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February 15th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â 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.
PAWTUCKET â 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.
CENTRAL FALLS â 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 â in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit, the Central Falls K-9 Unit, and the North Smithfield K-9 Unit â 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.
PAWTUCKET â 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 âsharp, edged weaponâ 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 âpossibly caused by a sharp instrument,â police Maj. Arthur Martins told The Times.
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 âcontinue to make our roadways safer,â 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.
PAWTUCKET â 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.
âI canât even bend over to tie my own shoes, let alone shovel a sidewalk,â she says.
And sheâs not alone.
PAWTUCKET â 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, âthey have verbally indicated to us that the criminal investigation they conducted âŠ could find no criminal culpability,â Public Safety Director Tony Pires told The Times on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â An evening out at a local bar ended with cuts from flying glass for one patron according to police.
A bartender, who the victim claimed was the attacker in the incident at a local restaurant, was charged with felony assault after she allegedly struck the man in the face with a glass Monday night, police said.
Read the rest of the story in Thursday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â A city man was charged with possessing a loaded weapon in a vehicle after an officer discovered a .22-caliber rifle in his car on Monday.
Police said the rifle was found after the driverâs car became stuck in a snowbank.
At 10 p.m. Monday, Pawtucket Police Officer Alexander Smith reported the vehicle wedged in the snow at Main and Harrison streets, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Smith talked to the man â Tyrone Perry, 24, of Alice Street â and Perry told Smith that he had some friends coming to help him, Martins said.
PAWTUCKET - The stateâs highest court has ordered a new trial for Victor Arciliares who was found guilty of first degree murder in the Pawtucket drive-by shooting death of Alfredo Barros in 2010.
In a decision issued last week, the Rhode Island Supreme Court threw out Arciliaresâ 2013 murder conviction, finding Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause erred when he curtailed the extent to which Arciliaresâ attorney, Lara E. Montecalvo, was allowed to cross-examine a key police witness in the trial.
PAWTUCKET â A Providence teen was found guilty in Providence Superior Court for the 2013 Christmas Eve murder of a 21-year-old man at the Galego Court housing complex, according to the Attorney Generalâs Office confirmed on Friday.
The jury convicted Jose âGioâ Lopez, 18, with a last known address on Joslin Street in Providence, of the Dec. 24, 2013 murder of Ryan Almeida.
The jury found Lopez guilty of murder, discharging a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, and conspiracy. Lopez was found not guilty of carrying a firearm without a license.
PAWTUCKET â City firefighters responded to back-to-back incidents Wednesday night, including a grease fire that erupted in the kitchen of a group home on Manchester Street for persons recovering from substance abuse disorders, and a furnace explosion an hour later at an assisted living facility on Central Avenue.
Fire Chief William Sisson said a resident at the Sanctuary Recovery Residence, 12 Manchester St., was cooking when a grease fire flared-up on the kitchen stove. The fire was contained to the kitchen and did not affect the rest of the dwelling, he said.
With the Blizzard of 2015 headed out to sea, the clouds gave way to partial sun just after 9:30 Wednesday morning, a welcome respite for residents slowly digging out from a powerful storm that dumped upwards of three feet of snow in Southern New England.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island lifted statewide driving bans at midnight on Tuesday, and trains, buses and subways were back to normal service Wednesday, although there were plenty of delays for the morning commute.
PROVIDENCE â With the Blizzard of 2015 shaping as one of the most damaging on record, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday declared a state of emergency until further notice, banishing vehicular travel as of midnight as crews prepared for a multi-day chore of restoring power and clearing roads.
Raimondo struck a tone of dire urgency during a briefing at the Statehouse, strongly advising storm preppers to get their business finished and get off the roads voluntarily by 8 last night, but she said that by midnight a travel ban would be strictly enforced by the state police.
Weather forecasts for a potentially massive blizzard striking Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts had Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and state officials preparing for the worst on Sunday.
on Sunday in a statement in which she advised the stateâs residents to prepare for severe winter weather.
PAWTUCKET â The long, dark journey of the legendary Silver Top Diner appears to be coming to an end, and maybe â just maybe â there may be some light at the far side of the tunnel.
Recently freed from a legal limbo in which it had been mired nearly seven years, the 1930s dining car is heading for the auction block. Though itâs in poor condition, despite efforts to protect it from the elements, City Planner Barney S. Heath is optimistic that some nostalgic, diner-loving savior might be interested in reviving the landmark as a going business.
PAWTUCKET â Paul and Susan Graseck of Pawtucket got a first look at the proposed plans for a commuter rail station in the city between Goff Avenue and Barton Street Thursday night at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main St., and liked what they saw.
âWe would very much like a commuter rail station to be approved for Pawtucket,â Paul Graseck said while explaining the new transportation opportunity would be accessible from their home.
âIt would really make a difference for Pawtucket and Central Falls and help revitalize the area,â Susan Graseck added.
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PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox have been an institution at the venerable McCoy Stadium for more than 40 years, playing host to countless future All-Stars, walk-off home runs, no-hitters, perfect games, championships, and the longest game in professional baseball history.
However, with recent reports of the teamâs potential sale to the Boston Red Sox ownership group, rumors are beginning to swirl that have people questioning the teamâs future in the city.