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January 13th, 2014

Fung opens up on fatal 1989 crash

January 13, 2014

CRANSTON — Calling it “a painful experience in my life,” a somber and emotional Allan Fung called a press conference on Monday to give reporters his account of the 1989 car accident that killed a Pawtucket man who was changing his tire on Route 95.

Fung, the mayor of Cranston and a Republican candidate for governor, said he was 18 at the time of the crash and coming home from college at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where he was a freshman.

For full story, see Page 1 of today's Times.

An arrest, and an adoption

January 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Monday was a big day for the brown and white puppy found abandoned in a dumpster last month.Police announced they had made an arrest in the case, and Animal Control sent word that he had been adopted.

The plight of the now three-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix drew attention and outrage after Animal Control officers found the young canine locked inside a dirty pet carrier that had been thrown into a dumpster at 95 Harrison St. on Dec. 19. A female passer-by called police after hearing a dog crying from inside the trash-filled container.

THIS JUST IN: Arrest made in canine caper

January 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- It appears that an arrest has been made in the puppy dumping case, according to a police source.
On Dec. 19, a puppy, locked inside a filthy pet carrier, was found inside a Dumpster near the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue.
Animal Control Director John Holmes said the puppy was found at around 7:35 a.m. by some passersby who heard the animal crying and called police. Since the discovery and rescue of the puppy, offers to adopt him have poured into the Pawtucket shelter. Read Donna Kenny Kirwan's complete story in Tuesday's newspaper.

January 12th

Pawtucket Arts District proves a powerful promotional tool

January 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s been over 15 years since city officials decided to color outside the lines and create a geographic area known as an “Arts District.”

While legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 allowing a sales tax exemption on artwork makes the entire state essentially an arts district, many current city officials, business owners and artists agree that the designated zone was a smart move back in 1999 and continues to frame Pawtucket positively.

For full article, see Page 1 of today's Times.

January 10th

Legislators seeking animal abuser registry

January 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Since 1996, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act has made child molesters, rapists and other sexual predators responsible for telling the police where they live so the information can be passed along to the public.

Now, a group of lawmakers from the East Bay section of the state proposes to make those convicted of animal cruelty abide by the same set of community notification rules.

Full story appears on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.

East Providence firefighters rescue deer from bay

January 10, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — Local firefighters rescued a deer that fell through ice in Narragansett Bay about 150 yards off Bullocks Point Friday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a report of a person falling through the ice. Rescue crews found the deer struggling in the water, attached it to a sled and hauled it back to the shore near 145 Terrace Ave., which overlooks the bay.

January 9th

HealthSourceRI a success story, executive director tells lawmakers

January 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Bringing lawmakers up to date on HealthSource RI, executive director Christine Ferguson said the state’s Obamacare portal “is one of just three or four states that launched successfully, on time, on October 1, our computer system did not crash, we have a call center up and running.

“We did that in four months,” she boasted, “a very fast time frame. We are recognized as one of the tops in the country, we are second in the country as far as exceeding the targets that were set for enrollment.”

Full story appears on Page 1 on Friday's Times.

BREAKING NEWS: DePina enters not guilty plea to murder

January 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE—In the company of an interpreter, Jorge DePina of Pawtucket pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on Thursday to murdering his 10-year-old daughter, Aleida.

January 8th

Council delays again on bar decision

January 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In a situation that has become as muddled as the mint in a Mojito, the City Council’s Board of License Commissioners once again delayed a decision on the transfer of a liquor license to the new owner of a Mineral Spring Avenue bar.

January 7th

Train depot owners draw court date

January 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET — In what appears to be a case of “buyer beware,” a small Broad Street church that purchased the old Pawtucket-Central Falls train depot from its previous owners for one dollar could potentially be facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs and significant liabilities.

Representatives of the Iglesia Pentecostal Nueva Vida En Cristo Church, of 114 Broad St., have been summoned to appear in Municipal Housing Court on Jan. 13 to answer to a host of citations related to the crumbling 99-year-old brick building.

Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.

Back to work: General Assembly open for 2014

January 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Acknowledging that last year’s House session “did not end nice,” with members taking personal shots at one another over various issues, House Speaker Gordon Fox gaveled the 2014 session open with a call to “make this about the people.”

“Things can not be worked out in this chamber if it gets personal,” Fox said. “If you lash out today, maybe it feels good, but ultimately it does not solve problems.”

Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.

January 6th

Burned-out home’s condition preventing investigation of blaze

January 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The unsafe conditions in what remains of a graceful, gambrel-roofed Colonial at 34 Utton Ave. have prevented fire officials from determining the exact cause of Saturday morning’s fire.

A two-alarm blaze broke out in the two-and-a-half-story, woodframe house at around 4 a.m. Pawtucket firefighters had to deal with bitter cold temperatures and icy conditions as they worked for over seven hours to fully extinguish the fire and douse stubborn “hot spots”.

Full story appears on Page 1 of Tuesday's Times.

Mayor Diossa, six new CF councilors sworn in at inaugural ceremony

January 7, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Declaring that “We have come too far to turn back now,” Mayor James Diossa was sworn in for his first full term in office on Monday, pledging to “continue the momentum, the positive energy that is flowing through Central Falls.”

THIS JUST IN: Water emergency closes Cumberland High School

January 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND -- Frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst inside Cumberland High School over the weekend flooding part of the third floor and causing water damage to the lower floors as well. The school was closed on Monday. For more on this story read Tuesday's newspaper.

January 5th

Reed pushes hard for extended unemployment benefits vote

January 5, 2014

With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.

January 3rd

Effort to aid seniors, disabled with snow removal needs help

January 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET — After the plowing of the streets comes the shoveling of the sidewalks. Yet, for many senior or disabled citizens, clearing snow off the sidewalks is difficult or impossible. That's where the city’s volunteer snow shoveling program digs in to help out.

RIACLU sues Pawtucket schools

January 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Pawtucket School Department seeking public records regarding its high-stakes testing policy that it claims the department has withheld, but Superintendent Deborah Cylke said Thursday that it has already provided the requested information and the suit was filed “in error.”

January 2nd

‘Tis the season for trees to meet the woodchipper

January 2, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Christmas is over and it’s time to discard that dried-out tree standing in the corner of your living room.

The East Providence Department of Public Works and Parks Division has set up 10 drop-off locations around the city to provide a convenient way for city residents to recycle their needle-dropping trees.

Full story appears on page 1 of Friday's Times.

DePina indicted for daughter’s murder

January 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The death of 10-year-old Aleida DePina was the city’s most horrific abuse case in recent years, and now the girl’s father, Jorge DePina, has been indicted by a grand jury in her murder.

On Thursday, the Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment charging the 32-year-old DePina, of 48 Knowles St., Pawtucket, with one count of murder. It is alleged that DePina killed his daughter on or about July 3, 2013.

Full story appears on page 1 in Friday's Times.

January 1st

A white welcome to 2014

January 1, 2014

Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year — a long-duration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket.

The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning.

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