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April 14th, 2014

Brawl ends in arrests

April 14, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Four men from the Boston area, two of whom are brothers, were arrested for fighting after a brawl erupted outside of Di Nos Restaurant, 908 Main St., on Sunday night.

April 13th

Day tours of Valley to feature some Pawtucket icons

April 13, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Just as a gently used item can be “new” to someone else, taking a fresh look at familiar places — especially those steeped in history — can yield pleasant surprises. Along those lines, this year’s kickoff event celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week on Saturday, May 3, features the Blackstone Valley, and Pawtucket in particular, in two of nine tours.

April 11th

Third murder suspect arrested

April 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET—A third suspect has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the Dec. 24 shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Almeida at Galego Court, Pawtucket Police announced Friday.

On Thursday, April 10, Pawtucket Police arrested Tyron M. Wilcox, 21, of 6 Ware Court in Providence. He was taken into custody in Providence with assistance from the Rhode Island State Police Fugitives Task Force and the U.S. Marshals Service, said Major Arthur Martins.

April 10th

Police: Shooting was payback

April 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET—About three and a half months after the shooting death of 21-year-old Ryan Almeida at Galego Court, a 20-year-old Providence man was apprehended in Maine and charged with his murder. Pawtucket Police also say that a 17-year-old male has been charged in the crime and one or more additional arrests may be imminent.

April 9th

Lincoln man arrested on child sex charges

April 9, 2014

LINCOLN—The State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested a 21-year-old local man Wednesday on charges related to the alleged child molestation of an 11-year-old Coventry boy, according to Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, state police superintendent.

April 8th

Garage gets go-ahead

April 8, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Following a two-part hearing on a contentious issue, the Board of Appeals on Monday voted 5 to 0 to approve a variance allowing for an oversized garage on Sharon Avenue property belonging to the Grupo Amigos Da Terceira.
The garage, to be built on property at 125 Sharon Ave., will reportedly be used to store vehicles belonging to the Portuguese social club. The main Grupo Amigos community center, at 55 Memorial Dr., is located next door to the white, two-family house at 125 Sharon Ave. where the club intends to construct the new garage.

April 7th

LA Fitness eyes Pawtucket site

April 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET— An unsightly and long-neglected stretch of busy North Main Street, near an underground bowling alley and former Sears department store, will get a much-needed lift with a proposal to build a new LA Fitness Center.
The proposal by Nms Associates LLC, part of the Procaccanti Group real estate management and investment firms, will involve an expanse of property that stretches down North Main Street from Ann Mary Street in Pawtucket to the corner of the old Sears store at White Avenue in neighboring Providence.

April 6th

In Cumberland, a new school rises

April 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy’s elementary school building has begun to take shape at the former Currier Park on Broad Street near Town Hall, and is expected to open to students in the fall.

That was the forecast offered by Robert Bellafiore, a spokesman for Civic Builders, on Friday as workers from H.V. Collins, Civic’s contractor, continued to erect steel beams at the site.

April 3rd

Former city councilor dies

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET—She was the city's own version of Geraldine Ferraro. Kathleen A. Magill, the first woman to hold a City Council seat and the first to run for mayor, passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 69.
Magill, a married mother of three, made history in 1979 when she became the first woman elected to the Pawtucket City Council. She won a city-wide, at-large council seat and served for eight years.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Speaker fight offered plenty of noise, precious little change

April 3, 2014

Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 31.
The events between March 21, when the FBI raided then-House Speaker Gordon Fox’s third-floor Statehouse office, and Tuesday, March 25, when Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello put his hand on a Bible and was sworn in as the new Speaker, were seismic, a lightning-fast blitzkrieg of political maneuvering, a fundamental shakeup in the House of Representatives and a change in the most powerful political office in the state.

Pet food company buys building in Pawtucket

April 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET—In a move that is being hailed as a major win by city officials, a growing pet food and supply company has purchased the Benjamin F. Chester Building at 175 Main St. as its corporate headquarters.

