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March 1st, 2015

Pothole Patrol seeking your reports on city roads

March 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – As if the mounds of snow, slick sidewalks and driveways, ice dams, and roofs buckling under the weight of a seemingly endless chain of winter storms wasn’t enough to deal with during Mother Nature’s barrage on the Ocean State, area residents also find themselves combating potholes and damaged streets.

February 27th

Man charged with attack on cab driver

February 27, 2015

PAWTUCKET – He didn't think waiting so long was all that fare.
A Providence man was charged with second-degree robbery – a felony, simple assault, and disorderly conduct after he allegedly tackled a cab driver to the ground then stole the cabbie's keys. The entire incident stemmed from the man becoming upset that he was not given his change in a timely manner, authorities said.
Around 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Pawtucket Police were dispatched to the Dunkin' Donuts at 465 Lonsdale Ave., police Maj. Arthur Martins said.

February 25th

Pawtucket officials: PawSox fight isn't over

February 26, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development and Neighborhood Improvement on Wednesday voted to send a resolution to the Pawtucket Red Sox’ new ownership group, supporting the city’s efforts to keep the team at McCoy Stadium.

Additionally, the committee’s chairman penned a letter that he said would be sent to the city’s state delegation, in which he wrote that as a citizen of Pawtucket, a move to Providence is “unacceptable.”

Fire hits Central Falls dwelling

February 26, 2015

Firefighters responded to a fire at 167 Jenks Ave. at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Everyone was reported to have exited the dwelling safety. The fire was extinguished by Central Falls and mutual aid companies by about 10 p.m., according to police.

A pet cat was reported to have died in the fire and a pet dog to be missing as of Wednesday night.

February 25th

Santa busted in Pawtucket

February 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – An 83-year-old local man who legally changed his name to Santa Claus and was a fixture in the city for years, impersonating St. Nick starting in the 1970s, was charged with domestic assault by strangulation stemming from an incident last Thursday in which he allegedly assaulted his 68-year-old wife, authorities told The Times.

EXCLUSIVE: Pawtucket's plan for McCoy dismissed sight unseen

February 25, 2015

It’s called the PawSox Ballpark District concept plan, and it was perhaps Pawtucket’s only hope of convincing the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox to think about a larger development vision for McCoy Stadium.

The plan, which was developed by the Pawtucket Foundation with input from Mayor Donald Grebien and his administration, was intended to show how McCoy could become a destination mixed-use stadium district with the potential for more than 200,000 square feet of retail development and luxury apartments.

February 24th

Pawtucket Red Sox | New owners say thanks but no thanks to Pawtucket, McCoy Stadium

February 24, 2015


PAWTUCKET – It will soon be game over for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate, have been sold for a reported $20 million to a group of 10 New England businessmen, including current Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino. 

The new ownership officially purchased the team on Sunday night from Madeleine Mondor, widow of the late Ben Mondor; President Michael Tamburro; and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer, according to a new release issued by the Red Sox yesterday.

February 23rd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Sale of PawSox complete

February 23, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A new ownership group of New England business leaders and Fenway Sports Management today announced it has purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox from the Triple-A franchise’s longtime owners: Madeleine Mondor, widow of the late Ben Mondor; Michael Tamburro; and Lou Schwechheimer.

The 10-member ownership group described below is led by principal owners Larry Lucchino, who will serve as Chairman, and James J. Skeffington, who will be President.

February 22nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | New PawSox ownership group to have distinct Rhode Island flavor

February 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A quartet of Rhode Islanders with strong ties to the state’s business community will be part of the new ownership group of the Pawtucket Red Sox, The Times and The Call has learned.

The locally based owners, who according to the Boston Globe will include the Boston Red Sox as a minority shareholder, include Tom Ryan, former president and chief executive officer of CVS/Caremark Corporation; Terry Murray, former Fleet Blank CEO; James Skeffington, a Providence-based attorney; and Ray Mancini, a liquor distributor.

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.


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