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Police: Dorchester man arrested with loaded gun where another man was shot to death

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:30:27 +0000

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 18:45

Boston Police report gang-unit officers arrested a man on gun charges last night outside 55 Downer Ave. in Dorchester - where Jonathan Cardoso was murdered on Sept. 20. Read more.

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Ten-year, $1-billion transformation of Bunker Hill project now before city, state

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:35:05 +0000

Architect's rendering. Developers recently submitted detailed plans to city and state officials for their proposed One Charlestown development that would gradually replace the 75-year-old Bunker Hill project with a 3,200-unit mixed-income development featuring buildings ranging from 6 to 21 stories, new park space, new stores and 13 new streets. The city last year designated Corcoran Jennison Associates of Dorchester and Sun Cal of New York for the project, which will be built in several phases and which will include 1,100 subsidized units to replace the Bunker Hill ones that would be torn down. Current residents will have a right to one of the new apartments. Some 600 of the new units the developers plan to pay for the project will be sold as condominiums, with 78 of those designated as "workforce" units sold to people making no more than the area median income. In their filing, the developers explain why they'll be using several different architects to design the buildings: Built in 1941, the apartments today are geographically isolated and physically degraded. The redevelopment will provide new buildings designed to respect history, incorporate contemporary style, and reflect Charlestown's character. New neighborhood-serving retail along Bunker Hill Street and two new parks will provide amenities for all of Charlestown. A new street grid will connect existing and new north-south streets across Bunker Hill Street to create walkable connections between the center of the new development and the rest of the neighborhood. Instead of acting as a barrier that divides, Bunker Hill Street will become a seam that unites the community. Charlestown has a rich history that will be layered into the landscape design and cultural programming of One Charlestown. The design will connect landmarks like the Bunker Hill Monument and the Charlestown Navy Yard, and the landscape will interpret many aspects of Charlestown's history. A new plaza will be introduced that reflects the history of the Site and a new common area will be created for gathering with neighbors from all over Charlestown. The Project will complement Charlestown's fine-grained urban fabric with architecture that blends style with sensitivity to history. Multiple architects will collaborate on each new block of buildings in order to create a range of styles that reflects Charlestown's unique character. One Charlestown will create friendly neighborhood streets lined by buildings with front doors, stoops, and porches that open directly to the street, connecting neighbors and bringing life to the sidewalk outside of homes. New streets will follow the best practices found in Boston's Complete Streets guide and strengthen connections to the Navy Yard and Bunker Hill Street. Taller buildings will be appropriately located toward taller features like the Tobin Bridge, or set back from main streets. All units in the redevelopment will meet the same high standard of design, regardless of their designation as market-rate or affordable. As envisioned by current residents of the Charlestown Public Housing development during visioning sessions, amenities such as common lobbies, lounges, mail rooms, outdoor terraces, and fitness rooms, will be available to all residents. Underground parking garages, capped with landscaped roofs that function as courtyards, will replace surface parking lots. There will be street parking along the new streets as well. The proposed open space network and pedestrian public realm will strengthen the connections to the existing street network of Charlestown, and create a series of publicly accessible amenities and destinations. The project needs state approval because a small portion - 0.15 acre - sits on former shoreline land subject to state coastal regulations. The land was filled in sometime between 1852 and 1868. One Charlestown project notification form (19.7M PDF). More renderings from the One Charlestown filing: [...]



Court tosses gun as evidence because driving your mom's rental car not good enough reason for police to search your car

