Boston Fire Department
A fire at a three-story apartment building in West Roxbury early this morning caused $100,000 in damage but no one was injured, the Boston Fire Department said.
Firefighters responded to the blaze at 44 Broadlawn Park on the Brookline line at 4:18 a.m. The fire was on the second-floor balcony in an enclosed utility room, which is where the heating system was kept. Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze, keeping it outside, though several units received smoke damage. Residents were eventually allowed to return to their units, the department said.
Investigators said the cause was careless disposal of smoking material in cardboard boxes on the balcony, which caused a fire that spread to the utility room.
Three homes in West Roxbury were evacuated after 5 p.m. this evening due to a manhole fire on Gertrude Street, a Boston Fire Department spokesperson said.
According to the Fire Department, some smoldering cables in the manhole led to increased levels of carbon monoxide in the basements of the homes involved requiring residents to leave.
Three Boston men were arrested in Randolph last night after they allegedly robbed a D’Angelo’s sandwich shop and now are suspects in a string of unsolved armed robberies in Quincy and Boston, police said today.
Randolph Police Chief William Pace said today his officers rushed to the D’Angelo on Main Street (Route 28) at 9:30 last night after three men, wearing masks, stormed in and robbed the staff of receipts. At least one of the three appeared to be armed with a firearm, Pace said.
The suspects drove off, but were stopped by a Randolph detective on Condlin Drive, less than a quarter mile away from the restaurant, Pace said.FULL ENTRY
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, appearing in good spirits today after a five-night stay in the hospital, said he had felt frustrated to be hospitalized but emphasized he had remained in constant contact with his staff, including School Superintendent Carol Johnson who has announced controversial plans to close some city schools.
Menino, wearing khaki pants and gym shoes, said he felt fine as he kidded around with reporters gathered at his home in Boston's Readville neighborhood.
He said he would determine in the next few days when to return to his desk at City Hall. But he emphasized, "My house is just as good as City Hall."
Menino was admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital on Wednesday because medication he took for an infection made him feel ill, said spokeswoman Dot Joyce.FULL ENTRY
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A standing-room-only crowd filled the Boston City Council chamber this morning for the swearing-in of new City Councilor Matthew J. O'Malley. The event drew scores of elected officials, labor leaders, and one notable guest from the opposite side of the fifth floor in City Hall: Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
An upbeat Menino returned to his office today for the first time in almost two weeks after he contracted a bacterial infection in his left elbow on a trip to Italy.
Wearing a dark suit and a powder blue tie, he entered the chamber to warm applause and seemed energized by the crowd, recounting familiar political advice in a brief speech ("the best poll is people on the street"); cracking a joke about his gaffe the last time he administered the oath of office (he said "mayor" instead of city councilor); and hobnobbing with local luminaries (careful to avoid actually rubbing elbows).
"It's great to be back at City Hall," Menino told a crowd of reporters after he administered the oath of office to O'Malley. "Any time in the hospital is too long."FULL ENTRY
The alleged triggerman in the murder of a Waltham man, killed during a drug deal gone bad on Sept. 30, pleaded not guilty in Middlesex Superior Court today to first degree murder charges, according to the office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.
Daniel Louis, 21, and West Roxbury, is one of three men charged in connection with the death of Adam Coveney, 29, who they allegedly lured outside his Waltham apartment where they robbed him of drugs they had promised to buy. Louis, according to prosecutors, allegedly shot Coveney.
Louis pleaded not guilty to several charges, including first degree murder and armed robbery, and was ordered held without bail.
His co-defendants, Benjamin Peirce, 17, and Shaquan Jacobs, 18, both of Newton, have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and are also being held without bail.
A fourth defendant, Wallace Duarte, 17, of Waltham, was indicted on charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder. An arraignment date for Duarte has not yet been set, prosecutors said.
Boston school officials this afternoon said that students and faculty have returned to the West Roxbury Education Complex after tests showed there was no health threat to them.
Around 10 a.m. today, some of the staff and students at the Brook Farm Business and Service Careers Academy were evacuated after they reported suffering headaches and nausea, said Matthew Wilder, a school department spokesman. Only the first floor of the building was cleared out.
Officials from the school district's facilities department and the Boston Fire Department later conducted air quality tests, Wilder said.
"They have found nothing of concern in the school,'' Wilder wrote in an email. "The school day is continuing as usual.''
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An elderly woman was plucked from her car safely this morning after it rammed through a guardrail and landed in a creek leading to the Charles River in West Roxbury, authorities and witnesses said.
The 87-year-old woman, who was not identified, was conscious but shaken up after her rescue. She was brought by EMTs to Faulkner Hospital for treatment of back pain, said Jennifer Mehigan, a spokeswoman for Boston Emergency Medical Services.
The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. at the Toyota dealership run by the Prime Motor Group on VFW Parkway. Witnesses estimated the car was traveling as fast as 45 miles per hour when it struck the guardrail.
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