A man determined to torment a former roommate in Watertown used skills gained as a computer-science major and a professional software writer - along with some basic human engineering - to repeatedly target the woman, her family, her friends and her colleagues with sexually explicit messages, bomb threats to institutions in Waltham and Chelmsford made in their names, for some 18 months until his arrest last week, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the case. Read more.
A Newton man faces federal cyberstalking charges after his arrest last night by federal and local authorities investigating months of threats and harassment against a former roommate and her family and friends. Read more.
The Waltham Channel reports that in addition to Brandeis University and the Waltham Public Library, a tenant of a Waltham landlord also got a bomb threat this week.
All interesting as it goes, but NanoLab says it will sell its pigment to anybody, unlike rival NanoSystems, which granted exclusive rights to its blackest-black paint to a British artist - which sparked one of his rivals to come out with a pink paint that he would sell to anybody who signed a contract agreeing they were not that guy and would not give him any of that paint.
State Police report they are looking for a man who walked out of the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in the South End.
Matthew Cooperstein, 37, has connections to Waltham and may be headed there.
If you see him, contact DMH Police at 617-626-8888 or State Police at 617-740-7710.
Watertown News reports an Everett guy who led police on a car chase, jumped out of his car and into the Charles River last night, but proved unable to elude state troopers, local police, a helicopter and search dog. He's scheduled for arraignment this morning in Waltham District Court.
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.
Brandeis Now posts the list, although looks like they need to do some more research: They list Gates "Dr. Crusher" McFadden but not her classmate, Louise "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" Lasser (nor the Lasser-inspired mention of Brandeis in "Annie Hall"). And where's movie producer and writer (and, OK, convicted felon) Jack Abramoff?
H/t fellow Brandeis alum Martin Leiberman.
State Police report somebody walking in one of the southbound lanes of Rte. 128 in Waltham died after being hit by several vehicles shortly after 10 p.m. yesterday. State Police say they are trying to determine, among other things, why the person was walking on the highway.
WBZ reports Eversource is blaming a squirrel that "came into contact" with some of its equipment for a power outage this morning. The power, if not the squirrel, came back in about an hour.
This was Dani B's 70 bus just after it pulled into Central Square in Waltham around 8:30 a.m. Discretion proved the better part of valor for riders.
Back in the old days, railroads used to use semaphores to signal train engineers whether they could go forward and how fast. You can still see one of these semaphores where the old Boston & Maine (now MBTA, natch) line to Fitchburg crosses Elm Street in downtown Waltham - mounted on a switching tower that sits next to a switch for what used to be a line to Watertown.
The signals were, of course, not very useful at night, so there were also bulbs to signal engineers: Read more.
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