Clayton Harper reports MassDOT last week awarded a contract worth nearly $60 million to Barletta Heavy Division of Canton to tear down the Casey Overpass in Forest Hills and replace it with a series of surface roads.
Harper says state engineers want the work started ASAP, partly because a winter teardown will minimize the effects of all that dust and noise on nearby residents, who will mostly have their windows shut, and partly because they're concerned the overpass could get all Long Island Bridge and not even make it through the winter without having to be shut down as unsafe.
Jamaica Plain News reports on an incident Saturday morning on Tower Street - involving a gun-wielding purse snatcher who escaped in a late-model BMW.
Transit Police report arresting Enrique Feliz, 20, on a charge of assault and battery with intent to murder for an incident Wednesday afternoon at Forest Hills station that left a man in the lower busway with a puncture wound to the head.
The victim, 25, was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Feliz was arrested today, police say.
David Finnerty reports a man was stabbed in the lower busway at Forest Hills around 2 p.m. The suspect is a white Hispanic male, about 18, last seen walking up Washington Street.
Jamaica Plain News reports on a BRA meeting in Jamaica Plain on the latest plans for 3521-3529 Washington St., where a developer wants to replace an old car dealership building with 132 apartments and a self-storage facility.
Dwayne McNair, 33, of Dedham, had bail set at $500,000 today on charges he and a pal raped one woman in Forest Hills and another on Mission Hill in 2004, after the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police got back test results they say proved the DNA found in a used condom saved by one of the victims could not have come from McNair's twin brother.
Prosecutors had dropped charges against McNair in April because of the twin question.
Wes found his way up Washington Street blocked by a two-car crash near the new Harvest.
A man nabbed for alleged fare jumping at Ruggles last year was picked up for the same offense at Forest Hills yesterday afternoon, Transit Police report.
Although piggybacking behind a paying customer normally only means a ticket, in both cases, Juan Garcia was arrested because he had outstanding warrants charging him with assault and battery on a police officer.
Sebastian Zapata shows us the long lines at Forest Hills this morning as Orange Line riders try to add a month of value to their CharlieCards. It's not just that so many people do that as the fact that, as Kyle Geiste explains:
Weirdness on the MBTA machines at Forest Hills. Can't process credit cards. Long lines, employees tapping people through.
A Norwood man had bail set at $150 today on charges he used an iPad to try to snap photos up a woman's skirt from a Forest Hills T-stop bench yesterday afternoon, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Joshua Gonsalves, 23, was also ordered to stay away from all T stops while his case is pending, the DA's office says.
Transit Police yesterday made their first arrest under the law after a woman complained at Forest Hills a guy took inappropriate photos of her.
Joshua Gonsalves, 23, of Norwood, is scheduled for arraignment in West Roxbury District Court this morning.
According to Transit Police, the incident happened shortly before 5:45 p.m.
At least, according to the Tikki Masala signs now in the windows of the renovated storefront that used to be a driving school next to Oriental House, across from the T stop.
The owner of the long shuttered Tonic says he's negotiating with the owners of a longstanding Wellesley Chinese restaurant to open a new location in his space across from the Forest Hills T stop.
Transit Police report arresting an out-of-towner they say used a hockey stick to threaten the driver of a 39 bus at Forest Hills and prevent riders from boarding around 7:45 p.m. on Friday.
Police continue that John Capehart, 50, of Marlborough did not willingly go with them to the penalty box:
It might all be a moot argument, given that the T has committed no money, but Forest Hills residents gathered last night to discuss possibly moving the "temporary" Arborway bus depot to a zoo parking lot turned mulch yard on American Legion Highway in Mattapan, near the Roslindale line.
Jamaica Plain News reports Roslindale residents also attended, wearing "Ask Rozzie" stickers to tell JP what it could do with its bus depot, i.e., not move it next door to them.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the city is having to re-bid a project to move a pole yard from the MBTA bus depot in Forest Hills to some land on American Legion Highway because nobody bid on the project initially. A city spokeswoman is quoted as saying this is probably because the DPW doesn't tend to have much call for pole moving and so the sorts of companies that would bid on such a project don't tend to look at DPW ads.