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Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a multi-story series looking back at the memorable events of 2014.
Whether it was stumping for candidates, directing movies or accepting honorary keys to the city, there were plenty of celebrities and big name politicos who visited the Ocean State in 2014.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A guinea pig got loose and couldnâ€™t be found after a man broke apart the animalâ€™s cage by kicking it in the midst of a heated domestic quarrel Sunday, police said.
Barry Joseph Cartin, 40, of 92 Bates St., is facing charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal, domestic disorderly conduct, and domestic assault and battery, according to Major Arthur Martins.
The episode came to the attention of the police shortly before noon, when a 42-year-old woman came to police headquarters saying her boyfriend had roughed her up.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man described to be in his late 50s died after a fire broke out in the kitchen of his 31 Grove St. apartment on Sunday afternoon.
Michael J. Sweeney, chief of investigations for the R.I. Fire Marshalâ€™s Office, said at the scene Sunday that Pawtucket Fire Department companies conducting a fire suppression effort in the first-floor apartment shortly before 2 p.m. encountered the victim in a nearby bedroom.
The man was not breathing and not responsive to efforts to resuscitate him, Sweeney said.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox organization hit a home run for the community and The Times' annual Merry Christmas Fund, donating $1,000 to benefit the efforts of The Salvation Army of Pawtucket this holiday season.
Jeff Bradley, director of community relations with the Pawtucket Red Sox, said that for over 30 years, the organization has been happy to support the fund, â€śwhich supports the community that we feel proud to be a part of, and it's just a small way to give back to help those less fortunate enjoy the holidays.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local 18-year-old and a juvenile male were charged in connection with a robbery on John Street Tuesday afternoon, in which they allegedly brandished a weapon resembling a shotgun and stole a video game system from a victim's car, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Foundation on Wednesday announced that 157 teachers in five statewide communities would share nearly $148,000 in grants through a program that encourages classroom innovation in urban school districts.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A loud disturbance between several people was allegedly punctuated with gunfire, police told The Times.
A Central Falls man was charged after police say he pulled a gun and fired a shot into the air during a disturbance on John Street Sunday afternoon.
At about 2 p.m. on Sunday, police officers were dispatched to the area of 48 John St. for a call of a fight possibly involving a discharged firearm, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
The altercation involved different factions of groups that dislike each other, however, the major did not say it was gang-related.
NORTH ATTLEBORO â€“ The man who died after his Cadillac CTS veered off I-95 and crashed into a tree Sunday has been identified by the Massachusetts State Police as 31-year-old Lukasz Prokop, 31, of Cumberland.
Police said Prokop was traveling southbound on I-95 with one other passenger in the sedan when the vehicle left the highway just north of the I-295 ramp, near Toner Boulevard.
Medical personnel from the North Attleboro Fire Department transported Prokop to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Mere months after opening their business in a 375-square-foot space in the Lorraine Mills on Mineral Spring Avenue, Crooked Current Brewery â€“ the smallest brewery in the state â€“ finds itself with a new decoration just outside of their tight quarters, after being proclaimed Favorite Rhode Island Brewery in an online readersâ€™ choice poll.
The proclamation on the breweryâ€™s entrance door recognizes Crooked Currentâ€™s victory in the inaugural Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands poll, which called on voters to cast their ballot online for their favorite brewery in the state.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ The City Council Wednesday prequalified a list of seven contractors vying for the $1 million project to improve the Jones Pond property, a neglected parcel along Fifth Street.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local motorist allegedly struck a police officer with her car twice and nearly hit a crowd of pedestrians outside of Curvin McCabe Elementary School Wednesday morning, leading to charges of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and reckless driving, authorities said.
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Dave Kelly was monitoring traffic around the school because there had been complaints from administrators and people in the area regarding traffic congestion, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.
PAWTUCKET â€” A city man was charged with domestic assault by strangulation and domestic felony assault Tuesday after he choked his girlfriend, fled their apartment, then returned a short time later and began prodding her with a knife, authorities said.
According to police Maj. Arthur Martins, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Niran A. Morales, 18, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend regarding the pairâ€™s relationship. During the squabble, Morales â€ślashed out at her,â€ť putting his hands around her neck and choking her, Martins said.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The state announced some $3.85 million in open space grants this week for conservation and recreation projects in 15 communities, including Lincoln, Burrillville and Pawtucket.
Lincoln was among the biggest winners in the open space sweepstakes, taking home $400,000 to acquire a 50-acre parcel of undisturbed, forested land abutting the Handy Pond Recreation Area, off Old River Road. The addition of the land would enlarge the recreation area to over 300,000 acres, according to Albert V. Ranaldi Jr., the town planner.
PAWTUCKET â€“ More than $9,000 in cash was seized from the motor vehicle of a Massachusetts man, who later bit the hand of a police officer who yanked over five grams of heroin from his mouth.
Orlando Rosas-Rodriguez, 41, of Taunton, is facing charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver; assaulting a police officer; and third-offense possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, according to Detective Major Arthur Martins.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” A special election will be held this spring to fill an unexpired term on the City Council now that At-large Councilwoman Shelby Maldonado is preparing to leave for her new job at the Statehouse.
Maldonado, who is in the first year of her first three-year term on the seven-member council, is the new Democratic state representative-elect for District 56, a seat held formerly by Agostinho Silva.
WOONSOCKET â€“ When homegrown pharmacy giant CVS Health announced plans recently to establish a Digital Innovation Lab in Boston, most industry analysts saw the move as the latest sign of the companyâ€™s efforts to reposition itself in a fast-changing marketplace for health care.
In a state that often comes up short on the barometer of business-friendliness, however, others may have seen it as evidence that one of its biggest employers has one foot out the door.
Should we be worried?
Yes and no, some prominent economic development authorities say.