating under the influence of a controlled substance because the difluoroethane in the can of compressed air he was observed huffing while in his running car in Malden is not on a state list of prohibited substances. Read more.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 6/22/15 - 8:52 am
Snow at Oak Grove in February

We've had quite enough of this, thank you very much. Feb. photo by Rich.

Starting tonight, the T will be shutting down the Orange Line between Wellington and Oak Grove starting at 8:45 p.m. at night so workers can get the tracks ready for winter - except for Friday and Saturday nights, when service will run as usual.

You may recall that particular stretch of Orange Line proved particularly troublesome in the winter of our discontent. Workers will be installing heaters along the third rail and at switches to prevent the tracks from turning into a glacier again, in a $12.7 million project, MassDOT reports.

By - 5/29/15 - 7:36 am

A morning power failure that hit parts of Medford and Malden (and at least one Dunkin' Donuts in Everett) also brought the Orange Line to a crawl, with the T announcing the dreaded "severe" delays. While the trains run off the T's very own power supply, the signals that control the trains get their juice from National Grid.

By - 5/21/15 - 9:14 am

Frontal views, this time, only he's zipped up. That bit of oral satisfaction at State Street last week could lead to a criminal sentence and permanent status as a sex offender.

By - 4/27/15 - 8:53 am
Mystery boy on his bar-mitzvah day

Anybody recognize this kid on his bar-mitzvah day? Scooter reports:

I bought this photo at Urban Renewals in Allston because I couldn't resist this guy's fashion sense (polka dots, bow tie, plaid? YES)! The frame says it's from Malden. Does anyone recognize this stylin' bar mitzvah dude?

By - 2/17/15 - 8:36 am
Massive line for shuttle buses at Malden Center

See all those people? They're waiting for an Orange Line shuttle bus at Malden Center. "Shuttle bus line is MASSIVE!" Rich reports.

On the more frostbitten segments of the T today, riders slowly shuffled through long lines for shuttle buses. The luckier ones boarded one of the growing number of big charter buses the T has hired, such as these buses that Marta spotted at JFK/UMass for the ride to Quincy and Braintree:

By - 2/12/15 - 8:06 am
Fresh snow at Oak Grove on the Orange Line

Rich got to Oak Grove around 6:30 a.m., just in time to see tracks remain unshoveled, which is one of the reasons the T is still just running that single shuttle train up and down that one track between Oak Grove and Wellington, causing grief for commuters like Beth Chaplin at Malden:

At Malden Sta at 7:15am; SB "shuttle" train too full to get on. Now heading NB to OG so I can circle back to Wellington.

By - 2/8/15 - 12:16 am
Malden fire

Greg Cook photographed a two-alarm fire on Salem Street Saturday afternoon. WBZ has details.

By - 1/4/15 - 10:27 am

Melrose Police report arresting a Melrose man early this morning after, they say, he led officers on a careening chase that ended at the Malden River, where he drove into the water - on the rims that were all that were supporting his pickup - then got out and swam away, all the while taunting the firefighters trying to save his alleged drunk ass.

By - 10/23/14 - 4:58 pm
Waiting for a shuttle bus at Wellington due to Orange Line being dead

Riders probably too tired to beef at Wellington about bustitution. Photo by Tim Healey.

Just at the start of rush hour, a train just outside Malden Center proved worse off than a doorknob. The Malden Fire Department had to be called into to evacuate the packed train, which means the T had to shut off power in both directions between Malden and Wellington. Shuttle buses were bruited about.

By - 10/23/14 - 12:17 pm
Flooding at Oak Grove

JulesB captured the scene outside Oak Grove station early this morning.

By - 9/29/14 - 11:35 am
Wanted in Malden

Malden Policereport they are looking for this guy for snatching a donation can out of a Boy Scout's hands in front of the local Stop & Shop Sunday afternoon.

According to NECN, the man kept saying "times are hard."

If you know him, contact detectives at 781-397-7181.

By - 9/20/14 - 7:20 pm

We need to stop litter and keep Massachusetts clean by spreading the word about the Yes on Question 2 campaign.

The Bottle Bill is the most effective recycling tool we have. Eighty percent of bottles covered by the Bottle Bill’s 5-cent deposit are recycled. Yes on Question 2 would add a bottle deposit to water, sports drinks, tea, juices, and other drinks that were not included in the original bill because they were not popular when the law was passed in 1982.

We need your vote on November 4 to update the Bottle Bill.

By - 9/17/14 - 6:06 pm

NECN reports the fatal crash happened on Lynn Street. Linuxlibrarian reports it happened around 4:45 p.m. near the Rte. 60 movie theater.

By - 8/28/14 - 11:48 pm
Guy wanted for fake phone calls to 911 in Malden

Transit Police report they want to talk to this guy about a series of bogus phone calls to 911 about alleged crimes in the Malden Center T station.

Over the past month Transit and Malden Police have received several 911 emergency calls alleging various crimes in progress at the MBTA's Malden Center station. The calls originate from within the station. Subsequent to a joint investigation amongst Transit and Malden Police has determined these calls to be intentionally false.

By - 3/23/14 - 2:00 pm

Wayne Dutch asks:

Any suggestions for good breakfast places north of Boston? (Malden, Saugus, Revere, Lynn)

By - 2/27/14 - 9:28 pm
Stuck truck in Malden

Kristin MacDougall reports an amok truck got stuck tonight at Pleasant and West streets in Malden.

By - 11/21/13 - 6:22 am

One of the first trains from Oak Grove this morning got to Malden said that's it, it's not going any further and refused to move.

By - 10/17/13 - 12:12 pm

Ken Murray reports the hit and run, during which a light pole was also hit, happened around 11:40 a.m. on Ferry Street:

I heard the crash, looked out the window and ran down. Saw the truck take off up Belmont St.