Archive for ‘Crime’

December 4, 2013

Former Presentation church vandalized

The former Presentation church at 680 Washington Street in Brighton was vandalized sometime between the afternoon of November 23 and the morning of November 25.  Three teens who were caught on tape are responsible.  The property is now used a library and lecture hall by St. John’s Seminary.

April 18, 2013

Shooting near Fidelis Way

Last night a man was shot at 1:20AM near the Commonwealth/Washington/Fidelis Way intersection. Adam at UH has more.

April 11, 2013

BC students charged with trashing Gerald Road apartment

Six BC seniors have been charged with trashing an apartment on Gerald Road in Brighton last month. In the course of their rampage they damaged a gas line attached to a basement dryer, resulting in a dangerous leak. One of the students confessed when a call reporting the leak to NStar was traced to him, according to a press release from the Suffolk County DA’s office. Each student has retained his own attorney. More details on

April 9, 2013

Different name, same fights

The owners of the Tavern in the Square, former home of the Kells, found itself in the same position as their predecessor, explaining a series of violent incidents to the Licensing Board. Adam at Universal Hub has the details.

April 3, 2013

Fight club, female edition

Several disagreements ended in fights last week. Among them:

A dispute over something, perhaps the alleged theft of what one lady claimed was a $70,000 engagement ring, erupted outside the Brighton Brighton Beer Garden on Friday, March 29. The incident began when the two women were outside smoking, and the victim dropped the ring when she was took it off to show the other. Somehow it disappeared, leading to fisticuffs. The police arrived, spoke to both women and a witness/friend of the victim, and searched the suspect. The ring was not found, despite a search of the area by the police. Perhaps they weren’t looking too hard since the victim had directed a obscenity laced tirade at them.

Also on the 29th, an argument between two women over stolen drugs went from words to fists at 40 Atkins Street. After smacking the victim in the face multiple times, she fled but returned a short time later. By that time an ambulance had arrived to treat the victim, and officers were not inclined to let the suspect hunt around for her missing drugs and keys. Despite being told to call it a night and head home, she left only briefly and returned again. Again she was told to leave, again she departed but wasted little time before heading back toward the apartment. At that point she was arrested after screaming “I’m going to kill the f’ing bitch!” The booking process turned up two outstanding warrants, both for failure to perform jury duty. Probably just as well she wasn’t part of the jury pool.

Finally, officers broke up a twelve person brawl involving guys and at least one woman at 51 North Beacon Street at around 4AM on Saturday, March 30. Three were arrested and charged with affray.

March 26, 2013

Two more robberies with knives as weapons

There were two robberies involving knives in Allston last week, one successful, one not. Both occurred shortly after 1AM on Thursday, March 21. In the first, near the corner of Glenville Avenue and Harvard Avenue, two men, one white, the other race unknown, made off with the victim’s mobile phone and wallet. The second incident, in the vicinity of the corner of Linden Street and Commonwealth Avenue, was foiled when the victim ran from the three men who were threatening him. One had first asked for a light, but followed up with “Give me everything you got.” After fleeing to the Linden Superette, he met the responding police and gave his report.

March 19, 2013

Dead body found at Beacon Rail Yard

The body of a woman was found on the property last night, according to the Suffolk County DA’s office. The identity of the 29-year-old New Hampshire resident has not been released. The case is being investigated by the State Police.

March 9, 2013

Sutherland Pharmacy robbed again

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Sutherland Pharmacy has been hit again by an armed thief. About a year ago the same thing happened, and the store, located at 1690 Commonwealth Avenue, was broken into within the past year. Wearing a mask according to the BPD report, the gunman entered the premises around 1PM on Tuesday, March 3 and ordered everyone to get on the floor, then demanded the drugs Xanax and Klonopin. He fled in the direction of Wilson Park, located behind the block of commercial buildings. Police were unable to locate the suspect when they arrived soon thereafter, and ask anyone with information to contact Station 14 at 617-343-4256.

March 7, 2013

Woman has handbag stolen, then threatened with gun

A woman had her purse snatched as she entered her apartment building at 50 Englewood Road on last Thursday at 5:30PM. As she chased the thief down Strathmore Road, hollering “Give me back my bag, I’ll give you all my cash,” he stopped, turned and pointed a handgun at her, demanding “Give me all your cash or I will shoot you.” At that point an unknown man shouted to leave her alone, causing the thief to drop the bag and flee in his car, which was parked on Strathmore. Despite a call to area police vehicles they were not able to apprehend the suspect. Information obtained from BPD report.