April 2nd

Man killed by truck on Route 146

April 2, 2014

NORTH PROVIDENCE – An unidentified 28-year-old man was struck by a truck and killed on Route 146 South Wednesday after an incident near the Mineral Spring Avenue on-ramp that slowed travel on the road for more than hour.
State Police confirmed that the pedestrian, who had apparently parked a car along the side of the highway and stepped into the travel lane before being hit by an 18-wheel tractor trailer, was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital where he later died of traumatic injuries, according to State Police Capt. Robert S. Wall, District A commander.

April 1st

Survey: Not much litter in RI cities

April 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Like a doctor in search of germs, Dianne Mailloux has taken a microscope to the traffic arteries of the Blackstone Valley in search of another kind of infestation.
Accompanied by a team of note-jotting student interns, the coordinator of Keep Blackstone Valley Beautiful has traveled from the back roads of Burrillville to the avenues of Pawtucket – nine cities and towns in all – looking for the unsightly scourge or litter, graffiti and grunge.
Her prognosis?
Let’s just say it could have been a lot worse.

March 31st

Cumberland Fire District to recoup most of embezzled funds

March 31, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The chairman of the Cumberland Fire District’s Board of Trustees Monday said the district will recover most of the money that was allegedly embezzled by the district’s former treasurer-collector Karen B. Lambert.

The money will come in the form of an $83,000 insurance payout, reimbursement for roughly the same amount of money allegedly stolen by Lambert who was arrested last week, says James Leonard.

March 30th

Flanders: state constitution requires an update

March 30, 2014

SMITHFIELD – “Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the (Rhode Island) constitution?”

That question will be on the ballot given to all voters in the November election.

Former R.I. Supreme Court Justice Robert Flanders, for one, will answer that question in the affirmative.

March 28th

Chief Coutu fundraising walk set for Sunday

March 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET—The Chief Coutu Memorial Walk/5K Road Race will be held in Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, on Sunday, March 30. A two-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the fully sanctioned 5K race at 10 a.m.
Proceeds will be used to create a park dedicated to the memory of Central Falls Fire Chief Robert A. Coutu and his son, Fire Chief Rene R. Coutu. The park will be located at the corner of Lewis and Hunt streets in Central Falls. It will be dedicated on International Firefighters Day, May 4, at noon.

March 27th

POLITICS AS USUAL: Fox farewell didn’t end the game; it kicked it into gear

March 27, 2014

Editor's note: This column was first published on March 24, 2014

When House Speaker Gordon Fox banged the gavel to close last Thursday’s session of the House of Representatives, he had no idea he was performing that function for the last time.
In one whirlwind weekend, the State Police and federal agents raided Fox’s home and his Statehouse offices, Fox resigned the speakership, and that touched off palace intrigue and plots to take the crown in political huddles in different parts of the state.

Teacher accused of assault

March 27, 2014

PAWTUCKET—A Slater Junior High School teacher was charged Thursday with assaulting a 13-year-old student in an incident that allegedly occurred at the school on March 18.
The teacher has been identified as Richard C. Koster, 49, of 142 Warren Ave., Cranston.

March 26th

THIS JUST IN: 2 firefighters confirmed dead in Boston blaze

March 26, 2014

2 firefighters dead in Boston brownstone fire
BOSTON (AP) — A Boston city councilor says two firefighters have died in a fire that ripped through a brownstone.
The fire started Wednesday afternoon in the four-story building in the densely populated Back Bay neighborhood. Smoke and flames fanned by strong winds poured from the roof and windows for hours.
Councilor Josh Zakim represents the area and confirms the firefighters' deaths.

New store still not open

March 26, 2014

SOUTH ATTLEBORO — With its sleek styling, gleaming shelving and floors, and modern check-out stations that can be seen through the front doors, the new Market Basket on Newport Avenue sure looks ready to be filled with food items and customers.
Yet, the 2013 holiday season originally targeted for the Market Basket's debut has come and gone, and three months later, there is still no word on when the supermarket, a 78,500-square-foot anchor store in the Bristol Place Shopping Center just over the Pawtucket line, will open its doors.

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