Archive - 2012 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” Some local people who have left a positive mark on the city â€” in recent years as well as the past â€” will be honored Friday with their induction into the 2012 Pawtucket Hall of Fame.
Three â€śliving legends,â€ť Paul Audette, Janice McHale and Jean Stizpeck, will be entered into the Hall, as well as the late John â€śRedâ€ť Pollard, and the late Lt. Colonel Henry Harrison Young, as the historical inductee.
Under a canopy of leaves colored bronze by the autumn chill, Donald Ross kneels over the moist clay soil of the forest floor and studies the upside-down, heart-shaped track of the white-tailed deer.
Kneeling next to him is his young son, also named Donald, who traces the track's muddy indentation with his finger, listening intently as his father describes the difference between the tracks of doe and those of a buck.
LINCOLN â€” The Spurwink School at 365 River Road is about to celebrate a milestone.
The small-setting, private school-based program serving students with a range of behavioral disorders will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a small gathering of staff, clients and friends on Nov. 14, according to Raymond Arsenault, executive director of the schoolâ€™s parent non-profit corporation SpurwinkRI.
PAWTUCKET â€” Four women were arrested for prostitution and two men with solicitation on Thursday night following an investigation by Pawtucket Police of complaints of suspicious activity in the Barton Street area.
PAWTUCKET â€” It can happen suddenly...a spouse, parent, child or other loved one has an injury, health issue or medical condition requiring specialized equipment or supplies. Now, customers in the Blackstone Valley have a place to find what they need with the arrival of Charm Medical Supply in downtown Pawtucket.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The cityâ€™s Board of Canvassers has certified five candidates for next month's special primary to replace ex-Mayor Charles Moreau.
Moreau officially resigned last month and subsequently agreed to plead guilty to a federal fraud charge. Mayor since 2003, Moreau had been re-elected in 2009 to a four-year term that ended in 2013, but was stripped of his duties in 2010 by the state-appointed receiver following the city's bankruptcy.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A U.S. District Court jury Wednesday convicted a local man on charges of peddling pharmaceutical painkillers similar to heroin.
Audi Pineda, 38, of Pawtucket, was convicted of possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy, federal prosecutors said.
A barber, Pineda was arrested in August 2011 following an undercover investigation by Pawtucket Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force. Court-authorized searches of Pinedaâ€™s place of employment and his residence resulted in the seizure of cash, oxycodone pills and other narcotics.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Losing a family member to illness can leave a person feeling helpless, which hinders the process of coming to terms with that life-changing loss.
But there are ways to take proactive steps toward moving on, which also bring a sense of fighting back.
Noneajean McFarlane found that to be true this fall as she worked to organize a team in Sundayâ€™s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Roger Williams Park in Providence.
McFarlane, a Times graphic designer, decided to put together a team for the American Cancer Society fundraiser in light of her own losses last spring.
PAWTUCKET â€” An Internal Affairs officerâ€™s mistake of missing a procedural deadline by one day continues to be the undoing of the cityâ€™s attempts to fire convicted Police officer Nichalas Laprade.
On Wednesday, a Superior Court judge ruled against the cityâ€™s appeal of a police officersâ€™ disciplinary committeeâ€™s decision that allowed Laprade to keep his job despite his indecent exposure conviction.
LINCOLN â€” A 57-year-old woman was surprised by a man breaking into her Tall Wood Drive home Wednesday morning and quickly fled the dwelling, according to police.
â€śWe believe the suspect was not aware that the homeowner was at home,â€ť Police Chief Brian Sullivan said later of the 9:30 a.m. incident.
The woman fled away from Tall Wood in the direction of nearby Route 295 south and called police regarding the break, Sullivan said.
With fall foliage at peak color at Slater Park, the weather was perfect Tuesday morning for a brisk walk along Slater Pond. Even the geese seemed to enjoy the crisp fall morning.
PAWTUCKET â€” The debate rages on over efforts by the Grebien Administration to privatize the city-run trash and recycling program while the City Council demands more information and the union readies a last-ditch plea to keep the services in-house.
PORTLAND, Maine â€” Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of an earthquake in southern Maine may not have known what was happening. But the shaking building was enough to send all 20 of them skedaddling outside.
"It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type," said Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza. "The back door and door to the basement blew open," she said.
SEEKONK â€” Seekonk Police responded to a reported bank robbery at the Citizens Bank, 125 Highland Ave., on Friday at about 11:22 a.m. This bank is housed in the Stop & Shop grocery store.
Responding officers confirmed that a robbery had occurred. The suspect was described as being a white male in his 30s or 40s, approximately 5â€™7â€ť tall, with a thin build and light beard. He was wearing a camouflage long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, thick-rimmed eye glasses, and a Virginia Tech â€śHokiesâ€ť baseball cap along with a brown wig.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at the Henry J. Winters Elementary School, and state health officials and Pawtucket School officials say they have been actively managing the situation.
LINCOLN â€” You bought an E-Book reader, a Kindle or an iPad, and now youâ€™re wondering where to find something to read.
Yes, there are plenty of e-book websites to visit and buy the latest hot read for your device, but did you know there are also ways to download a book similar to checking one out from your local library?
Nancy Ross, assistant director of the Lincoln Public Library, says an increasing number of library patrons are taking advantage of the library's e-book lending program and she sees that interest as only increasing in the future as more people learn how to use the service.
From left: Blackstone Selectman Vice-Chair Margo Bik, Ranger Barbara Dixson, Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation's Ed Lambert, Mass. State Sen. Richard Moore, Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan Jr., U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, Mass. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, Mass. State Rep. George Peterson, and Donna Williams, chairwoman of the John Chafee Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor Coalition, break ground Thursday on Segment 1 of the Blackstone River Greenway Project in Blackstone.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a legal case that has dragged on for years, a Superior Court jury on Wednesday finally dished up portions of a financial pie to the owner of the legendary Silver Top Diner and the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency.
Yet, a decision on who gets to keep the historic diner, built in 1937 by the Kullman Diner Company of New Jersey, awaits a ruling. Superior Court Justice Kristin Rodgers is scheduled to take this matter up on Oct. 26.
PROVIDENCEâ€” Following a nine-day trial of often graphic testimony, Armando Garcia, 32, with a last known address of 486 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, was found guilty Thursday of the murder of 30-year-old Brooke Lee Verdoia by a Providence County Superior Court jury.
The jury deliberated for five hours before returning with the verdict, finding Garcia guilty of murder, failure to report a death and driving a motor vehicle without consent of the owner. The trial was presided over by Superior Court Justice Susan E. McGuirl.
PAWTUCKET â€” Saying there are too many unanswered questions, the City Council on Wednesday voted 6 to 2 to support a resolution calling for an inquiry into the proposal to privatize the city's trash pick-up services before any action is taken on the matter.