Archive - Oct 18, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” In Ray McGee, we have a lifelong and proud city native whose residence is located off Newport Avenue â€“ more specifically, a mere stoneâ€™s throw away from McConnon Field in Slater Park.
â€śIâ€™m still a city kid,â€ť McGee proudly stated with a smile earlier this week.
PAWTUCKET â€” When Shea High and St. Raphael Academy line up for the opening kickoff in a key Division II-B clash at Pariseau Field on Saturday afternoon, it won't be just for bragging rights in this mill city.
It most probably will give the victor the upper hand in earning a post-season bid.
So say the Raiders' Dino Campopiano and the Saints' Mike Sassi, who not only have spent years at the helm of their respective squads but also share nearly two decades of friendship and plenty of gridiron stories.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The cityâ€™s Board of Canvassers has certified five candidates for next month's special primary to replace ex-Mayor Charles Moreau.
Moreau officially resigned last month and subsequently agreed to plead guilty to a federal fraud charge. Mayor since 2003, Moreau had been re-elected in 2009 to a four-year term that ended in 2013, but was stripped of his duties in 2010 by the state-appointed receiver following the city's bankruptcy.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A U.S. District Court jury Wednesday convicted a local man on charges of peddling pharmaceutical painkillers similar to heroin.
Audi Pineda, 38, of Pawtucket, was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy, federal prosecutors said.
A barber, Pineda was arrested in August 2011 following an undercover investigation by Pawtucket Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force. Court-authorized searches of Pinedaâ€™s place of employment and his residence resulted in the seizure of cash, oxycodone pills and other narcotics.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Losing a family member to illness can leave a person feeling helpless, which hinders the process of coming to terms with that life-changing loss.
But there are ways to take proactive steps toward moving on, which also bring a sense of fighting back.
Noneajean McFarlane found that to be true this fall as she worked to organize a team in Sundayâ€™s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Roger Williams Park in Providence.
McFarlane, a Times graphic designer, decided to put together a team for the American Cancer Society fundraiser in light of her own losses last spring.
CUMBERLAND - Grace "Gracinda" Afonso (Lopes), 71, of Ralco Way passed away Wednesday in the R. I. Hospital, Providence. She was the beloved wife of Alfredo Afonso.
Born in Pawtucket she was the daughter of the late Joao M. and Clementina (Albuquerque) Lopes. She was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
She was employed by the International Packing Co., Pawtucket for 42 years until her retirement.
Mrs. Afonso was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET â€” An Internal Affairs officerâ€™s mistake of missing a procedural deadline by one day continues to be the undoing of the cityâ€™s attempts to fire convicted Police officer Nichalas Laprade.
On Wednesday, a Superior Court judge ruled against the cityâ€™s appeal of a police officersâ€™ disciplinary committeeâ€™s decision that allowed Laprade to keep his job despite his indecent exposure conviction.