Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
PAWTUCKETâ Unfortunately, 'tis the season for robberies of package deliveries.
On Tuesday, Pawtucket Police arrested a city man for committing such a crime âthe second incident in five days.
According to Major Arthur Martins, on Tuesday at approximately 1:15 p.m., Pawtucket Police received a call from a resident who noticed a male removing a box from the porch of a house on Grand Avenue. The witness provided police with a description of the suspect and of the box he was carrying. Several officers arrived in the Grand Avenue area and a suspect was found on London Avenue.
PAWTUCKET â With both she and her husband being of Polish heritage, it was always natural for Jean Babiec to celebrate Christmas Eve with a âWigiliaâ meatless menu. She made sure to purchase the âoplatekâ and always set the dinner table with a pure white tablecloth and one extra place setting, with some pieces of hay placed under it.
As a somber procession of funerals began in shell-shocked Newtown, Conn., local educators on Monday said the nationâs deadliest massacre at an elementary school should trigger a broad discussion about how to make schools safer than they are already.
Pawtucket Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke said she experienced some of what the Sandy Hook Elementary School parents had gone through herself several years ago while working as an assistant superintendent in her former school district in Nevada.
PAWTUCKET â Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal for the past two years, submitted his retirement on Friday, announced Douglas Hadden, director of constituent services and communications for Mayor Donald Grebien.
Parent is retiring just a few weeks shy of his 25th year of service with the city's Fire Department. His retirement became effective as of Friday, Hadden said.
PAWTUCKET â Raymond A. âChipâ Hoyas, well known in city politics and a former top state Senate aide, will be punished with home confinement and the loss of his ability to collect a state pension for his involvement in a check-cashing scheme involving Senate pages.
PAWTUCKET â Responding to a recent rash of robberies in the city, Pawtucket Police have made a series of arrests including some suspects believed to be involved in multiple incidents.
âAs our crime-mapping tools sharpened the patterns our investigations were turning up, we were better able to target our resources to make arrests that we believe will put a major dent in this recent illegal activity and make the community safer,â Police Chief Paul King said.
PAWTUCKET â Police say the man suspected in a car-jacking that took place in front of the Pawtucket Post Office on Monday afternoon has been caught.
The female victim told Pawtucket Police that she had been sitting in her parked car in front of the Post Office at 40 Montgomery Street at around 4:35 p.m. when a white male opened the door and pulled her out of the vehicle. The male then entered her vehicle and drove away. The victim reported that her purse had been left in the vehicle which contained cash, personal papers, credit cards and her cell phone.
PAWTUCKET â Local poet and performance artist Jay Chattelle is known for exploring the spirituality and symbolism in everyday life. So, having his son born on â12-12-12â was especially meaningful.
âHis birthday will be on a magical date. They said this isn't going to happen again for another 100 years,â said the proud father.
PAWTUCKET â While city officials were hoping for an upgrade, lingering concerns about the city's ability to eliminate its past school budget deficits and its unfunded municipal pension and other post-employment benefits led to the Fitch Ratings service affirming Pawtucket's bond rating at a âBBB-; Outlook Stableâ rating.
Before an honor guard of Supreme and Superior Court judges and other members of the Rhode Island Judiciary, bearers carry the casket of Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger out of St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church in Riverside after a concelebrated mass of Christian Burial there Wednesday morning. Principal Celebrant was the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, former Bishop of Providence. Attendees included Governor Lincoln Chafee, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and other state and local dignitaries. Weisberger died Friday at age 92.
CENTRAL FALLS â Having emerged from bankruptcy, ready to shake off the one-man rule of state receivership and the nearly decade-long administration of a disgraced mayor who is headed to jail on a corruption charge, this tiny, poverty-ridden city signaled it is ready for a new beginning Tuesday by electing its first Latino mayor, native son James Diossa, who defeated Joseph Moran, the popular former police chief, 62 to 38 percent in a special election.
PAWTUCKET â In the end, there was no gun, but a student's telling a teacher that another student indicated he might have such a weapon resulted in a lockdown at Slater Junior High School on Tuesday morning, police said.
According to Pawtucket Police Capt. John Seebeck, two juvenile males who attend Slater Junior High had gotten into a verbal altercation outside of the McDonald's restaurant on Lonsdale Avenue prior to the start of school.
City employees, some elected officials, including Mayor Donald Grebien, and other volunteers helped serve food to local seniors and other members of the community on Monday at the annual Mayor's Holiday Dinner held at the Portuguese Social Club, 131 School St. The annual event, free and open to all city residents, is made possible through donations of money, food and service from area businesses and individuals. Key sponsors this year were Pawtucket Credit Union, Washington Trust and Bristol County Savings Bank.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to modern technology and the Internet, about 20 Shea High School students had the chance to interact through live video with students in the Dominican Republic on Thursday as part of this year's Lifetouch Memory Mission project.
Shea was one of three Rhode Island schools that participated in the 20-minute interactive chat with students from an elementary school in the rural town of Constanza in the Dominican Republic.
EAST PROVIDENCE â As of last week, only four applications have been received for a chance to own a newly-renovated single family home on Anthony Street that will be offered in a city housing lottery for first-time home buyers.
The deadline for applications is coming up on Dec. 14 with the drawing to take place during City Council's meeting on Dec. 18, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue.
LINCOLN â Eddie and Patty Fox had been familiar with Wreaths Across America's work over the years to recognize the courage and sacrifices of our veterans, but it wasn't until last year that the couple began to think about how their home town of Lincoln could assist the mission.
The Foxes were the driving force behind the effort last year to raise money for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated at the Lincoln Senior Center on May 21, 2011.
"It was a huge ceremony and over 400 people attended," said Patty.
PAWTUCKET â Saying they didn't appreciate the âpoliticalâ tone, several City Councilors on Wednesday publicly criticized Director of Administration Antonio Pires and, indirectly, Mayor Donald Grebien, for some recent communications sent to the council.
Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Pawtucket recognized its employees with 20-plus years of service during a reception there Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â Based on autopsy results and other evidence, the Pawtucket Police confirmed Thursday that the cause of death of a young couple found inside their apartment at 125 Goff Avenue on Wednesday was a murder/suicide.
The deceased were identified as Frederico Rico, 21, and Natasha Marshall, 23. According to Major Arthur Martins, the state Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Marshall's death as homicide. The manner of death was found to be asphyxiation due to strangulation. The manner of death of Rico is being preliminarily determined as asphyxiation by hanging.