March 3, 2013

What’s keeping the police busy these days

Apple MacBooks are at the top of the list for burglars. Three MacBooks were lifted from 90 Easton Street, two from 28 Quint Avenue, and one each disappeared from two different apartments at 29 Cummings Road. Another vanished at 6 Camelot Court. Plus three at 115 Glenville Avenue. Activate that tracking application on your laptop, kids, it’s there for a reason.

The perennial party scene in the Ashford Street/Wadsworth Street area brought the attention of police to 34 Ashford, 66 Ashford, 8 Wadsworth and 85 Linden. All locations were found with underage drinking and upwards of 100 people in the basement.

“Uncle Crummies,” an underground drinking and performance spot in an apartment at 30 Penniman Road in Allston, was put out of business when police paid a visit. There was a $7 donation to enter, about 75 people listening to one of four bands on the night’s lineup and a bar manned by two bartenders.

March 2, 2013

BU student found unconscious, later dies

A BU student was found unconscious in a Wadsworth Street apartment in Allston around midnight today, according to He was later declared dead at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. This is the second death this year in that area. Police believe there was no foul play involved.

March 2, 2013

Someone needed a Happy Meal

An accident on Soldiers Field Road on February 21 around 8:30AM erupted into road rage when the one driver chased another into the nearby McDonald’s. The perpetrator smashed the window shades of the victim’s truck and kicked it repeatedly, trying to get him out of the vehicle. He, no fool, called the police instead. The perpetrator, a bit of a fool, admitted to officers he had done all of the above, and was arrested.

February 27, 2013

Vicious attack on Brighton Avenue

A few weeks ago someone was knocked to the ground and literally stomped in the head as he left Redneck’s Roast Beef at 140 Brighton Avenue, at the corner of Harvard Avenue. The victim was bleeding heavily and vomiting by the time an ambulance arrived. The attack occurred around 2:30AM on Friday, February 8. It was witnessed by a police officer on his way to another incident, and the perpetrator was arrested.

And some people think we need to let Allston’s bars and fast food restaurants to stay open later.

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February 13, 2013

Condom thieves think ahead

First, they stole condoms. Forty-three boxes of Trojans and Durex from the CVS on Market Street. Who knew there was such an off-market for them? Or were the man and woman who lifted the items desperate from desire and lack of cash? Exactly one week later, the pair struck again, this time helping themselves to twelve pregnancy test kits. In case the condoms proved defective?
(Information from Boston Police reports.)

February 3, 2013

Bright lights, jail city

Shining your high beams into the car in front of you is annoying. Doing it to a police car is stupid, as two gentlemen cruising along the streets of Allston discovered Friday night. When the driver did not take the hint when to officers behind him put on their rear blue lights, they pulled him over. Driving without a license, and the apparent cocaine in the pocket of his passenger, got them both arrested.

January 30, 2013

Gunpoint robbery at local market


The Boston Police are seeking the public’s help in apprehending two men who were involved in an armed robbery at the Neighborhood Market in Allston yesterday evening. More info here. Hat tip Adam at UH.

January 23, 2013

Police crack down on parties, public drinking

Recent crimes in the Ashford Street area of Allston, along with continuing complaints about parties from residents, has prompted increased patrol in the area, including enforcement of the open container law. Some of the parties had as many as 100 students in attendance. Not far from that area there were three robberies the evening of Saturday, January 18.

The owners of the properties ought take a bit more interest in what happens there. How can you not know when a bar and dj booth are installed?

January 2, 2013

Alleged murderer in Allston stabbing arraigned

The Suffolk County DA’s office released an account of the altercation. The victim has been identified as Tony Spaulding of Harwich. He was a tenant at the house and attended the New England Institute of Art.

January 1, 2013

Man dies of stabbing in Allston, Boston’s first homicide for 2013

A man perished of stab wounds this morning outside 48 Pratt Street in Allston. Police arrived at 2:43AM and found the victim bleeding heavily.

The owners of the property are Carla and Charles Husak of Georgetown, MA. It is listed as a six bedroom home in city records. They purchased the property in July 2008 for $430,000 with a $382,000 mortgage.

The “parties” in South Allston get worse and worse, and add to a sense that large parts of the neighborhood are becoming unsafe. The police can end up overwhelmed with calls, and how are they to know which party will turn violent?

UPDATE: The Boston Police state they have arrested Brian MacDonald, age 24, for the murder.

November 24, 2012

Leicester Street murder victim identified

View Larger MapThe Boston Police Department has released the name of the man who was shot to death on Leicester Street, Brighton Street on Monday, November 19. The initial report stated that it appeared that it appeared to be drug-related.


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