Archive - Jan 4, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the diligent work of Pawtucket Police detectives, two suspects have been arrested who are accused of committing a string of frightening armed robberies and home invasions that have recently occurred in the city.
According to Pawtucket Police, over the past several weeks, detectives have been investigating a series of hold-ups involving a firearm being displayed that took place at local stores, gas stations and two residences. Information was developed from a tip that led detectives to two city men as suspects.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Freshman Sen. Ryan Pearson, a Cumberland-Lincoln Democrat, described a series of visits he made to businesses and agencies last week as part of a campaign promise he made to focus on economic development and improving the stateâ€™s business climate.
He took tours of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center (BVCHC), Twin River, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
LINCOLN â€“ Structural concerns over the Manville Hill Road Bridge have blocked off a major travel route between Lincoln and Cumberland â€” but hopefully not for long.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Thursday that plans are in the works to open the bridge as soon as next month, even if that is only a temporary solution to the bridge concerns.
â€śWhat we are doing is putting out an emergency contract to make repairs to the bridge,â€ť Lucier said.
Doris Nancy Audette
Loving Wife, Mother and Nana
NORTON - Doris Nancy (Connors) Audette, 77, of South Worcester Street, Norton, died on December 30, 2012 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro following a brief illness. She was the beloved and cherished wife of Richard R. Audette to whom she was married on September 28, 1957.
Born at the family home in Cumberland, Rhode Island on April 3, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Daniel E. Connors, Sr. and Daisy (Harrison) Connors Bedard. Raised and educated in Pawtucket, Mrs. Audette resided in Attleboro before moving to Norton in 1969.
CUMBERLAND - Serafim "Sam" Costa, 92, of Winter St. passed away Friday in the Woonsocket Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the beloved husband of the late Helen R. (Hail) Costa.
Born in South Attleboro he was the son of the late Julio and Mary (Purficacao) Costa. He resided in Cumberland over 50 years.
He was employed as a machinist by the former Standard Nut & Bolt Co., Cumberland for over 20 years until his retirement
PAWTUCKET - Nicolas El-Khaouli, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 3, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Fatat (Selfany) El-Khaouli for forty-one years.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, a son of the late Fouad and Mariam El-Khaouli, he came to the United States in 1993 and settled in Pawtucket. Nicolas was a member and Subdeacon at St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, and was a member and Past Grand Master of the Rising Sun Lodge No. 30, East Providence.
George A. Gruslin
PAWTUCKET - George A. Gruslin, Pawtucket died Wednesday. Calling hours Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Monday 9:00 a.m. LACHAPELLE FUNERAL HOME. Mass of Christian Burial St. John the Baptist Church, Pawtucket 10:00 a.m. For the full obituary and to sign the guestbook visit
PAWTUCKET - Lily (Harris) Watkinson, 93, went to her eternal home Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Linn Health Care Center, East Providence. She was the wife of the late Arthur Watkinson.
Born in England, a daughter of the late Ernest and Lily (Booth) Harris, she had lived in Pawtucket for the past 64 years. She was a graduate of Kinyon's Commercial School. Mrs. Watkinson was an office worker and in later years loved her work educating customers about fabrics in local stores before retiring.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Central Falls Police are searching for two men and a woman in connection with a Wednesday night home invasion that left a city man injured and robbed.
According to Central Falls Police, officers were dispatched to an apartment on Watson Street for a report of a breaking and entering. One of the tenants, Franklin Baxley, 36, was assaulted by his assailants and allegedly robbed of $1,200, police said. Baxley was transported to an area hospital for treatment. According to those present during the incident, no other items were taken.