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February 22nd, 2015

City man injured in fire

February 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A fire at a two-family property on Buffum Street Saturday left one person temporarily without a home.
The fire broke out late Saturday afternoon at 31 Buffum St., Fire Capt.Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal said. The two-family building's lone tenant had suffered burns on his hands, but he refused aid, Thurber said.
The property, which has been deemed temporarily uninhabitable, sustained minor fire damage in a first-floor kitchen and smoke and water damage throughout, Thurber noted. The second floor of the property was vacant.

February 19th

Fonseca, Vaudreuil win in CF

February 20, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – A special election for two seats on the City Council named Carlene Fonseca to the available at-large council seat and Kenneth Vaudreuil to the panel’s District 5 seat, according to uncertified results posted by the Board of Canvassers Thursday night.

Assistant City Clerk Sean Murphy said Fonseca collected 448 votes in the nonpartisan election to opponent Angelo Garcia’s tally of 166 votes for the win in the at-large contest.

The at-large council seat had been given up by Shelby Maldonado when she was elected to the state House of Representatives in November.

February 18th

Police have their hands full with problem patrons at casino

February 18, 2015

LINCOLN – Two people were charged with disorderly conduct – among other offenses – after causing a commotion and directing obscenities at police officers and Twin River Casino security in separate incidents, over the weekend, authorities told The Times and The Call.
Just prior to 1 a.m. Saturday, a Lincoln police officer responded to Twin River Casino for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, he observed another officer and members of casino security escorting a man – Darnell Walls, 20, of Pawtucket – through a parking lot.

February 16th

EP council to seek proposals on Main Street arts district

February 16, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — The city could be looking for real estate developers to purchase and redevelop a strip of land on the corner of Fenner Avenue and Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside Square, located in the heart of the city’s planned Main Street arts district.

The city is looking to revitalize Main Street (Bullocks Point Avenue) as an arts district consisting of galleries, restaurants, music venues, small first-floor retail, work/live-in space, and dynamic public spaces.

This winter's truly for the birds

February 16, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Deep snow and high winds made the Blizzard of 1978 an area benchmark for bad winter weather, but some may soon view the recent weather track of multiple storms as an even more difficult challenge in the long run.

Both Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Cumberland Mayor William Murray on Sunday pointed to the ever-growing piles of snow across the area as an increasing burden on municipal services, local businesses and their residents.

February 13th

Murder suspect captured

February 13, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A 21-year-old man was arrested in Seekonk and will face a charge of first-degree murder for Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a local man outside of a Benefit Street store, authorities said.
Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Matthew S. Marcotte, 21, who was identified by images captured by surveillance cameras, police said.
Read the full story in Saturday's newspaper.

February 12th

Raids yield guns, drugs

February 12, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Four local residents were arrested for multiple narcotic and firearm violations after police conducted three separate search warrants at apartments in the city, authorities said.
On Wednesday, members of the Central Falls Police Detective Bureau – in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit, the Central Falls K-9 Unit, and the North Smithfield K-9 Unit – executed three court-authorized search warrants.
Two teams of detectives executed simultaneous search warrants at first- and third-floor apartments at 61 Washington St., police said.

February 11th

Stabbing victim dies

February 11, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Police are investigating the city's first murder in nearly a year, after a 53-year-old local man died after being stabbed with a “sharp, edged weapon” Tuesday, authorities said.
At 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police were notified of an assault that took place in the vicinity of 151 Benefit St. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for treatment of wounds “possibly caused by a sharp instrument,” police Maj. Arthur Martins told The Times.

February 10th

12 busted for DUI, police say

February 10, 2015

A dozen people were arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence, state police announced.
As a result of the Rhode Island State Police's efforts to “continue to make our roadways safer,” state police arrested 12 people for driving under the influence over the weekend, state police Superintendent Col.
Steven G. O'Donnell announced in a press release. Additionally, there
were 52 other arrests on miscellaneous charges from Friday, Feb. 6
through Monday, state police said.
Read the rest of the story in Wednesday's newspaper.

February 9th

Not everyone’s able to dig themselves out

February 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Hunched over and leaning heavily on a walker, Mary Kane slowly makes her way across the living room and peers out a window at the mountain of snow that covers the sidewalk outside her first-floor apartment on Coyle Avenue.

Disabled since 2000, Kane, 59, has had lumbar spinal fusion surgery and a total hip replacement, both of which have done little to improve her mobility.

“I can’t even bend over to tie my own shoes, let alone shovel a sidewalk,” she says.

And she’s not alone.

