By - 1/19/16 - 11:29 am

Arlington High School got a bomb threat shortly before 9 a.m. today, Arlington Police report. Students and staff were initially told to shelter in place, but then students were sent home for the day as a precaution even after police determined the threat - that backpacks would explode and students be shot - was not credible. Read more.

By - 1/16/16 - 4:38 pm

Arlington Police report that officers sent to check on a distraught woman in a Grove Street apartment this morning managed to open her barricaded door after they heard her yelling about killing herself - only to have her charge them "swinging [a] large knife violently." Read more.

By - 1/15/16 - 4:21 pm

Arlington Catholic High School on Medford Street was evacuated today after somebody called in a bomb threat shortly before 1:30 p.m. Arlington Police report:

After a thorough search, officers determined at 3:30 p.m. that nothing harmful was inside the school.

Police say they are now comparing notes with their counterparts in several other towns in eastern Massachusetts, where similar threats were called in.

By - 12/3/15 - 12:51 pm

Arlington Police report they've identified a 23-year-old man they say slapped a sign reading "All" atop "Black" on a "Black Lives Banner" at the First Parish Unitarian Church on Nov. 25.

In a statement, Police Chief Frederick Ryan says: Read more.

By - 12/2/15 - 10:07 pm

Arlington Police charge a waitress at an Arlington restaurant befriended an elderly customer - and then took him for $100,000 before she was arrested.

Police say Anissa Llega, 24, convinced the 84-year-man to hire her as a house cleaner, then began spinning a series of sob stories convincing enough to have him give her large sums of money - including $30,000 that she claimed she would use for surgery for her brain tumor. Read more.

By - 9/27/15 - 5:29 pm
Arlington crash

The final crash. Photo by Markk02474.


A Winthrop woman was drunk Saturday evening when she smashed into three cars, injuring seven people, one critically, Arlington Police report.

Police say Lillian Claudio, 35, had four people - two of them children - in her Kia when she smashed head on into a parked Ford Explorer so hard the car spun 360 degrees and the driver, a man from Somerville, was ejected. He was taken to Mass. General with life-threatening injuries. Read more.

By - 9/9/15 - 11:54 am

Arlington Police report they are looking for the occupants of an SUV who apparently reacted to verbal abuse from passengers in an Uber car by shooting out the car's rear windshield with a BB gun.

Police say the action started around midnight in the rear seat of an Uber driver's 2007 Saturn Vue: Read more.

By - 9/4/15 - 7:21 pm

Arlington Police report first responders asked around 4 p.m. to check on the well being on a resident at 2 Rockmont Rd. found him dead in the basement, "with evidence that the death may have involved the use of hazardous materials, possibly cyanide." Read more.

By - 8/13/15 - 10:36 pm
Old sign in the old Brigham's in Arlington

Maria M. shows us one of the last vestiges of the old Brigham's in Arlington Heights.

"Ice cream was a wicked bargain back in the day!" she notes.

Copyright Maria M. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/16/15 - 7:16 pm
Arlington suspects

Arlington Police report arresting a pair of local residents they say they found lying nude on a couch behind the Regent Theatre on Medford Street around 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 7/3/15 - 4:28 pm

Burlington Police report arresting a man wanted on charges he handcuffed and blindfolded an Arlington man - at first voluntarily - then took his cash and car.

Steven Michael O'Brien was nabbed shoplifting at a local store today, Burlington Police report. He was handed over to Arlington Police, who will hold him until his arraignment Monday in Cambridge District Court on charges of kidnapping, larceny over $250 from a person over 60 and receiving stolen property, police say.

Innocent, etc.

By - 7/2/15 - 11:57 pm
Wanted: Steven O'Brien

Arlington Police report they are looking for a local man for a Tuesday robbery in which a Spy Pond Parkway resident was handcuffed and blindfolded - at first voluntarily - while he was robbed of his cash and car. Read more.

By - 6/30/15 - 9:23 pm

Arlington Police report they are looking for a guy who had permission to blindfold and cuff a Spy Pond Parkway resident this afternoon - but not to take his cash and car. Read more.

By - 6/5/15 - 10:56 pm

Arlington Police report arresting two homeless Boston men on charges they shot two men in a car at Thorndike Field near the Alewife T station around 10 p.m.; the victims managed to drive away - and injured one of the two suspects by hitting him with the car.

Police found the victims in the car about a half mile away, at the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Lake Street. Read more.

By - 5/5/15 - 6:30 pm

A jerk who tossed a lit cigarette butt into some mulch outside an Arlington condo complex sparked a four-alarm fire that left a man dead and dozens of other residents homeless, the Middlesex County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By - 5/5/15 - 6:31 am

WBZ reports on a four-alarm fire that broke out around 4 a.m. on Arizona Terrace.

By - 4/7/15 - 7:39 pm

Arlington Police report finding a man with a freshly stabbed neck around 4 p.m. on Mass. Ave. at Melrose Street.

Police say the victim, a 23-year-old from Falmouth:

Was conscious and alert when rescuers got to him. He was taken to an area hospital, where he is being treated for non life-threatening injuries.

There is no word on a suspect at this time, and the victim is not currently cooperating with law enforcement. However, police have reason to believe that this was not a random act of violence.

By - 2/25/15 - 7:50 am

BuzzFeed introduces us to Jan Rankowski, a Maine man who posted a YouTube video that showed him with the car he claimed he wrecked while on the way to terrorize Arlington game developer Brianna Wu - forced to flee her home last year under a deluge of horrible and specific threats from GamerGate manboys.

Turns out Rankowski is a member of a sketch-comedy group and says, ha ha, he was just trying to satirize GamerGate. And now that his secret is out and GamerGate is doing the same sort of harassment against him that they did against Wu, he says, oops, he has newfound sympathy for Wu and other women game developers.

By - 2/6/15 - 9:02 am

Arlington Police acknowledged yesterday the town is besieged by turkeys, who have taken to strutting about the place as if they own it:

As if the snow hasn’t put enough of a wrench in the morning and afternoon commute it seems we have a flock of turkeys gathering on some of our busier streets. Now don’t tell them I said this but they are not the smartest birds. This is part of the reason it can be challenging to navigate around them and they don’t seem to understand that your car is way bigger and they should get out of the road.