North Shore

By - 12/16/11 - 11:07 am

State Police report the arrest of one of their own on charges he paid a woman for sex - and then tried to drive away from local police in his state-issued undercover vehicle when they found the pair in intimate contact.

Efrain Montanez, 50, a member of the State Police gang unit from Salem, faces arraignment today on charges of unnatural acts, assault with a... Read more

By - 12/7/11 - 3:16 pm

The Daily Item reports the 80-year-old duck feeder refuses to stop, no matter how large the bill, she says God is on her side.

By - 11/28/11 - 10:58 am

An MBTA Transit Police officer assigned to patrol the Lynn parking garage due to multiple break-ins in recent days may have hit the jackpot yesterday morning: A woman he allegedly found attaching a stolen plate to one car, with evidence she had tried to break into several other cars nearby.

Alexis Downez,... Read more

By - 11/22/11 - 10:56 am

A State Police captain will likely be suspended today over a Saturday incident in which he allegedly refused to stop for Saugus Police investigating an activated residential burglar alarm, State Police say, adding he may have been drunk at the time.

Thomas McCarthy, 47, had his cruiser and gun seized pending a hearing today on his duty status, State Police say in a statement. McCarthy... Read more

By - 11/17/11 - 6:38 am

The Salem News has the details in the latest indictments centered on an employee of a company that prints CharlieTickets, who allegedly sold bogus passes over the Internet.

By - 10/30/11 - 1:09 pm


A.P. Blake photographed his family's snowy pumpkinhead in Saugus today.... Read more

By - 10/17/11 - 9:53 am

The Salem News reports: Witches accused of zombie abuse.

Police expressed some frustration with the situation and an off-the-record longing for November.

Sounds like a job for Vimes of the City Watch.

By - 10/15/11 - 7:25 am

Cambridge, Mass. — Tickets are on sale now for George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, Stickball Productions’ world premiere stage adaptation of the quintessential Boston crime novel. The production runs Dec. 8–Jan. 15 at Oberon in Harvard Square, for tickets, visit

It is the winter of ‘69 in Boston and Eddie Coyle is a bottom of the barrel hood attempting... Read more

By - 10/8/11 - 9:12 am

Liz Polay-Wetengel reports:

Our doorbell rang. It was a woman I didn't recognize. She handed me my husband's wallet and said she found it on the MBTA train. I love her.

I was so stunned that I just thanked her over and over. I should have given her a bottle of wine or something!

... Read more
By - 9/21/11 - 10:54 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring people to pay a fee to appeal a traffic ticket.

Ralph Sullivan, who wanted to get back the $75 in fees he spent successfully appealing a traffic ticket from Salem, argued the fees violate the Constitution's right to equal protection because people appealing tickets for smoking or carrying marijuana are not levied fees.... Read more

By - 9/16/11 - 11:13 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today authorities can't keep a serial North Shore exhibitionist locked up past the end of his sentence because there's no proof his behaviors trend toward the "sexually dangerous."

Essex County prosecutors wanted to keep Donald Suave away from the public even after he finished his latest sentence, something they could do with a declaration that he posed a sexual... Read more

By - 8/28/11 - 7:38 pm

Lost sailboat in Swampscott

Tim Mouradian photographed a lost sailboat in Swampscott today.

Copyright Tim Mouradian. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 8/28/11 - 1:30 pm

The reporters standing on the water side of the sea walls, that is:

Lynn Beach

Charles Palleschi took this photo by Lynn Beach near the Swampscott line today.

Lynn Beach video.... Read more

By - 8/13/11 - 10:00 am

Backhoe falls off trailer, kills woman on 495.

Wood and debris hit Haverhill man on I-95 South:

Tom O'Brien, of Haverhill, was on his way to work in Wakefield, when a giant piece of wood came crashing through his windshield.

... Read more
By - 8/9/11 - 9:11 pm

Biddy Early's

Boston Police say they've stanched the flow of underage South Shore residents who'd been flocking to the pub as an easy place to get a drink.

At a Boston Licensing Board hearing this morning, Det. Michael Talbot said he paid a visit to Biddy Early's on Pearl Street on... Read more

By - 7/21/11 - 10:38 am

The Salem News reports the city licensing board put a local witch on watch for a spell for making alleged online threats against other witches and psychics. The board voted to suspend his witchcraft license for six months - but to belay the punishment if he stays out of double, double toil and trouble for a year.... Read more

By - 7/20/11 - 1:42 pm

Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.

The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process,... Read more

By - 7/3/11 - 11:31 am

Yoni Appelbaum reports on days of yore when Salem would light massive bonfires to herald July Fourth:

For weeks, volunteers assembled materials, stacking them into a towering pyramid reaching high into the air. Fat hogsheads on the bottom supported row upon row of oily casks, topped with layers of smaller kegs. The pyramid claimed eight thousand barrels; some years, it had forty tiers.

... Read more
By - 5/30/11 - 12:23 pm

Boat found, owner missing

The Coast Guard reports finding this boat two miles southeast of Tinkers Island, near Marblehead, today. Efforts to contact the owner have been unsuccessful, so the Coast Guard has launched an in-water search.

The boat has "Mueller" and "6/10" hand written on the... Read more

By - 5/16/11 - 3:01 pm

The Salem News reports on a woman who simply written "11" on a piece of yellow tape then stuck it on her license plate because she couldn't get insurance for her car, what with a history that included multiple license suspensions for things such as being held responsible for five accidents. A Salem District Court judge, however, dismissed a charge of using a falsified... Read more