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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.
PROVIDENCE (AP) - The election could not have gone much worse for Republicans in New England.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, did not capture a single electoral vote here. Sen. Scott Brown, who electrified Republicans with his upset victory in a January 2010 special election to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, was cast aside by Massachusetts voters in favor of Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
On June 23, The Times published a photograph of a Quonset hut housing a USNR training center that used to stand at 1 Moeller Way in Pawtucket. That site is now home to the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club. After that photo appeared, a man named Stanley Kumiega, originally from Central Falls and now living in Cumberland, came in to show us this photo taken of the Naval Reserves Division 1-36 taken in front of the facility in June 1964.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Senate leadership team of President Teresa Paiva Weed and Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio both won unanimous support of the Democratic caucus to control the chamber for another two years on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€” A health monitoring â€ścall centerâ€ť based out of New York is moving to a vacant commercial building at 100 Freight Street and bringing with it the promise of 250 jobs.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s hard to believe weâ€™ve already had a snowfall this early in the season. For many seniors, shoveling the white stuff may be beyond their physical capabilities or not advisable for a host of other reasons, and they may not have anyone else they can count on to do it for them.
Thatâ€™s where the Youth to Senior Assistance Program comes in. Created last year to help seniors keep their sidewalks and the path to their mailboxes clear of snow to comply with city regulations, nearly 50 elders were aided last year, an historically mild winter season.
PAWTUCKET â€” With its linen tablecloths, stylish interior and impressive views of Slater Mill and the Blackstone River, the Cresta Bar and Ristorante was hailed as a welcome addition to the downtown when it debuted last fall. Yet, a little over a year later, the Italian restaurant has closed and its owner and proprietor is questioning what kind of market exists in the city and who his customer base is.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the tallies from all of the precincts now in, Democrat Timothy Rudd was declared the winner of the District 6 City Council race, and three incumbent Democratic senators, District 15's Donna Nesselbush, District 8's James E. Doyle, and District 16's Elizabeth A. Crowley, along with the incumbent Democratic representative in District 46, Jeremiah T. O'Grady, were also victorious in their respective races.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police said Wednesday they have identified a suspect in the shooting of a man who was found injured in front of 558 Smithfield Ave. on Tuesday morning.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ First-term City Councilman James Diossa sprinted ahead of the five-person primary field for mayor, taking 2,039 votes, or 59 percent of the total Tuesday. That puts him in a run-off on Dec. 11 with popular former Police Chief Joseph Moran, who captured 627 votes, or 18 percent according to unofficial tallies that do not include 246 mail ballots.
Those mail ballots leave a small window of opportunity for former Mayor Thomas Lazieh, who garnered 530 votes, or 15 percent to still make a bid for the second spot in the run-off.
LINCOLN â€“ A woman visiting Twin River Tuesday evening said she wouldnâ€™t give a second thought to voting approval of full casino gambling.
Of course the woman was a resident of Massachusetts and her comment was directed toward the approval of casino gambling in her state not Rhode Island.
â€śWhy should Massachusetts give up money to Rhode Island,â€ť the woman said before heading on her way.
That question may well have been on the minds of both state and local voters Tuesday as they gave a solid vote of approval to the expansion of casino gambling at Twin River.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Democrat David Cicilline has won a second term in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District after fighting off a challenge from Republican Brendan Doherty.
Doherty, a former head of state police, ran the strongest Republican campaign for Congress in years in Rhode Island. He harshly criticized Cicilline for his financial stewardship of Providence, which Cicilline led as mayor for eight years before being sent to Washington in 2010.
Campaigners and their supporters are out to greet voters at Cumberland High School Tuesday morning, from left, Steve Murphy, State Representative candidate Mia Ackerman, School Committee candidate Craig Duffy with his daughter Emily, 12, and supporter Chris Buffeny.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islanders were facing long lines and, in at least two polling places, the wrong ballots as they began voting Tuesday in a hotly contested congressional race and on whether to allow the state's two slots parlors to turn into full-fledged casinos.
Officials said the incorrect ballots were delivered by the state Board of Elections for two polling places, West Kingston Elementary School in South Kingstown and Elks Lodge in West Warwick. Voting was delayed in each location, and some voters left without casting a ballot, according to town officials.
PAWTUCKET â€” In addition to the District 6 City Council race, Pawtucket voters heading to the polls today will decide two state Senate races, District 8 and District 15.
In District 8, incumbent Democrat James â€śJamieâ€ť E. Doyle II is facing a challenge from independent candidate Beth Croll.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's official: Pawtucket Police say the cause of the recent fire in a city trash truck was accidental and not prompted by arson.
Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins said that a detective assigned to arson cases had worked with the Fire Department and state Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the cause of the Oct. 23 truck fire.
PAWTUCKET â€” When city voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose the next president and decide a few local races, they will also be asked to consider a number of ballot questions pertaining to an assortment of statewide issues and about $8 million in local capital improvement projects.
Laureen Grebien, wife of Mayor Donald R. Grebien, who is spearheading the 2012 Pawtucket Holiday Basket Drive, along with Herb Weiss, the City's Economic & Cultural Officer, begin their efforts to collect can goods and non-perishables to help Pawtucket families in need to have a Thanksgiving meal. These items can be dropped off at the following City locations: Bristol County Savings Bank, 215 Armistice Blvd.; RI Antique Mall, 345 Fountain St.; Pawtucket Planning & Redevelopment 175 Main St., 3rd Floor; Pawtucket City Hall Lobby and the Mayor's Office Lobby, 137 Roosevelt Ave.
CUMBERLAND - Choruses representing five area churches will be performing a unique nondenominational concert Sunday to benefit the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry located on Nate Whipple Highway.
The Food Pantry Choral Benefit Concert will be held at 3 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 3069 Diamond Hill Road. The concert, which will include gospel to contemporary, features choirs from St. John Vianney Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Four Corners Community Chapel, Calvin Presbyterian Church and Arnold Mills United Methodist Church.