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October 9th, 2013

Council denied auto sale details; officials cite need to protect undercover officers

October 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — While the City Council is typically granted the information it asks for, the need to protect the anonymity of undercover police officers trumped a request for details about the purchases of vehicles made by the city administration outside of normal purchasing procedures.

State ethics panel allows Schmitt to vote on issues with Partington clients

October 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Citing changed circumstances, the state Ethics Commission says Cumberland Town Councilman Scott Schmitt may participate and vote after all in matters where attorney Scott Partington, a former council president, represents clients.

Last February, the commission issued the opposite opinion, saying Schmitt must recuse himself in matters involving Partington because Partington’s law office rents space in a building that was owned at the time by ARS Holdings, a company owned by Schmitt and his wife.

Free tree program greeted with ardor

October 9, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Maybe it’s the concerns about global warming. Or just nostalgia for shady lanes. Whatever the reason, residents have responded positively to an offer from the city to have trees planted along sidewalks, free of charge.

October 7th

Two busted on drug charges

October 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A man and woman who police say maintained two residences in the city where drugs and related paraphernalia were found were arrested Friday following an investigation by the Police Department's Special Squad.

According to Police Major Arthur Martins, on Oct. 4, members of the Special Squad executed two search warrants for two addresses, 10 George St., apartment 24 and 18 Dudley St., apartment 3. He said that evidence police recovered indicated that the couple had maintained tenancy at both apartments.

Memorial Hospital cuts jobs

October 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET — A little over a month after the much-talked-about merger with the Care New England Health System, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island on Thursday laid off seven employees in a cost-cutting move.
Susan McDonald, a spokesperson for the hospital, confirmed the seven job reductions, but said that one of the individuals, a senior vice president, had retired. She said the layoffs had included another senior vice president, two employees who had worked in Memorial Hospital's print shop, and three in facilities management.

City revisits urban farming issue

October 7, 2013

PAWTUCKET—The idea got people clucking when it was first introduced in March: a proposal for ordinance changes allowing residents to raise chickens, honeybees and outdoor fish.

Now, city officials are working to draft an ordinance that would allow for this type of limited urban farming, along with fish raising through aquaponics, that will be put to the City Council for consideration.

October 6th

Corn crop gown goes down the aisle again

October 6, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Many readers enjoyed the story that appeared in the Times of bride-to-be Beth Coakley and her “corn crop dress.” The satin and lace bridal gown, first worn by Coakley’s great-aunt, Mary Gantz Bader, in 1949, had been passed down to a bride in every generation of her mother’s family after that, from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Coakley is happy to report that the heirloom dress officially stood the test of time at her Aug. 31 nuptials to Pawtucket native Robert M. Bedard on Cape Cod, and she provided the wedding photos to prove it.

October 4th

Ex-police chief hopes coffee will lure drivers to pull over

October 4, 2013

CUMBERLAND — For those who love coffee, sometimes there just isn’t time to go out to a coffee house for that beloved cup of joe.
Michael Houle and his wife, Linda, have a solution to that quandary with their Coffee Breaks single-serving coffee and accessories store at 2275 Diamond Hill Road, near the Route 295 interchange.

The Houles stock over 200 flavors of one-cup coffee, tea and juice packets for Keurig-style coffee makers, as well as a line of whole bean coffee from the Mills Coffee Roasters Co., on Broad Street in Providence.

Retired Pawtucket officer pleads no contest in gas theft

October 4, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Recently retired Pawtucket Police Officer Kenneth Provost, accused of stealing gasoline from the city for his own use, pleaded no contest to the charges in 6th District Court on Friday.
Provost, 56, of 303 Woodward Ave., Seekonk, was charged with misdemeanor larceny in August for allegedly stealing more than 200 gallons of gasoline from the city’s Department of Public Works garage. He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment.

October 3rd

Dentist disciplined by health board

October 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – A state Health Department disciplinary board has suspended a local dentist’s authority to prescribe controlled substances after providing himself and others with drugs that have nothing to do with pulling teeth.

