Recession? Feh. The cost of deeded parking spaces went up last year in the sorts of Boston neighborhoods that have such things.
Four alleged thugs from Boston and one from Brockton were arrested early today on charges they held up two men at gunpoint at a Reynolds Way party, then beat them up and threw them down some stairs, Boston Police report:
The [first] victim then went on to explain to officers that one of the suspects initially approached him in the party and stated to him, "You don't want to lose your life tonight!" According to the victim, after the suspect made that statement to him, he attempted to leave the party when he was confronted by five suspects in the hallway. In the hallway, the victim reported that one of the suspects brandished a handgun and pointed it a the victim and yelled, "You don't want to die! Give it up!" The victim reported to officers that the other suspects all motioned like they too were armed, and they started reaching into his pockets. The victim told officers that the suspects told him that they were taking his watch and phone if he wanted to leave alive. After the suspects took the victim's watch, he was beaten up and thrown down the stairs.
Isiah T. Thigpen, 24, of Boston, Aaron D. Bloudson, 21, of Dorchester, Wendell C. Nunes, 25, of Dorchester, Yancey M. Williams, 21, of Dorchester and Demetrius L. Williams, 22, of Brockton were each charged with armed robbery and asault and battery. Bloudson was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; Williams faces a charge of possession of cocaine.
Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports that a Brighton college student who answered a South End housecleaning ad on Craigslist got a bit more than she bargained for. On the one hand, the guy gave her $200 instead of the $70 he offered in the ad. On the other hand, she had to fold all his underwear. Also, he was naked.
Prosecutors say Jordan Lyttle, 18, of Roxbury, beat Qumane Willams so hard the teen lost vision in one eye - six weeks before Williams was shot to death. By pleading guilty today, Lyttle was sentenced to two years in a county jail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which had sought a sentence of seven to ten years in a state prison.
Prosecutors say Lyttle used a metallic object to punch Williams repeatedly in the middle of Washington Street near E. Newton St. this past April 30, prosecutors say.
Williams was shot to death on June 18 in Roxbury, in a case that remains unsolved, officials say.
Talk about making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
The South End News reports a man walking with a woman wound up getting stabbed when another guy made a "lascivious" comment, which led to a fight.
The South End News reports the Hingham Institution for Savings, 540 Tremont St., was held up by a man who told the teller he had a gun on Dec. 2.
Mats Tolander tells you what you missed at the annual Swedish Christmas fair at the Cyclorama:
... I gorged on PrincesstĂĄrta, vĂĄfflor and what not. The kid, in full Swedish character dressed in a Fem myror Ă¤r fler Ă¤n fyra elefanter-outfit, was well behaved and held it together even at the end when he was clearly sick and tired of the whole Swedefest. ...
The Globe gets the scoop on the Boston Foundation's project to reduce violent crime in several hot spots along the road through "violence interrupter" street workers and job, education and mental-health programs targeted at more than 6,000 at-risk people up to age 24 - teens in gangs or DYS programs, drug dealers, pregnant teens and runaways.
Devra First reports that the fancy-shmancy French place that replaced Bob the Chef (sorry, Bob's Southern Bistro) in October is already out of business. Next up: Upscale burger joint? Oh, wait, how about a soul-food place. With music. Nah, that'll never work.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly reports a Suffolk Superior Court jury today ruled that a T driver was "100% responsible" for a 2005 accident in which the South End woman was hit by a T bus while she was in a crosswalk at Washington and E. Newton streets. The bus crushed her leg. The jury awarded her $3.98 million; interest makes up the difference.
The South End News reports that when police responded to a report of a man exposing himself one morning, they found a resident who acknowledged whipping it out:
... [He] stated that he was trying to teach his dog how to urinate outside and in fact, he was urinating. ...
With the T teetering on bankruptcy, it sort of makes sense to sell every last surface to advertisers. But if the T is going to let an advertiser splay banners in front of the giant red ring at Back Bay station, so that they only way to fully appreciate it from the outside is with your head cricked at an odd angle at the doorway, why not save some money and just turn the thing off?
Boston Police report a woman who resisted a mugger early this morning was stabbed in the neck, throat and hands.
Police say the woman was walking near 1651 Washington St. (near E. Concord Street) around 4:30 a.m. when she was approached from behind by a man who asked her for a cigarette:
The victim stated that when she turned around, the suspect attempted to take the money that she had in her hand and her backpack from her. The victim reported that when she resisted the suspect's attempts to rob her he started stabbing her.
Around 5:08 a.m., police say, they spotted a man matching her description at Harrison Avenue and E. Lenox Street. When they questioned him, they found blood on his collar and sleeve. Police say they arrested him and brought him to Boston Medical Center, where the victim said she was "200% sure" that the guy, Willie A. Jenkins, 41, of Dorchester, was the man who attacked her. Jenkins was then charged with assault with intent to murder and armed robbery.
John Keith relays the news that the Salvation Army has put two South End properties (433 Shawmut Ave. and 77 W. Brookline St.) up for sale. Unlike on Upton Street, however, the block association says it would support their purchase by a group that would continue to run the properties as places in support of low-income people or people in recovery.
And you don't slam a door in a Boston police officer's face. A Northeastern student allegedly learned that around 1 this morning when he and four other Huskies were arrested on charges of partying a bit too hardy at 610 Columbus Ave.