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A Google Street View of the Princess Eugenia Apartments where Whitey Bulger was arrested Wednesday.
(Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
Boston’s top police official expressed skepticism today that rival gangs were behind the fights that caused authorities to swarm Carson Beach over the Memorial Day weekend, undermining public statements by State Police who had pointed to the feuding groups as the driving force behind the melee.
Commissioner Edward F. Davis said in a telephone interview that Boston police, who were called to South Boston over the long holiday weekend to assist state troopers, believed the altercations were between young teenagers with no gang ties.
‘‘It looked like there were three or four different fights breaking out with a lot of people running to see what was going on,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re looking at the gang angle to see if that was the case but at this point in time we’re questioning that.’’FULL ENTRY
A man in a wheelchair fell off a platform at the MBTA's Broadway Station and into the train pit late Wednesday night, sustaining lacerations and breaking his right ankle, authorities said.
A witness told MBTA Transit Police that she noticed a man in a wheelchair move away from an elevator at the end of the platform and turn toward the tracks. She said the man drove directly into the pit area, according to a police report.
It was not clear from the report why the wheelchair-bound man rode into the pit at the South Boston station. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital.FULL ENTRY
A state trooper on speed enforcement detail was struck by a car he was trying to flag down this morning in a highway tunnel in South Boston, and police are now seeking the hit-and-run driver, State Police said.
State Police this afternoon released surveillance photos of the vehicle and updated their description of it, saying it was a black two-door sedan with a light-colored interior and possibly dark-tinted headlights. Police said it appeared to be a two-door Honda Civic from the late 1990s or early 2000s but they were not sure.
The trooper was hit at 9:04 a.m. outside his cruiser on the ramp to Interstate 90 East from Interstate 93 North. He was taken to Boston Medical Center where he is being treated for serious injuries, State Police said in a statement.
State Police said two vehicles -- a white van and a white or silver mid-sized sedan -- may have been cut off by the fleeing car, and police are looking for the drivers of those cars to help them identify the hit-and-run driver.FULL ENTRY
With the temperatures today rising into the low 80s, a breath of summer after many gloomy months, Kalina Waganowicz, like many other people, drank in the warmth. And she saw her chance: She went into the water off Carson Beach.
Waganowicz, a musician, said she loves to swim. The last time she was in the water was in October, and she can remember the exact day.
A reporter caught her drying off at the shoreline, but she had no qualms about easing back into the chilly water to demonstrate how nice it was.
The Obama administration today said it will spend $22 million to push forward the renovation of the Old Colony housing development in South Boston, which is already undergoing the first phase of a multi-million dollar makeover.
At a ceremony held in the schoolyard of the Michael J. Perkins Elementary School, federal lawmakers, Mayor Thomas Menino and the regional leader of the US Housing and Urban Development announced the awarding of the grant to Boston and a similar award to Taunton.
Joining the dignitaries were students from the Perkins, which is surrounded by the housing development and whose students have built a strong bond between the workers and companies involved in the renovation, which is expected to cost a total of about $80 million, officials said.
“Each part of the process has been a learning experience for our students,’’ said Perkins principal Barney Brawer.FULL ENTRY
By Stewart Bishop
A student at an unnamed Boston college was sexually assaulted last night along the Charles River Esplanade, authorities said.
According to a statement released from the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, the female student was assaulted as she sat on a park bench near Massachusetts Ave. at about 11:30 p.m.
The statement said the assailant engaged the woman in a lengthy conversation before assaulting her. She managed to escape and fled the area on foot to a friend's house before notifying police, said Jake Wark, a spokesman for Conley.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 25 to 30 years old, 6’1” to 6’2”, about 230 lbs, with short hair and a missing front tooth. He was wearing black sweatpants and a green top.
Last night's assault comes after a series of four similar unsolved sexual assaults that occurred late at night along the Esplanade and in South Boston from 2006 to 2009, the statement said.
The victims in those assaults all described the assailant as a black male, in his mid-20s to mid-30s, standing 5’8” to 5’10” tall, with a medium-to-large build and a bald head.
Public Safety officials urged that all joggers, cyclists and pedestrians who use the Esplanade at night to travel in groups, remain aware of their surroundings and to avoid one-on-one contact with strangers.
Anyone with information on the assaults is asked to contact State Police at 617-727-6780.
Various religious mementos, including a cross and rosary beads blessed by the late Pope John Paul II, and historic letters and jewelry were among the items stolen during a break-in Thursday at the South Boston home of Raymond L. Flynn, the longtime former Boston mayor and an ambassador to the Vatican, police said.
Flynn said tonight that the theft occurred when he and his wife left their Flint Place home at 8:45 that morning to attend a funeral Mass in Dorchester for the mother of former Speaker of the House Thomas M. Finneran.
He said that some time after the couple left, thieves broke in and stole the cross and silver rosary, a family heirloom wedding ring, personal letters and medallions from several world leaders and dignitaries, a laptop computer, a GPS device, and an iPod.
‘‘Just about everything I’ve collected over the past 50 years was stolen,’’ Flynn, 71, said in an interview. ‘‘It’s priceless to us. You can’t put a value on it.’’FULL ENTRY
Two St. Patrick's Day parades went off peacefully in South Boston -- the traditional one and, about 45 minutes later, an alternate procession billed as the St. Patrick's Day Peace Parade.
By court order, the second set of marchers was required to remain at least one mile behind the first. But police seemed to wait even longer to give the green light to the antiwar and gay rights marchers, sending them off along the three-mile route from the Broadway Station to Andrew Square at about 3:20 p.m., roughly 45 minutes after the departure of the final marchers and the street sweepers, marking the end of the traditional parade.
By then, much of the usual crowd -- annually estimated at 500,000 or more in good weather -- had dispersed, heading to the T or returning to bars and house parties. Where the first procession was met by a throng six-deep, the second parade greeted scattered onlookers.
And it all went off without major incident, after nearly two decades of litigation and public debate over who gets to march through the streets of South Boston on the Sunday closest to St. Patrick's Day.
Police issued 380 civil citations for drinking in public and made 11 arrests for crimes such as assault and battery or disorderly conduct, typical St. Patrick's Day offenses.FULL ENTRY
On the beat
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