North Shore

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 to stay alive and out of jail among his “friends” – cops, bartenders, radical hippies, bank robbers, hit men and informants. Weeks away from a prison sentence for trucking stolen booze, Eddie’s making a few bucks supplying the guns for a rash of brazen bank heists, while looking to tip someone in for a kind word to the judge.

George V. Higgins’ classic novel has been called the “best crime novel ever written” by Elmore Leonard, and literary scholars have compared his unforgiving and realistic depiction of Boston’s underworld with the works of Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Balzac. Through dialogue quintessentially Bostonian, and the most poignant homage to Bobby Orr and the ’69-’70 Boston Bruins in literature, The Friends of Eddie Coyle has set the bar for Boston crime stories for nearly 40 years.

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!

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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 June 13 after somebody dropped a dime to A-1 about South Shore kids making regular runs to the place.

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.

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, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.

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

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

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.

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 motor vehicle document because state law doesn't mention plate decals specifically.

By - 5/7/11 - 8:03 pm

Today, I have the honor of working with my friends Steve and Brad on a 48 hour film project. There are several teams all across the greater Boston area doing this today. I'm liveblogging our progress today, and if you would like to read what we've been doing, feel free.

By - 5/6/11 - 7:00 am

An Essex County resident yesterday filed a class-action lawsuit against Sony over the theft of some 100 million PlayStation Network user records - and the loss of access to the gaming network.

In her lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Dawn Thompson says she is seeking in excess of $5 million - plus lawyers' fees - for herself and fellow gamers. Thompson charges the company negligently disregarded basic security measures, lied to subscribers and is depriving customers of access to the network that they paid for.

By - 4/6/11 - 4:57 pm

FBI: LePage with gun at man's head.FBI: LePage with gun at man's head.

A Stoughton man was charged today with the armed hold-up of an Eastern Bank branch at 102 Lynn St. in Peabody on Monday, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

Mark LePage, 47, faces up to 25 years in prison for the robbery. The FBI charges LePage put a gun to the head of the man in front of him and demanded all his money. Then, the FBI says, he used the gun to get additional money from a teller.

AlertNewEngland reports he got away with $20,000 and "bait money" and that LePage, who already has a lengthy record, was living in Revere.

Innocent, etc.

By - 3/26/11 - 1:16 pm

Steve Nadis reports on his unusual path for a scheduled meeting on the North Shore earlier this week.

By - 3/13/11 - 8:30 pm

UPDATE, 10:30 p.m.: Peabody Police report no threats to nearby residents.

An explosion ripped the Bostik adhesives plant on Boston Road, near the Peabody and Lynnfield lines tonight, sparking a four-alarm fire that led to the shutdown of Rte. 62.