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January 4th, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the diligent work of Pawtucket Police detectives, two suspects have been arrested who are accused of committing a string of frightening armed robberies and home invasions that have recently occurred in the city.
According to Pawtucket Police, over the past several weeks, detectives have been investigating a series of hold-ups involving a firearm being displayed that took place at local stores, gas stations and two residences. Information was developed from a tip that led detectives to two city men as suspects.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Freshman Sen. Ryan Pearson, a Cumberland-Lincoln Democrat, described a series of visits he made to businesses and agencies last week as part of a campaign promise he made to focus on economic development and improving the stateâ€™s business climate.
He took tours of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center (BVCHC), Twin River, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
LINCOLN â€“ Structural concerns over the Manville Hill Road Bridge have blocked off a major travel route between Lincoln and Cumberland â€” but hopefully not for long.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Thursday that plans are in the works to open the bridge as soon as next month, even if that is only a temporary solution to the bridge concerns.
â€śWhat we are doing is putting out an emergency contract to make repairs to the bridge,â€ť Lucier said.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Central Falls Police are searching for two men and a woman in connection with a Wednesday night home invasion that left a city man injured and robbed.
According to Central Falls Police, officers were dispatched to an apartment on Watson Street for a report of a breaking and entering. One of the tenants, Franklin Baxley, 36, was assaulted by his assailants and allegedly robbed of $1,200, police said. Baxley was transported to an area hospital for treatment. According to those present during the incident, no other items were taken.
PROVIDENCE â€” The sudden closing of the privately-operated Sawyer School has left almost 300 students in limbo, but state education officials say they are trying to arrange help.
According to several news sources, the post-secondary trade and technical school located at 550 Hartford Ave. in Providence was closed as of Tuesday. Some students told the media they had arrived for classes and found the building shuttered while others said they had received a brief notice telling them classes had been â€śpermanently suspended.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Delivering his inaugural address in both English and Spanish, new Mayor James Diossa declared that Central Falls â€śhas struggled through its darkest days,â€ť but â€śtime has come to build a new futureâ€ť for the city.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The 2013 General Assembly session began Tuesday with leaders of both chambers emphasizing the importance of turning Rhode Islandâ€™s ailing economy around and improving its business climate.
Commencing his fourth term as Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox invoked the memory of Abraham Lincoln, saying, â€śThe struggle of today is not altogether for today. It is for a vast future also.â€ť
WASHINGTON â€” Racing the clock, the White House sealed a New Year's Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to neutralize across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Democratic officials.
Under the deal, taxes would remain steady for the middle class and rise at incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples â€” levels higher than President Barack Obama had campaigned for in his successful drive for a second term in office.
December 31st, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” The Rhode Island General Assembly will hit the ground running in 2013, opening its session on New Yearâ€™s Day and delving into issues such as taxes, economic development, same-sex marriage and gun control early in the year.
BOSTON (AP) â€” Weather watchers say up to a foot of snow fell in parts of southern New England as the latest winter storm moved through the Northeast.
The storm had ended in the region by Sunday morning and dry weather was expected for days, although strong winds may chill the bone.
Meteorologist Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton, Mass., said six to 12 inches of snow fell from Saturday afternoon and overnight in Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Massachusetts, including Foxboro where the New England Patriots play.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ The Bank of America branch at 375 Broad St. was robbed on Friday morning for the second time since early November.
Two masked men drew handguns and demanded money from a teller shortly after the banked opened, police said.
No shots were fired, but the gunmen fled with cash.
The same bank was robbed on Nov. 2 by a man who passed a note to a teller, but yesterdayâ€™s holdup was also the second bank robbery in the Greater Woonsocket area in the last three days and the third in Greater Providence in the last eight.
PAWTUCKET â€” The following schedule has been set for the Inauguration Day events and ceremonies to be held on Monday, Jan. 7, during which the newly-elected office holders for mayor, city council and school committee will be sworn into office.
At 4 p.m., an Inaugural Liturgy open to the public will be celebrated at St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Church, 358 Newport Ave., officiated by Fr. Joseph Paquette, pastor.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Mayor Daniel McKee is mulling a bid for lieutenant governor in 2014.
â€śItâ€™s something Iâ€™m giving serious consideration to,â€ť McKee, a Democrat, told The Times Thursday. â€śI have interest in exploring that as an option. Itâ€™s a few years away, but itâ€™s not too early to start thinking about that if you actually want to make an effort toward it. Itâ€™s something that is worth looking at so I am taking a look at it.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” The Arnold Mills United Methodist Church will hold a special memorial New Year's Eve worship service on Monday in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Led by the Rev. Lynn McCracken, the service will be "a time of remembrance surrounding the tragic loss of life from the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., as well as a reflection for the new year ahead," McCracken said.
LINCOLN â€” A sobering pre-New Yearâ€™s message about the dangers of drinking and driving was issued yesterday by State Police and the self-described numbers-crunchers of highway injury statistics, but no one put it more eloquently than Tori Andreozzi.
She said nothing.
Incapable of speaking, the 22-year-old woman sat awkwardly in a wheelchair while a family member held a sign above her head that said, â€śI am the victim of a drunk driver.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Central Falls' new mayor will be sworn in on New Year's Day â€” but it's not yet clear what power he'll wield in a city that remains under the control of a state-appointed receiver.
City Councilman James Diossa is expected to be sworn in at a ceremony at Central Falls High School on Tuesday evening. But he inherits the keys to a city that hasn't been governed by its local leaders since the state took it over in 2010.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced that his administration is once again seeking letters of interest and availability from residents who wish to serve on one of the city's numerous boards and commissions.
"Encouraging participation in our city government by residents throughout our diverse community will always be a high priority of my administration," Grebien said. "As part of my transparency pledge, I would like to hear from everyone who would like the opportunity to serve on one of our boards or commissions."
On the day after Christmas, Josh O'Connell, of Burrillville, left, and Nathan Cote, of Woonsocket, were busy building a single-family home on Railroad Street in Manville. The two work for Nathan's father, John, owner of J.B. Cote Construction of Manville, who stated that the project will be completed in four months.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Mayor-elect James Diossa is marshalling expertise from across the state to advise him on a variety of issues as he prepares to take the helm of the stateâ€™s smallest and poorest city.
Dozens of volunteers from various walks of life have joined an â€śadvisory councilâ€ť and have been divided up into five committees to assist the new mayor with various aspects of city life. They are expected to report their advice to Diossa 100 days into his new term.
PAWTUCKET â€” The late Ernie Marot was surely smiling down on the festivities taking place in the basement of St. Joseph's Church on Saturday. The Adopt A Family program, a concept the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen founder came up with 22 years ago even as he had some reservations about how it would actually work, was once again bringing delight to dozens of local children and their parents.