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November 24th, 2014
CUMBERLAND â There is a change coming in the office of Lieutenant Governor, but that change wonât mean any waiver of support for small businesses in the state.
Outgoing Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and her soon-to-be successor, Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee, on Monday joined statewide efforts to encourage Rhode Islanders to âBuy Local R.I.â this holiday season.
PAWTUCKET â When is a faithful canine companion not a man or womanâs best friend? When it sparks a blaze that ends in a court date for the pet owner.
According to police, a city woman was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after authorities discovered 1.6 pounds of pot in her basement following a fire at her home that may have been started as a result of a pet dog inadvertently turning on a stove while attempting to access food, police said.
PAWTUCKET â A Providence man was charged with reckless driving and driving to endanger after an accident on East Avenue early Wednesday morning that sent him and his two passengers to the hospital, authorities said.
Lavander G. Sanders, 26, was observed driving his Toyota Camry at a âvery high rate of speedâ around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The officer estimated that the vehicle was traveling well in excess of 70 mph which is significantly higher than the posted speed limit of 25.
By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
PAWTUCKET â A nonprofit group plans to hold a parade in the city Sunday morning to celebrate a judge's ruling earlier this week that struck down a city ordinance which had banned pit bulls.
Pit Bulls for PTSD will host the parade Sunday at 10 a.m. and is asking fellow revelers to meet at Slater Memorial Park for a walk up Newport Avenue and back.
Pit Bulls for PTSD is a nonprofit organization that trains pit bulls to become service dogs for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the group's Facebook page.
PAWTUCKET â A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of an animal advocacy group and a local pit bull owner in his lawsuit against the city's ban of pit bulls.
Superior Court Judge Brian Van Couyghen ruled in favor of Defenders of Animals and Pawtucket resident Al Alix. Attorney Mark B. Morse represented both Defenders of Animals and Alix in the case.
CENTRAL FALLS â A deceased man was found behind a Dumpster at the CVS Pharmacy on Broad Street Tuesday morning, police said.
The man, whose name and age was not released, was found behind the Dumpster at the pharmacy around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
Police Chief Col. James J. Mendonca on Tuesday said that the cause of death was suspected to be from an overdose, but he said he was awaiting
the results of the report from the Office of the State Medical Examiners. As for whether or not the death is suspicious, Mendonca said police would
PAWTUCKET â For more than 40 years, The Times Merry Christmas Fund has been collecting donations to help families in the community with everything from food to clothing to holiday gifts. All the money raised through the fund goes directly to Pawtucketâs Salvation Army for distribution to needy families. This yearâs campaign is no exception.
The Times has set the goal for this yearâs fund at $10,000, but so far, donations have been slow to come in.
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 panelâs 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 Tuesdayâs 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, Murrayâs 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 governorâs 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.
âRhode Island is ready for a governor who is going to turn this state around,â Raimondo said in her victory speech, going on to repeat a campaign slogan: âItâs time to get Rhode Island back to work.â
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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.