In one incident, Demetrius James Photopoulos, D.D.S., prescribed the growth hormone omnitrope to a three-year-old in 2012, said the Board of Examiners in Dentistry. The child was given the drug for five months.

BREAKING NEWS: Woman hit by truck in Cumberland dies

October 3, 2013

CUMBERLAND – An elderly woman was killed Thursday morning after she was
struck by a dairy truck while crossing Dexter Street at the intersection
of Dexter and High Street, police said.
According to police, the woman, who’s name and age were not being released pending notification of next of kin, was struck around 6 a.m. while she was attempting to cross Dexter Street and was struck by the truck, which was traveling west on High Street, according to police.

October 2nd

A night of fright at Slater Park could be a Halloween delight

October 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Whether you like your Halloween fun to be scary or “illuminating,” there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.

Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host “Fright Night in the Park.” Halloween events will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings only, through Oct. 26 (with the exception of inclement weather).

East Providence bond rating earns a major upgrade

October 2, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – In recognition of the city’s improving financial performance, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services Tuesday raised East Providence’s general obligation bond rating five notches to “A” from “BB+”.

“The higher rating is based on our recently released local general obligation criteria, as well as the city’s improving financial performance and liquidity position and lower long-term pension liabilities,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Victor Medeiros.

City granted second enterprise zone

October 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to some tireless lobbying on the part of city officials and local legislators, Pawtucket won approval to have a second neighborhood designated as a state-designated “Enterprise Zone” offering tax incentives to new or expanding businesses.

October 1st

Pawtucket festival an artistic as well as audience success

October 1, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With the winners of its annual Photo Contest announced on Sunday, the 2013 Pawtucket Arts Festival wrapped up another successful year, said event chairman John Baxter.

“For the third year in a row, we were blessed with extraordinary weather, and it contributed to record crowds,” Baxter stated. “The Arts Festival seems to grow incrementally every year.”

Suspect pleads guilty to 2012 Pawtucket murder; gets 60 years

October 1, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A 20-year-old man with the nickname of “Damage” pleaded guilty Tuesday before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder for the July 6, 2012, murder of Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.

Local residents are struggling to deal with shutdown of most federal government functions

October 1, 2013

A stalemate in Congress that caused a government shutdown Tuesday for the first time in 17 years came as no surprise for Woonsocket auto mechanic Paul Morin.

“I stayed up and watched the entire thing and, personally, I’m with the Republicans on this one because I believe Obamacare will hurt the country,” Morin says. “Of course I’m upset that we have the first government shutdown in nearly two decades, but I’m more upset the Democrats didn’t do more to negotiate with the Republicans to avert this.”

September 30th

THIS JUST IN: Two arrested in E.P. shooting

September 30, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – Police have made two arrests in connection with Sunday’s
shooting at Onna Moniz John Park, but are not releasing the names of the
suspects until later this afternoon pending further investigation,
according to police Lt. Michael David.
“We have two individuals in custody,” David said. "The quick arrests in
this are a direct result of police officers being familiar with the
community in which they work and inter agency cooperation."
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old victim in the shooting was being listed today

September 29th

Buyers cautioned about stolen cars for sale

September 29, 2013

PAWTUCKET—Pawtucket Police have recently come upon a phenomenon involving older model stolen vehicles and apparent cases of ownership fraud somehow slipping through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles registration system.

According to Police Chief Paul King, within the past six months or so, about a dozen cars that city residents have purchased off of private owners have turned out to be stolen, unbeknownst to the new owner. The issue, it seems, is that for cars older than 2000 models, no title is required to register the vehicle in Rhode Island.

September 27th

EP police refocusing on 2009 arson case

September 27, 2013

EAST PROVIDENCE – Friday marked the four-year anniversary of an unsolved arson and hate crime in the city, and even though the case remains cold, East Providence police say they are still reviewing all aspects of the investigation in hopes of developing further leads.

On Sept. 27, 2009, anti-Semitic graffiti, including swatiskas and a racial slur, were spray-painted on a Ferris Avenue home in Rumford before the back of it was set on fire with an accelerant. A family sleeping in the home was able to get out safely, but the suspect responsible for setting the fire was never caught.

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