Acidgalore takes us on a tour; discovers what appears to be the world's largest vuvuzela.
Fort Point Channel
An earthquake in Quebec near the Ontario line sent tremors through the Boston area shortly before 2 p.m. A residential building at 1180 Beacon Street in Brookline was evacuated after it began shaking, possibly because of the quake, Neal Simpson at Brookline Patch reports.
Boston Police are investigating how the woman's body came to be in Boston Harbor at Fort Point Channel around 5:30 this morning.
The Boston Licensing Board today considered incidents outside bars in Roxbury and Fort Point Channel that police said may be linked to the board's decision last year to reduce the hours at Packy Connors on Blue Hill Avenue.
An early-morning riser files this around 7:40 a.m.:
On Congress across from luckys @ work. Whole building has lost power, and there were about 5 fire trucks at the Reuters building when I walked by 45 min ago. Not sure what the deal is, but whole block seems to be down...
He filed another dispatch shortly after 8: The power's back on; the problem seems to have been a flaming transformer atop the Reuters building.
In one case, on the 11th floor of 25 Channel Center, "assorted antique jewelry valued at approximately $213,000 was stolen." In the other case, on the 8th floor of the same building, "assorted antique jewelry, Flamet painting, and a Dell laptop" worth a total of $30,000 was lifted.
These guys look familiar? Contact Area C-6 detectives at 617-343-4730, or call the anonymous CrimeStoppers line at 1-800-494-TIPS or text the word TIP to CRIME (27463). Oh, and there's a $1,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the stolen goods.
District C-6 reports two jewelry heists sometime this past weekend at 25 Channel Center, part of a complex where prices start at $759,000. In one case, on the 11th floor, "assorted antique jewelry valued at approximately $213,000 was stolen." In the other case, on the 8th floor, "assorted antique jewelry, Flamet painting, and a Dell laptop" worth a total of $30,000 was lifted. In both cases, police say, there were no signs of forced entry.
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).
Greg MacKay posts a Fort Point Channel photo.
Copyright, Greg MacKay.
Residents furious the mayor now backs a plan to turn two vacant warehouses on Summer Street into offices instead of housing, the Herald reports, in a story that actually only quotes one resident, an "activist who declined to be identified," which kind of lessens the impact of the story.
Boston Police report a rooftop arrest of a South Boston teen for painting large balloons without permission on the side of 285 Summer St. shortly after 3 a.m. today:
Spatch watches, and listens in as a couple of women provide some color commentary.
The Fort Point Cultural Coalition's Windows onto Fort Point project consists of 25 pieces of art mounted in various locations in the neighborhood (in particular, along A Street).
Know where they are or have information about them? E-mail the coalition or call the BPD at 617-343-4742 and tell them it's about case #080-310-503.
Erik Joseph, the former owner of Seaport Hardware arrested on a single larceny charge last month, now faces 46 fraud charges related to abuse of customer credit-card information.
And that's only the beginning, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office: The grand jury that indicted Joseph only looked at American Express transactions; another grand jury is looking into Visa and MasterCard transactions. DA Dan Conley says that today's charges involved $291,000 in alleged thefts from customer accounts:
Evidence suggests that Joseph began the scam in 2001 and continued it for the next six years. Prosecutors believe he set up dozens of shell businesses, each with its own credit card merchant number, bank account routing number, and mailing address; using the credit card numbers of his hardware storeâ€™s customers, he would then key in transactions that billed unsuspecting cardholders for multiple sales that were just under $200.
At the beginning of the scheme, Conley said, Joseph would wait four to six months before billing the victims; in 2006 and 2007, the time delay disappeared and accounts were being maxed out within days of the cardholders' visits to Seaport Hardware. Once the credit card company had transferred funds to the bank account linked to the transaction, evidence suggests, Joseph would drain the account and leave the victims unable to reclaim the money.
Joseph is scheduled for arraignment Jan. 15 in Suffolk Superior Court on today's charges.