Archive - Oct 2013 - News Article
LINCOLN â A fast moving six-alarm fire destroyed a significant portion of the historic Lonsdale Bleachery Mill complex Thursday night as scores of firefighters from Lincoln and surrounding northern Rhode Island communities did their best to contain it.
The fire came in as a box alarm from the mill complex at 5:12 p.m., according to Police Capt. Phillip Gould, and could be seen erupting from windows of a largely vacant mill building along the Blackstone River as fire companies arrived on scene.
LINCOLN - Firefighters from Woonsocket, Cumberland, Central Falls, Pawtucket and other communities assisted Lincoln Fire Department in battling a fast moving blaze at the vacant Lonsdale Bleachery that broke out about 5 p.m. on Halloween night. Fire crews doused the flames for several hours. The building partially collapsed. There was no word Thursday night on a cause. Read the full story, view additional photos in Friday's Call.
LINCOLN - A five-alarm fire ripped through the Lonsdale Mills early this evening.
Mutual aid was called from surrounding communities as flames were visible from well beyond the vacant mill, which early reports say has caused a partial collapse of the structure.
A reporter and photographer are at the scene, with more details coming as they are available.
BOSTON â A year ago, they were dead last. Before the season, not many people around baseball believed they had enough talent to escape the American League East basement.
The 2013 Boston Red Sox made the free world stand up and take notice Wednesday night, capping off an incredible worst-to-first turnaround with a win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series. The championship is the eighth in Boston franchise history and the third since 2004.
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Jorge DePina, of Pawtucket, screams to relatives in District Court, Providence, after waiving his right to a bail hearing Tuesday. A dramatic scene ensued as his sister, Joisa Depina, screamed out "That's my brother, he did nothing wrong, he raised me,' before being escorted out of courtroom 4-E by distraught relatives and then collapsing in a nearby foyer. Depina is being held in the death of his 10-year-old daughter Aleida DePina this past summer.
PAWTUCKET - It may be National Cat Day today, but The Times wants to make every Monday Blackstone Valley Pets Day! Send a photo of your cat, dog, bunny, fish or other pet to firstname.lastname@example.org and The Times will publish it on the Blackstone Valley Pets page every Monday. Dressing up Spot or Fluffy for Halloween? Snap a photo and email that too. For more information call 401-767-8550.
PAWTUCKETâWhile some people like to embrace the dark side of Halloween, there are those who see it in a different spirit...one that celebrates âcommunity.â That was Oak Hill resident Molly Garrison's sentiment when she and some of her neighbors conjured up the idea for a Halloween parade.
PAWTUCKET â A pedestrian was killed and the driver whose vehicle allegedly struck him was charged after an accident early Sunday morning on I-95 near the Smithfield Avenue exit.
The accident took place at 4:40 a.m., Col. Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the R.I. State Police, said in a press release issued by the department Sunday afternoon. The victimâs identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, he said.
CENTRAL FALLS â Voters will have a chance to get an up-close and personal look at the candidates for City Council, including the two at-large seats that will be up for grabs for the first time this year, at a forum sponsored by the YWCA Rhode Island Wednesday evening at 6:30 at Central Falls High School.
Bianca Pavoncello, executive editor of the Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call, will be the moderator. She will take written questions from the audience as well as questions generated by the YWCA.
PAWTUCKET â Branch Street, a quiet road with a half-dozen houses located near the Blackstone River and the Pawtucket Water Supply Boardâs treatment plant, is slated to get a 30-unit affordable housing complex.
CENTRAL FALLSâWhile it houses a lot of local history, the Lysander Flagg Museum and Cultural Center, located next to the Central Falls Public Library on Central Street, has been deemed too costly to operate.
CENTRAL FALLSâAn early morning fire damaged the interior of an apartment and left four people homeless in a three-family house on High Street on Thursday.
Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the report of the fire came in shortly after 7 a.m. He said it was a relatively small fire that was contained to one room and its contents, and was extinguished quickly.
However, the blaze caused enough damage to force the tenants to have to find alternative lodging. The Red Cross was called to provide assistance, he said.
PROVIDENCE â In a move General Treasurer Gina Raimondo said started back in December after the deadly shootings at Connecticutâs Sandy Hook Elementary School, the State Investment Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to divest all of the stake the state pension fund has in a gun distributor.
CUMBERLAND â Plans for constructing a new Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy elementary building at the townâs Currier Park are moving forward even though some local officials continue to question the siteâs suitability for the project.
Town Councilman Manuel DaCosta joined state Rep.James McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) last week in calling for additional research on the possible impact an old Valley Falls coal mining operation could have on the school project.
PAWTUCKETâA city man faced a judge on Monday after police allege he attacked the mother of his children over the weekend and then fled with the children to Providence.
The young mother is recovering and her 32-year-old boyfriend, Barrolle Z. Shar of 442 Mineral Spring Ave. is in the ACI.
Shar was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on Saturday and arraigned before a bail commissioner.
He appeared in 6th District Court in Providence on Monday, where he was charged with domestic strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping/domestic.
PAWTUCKET â Working in the world of European fashion design, Tina Melo-Kufner knows all about the importance of predicting trends. Yet, many artists can be so engrossed in their respective craft that they donât pay attention to what consumers, and particularly the fashionistas, are clamoring for. Putting those two worlds together is the philosophy behind Melo-Kufnerâs latest business venture, Melo International.
LINCOLN â Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond has begun working on projections for the coming fiscal year, and for now at least it appears the town will not be seeing a decline in its Twin River revenues.
In fact, the creation of Twin Riverâs live table gaming venue at the casino has apparently generated some additional interest in the video lottery terminals (electronic games) from which Lincoln receives a share of the revenues, he noted.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A Fall River woman has pled guilty to embezzling more than $437,000 from a Columbus Credit Union branch office in East Providence where she was employed as a supervisor.
Crystal Ferreira, 27, of Fall River, now faces up to 30 years in federal prison when she is sentenced in January, according to U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, who announced the guilty plea Thursday along with East Providence Police Chief Joseph H. Tavares and Vincent B. Lisi, special agent in charge of the Boston field office of the FBI.
CENTRAL FALLS â An early morning car fire that spread and caused minor damage to two nearby houses is being investigated by the state Fire Marshalâs office.
Fire Chief Robert Bradley said the fire in a vehicle was reported just before 4 a.m. on Thursday at 137 Sylvian St. He said the blaze started in one car that was parked in the double driveway and spread to a second car. The heat and flames melted the exterior siding on the two apartment houses that flanked each side of the driveway, he said.