The Patriot Ledger reports a Boston teen attempting to steal some jewelry from a pushcart at the South Shore Plaza got distracted when a text message came in, which delayed him long enough that a Braintree cop was able to spot him and give chase.
So who do you think this guy was talking to while he robbed the TD Bank on Granite Street in Braintree Sunday afternoon? And did he have to tell the person to hold on a second while he told the teller to "get it all out now?"
He's described as a skinny white male, about 5'10", with a scruffy beard and "very dark red circles under his eyes."
Det. Stephen Wallace of the Braintree PD would love to chat. 781-794-8601, ext. 8729.
The Globe reports Bill Delahunt won't be running for re-election in the Tenth District.
The Sheraton, the South Shore's only crenellated hotel, has closed, the Boston Business Journal reports.
Braintree Police report they're looking for a guy who walked out of the Burlington Coat Factory store last week with a shopping cart full of new clothes and then threatened workers who tried to stop him:
Suspect had a visible prosthetic left leg and walked with a visible limp.
Steve Garfield has live video of the view outside his Jamaica Plain house. Jeff Cutler has live video of the scene in Hingham. Charles is livestreaming the snow in Swampscott. And the state's traffic-camera network is beaming out tons of snow photos.
If you take snow pictures and put them on Flickr, tag them as universalhub and I'll post here.
We're still waiting for the day when a reporter is swept out to sea, though:
Via Jessica Heslam.
Both at the South Shore Plaza, at least as of a couple hours ago. Both are on the first floor; one's a full-service restaurant, the other's a smaller ice-cream only place. Both now only take cash.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports the Chateau, a chain of big ol' Italian restaurants, is opening its seventh location on the John Mahar Highway near South Braintree Square.
We go the one on Rte. 1 in Norwood sometimes. It's pretty cool in an Anthony's Pier 4/Ken's kind of way, only without the sad days-gone-by vibe you sometimes get in those places (plus, there's something relaxing about watching people practice their putting at the golf course on the other side of the picture windows).
The Patriot Ledger reports police had to bust down the door of the burning house because the woman had barricaded herself inside. Four officers were injured in the rescue.
The Patriot-Ledger reports the guy allegedly got up to 110 mph in an attempt to escape Weymouth police early Sunday morning.
The Coast Guard reports the rescue of a guy who decided to do a little ocean kayaking around 11:30 last night off Nantasket Beach - in rough waters and without a life jacket.
Of course, he capsized - but right near a moored boat to which he was able to swim and spend several hours.
The Coast Guard says it launched a search boat, and Hull firefighters began searching from shore around 4 a.m. - after a friend called to report the guy missing at 3:30 a.m.:
The missing man called out to the search party on the beach from aboard a moored boat he swam to after falling off the kayak.
The beach search party directed the Coast Guard boat crew to the man's location, where he was rescued and transported to shore where a waiting ambulance took him to South Shore Hospital.
Winds were 20-knots, seas 2-to-4 feet, and the water was 59 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Coast Guard advises against going out in bad weather in a kayak.