Stanley Staco reports a woman was held up at gunpoint at W. Newton and Tremont streets around 9:45 p.m. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, with a black gun.
Developers this month submitted plans to the BRA to turn the old Holy Trinity German Catholic church and rectory on Shawmut Avenue in the South End into 33 residential units, by completely removing the interior and replacing it with an eight-story steel structure.
The proposal by developers Dennis Kanin and David Goldman for 136 Shawmut Ave. also calls for a 24-space garage in the new building's basement.
Christopher Powell, 41, of Everett, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today for the stabbing death of Corey Thompson in a fight in the area of Traveler and Albany streets under I-93 on Feb. 25, 2013, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Powell, who stabbed Thompson eight times with a pocketknife, had been scheduled for trial next week for second-degree murder, the DA's office says. State troopers who investigated the crime recovered surveillance video showing:
A South End resident who came out to find his car on West Rutland Square with a ticket on it yesterday for parking more than a foot from the curb wonders if this is a new way for the city to make money: Create a problem, then dun residents for it.
There is no way to park properly with the snowbanks in the middle of the road.
This is a 2 way street, but the city only plowed out one lane and has left it this way. It is the city's fault that the street is blocked, and now they are trying to profit from it.
CuppaCoffee, which serves coffee and Australian meat pies on Merrimac Street, is planning a second location in the 275 Albany St. residential development.
Although the location would double the number of Australian-owned coffee shops in Boston, it would only represent a 33% increase in the number of Australian meat-pie places - in addition to CuppaCoffee, KO Pies sells the meat pies at locations in East Boston and South Boston.
When finished, 275 Albany will house 400 apartments in two buildings, across the street from the Ink Block project.
The folks at K9 Strolls on Pembroke Street spent part of today roaming the neighborhood looking for dog crap and other stuff that's emerging as our glaciers slowly recede. They report they collected five large bags of the stuff - and reported a number of overflowing trash cans to the city.
Police say they found a silver gun and a spent shell casing nearby. but did not find the two suspects, one a Hispanic man about 5'3" in a black hoodie and brandishing a knife, the other a white man with a thin mustache, also in a black hoodie.
The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A roving UHub photographer came across a scientist unearthing dramatic evidence today that cars once roamed across what is now Yarmouth Street in the South End.
Scientists next plan to carefully study the meaning of strange protuberances found poking through the ice further down Yarmouth Street:
Boston's DPW announced today it's holding off on the annual re-start of street sweeping until after "streets are cleared to the curb and gutters are free of ice and snow."
Fans of cleaner streets in the North End, the South End and Beacon Hill, where street sweeping normally starts in March, will have to wait for "a thaw and large scale melting," the department said, adding that also means daytime parking restrictions will not apply there, either. The DPW says it will send out notices when the streets are fit to sweep
Firefighters and police are at 564 Massachusetts Ave., where a cracked water main has put four feet of water into the basement and sent water bubbling up through the sidewalk outside.
It's not usually a good sign when smoke starts pouring out of a trolley, as Emily shows us around 4:40 p.m.
She reports the train was evacuated. Brookline FD showed up and took care of whatever was causing the smoke and the T made preparations to have the train towed away (and shot?) so that service could resume.
Not long after, passengers had to get off an inbound Orange Line train at Mass. Ave. due to brake issues.
Columbus Avenue and Mass. Ave. today. Photo by Andrew Bauer.
Derek Lessing spotted these guys up on a roof on West Newton Street in the South End, using a chainsaw to break up gutter ice. You can tell they're trained professionals by their safety harnesses.
The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 5:05 p.m. to the nine-story Dowling Building, 771 Albany St. for a basement fire.
The building houses outpatient programs; no patients at the hospital were affected by the fire, the department says, adding staffers still at work were evacuated.
The fire was quickly extinguished, but fire commanders ordered a second alarm to bring in extra firefighters to help vent smoke from the building. The cause remains under investigation.
The Boston Fire Department reports embers from a fireplace ignited wooden beams at 25 Worcester Square this morning, sparking a fire that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.
Firefighters responded around 8:52 a.m. and found fire on both the fifth and fourth floors. The cause was traced to a fifth-floor fireplace:
There was no fire in the fireplace at the time of the fire. Smoldering embers over time under the hearth of the fireplace.
One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with a cut finger. No residents were injured.
The rendering above shows the AC Hotel by Marriott planned for the former Boston Herald site now occupied by the Ink Block development of residential units and a Whole Foods. According to a press release from the developers, National Development: