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July 16th, 2015

EP man conducts training with Narcan to save others from opioid overdoses

July 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Jonathan Goyer recalls the day his life almost ended. He had overdosed on opioids in June 2013 and was found unconscious, ghostly pale, and barely breathing.

This overdose, which came after six months of being clean, was the wake-up call that has since changed his life.

“There was no more using for me. Just this realization that I don't want to die,” he said. Had it not been for life-saving Narcan that day, Goyer may not be here to tell his story.

July 15th

Stadium foe charges intimidation

July 15, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The head of a grassroots campaign to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket said that he felt intimidated by a letter from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea’s office that sought to remind him of the state’s lobbyist regulations.

However, a communications director with the Secretary of State’s office said that the purpose of the letter was to make its recipient aware of the lobbying statute “so they can make the determination if their activity falls under the definition,” adding that the letter was “purely informational.”

July 14th

Twin River completes purchase of Newport Grand, consolidating ownership of R.I.’s two casinos

July 14, 2015

LINCOLN – Rhode Island’s biggest player in the casino industry is about to double down. 

Twin River Management Group announced recently that it has completed the acquisition of Newport Grand Slots following approval from the state Department of Business Regulation and the Division of Lotteries.

VIDEO: Texas kicker nails an 80-yard field goal

July 14, 2015

July 13th

EP crew snuffs out gas station blaze

July 13, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Local firefighters battled a fire at a 69 Taunton Ave. gas station Sunday that was started by flames erupting from a car driving to the business with an engine problem.

Battalion Chief David Rave said firefighters found the vehicle fully involved upon their arrival at the Exxon station at about 1:50 p.m.

July 12th

K-9 rescue team adopts a new headquarters

July 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET – After starting its operations several years ago in a small office on Main Street, New England Search and Rescue began looking for a larger headquarters to accommodate its future growth.

The organization unveiled that new home on Sunday, with the help of Mayor Donald Grebien, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and cookout at 27 Summer St., next door to the Pawtucket Public Library.

On hand were also representatives of Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue, who handle specially-trained dogs that help searchers locate victims either on land or below the water.

July 11th

Wyatt ‘Wolverines’ earn their badges

July 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — Fourteen recruits became correctional officers during a graduation ceremony Friday afternoon, with many of the guest speakers welcoming 14 new family members to the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.

The graduation ceremony for Class 36 — “The Wolverines” — was held in front of a standing-room only crowd of friends and family members inside the Wyatt Detention Training Facility on High Street.

David A. Caruso, director of training and staff development, welcomed the guests and the recruits who would soon receive their diplomas and badges.

July 10th

VIDEO: Confederate Flag Removed from SC Statehouse

July 10, 2015

July 9th

Police catch shoplifting suspect with a little help from their Facebook friends

July 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Police searching for a shoplifting suspect got a little help from their Facebook friends, as members of the public who follow the Pawtucket Police Department on the social media site were able to assist in identifying a woman who allegedly stole more than $800 in cosmetics from a pharmacy on Cottage Street.

East Providence police make arrest in murder of barbershop owner

July 9, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — Police have a suspect in custody nearly one year after an East Providence barbershop owner was gunned down while cutting someone’s hair, according to Channel 12 news in Providence.

City police announced Wednesday that Thomas Mosley was arrested in the area of Broad Street in Providence Tuesday for the murder of 42-year-old Yusef A’Vant.

A’Vant was the owner of Krazy Kuts on Pawtucket Avenue. He was shot while working at about 2 p.m. on August 13 of last year, and later died at Rhode Island Hospital.

July 8th

‘Hot Potato’ cooling its heels

July 8, 2015

LINCOLN – One of the most historic buildings in town was planned to be moved from the corner of Angell and Whipple roads on Wednesday. But according to Town Administrator Joseph Almond, that move is being postponed.

Reggie Cooper and his crew from Aquidneck Building Movers and Riggers were on site last Monday, preparing for the upcoming move of the town’s original one-room schoolhouse. The old school, known affectionately as the “Hot Potato School,” will be placed on a foundation that has already been built at Chase Farm Park and will be restored to its original condition.

