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January 2nd, 2014
PAWTUCKET â The death of 10-year-old Aleida DePina was the cityâs most horrific abuse case in recent years, and now the girlâs father, Jorge DePina, has been indicted by a grand jury in her murder.
On Thursday, the Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment charging the 32-year-old DePina, of 48 Knowles St., Pawtucket, with one count of murder. It is alleged that DePina killed his daughter on or about July 3, 2013.
Full story appears on page 1 in Friday's Times.
Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year â a long-duration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket.
The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning.
December 30th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â A Pawtucket man has been arrested by Warwick and Cumberland police and charged with a series of house breaks in Warwick.
George Bouffard, 56, of 49 Sumner St., Pawtucket, was arrested Friday at 11 a.m. in Cumberland by Warwick detectives and charged with multiple counts of breaking and entering. The police say the motive for the break-ins was "narcotics dependency."
The Pawtucket Fire Departmentâs newest recruits, in front row, from left, Christopher Gabriele, Thomas Glaser, William Hughes, Raymond Johnston and Christopher McCluskie, and in back row, from left, James Melia, Sean Morgan, Ryan Saber, Keith Williams and Francesco Zabatta, watch a presentation of a video during the 2013 Recruit Class Graduation held at the Le Foyer Club in Pawtucket on Saturday.
CUMBERLAND â The executive director of the Cumberland Housing Authority has been disciplined after employees complained of her heavy-handed management style, officials say.
CHA Director Lee Ann Lamothe was placed on probation for 90 days and ordered to obtain specialized training in employee relations, said Richard S. Hilton, chairman of the Cumberland Housing Authority.
Lamothe was also placed on paid leave for 10 days while the commissioners investigated the complaints, between Nov. 21 and Dec. 9, said Hilton.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket police are seeking information from the public, as well as reviewing surveillance camera footage, as they try to find a suspect in the Dec. 24 shooting of Ryan Almeida.
The 21-year-old man was shot at around 5 a.m., just outside his mother's apartment in the Galego Court housing complex on Leonard Jenard Drive. Almeida was found lying injured on the ground and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died.
PAWTUCKETâThe heartless act of throwing a puppy, locked inside a dirty pet carrier, into a dumpster has prompted a pair of rewards to be offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever was behind it.
The 10-week-old Jack Russell Terrier mixed breed was discovered last Thursday inside a dumpster at the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue. Passersby heard the puppy crying and called police.
PAWTUCKET â Each holiday season, the Pawtucket native who has successfully turned himself into âSanta to the Starsâ undergoes another change and becomes âBabbo Natale,â a different, more spiritual type of Christmas figure that is revered in Italy and other parts of Europe.
PAWTUCKETâPawtucket Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man who was found lying injured on the ground in front of a building at the Galego Court housing complex early Tuesday morning.
According to Major Arthur Martins, at approximately 5 a.m., Pawtucket Police were called to the area of 90 Leonard Jenard Dr. in response to a shooting. Officers found a male victim lying on the ground outside that address who appeared to have at least one gunshot wound. The victim was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where he later died as a result of the injuries.
PAWTUCKET â A 10-week old puppy discovered mixed in with rubbish inside a dumpster last Thursday has captured the hearts of dozens of potential adopters moved by the pupâs plight.
Within hours after The Times ran a story Saturday on the discarded puppy, the Pawtucket Animal Shelterâs telephone began lighting up, and people were visiting the shelter in droves throughout the weekend with offers of a forever home.
âItâs been crazy,â said Animal Control Director John Holmes. âThe phoneâs been ringing off the hook all weekend and it hasnât stopped.â
LINCOLN - A 23-year-old woman was struck by a hit and run driver Saturday night and police are asking the public for help in finding the driver who hit her.
According to police reports, the unidentified woman and a male companion were crossing the road in a designated crosswalk in the area of Front Street near Franklin Street at 9:50 p.m. when the woman was struck by a car that was traveling eastbound on Front Street.
The woman suffered significant injuries and was taken to Rhode Island Hospital where she was listed in stable condition Sunday.
PAWTUCKETâA puppy, locked inside a filthy pet carrier, was found inside a dumpster near the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue on Thursday morning.
Animal Control Director John Holmes said the puppy was found at around 7:35 a.m. by some passersby who heard the animal crying and called police. The 9-to 10-week-old male had been left inside a carrier that was loaded with feces and thrown into the dumpster, he added.
CENTRAL FALLS â Educating âthe whole childâ is an approach that the Segue Institute for Learning was founded upon five years ago. On Thursday, the grassroots charter middle school on Cowden Street was recognized for its practices with the Rhode Island ASCDâs Whole Child Award.
PAWTUCKET â Saying they didnât think it was the best use of the building, the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency voted on Tuesday against entering into a lease and/or sale agreement with the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy for the Visitors Center at 175 Main St.
PROVIDENCE â The Rhode Island Statehouse has become a battleground in the War on Christmas.
Although Gov. Lincoln Chafee surrendered in the recent skirmish over what to call the tree â it is now officially a Christmas tree, not a âholiday treeâ â there is now a battle over banners.
PROVIDENCE â This may be the last Christmas shopping season when you can buy gifts online without paying a sales tax.
Legislation called the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to tax online and catalog purchases, even when the seller has no location or employees in their states, is making its way through the U.S. Congress.
The Senate passed the measure last May and it is now awaiting passage in the House of Representatives.
PAWTUCKET â From breakfast and lunch to dinner and late-night dancing, La Vaca Flaca has it all.
The new, family-owned restaurant at 139 Broad St. has an ambitious plan to be many things to many people, with its first priority being to serve fine quality Mexican and Guatemalan food.
La Vaca Flaca means âThe Skinny Cow,â and Isai Diaz, one of the three owners, said he got the inspiration for the name from an American menu. Working as a long-distance truck driver, he said he had stopped at a restaurant in a little town in the middle of the mountains somewhere in Tennessee.
PAWTUCKET â Marine Lance Corporal Charles Bradley joined the military with the best of intentions and served in Iraq as a helicopter mechanic. Yet, when he was honorably discharged five years later, he was a nervous and depressed single father who found himself suddenly unemployable.
In 2007, Bradley eventually found love again, marrying and presiding over a family of four. Yet, problems with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other mental health issues have dogged him since, and contributed to the familyâs financial struggles.
PAWTUCKET â Citing the benefit of starting with a clean slate, the City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a deficit reduction plan for the School Department that involves an appropriation of $621,383 from the city.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucket Police are seeking the male driver of a black Jeep that struck a toddler near the intersection of Main and Harrison streets on Tuesday evening and then drove off.