Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
PAWTUCKET â€” City officials are planning to formally issue a request for proposals (RFP) from private firms to redevelop and/or manage the downtown municipal parking garage and two adjacent parking lots.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A local man convicted in June on multiple counts of first-degree and second- degree child molestation was sentenced to 60 years, with 50 to serve, during a hearing on Tuesday before Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr., according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâ€™s office.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating a second death in as many days after an unidentified man's body was found in the woods off Blackstone Avenue Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET -- The body of an unidentified man was discovered in a wooded area on Blackstone Avenue on Monday afternoon. Police confirmed they are investigating the discovery of the body as a suspicious death, but wouldn't release any other details. The medical examiner was called to the scene and an autopsy is planned, police said.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A city woman is being hailed a hero after rescuing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter from a burning three-family apartment building on Lincoln Avenue Saturday morning.
Battalion Chief Keith Sullivan said the 9:34 a.m. fire broke out in the kitchen on the first floor of the 99 Lincoln Avenue building, which quickly filled with thick, heavy smoke.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating the murder of a 41-year-old Dawson St. man at his home early Sunday morning. Two men were reported to have been seen fleeing the home after the reported shooting but remained at large Sunday night, according to police.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council on Wednesday continued to question the hiring of a second communications director by Mayor Donald Grebien and called for a legal opinion on the way the position came about.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The RI ACLU and eight other plaintiffs sued the new RI Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday to force the panel to answer a petition asking that public schools stop using the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test as a graduation requirement.
The suit does not challenge the NECAP test directly â€“ at this point â€“ but merely seeks to have the BOE respond to a June 21 petition submitted by 17 organizations by either starting a rule-making process to consider stopping the use of NECAP as a graduation requirement or formally rejecting the petition with a board vote.
PAWTUCKET â€” Two gleaming new rescue vehicles will go into service this week, joining the new Engine 2 which made its debut earlier this month.
They will be the first city rescues to feature a state of the art EMS computer system allowing crews to file online reports upon completion of their patient care runs, allowing for faster filing and making paper reports a thing of the past. They also join the new Engine 2, which went into service last month, as marking major improvements in front line equipment for the department.
By JOSEPH B. NADEAU
JAMESTOWN -- Anyone who has regularly participated in Save The Bay's annual Narrragansett Bay swim fundraiser and entered the waters off Potter's Cove Saturday for this year's 37th annual edition will remember it as definitely different.
LINCOLN â€“ The wrong-way driver who caused a crash in which he and two passengers in another car perished on Route 146 Sunday was the target of an active arrest warrant for failure to answer charges of driving without a license, court records say.
A District Court judge had issued the bench warrant for Aldo M. Almanzar, 39, when he failed to appear for arraignment on North Smithfield police charges of driving without a license on Feb. 26.
LINCOLN â€” Rhode Island State Police confirmed on Sunday that three people were killed after a head-on crash on Route 146 at 3:07 a.m.
State police said the crash was caused by Aldo Almanzar, 29 of North Smithfield who was driving a Toyota and traveling in the wrong direction on Route 146 near Route 99. Almanzarâ€™s car hit a Hondo Accord, head-on according to state police. There were three people in the Honda.
State police said Almanzar, who was killed, did not have a driver's license and was not wearing a seat belt.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”A three-story building at 52 Watson St. was damaged by fire at about noon Saturday after a Dumpster next to the building caught fire. Flames extended to the outside of the building. The fire quickly went to two alarms due to the intense heat. Mutual aid was called to the scene to assist.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police are asking for the publicâ€™s help after a woman was shot at 108 Cross St. at 4:45 Saturday morning. Police said a 28-year-old unidentified woman was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police are investigating a "commonality" between Saturday's shooting and a shooting last month at Hadwin and Tremont streets, a police press release stated. Police would not release any other details as the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Police Departmentâ€™s tip line at 727-7420.
PAWTUCKETâ€” It's not quite the same as an old-fashioned â€śbarn raising,â€ť but close. Thanks to an outpouring of business and community support, plans are moving ahead for replacing a burnt out summer camp storage facility at Slater Park with something bigger and better.
An early morning fire on Dec. 30, 2012 destroyed the storage facility and all of its contents, along with an administrative and counselor training office. Among the items lost were arts and crafts supplies, games, and sporting goods used for the city's annual summer camp program.
With a single serving size weighing in at a hefty 330 calories, thereâ€™s a good chance some of the thousands of Rhode Islanders who stopped by Kennedy Plaza Wednesday to receive a complimentary cake from Cake Boss Buddy Valastro will be feeling some remorse today and working a little extra to burn off the calories.
Or if youâ€™re Dennis Hoag of Central Falls youâ€™re planning to have a slice for breakfast and maybe another for lunch.
â€śNot bad,â€ť Hoag says as he licked a dab of frosting from his finger under a shade tree in nearby Burnside Park.
Cranking up the air conditioner is one way to stay cool during an oppressive heat wave, but with electricity usage forecast to reach near record-breaking levels this week, National Grid is asking consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity to help keep supply and demand in balance during the hot spell.
â€śThereâ€™s always a concern when we have prolonged hot weather, but rarely do we see five to six days of this kind of oppressive heat and humidity,â€ť said National Grid Spokesman David D. Graves.
PAWTUCKET â€” A marriage of carefully crafted breads and pastries combined with high quality coffee has led to much success for the husband-and-wife team of Lynn and Jim Williams. Just don't call their Seven Stars Bakery a â€ścoffee shop.â€ť
â€śJim bristles when he hears that,â€ť jokes Lynn. Although the two veteran bakers are quick to point out that they didn't want to be â€śjust a bakeryâ€ť either, and having coffee and morning newspapers available to accompany their baked goods helps bring customers in and keeps them coming back.
PAWTUCKET â€” The city of Pawtucket recently lost a costly lawsuit involving a 53-year-old female kidney patient who bled to death waiting for a Fire Department ambulance to arrive.
(Editorâ€™s note: This is the latest in a series of weekly reports about the new city of Central Falls, now clear of bankruptcy and proceeding anew to provide for its residents.)
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ People come from all over the country â€“ indeed, from all over the world â€” to visit Federal Hill in Providence and they come largely for the fine Italian restaurants that line Atwells Avenue.