Archive - 2013 - News Article
CUMBERLAND â Citing grave concerns over students' avoidance of the Mendon Road Bridge, the State Traffic Commission has agreed to allow a pedestrian study of the small stretch of roadway in front of Cumberland High School at the request of state Rep. Mia Ackerman.
âThe pedestrian bridge in front of the high school â although entirely safe to walk across â is not being used by a lot of the high school students because it doesn't look safe to them,â said Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln).
A work crew from E.W. Audet and Sons Inc. was busy installing new lights at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket this week. A total of 278 light bulbs are being installed that will be brighter and more energy efficient than the ones theyâre replacing.
PAWTUCKET â A 19-year-old city man, John Demonte Alarcon, was arrested on numerous drug charges on Thursday following an investigation by members of the Pawtucket Police Special Squad.
According to Pawtucket Police, this investigation began on information provided by neighborhood residents and anonymous sources. Based on their findings, a court-approved search warrant for an apartment on Hatfield Street was executed on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â On Thursday night, every table and booth was occupied at Plouffe's Cup 'n Saucer, and the Main Street diner buzzed with lively conversation. However, finding ways to maintain the momentum at this and other downtown businesses was the reason why so many had gathered, and the topic of a meeting called by Mayor Donald Grebien.
PAWTUCKET â Fresh from Monday night's inauguration, the City Council convened for a regular meeting on Wednesday, taking up a variety of housekeeping items but also hinting at possible clashes with the mayoral administration over some issues in the coming months.
CUMBERLAND â Mayor-elect Daniel J. McKee took the oath of office at an inaugural ceremony held Jan. 6 in the Blackstone River Theater.
McKee, 61, ran unopposed in the November general election, winning a sixth term as Cumberland's mayor.
Among those attending the ceremony last Sunday were state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Congressman David Cicilline, as well as a contingent of state representatives and fellow mayors and town administrators.
PAWTUCKET â Gov. Lincoln Chafee's eyes widened when he was shown the chock-full January activities calendar for the Anchor Recovery Community Center in Pawtucket. On any given day, there were six or seven entries for meetings that ranged from Alcoholics Anonymous and quit smoking clinics to health lectures and specialized yoga classes.
Kevin Audette, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Delaney-St. Theresa Council 57, Pawtucket, center, presents a check in the amount of $1,318.00 to Kathy Needham, Controller, Pawtucket Times-Woonsocket Call-'Burbs Newspapers, to benefit the Times Merry Christmas Fund, during a presentation prior to the start of a Council meeting Tuesday evening.
PROVIDENCE â A 22-year-old Pawtucket man was indicted by a Providence County Grand Jury on Jan. 4 on robbery and conspiracy charges.
Rosivelte Lopes, of Jefferson Avenue, was indicted with one count of first degree robbery and conspiracy, according to the Office of Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. It is alleged that on or about Oct. 5, 2012, Lopes and two unidentified co-conspirators robbed an individual, with the robbery being in the first degree. The alleged incident took place in Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Police conducted the investigation.
PAWTUCKET â All eyes had been on the Shea High School dancers as they performed the quick and intricate steps of the Merengue at Monday nightâs inauguration. As he began his second-term address, Mayor Donald Grebien joked that he âwill need to move like the Merengue dancersâ as he embarks on efforts to lead Pawtucket to a better place.
LINCOLN â The Closers canât always make things right in the world, but when they start rehearsing for a gig, you can be sure the healing has begun.
Whether itâs breast cancer research or solving the puzzle of arthritis, the band inspired by charitable causes has a new reason to polish its repertoire â the tragedy at Sandy Hook.
PAWTUCKET (AP) â Pawtucket police are investigating the shooting of two men at a local gas station.
Police say they responded to a report of shots fired at a Sunoco station on School Street shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday. But the victims were gone by the time officers arrived.
Authorities say the two men later showed up at different hospitals seeking treatment for gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening.
The men's names haven't been released. It's not clear why they were shot.
Police are looking for several cars seen around the gas station at the time of the shooting.
CUMBERLAND â Kids and young adults love to see snow falling during the winter because it can result in lots of fun on local sledding runs.
But as the sledding tragedy in Providence showed all too clearly last Wednesday, sledding in the wrong spot or in icy conditions can be very dangerous and even result in fatal injury.
The sledding accident at Neutaconkanut Hill Park in Providence that claimed the life of Alexandria Alvarez, 17, sparked safety reviews of many popular sledding spots around the state and the closing of the Neutaconkanut Hill at least until surface conditions improve.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to the diligent work of Pawtucket Police detectives, two suspects have been arrested who are accused of committing a string of frightening armed robberies and home invasions that have recently occurred in the city.
According to Pawtucket Police, over the past several weeks, detectives have been investigating a series of hold-ups involving a firearm being displayed that took place at local stores, gas stations and two residences. Information was developed from a tip that led detectives to two city men as suspects.
PROVIDENCE â Freshman Sen. Ryan Pearson, a Cumberland-Lincoln Democrat, described a series of visits he made to businesses and agencies last week as part of a campaign promise he made to focus on economic development and improving the stateâs business climate.
He took tours of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center (BVCHC), Twin River, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
LINCOLN â Structural concerns over the Manville Hill Road Bridge have blocked off a major travel route between Lincoln and Cumberland â but hopefully not for long.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Thursday that plans are in the works to open the bridge as soon as next month, even if that is only a temporary solution to the bridge concerns.
âWhat we are doing is putting out an emergency contract to make repairs to the bridge,â Lucier said.
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls Police are searching for two men and a woman in connection with a Wednesday night home invasion that left a city man injured and robbed.
According to Central Falls Police, officers were dispatched to an apartment on Watson Street for a report of a breaking and entering. One of the tenants, Franklin Baxley, 36, was assaulted by his assailants and allegedly robbed of $1,200, police said. Baxley was transported to an area hospital for treatment. According to those present during the incident, no other items were taken.
PROVIDENCE â The sudden closing of the privately-operated Sawyer School has left almost 300 students in limbo, but state education officials say they are trying to arrange help.
According to several news sources, the post-secondary trade and technical school located at 550 Hartford Ave. in Providence was closed as of Tuesday. Some students told the media they had arrived for classes and found the building shuttered while others said they had received a brief notice telling them classes had been âpermanently suspended.â
CENTRAL FALLS â Delivering his inaugural address in both English and Spanish, new Mayor James Diossa declared that Central Falls âhas struggled through its darkest days,â but âtime has come to build a new futureâ for the city.
PROVIDENCE â The 2013 General Assembly session began Tuesday with leaders of both chambers emphasizing the importance of turning Rhode Islandâs ailing economy around and improving its business climate.
Commencing his fourth term as Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox invoked the memory of Abraham Lincoln, saying, âThe struggle of today is not altogether for today. It is for a vast future also.â