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February 2nd, 2015
PAWTUCKET - The state‚Äôs 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‚Äô 2013 murder conviction, finding Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause erred when he curtailed the extent to which Arciliares‚Äô attorney, Lara E. Montecalvo, was allowed to cross-examine a key police witness in the trial.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Office confirmed on Friday.
The jury convicted Jose ‚ÄúGio‚ÄĚ 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.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď 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.
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.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď 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.
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‚Äôs residents to prepare for severe winter weather.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The long, dark journey of the legendary Silver Top Diner appears to be coming to an end, and maybe ‚Äď just maybe ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Paul and Susan Graseck of Pawtucket got a first look at the proposed plans for a commuter rail station in the city between Goff Avenue and Barton Street Thursday night at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main St., and liked what they saw.
‚ÄúWe would very much like a commuter rail station to be approved for Pawtucket,‚ÄĚ Paul Graseck said while explaining the new transportation opportunity would be accessible from their home.
‚ÄúIt would really make a difference for Pawtucket and Central Falls and help revitalize the area,‚ÄĚ Susan Graseck added.
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PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The Pawtucket Red Sox have been an institution at the venerable McCoy Stadium for more than 40 years, playing host to countless future All-Stars, walk-off home runs, no-hitters, perfect games, championships, and the longest game in professional baseball history.
However, with recent reports of the team‚Äôs potential sale to the Boston Red Sox ownership group, rumors are beginning to swirl that have people questioning the team‚Äôs future in the city.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒMayor James A. Diossa has put his campaign hat back on and is looking to raise money on behalf of the two City Council candidates he is expected to officially endorse this week.
Diossa sent out an email Thursday to supporters, local businesses and organizations on a campaign email list looking for financial assistance to promulgate the non-partisan primary to be held on Feb. 5, which will be followed by a special election featuring the top two vote-getters on Feb. 19.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď As the new General Assembly session got under way recently with the traditional swearing in and first-day sessions in both the House and the Senate on Jan. 7, several new legislators joined their veteran counterparts to consider state business in the months ahead.
The following is a listing of area state senators and portions of their biographies listed with the legislative pages at http://www.rilin.state.ri.us.
PAWTUCKET – Brendan W. McGair, a veteran sportswriter and columnist who covers the Pawtucket Red Sox, college and high school sports for the Call/Times, has been named Rhode Island Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). This is his third NSSA honor in the past five years.
Scott Anderson has taken the concept of wearing your favorite team colors to a whole new level.
Forget the jerseys and hats. Anderson, 38, of Woonsocket, is showing off his team spirit by getting the Patriots logo shaved into the back of his head. And as Sunday‚Äôs AFC Championship between the Patriots and Colts approaches in Foxboro, Anderson says he‚Äôs getting lots of smiles and thumbs-ups as Patriots fever grips the Blackstone Valley.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs my team and I have to support my time,‚ÄĚ says the lifelong Pats fan.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď One of the suspects in last Friday's alleged home invasion and subsequent hatchet attack on Cole Street has been charged, police said.
Jordan L. Wilcox, 18, of 46 John St., was arrested on a warrant Tuesday night, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Wilcox was arrested without incident at his John Street apartment, then transported to the Police
Department, where he was held overnight. Wilcox was charged with first-degree robbery, felony assault by use of devices similar in appearance to a firearm, felony assault, and conspiracy, according to police records.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Last year it was a deer. This year it was a young female Lab mix named Gizmo who found herself in an icy situation at Bullocks Cove on Tuesday morning.
Firefighters rescued Gizmo from the frigid waters off Beach Point Road after she escaped from her home and ventured out too far onto ice, falling through about 60 yards from shore.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď This city‚Äôs loss is apparently East Providence‚Äôs gain, as a Connecticut-based manufacturing company backed out of its plan to take over the vacant Walmart on Diamond Hill Road.
Ardent Retail Displays & Packaging is now under contract to purchase a building located at 275 Ferris Ave. in East Providence, according to Michael Giutarri, a partner in the MG Commercial brokerage company. There is a closing date on the sale, and Ardent has a significant deposit tied up in the deal.