One resident was brought to the hospital with possible smoke inhalation, the department says. Four residents of the three-story brick building had to find new places to sleep.
The department says the cigarette was on a rear porch when it started the fire, called in around 4 a.m. Damage was estimated at $300,000.
City Councilor Mike Ross reported around 6:15 p.m. that 900 of the 1,114 Mission Hill residents who lost power have their lights back. Nstar is bringing in generators for some customers whose problems will take longer to fix.
Boston Police report a worker on scaffolding outside the fourth floor of the Neville House on Vining Street plunged 30 feet when a plank from above hit the plank he was on, shattering it and sending him downward. He was taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital and is expected to survive, police say.
Boston Police report the Hillside Market,
The Boston Licensing Board today approved a new Asian restaurant that will stay open until 2 a.m. near the intersection with Huntington Avenue.
Nathan Long, owner of the Wok N Talk planned for 23 S. Huntington (site of a former Ethiopian restaurant) said that in his student days, he realized there was a shortage of places around Mission Hill for late-night food during finals week. He had originally proposed staying open until 3 a.m., but agreed to scale back in a meeting with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council. The restaurant will feature an open kitchen, he said.
A Dorchester man was charged yesterday with the kidnapping and rape of two women six years ago, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office and Boston Police report, adding they are continuing to look for a second man who allegedly participated in the attacks.
DNA collected from the victims matched Anwar Thomas's genetic samples last year, and investigators began looking into his connection with what were unsolved cases up to that point, the DA's office says.
Boston Police report this guy broke into Mission Church on Tremont Street sometime Sunday night, by smashing a window.
Earlier this week, we saw Northeastern State of Mind. Here's a video from the streets of Mission Hill (language NSFW):
Boston Police report they are looking for whoever smashed through a 100-year-old stained-glass window at Mission Church to steal the contents of two poor boxes.
The break, reported this morning at the Tremont Street basilica, meant the loss of $200 to $300 in donations, along with the cost of repairing the window and a small window inside the church, which was also broken, police say.
A federal appeals court today agreed with a jury that Boston Officer Jamie Pietroski used excessive force in 2002 during an arrest of a motorcyclist who didn't stop when Pietroski turned on his blue lights to make him pull over for failing to wear a helmet.
The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston said that while Pietroski had probable cause to pull Matthew Raiche over after spotting him in Brigham Circle, he had absolutely no justification for pulling him off his motorcycle and twice slamming his head into the sidewalk, let alone for destroying Raiche's motorcyle.
Ross, who represents Mission Hill, and Mark Ciommo, who represents Allston and Brighton, want a City Council hearing to discuss how an estimated 60,000 students living off campus are driving up rents for permanent Boston residents. NorthEndWaterfront.com posts a copy of their hearing request - which warns that if current trends continue, another 45,000 students will be sucking apartments out of the pipeline by 2018.
This photo, from the ninth floor of Northeastern's Renaissance parking garage, doesn't really do it justice, but the Longwood Medical Area skyline (and Mission Church on Mission Hill) is really quite something. You can also get a dramatic view of the medical city from Fitzgerald Park on St. Alphonsus Street on Mission Hill.
The district covers Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill and parts of Roslindale and Brookline. Incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Sanchez is being challenged in the primary by Jeffrey Herman.
Boston Police report officers' suspicions were aroused when they spotted two guys walking around Tremont and Parker streets with large bags filled with electronics and jewelery around 1:15 p.m. yesterday.