MBTA Transit Police report arresting a homeless man for exposing himself to an E trolley driver at Longwood last night after being asked to pay his fare.
According to a police report, Derek John Agresti, 40, initially responded to being asked to pay for his ride around 8 p.m. by swearing at the driver and threatening to beat him up. The report says Agresti then got off the train, walked a short distance, stopped, pulled down his shorts and grabbed his penis with both hands in view of the driver.
Agresti was arrested at the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line about 15 minutes later and charged with open and gross lewdness.
The woman's screams attracted bystanders, who stayed with her until police arrived. Wentworth Institute of Technology and Boston Police spent some time scouring the area looking for Jerdon Brooks, 48, then got word he was back at the scene of the crime, boarding a trolley - from which they grabbed him and arrested him on charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a disabled person.
The MBTA confirms a bicyclist died after a collision late this afternoon near the intersection of Huntington and South Huntington avenues. MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said "an active investigation" is underway by MBTA and Boston police. Channel 4 reports it appears the still unidentified bicyclist tried passing the bus on the left, lost control, then slipped under the bus.
Photo from outside and above the MFA.
The MBTA reports a car hit the side of an inbound trolley at Huntingon and Forsythe around 1:40 p.m. The trolley was undamaged; the car sustained minor damage to the front bumper and its driver was given a ticket for a moving violation, the T says.
The MBTA says the outbound E is stopping at Brigham Circle because of "fluid on the tracks" on South Huntington. MBTA Transit Police report it's diesel fuel, which affects the trolleys' traction and makes it harder for them to start. Also, there's a train that doesn't want to move at Government Center, causing what the T says are 10-25 minutesdelays.
An MBTA bus was traveling at a low rate of speed down Huntington Avenue shortly after midnight. when it hit a man now in the ICU, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
Boston Police report a guy who made off with a salad from the salad bar at the Pru Shaw's yesterday tried to hold a woman up on Huntington Avenue even as he was stuffing the salad into this mouth.
A security guard who was trailing Hector Tetzaguic, 38, of Dorchester, grabbed him and held him until police arrived, BPD says. He was charged with shoplifting and attempted larceny from a person.
Channel 4 reports he was a 24-year veteran and was in the second car of an E train.
It makes it more difficult for the firefighters to hook up a hose to put out your car's engine fire:
The Universal Hub Eye in the Sky captured the scene around 9:25 this morning involving a Boston Transportation Department supervisor doing prep work for the Kennedy motorcade at Huntington and St. Alphonsus and firefighters trying to extinguish the fire in his car.
A Green Line commuter forwards this note to the Green Line superintendent and the Executive Office of Transportation:
This morning(8/24) at 7:50 A.M I boarded E Line,Green Line Car 3885B headed inbound at Longwood. The operator did not respond when I said good morning but this is nothing new to be ignored by MBTA workers. Then when the trolley went underground the operator proceeded to tail-gate the trolley in front of it at the Copley, Arlington and Boylston stations. At one point he left only 15 feet or so between the cars. At one of these three station before I got off at park Street he yelled out an expletive about a passenger he though was taking to long to enter the train. He said, "come through the F' ing doors." I am out of work. I would gladly take his place and treat MBTA passengers with respect and not endanger their lives.
The lights at the busy intersection are out, leading to a mess you might want to route around if you can.
Mark Epstein tweets from the scene that the victim appeared conscious as he was put in the ambulance:
Was yelling as a large crowd formed.
He has more reports from the scene.
Jeff Purser tweets:
I was on trolley that stuck a man near Northeastern University. Heard horn. Brakes. Thump.
Why crews were chopping down the trees along Huntington Avenue - you might want to have an aspirin handy because the story will make your head hurt.
Get stuck at Huntington Avenue and Gainsborough Street around 2:30 today? Emergency crews blocked off traffic to let a hazmat crew sop up a large antifreeze spill after an accident.
Channel 4 reports a man driving down Huntington Avenue early Wednesday was nearly done in by a frozen loaf of bread heaved into his windshield from a Wentworth dorm named Baker Hall. This is the second such incident involving the dorm in two weeks, the station says:
"I think they should put screens on the windows to prevent it," one student said.
A tour of Baker Hall:
Channel 5 reports.
BPL Main Branch steps filled with Obama supporters yelling "USA! USA! USA" and "Yes we can!"
Heather: "It's almost like a World Series celebration." Well, yeah, except without the rioting and people dying.
A generator being tested, at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square around 10:30 this morning.
And is not impressed:
... [Y]ou get on the #39, which stops every 10 yards and each time picks up between 6 and 8 students from Wentworth, MassArt or Northeastern, all of whom are carrying backpacks the size of Amy Winehouse's beehive. You are at least 18 stops from your final destination, and already it's like being stuck in an old toolshed with 9 dozen wet dogs, half of whom have wracking, croupy, Dickensian coughs. ...
And that's before the driver decides to take a break to make a call on her cell phone.
Maybe it's just as well the MBTA and its predecessors have spent the last 60 years or so taking out trolley lines; imagine if there were more streets like Huntington Avenue by Mission Hill where Massholes got to scream and curse out trolley drivers for daring to stop to let passengers off?
... This guy is literally leaning out the window, screaming at the driver of the first [trolley] car. I of course had my window cracked to hear every sweet word of invective this moron was letting loose.
And then had a good chuckle because just ahead of the first car, just past the intersection, was a cop car. And as we all started moving again, guess who was getting pulled over? ...
Boston Police report on trouble on Newbury Street:
At about 12:15am, on Monday, October 29, 2007, officers assigned to the Fenway area for the Red Sox World Series game, received a radio call for a large group vandalizing cars along Newbury Street. On arrival, officers observed and counted 16 cars that had been vandalized. Most of the damage consisted of broken or ripped off side view mirrors, broken windows and damaged windshield wipers.
Boston Police report arresting a total of 22 people - mostly under 24; State Police arrested another 15.
Boston Police also report on an incident on Huntington Avenue around 2:20 a.m.:
According to the victim, he was driving along Huntington Avenue when a large crowd gathered in front of his motor vehicle. Victim further states that when his car came to a stop, an unidentified white male ran jumped onto the hood of his car and, then, ran over the car from front to back. According to the victim, the suspect shattered his rear window.