By - 4/11/09 - 2:55 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Woburn man on break-in charges at a Brighton apartment building early this morning after they found him standing in the lobby next to a smashed-in front door with shards of glass on his clothes and shoes. Oh yeah, and he also had a fresh cut on his elbow, police say.

John Siafakas, 26, of Woburn, was whisked away from 529 Beacon St. to Area D-14 for booking on charges of unarmed breaking and entering in the nighttime and willful destruction of property.

Also overnight, police arrested four residents of 731 Parker St. on Mission Hill. One guess why police might arrest four guys in their early 20s on Mission Hill.

Innocent all around until proven otherwise in the halls of justice.

By - 4/5/09 - 5:44 pm

Boston Police report closing out a shindig at 56 Ridgemont St. in Brighton early Saturday morning.

Responding to noise complaints from nearby residents, responding officers arrived just in time to see beer bottles flying out of a second-floor window:

As officers attempted to enter the 2nd floor apartment, an individual, later identified as Jason Tucker, locked the door and refused to allow the officers to enter the apartment. When officers instructed the individual to open the door, the suspect laughed, turned his back on the officers and proceeded to go up stairs.

The resourceful officers found another way inside, where police say they found 100 people partying away. Although most left, four refused, at which point they were given a ride over to the nearby Brighton police station, along with the two listed occupants of the unit.

Innocent, etc.

By - 4/1/09 - 12:19 pm

Because of its expansion through annexation and land reclamation, and because of the vast differences in size between its neighborhoods, making a web-ready neighborhood map of Boston is extremely difficult. Most online neighborhood maps currently available are simple line drawings or text paste-overs.

By - 3/30/09 - 11:29 am

Thanks to kids from the New Church in Concord, who spent much of yesterday clearing trash around the reservoir.

By - 3/25/09 - 1:21 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports the arrest of a homeless man named Terence Wilkerson, but known to the cops as "Willie Williams" for alleged exposing himself at the Cleveland Circle stop on the C line yesterday afternoon. Police say Wilkerson waved both his arms and other parts at a distraught victim before being taken away.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/23/09 - 12:22 pm

This time it was the Sovereign Bank, 415 Market St. in Brighton Center, Boston Police tweet. Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports the robbery was around 10:45 a.m.

That makes three since Friday.

By - 3/20/09 - 2:50 pm

The Citizens Bank at 2000 Beacon St., around 10:30 a.m., Boston Police tweet.

By - 3/19/09 - 3:26 pm

A concerned Brighton resident wonders about the five gunshots that woke her and her boyfriend around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday in their apartment at the intersection of Comm. Ave. and Allston St. Anybody else hear them or know what happened?

By - 3/17/09 - 9:28 am

UPDATE: Boston Police report a 20-year-old woman found lying in front of 11 Cummings Rd. around 6:30 a.m. was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Homicide detectives are investigating.

A little bird flits in from Corey and Evans roads and reports on the blaring sirens between 6 and 7 this morning:

Lots of Boston police cars (which was odd since it's usually Brookline PD's areas), and college age kids entering the backs of said police cars.

Anybody know more?

By - 3/5/09 - 9:40 am

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports that when a Brookline cabbie picking up fares in Brighton noticed the cops were onto him (it being illegal for townie cabbies to stop for people flagging them in Boston), he sped off down Comm. Ave. and tried to hightail it out of town down Corey. But once cornered, he allegedly refused to let his three riders out. He relented before the hostage team had to be called in and he was arrested on a variety of driving violations.

By - 2/26/09 - 11:39 pm
Complex shadow

Massmoga photographs a Brighton tree that seems to be thinking about playing a trombone or tying a bow or strangling something - or maybe all three at once.

Copyright Massmoga. Posted in the UH Flickr Group.

By - 2/25/09 - 4:42 pm

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports three men and two women, all between 19 and 23, were ordered out of 12 Leo F. Birmingham Parkway on Feb. 16 (Ed. question: The old Black and Decker tool-repair place?); police did not believe their story that the owner was letting them live there in exchange for cleaning the place up.

Squatter family evicted from abandoned, foreclosed house in Dorchester.

By - 2/23/09 - 9:38 am
creepy elevator

BehindDarkEyes captures a creepy elevator in Brighton.

By - 2/19/09 - 4:02 pm
Half a snitch

A man given immunity in exchange for testifying at the trials of two men charged with killing cab driver Heureur Previlon will have a year behind bars to think about why he then refused to take the stand in the two cases, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.

A Suffolk County Superior Court judge twice found Phillip J. Williams guilty of contempt of court for refusing to testify in the murder trials of Cleveland Martin - found guilty of killing Previlon in December - and Jashawn Robinson - acquitted this month.

Prosecutors say information from Williams proved critical in tracking Martin and Robinson to Virgina following the 2005 murder for money. Facing a trespassing charge, Williams told investigators he had talked to the pair by phone; his cell-phone records led police to the two defendants. But even after being granted immunity, he refused to sing at either trial. So now his present stay in prison on a Bristol County gun conviction will be extended a year.

Suffolk County DA Dan Conley called him a worm:

"This defendant helped investigators catch his friends not because it was the right and moral thing to do, but to get out from under a minor offense. Once they went to trial, he withheld powerful evidence from two juries for no reason but to stymie the justice system. He's served only himself every step of the way. It's despicable – and contemptible."

By - 2/11/09 - 1:43 pm

A Suffolk Superior Court jury today acquitted Jashawn Robinson, 22, of Brighton, of fatally stabbing Brookline cab driver Heureur Previlon in 2005, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

In December, another Suffolk jury found Cleveland "Sleazy" Martin guilty on a first-degree murder charge for Previlon's death.

In both cases, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office charged that Robinson and Martin called up a Brookline cab company - knowing that Brookline cabs did not use bullet-proof separators behind the drivers - for a death ride from Cleveland Circle to Monastery Road in Brighton. Prosecutors charged they even got into the cab with knives with aluminum wrapped around the handles to prevent fingerprints, and that once they got to a parking lot near St. Elizabeth's, they stabbed Previlon to death and then took refuge in the nearby apartment of Martin's girlfriend.

Robinson is not through with court - he faces a separate assault-and-battery case in Boston Municipal Court.

By - 1/30/09 - 9:47 pm

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports a man was mugged at knifepoint around 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Allston Street T stop.

By - 1/30/09 - 9:43 pm

Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports that when a woman stormed out of Roggie's New Age Brew and Grille, 356 Chestnut Hill Ave. after an argument with her boyfriend, when she returned, the guy was talking to a female BC student, and then "grabbed the BC student by the hair, pulled her onto the ground and kicked her in the chest."

By - 1/29/09 - 8:53 pm

Old TV If you were driving around Sutherland Road in Cleveland Circle today and spotted a forlorn, ancient-looking television by the curb, Brad Kayal will explain its story:

I moved to Boston in the spring of 2001 and didn't really know anyone in this city. I also lived in a 200 square foot basement studio apartment in Mission Hill and attracting any visitors was kind of tough.

So, to pass some time that first summer I bought this old and broken 1949 Admiral television set on eBay to fix up. It was salvaged from an old radio and TV repair shop in Connecticut that burned down and was in pretty bad shape. I spent over a week sanding and refinishing it and then refitted it with a slightly more modern CRT tube and chassis. This 1949 Admiral became my first working television in Boston. ...

Alas, the years were not kind to the old Admiral ...

By - 1/28/09 - 6:00 pm

Boston College seems to think so - it's going to bus students to a BRA meeting Thursday afternoon at which board members are expected to vote on the school's 10-year expansion plan in Brighton.