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July 3rd, 2014

Some fireworks shows rescheduled

July 3, 2014

Due to expected rain and wind associated with Hurricane Arthur, some local fireworks displays have been rescheduled.
Cumberland has cancelled its show for July 3 (tonight) and rescheduled it to Saturday, June 5 with the celebration beginning at 6 p.m.
Fireworks are still currently scheduled in Glocester for July 5, at 9 p.m., but there is a rain date of Sunday, July 6.
The Bristol fireworks scheduled for July 3 (tonight) at Bristol Harbor at 9:30 p.m. is still expected to proceed as planned.

July 2nd

Laprade case shipped back to Superior Court

July 2, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The state Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a majority ruling overturning a Superior Court decision denying the city’s appeal of a Policemen’s Bill of Rights Hearing decision on its disciplinary charges against Patrolman Nichalas Laprade.

The city’s appeal resulted from a decision by a Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights Act hearing on its list of 18 disciplinary charges brought over Laprade’s February 2011 conviction on charge of disorderly conduct by indecent exposure.

June 30th

Water park opens at Galego Court

June 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A sprinkler-driven new water park and state of the art playground opened with a ribbon-cutting event — and a big splash — on Friday at Galego Court, featuring pizza and refreshments, a host of dignitaries and dozens of children eager to cool off in the summer afternoon heat.
The park opened with a last-moment change allowing the facility to stay open later at night, thanks to a letter by 8-year-old D'Angela "Lala" Feliz, in part citing the busy schedules of tasks kids have these days, that Pawtucket Housing Authority Director Steve Vadnais found was right on target.

June 29th

Sparks are flying (and selling, too) on every corner

June 29, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The white tents have gone up around the area and fireworks display companies are now ready to sell you anything you need to celebrate the Fourth of July, so long as it doesn’t shoot up into the air or explode.

The tents were already operating along Mendon Road on Sunday and selling the products allowed under Rhode Island’s fireworks law, and also under the setup rules it also contains for electrical inspections, fire prevention equipment and exit and no-smoking signage.

June 27th

Missing EP man’s body identified

June 27, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE — The search for a 20-year-old East Providence man missing since Jan. 2 ended on a tragic note when police confirmed Friday that the body of a man who was found last week under a boathouse near India Point Park was identified as Daniel LaRue.

LaRue’s body, which was dressed in winter clothing, was found discovered under a ramp at Brown University’s Hunter S. Marston Boathouse on June 19, almost six months after he was first reported missing by his family.

June 26th

Parella named interim E.P. police chief

June 26, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – Acting City Manager Paul Lemont has confirmed that Major Christopher Parella will take over as interim police chief when Police Chief Joseph Tavares officially leaves his post on Tuesday.
Lemont had said in previous press interviews that his plan was to name an interim chief. But until this week he would not say whether or not the acting chief would be from within or outside the Police Department.

June 25th

Veterans Park Pool to open Saturday

June 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Like the sign of the first ice cream truck, the seasonal opening of the city’s public pool means that it is truly summertime.
Veterans Park Pool will officially open on Saturday, June 28. “We’ve been working to paint it and spruce it up,” said Pawtucket Parks and Recreation Director John Blais. The outdoor pool is open to the public and the entrance fee is $1.

June 24th

Two found dead after apparent murder-suicide

June 24, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Neighbors used the word “tranquil” to describe the immediate area around North Bend Street and Sanford Street. Yet that tranquility was shattered Monday night when an apparent lovers’ quarrel ended in a murder-suicide in a first floor apartment at 96 North Bend St.

June 23rd

‘Big Brother’ is watching CFPD sergeant

June 23, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Central Falls Police Sgt. Derrick V. Levasseur is taking a short break from catching criminals to competing as a contestant on the new season of the long-running CBS reality show “Big Brother,” which premieres its new season Wednesday.

Levasseur, 30, of Providence, is one of 16 houseguests competing for a $500,000 prize this summer.

June 22nd

Solstice Festival a time to rejoice...and dance

June 22, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Weatherwise, it was a day befitting the Blackstone River Theatre’s Summer Solstice Festival. As participants filtered in to Diamond Hill Park with their lawn chairs and blankets, the perfect temperature and overall pretty day seemed to be on everyone’s minds, along with the nonstop schedule of music and dancing.

