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November 16th, 2014
PROVIDENCE â€“ Dozens of dogs, from the smallest shih tzu to the most massive mastiff, came together at the Rhode Island Convention Center Saturday and Sunday for the 21st annual Rhode Island Pet Show.
Among the myriad options for animal lovers during the weekend-long festivities included obedience and distraction training demonstrations, agility demonstrations, live judging and competition by breed, the Pet Dog Parade of Breeds Dog Show, and more.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Two Central Falls men were charged with possession of cocaine â€“ among other charges â€“ after police found more than 158 grams of the drug in a safe in their car Thursday, authorities said.
Around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, two officers were on patrol in the city when they observed a vehicle travel through a stop sign at the intersection of Lonsdale Avenue and Hayward Street, police said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man is facing a felony charge of second-degree child abuse after he struck a 15-year-old female relative with a belt several times, police said.
Joaquim L. Fontes, 47, was arrested Wednesday around 11:30 a.m., police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Fontes was having a discipline issue with a 15-year-old female relative at his Darrow Street residence, and he ended up striking her several times with a leather belt, which caused bruising, red marks, and scratches to her arms and back, Martins said.
Martins did not specify the relationship between the girl and Fontes.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Armistice Boulevard Monday night.
A 22-year-old man was walking on Armistice Boulevard near Littlefield Street around 8:20 p.m. Monday when he was approached by four men, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The victim said three of the males were dark-skinned and one was light-skinned. One of the dark-skinned men had a handgun and pointed it at the victim, demanding he turn over his property, Martins said.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Cumberland Town Council veteran E. Craig Dwyer was named president of the panel following a reorganization meeting in Town Hall that saw all of the panelâ€™s leadership roles filled under the same 4-3 vote.
The council action came after U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse swore in the panel and congratulated the membership on stepping forward to take a role in public service.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€“ City officials and local veterans organizations Tuesday will gather at Dexter and Cross Streets to honor the memory and ultimate sacrifice of Army Specialist William Thomas Cavanaugh, a Central Falls native and the first Rhode Islander to be killed in action in Vietnam 50 years ago this past April.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Like Christmas, pictures with Santa to the Stars comes to Apex but once a year.
Santa to the Stars, also known as Brady White, is one of the country's most sought-after Santas.
He travels the world portraying Santa Claus in film, television, commercials, print advertisements, and live appearances.
Children of all ages are invited to take photos with Santa, which will be available Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Apex, 100 Main St., for $5 per photo. All proceeds will benefit The Times' Merry Christmas Fund.
CUMBERLAND â€“ With Tuesdayâ€™s election behind him, Mayor-Elect William S. Murray yesterday announced the formation of a six-member transition team to begin taking the reins of town government from Mayor and R.I. Lt. Gov.-Elect Daniel J. McKee.
Leading the team as chair is former Town Councilwoman Bonnie A. Large, Murrayâ€™s campaign manager and a local real estate appraiser.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The race looked close as the first precincts began to report results from the Rhode Island governorâ€™s race, but in the end, Democrat Gina Raimondo was victorious. Raimondo, who beat Republican Allan Fung with 40.1 percent of the vote, is the first woman to be elected governor in the Ocean State.
â€śRhode Island is ready for a governor who is going to turn this state around,â€ť Raimondo said in her victory speech, going on to repeat a campaign slogan: â€śItâ€™s time to get Rhode Island back to work.â€ť
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Rhode Island has been stagnating for too long now, mired in the morass of a failing economy that threatens to suck us all under like quicksand.
We still have not fully recovered from the Great Recession that hit in 2008, and that extended period of weakness and fiscal frailty makes it all the more difficult to pull ourselves out of the hole.
Our state desperately needs a leader to step forward, one who has the courage to confront difficult problems and the wisdom and judgment find the best way to solve them.
Gina Raimondo is that leader.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Voters in the city will take to the polls Tuesday to decide three state House races, two challenges for state Senate, and a contest for School Committee seats.
Additionally, voters will cast ballots in uncontested races for four district House seats, two district Senate seats, mayor, and City Council.
In the race for House District 58, Democrat Carlos Tobon will challenge independent candidate Jonathan Vallecilla. The winner will take the seat previously held by longtime Rep. William San Bento Jr., who is stepping down.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Central Falls man was arrested Thursday night and charged in three separate incidents in which he assaulted women at the Prospect Heights housing complex, authorities said.
Joseph A. Sibilia, 29, was apprehended by police around 8:15 p.m. Thursday when officers went to Prospect Heights in search of him, after developing information that he was in the area. Sibilia was seen hiding behind a Dumpster, police Detective Capt. John Seebeck said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Soaring high into the sky, the golden dome of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church is a recognizable landmark that has been visible to many since its construction in the 1960s.
However, decades of wear and tear have caused numerous cracks to the dome with water leaking into the church leading to thousands of dollars in damage.
To assuage concerns about the dome, a fund raising endeavor has been launched with the goal of raising $100,000 to repair the church and its venerable dome.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man was charged with assaulting a police officer after a fracas involving members of the Police Department in the parking lot of an India Street bar early Saturday morning, police officials said.
Carl Albert Rodrigues, 25, was arguing with patrons and bar staff outside
PAWTUCKET â€“ A fire that significantly damaged the rear of a three-story multifamily home on Magill Street Sunday afternoon was deemed to have been started by a 10 year-old boy who lit a mattress leaning against the house, fire officials said.
The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. at the three-story wood-frame home at 176 Magill St., Fire Marshal Capt. Robert F. Thurber Jr. said.
Eight of the 14 residents were at home at the time of the fire, and all escaped safely prior to firefighters' arrival. Nobody was injured in the fire, Thurber added.
PAWTUCKET â€“ City voters on Nov. 4 will be tasked with determining whether to approve a $32 million bond that will provide health and safety upgrades for city schools, as well as updating the interior of the Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene elementary schools.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien on Thursday explained that the Pawtucket School Department previously hired a consultant who analyzed each city school and came up with $250 million in renovation investment costs.
â€śThat is for health, safety â€¦ all the general repairs,â€ť Grebien detailed.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tucked away in the rear of the historic Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue is a 375-square-foot space where the smallest microbrewery in the smallest state is continuing to grow after making its debut less than three months ago.
Crooked Current Brewery â€“ formerly Brewery 401 â€“ is the cityâ€™s third brewery, and on Saturday hosted a â€śsoft openingâ€ť in anticipation of its upcoming grand opening at its location at 560 Mineral Spring Ave.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It may not be the Capulets and the Montagues or the Hatfields and the McCoys, but two feuding neighbors engaged in a heated confrontation Wednesday afternoon, at which weapons may have been drawn, police said.
The two men â€“ Joseph Mederios, 51, and Dana P. Titchenell, 45 â€“ live in the same Prospect Street apartment building and â€śdon't like each other,â€ť police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Mederios lives on the third floor and Titchenell resides on the first floor, according to police records.