The Blue Line is currently experiencing "severe delays" due to "a signal problem at Orient Heights."
Firefighters battling a brush fire off Bennington Street south of Orient Heights asked the T to shut down the Blue Line around 8:20 p.m., because the fire is close enough to the tracks they did not want to have to worry about what might happen should their streams of water hit the overhead electrical lines.
Damien Bundu, 23, is scheduled for arraignment today in East Boston District Court on a charge of aggravated assault and battery causing injury for an incident Dec. 8 at the Orient Heights Blue Line station.
Transit Police report:
The Boston Licensing Board today meted out an unusually stiff four-day suspension to Las Vegas, 964 Saratoga St., after police found bottles of gin, tequila, whiskey and vodka behind the counter of the former King Tacos, which is licensed only to sell beer and wine.
Owner Raul Santos and his manager said the bottles were purely decorative and were not used to serve customers. But at a hearing on Tuesday, neither could say where the bottles came from or even who had purchased them.
The Suffolk County Mosquito Control Project will use truck-mounted aerosol shpritzers to douse areas in the vicinity of Orient Avenue, Boardman Street, Andrew Road and Horace Street between dusk and 11:30 p.m. - or on Monday if the weather's not good.
The trucks will spray sumethrin:
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. The T reports regular service has resumed.
The T is warning Blue Line passengers to expect "significant delays" this afternoon following a train slipping off the rails at Orient Heights.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo reports the train was moving from the Orient Heights train yard onto the main tracks around 2:40 p.m., so it wasn't carrying any passengers. The T has swapped in buses for trains between Suffolk Downs and Airport.
The MBTA forwards this photo from the Blue Line repair facility in Orient Heights, where workers have made a Christmas tree out of a "bolster rack" of trucks used to hold the axles of Blue Line cars.
Rob McDougall reports somebody was shot in the arm shortly before 7 p.m. The suspect was described as a black Hispanic male who fled in an older Civic last spotted headed toward Revere.
Andy Dost reports cops were in no mood to explain what was going on to bystanders:
Armed police have set up a tape perimeter at the Orient Heights stop. An officer told me when I asked, "Escaped zombies."
Boston Police report East Boston Variety, 3 Gladstone St., was held up around 6:45 this morning by a pack of knife-wielding robbers - one of whom gave the clerk a dollar, then pulled out a knife and yelled "Gimme the money!"
A second suspect was described as black male in his late teens early twenties, wearing a black hoodie with red lettering "Lazy But Talented" with the hood pulled up, black hat with 3 stickers visible on the brim, black pants, and black and white sneakers.
Got this interesting T alert earlier today:
Orange Line experiencing 10-15 min delays due to a signal problem at Orient Heights Station.Â 6/5/2012 5:52 AM.
note - I presumed the alert was for the Orange Line, as I'm not signed up to get Blue Line alerts
Lisa S. photographed the remains of the Orient Heights stop on the Blue Line today. The T is bustituting this weekend as it renovates the station.
One passenger on the Blue Line in Orient Heights seemed a bit squirrelly this afternoon. In fact, the Animal Rescue League of Boston had to be called in.
ARL volunteer Margaret Wirth reports T workers found a baby squirrel running around a Blue Line car around noon. Boston Animal Control worked with the league to corral the critter, whom they promptly named Charlie, of course.
Wirth says Charlie is headed to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Weymouth, where he will be prepared for a life in the wild. She adds that kindhearted T inspectors did not charge him with fare evasion.
Power problem at Orient Heights this morning makes for some very unhappy riders. At 8:34, Julianne LaMay tweeted:
Such a cluster. They sent folks to Suffolk first but there were no shuttles there. FAIL
Michael Brannigan, who posted the photo around 8:27, tweeted at 8:41 that one bus finally arrived:
Boston Police report officers found a man with "several puncture wounds to the upper body" on Bennington Street around midnight:
The victim, who was somewhat incoherent, told officers that he had driven into the Burger King lot located at 944 Bennington Street and while there he was assaulted by a suspect, described as a white male about 4' tall who then fled on foot towards the Brandywine apartments. Officers attempted to get more information from the suspect but the victim's story continued to change and was somewhat muddled.
Boston and MBTA Transit Police are looking for a guy they say rear-ended a T worker pulling into the employee lot at the Orient Heights T stop early Tuesday, then "began asking the victim if he had any cocaine." Police say the T worker pulled over and went to call police:
When he returned, he found the suspect had broken into his vehicle, and was rummaging through the interior. Upon the arrival of the victim, the suspect fled the scene in his vehicle.
Jim posts a copy of a letter from Tom Menino's East Boston liaison, Ernani DeAraujo, on the BPL trustee vote to shut the Orient Heights library. Among other things, DeAraujo writes:
We can arrange for book return pick up in the Heights and will experiment with delivery services for seniors who cannot walk to Meridian.
He also repeats the promised made by trustees to look at building a brand-new, 20,000-square foot library to serve all of East Boston.