The Alford Street Bridge, which carries Rte. 99 over the Mystic River between the part of Charlestown everybody knows and the little bit of Boston on the other side of the river, will become a four-lane bridge again on Thursday, at least during rush hours, MassDOT reports. Read more.
The BPDA has begun looking at selling the development rights to a Sullivan Square lot now used by Boston EMS - but with the proviso that anything built there include a new and two-bay ambulance garage that would let the city provide extra ambulance service in the growing neighborhood from a facility better designed to survive being in a flood plain. Read more.
A Suffolk County grand jury today charged Victor Pena, 38, of Charlestown with kidnapping and ten counts of aggravated rape for a January incident in which he allegedly forced a woman to accompany him to his apartment in the Bunker Hill development in January, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Victor Pena of Charlestown was ordered held without bail today pending a dangerousness hearing on March 15, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.Read more.
A Charlestown resident filed a 311 complaint that a plow driver today seemed to think the Somerville town line is on Perkins Street right around the corner from Caldwell Street instead of being a couple doors down Perkins: Read more.
RealMeMP spotted a rainbow over Charlestown this morning.
We can't wait for this new Showtime series, because of its exciting story line involving an intrepid prosecutor going after corrupt, racist cops and hockey-mask-wearing armored-car holdup guys in Charlestown. All those Roslindale-based movies have gotten a bit tiresome, even if, as Jay Kraft notes the chase scenes through the Arboretum are always spectacular.
A resident of the Bunker Hill housing development was charged today with kidnapping Olivia Ambrose, 23. Police Commissioner William Gross said Ambrose was found, alive in Victor Pena's apartment at 49 Walford Way.
Gross said detectives are now looking at whether Pena, 38, is involved in any similar incidents - and are still trying to find the second man spotted with him and Ambrose Saturday night. Read more.
UPDATE: Ambrose found alive in the Bunker Hill development.
Boston Police have released a timeline of Olivia Ambrose's movements the night she disappeared and two photos of a man they want to question about her whereabouts.
According to police, Ambrose was seen leaving Hennessy's on Union Street at 11:04 p.m. on Saturday: Read more.
The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports the post office, which originally faced a Dec. 31 deadline to vacate its current Bunker Hill Mall location, will stay put for now while the local postmaster continues to look for space in a neighborhood without a lot of suitable commercial space.
The Chelsea Record reports MBTA and Massport officials now acknowledge the constant raising of the Chelsea Bridge for ships even during rush hour is screwing up Silver Line and other bus service and commuters and that they are hoping to convince the Coast Guard to go along with a pilot plan to bar most maritime traffic - but not oil tankers - under the bridge for two hours in the morning and again in the late afternoon.
The BPDA is looking for ways to spruce up the Charlestown Navy Yard and turn it into a destination for people who have already seen Old Ironsides - with more art, history and use of the water. Earlier this week, the agency released copies of presentations from several design firms with ideas on how to "activate" both the water's edge and the three-mile Harborwalk section that runs through the Navy Yard. Read more.
The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports on Charlestown dissatisfaction with the BuildBPS plan.
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