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July 31st, 2015
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash Friday morning after passing a threatening note to a teller at the Citizens Bank branch located at 800 Newport Ave., police said.
‚ÄúHe passed a note and stated no one would get hurt if his demands were met,‚ÄĚ Sgt. Paul Brandley said in a statement.
Police are asking for the public‚Äôs help in identifying the robber. They released a series of images from bank surveillance cameras that apparently show him passing the note to the teller and handling a wad of cash.
There‚Äôs no indication the robber displayed a weapon.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ As Donna Athaide held her $15-an-hour minimum wage sign, ‚ÄúYes We Can,‚ÄĚ along Newport Avenue Thursday afternoon, she was encouraged by the number of passing motorists who honked their horns in support.
Athaide, a Pawtucket resident and dietary aide working in the kitchen for Genesis Health Care, was among the 1199 New England (1199NE) Health Care Employees Union members found demonstrating for higher pay in front of the Bill Costigan Memorial Baseball Field on Newport Avenue Thursday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ City residents, small business owners, and representatives from local and state agencies were among those Wednesday morning who gave the Pawtucket Police Department rave reviews as a city-ordered audit on the department is ongoing.
The meeting of those with local ties was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall Wednesday morning, and was the third such community conversation on the subject in as many days.
PAWTUCKET – A report from a Washington, D.C.-based professional development organization has suggested recommendations to the city for progress in reshaping and reinvigorating Pawtucket's downtown area, setting the stage for what city officials are calling a potential downtown revival.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ Although the Town Council voted against using the Monastery grounds to build the new public safety complex, Mayor Bill Murray is not backing down one bit.
‚ÄúI will build this police station,‚ÄĚ he said.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A group of curious patrons on Saturday afternoon toured McCoy Stadium, learning about the history of the Pawtucket Red Sox franchise and the ballpark, before dining on fare that went well above and beyond the standard peanuts and Cracker Jack you would typically see at a ballgame.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Police on Wednesday arrested a local man and his girlfriend and charged each with a felony count of desecration of a grave after they allegedly stole a headstone from St. Francis Cemetery, authorities said.
The incident was reported on Tuesday, when an 89-year-old woman told police that her husband‚Äôs headstone had been stolen from the cemetery on Smithfield Avenue, police said.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Esselton ‚ÄúEss‚ÄĚ McNulty says the most gratifying accomplishment of his 36-year career as the general director of the YMCA of Pawtucket, and the one he cherishes the most, was his work in the late 1970s to turn around the financially troubled Pawtucket YMCA, which at the time was on the brink of collapse.
‚ÄúWhen I came here the YMCA was in trouble financially and it didn‚Äôt have a very positive image,‚ÄĚ says McNulty. ‚ÄúIt took three or four years, but we managed to get the Y out of the doldrums and bring it back to profitability.‚ÄĚ
CENTRAL FALLS – The Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation removed Daniel W. Martin’s interim status, selecting the 27-year corrections industry veteran as the new full-time warden at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.
Martin had recently served as Wyatt’s interim warden. Additionally, he had previously served as a correctional major at the facility since November 2013.
For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Times.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gina Raimondo and members of Rhode Island‚Äôs congressional delegation joined city officials from Central Falls and Pawtucket Monday to break ground on a $3.9 million federally-funded roadway improvement project along Dexter Street in Central Falls and Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The city‚Äôs public safety director praised the courage and quick thinking on display by a trio of Pawtucket Police officers who last week assisted in evacuating several residents from a fire at a property on Central Avenue.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday told The Times that the efforts of the three officers ‚ÄĒ Gregory Malo, John Donley, and Paul Trout ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúcertainly speaks for itself.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe three officers could have prevented what would have been a disaster,‚ÄĚ Pires said.
EXETER ‚ÄĒ Retired Air Force and Korean War veteran Antero ‚ÄúTed‚ÄĚ Martins, of Pawtucket, points to a patch of grass along the main roadway that meanders through the hallowed grounds of the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a military cemetery on 265 acres in Exeter that serves as a final resting place for Rhode Island veterans who have served their country honorably during wartime.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the spot right there. That‚Äôs where it will go,‚ÄĚ he says.
CUMBERLAND – An early-afternoon crash, that involved two trucks on Interstate 295 south Friday afternoon, claimed the life of a Woonsocket man.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Jonathan Goyer recalls the day his life almost ended. He had overdosed on opioids in June 2013 and was found unconscious, ghostly pale, and barely breathing.
This overdose, which came after six months of being clean, was the wake-up call that has since changed his life.
‚ÄúThere was no more using for me. Just this realization that I don't want to die,‚ÄĚ he said. Had it not been for life-saving Narcan that day, Goyer may not be here to tell his story.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The head of a grassroots campaign to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket said that he felt intimidated by a letter from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea‚Äôs office that sought to remind him of the state‚Äôs lobbyist regulations.
However, a communications director with the Secretary of State‚Äôs office said that the purpose of the letter was to make its recipient aware of the lobbying statute ‚Äúso they can make the determination if their activity falls under the definition,‚ÄĚ adding that the letter was ‚Äúpurely informational.‚ÄĚ
LINCOLN – Rhode Island’s biggest player in the casino industry is about to double down.
Twin River Management Group announced recently that it has completed the acquisition of Newport Grand Slots following approval from the state Department of Business Regulation and the Division of Lotteries.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Local firefighters battled a fire at a 69 Taunton Ave. gas station Sunday that was started by flames erupting from a car driving to the business with an engine problem.
Battalion Chief David Rave said firefighters found the vehicle fully involved upon their arrival at the Exxon station at about 1:50 p.m.