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January 7th, 2014
PROVIDENCE â Acknowledging that last yearâs House session âdid not end nice,â with members taking personal shots at one another over various issues, House Speaker Gordon Fox gaveled the 2014 session open with a call to âmake this about the people.â
âThings can not be worked out in this chamber if it gets personal,â Fox said. âIf you lash out today, maybe it feels good, but ultimately it does not solve problems.â
Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â The unsafe conditions in what remains of a graceful, gambrel-roofed Colonial at 34 Utton Ave. have prevented fire officials from determining the exact cause of Saturday morningâs fire.
A two-alarm blaze broke out in the two-and-a-half-story, woodframe house at around 4 a.m. Pawtucket firefighters had to deal with bitter cold temperatures and icy conditions as they worked for over seven hours to fully extinguish the fire and douse stubborn âhot spotsâ.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Tuesday's Times.
CENTRAL FALLS â Declaring that âWe have come too far to turn back now,â Mayor James Diossa was sworn in for his first full term in office on Monday, pledging to âcontinue the momentum, the positive energy that is flowing through Central Falls.â
CUMBERLAND -- Frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst inside Cumberland High School over the weekend flooding part of the third floor and causing water damage to the lower floors as well. The school was closed on Monday. For more on this story read Tuesday's newspaper.
With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.
PAWTUCKET â After the plowing of the streets comes the shoveling of the sidewalks. Yet, for many senior or disabled citizens, clearing snow off the sidewalks is difficult or impossible. That's where the cityâs volunteer snow shoveling program digs in to help out.
PROVIDENCE â The Rhode Island ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the Pawtucket School Department seeking public records regarding its high-stakes testing policy that it claims the department has withheld, but Superintendent Deborah Cylke said Thursday that it has already provided the requested information and the suit was filed âin error.â
EAST PROVIDENCE â Christmas is over and itâs time to discard that dried-out tree standing in the corner of your living room.
The East Providence Department of Public Works and Parks Division has set up 10 drop-off locations around the city to provide a convenient way for city residents to recycle their needle-dropping trees.
Full story appears on page 1 of Friday's Times.
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.