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June 7th

Police ask for public’s help in probe of stabbings

June 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Pawtucket Police are seeking information on the circumstances surrounding a violent home invasion that occurred inside an apartment at 21 Memorial Drive on Thursday.
According to Maj. Arthur Martins, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of Memorial Drive in response to a call reporting two injured people. When police arrived, they found a male and a female, each with their hands bound and suffering from stab wounds.

Rat wrangler on the case

June 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET – When it comes to the city’s rat population, Shaun R. Logue knows his enemy.
He knows rats are extremely intelligent, highly adaptable and will eat almost anything.
Logue, the city's zoning and code enforcement director, also knows urban rats can get big — really big.
“There are some big guys out there,” he says. “I’ve seen them as big as opossums at the transfer station.”

Rat wrangler has rodents on the run

June 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET – When it comes to the city’s rat population, Shaun R. Logue knows his enemy.
He knows rats are extremely intelligent, highly adaptable and will eat almost anything.
Logue, the city's zoning and code enforcement director, also knows urban rats can get big — really big.
“There are some big guys out there,” he says. “I’ve seen them as big as opossums at the transfer station.”

June 6th

Gist's contract renewed

June 6, 2013

WARWICK – Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, who made herself a lightning rod in the politically and emotionally charged issue of education reform, won a two-year renewal of her contract from the new Board of Education after meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Thursday.
The renewal came with two 2-percent increases in her base salary of just over $190,000, one immediately and one next year. It also came with some provisions that keep the commissioner on a short leash.

Police: Man choked girlfriend

June 6, 2013

LINCOLN – Police charged a 47-year-old Railroad Street man with domestic assault by strangulation on his girlfriend following a disturbance early Wednesday morning in an apartment he shares with several other people.
Robert B. Williamson was also charged with domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish the telephone in connection with the alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend during the incident.

Council denies July 4th license to fireworks dealer

June 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — To a seasonal fireworks retailer like Keith Lambert, the Fourth of July generates 30 to 40 percent of his sales. As such, he was unhappy with the City Council's decision Wednesday night to deny a holiday sales license for his retail operation at the former Quiznos sandwich shop at 484 Newport Ave.
According to city officials, Lambert is already allowed to sell fireworks at the former sandwich shop because the location is zoned for retail and he has fulfilled all of the other requirements in both the city and state ordinances.

Man, woman stabbed during home invasion

June 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Police are investigating a home invasion and stabbing of a man and a woman inside an apartment at 21 Memorial Drive that was reported on Thursday afternoon.
The owner of the house, Marilia Duarte, said she had been notified by police shortly before 3 p.m. that her second floor tenant, a woman in her 50s, had been found stabbed and had been taken to the hospital. The door to the two-family home had been kicked in, she said.

June 5th

Council passes city budget, holding line on taxes

June 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET — By an 8 to 0 vote, the City Council on Wednesday gave final approval to an amended city operating budget for fiscal year 2014 that requires no property tax increase.

The $111 million spending plan will go into effect at the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Under this budget, the property tax rates will remain unchanged from FY13, with the residential rate at $23.06 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and the commercial rate at $30.88 per $1,000.

Cumberland teen gives General Assembly lesson on the Constitution

June 5, 2013

PROVIDENCE – When Sam Ackerman, a Cumberland High School junior, saw news reports last February that Mississippi had, after all these years, finally ratified the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery, he wondered which constitutional amendments Rhode Island hadn’t ratified.His research found that Rhode Island has not ratified four of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, more than any other state in the union. One that piqued his interest was the 17th Amendment, calling for the direct election of U.S.

June 4th

Cumberland man found guilty of child molestation

June 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that John Rainey, 54, of Cumberland, was found guilty Tuesday by a Superior Court jury on two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation.
The jury returned the guilty verdict 90 minutes after a five-day trial presided over by Superior Court Justice William E. Carnes, Jr.

Depot is Pawtucket's Teacher of the Year

June 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Not only is Michelle Depot a hardworking educator, she is also a good communicator and a “joiner.” That winning combination earned the Flora S. Curtis Elementary School third grade teacher the title of “Pawtucket Teacher of the Year.”
Depot was recognized at a ceremony at the school on Tuesday by Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke and Curtis School Principal Jean Friend, who nominated the Pawtucket resident. Depot's two sons, Douglas and Dylan, and her parents, George and Carol Nunes, were also on hand to congratulate her.

Students return to Nathanael Greene

June 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Students at the Nathanael Greene Elementary School at 285 Smithfield Ave. returned to class as planned on Tuesday after work was done to reinforce or remove loosened ceiling material.
The Potter-Burns Elementary School at 973 Newport Ave. reopened on Monday after similar work was completed following the detachment of a ceiling in an unoccupied basement classroom on May 22.

June 3rd

Cicilline announces bills to reduce VA case backlog

June 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — For Tony Gallo, trying to help his elderly mother receive veteran's benefits she was entitled to was a complicated, frustrating and nearly 17-month process. He turned to Congressman David Cicilline for help, and now the legislator has submitted a package of bills aimed at reducing the backlog for Gallo and countless others.

Buyback gets 17 guns off the street

June 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to Saturday's gun buyback program, there are now 17 fewer firearms on the city's streets.
According to Pawtucket Police Major Arthur Martins, the program, held at the police substation on Armistice Boulevard, netted eight handguns, six rifles and three other firearms that were deemed inoperable. He said the bulk of the firearms were of the “small caliber” variety, such as 22s, but there was a 12-gauge shotgun and a 32-caliber revolver among the inventory.

Training targets at-risk youths

June 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Samaritans of Rhode Island is once again working to eliminate the stigma of seeking help, thanks to a new round of suicide prevention awareness training seminars for educators and healthcare professionals dealing with young people.

June 2nd

Potter Burns set to reopen

June 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Potter Burns Elementary School, closed for repairs since a section of an unoccupied basement room gave way on May 22, will reopen for the start of the school day on Monday, June 3.

Nathanael Greene Elementary, closed last week for similar problems, will reopen Tuesday, June 4, according to an announcement by Schools Supt. Deborah Cylke.

C.F. planning director sees river as key to city’s success

June 2, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS – When people try to describe Central Falls, many terms may come to mind, but there is one description no one ever thinks of even though its accuracy and its appeal cannot be denied.


Central Falls is a city along the Blackstone River, and Steve Larrick, the city’s newly named director of planning and economic development, wants to make sure you and everyone else realizes that fact.

May 31st

Gist addresses testing, teachers' criticism

May 31, 2013

LINCOLN – Despite all the hubbub about “high stakes” standardized testing as a graduation requirement, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Friday, “no student in the state will be prevented from graduating if they are truly ready to graduate.

May 30th

Table games coming to Twin River June 19

May 30, 2013

LINCOLN – Table games will be opening at the Twin River Casino sooner than expected, thanks to a smooth effort to complete preparations for the new operation.
The ribbon on the new live gaming tables will be cut following a ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, according to Patti Doyle, Twin River spokesman.
“July 1 was our original target and we were able to pull that forward to June 19,” Doyle said.

School committee approves repair contracts

May 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The School Committee held a 6 a.m. emergency meeting on Thursday to handle details involved in ceiling repairs as well as receive an update from an architectural firm on the condition of other older schools in the district.
According to School Committee Chairman Alan Tenreiro, the committee voted to officially approve a contract with Ahlborg Construction to make temporary repairs or adjustments to the ceilings at the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.


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