Firefighters battling a brush fire off Bennington Street south of Orient Heights asked the T to shut down the Blue Line around 8:20 p.m., because the fire is close enough to the tracks they did not want to have to worry about what might happen should their streams of water hit the overhead electrical lines.
Damien Bundu, 23, is scheduled for arraignment today in East Boston District Court on a charge of aggravated assault and battery causing injury for an incident Dec. 8 at the Orient Heights Blue Line station.
Transit Police report:
On December 8, 2013 at approximately 10:15 am an MBTA employee was working at the MBTA's Orient Heights station when he was violently set upon by... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board today meted out an unusually stiff four-day suspension to Las Vegas, 964 Saratoga St., after police found bottles of gin, tequila, whiskey and vodka behind the counter of the former King Tacos, which is licensed only to sell beer and wine.
Owner Raul Santos and his manager said the bottles were purely decorative and were not used to serve customers. But... Read more
The Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project will use truck-mounted aerosol shpritzers to douse areas in the vicinity of Orient Avenue, Boardman Street, Andrew Road and Horace Street between dusk and 11:30 p.m. - or on Monday if the weather's not good.
The trucks will spray sumethrin:
Mosquito control applications of sumithrin do not pose a significant risk to people or pets due to the chemicalâ€™s... Read more
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. The T reports regular service has resumed.
The T is warning Blue Line passengers to expect "significant delays" this afternoon following a train slipping off the rails at Orient Heights.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo reports the train was moving from the Orient Heights train yard onto the main tracks around 2:40 p.m., so it wasn't carrying any passengers. The T has... Read more
The MBTA forwards this photo from the Blue Line repair facility in Orient Heights, where workers have made a Christmas tree out of a "bolster rack" of trucks used to hold the axles of Blue Line cars.... Read more
Rob McDougall reports somebody was shot in the arm shortly before 7 p.m. The suspect was described as a black Hispanic male who fled in an older Civic last spotted headed toward Revere.
Andy Dost reports cops were in no mood to explain what was going on to bystanders:
Armed police have set up a tape perimeter at the Orient Heights stop. An... Read more
Got this interesting T alert earlier today:
Orange Line experiencing 10-15 min delays due to a signal problem at Orient Heights Station.Ă‚ 6/5/2012 5:52 AM.
note - I presumed the alert was for the Orange Line, as I'm not signed up to get Blue Line alerts
One passenger on the Blue Line in Orient Heights seemed a bit squirrelly this afternoon. In fact, the Animal Rescue League of Boston had to be called in.
ARL volunteer Margaret Wirth reports T workers found a baby squirrel running around a Blue Line car around noon. Boston Animal Control worked with the league to corral the critter, whom they promptly named Charlie, of... Read more
Power problem at Orient Heights this morning makes for some very unhappy riders. At 8:34, Julianne LaMay tweeted:
Such a cluster. They sent folks to Suffolk first but there were no shuttles there. FAIL
Michael Brannigan, who posted the photo around 8:27, tweeted at 8:41 that one bus finally arrived:
Got about 1% or... Read more
Boston Police report officers found a man with "several puncture wounds to the upper body" on Bennington Street around midnight:
The victim, who was somewhat incoherent, told officers that he had driven into the Burger King lot located at 944 Bennington Street and while there he was assaulted by a suspect, described as a white male about 4' tall who then fled on foot... Read more
Boston and MBTA Transit Police are looking for a guy they say rear-ended a T worker pulling into the employee lot at the Orient Heights T stop early Tuesday, then "began asking the victim if he had any cocaine." Police say the T worker pulled over and went to call police:
When he returned, he found the suspect had broken into his vehicle, and... Read more
Jim posts a copy of a letter from Tom Menino's East Boston liaison, Ernani DeAraujo, on the BPL trustee vote to shut the Orient Heights library. Among other things, DeAraujo writes:
We can arrange for book return pick up in the Heights and will experiment with delivery services for seniors who cannot walk to Meridian.
He also repeats the promised made by trustees to... Read more
UPDATE: The T says buses will run instead of trains between Airport and Suffolk Downs at least through this evening as workers replace the downed power lines.
Local 718 tweets the train stopped 500 feet short of the station when the power went out this morning; firefighters were called in to help passengers get to the station.