June 20th

Dog attacked by raccoon in Pawtucket

June 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET—A Central Avenue family's Chihuahua was viciously attacked by a raccoon that Animal Control officials believe may be rabid, and residents of that area are being asked to take precautions and be vigilant.
Animal Control Director John Holmes said that on Thursday at around 1 p.m., a family of four, including a young child, were in the backyard of their home at 250 Central Ave. with their dog when they were startled by a noise. A raccoon suddenly jumped at their dog and began to attack it.

June 19th

Demonstrators say lawmakers put big business first

June 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Four women, including a member of the Central Falls City Council, who were on a hunger strike to protest a provision in the state budget that outlaws Rhode Island municipalities from passing their own minimum wage laws, issued the following joint statement shortly after Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the budget bill into law Thursday.

June 18th

THIS JUST IN: Reps Coderre, San Bento will not seek re-election

June 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – After three decades as a lawmaker representing Pawtucket, Rep. Elaine Coderre says she will not seek re-election to her District 60 House seat in November.
Coderre, a Democrat, is the currently the “Dean of the House,” meaning the representative who has served the longest tenure. First elected in 1984, she currently chairs the Democratic Caucus in the House and was previously the Speaker Pro Tem for many years.

Pet store granted sales 'holiday'

June 18, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – A puppy store owner who is fighting the city over the East Providence City Council’s decision to ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats won a personal victory Tuesday when the same council begrudgingly voted 3-to-2 to grant the store a license to sell puppies on the holidays.

June 17th

Parent of missing teen posts plea on Facebook

June 17, 2014

CUMBERLAND – A 16-year-old local girl who was last seen on June 3 remained missing Tuesday as police continued to seek information on her possible whereabouts in Florida or California.
Margaret Weece, 16, left town in a white Chevrolet Cobalt on a possible trip to see relatives in California or Florida, police said. The vehicle has since been recovered in Maryland, police confirmed.
It remains unclear whether Weece is travelling with friends or alone but police said she is not believed to be endangered at this time.

Central Falls to see tax relief

June 17, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — The City Council Monday approved Mayor James A. Diossa’s $17.2 million budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.
The city budget is composed of five separate city ordinances. The city ordinances that set the tax rate and levy, the classified employees wage schedule and the capital program and budget were passed unanimously by the six-member council.

June 16th

C.F. Police: Curfew enforcement intensifying after stabbings

June 16, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Police today were stepping up enforcement of the city’s juvenile curfew ordinance in the wake of a spate of city stabbings over the weekend that left three Pawtucket men hospitalized.

Enforcement of the ordinance has been in effect since May and will continue until the end of the summer, but police are stepping up their presence this week and for the foreseeable future after a particularly violent weekend that began Saturday when a 17-year-old boy was stabbed during a fight on Dexter Street shortly after 10:30 p.m.

For full story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Times.

June 13th

Wyatt center placed into receivership

June 13, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — It’s a word that no one expected to hear again so soon in this city, but the financially troubled Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is now in receivership.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein granted the temporary receivership and appointed Providence attorney Jonathan Savage as the receiver for the next 20 days. After that, Silverstein will appoint a long term receiver if necessary.

June 12th

City man pleads to murder of Providence teen

June 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE – An 18-year-old Pawtucket man pleaded guilty on Thursday to his role in a Providence shooting that killed 17-year-old George Holland Jr. of Providence.

According to the state attorney general’s office, Alain Bedame, with a last known address of 280 Weeden St., pleaded guilty before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime that resulted in injury. Under the agreement, he will testify against his co-defendants in the case.

June 11th

C.F. school official set to take consulting job

June 11, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – A man chosen four years ago to reform troubled Central Falls High School is moving on to a new role in education and one that will possibly involve a national stage.

Schools Superintendent Fran Gallo announced Wednesday that Victor Capellan, the district’s deputy superintendent for transformation, will be leaving the school district at the end of this school year to take a position with Mass Insight Education in Boston. He will begin his new position in July.

For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.