Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
CENTRAL FALLS â€” It always help to tackle a big project by breaking it into smaller pieces. And that's just what the 2012 class of Leadership Rhode Island has done with its ambitious plan to effect positive change in the financially troubled city of Central Falls.
The Mapleville woman for whom we launched a silver alert has been found in the woods behind her house. RI State Police K9â€™s assisted the Burrillville Police and local fire departments in the search.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are searching for three male suspects who took part in a home invasion at a Pawtucket Avenue apartment complex late Saturday night.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at around 11:30 p.m., three men burst into the apartment where a woman was home with her two children, ages 11 and 9. The suspects all wore hooded sweatshirts tied to conceal their faces, and two were armed with handguns.
The suspects stole a small amount of cash and 14 pairs of menâ€™s sneakers, all size 11, from the apartment. No injuries were reported.
JULY 29 â€“ AUGUST 4
Anticipated traffic impacts / roadwork:
â€˘ Temporary highway closures of I-95 NB will continue during the early morning hours Monday through Saturday. These closures are necessary for the completion of steel and concrete deck panel erection for the new Bridge 550 NB structure.
â€˘ Additional highway lane closures are possible NB and SB Sunday through Thursday. Right or left lane taken at 9 p.m., second lane taken at 11 p.m. All lanes reopened by 5 a.m.
PAWTUCKET â€” Frustrated by delays he experienced in getting the city to pick up bulky waste items on his street, Mark Poirier tried a new way to get someone's attention in City Hall: he created a website titled â€śShame on you, Mayor Grebien.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The organizers of the upcoming CumberlandFest promise that this year's four-day family festival will have lots of old favorites as well as some new surprises. The 22nd annual event kicks off Friday, Aug. 10.
As was the case the last two years, there will be an expanded fireworks show.
PAWTUCKET â€” After a lengthy and sometimes contentious process, the City Council gave first passage on Wednesday to a revised zoning plan for the Apex property that is being hailed as a compromise.
CUMBERLAND â€” Residents will get the opportunity on Aug. 7 to offer input on a proposed plan to consolidate the town's fire services as a single municipal public safety department that would not only include the town's four independent fire districts, but emergency medical service and police as well.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 23-year-old city man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested following the stabbing of a Cumberland man on Warwick Road early Wednesday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police Detective Capt. John Seebeck, police received a report that a stabbing had occurred in the vicinity of 28-30 Warwick Road at around 2 a.m. When police arrived, they found a male lying on the sidewalk with multiple knife wounds to his abdomen.
CUMBERLAND â€” A local man was found guilty Tuesday of threatening to bomb the facilities of a company based in Wallingford, Conn.
A federal jury in Hartford found Shaneel Jain, 56, of Cumberland, guilty of threatening to bomb Z-Medica Corporation, a company that produces QuickClot, a medical agent that rapidly stops bleeding outside the surgical setting. QuickClot is used by the United States military and the militaries of some allied countries.
PAWTUCKET â€” Frustrated that no action has been taken to address longstanding complaints from neighbors about emissions from the Key Container Corporation on Campbell Street, the City Council wants to see if state and federal authorities can be brought in to investigate the air quality.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Attorney General's office has upheld one of two Access to Public Records Act complaints filed against the city of Pawtucket by attorney Mark McBurney as it related to Ethics Commission complaints involving the Lime Rock Fire Department and Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester's car tax payments.
McBurney is representing John Cullen in the ethics complaint against Sylvester and has also filed two related Superior Court complaints against the Lime Rock Fire Department alleging violations of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA).
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was a rather cut-and-dry business story that ran last month about the Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co. being acquired by an Attleboro manufacturer and closing its Pawtucket facility. Yet, longtime employee and second-generation owner Paul Mooney says there is much more history, warmth and sense of community behind the 150-year-old jewelry manufacturer than was conveyed in the news article.
PAWTUCKET â€” The historic Weeden Manor property at 11 Walnut St. is no longer being considered as an academy for foreign exchange students and is back on the market.
The 9,390-square-foot Darius Goff House was close to being purchased by two business partners for use as a boarding school and educational facility. Benjamin Ben Tre and Basil Lee are founders of the Roosevelt International Academy, a program that offers students from China and other foreign countries a place to live and be mentored while attending local private and public high schools.
PAWTUCKET â€” The energy and sense of renewal surrounding the construction of the I-95 Pawtucket River bridge has made it a fitting subject for this year's Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
BLACKSTONE â€” The water level in the Blackstone River and Canal above the Rolling Dam is now rising, but it may take a few days before levels are back to normal.
That was the latest announcement Thursday from town public works officials who said work conducted at the site yesterday is helping the situation, which is not nearly as dire as it was a few days ago when officials reported that the water level was about six feet lower than normal.
Read more in our print edition.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Following an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.
LINCOLN â€“ The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.
SEEKONK â€” Having Sister Gertrude involved can only be a plus. Greg Esmay says his goal is to be able to have his Old Grist Mill Tavern open next year in time for the nun and other Little Sisters of the Poor to hold their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner that benefits the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Accusing his opponent of â€śserial hypocrisy,â€ť Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act â€ślong into the night,â€ť to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.