By - 1/7/14 - 8:06 am
Remains of the bear cages in Franklin Park.

A concerned citizen reports somebody's been busy destroying one of our city's most important cultural ruins: The old bear cages off Seaver Street in Franklin Park:

Bear cages in Franklin Park are being vandalized. Cages are being stolen for scrap. Park Ranger I spoke to said they couldn't do anything about it. This is a city landmark and historic structure and needs to be

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By - 1/6/14 - 3:02 pm
Parking space saver in Roxbury

Most people just toss their space savers on the nearest snowbank when they park, but Jed Hresko discovered last night that one person on Townsend Street in Roxbury decided to keep his or her snow chair out of the elements.

By - 1/3/14 - 1:37 pm
Fire in Roxbury

The Boston Fire Department reports a two-alarm fire sparked by a short circuit between the second and third floors of 402 Warren St. caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.

The fire, reported at 3:48 a.m., sent the three people living in the building's second and third floors out. One firefighter was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.... Read more

By - 12/28/13 - 6:58 pm

Around 6:45 p.m. One victim was found on Cabot Street, the other on Annunciation Road. Both are expected to survive.

UPDATE: The Globe reports police are looking at whether the two shot each other.

By - 12/26/13 - 6:38 pm

Boston Police report a fight around 2:30 a.m. at 95 Hammond St. came to a sharp end when one of the combatants used a knife to try to carve up the other one.

Adbiel Reyes, 19, of Roslindale, was detained at the scene by Northeastern University Police and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The other person was taken to... Read more

By - 12/24/13 - 10:59 am

Updated to reflect fact court did not order him freed.

The Supreme Judicial Court today ruled a man convicted of a 1981 murder in Kenmore Square can apply for parole because he was only 17 at the time he became a killer, because his automatic sentence of life without parole violates both the federal and state prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment, at least as... Read more

By - 12/20/13 - 9:55 am
Wanted for Ruggles attack

The news of late has been full of nice stories about good Samaritans coming to the aid of people being mugged or attacked, but active intervention is not without risk: Transit Police report the man stabbed at the Ruggles T stop Wednesday afternoon was shanked while trying to help a woman being assaulted by two men.

Transit Police have released surveillance... Read more

By - 12/20/13 - 12:14 am

Shortly before midnight on Tremont Street near Mass. Ave. Police are now looking for her blue, 2010 Camry with Mass. plates 922 VM7, now driven by a black man, about 5'8", with a heavy build and wearing a black sweater. The car has a large dent on the right rear side and frogs hanging from the rear-view mirror and attached to the dashboard.

By - 12/19/13 - 5:53 pm

Sean Patrick Webb, 49, of Mansfield, was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 yesterday on charges he tried to entice a Roxbury 16-year-old to pose in lingerie and sex him up, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The DA's office says the investigation began when the teen's mother went to Boston Police to report a series of e-mail messages she found on her computer... Read more

By - 12/18/13 - 5:47 pm

Updated and corrected with info from Transit Police.

Transit Police report a man, about 40, was stabbed "in the torso area" around 5:50 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

By - 12/18/13 - 4:35 pm

Boston Police report several good Samaritans grabbed the man they saw run after and beat a pregnant woman trying to escape his mugging attempt.

According to police, the woman had just come out of a convenience store in the area of Harrison Avenue and Thorndike Street shortly before 3 p.m. when Bernard Robinson approached and asked her for some money.

The victim stated that

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By - 12/17/13 - 6:00 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Jason Barbosa, 24, of first-degree murder for the shooting death of a childhood friend who became a mortal enemy when he joined a rival gang, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life without possibility of parole.

The DA's office says Barbosa, as a member of the Woodward Avenue gang in... Read more

By - 12/12/13 - 10:33 am

Updated with arraignment information.

Sandro Fonseca, 30, was arraigned today on charges he pointed a handgun at neighbors on Forest Street in Roxbury while drunk last night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Fonseca, a former Marine, was in his Forest Street home with two friends when police arrived - an on-duty officer was injured in a struggle with one of them, the DA's... Read more

By - 12/7/13 - 10:10 am

Stanley Staco reports a man was shot around 12:50 a.m., was able to get himself to Boston Medical Center.

By - 12/5/13 - 5:09 pm

Also see: He lunches with the Kennedys and is cheered at a mass rally.

Mandela's speech at Harvard in 1998:

RIP, Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.

By - 12/4/13 - 7:28 am

You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!

Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it... Read more

By - 11/29/13 - 6:50 pm

A queasy citizen posts a photo of three headless chickens just off Washington Street, south of Melnea Cass Boulevard in Roxbury.

The city quickly marked the case closed - chicken carcasses picked up.

By - 11/26/13 - 11:28 pm

Stanley Staco reports that around 8:30 p.m., somebody in a group of men with a gun started firing at police officers on DeWitt Street in Roxbury.

During a chase, one of three suspects was captured; one officer was injured, although not from gunfire. Police set up a perimiter around the high school as they searched for the other two.... Read more

By - 11/24/13 - 10:08 am
Wyoming Street fire

Stephen Beyer watched the house burn. See it larger.

In addition to the $500,000 in damage done by a fire Friday night, somebody at 10 Wyoming St. in Roxbury is now out up to $1 million for the value of the 176 marijuana plants police found growing inside.

Plus, of course, the owner faces criminal charges if found. Police add the Boston Fire Department's arson squad is on the case.

Police... Read more