Police, fire and emergency-medical crews from across the area have descended on various locations in Boston this weekend for drills on dealing with a variety of situations, from hostage-taking bank robbers at the Circle Cinema in Cleveland Circle to a hazmat/suspicious package situation on a Blue Line train at Bowdoin (above). So any gunfire you might hear? Chances are it's not real.
Rob McDougall reports somebody was shot in the arm shortly before 7 p.m. The suspect was described as a black Hispanic male who fled in an older Civic last spotted headed toward Revere.
Andy Dost reports cops were in no mood to explain what was going on to bystanders:
Armed police have set up a tape perimeter at the Orient Heights stop. An officer told me when I asked, "Escaped zombies."
The Blue Line ran out of juice around 5:30 p.m., just in time for the afternoon rush.
The state Department of Environmental Protection holds two meetings Thursday to consider the MBTA's request that it be allowed to shimmy out of requirements to extend the Blue Line to Charles Street.
The Department of Transportation, which now includes the T, formally asked its environmental counterparts last year to absolve it of the need to spend $49 million to design a $750 million project it says it has no money to build, even if it wanted to.
Trains are dead in Revere thanks to a downed wire, so that that means busing between Orient Heights and Wonderland - and a chance for passengers stuck near Revere Beach to get a first-hand taste of how the Revere Fire Department evacuates people from trains. Expect, as they say, significant delays.
Another T worker caught snoozing on the job, this time at Revere Beach.
At one point this morning, dead trains and signal problems meant simultaneous delays on the Red, Green and Blue Lines. Ol' Grampa Orange Line, however, confounded the delay gremlins.
Mike Miccoli reported from Government Center at the height of one of the afternoon's storms:
Turnstiles at Govt Center aren't working. Of course, there are millions of tourists confused. Now I know what hell looks like.
Line to get into Govt Center is backed up into the rain. Of course, there's only one frantic employee trying to manually open each one.
Thankfully a true Bostonian used his hand to enter thru turnstile and let everyone in. MBTA worker not pleased, but hey, problem solved!
MBTA Transit Police report a man who "suddenly entered" the tracks at Maverick shortly before service ended early this morning died. Police say he was white, 47.
UPDATE, 5:30 a.m.: The MBTA says repairs were completed overnight, regular service resuming.
Something about Blue Line trains just hates those overhead wires. Mike Miccoli, though, doesn't mind:
Oh sweet! The MBTA is providing free shuttle buses! During rush hour! Those guys are the best!
Lisa S. photographed the remains of the Orient Heights stop on the Blue Line today. The T is bustituting this weekend as it renovates the station.
Erin Sullivan reports from the Blue Line today:
Dude next to me on the MBTA had an iguana on his shoulder and I didn't notice until it tried TO CLIMB ON ME. There goes 10 years of my life. I fear reptiles as much as I fear birds only I SHOULD NEVER ENCOUNTER A REPTILE.
Alert New England reports somebody was stabbed in the throat by the Old State House entrance to the State Street T stop around 9 p.m. The T shut down the station to let police investigate the incident.
Christopher Baer tweeted not long after:
I saw a man holding a cloth to his throat getting into an ambulance outside State St. T station a few minutes ago.
Firefighters quickly knocked down a fire in an escalator at the Government Center T stop shortly after 7 p.m., but heavy smoke forced them to evacuate everybody from the station and ask the MBTA to have Green Line trolleys bypass the stop until the smoke could be cleared.
A Medford man and his Winthrop girlfriend were arraigned today on charges of armed assault with intent to murder for a March 24 incident on the Blue Line that left a rider unconscious and with serious injuries that might have been even worse if the man had managed to get access to his knife, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The East Boston Times-Free Press reports the station will be completely replaced by the spring of 2014 and that work to begin later this year will mean the station will be shut for six months and that buses will replace trains past Airport on weekends for four months.
Updated with arrest information.
A Roxbury man was ordered held in lieu of $5,000 bail today on charges he used a special slit in his pants to masturbate and expose himself on a Blue Line train as it traveled under Boston Harbor on Dec. 24, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Abdelhakim Rezzoug was arraigned in East Boston District Court on a charge of open and gross lewdness for the incident. A rider captured him on video as he got off the train at Airport around 5:40 p.m., MBTA Transit police say. The DA's office says that not long after MBTA police released a wanted poster, a Boston Police sergeant reported he knew that guy - he was a resident of a DMH facility.
The DA's office says Rezzoug was arrested today on the Blue Line and that he will also be charged for a similar incident earlier on Dec. 24 on the Red Line.
The video taken by a passenger: