The Dunkin' Donuts at 99 Cambridge St., Charlestown, was held up around noon by a man who threatened the manager with a tire iron to get money. He then fled the store - leaving both the tire iron and his cell phone on the counter.
He's described as white, in his 30s, with a receding hairline, wearing a tan coat and a light-blue shirt under... Read more
Two Transit Police officers couldn't keep a large man from flinging himself off the Orange Line bridge over the Mystic River early on Nov. 17, but they didn't give up on him - ultimately helping him out of the cold water and into the back of a waiting ambulance.
Officers Eli Bojorquez and Kenneth Phillips will be given formal commendations at a ceremony next Wednesday... Read more
A citizen who is not Billy Corgan complains:
Edwards Park in Charlestown. Many smashed pumpkins. It isn't like the teens were trying to be discrete- they were yelling all night but no police vet patrol the park so they can have open container and do this without any consequence. It shouldn't be up to neighbors to clean this up.... Read more
A dead train gave Orange Line commuters extra time to check e-mail or read the Metro cover to cover and back again. Around 7, Ford Inbody tweeted:
Overall from Sullivan Square to Back Bay took me 52 minutes. Normally around 20 in the morning.
That included waiting 20 miunutes at Sullivan just for a train to show up and 10 minutes just sitting at... Read more
UPDATE: Another Red Line train died at Harvard around 5 p.m. Of course.
There's a dead trolley on the Riverside Line and an Orange Line train was emptied at Community College around 3:30 p.m.
Signal problems at Sullivan Square mean sardine-level packing on inbound Orange Line trains this morning.
Meanwhile, there are major delays on the Worcester Line due to a train hitting and killing somebody.
At 8:34 a.m., State Police reported:
Tobin Bridge, Rt 1 SB, CLOSED. There is currently a truck fully engulfed, adjacent to the top of the Everett St on-ramp.
UPDATE, 8:51: State Police say the fire is out and one lane reopened.
Via Boston Reddit.
Paul Matisse's Charlestown Bells, removed from the Charles River Dam in June for repairs, are slated to be put back in place on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m.
The Friends of the Charlestown Bells expect the work to take a few hours - and say people who want to help out but who don't feel mechanically inclined can bring sandwiches.
The bells, which... Read more
In a ruling rendered temporarily moot by the semi-government shutdown, a federal appeals court yesterday said a National Park Service ranger did nothing wrong by arresting a man for drunk driving even though the arrest took place off federal land.
The man, Kevin Ryan, was found guilty of "unsafe operation" but not OUI after a federal judge ruled the ranger lacked the authority to arrest... Read more
Pete Leslie wonders if we need some sort of education program for photographers who are increasingly likely to get our two iconic bridges mixed up.
A history-minded citizen reports that the "Entering Boston" on the Alford Street Bridge into Charlestown reads "Incorporated 1635," which agitated the citizen enough to file a complaint.
Pablo Flores, Jr., 20, is scheduled for arraignment today on a charge of murder for the shooting death of Steven Jones, 21, on Monument Street on May 7.
Police pegged Flores as their suspect early in the investigation - police obtained an arrest warrant for him the next day and a Suffolk County grand jury indicted him on June 26. Boston Police report... Read more
Todd English's lawyer says his client's getting ready to hand the Olives liquor license over to his former landlord to settle the rent dispute that shut the eatery in June.
Landlord William Carey, who says English owes him more than $780,000 in back rent and interest on the 10 City Square location, seized Olives - including its liquor license.
English's lawyer, Dennis Quilty, told... Read more
Mass. Moments reminds us today is the anniversary of the burning of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown by "an unruly, drunken mob of laborers, sailors, apprentices, and hoodlums." The convent burned to the ground because the local firefighters, all Protestant, refused to respond.
Riot on Broad Street.