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By adamg - 6/21/24 - 12:27 pm

A Middlesex Superior Court jury this week convicted two participants in an armed standoff that lasted 8 1/2 hours on the side of Rte. 128 in Wakefield on gun charges. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/23 - 10:49 am

At just 16, federal officials charge, Mateo Ventura began communicating online with somebody he thought belonged to ISIS about how to help the group achieve victory - even to the point of going on a "martyrdom" mission - which could mean his death - overseas. Read more.

By adamg - 9/15/21 - 1:10 pm

The leader of the group of heavily armed Moorish sovereign citizens who held an hours-long stand off on Rte. 128 in July is suing over his arrest and continuing lockup - and is demanding $1,000 a day in recompense for his time behind bars plus written apologies from Charlie Baker, Maura Healey and the troopers who put him in cuffs for what he claims is a violation of his and his fellow gun slingers' Second Amendment rights. Read more.

By adamg - 7/3/21 - 10:29 am
Standoff scene in Wakefield on 128.

Standoff scene around 7:30 a.m. Photo by State Police.

State and Wakefield Police shut Rte. 128 in Wakefield - and ordered Wakefield, Stoneham and Reading residents to shelter in place - after they say a check on two cars in the northbound breakdown lane near Parker Street turned into a standoff between law enforcement and heavily armed members of a Black sovereign-citizen group early this morning. Read more.

By roadman - 2/22/16 - 6:56 pm

Just got these alerts from the T within about 30 seconds of each other:

Delay: Haverhill Train 219 (6:20 pm from North Station) is stopped at Melrose Highlands due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.
Delay: Haverhill Train 274 (6:38 pm inbound) will depart Reading Station behind schedule due to a vehicle on the tracks near Greenwood Station.

Wonder if the driver was related to that woman in Andover Sunday morning, or was just another person putting blind faith in their GPS.

By adamg - 4/10/15 - 10:11 am

Wakefield Police report arresting three Dorchester men they say were spotted removing the tires from a Kia in an apartment-complex parking lot early Thursday.

Terrance Jason Ramos-Farnum, 25, Joel Winslow, 26, and Anthony Sanchez, 25, were charged with larcenty over $250.

Police say a resident of the Audubon Road complex called to report "men in dark clothes" removing the tires and wheels from a Kia Optima shortly after midnight.

The suspects were seen getting into a Honda Odyssey minivan.

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By adamg - 2/11/10 - 3:15 pm

She was a heWakefield Police are hunting a bank robber they say dressed up for a walk on the wild side - right down to the falsies under his jacket.

Police say the man wore bright red lipstick, "large, dangling earrings on each ear," makeup and a gold scarf with a floral design when he entered an Eastern Bank branch shortly before noon on Feb. 10. Also, he carried a purse.

The slim, 6'2" guy got away with an unspecified amount of money after handing a demand note to a teller, police say.

By roadman - 10/2/09 - 9:07 am

Just before 8 this morning, I passed MBTA bus 0435 on southbound Main Street in Wakefield. The bus was sitting on the side of the road with the engine compartment open. There were two T mechanics and a supervisor on scene.

Assuming the bus had been in service when it broke down, it was apparent that whatever riders were on it had already been transferred to another bus, as there were no other people milling around.

UPDATE - Bus was in service when it broke down. From the T Web page:

Route 137 experiencing 15-20 min delays due to disabled bus 10/2/2009 7:31 AM

By adamg - 12/22/06 - 10:31 am

It's the feelbad story of the day: Elderly couple has their handicap ramp stolen. And you know it's going to be all over the airwaves (to be followed up by a heartwarming story involving a local carpenter volunteering to build them a new one for free). But get a jump on tonight's news and read about it now.

Via Dan O'Brien, who broke the story for the Wakefield Item and who wonders why TV stations never give small papers credit for the stories they get from them.

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