Archive - 2013 - News Article
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 Generalâs 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 cityâs 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 âhot spotâ ignited a second blaze underneath the ceiling on the first floor.
LINCOLN â A 19-year Burrillville man faces a felony breaking and entering charge after he allegedly attempted to enter a womanâs 6 Railroad St. home, where his girlfriend was being sheltered over a domestic incident early Thursday morning.
Joel A. Rouillard, of 1000 Douglas Pike, Burrillville, allegedly attempted to enter the womanâs home by pulling an air conditioning unit out of a window where it had been installed and running, according to Patrolman Alvaro E. Herrera.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The future is still uncertain for a rescue greyhound named Lady who underwent a third round of surgery Monday after she â and the 82-year-old woman who owns her â were both attacked by a neighborâs pit bull mix.
Wanda Misiaszek, of 175 St. Paul St., fell to the ground, striking her head, and she was bitten on the arm and fingers as she tried to protect Lady. The dog, meanwhile, suffered multiple deep puncture wounds, according to her nephew, Michael Calo.
PAWTUCKET â There was dancinâ in the street on Saturday, as the fifth annual Rocktucket music festival got underway on a perfect early fall day.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberland Rep. Karen MacBeth (D-Dist. 52, Cumberland), a member of the House Government Oversight Committee that is currently investigating the 38 Studios debacle, says she wants the panel to issue subpoenas to learn how the Economic Development Corporationâs (EDC) loan guarantee program went so wrong.
âWe can follow the money a lot more closely than we are able to with the documents we have,â MacBeth told The Times Friday. âWho was on the payroll? People made lots of money on this business, I believe, fully knowing that it wasnât going to make it.
CUMBERLAND â Dressed in waterproof rain bibs, plastic gloves and rubber boots, Kerri A. Stenovitch looks more like a commercial fisherman than a fruit farmer.
Indeed, Stenovitchâs three-member apple pressing team at Cumberlandâs Phantom Farms, including Chris Combs, Chameal Rogers and Stenovichâs husband, David Joseph, all look like they just walked off a fishing boat at the docks in Galilee.
PAWTUCKETâ A blood spattered sidewalk at 90 Cooper St. marks the spot where a 30-year-old city man was shot in the chest late Wednesday. The unidentified victim remains hospitalized in serious condition at Rhode Island Hospital, according to police.
Police said the man was returning to his house and had just stepped out of his vehicle at around 9:30 p.m. when the shooting occurred. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned male who was wearing all black clothing. The suspect fled on foot.
PAWTUCKET â While its longtime use was as a jewelry manufacturing plant, the historic Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co. building at 145 Exchange St. can boast of âlocation, location, location.â As such, itâs no surprise that a husband and wife who specialize in seeing the value and potential of all things old have acquired the property and intend to give it a new purpose.
LINCOLN â Twin River officials have received state approval to increase the number of table games at the 100 Twin River Road, state-supervised casino, and may be unveiling a new expansion plan even as casino plans move forward in nearby Massachusetts.
Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle confirmed on Tuesday that the casino received permission from the state Lottery Commission last Friday to increase the number of live gaming tables from 66 to 80, but noted a specific plan for an expansion has not yet been finalized.
WOONSOCKET â Carrying on a tradition that they started in 2001, members of the United Veterans Council of Woonsocket and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a remembrance ceremony today marking the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America.
CUMBERLAND â Local police say they arrested nearly twice as many people for drunken driving in 2012 as they did the previous year.
Sixty people were arrested for driving under the influence last year, a whopping 94 percent increase over the 31 DUI arrests that were made in 2011, Police Chief John R. Desmarais noted in the Cumberland Police Departmentâs annual report, which was presented to the Town Council last Wednesday.
CENTRAL FALLS â Seven years ago, the Eugene T. Lefebvre Post at 414 Hunt St. was sold to the Central Falls Housing Authority. Once a bustling social hub and gathering spot for countless local war veterans and their spouses, the post had fallen on hard times in recent years due to declining membership and an aging infrastructure.
PAWTUCKET â An amazed Alan Ket sits on a bench above the steep bank of the Blackstone River as three colorful dragon boats glide over the choppy surface of the brackish river, drum beats pounding and the sounds of oars slicing through the water.
âThis is so cool,â says Ket, who lives in New York City and has never seen a dragon boat up close.
It's a beautiful late summer evening along the banks of the Pawtucket River, accentuated by the brilliant colors emanating from the new bridge structure at twilight. Mayor Donald Grebien begins the countdown shortly after seven o'clock...10-9-8 and before you know it, several hundred spectators are bedazzled by the bridge's new high tech lighting system.
PAWTUCKET â Phil Frodio makes no bones about it. Heâs here to do some serious eating, and for a 77-year-old foodie like Frodio, there was no better place to be Friday night than the Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley in and around Slater Mill on Roosevelt Avenue.
âIâm probably going to go home sick tonight,â Frodio says over his second bowl of pasta and sausage.
PAWTUCKET â With jokes about the waterway actually being the Seekonk River, the stylish new span that carries Interstate 95 across it was formally dedicated as the Pawtucket River Bridge Thursday in a ceremony attended by federal, state and local officials.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee, state Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien joined in the unveiling of the sign that will be affixed to the $81 million bridge, which serves as a major link for the Rhode Islandâs interstate system.
PAWTUCKET â From toddlers and teens to seniors and everyone in between, there's simply no excuse to be bored in the coming days with the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival lineup. The festivities get under way tonight with the Blackstone River Party and Taste of the Valley in and around Slater Mill on Roosevelt Avenue from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
CRANSTON â In a move that stunned the Rhode Island political world, and completely scrambled the complex electoral calculus for the 2014 gubernatorial race, Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday that he will not seek a second term as the stateâs chief executive.
PAWTUCKETâEmployees, board members and hospital officials stood under white tents on the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island's lawn Tuesday to witness a milestone: the signing of documents that seal the partnership between the Pawtucket-based medical facility with the Care New England Health System.