CENTRAL FALLS â€“ In response to a complaint by Councilman James Diossa, a candidate for mayor, the state Board of Elections (BOE) is ordering the city to open all eight polling places for the Dec. 11 runoff election, a move that officials say will cost the financially beleaguered city an estimated $15,000 more than expected.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city last week formally asked the Supreme Court to review a lower court decision that blocked its attempt to fire convicted police officer Nichalas Laprade, convicted of indecent exposure during an off-duty incident in 2010.
On Nov. 7, the city's attorney, Vincent F. Ragosta, Jr., filed a petition for a â€śwrit of certiorariâ€ť to the decision by Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to deny the city's appeal in the Laprade case. Laprade, who has been suspended with pay since his 2010 arrest, will remain on that status pending the outcome of the appeal process.
PAWTUCKET â€” A â€śready smile,â€ť â€śmeticulous,â€ť â€śconscientious,â€ť â€śa true gentleman,â€ť were all descriptions of the late Ronald J. Gauthier that were offered by city officials this past week. Gauthier, 71, who served as city sergeant, died on Nov. 4 after a brief illness.
Gauthier, a lifelong Pawtucket resident, had been appointed in 2007 by the City Council, headed by then-Council President Mary Bray, to serve as city sergeant. He continued to serve through the successive City Councils presided over by Henry S. Kinch, Jr. and current President David Moran.