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Too frickin' early for this nonsense

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:45:28 +0000

With pumpkin-spice beer on the shelves in time for July Fourth, it was probably inevitable that Halloween stuff would show up soon after - such as the Shaw's in Somerville, where Stephanie managed to contain her outrage long enough to snap this shot.




New Globe printing press not working as well as they'd hoped; fixes could take several weeks

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:40:18 +0000

The Globe e-mailed print subscribers today about problems related to its new plant in Taunton:

We are in the final phases of bringing our new Taunton printing facility up to speed, and we have encountered more problems than we anticipated. Some communities are experiencing delayed deliveries, and too many of you are receiving editions that don't have final sports scores because of early deadlines. We apologize for this.

There is a dedicated team in place working to get us to where we need to be to meet our commitment to you. We are striving to make this right as soon as possible, and anticipate significant improvement in the coming weeks. We are deeply appreciative of your patience.




In Dorchester case, investigators came for the bank fraud, stayed for the child porn

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:54:51 +0000

A Dorchester man was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail today following his indictment on 34 counts in Suffolk Superior Court, mostly involving an alleged scheme to defraud banks of several hundred thousand dollars, but also on a child-porn charge for a video prosecutors say he had on his phone.

Should John Wilson, 49, make bail, he will have to wear a GPS device, surrender his passport, stay away from children and schools and refrain from opening any bank accounts, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to the DA's office:

Wilson allegedly used the personal identifying information of three customers of an Ohio-based bank in order to cause the bank to issue checks to Wilson and to a shell company he operated during August of 2015. He additionally attempted to make wire transfers from two of those accounts totaling $78,967 but was blocked from doing so. An IP address used during these transactions was linked to Wilson.

In addition, a fraudulent check of $1,000 issued on the account of an Idaho fire department was deposited into Wilson’s account that same month, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege that Wilson also fraudulently obtained 16 business credit cards during 2016. He allegedly posed as the accountholders on business credit accounts and requested that new cards be issued in the name of Wilson, who was identified in the requests as a new employee. Ten of the 16 cards were then used to make cash advances totaling $303,700. Most of the proceeds were wired to individuals in Turkey and Ghana.

In 2015, Wilson allegedly took part in a scheme to file fraudulent tax returns in the names of taxpayers without their consent. As a result of these fraudulent returns, the Internal Revenue Service issued a total of $72,750 in refunds, all of which were deposited into bank accounts held by Wilson. ...

During the course of the investigation by Boston Police and Suffolk prosecutors, Wilson consented to a search of his cell phone on Oct. 3, 2016. The device was found to contain a video depicting explicit sexual images of children.

Innocent, etc.




As close as you can get to storrowing without actually going through with it

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:45:46 +0000

The driver of this truck didn't shred it while making a run for Storrow Drive near Mass. Eye and Ear this morning. Shamus Moynihan provides the evidence. State and Boston Police had to shut the ramp while the driver backed up and awaited his obligatory ticket.




Rats: Brighton noodle place shut for health violations

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:26:06 +0000

ISD ordered MDM Noodles, 351 Washington St., shut earlier this week for violations that included flounder and un-canned Spam not being kept cool enough, cooked lamb not being kept warm enough, a lack of adequate hand-washing facilities for workers and rat droppings on the floor of a closet at the end of the area where hot foods are prepared.

According to city records, one of hand sinks was blocked by several five-gallon buckets and had no soap; another sink had no paper towels.

The inspection, on Wednesday, also found "excessive grease buildup" on the hoods and light shields above the cooking area and "excessive buildup of food debris, food encrustments and grease" on the floor.

The restaurant can re-open after it passes another inspection.

CSV file listing the issues found (ones marked with *** are reasons for an immediate shutdown).




Police, volunteers hunt vandals who attacked sports facility, planters in Dorchester

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:39:44 +0000

Boston Police are asking for help to find the people who ransacked and vandalized the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, 950 Blue Hill Ave., sometime late Sunday or early Monday:

The officers observed profanity spray painted on the rear door, the storage shed was broken into and ransacked, and the outdoor seating areas and garden had been destroyed.

Anybody with information can contact detectives at 617-343-4712 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

Separately, Greater Ashmont Main Street reports somebody went along Dot Ave. in Peabody Square damaging planters:

Seven of the terra cotta style planters along the Dot Ave sidewalk were overturned, stolen, or had their plants thrown into the street sometime between Saturday morning and Sunday midday. Then, around 1:30 am Monday, one of the larger concrete planters in Peabody Square was hit by a vehicle who left the scene, collapsing one of its side walls. The combined damage estimate is about $800.




Senate candidate learns if you come at Howie Carr, you best not miss - and you best not have a police record

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:31:41 +0000

For people who enjoy a good car wreck, skip to 2:00 in this video. Right-winger Shiva Ayyadurai, who says he invented e-mail and who is one of several Republicans looking to run against Elizabeth Warren next year, accuses Howie Carr - Howie Carr - of being a "Fake Trumper." Carr responds in classic Carr fashion - by pulling out copies of the records related to Ayyadurai's 2005 arrest on a charge of domestic assault and battery against his then girlfriend (Naturally, Carr also posted copies of those records).

H/t Ron.




In separate incidents, two people fell on subway tracks today

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:45:50 +0000

John Stephen Dwyer reports on an incident at the Back Bay Orange Line stop around 2:30 p.m.:

White male, late 20s-early 30s was acting delirious and bumped into me on the Orange Line platform. A few minutes later, I heard a noise and soon saw he'd fallen on the Outbound tracks. At least two men jumped down before I arrived; I helped them get him back on the platform and then I helped the older of the rescuers back onto the platform. He had stopped to retrieve the fallen man's phone and a bag. The man who had fallen was badly bruised on his face and arm. He wasn't moving and I asked if anyone had Narcan. He said he wasn't on opiates and was responsive from that point on. Several people remained with him until a T inspector arrived. I left shortly after.

He adds:

You might think this sort of thing would give you an adrenaline rush, but the train platform is hot like a sauna and mostly I just want to get home and put on some dry clothes. Blech.

Around 1:20 p.m., meanwhile, somebody apparently nodded out and then plunged to the Red Line tracks on the Braintree side of JFK/UMass. Firefighters got the person up to the platform for care.




The roof stayed intact, but the judges awarded him points for flipping the truck

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:31:28 +0000

Kevin couldn't help but notice the flipped, storrowed box truck outbound by the Fenway/Kenmore exit on Storrow Drive around 5 p.m. (although seems the flipping happened a little after 4).




Police: Man uses granite block to break into South Boston market in search of ciggies and scratchies

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:25:32 +0000

Boston Police report arresting a man they say broke into the 7-Eleven on West Broadway near Dorchester Street early this morning and stole 89 packs of Newports and rifled through the scratch tickets.

Police say officer responding to an alarm shortly after 2 a.m. found a "large granite block" that had been used to smash the front door, along with shelves cleared of Newports and "disheveled" scratch-ticket racks.

Not long after, police say, they found Patrick Keane, 57, nearby, behind 57 G St., with the cigarettes, a bag full of screw drivers, a hammer and other tools.

Keane was charged with breaking and entering, destruction of property, larceny over $250, possession of drug paraphernalia and, of course, possession of burglarious tools.

Innocent, etc.