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August 15th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â With its stately columns, arched doorways, high ceilings and centralized downtown location, the Pawtucket Post Office on Montgomery Street was built during the golden age of mail delivery.
Now, that same grand building that was so proudly constructed in 1900 has become something of a âwhite elephantâ as mail volume drops and operating costs increase. As such, the U.S. Postal service has put the downtown landmark up for sale.
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LINCOLN â A Lincoln police officer who was found guilty in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside a slot parlor in 2009, has resigned, Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond announced Wednesday.
âEffective Aug. 10, 2012, the Town of Lincoln has accepted an unconditional and irrevocable resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz,â Almond said. âThis action has allowed the town to avoid the inherent uncertainty of costly and time-consuming litigation and appeals which would inevitably ensue if this matter remained unresolved.â
EAST PROVIDENCEâEast Providence Police have identified the victims in an apparent attempted murder case involving a husband and wife that occurred at a Rumford home.
Lucy Ponte, 54, was found by a family member severely beaten in her Larchwood Drive home at around 7 a.m. on Monday morning, police said.
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PAWTUCKET â Over 80 tenants of Slater House at 10 Goff Ave. had to find temporary lodging after an early morning electrical fire on Monday forced the complete evacuation of the downtown high-rise.
According to Fire Capt. Steven Parent, who is also the city's fire marshal, the incident was reported at around 2:30 a.m. The electrical fire appeared to start in an adjoining, street-level office on Broad Street that used to house an architectural design firm.
PAWTUCKET â Just walking into the 7 Stones Emporium in downtown Pawtucket makes one feel like saying, âAhhhh.â From its lightly fragranced air to soothing earth-tone dÃ©cor, the new shop located at the triangular end of the historic McDevitt Building offers vibes of tranquility, positive energy and mental and physical well being.
WOONSOCKET â Summer vacation is winding down for local students and that had Jacqueline Dowdy back before the School Committee this week talking about the annual Back to School Celebration in the city.
Dowdy is the Woonsocket coordinator for the statewide Back to School program that has put free school supplies in the hands of students for the past 13 years. Woonsocket has participated for the past eight years.
PAWTUCKET â Noting that the two houses had already passed muster with the Historic District Commission for a zoning historic overlay and the tax exemption that accompanies it, the City Council on Wednesday approved such requests for 39 Lafayette St. and 14 Perrin Ave.
Craig Moretto and Nora Martel, both of Fitchburg, Mass., hang prizes as they set up the Punk Rack game prior to the start of the 22nd Cumberlandfest at Diamond Hill Park Friday evening. Severe thunderstorms and even a brief tornado watch threatened to cancel the opening night, but skies cleared in time for festivities to get underway after 6 p.m. The festival continues today, tomorrow and Monday. Visit cumberlandfest.com for a complete schedule of events.
CUMBERLAND â Town Hall employees are trying to cope with the loss of one of their own, following the death of Finance Director Steve Woerner on Wednesday.
Woerner, 61, died after being injured in a recent fall at his home, according to Mayor Daniel J. McKee.
âHe was a good man that we loved down here at Town Hall,â McKee said. âHe was very valuable to the town and a man who was close to a number of people here.â
CENTRAL FALLS â Police responded to an armed robbery early Thursday morning at the CVS Pharmacy at 309 Broad St.
The suspect in this case displayed a firearm to the clerk, handing a note that demanded money from the cash register, police stated in a press release. The clerk complied with the suspectâs demands and fled the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. The last known direction was south through the parking lot and into Pawtucket. There were no injuries as a result of this incident, according to police.
PROVIDENCE â With Rhode Island workers and small businesses still struggling in this tough economy, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Wednesday kicked off a month-long tour of small businesses in the state, and rolled out a series of initiatives to create jobs. Whitehouseâs jobs plan is a mix of policies and proposals that he has advocated for throughout his time in the Senate, and which, if passed, would provide a boost to small businesses throughout the state.
On July 31 at Pawtucket City Hall, Director of Administration Antonio Pires, who also serves as the city's Public Safety Director, conducted a ceremony to swear-in a new firefighter and to promote two others on the Pawtucket Fire Department. Pictured (L-R): newly appointed firefighter Nick Partridge; Norman âJosephâ Pike, promoted to the rank of lieutenant; and Richard A. Slater, promoted to the rank of captain.
PAWTUCKET â Decorated veteran Maurice âMoeâ Trottier has received two more service medals to add to his collection, thanks to a little help from Congressman David Cicilline.
On Tuesday, Cicilline presented the longtime Pawtucket resident with a Naval Reserve Medal and National Defense Service Medal during a short ceremony in his Main Street office. Trottier, who holds the rank of Private First Class, had earned the medals but never received them until now, 21 years after his retirement.
PAWTUCKET â A 13-year-old boy is accused of burning a two-year-old relative with a cigarette lighter while he and an adult couple were babysitting the little boy in a house on Bloomfield Street, Pawtucket Police said.
According to Major Arthur Martins, the victim had burn marks all over his neck, arm, back and groin. The boy's mother and the state Department of Children, Youth and Families reported the injuries to Pawtucket Police on July 30.
PAWTUCKET â In an unfortunate sign of the times and the thieving of anything that can be sold for scrap, a metal plaque commemorating the history and site of the former Leroy Theater has been stolen off of a stone monument at the corner of Exchange Street and Broad Street.
PAWTUCKET â While saying that he intends to be open minded about hearing options at an upcoming meeting, Mayor Donald Grebien has made it clear that he thinks the School Department must take responsibility in addressing an unexpected deficit of $1.5 or more that has arisen as the 2012 school budget is being closed out.
PAWTUCKET â A Pawtucket man with convictions for attempted murder and narcotics charges in Puerto Rico was arrested by State Police Monday under a new law that makes it a crime to possess body armor after a crime of violence.
Antonio E. Limardo, 34, of 42 Webster St., was also in possession of a 9mm handgun, a knife and pepper spray, state police said.
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PAWTUCKET â While children look forward to the time off from school, research reportedly shows that the lazy, hazy days of summer can cause a loss of learning. To help stem this, Hasbro, Inc. and the United Way of Rhode Island have teamed up to establish the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative for children across Rhode Island.
PAWTUCKET â From Aug. 5 to 11, the following operations will be in effect:
Anticipated Traffic Impacts / Road Work:
â¢ Temporary highway closures of I-95 NB will continue during the early morning hours on Monday and Tuesday. These closures are necessary for the completion of the concrete deck panel erection for the new Bridge 550 NB structure.
PAWTUCKET â Following an investigation of an incident on Anthony Avenue, a 28-year-old city man was arrested Thursday on charges of child abuse.
Dennis R. Hoffman, of Seneca Avenue, was arraigned on one count of child abuseâfirst degree on Friday morning in District Court in Providence.