Archive - Mar 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â A city man prosecutors call a career offender has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking in oxycodone, a pharmaceutical painkiller similar to heroin.
Audi Pineda, 39, was also ordered to serve three yearsâ supervised release upon the completion of his sentence. He appeared in U.S. District Court this week before Judge John McConnell.
In October 2012, a jury convicted Pineda of conspiracy and two counts of possession of oxycodone with the intent to deliver, according to federal prosecutors.
PAWTUCKET â In the wake of recent revelations about fraud and abuse in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Rhode Island, Pawtucket Rep. Mary Duffy Messier wants to require that the programâs Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards carry a photo ID of the recipient.
âItâs basically to prevent fraud,â in the federal program once known as Food Stamps, the Democratic lawmaker told The Times Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â There's âtiredâ and there's the âgood kind of tired.â It seems the 42 Rhode Island World War II veterans who participated in a recent Honor Flight would put themselves in the latter category after their whirlwind day trip to the nation's capital.
CUMBERLAND â Students at the high school Tuesday were asked to put their lives first and not to even think about texting when they are driving.
The request came from R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, a former police officer, who is trying to warn students around the state about the sometimes fatal risks of texting when in a motor vehicle and getting them to pledge they will be safe.
PROVIDENCE â You have probably received e-mails telling you that $1,000 or more is available to you today by making a phone call or clicking an Internet link. If you live in a low-income neighborhood, there may be a storefront nearby where similar âshort-termâ loans are offered.
So-called âpayday lendersâ offer you quick cash for emergencies or to help you make ends meet until your next paycheck. But that money comes at a high price.
PAWTUCKET â A developer is proposing that the former St. Mary's School at 163 George St. and the adjacent brick building that once served as a convent be turned into an apartment complex, along with a new building to be constructed behind the two.
The city's Planning Commission recently held a public hearing on the proposal by I.D. Holdings LLC, whose principal owner is listed as Jeffrey Karll. Karll is a businessman and restauranteur who formerly operated the Cresta Ristorante in the Apex property on Main Street.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating an attempted bank robbery at the Bank of America at 1455 Newport Ave., which occurred at 11:30 Tuesday morning.
A male reportedly walked into the bank, gave the teller a note and attempted to rob the bank. The teller immediately stepped away from the bank window per bank procedure and the male fled the bank, police saod.
PAWTUCKET â A 24-year-old Providence man has been arrested as a suspect in the Monday night stabbing of a Pawtucket man.
On March 25, at around 7:30 p.m., Pawtucket Police responded to a report of a stabbing at an apartment on Darrow Street. When police arrived they found a male victim who was suffering from several stab wounds to his torso and neck area. The victim was identified as Shawn A. Whitfield, 42, of the Darrow Street address.
Whitfield was transported to Rhode Island Hospital where his injuries were determined to be not life threatening, Pawtucket Police said.
Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien took part in the "Mayors for Wheels" meals delivery event on March 20 for Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island. Founded in 1969, Meals on Wheels delivers roughly 2,000 meals daily throughout the state to provide a reliable source of good nutrition and to help the elderly maintain a sense of independence. Pictured, from left, are Meals on Wheels volunteer Jeff Hartley, Fogarty Manor resident Roland Duffany, City Council President David Moran, and Mayor Grebien.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Get ready to celebrate the return of the herring to the Turner Reservoir.
The annual herring run at Hunts Mills Dam is expected to take place during the weekend of April 13-14 â at least that's the educated guess of expert Keith Gonsalves of the Ten Mile River Watershed Council, who has been invited to speak at the East Providence Historical Society's general meeting tonight at 7 in the Newman Church hall, Rumford.
PAWTUCKET â As Mayor Grebien is dealing with a pension funding crisis, contract negotiations, potholes, the budget and the numerous other pressing issues involved in operating a city, another well-known politician is watching, waiting, and all but confirming his desire to take on the top job.
CUMBERLAND â One day in 2002, Tonya Hurteau was working at her computer when she suddenly realized she couldnât see.
âMy eyes just kind of went black,â she recalls. âI was thinking somebody turned the lights out.â
No one did. She was blind â at least temporarily.
Doctors were able to restore her vision with powerful medication that left a taste in her mouth that reminded her of aluminum foil. But they also figured out the problem was merely a symptom of a much more serious malady. She was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Members of the Woonsocket Fire Department HazMat team are briefed by Central Falls Fire Chief Robert Bradley and members of the Central Falls Fire Department as an emergency situation unfolds in front of 428 Dexter St. in Central Falls Thursday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE â With the Senate the acknowledged battleground in the same-sex marriage debate this year, proponents and opponents started lining up at 9 a.m. Thursday for a Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled to start at about 5 p.m. By noon people were sitting on the floor along the wall in one long corridor in the Statehouse and the line already snaked around the corner.
PAWTUCKET â He's tackled such subjects as street people in New York City and three generations of Welfare recipients, and has done photo shoots with the likes of Henry Kissinger, Hilary Clinton, Norman Mailer and Bianca Jagger. Now, photojournalist Jesse Nemerofsky is focusing his lens on the city of Pawtucket.
A lone horse grazes in the snow at Ballard's Farm in Lincoln after an overnight storm left a few inches.
Witnessing the investiture of Pope Francis at the Vatican was âone of the most exciting, moving, meaningful experiences Iâve ever had,â Congressman James Langevin said shortly after the rite ended on Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET â If it could be talked about in human terms, everyone involved acknowledges that the city's police and fire pension fund is sick...critical, in fact. And everyone is in agreement that life-saving measures must be taken. Yet, the way to go about restoring the plan to good health is being viewed differently by the various parties involved, although at some point, a consensus will have to be reached.
Kayla Silva, of Zaccagnini's Pastry Shoppe at 546 Smithfield Ave. in Pawtucket, brings out another tray of fresh-made Zeppoles, which were selling like hot cakes on Saturday. They will be available through today â St. Joseph's Day. According to manager Rose Cabral, the store will sell 10,000 of the sweet custard treats. Zaccagnini's has another
location at 2339 Diamond Hill Rd. in Cumberland.
CUMBERLAND â The town council Wednesday will consider a resolution authorizing Mayor Daniel J. McKee to submit to the state a funding improvement plan for the town pension system. The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act of 2011 also requires that the town create a funding plan to improve the funded percentage of its pension fund to 60 percent within the next 20 years.