Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police have made two arrests in connection with Sundayâ€™s
shooting at Onna Moniz John Park, but are not releasing the names of the
suspects until later this afternoon pending further investigation,
according to police Lt. Michael David.
â€śWe have two individuals in custody,â€ť David said. "The quick arrests in
this are a direct result of police officers being familiar with the
community in which they work and inter agency cooperation."
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old victim in the shooting was being listed today
PAWTUCKETâ€”Pawtucket Police have recently come upon a phenomenon involving older model stolen vehicles and apparent cases of ownership fraud somehow slipping through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles registration system.
According to Police Chief Paul King, within the past six months or so, about a dozen cars that city residents have purchased off of private owners have turned out to be stolen, unbeknownst to the new owner. The issue, it seems, is that for cars older than 2000 models, no title is required to register the vehicle in Rhode Island.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Friday marked the four-year anniversary of an unsolved arson and hate crime in the city, and even though the case remains cold, East Providence police say they are still reviewing all aspects of the investigation in hopes of developing further leads.
On Sept. 27, 2009, anti-Semitic graffiti, including swatiskas and a racial slur, were spray-painted on a Ferris Avenue home in Rumford before the back of it was set on fire with an accelerant. A family sleeping in the home was able to get out safely, but the suspect responsible for setting the fire was never caught.
LINCOLN â€“ Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academyâ€™s Drew Madden, 27, admits skydiving was never really on his list of things to do someday.
But that wonâ€™t keep Madden from bailing out of a plane over Middletown this afternoon with Commissioner of Education Deborah A. Gist.
Madden, a noted math instructor for the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school network serving Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket, made a commitment over the summer to support the middle schoolâ€™s reading program, and his skydiving excursion is the payoff of that endeavor.
PAWTUCKET â€” It seems a lot of photographers have an idea about what represents a slice of life in Pawtucket. Over 300 submissions were received for the cityâ€™s 15th annual Photo Contest under the theme â€śA Piece of Pawtucket.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” YWCA Rhode Island Thursday honored 12 â€śWomen of Achievement,â€ť including Woonsocketâ€™s Jacqueline L. Dowdy, Sally Ann Hay of Lincoln, and Central Falls native Anna Cano-Morales at its ninth annual awards luncheon at Kirkbrae Country Club.
Among the honorees was Quota International in Woonsocket and Pawtucket/Central Falls, which was recognized as Organization of the Year.
PAWTUCKET â€” Enjoy a feast for the senses, as the 14th annual Pawtucket Arts Festival continues through Sunday with its lineup of creative films, live music, refreshments and food.
All of the films are shown at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St., Pawtucket. The standard admission fee is $10 per day, and that price includes a free T-shirt from Mirror Image, music, food, drinks, short films and features.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Ten Mile River Greenway, a paved two-mile bike path that connects Slater Park in Pawtucket to the Kimberly Ann Rock Athletic Fields in East Providence, is a boon to local walkers, bicyclists and inline skaters. But one City Council member is expressing concerns about the safety of a new crosswalk on Armistice Boulevard that utilizes a solar-powered traffic signal.
CUMBERLAND â€” A summer-long project to replace the natural grass football field at Tucker Field with state-of-the-art synthetic turf is nearly complete, but whether or not it will be ready in time for the first home game of the season on Oct. 4 is still up in the air.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Samuel Slater Junior High School will be closed for two days on Monday and Tuesday while workers remove a section of ceiling containing asbestos from the Mineral Spring Avenue facility.
According to school officials, workers demolishing a ceiling in the boysâ€™ locker room found a second ceiling underneath that tested positive for asbestos.
â€śWhen they ripped the ceiling down there was an older ceiling underneath that had some asbestos,â€ť said Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro.
PAWTUCKET â€” Belying a kindly face and cheery demeanor, the words â€śtenaciousâ€ť and â€śpugnaciousâ€ť often pop up when people describe Herb Weiss. That artful blend of being able to act like a pit bull while possessing the personality of, say, a Labrador has contributed to the city official's success and led to his being recognized with the Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business Award from the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council this year.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A public hearing will be held Oct. 1 on the cityâ€™s proposed $167.8 million budget for fiscal 2014, which calls for a 1 percent tax rate increase.
The hearing on the budget will be held at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Ave.
According to City Manager Peter Graczykowski, the proposed budget comports with the cityâ€™s policies and addresses the cityâ€™s budget plan as related to the five-year fiscal stability plan constraints adopted by the East Providence Budget Board.
PAWTUCKET â€” By Thanksgiving, young thespians, singers and musicians at St. Raphael Academy should have a new stage on which to ply their arts. The private, coeducational Catholic high school has begun a major renovation of its former gymnasium to create a state-of-the-art theater.
A blessing and groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the renovation project will be held on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.m. The theater will occupy a building that was formerly known as the Lynch Gymnasium at the corner of Maynard and Walcott streets.
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, a 30-year-veteran who has been accused of stealing gasoline from the city, has retired.
Provost was charged with misdemeanor larceny last month for allegedly stealing more than $700 worth of gasoline from municipal gas pumps. He pleaded not guilty and is due back in Sixth District Court in Providence today for a hearing.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A 21-year-old Providence man was arrested after biting off the ear off of a 43-year-old Pawtucket man he was acquainted with during an altercation outside of The Met nightclub, 1005 Main St., on Saturday night, police said.
Police Maj. Arthur Martins said that the two men, Nicholas Parlee and Jeremy Hilton, who he described as friends, had been at The Met and were leaving at around 11:30 p.m. when they got into a dispute. During the fight, Parlee grabbed Hilton's head and bit his ear completely off, Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was a big day for 11-year-old Alec Mustafayev of Providence. He focused all of his karate training and on the second try, broke a board in half with his bare hands while onlookers clapped loudly. It was all part of the various techniques on display at the first Pawtucket Martial Arts Festival held Saturday morning at the Pawtucket YMCA.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A 15-count superseding federal indictment returned by a Providence grand jury on Wednesday names eight individuals, including three from Central Falls and three from Pawtucket in a contraband cigarette trafficking scheme.
PAWTUCKETâ€”A 20-ton recycling truck driving the wrong way down a one-way street is a liability waiting to happen, says City Councilor Terry Mercer. As such, he and others on the City Council want to see changes made by the city's trash disposal vendor so this action does keep recurring.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” A 27-year-old Central Falls man received two yearsâ€™ probation after admitting he practiced dentistry illegally from his Clay Street apartment.
Ray Guillen, of 77 Clay St., Apt. 2, pleaded no contest Monday before Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Lanphear to practicing without a license. As part of the plea agreement, a drug possession count was amended to one of maintaining a public nuisance, and two remaining charges were dismissed, according to the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office.
PAWTUCKET â€” A suspicious fire that heavily damaged a vacant two-family house at 6 Bloomingdale Ave., near the intersection with Dix Avenue, late Monday night is under investigation by city and state fire officials.
Fire Capt. Robert Thurber, the cityâ€™s fire marshal, said firefighters were called to the wood-frame dwelling at around 10:30 p.m. They extinguished the fire, but had to return several hours later, at around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, when a â€śhot spotâ€ť ignited a second blaze underneath the ceiling on the first floor.