Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
LINCOLN â In the pantheon of table games, they say craps offers the well-schooled gambler with a head for numbers the best chance of beating the odds.
But on a busy night when chips are flying around an exotic mix of mind-boggling games with names like Spanish 21 and Pai Gow Poker, this may be the safest bet in the house: somebodyâs trying to rig the system.
Thatâs where Detective Lt. John Flaherty comes in. The 23-year veteran of the state police is in charge of the new Gaming Enforcement Unit, created to squeeze cheating and corruption out of the table game business at Twin River.
PAWTUCKETâAs her classmates spun Hula Hoops and danced to a deejay, 11-year-old friends Nychelle Torres and Bobbie Walls sampled blueberries and pomegranates. âBlueberries are good with honey on them,â Torres stated. The two said they had also enjoyed making their own salsa out of a buffet table of different ingredients provided by Farm Fresh Rhode Island. âThe salsa was good, except for some of the spicy tastes,â Torres added.
PROVIDENCE â Eight-year-old Estuardo Estrada of Providence stares up into the beady eyes of a Triceratops, a three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 65 million years ago.
Illuminated by overhead multi-colored lights, the beastâs head â boasting the largest skull of all land mammals â suddenly moves from side to side, itâs short, pointed tail wagging in unison.
The creature suddenly lets out a roar, startling Estrada and the crowd of other junior paleontologists standing nearby.
Wide-eyed and breathless, Estrada grips the hand of his stepfather Gabriel Vargas.
EAST PROVIDENCE â A Rhode Island State Police investigation has found no sufficient facts or probable cause to back up allegations that two members of the City Council unlawfully influenced City Manager Peter Graczykowski to place Police Chief Joseph Tavares on paid administrative leave in return for a new employment contract for Graczkowski.
PAWTUCKET â Freeze frame. The School Department currently has a balanced budget for fiscal year 2014. However, while the School Committee approved the $102 million spending plan on Wednesday night, there are several big expenses looming that could change this picture considerably.
Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke noted that, by Charter rule, the School Department is required to send the city a budget by April 30 of each year. On April 23, a fiscal 2014 budget was presented to school officials reflecting known revenue and expenditures.
CENTRAL FALLS â The two men believed to have been murdered and found inside a 16 Sylvian St. apartment July 3 were identified by Central Falls Police on Wednesday.
Lt. Dorian R. Rave listed the victims in the double homicide as Malcolm Townes, 21, and Nathan Lewis, 22. Lewis was reported to have lived in the apartment and Townes to be staying with him.
Although ruled to be homicides, the Rhode Island Medical Examinerâs Office has not yet to issue an official cause of death for the victims, Rave said.
LINCOLN â Colonel Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the first arrest at the Twin River Casino relating to the integrity of table games.
At 2:45 a.m. on July 10, a member of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit (GEU) arrested Steven E. Sabitoni, 46, of School Road, Lincoln, on one count of larceny under $1,500.
PAWTUCKET âFeather boas, fishnets, and the glamor of âold style Vegasâ will dominate the stage at downtown Pawtucket's House of Mood during two special shows this month.
Called âVintage Vegas,â these lavishly entertaining productions, scheduled for July 13 and July 20, will also serve as fundraisers for a more serious women's health issueâthe fight against breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a cause that happens to be close to the heart of House of Mood founder/entertainer Jennifer Kennedy.
PAWTUCKET â The principal and staff at the Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary School, where 10-year-old murder victim Aleida DePina had just finished the fourth grade, had not been aware of any abuse going on at home, says Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.
A handmade banner bearing the portrait of the late Pope John Paul II hangs above the counter at the Krakow Deli in Woonsocket, a gift Marta Samek received from her brother who brought it back from Poland 25 years ago.
âIsnât it beautiful?â asked Samek who manages the family-owned deli along with another brother, Kristian Przybyko, and father, JĂłzef.
PAWTUCKETâA family of three living at 208 Oakland Ave. was displaced by a fire that started in their âcomputer roomâ on Monday night, according to the Pawtucket Fire Marshal.
By DONNA KENNY KIRWAN
PAWTUCKETâBehind a photo of a smiling young girl with big brown eyes and wearing a purple satin dress is a handwritten note that reads: âMay your life in heaven be better than the one you knew here. R.I.P.â It is signed, âA Friend.â
The girl in the photo, Aleida DePina, 10, died last week from what the medical examiner determined was blunt force trauma.
Her father, Jorge DePina, has been charged with her murder.
PAWTUCKET â There are coffee drinkers who describe their favorite brew as âregularâ or âlight with two sugars.â Then there are others whose assessment would go something like this: âa heavy, syrupy body and flavors of brown sugar and crĂšme brulee give way to nectarine acidity and a clean, dry grapefruit finish.â
(Editorâs note: This is the eighth in a series of reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew to provide for its residents. Robert E. Bradley Jr. is the cityâs first permanent fire chief since 2010.)
CENTRAL FALLS -- During the dark days of the bankruptcy, Fire Chief Robert E. Bradley Jr. saw his force of firefighters dwindle.
EAST PROVIDENCE â One of Rhode Islandâs most historic tourist spots is the Crescent Park Looff Carousel, overlooking the bay in East Providence.
Built in 1895, Charles Looff constructed a ânationally recognized masterpieceâ containing hand-carved figures, elaborate chariots and original band organ music to create the âtotal carousel experience.â
Rhode Islandâs other Looff carousel is in Slater Park in Pawtucket.
Although the Crescent Park Carousel was always a popular place, it began to show signs of neglect as the years went by.
PAWTUCKETâA blaze heavily damaged a condominium unit at 39 Grotto Ave. on Friday afternoon and displaced 15 people.
According to Pawtucket Fire Capt. Bruce Burns, the emergency call came in at about 1:04 p.m. for a fire inside one unit of the triplex building. The unit where the fire occurred was heavily damaged by the blaze and will need renovation to be inhabitable. The other two units in the townhouse-style building sustained only smoke damage, he said.
PAWTUCKET â The father of a 10-year-old city girl who brought her, beaten and unconscious, to Miriam Hospital on Wednesday has now been charged with her murder.
The suspect, Jorge DePina, 32, of 48 Knowles St., had earlier been charged by police with first-degree child abuse and cruelty to or neglect of child in connection with the case involving his daughter, Aleida DePina.
George Stuckatos, 8, of Cumberland sprays the crowd with water while riding with other youngsters on the Miss Jocelynâs Studio float during the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade in Cumberland Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â WPRI.com is reporting that the father of a 10-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with her death.
Jorge DePina, 32, of Pawtucket was arrested by police after it was discovered she had bruises and what appeared to be burn marks on her body.
DePina brought his daughter to Miriam Hospital in Providence on Wednesday evening. She was pronounced dead a short time later.
DePina is charged with first-degree child abuse and cruelty to or neglect of child.
The Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket and North Smithfield High School were among the 24 schools Tuesday designated as 2013 commended schools, the highest classification in the Rhode Island Department of Educationâs annual public school rankings.
So-called âcommendedâ schools have the highest index scores in the state, no achievement gaps and are recognized because of either high performance or for making significant progress.