July 7th

After 28 years with Fire Department, Thurber set to hang up his helmet

July 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Fighting fires is a family tradition for Pawtucket Fire Marshal Capt. Robert F. Thurber Jr.

“Since I could talk, this was all I ever wanted to do,” Thurber said during an interview with The Times, noting that his father was a former assistant fire chief in Pawtucket. After graduating high school in 1977, Thurber began taking tests across the Ocean State to become a firefighter.

City, developer outline proposal for riverfront property along Seekonk River

July 7, 2015

PAWTUCKET – City officials and the Peregrine Group on Tuesday morning unveiled their proposal for a development of 11 acres of riverfront land at a long-vacant parcel at the intersection of Division and Water streets.

The proposal, which will next go before the City Council for review and approval, includes a mix of “market-rate” residential apartments and commercial and retail space.

July 6th

CF man identified as drowning victim

July 6, 2015

LINCOLN – An evening swim with friends turned tragic for an 18-year-old Central Falls man Sunday after he began to struggle in the waters of Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park and went under despite efforts to help him.

Anthony Samayoa went missing in the deeper section of the roped-off park swimming area just after 8:10 p.m., and his body was recovered from the dark waters by rescue divers about an hour and a half later.

July 5th

BREAKING NEWS: Man drowns at Lincoln Woods

July 5, 2015

LINCOLN — Divers and emergency personnel pulled up what they believed was the body of a man reported missing at Olney Pond, at Lincoln Woods State Park, Sunday evening.

Officials confirmed a search was underway for an unidentified 18-year-old man, but would not confirm any details before pulling the man out shortly before 9:30 p.m.

A diver found the man's body near the rope line used to restrict how far swimmers can go from the beach, officials said at the scene.

July 3rd

CF eyesore ready for wrecking ball

July 3, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — The burnt-out property at 661 Pine St. has long been an eyesore to many in the square-mile city and has also become a potential threat to pedestrians in the area.

However, city officials have worked together to come up with a “win-win” plan to demolish the vacant husk and redevelop the land into affordable housing.

The eight-unit apartment building was heavily damaged in a May 2014 fire, leaving more than 20 people without a home. Everyone escaped uninjured, but the blaze caused a portion of the roof at the 3 ½-story dwelling to collapse.

July 2nd

Fire rips through tailoring shop

July 2, 2015

PAWTUCKET – An observant passerby alerted firefighters to a blaze burning inside a commercial building at 274 Broadway early Thursday morning.

Battalion Chief Steve Tanguay said the woman walking her dog on Broadway “happened to see smoke coming from the building” and called the fire department.

“When we pulled up there was heavy smoke coming from the building and flames were starting to coming through the front windows,” he said.

July 1st

Two key administrators leaving Memorial Hospital

July 1, 2015

PAWTUCKET — Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island’s acting president and senior vice president will both be leaving their posts this month, a hospital communications manager confirmed to The Times.

Acting President Ed Schottland announced his retirement in late May from the post he has served since being appointed acting president and chief operating officer in October 2013.

Schottland came out of retirement to help serve as Memorial Hospital’s acting president, but he was not appointed to be a long-term president, Marketing Communications Manager Susan McDonald said.

June 30th

Steinberg steps in to pitch Providence ballpark plan

June 30, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Members of the Pawtucket Red Sox’ ownership group say they will embark on a summer-long road trip to all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island to tout their proposal for a riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence.

From the site on the former Interstate 195 land Monday afternoon, Charles Steinberg – senior adviser to PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino – said that the purpose of the tour is to have an “open conversation with as many people in Rhode Island as we can.”

June 29th

Anchor Recovery reaches out across the state with forum for recovering addicts in Burrillville

June 29, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Three former Burrillville High School students returned to their alma mater Monday to tell their heartrending stories of addiction and their uplifting accounts of recovery during a roundtable discussion on the issues of addiction and overdose deaths.

The discussion in Burrillville High’s media center was hosted by the Pawtucket-based Anchor Recovery Community Center.

Burrillville has been hard-hit by drug-related deaths, with six residents dying of drug overdoses this year.


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