An unattended vehicle that was apparently left in neutral began rolling and struck a woman this afternoon in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, pinning her to the ground and seriously injuring her, Boston police said.
Officer Eddy Chrispin, a department spokesman, said police responded to the scene at 119 Mt. Vernon St. at about 3:15 p.m. The 45-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries and was in guarded condition at Massachusetts General Hospital late tonight, police spokesman David Estrada said.
Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said the car was a BMW that had been double-parked on Mt. Vernon Street when it rolled backward. He said construction workers were trying to lift the car with a jack when firefighters arrived. Firefighters successfully lifted the vehicle, MacDonald said.
It was not immediately known who owned the car.
The three teenagers charged in the beating and near-fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old in the heart of downtown Boston Friday afternoon were identified in part by photos a witness took at the scene, authorities said today.
Police were able to use the photos to confirm the clothing the teenagers were wearing, to track their movements through the MBTA subway system, and ultimately confirm their identities, Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Gregory Henning said today.
“They were able to identify without any hesitation, without any doubt, that these three defendants were the people in the photographs,” Henning said during the arraignments of two of the teens in Boston Municipal Court.FULL ENTRY
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The crocuses bent under today's icy intrusion, and people grumbled as they pulled out the snow shovels that had been optimistically stashed away for the season. But have hope, Hub: There were signs that the seasonal wheels were turning after all.
The crew of the USS Constitution shifted to summer -- yes, summer -- operating hours. (Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
In other nautical news, the folks down at Community Boating will be rigging its fleet of Cape Cod Mercurys and other vessels as they launch another season on the Charles today. There's extra excitement riverside this year because the organization is christening new docks and a new dock house, part of a $2.8 million renovation.
They didn't seem much bothered by a little snow nor the gloomy gray skies hanging over the city.
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In a move intended to inject more pizzazz into the Boston Common, city officials announced today that they have chosen a Florida-based sandwich chain to operate the Pink Palace, a long-vacant historic structure originally built as a restroom.
The Pink Palace, a 660-square-foot structure that was named for the color of its masonry, will be leased by the Earl of Sandwich chain, the city announced this afternoon.
“This is a great opportunity to transform a unique unused space into an active business, while contributing to the vitality of the Boston Common,” Boston Parks Commissioner Toni Pollak said in a statement. “This project will allow us to preserve a historic building while also bringing new life to the park for all visitors to enjoy.”FULL ENTRY
An estimated 1,000 union members and allies rallied on Beacon Hill this afternoon in support of public sector workers in Wisconsin, at times clashing with a smaller group of Tea Party movement members who came to support Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Late this afternoon, Governor Deval Patrick sent a note to state employees vowing to work with the leadership of state employee unions to find ways to ease the Massachusetts budget crunch. "Union leadership has been and will remain at the table,'' Patrick wrote.
Patrick late today addressed the crowd personally.
“I’m here to deliver one very simple message, which is we don’t need to attack public sector workers to make change for the people of the Commonwealth,” Patrick said as he looked out on a sea of workers who spilled onto Beacon Street, cheering, waving signs and blocking traffic.
Boston Police Superintendent William Evans said he ordered the shutdown of Beacon Street in front of the State House to ensure the safety of the hundreds of protesters on both sides, a move that drew roars of approval from the union side.
Around 5 p.m. Evans said that no one has been arrested, although there is obvious tension between the two sides. “There’s some screaming and yelling, but for the most part everyone is respecting each other’s opinions,’’ Evans said.
About 100 Tea Party protesters appeared on Beacon Hill where they were heavily outnumbered by supporters of the Wisconsin unions.
"It's crazy here," said Bob Kring, a Newburyport man who came to oppose public sector unions and carried a sign that said "The silent majority is asleep no more."FULL ENTRY
Rather than giving one large bouquet to one woman, T.K. Skenderian took a different route on Valentine's Day – strolling through the Public Garden and giving 30 roses to 30 women he had never met.
“I just hope it makes people happy and at the same time might inspire people to bring a few other smiles out,” said Skenderian of the stunt, which was documented in an upbeat video.
A state prisoner who walked away from a work program on Beacon Hill last week is back behind bars after law enforcement officials tracked him to a Roxbury apartment where he surrendered without incident, according to Boston police.
Milton L. Walker, 39, was captured inside a Highland Street apartment around 9 p.m. Sunday, police said. Walker was returned to MCI-Cedar Junction. The Department of Correction will decide where he will resume serving his sentence, according to the prison officials.
It's unclear why Walker walked away from the work program at the McCormack building on Ashburton Place last Friday morning. State Police said Walker was last seen leaving the State House at 9:11 a.m.FULL ENTRY
A state prisoner, participating in a work release program at the John W. McCormack state office building on Beacon Hill, apparently walked into the State House and then fled from custody, officials said today.
Milton L. Walker, 39, was last seen at the State House at 9:11 a.m. today, according to State Police. Law enforcement agencies from the area, including the Department of Correction apprehension unit, are now searching for the former Dedham resident.
DOC spokeswoman Diane Wiffin said today that Walker was assigned to the work-release program at the McCormack building on Ashburton Place and was accounted for at the 9 a.m. head count.
But, she said, he then asked to use the restroom, and “did not return.’’ She said the DOC does not operate a program for inmates at the State House.
Walker is serving a maximum of three years and six months in state prison for a July 2010 conviction in Essex Superior Court for motor vehicle theft, larceny under $250 and breaking and entering with intent to commit a misdemeanor, Wiffin said.
He has been assigned to the Boston Pre-Release center in Roslindale, a minimum security facility, Wiffin said. He is eligible for parole on Feb. 11, 2013, she said.
If he his captured, Wiffin said the DOC will ask Suffolk prosecutors to charge him with escape, and if convicted, his time behind bars could be increased.
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The Boston Athenaeum, the landmark membership library on Beacon Hill that is more than 200 years old, has sent thousands of books to a specialist for freeze-drying after a water leak flooded the building on Monday.
Library officials said today that the leak caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. While stunned by the incident, they were also relieved because no truly historic items had been destroyed.
"It could have been a spectacular disaster," said James Reid-Cunningham, the Athenaeum's chief conservator.
The cause of the leak still hasn't been determined, but it did happen on one of the coldest days in years so frozen pipes are a suspect.
The flooding started on the first floor of the building on Beacon Street. "It was like Niagara Falls," said librarian Paula D. Matthews.FULL ENTRY
Boston police are investigating the attempted theft early this morning from an ATM machine in the Primo’s pizza restaurant on Beacon Hill.
Two suspects are in custody, but they had not been charged with the crime as of this morning, police said.
Police initially were notified at 5:24 a.m. of a breaking and entering in progress at the pizza restaurant, at 28 Myrtle St.
Police continue to investigate.
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