Beacon Hill

By - 2/5/10 - 9:41 pm

JJ Leslie was among the unfortunate who spent more than 30 minutes in a dead inbound Red Line train on the Longfellow tonight. He live-tweeted the experience:

9:01. MBTA Red Line inbound broken down just before Charles MGH. 30 minute downtime. At least we are not in the tunnel.

9:11. Stuck on the bridge. Now getting a push. One kid just took a leak in a cup. A few people freaked out. Swearing at driver.

By - 1/14/10 - 11:08 am

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals today reversed a Boston man's gun-possession conviction because prosecutors failed to prove he owned the gun in the friend's car he was driving at the time - or that he even knew the weapon was there.

Two state troopers pulled Jeffrey Snow over around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2007 after they watched him come off the Longfellow and run through a red light with no headlights on. Snow was at the wheel of a friend's car as a designated driver following the Cambridge Caribbean Festival. He said he had no idea there was a gun in the car, wedged between the driver's seat and the center console.

By - 1/10/10 - 10:16 pm

Gee, and it's been so nice getting in and out of the post office or the grocery store without standing in line for half an hour, and having parking spaces open for friends to come visit. Oh well, looks like that's all over 'til May.

Students at the bigger/more notable institutions come tromping back:

By - 1/7/10 - 1:57 pm

Scene on the Common the other day.

By - 1/2/10 - 11:31 am

Penny Cherubino photographed a dude who'd cleared off some snow so he could slide across the Public Garden Lagoon.

By - 11/2/09 - 2:40 pm

PelosiFrancis Pelosi, 56, of Boston, was arrested around 7 p.m. yesterday after he locked himself in an emergency-department men's room at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

While arguing with hospital staff and police trying to get him out, Pelosi allegedly threatened to kill the Chelsea police chief, the DA's office says, adding a former Chelsea chief now works in security for the hospital.

By - 10/30/09 - 11:25 am

Boston's largest, most award-winningest newspaper has a handy tip for Beacon Hill parents on Halloween: "Wash any loose rat droppings from your kid's candy before ingesting."

Also alerts us that lots of college students live on Mission Hill and that drug users have been known to frequent Central Square.

By - 10/27/09 - 3:49 pm

Boston Police report a psychiatric patient was fatally shot by an off-duty security guard after he attacked a doctor with a knife this afternoon in a Mass. General building on Staniford Street.

Police say the security guard, who does not work for Mass. General, shot Jay Carciero, 37, of Reading, "multiple times" after he had stabbed the doctor repeatedly. Both victims were taken to the nearby emergency room; he was pronounced dead, the doctor, identified by the Herald as Astrid Desrosiers, is in stable condition.

Channel 5 posts photos from the attack scene at 50 Staniford St., where Mass. General leases office space.

Police Commissioner Ed Davis talks about the violence.

This is the second knife attack in a Boston hospital in two days. On Sunday, somebody was stabbed in the neck in the Boston Medical Center emergency room. And it's the second attack of any kind at MGH - on Thursday, a man allegedly tried to rape a woman in a hospital restroom.

By - 10/27/09 - 1:29 pm

David Flavell, charged with attacking and attempting to rape a woman in a Mass. General restroom on Thursday was ordered sent to a secure unit at Bridgewater State Hospital for observation for 20 days to determine whether he's competent for trial, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He's next scheduled to appear in Boston Municipal Court on Nov. 16 for a status hearing.

By - 10/23/09 - 7:51 am

Boston Police report David Flavell, 40, was arrested after allegedly attacking a woman in a hospital restroom. According to police:

Preliminary investigation, at this time, indicates that the victim was assaulted by the suspect but that no sexual assault occurred.

Flavell is scheduled for arraignment today in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault with intent to rape and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

Flavell was convicted in 1998 of assault with intent to rape and in 2001 on two counts of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior, according to his record at the state Sexual Offender Registry, which lists him as a "a high risk to reoffend." In 2008, he was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman in a restroom at a Braintree bookstore. The Herald lists more charges against him.

His last listed address was 444 Harrison Ave. - the Pine Street Inn.

By - 10/19/09 - 6:00 pm

No, don't fret, Angelo Scaccia of Hyde Park isn't one of them. Josh Dawson reports Rose Staram, a Dorchester Democrat, started a fundraising committee this year for a possible run against Liz Malia of JP, while Marty Walz of the Back Bay, has opposition in Republican Brad Marston, who already has 1600+ followers on Twitter.

By - 10/19/09 - 1:57 pm

Boston Police tweet the bomb squad is at Suffolk University's 8 Ashburton Pl. building.

By - 10/7/09 - 10:25 am

Karen Sutton explains how a be-robed Governor of the Commonwealth came by to help her son clean up at the State House yesterday.

Sometimes the third graders are a bit more combative.

By - 10/6/09 - 7:47 am

State Police are at the Longfellow Bridge right now, checking out a "suspicious package," Boston Police tweet. Presumably, it is not made of Lite Brites.

By - 9/19/09 - 6:17 pm

The Globe reports on the first annual Freedom Rally on Boston Common since voters decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.

By - 9/16/09 - 11:20 am

Boston Fire Department reports the cause of the carbon monoxide was "a small hole" in a boiler that let the gas escape into the hotel ventilation system. No injuries.

Local 718 tweeted around 10:15 a.m.

By - 9/16/09 - 9:23 am

Watch where you walk these days, or you might be inadvertently immortalized on film, as Kevin James and a few dozen of his closest friends film "The Zookeeper" in the Public Garden and Back Bay (via Hub on Location), and Ben Affleck and his sweetie Jennifer Garner draw crowds and snarl the snarled traffic in Harvard Square while filming "The Town" (via

By - 9/11/09 - 1:24 pm

After quite a bit less than a year on the job, and just a few weeks after he engineered the departure of Dan Grabauskas, Transportation Secretary James Aloisi is resigning, says the Globe.

Could it be he dug himself too big a hole this time?