By - 12/13/13 - 7:00 pm
Tobogganing in Franklin Park

The BPL has posted lots of photos of Boston in the snow in the old days, such as this postcard showing tobogganing at Franklin Park sometime in the early years of the 20th century.

Back in 1941, the city still used one-horsepower plows on the Common, as Leslie Jones showed:

One horsepower

In 1939, parents in... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 11:11 am

A Suffolk Superior Court jury yesterday found Luis Pimentel, 20, not guilty for the shooting death of a man inside the man's Samoset Street apartment on Dec. 10, 2010, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The jury did not buy prosecutors' arguments that Pimentel shot Victor Brookens, 54, to death over the marijuana Pimentel allegedly though Brookens was keeping in his apartment.... Read more

By - 12/13/13 - 10:51 am

James Sarhanis shows us the view past one of the five bullet holes in windows at Planet Fitness, 500 Neponset Ave., this morning.

By - 12/12/13 - 3:22 pm

Two teens were arraigned today on charges related to a melee last week that started on a 23 bus and ended with a brawl outside Dorchester District Court.

A 16-year-old teen from Roxbury, not named because of her age, was ordered held in lieu of $2,500 bail on three counts of three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the Suffolk County... Read more

By - 12/11/13 - 12:07 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owners of the Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave., sell the place - and its valuable liquor license - to a Dorchester resident who plans to remake it as a neighborhood, family-focused restaurant.

Eleanor Arpino, general manager of Davio's in Park Square for 12 years, wants to turn the Ledge into ester, which she said would serve... Read more

By - 12/10/13 - 4:35 pm
Crowded Red Line platform at Park Street

Where's Waldo? Not getting on the Red Line at Park Street, that's for sure. Photo by Shumita Basu.

The T's now acknowledging that a dead train at JFK/UMass means "severe" delays. As in 30 and 45-minute delays.

UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. Problems persist - The Braintree-bound are being told to take any train they can jam into to JFK for a shuttle bus.

At South Station, Kate Birney reports:

just got pulled off braintree to alewife & routed to

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By - 12/10/13 - 11:06 am

The Bank of America branch at 740 Gallivan Blvd. was held up shortly before 11 a.m. by a white man, about 5'8" and about 50, who handed a teller a note. He wore a black Nike cap.... Read more

By - 12/10/13 - 11:03 am

Shortly after 10 a.m., at 45 Lonsdale St. Police are looking for two black men, both about 6' and 180 lbs., dressed all in black and carrying black guns and wire ties.... Read more

By - 12/9/13 - 2:12 pm

Transit Police report that around 10 a.m. today, Officer Lisa Murawski-Dupont managed to convince a pit bull that commuter-rail tracks running between Savin Hill and JFK/UMass were not the best place for him to be.

According to police, Murawski-Dupont was at the Savin Hill T stop when somebody alerted her there was a dog on the commuter rail tracks.

Officer Murawski-Dupont immediately proceeded to

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By - 12/9/13 - 1:25 pm

Christopher Murrain, 25, had his bail on two outstanding cases revoked today at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court on charges he tried to interfere with police chasing Darryl Dookhran, who would soon be lying on the ground, dead.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Murrain and Dookhran were standing at Geneva Avenue and Westville Street around 1 p.m. on Saturday when... Read more

By - 12/8/13 - 8:46 pm
Bright lights in Dorchester

Stefanie O'Shea shows us how Christmas is done on Popes Hill.

By - 12/8/13 - 6:26 pm

The Globe reports police identified the man killed in a shootout with police yesterday as Darryl Dookhran, 20, who was last in the news for carrying a loaded firearm in his backpack onto the campus of Mass. Bay Community College in Wellesley in 2011.

Boston Police say Dookhran opened fire on members of the Youth Violence Strike Force when they approached him... Read more

By - 12/7/13 - 8:54 pm

Boston Police report a man in a car on Ridgewood Street was shot around 12:50 a.m. by two teens who fired at him repeatedly.

Police say an officer from the Youth Violence Strike Force witnessed the whole thing - starting with the two running out of 29 Ridgewood toward the car and ending with them running away as he gave chase.

Police say... Read more

By - 12/7/13 - 1:39 pm

Shortly after 1 p.m. at Geneva Avenue and Westville Street, according to Stephen Walsh.

Boston Police report the suspect exchanged shots with a member of the department's Youth Violence Strike Force. He died; the officer was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm and is expected to survive.... Read more

By - 12/6/13 - 4:52 pm

The scene on Washington. Photo by Cinnamngrl.

A brawl that started on a 23 bus, then spilled onto Washington Street, brought both Boston and Transit police racing to the scene around 4:10 p.m. One person received a minor stab wound to the back of the neck near Dorchester District Court, Transit Police report, adding another person had bleach poured on him.

The stabbing victim was taken to a local hospital; the... Read more

By - 12/5/13 - 4:28 pm

Tower Ladder 10 came to the aid of an injured man on the roof of 28 Bishop Joe L. Smith Way around 11:30 this morning. The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters strapped him to a "Stokes basket," then lowered him to the ground, where EMTs were waiting to rush him to the hospital.

By - 12/5/13 - 2:59 pm

CommonWealth reports Herald owner Pat Purcell paid a visit to John Henry's Brookline manse to offer his condolences give his regards, to see if there are any further ways the two media outlets could work together (the Globe already prints the Herald) and, maybe, to caution about possibly moving the Globe's printing operations from Morrissey Boulevard to the Telegram and Gazette printing plant in... Read more

By - 12/5/13 - 9:47 am
Boston cop with South Boston still

Eighty years ago today, the failed experiment of Prohibition ended, ending scenes like this one - a Boston police officer with a raided still in South Boston.

Throughout Prohibition, news photographer Leslie Jones chronicled the ultimately futile efforts of lawmen to stem the tide of illegal booze. The BPL has a collection of his photos, including this one of federal agents dismantling... Read more

By - 12/4/13 - 2:34 pm

Boston Police report they are investigating the theft of 15 iPads, a projector and an iPhone over the weekend from the Bridge Boston Charter School, 2 McLellan St..

If you know someone who's come into possession of a large number of iPads, contact B-3 detectives at 617-343-4712 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).... Read more