Jason provides a handy list of Southie streets where residents, recognizing the current weather, have taken in their old chairs and traffic cones, and then points a stern bloggy finger at Douglas Street, whose residents think they get to keep marking their spots even if most of the snow has melted. In fact, he declares them:
The most selfish residents of Southie.
Jimbo discusses how the governor's transportation bill contains a provision that would increase the tolls paid by some East Boston, North End, Charlestown and South Boston residents for the harbor tunnels from 40 cents to "$.50 above the one-way full rapid transit fare" charged by the MBTA. So those residents would see their daily commuting costs rise 525%.
No, not who you're thinking. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports that Elias Efremedis was recently arrested in Virginia, 21 years after he fled Massachusetts on a coke-distribution charge here.
Efremedis was caught through his own dumb luck, according to the Northern Virginia Daily. The paper reports that he was originally arrested for shining a laser pointer at a police cruiser, which is a misdemeanor. But that led to an investigation of his background, which led Front Royal, Va. officers to his Boston warrant - and when they found that, they notified officials up here, who asked for him to be held until he could be rendited back here.
Efremidis, formerly of South Boston, had been arrested on Feb. 21, 1988, after authorities say they found some two kilograms of coke in a room he'd taken at the Suisse Chalet in Dorchester. The DA's office says prosecutors at the time asked for bail to be set at $500,000, but a Dorchester District Court judge set it at just $25,000 and Efremidis promptly disappeared. In a statement, DA Dan Conley said:
Access to large amounts of cash shouldn't allow a defendant to escape justice. Men and women of modest means appear in court to face the music every day - this suspect should be no different because of his wealth.
According to the Virginia newspaper, Efremidis had made a life for himself as a restaurant manager.
Boston Police are looking for a 40-something guy on charges he ordered a worker at a South Boston convenience store to fill his backpack up with "all the store's money" shortly before 6 p.m. on Feb. 23.
After getting the money, the man left Metro Convenience, 253 Summer St. and fled toward South Station, police say.
If you know him, contact Det. Peter Norton at 617-343-4742. You can drop a dime at the CrimeStoppers Tip Line, 1-800-494-TIPS, or by texting 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).
Boston Police report arresting a South Boston man for OUI and leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly plowed into two cars and his father showed up and told him to go home.
Police charge Michael E. Reddish, 21, hit a car at 4th and P streets around 2 this morning and that, when the motorist behind him tried to block him with his own car, he backed up and proceeded to hit another car:
The suspect's father told officers that he had sent his son, who had been driving his truck, home.
Boston Police report counterfeit $10, $50, $100 and especially $20 bills continue to surface in Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester and Jamaica Plain, despite the Feb. 3 arrest of a man on counterfeiting charges and the seizure of equipment that could be used to make bogus bills:
The most frequent recipient of these counterfeit bills have been Taxi/ Livery drivers, restaurants and bars ...
Boston Police report Jamie's Variety Store, 113 H St., was held up in broad daylight yesterday by a guy who pulled out a knife and demanded "all the money you got!" When he fled, the store clerk watched him drive away and managed to take down his plate number, police say, adding they tracked the plate to a South Boston address where they found a man matching the worker's description:
During a brief conversation with the male matching the suspect description, officers observed his breathing to be elevated, and his answers to basic questions to be unclear with some level of panic.
Jason Battles, 33, of South Boston was then arrested and charged with armed robbery of a business.
.. One of the suspects grabbed the victim's hood and placed a black handled knife against her neck and stated "Run your shit". Suspects stole a wallet and klonapin prescription meds.
The suspects were describe as: A black male, 23, 6', 185 pounds, in a black and orange fur-hooded coat, a black Hispanic male, 23, 5'9", 180 pounds, in a puffy black jacket, and a black male, 20, 5'5", 140 pounds, wearing a gray Rocawear sweatsuit.
Boston Police report a trio of teens, at least one soused, tried and failed to hold a guy up at D St. and W 5th St. around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 16.
Police say all three were white. One was 17, 5'5", about 145 pounds, with a beard and moustache and smelling of "an alcoholic beverage." Another was also 17, about 5'11", while the third was only 14 and 5'11".
The Herald reports a Route-11 bus crashed into a pole, a tree and a parked car after a motorist ran a stop sign at C and W. 7th streets this morning.
Greg MacKay posts a Fort Point Channel photo.
Copyright, Greg MacKay.
Dave Combs says he was in the cab with Shepard Fairey when Fairey was arrested outside the ICA. And he says that but for a couple of wrong turns by their cab driver, Boston Police would have arrested Fairey right at the entrance to the ICA, instead of out in the parking lot, deliberately provoking a riot to embarrass Tom Menino over his wage-freeze proposal, like this:
... The unmarked SUV follows our cab and drives right up to the front entrance of the glass-facade ICA with 800 of Shepard's fans inside and outside hyped on adrenaline excitedly watching, waiting for him to arrive. The SUV swoops in and the undercover cops emerge to seize Shepard right in front of all those fans. Now, I was in that crowd later that night, and I can be sure that at least a handful of those guys I met inside wouldn't have just stood there without doing something. It might have been that they ran out and shouted obscenities at the cops who were arresting Shepard, or they might have simply lost their minds and just mobbed the cops depending on the number of people who ran out, all while the cameras were rolling. Either way, something ugly certainly would have jumped off, and whatever happened it would have played right into the hands of the Boston Police Department and helped them hand the Mayor his ass on a platter. Remember, Mayor Menino was photographed just two days earlier congratulating Shepard and welcoming him to Boston. ...
Hey, I don't write this stuff, I just link to it.
You can't make this stuff up: The Globe reports that Shepard Fairey, whose iconic posters are plastered everywhere these days, was arrested while about to enter the ICA, which is hosting an exhibit of his work. Those pesky outstanding warrants reared their ugly heads, although police were unable/unwilling to tell the paper just what they were for.
Ginny Delany, 27, a graduate student from Cambridge, said, "It makes him even more of a hero to me."
Brian Robert Birke found a good place to watch people at the ICA.
Boston Police report a robbery at the Blockbuster video store at 267 Old Colony Ave. around 11 p.m. on Jan. 25. The victim said a white Hispanic male, about 20, 5'9", 175 poounds and wearing a black hoodie and ski mask asked to see a PlayStation console:
The suspect was shown and proceeded to leave the store with the PS. When confronted the suspect stated "Let me go or I will stab you" while pointing to his waist. Suspect was observed entering 242 Old Colony Ave.
Boston Police report a man was robbed by a young guy with a gun and three middle-aged men, one with a cane, at 8:20 p.m. on Jan. 26.
The alleged gunslinger was described as a white Hispanic male, about 6', 180 pounds, missing a front tooth and known as "Eddie. The other three are described as white males between 40 and 50. They made off with the victim's iPod.
Boston Police report a man was robbed at knifepoint by two black men at A and Melcher streets 6:20 p.m. on Jan. 27. One robber is described as 5'11" with a thin build, wearing a knit hat and a dark-blue knee length jacket; the other is described as 5'5" with a thin build, wearing a dark waist-length jacket and a black knit hat.