South Boston

By - 8/6/09 - 11:37 am
Hip check

MBTA surveillance photo shows T customer service agent (in purple) hip-checking suspect. Via MBTA.

SuspectCasey Tarushka, 23, was arrested on a larceny charge this morning after allegedly lifting a woman's BlackBerry - and after being detained by T workers, one of whom hip-checked him into a CSA booth as he tried fleeing.

Bail for Tarushka, formerly of Hull, was set at $1,500 in South Boston District Court. Prosecutors charge he snatched a BlackBerry out of a woman's bag, which was on the floor of a Red Line train pulling into Broadway around 9:30 this morning. When the train stopped, the woman happened to notice her phone was gone and spotted Tarushka and a gal pal rushing out, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office:

The victim observed Tarushka attempting to rush through the crowd while clutching her phone against his chest. She ran, caught up with him, and took it back. Tarushka's female accomplice allegedly shoved her. When the suspects allegedly tried to flee, she raced after him.

Stop him," she cried out.

The woman, described as white, with short blonde hair, long fingernails, and an eyebrow ring, and who may be known as "Cat", escaped.

The DA's office says police confiscated a small amount of marijuana from Tarushka, who allegedly told officers he was on his way to a methadone clinic.

Innocent, etc.

By - 8/6/09 - 8:50 am

Signal problems at Broadway mean long waits for commuters from the south, and now the T reports a disabled train at Downtown Crossing is messing up the commute from the north.

Ursamajor tweets:

Parked underground just past Kendall for the last 15 minutes. Some train didn't have their Dunkies this morning.

By - 7/31/09 - 6:22 pm

Nicholas Baume, chief curator at the ICA since 2003, is leaving for a job in New York, Julia Rappaport at the Herald reports.

By - 7/31/09 - 3:11 pm

At-large council candidate Andrew Kenneally opens a South Boston office and says he'll be handing out the free round food and caffeine-enhanced goodness between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., at 258 W. Broadway.

By - 7/30/09 - 5:08 pm

Christine Liu tweets that the Achilles Project is closing this weekend.

By - 7/30/09 - 10:10 am

The Globe reports Legal will replace the old Jimmy's Harborside with a giant new restaurant it'll call Legal's Harborside. Two other restaurants will also go into the renovated pier.

By - 7/28/09 - 4:55 pm

David Bernstein alerts us to a nascent controversy over the Boston Election Department's decision to move the "St. Brigid's polling place" (which is not actually at St. Brigid's) to, um, somewhere else.

By - 7/26/09 - 10:16 am
Big fish

Rhea Becker was there when he caught this Boston Harbor striper off the Black Falcon pier in the Reserve Channel.

By - 7/17/09 - 5:34 pm

Massport and State Police are investigating how the man, a 50-year-old worker from East Boston, wound up crushed under the barrier around 3 p.m. today at 1 Black Falcon Ave.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office says no evidence of foul play has been found. The man, who died alone, was pronounced dead at the scene.

By - 7/16/09 - 9:13 am

Meaghan tweets she is loving it:

The #9 bus came with a free 25 minute trip to the sauna with my fare.

By - 7/15/09 - 4:45 pm

146 M St., reported around 4:40 p.m., fire reported knocked down around 5 p.m.

By - 7/12/09 - 11:21 am

Rick Nohl was at the Atlantic Sea Pride fire at 400 Dorchester Ave. the other night and posts photos.

By - 7/11/09 - 11:32 am

A seafood warehouse on Old Colony Avenue just north of Andrew Square was completely destroyed in a four-alarm fire early this morning, Channel 4 reports.

By - 7/8/09 - 11:05 am

Area C-6 reports three armed holdups in recent days:

By - 7/8/09 - 10:44 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today threw out the criminal-trespassing conviction of a man who'd invited into a Boston Housing Authority building by a tenant.

Gregory Nelson, who'd been barred from the Old Colony project in South Boston following an arrest for possession of a dangerous weapon, was arrested again on April 25, 2007, when two housing cops spotted him in a hallway - right next to a large "No Trespassing" sign.

Testimony showed he was there at the invitation of a friend who lived in the building after a night out. And the court noted that the BHA's own leases and police rules state that while a barred person cannot just enter a BHA building and wander around, "a resident does have the right to invite any individual not barred by a restraining order as a guest."

Complete ruling:

By - 7/6/09 - 4:26 pm

Boston Police report a teen was jumped by an ex-friend and two accomplices at Moakley Park in South Boston early this morning:

By - 7/2/09 - 10:04 am

Area C-6 reports what happened yesterday afternoon when somebody arranged to buy a cell phone on Orton Marotta Way from a guy known only as "Dizz:"

When the victim met Dizz he was accompanied by a WM 18 years 5'10" 160 lbs goatee who displayed a black semi-automatic handgun and stole $200 and a cell phone from the victim.

Dizz is described as a black Hispanic male, 19, about 140 pounds, 5'6" with a goatee and short Afro.

By - 6/26/09 - 11:11 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed the conviction of a South Boston man for Oxycodone possession because police and prosecutors originally labeled the drug as heroin.

During Matthew McGilvery's trial, a Boston Municipal Court judge let the Suffolk County District Attorney's office amend its complaint against him from possession of heroin to possession of Oxycodone - which actually carries lesser penalties (a maximum of one year in jail rather than two). Oxycodone is derived from opium, as is heroin.

In its ruling reversing McGilvery's conviction, the court said that the exact nature of the drug is a key part of a successful prosecution.

The Commonwealth contends that the defendant was not prejudiced because the range of criminal sanctions was less severe under the amended complaint and the defendant had notice of the error. Indeed, as expressed by the trial judge, the defendant was not surprised but appeared to have lain in wait for jeopardy to attach, and raised the variance between the allegation and the evidence only upon the completion of the case. However, we do not reach the question whether there was prejudice to the defendant because the amendment was of substance and not form.

Complete ruling:

By - 6/25/09 - 10:04 pm

Area C-6 reports a man was stabbed in the lower back in the parking lot of Slainte, 28 W. Broadway, around 2 a.m. on Monday. Police say this came after the man was assaulted in the bar.

By - 6/25/09 - 2:56 pm
Umbrella love

Great balls of fire: The sun was actually out today! At least, for a few hours. One couple at Castle Island was able to reuse their umbrella as a parasol on the Castle Island fish pier.

Or maybe they were just getting ready again. Because even as kids scampered and adults jogged and sunbathed, menacing clouds were rolling in from the west (15 minutes after I left Castle Island, I was in Mattapan, where it looked like it was getting set to pour).

Cloud bank