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:03:01 +0000

Suffolk County prosecutors won't be able to use a gun and ammunition as evidence against a man facing gun charges after his arrest at the Heath Street rotary because the Supreme Judicial Court has ruled the car he was driving should never have been searched. Jamil Campbell was initially detained by a state trooper at the Heath Street rotary for operating without authority after ignoring a stop sign, because his mother had rented the car, with a condition nobody else be allowed to drive it. But the state's highest court ruled today that the "without authority" section of the state's motor-vehicle laws is meant for larceny cases and that there's no evidence Campbell stole the car - in fact, his mother even told the state trooper she had let her son drive the car when he called her as Campbell sat in the back of the trooper's cruiser. So without a reason to charge Campbell with an arrestable offense - running a stop sign is good for a ticket, not an arrest - there was no reason for the inventory search of the car in which the trooper found the gun and ammunition, the court ruled. According to the ruling, Campbell gave the trooper his driver's license and a copy of his mother's rental agreement after he was stopped on Aug. 17, 2013. The trooper - patrolling Heath Street due to gun violence in the area - had Campbell sit in the back of his cruiser while he conducted an "inventory" search of Campbell's car. He found the gun in the center console, at which point he told Campbell he was now under arrest. He found ammunition. And then he learned Campbell was wanted for failing to appear for jury duty. The SJC said Campbell shouldn't have been detained, even if just put in the back of the cruiser, for the operating-without-authority charge. Although the rental agreement said nobody else should drive the car, the court said "authority" of the car at that point was in the hands of Campbell's mother, who not only gave Campbell permission to drive the car, she told the trooper that when he called her as Campbell sat in the cruiser. The court ruled the "without authority" section of the state's motor-vehicle laws was aimed at protecting the public from people "from harm caused by a user of a motor vehicle who is not readily identifiable." The court added: Punishing a person who uses a vehicle with the permission of someone who is in lawful possession of the vehicle, such as a renter, does not advance that purpose, because a user with such permission readily may be identified by the person with explicit authority to use the vehicle. And, the court continued, the "without authority" section is really part of the specific law dealing with larceny, and Campbell was not accused of stealing the car. A person who has been authorized by the renter listed on the rental agreement to use the vehicle during the rental period does not deprive the rental company of any short-term use to which it otherwise would have been entitled. The court acknowledged the potential insurance issues should Campbell have gotten into an accident, but said that's a civil matter, not a criminal one: While concern about collision damage waiver liability may be one reason that rental agreements distinguish between authorized and unauthorized drivers, that question of civil liability in the event of an accident does not affect our interpretation of use "without authority" under G. L. c. 90, § 24 (2) (a), a criminal statute that imposes substantial penalties on those who violate it. A renter's decision to allow a person who is not a permitted driver according to the rental agreement to drive a rental vehicle may be a breach of that agreement, but it does not also result in a violation of criminal law. And so: Based on our construction of G. L. c. 90, § 24 (2) (a), we conclude that [the trooper] lacked probable cause to determine that the defendant was using the rental vehicle without authority. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office argued that even if that is so, the warrant for avoiding jury duty should[...]



Mem Drive transformer goes kablooie, strands Harvard students in elevators

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:20:50 +0000

The Crimson reports on a blackout late last night and early this morning in the greater Harvard Square area.




Police look for gunpoint rapist in Jamaica Plain

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:56:12 +0000

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 01:41

Boston Police report a woman was attacked at gunpoint around 1:40 a.m on Gay Head Street. Read more.

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Man sought for gunpoint holdup of Dorchester credit union

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:56:50 +0000

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 15:00

Police are looking for a guy who pointed what looked like a gun at two tellers at the Members Plus Credit Union on Gallivan Boulevard on Tuesday as he demanded money. Read more.

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Bicyclists attacked in Cambridge, Arlington

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:29:16 +0000

Cambridge Police have released a photo of a pedestrian they say used his shoulder to push a bicyclist off her bike in Inman Square on Sept. 22.

If he looks familiar, contact police at 617-349-9384.

YourArlington.com reports on a separate incident the same day in which a war of words between a motorist and a bicyclist that started when the motorist wanted to turn right at an intersection but the bicyclist stopped ahead of him refused to get out of his way ended several blocks later with the motorist using his car to hit the bicyclist. According to police, the motorist claimed he only wanted to scare the bicyclist for daring to call him a "fag," not hit him.




Arboretum seeks help cracking down on morons who let their dogs loose

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:27:39 +0000

The Arnold Arboretum reports the guy who let his dog loose to attack two weed-eating goats the other day at least got a fine, but now is asking other people fed up with random wildlife being ripped up by dogs to help catch irresponsible pet owners who disregard the signs about keeping them leashed:

The Arboretum plans to continue the [goat] program despite this disturbing incident.

This unfortunate and violent incident illustrates the potential dangers caused by dog owners who allow their animals to roam off-leash at the Arboretum, a violation of the law as well as park regulations.* In addition to incurring injuries to staff, pedestrians, and bicyclists, off-leash dogs also pose threats to leashed dogs and wildlife species in the landscape.

The staff of the Arboretum requests the public’s help in ensuring the safety of all by keeping dogs leashed at all times in the Arboretum landscape. Please report any off-leash pets to Boston Animal Control (617.635.5348) or Boston Police (617.343.5630).




Turkey Liberation Front foiled in bid to liberate some cash

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:05:05 +0000

JD Dascoli watched as a brave security guard foiled a beakpoint robbery around 12:30 p.m. at the Century Bank on the Fellsway in Somerville.




Lawmakers swing for fences in bid to designate David Ortiz Bridge

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:59:23 +0000

The Boston Business Journal reports an otherwise routine budget bill got a last-minute addition that would name the Brookline Avenue bridge near Fenway Park the David Ortiz Bridge.