February 5th

Pawtucket officer cleared of criminal wrongdoing by state police

February 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – State police have verbally informed city officials that the criminal investigation into a Pawtucket Police major has indicated that they found no criminal culpability, the city's Public Safety Director said Thursday.

While city officials are still waiting for state police to provide a written review of the investigation, “they have verbally indicated to us that the criminal investigation they conducted … could find no criminal culpability,” Public Safety Director Tony Pires told The Times on Thursday.

February 4th

Bar customer gets smashed in face

February 4, 2015

PAWTUCKET – An evening out at a local bar ended with cuts from flying glass for one patron according to police.
A bartender, who the victim claimed was the attacker in the incident at a local restaurant, was charged with felony assault after she allegedly struck the man in the face with a glass Monday night, police said.
Read the rest of the story in Thursday's newspaper.

February 3rd

Loaded rifle found in vehicle

February 3, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A city man was charged with possessing a loaded weapon in a vehicle after an officer discovered a .22-caliber rifle in his car on Monday.
Police said the rifle was found after the driver’s car became stuck in a snowbank.
At 10 p.m. Monday, Pawtucket Police Officer Alexander Smith reported the vehicle wedged in the snow at Main and Harrison streets, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Smith talked to the man – Tyrone Perry, 24, of Alice Street – and Perry told Smith that he had some friends coming to help him, Martins said.

February 2nd

Murderer to get new trial

February 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET - The state’s highest court has ordered a new trial for Victor Arciliares who was found guilty of first degree murder in the Pawtucket drive-by shooting death of Alfredo Barros in 2010.
In a decision issued last week, the Rhode Island Supreme Court threw out Arciliares’ 2013 murder conviction, finding Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause erred when he curtailed the extent to which Arciliares’ attorney, Lara E. Montecalvo, was allowed to cross-examine a key police witness in the trial.

January 30th

Teen found guilty of murder

January 30, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A Providence teen was found guilty in Providence Superior Court for the 2013 Christmas Eve murder of a 21-year-old man at the Galego Court housing complex, according to the Attorney General’s Office confirmed on Friday.
The jury convicted Jose “Gio” Lopez, 18, with a last known address on Joslin Street in Providence, of the Dec. 24, 2013 murder of Ryan Almeida.
The jury found Lopez guilty of murder, discharging a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, and conspiracy. Lopez was found not guilty of carrying a firearm without a license.

January 29th

Firefighters have busy night

January 29, 2015

PAWTUCKET – City firefighters responded to back-to-back incidents Wednesday night, including a grease fire that erupted in the kitchen of a group home on Manchester Street for persons recovering from substance abuse disorders, and a furnace explosion an hour later at an assisted living facility on Central Avenue.
Fire Chief William Sisson said a resident at the Sanctuary Recovery Residence, 12 Manchester St., was cooking when a grease fire flared-up on the kitchen stove. The fire was contained to the kitchen and did not affect the rest of the dwelling, he said.

January 28th

Storm cleanup continues

January 28, 2015

With the Blizzard of 2015 headed out to sea, the clouds gave way to partial sun just after 9:30 Wednesday morning, a welcome respite for residents slowly digging out from a powerful storm that dumped upwards of three feet of snow in Southern New England.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island lifted statewide driving bans at midnight on Tuesday, and trains, buses and subways were back to normal service Wednesday, although there were plenty of delays for the morning commute.

January 26th

Region braces for blizzard

January 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE – With the Blizzard of 2015 shaping as one of the most damaging on record, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday declared a state of emergency until further notice, banishing vehicular travel as of midnight as crews prepared for a multi-day chore of restoring power and clearing roads.
Raimondo struck a tone of dire urgency during a briefing at the Statehouse, strongly advising storm preppers to get their business finished and get off the roads voluntarily by 8 last night, but she said that by midnight a travel ban would be strictly enforced by the state police.

Bigger than the Blizzard of ‘78?

January 26, 2015

Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and state officials preparing for the worst on Sunday.

on Sunday in a statement in which she advised the state’s residents to prepare for severe winter weather.

January 23rd

A new life for an old diner?

January 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The long, dark journey of the legendary Silver Top Diner appears to be coming to an end, and maybe – just maybe – there may be some light at the far side of the tunnel.

Recently freed from a legal limbo in which it had been mired nearly seven years, the 1930s dining car is heading for the auction block. Though it’s in poor condition, despite efforts to protect it from the elements, City Planner Barney S. Heath is optimistic that some nostalgic, diner-loving savior might be interested in reviving the landmark as a going business.

 

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