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July 24th, 2015
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Police on Wednesday arrested a local man and his girlfriend and charged each with a felony count of desecration of a grave after they allegedly stole a headstone from St. Francis Cemetery, authorities said.
The incident was reported on Tuesday, when an 89-year-old woman told police that her husband‚Äôs headstone had been stolen from the cemetery on Smithfield Avenue, police said.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Esselton ‚ÄúEss‚ÄĚ McNulty says the most gratifying accomplishment of his 36-year career as the general director of the YMCA of Pawtucket, and the one he cherishes the most, was his work in the late 1970s to turn around the financially troubled Pawtucket YMCA, which at the time was on the brink of collapse.
‚ÄúWhen I came here the YMCA was in trouble financially and it didn‚Äôt have a very positive image,‚ÄĚ says McNulty. ‚ÄúIt took three or four years, but we managed to get the Y out of the doldrums and bring it back to profitability.‚ÄĚ
CENTRAL FALLS – The Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation removed Daniel W. Martin’s interim status, selecting the 27-year corrections industry veteran as the new full-time warden at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.
Martin had recently served as Wyatt’s interim warden. Additionally, he had previously served as a correctional major at the facility since November 2013.
For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Times.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gina Raimondo and members of Rhode Island‚Äôs congressional delegation joined city officials from Central Falls and Pawtucket Monday to break ground on a $3.9 million federally-funded roadway improvement project along Dexter Street in Central Falls and Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The city‚Äôs public safety director praised the courage and quick thinking on display by a trio of Pawtucket Police officers who last week assisted in evacuating several residents from a fire at a property on Central Avenue.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday told The Times that the efforts of the three officers ‚ÄĒ Gregory Malo, John Donley, and Paul Trout ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúcertainly speaks for itself.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe three officers could have prevented what would have been a disaster,‚ÄĚ Pires said.
EXETER ‚ÄĒ Retired Air Force and Korean War veteran Antero ‚ÄúTed‚ÄĚ Martins, of Pawtucket, points to a patch of grass along the main roadway that meanders through the hallowed grounds of the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a military cemetery on 265 acres in Exeter that serves as a final resting place for Rhode Island veterans who have served their country honorably during wartime.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the spot right there. That‚Äôs where it will go,‚ÄĚ he says.
CUMBERLAND – An early-afternoon crash, that involved two trucks on Interstate 295 south Friday afternoon, claimed the life of a Woonsocket man.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď 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.
‚ÄúThere was no more using for me. Just this realization that I don't want to die,‚ÄĚ he said. Had it not been for life-saving Narcan that day, Goyer may not be here to tell his story.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď 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‚Äôs office that sought to remind him of the state‚Äôs lobbyist regulations.
However, a communications director with the Secretary of State‚Äôs office said that the purpose of the letter was to make its recipient aware of the lobbying statute ‚Äúso they can make the determination if their activity falls under the definition,‚ÄĚ adding that the letter was ‚Äúpurely informational.‚ÄĚ
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.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď 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.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď 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.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúThe Wolverines‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ 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.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ Police have a suspect in custody nearly one year after an East Providence barbershop owner was gunned down while cutting someone‚Äôs 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‚ÄôVant.
A‚ÄôVant 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.
LINCOLN ‚Äď 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‚Äôs original one-room schoolhouse. The old school, known affectionately as the ‚ÄúHot Potato School,‚ÄĚ will be placed on a foundation that has already been built at Chase Farm Park and will be restored to its original condition.
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.