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Somebody tries to set a police cruiser on fire in South Boston

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:27:58 +0000

The fire under the cruiser outside C-6. Photo by Tom Kujala.

Somebody rolled a large and lit fireworks canister under a parked cruiser outside District C-6 on West Broadway this morning.

Michael Daniels reports:

it was a big firework placed at the front of parked BPD SUV - smoked and then went off w greenflash

WCVB reports Boston Police are looking for the culprit.

Tom Kujala reports:

Explosion followed by fire.

He took a second photo after the cruiser had been moved:


Globe gets results: Garden security guards can't play tough guys with homeless in North Station anymore

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:09:56 +0000

Transit Police will step up patrols in North Station and Boston Garden security guards will no longer be allowed to eject the homeless from the train station following the Globe's report on how some security guards apparently took out their aggressions on homeless people in the station.

Antenna problems once again screwing up over-air transmissions of several Boston TV stations

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:40:35 +0000

WGBH reports the balky Needham antenna that has plagued it, WGBX, WBZ, WCVB and WSBK for months now is on the fritz again.

Engineers first noticed new problems yesterday and shut the lower antenna down overnight to try to remove a damaged part on the upper antenna but were thwarted by ice on the way up so they came down for safety reasons. Engineers will shut the lower antenna down again tonight - which will knock WGBX off the air - so they can remove the part and ship it up to a repair facility in Maine.

Police say girl indecently attacked near Hyde Park footbridge

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:27:51 +0000

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 07:30

Boston Police report they are investigating an indecent attack on a female juvenile near the bridge that crosses from Truman Parkway to Glenwood Avenue over the Fairmount Line train tracks and the Neponset River about 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Read more.

Free tagging: 



Lyft wins permission to pick up riders at Logan Airport

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:09:14 +0000

The Boston Business Journal reports Lyft and Massport have reached an agreement under which Lyft drivers who pass a state background check can be summoned to Logan. Uber is working on a similar agreement.

Riders full of snarls due to dead train at Charles

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:45:54 +0000

The T is reporting "moderate" delays on the Red Line because of a train that flatlined at Charles/MGH.

DA: Revere cop handcuffed 5-year-old, then beat him with fists, belt for not eating dinner

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:27:43 +0000

Marcos Garcia, 32, of Everett, had bail set at $5,000 today at his arraignment on charges he abused his girlfriend's five-year-old son on Jan. 12.

A Chelsea District Court judge also ordered Garcia to stay away from the victim and witnesses - and from all children under 18, except for the child he has with his wife.

According to the DA's office:

[Assistant District Attorney Alissa] Goldhaber told the court that Garcia had been in a romantic relationship with the mother of the 5-year-old victim. On the evening of Jan. 12, when the child did not eat dinner quickly enough, Garcia allegedly sent the child to a bedroom, placed him in handcuffs, and beat him with his hands and a belt, Goldhaber said.

Garcia allegedly instructed the child to shower and rubbed ointment on wounds sustained in the beating. Prosecutors said Garcia told the victim and a second child who was present in the home at the time to tell anyone who asked that the injuries were the result of falling down a flight of stairs, prosecutors said.

The following day, the victim attended school and asked the nurse for a Band-Aid. The nurse observed bruises on the front and back of the child’s torso, arms, and neck. The victim was taken to Boston Children’s Hospital for treatment and documentation of the injuries. Clinicians also detected elevated liver enzymes, which are sometimes attributable to abdominal trauma, Goldhaber said.

After initially stating that the 5-year-old had fallen down the stairs, the victim and the second child later said they wanted to “tell the real truth” and participated in separate multidisciplinary interviews, Goldhaber said. State Police assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office arrested Garcia on Saturday after an interview, and their investigation is ongoing.

Innocent, etc.

Just when we'd finally lowered the French Toast Alert level to Low

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:21:20 +0000

Along comes the National Weather Service to jolt us out of our whipped-cream-induced snooziness with news of an incoming nor'easter - and, yeah, they're saying it should be mainly rain on the coastal plain, but you never know with nor'easters:

Person robbed of phone at knifepoint in Chinatown

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:11:04 +0000

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:55

Around 3:55 p.m. outside 40 Boylston St. The suspects are described as two black men, in their 20s, one wearing baggy gray pants, a dark jacket and a black knit hat.

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Judge upholds $2.6-million discrimination verdict against MBTA; tells authority to stop whining

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:46:39 +0000

A federal judge today upheld a former Green Line operator's verdict in a discrimination case against the MBTA saying that, if anything, the discrimination against her was even worse than shown by evidence admitted at her trial, because the T failed to act on an earlier finding she had been discriminated against.

A jury in US District Court in Boston last October agreed with Michelle Dimanche, who is black, that white supervisors harassed her - and ordered black co-workers to join in - before she was fired in 2013. The jury in US District Court in Boston awarded her $1.325 million in compensatory damages and another $1.3 million in punitive damages.

The T filed a request for a new trial, saying the punitive-damages amount was excessive, but Judge William Young today denied that request:

The Court must draw all inferences in favor of the jury's verdict and will engage in no speculation as to their damages analysis. Here, it is sufficient to observe that there is ample evidence in support of the verdict. Indeed, if anything, the plaintiff was disadvantaged by the Courts perhaps erroneous refusal to admit in evidence the earlier finding of discrimination against the plaintiff on the part of the MBTA by an independent hearing officer. ... The MBTA appeared to have learned nothing from this finding. The award of punitive damages was not excessive.

The T did win a minor victory: Young ordered a reduction in the amount of interest it will have to pay on the verdict award.