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By adamg - 1/9/23 - 12:02 pm

WBUR reports:

Although an inquest cleared police officers of criminal responsibility, Michael Conlon's family said they hope the suit will lead to improvements in the way police respond to mental health emergencies.

By adamg - 12/29/22 - 12:16 pm
Remains of the truck on the turnpike

MassDOT reports a truck driver slammed into the inbound side of the Auburn Street overpass on the turnpike in Newton, which is now closed pending an inspection. The right lane is also shut.

By adamg - 12/23/22 - 10:11 am

Police in Newton and Wellesley report a significant increase in people having their checks stolen by mailbox fishers, even from the newer models designed to prevent such crimes, and are telling residents it's time to drop their mail off at their local post office, rather than using a box on the street, especially if they contain checks. Read more.

By adamg - 12/15/22 - 4:34 pm

The Newton Beacon, spearheaded by a group of people tired of non-coverage by Gannett's Newton non-site (the main story on which today is about restoration of an old house in Manomet), says it will begin publishing its first news items in mid-January - starting with coverage of three Proposition 2 1/2 overrides proposed by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller. Read more.

By adamg - 12/8/22 - 9:40 am

The BC Heights reports that a month after Boston College banned students from riding e-scooters indoors, it has now banished them - and those powered mono-wheel things - from campus completely, effective Dec. 22.

"A number of BC students have suffered injuries from e-scooter falls," mirroring similar trends at campuses across the country, officials told students this week, adding there's also a fire risk when their batteries are recharged.

By adamg - 10/3/22 - 2:55 pm

Boston College is out with formal regulations about scooters with motors that include such common-sense rules as yielding to pedestrians and not driving them hellbent for leather while on campus, the BC Heights reports. But also:

Students living in residence halls can store their scooters inside, but they must carry and not ride the scooters while indoors, the email states.

By adamg - 9/28/22 - 1:49 pm

A Newton woman faces arraignment today on charges she beat a 65-year-old man to death in his Mount Vernon Terrace home after he learned she was stealing money from him, then wrapped his body in a curtain and covered it with construction material in a vain attempt to hide the crime, police say. Read more.

By adamg - 9/18/22 - 9:47 pm

Some of those charter buses will still come in handy later this week, when the T shuts down the Green Line's entire D branch for a total of 27 days over the next six weeks or so. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/22 - 9:19 pm
That's a lot of nog: Vanilla, lite and pumpkin

Remember when there was just one flavor of nog - egg? Roving UHub photographer Michael Halle couldn't help but notice all the nog for sale today at the Newtonville Star Market - and couldn't help but wonder how something could be "limited edition" nog if it's for sale for months at a time, like even before the end of summer.

By adamg - 7/9/22 - 12:27 am

WFXT reports firefighters from Newton and surrounding communities responded to Gray Cliff Road, off Beacon Street near Newton Centre, around 10:30 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/22 - 2:57 pm

Amy Sangiolo's Fig City News has beaten the Newton Beacon to filling the news hole left when Gannett pulled the plug on what was left of its Newton coverage. Read more.

By adamg - 6/9/22 - 10:03 pm

A group of Newton residents have formed a foundation to start the Newton Beacon to give the Garden City the sort of news coverage it lost long ago as GateHouse and now Gannett, which is really still GateHouse, slashed its reporting staff in the Boston area and elsewhere. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/22 - 11:05 pm

Boston College, Boston and Newton police searched the campus for the man, who made his call around 10:50 p.m. The call was eventually tracked to California.

By adamg - 5/6/22 - 10:53 am

Scott Van Voorhis tallies up the problems at Boston construction sites, following Wednesday's floor collapse at the old South Boston power plant: Six workers have died at construction sites in Boston, Cambridge and Newton over the past 14 months, including the death of a worker at the Government Center Garage demolition in March.

By adamg - 5/4/22 - 9:14 pm
May 4th message on Mass. roads: Scruffy nerd herders stop littering

Lori Henault spotted this message on signs on the turnpike in both Newton and downtown today, on Star Wars Day. Yes, it's a thing; Han needs to only toss his trash in approved garbage compactors.

By adamg - 4/28/22 - 11:12 pm

Live Boston reports that Boston Police human-trafficking officers say they caught a prominent local attorney with his pants down - on account of the woman orally servicing him in his car - in a garage at the South Bay mall around 6:30 p.m. yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/22 - 5:59 pm
Suspects in photos released last year

Surveillance photos released by Newton PD last year.

Newton Police have issued arrest warrants for two New York City men on charges they broke into a series of homes owned by Asian-Americans last year, Mayor Rutheanne Fuller reported this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/22 - 3:50 pm

Chestnut Hill woman relives the trauma of finding a live turkey in her family room.

By adamg - 4/4/22 - 11:15 pm

The Globe reports the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld Bradford Casler's convictions for the 2016 Sweet Tomatoes crash.

By adamg - 3/25/22 - 9:18 am
Hummingbird Books storefront

The still covered storefront, by Sean the roving UHub photographer

The Boston Real Estate Times reports the imminent opening of Hummingbird Books at the Street mall on Rte. 9.

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