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December 16th

Pawtucket fire marshal stepping down

December 16, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Fire Capt. Steven Parent, the city's fire marshal for the past two years, submitted his retirement on Friday, announced Douglas Hadden, director of constituent services and communications for Mayor Donald Grebien.
Parent is retiring just a few weeks shy of his 25th year of service with the city's Fire Department. His retirement became effective as of Friday, Hadden said.

December 14th

Hoyas: 4 years home confinement, loss of pension

December 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Raymond A. “Chip” Hoyas, well known in city politics and a former top state Senate aide, will be punished with home confinement and the loss of his ability to collect a state pension for his involvement in a check-cashing scheme involving Senate pages.

String of robberies leads to arrest of several suspects

December 14, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Responding to a recent rash of robberies in the city, Pawtucket Police have made a series of arrests including some suspects believed to be involved in multiple incidents.
“As our crime-mapping tools sharpened the patterns our investigations were turning up, we were better able to target our resources to make arrests that we believe will put a major dent in this recent illegal activity and make the community safer,” Police Chief Paul King said.

December 13th

Police make arrest in carjacking

December 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Police say the man suspected in a car-jacking that took place in front of the Pawtucket Post Office on Monday afternoon has been caught.
The female victim told Pawtucket Police that she had been sitting in her parked car in front of the Post Office at 40 Montgomery Street at around 4:35 p.m. when a white male opened the door and pulled her out of the vehicle. The male then entered her vehicle and drove away. The victim reported that her purse had been left in the vehicle which contained cash, personal papers, credit cards and her cell phone.

Pawtucket poet welcomes new son on 12-12-12

December 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Local poet and performance artist Jay Chattelle is known for exploring the spirituality and symbolism in everyday life. So, having his son born on “12-12-12” was especially meaningful.
“His birthday will be on a magical date. They said this isn't going to happen again for another 100 years,” said the proud father.

December 12th

City's bond rating stays at BBB-

December 12, 2012

PAWTUCKET — While city officials were hoping for an upgrade, lingering concerns about the city's ability to eliminate its past school budget deficits and its unfunded municipal pension and other post-employment benefits led to the Fitch Ratings service affirming Pawtucket's bond rating at a “BBB-; Outlook Stable” rating.

Chief Justice laid to rest

December 12, 2012

Before an honor guard of Supreme and Superior Court judges and other members of the Rhode Island Judiciary, bearers carry the casket of Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger out of St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church in Riverside after a concelebrated mass of Christian Burial there Wednesday morning. Principal Celebrant was the Most Rev. Louis E. Gelineau, former Bishop of Providence. Attendees included Governor Lincoln Chafee, Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and other state and local dignitaries. Weisberger died Friday at age 92.

December 11th

Diossa wins in landslide

December 11, 2012

CENTRAL FALLS — Having emerged from bankruptcy, ready to shake off the one-man rule of state receivership and the nearly decade-long administration of a disgraced mayor who is headed to jail on a corruption charge, this tiny, poverty-ridden city signaled it is ready for a new beginning Tuesday by electing its first Latino mayor, native son James Diossa, who defeated Joseph Moran, the popular former police chief, 62 to 38 percent in a special election.

Slater Junior High in lockdown while 'gun sighting' probed

December 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET — In the end, there was no gun, but a student's telling a teacher that another student indicated he might have such a weapon resulted in a lockdown at Slater Junior High School on Tuesday morning, police said.
According to Pawtucket Police Capt. John Seebeck, two juvenile males who attend Slater Junior High had gotten into a verbal altercation outside of the McDonald's restaurant on Lonsdale Avenue prior to the start of school.

December 10th

City workers help out with holiday tradition

December 10, 2012

City employees, some elected officials, including Mayor Donald Grebien, and other volunteers helped serve food to local seniors and other members of the community on Monday at the annual Mayor's Holiday Dinner held at the Portuguese Social Club, 131 School St. The annual event, free and open to all city residents, is made possible through donations of money, food and service from area businesses and individuals. Key sponsors this year were Pawtucket Credit Union, Washington Trust and Bristol County Savings Bank.

Shea students have live chat with Dominican students

December 10, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Thanks to modern technology and the Internet, about 20 Shea High School students had the chance to interact through live video with students in the Dominican Republic on Thursday as part of this year's Lifetouch Memory Mission project.
Shea was one of three Rhode Island schools that participated in the 20-minute interactive chat with students from an elementary school in the rural town of Constanza in the Dominican Republic.

December 9th

E.P. house lottery deadline looms

December 9, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — As of last week, only four applications have been received for a chance to own a newly-renovated single family home on Anthony Street that will be offered in a city housing lottery for first-time home buyers.
The deadline for applications is coming up on Dec. 14 with the drawing to take place during City Council's meeting on Dec. 18, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue.

December 7th

Lincoln couple continues efforts to honor veterans

December 7, 2012

LINCOLN — Eddie and Patty Fox had been familiar with Wreaths Across America's work over the years to recognize the courage and sacrifices of our veterans, but it wasn't until last year that the couple began to think about how their home town of Lincoln could assist the mission.
The Foxes were the driving force behind the effort last year to raise money for a Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated at the Lincoln Senior Center on May 21, 2011.
"It was a huge ceremony and over 400 people attended," said Patty.

Councilors criticize Pires for his tone

December 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Saying they didn't appreciate the “political” tone, several City Councilors on Wednesday publicly criticized Director of Administration Antonio Pires and, indirectly, Mayor Donald Grebien, for some recent communications sent to the council.

December 6th

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION

December 6, 2012

Pawtucket Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Pawtucket recognized its employees with 20-plus years of service during a reception there Thursday.

Police confirm murder-suicide

December 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Based on autopsy results and other evidence, the Pawtucket Police confirmed Thursday that the cause of death of a young couple found inside their apartment at 125 Goff Avenue on Wednesday was a murder/suicide.
The deceased were identified as Frederico Rico, 21, and Natasha Marshall, 23. According to Major Arthur Martins, the state Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Marshall's death as homicide. The manner of death was found to be asphyxiation due to strangulation. The manner of death of Rico is being preliminarily determined as asphyxiation by hanging.

December 5th

Putting smiles on kids' faces

December 5, 2012

Four-year-old Carolina Santos of Pawtucket chooses a My Little Pony toy during the annual toy distribution by volunteers from the Blackstone Valley Community Action Program in association with Hasbro Inc. at the Woodlawn Community Development Center on Wednesday. Mayor Donald Grebien donned a Santa hat and helped distribute the Hasbro-donated toys to needy children in the community. Distribution to children in the community from ages 1-12 will also take place today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Woodlawn Center.

Grisly crime scene in Pawtucket

December 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Police are investigating what has been described as a grisly scene involving two bodies found in an apartment at 125 Goff Ave. Wednesday.
According to police, officers responded to The Lofts 125 complex at around noon to investigate an incident that occurred inside one of the apartments. It has been confirmed that the dead bodies of two adults, one male and one female, were found inside one of the apartments.

Twin River exec faces child porn charge

December 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — An executive at a Rhode Island slot parlor has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography after police say someone discovered the images on his work computer.
WPRI-TV reports that Twin River's vice president of finance, Suneet Talpade, was arrested Monday.
Lt. Brian Casilli tells the station the photos were discovered at the slot parlor in Lincoln.
The 51-year-old Talpade lives in Wallingford, Conn. A telephone message left by The Associated Press at a listing in his name was not immediately returned.

December 4th

Benefit Holiday Concert

December 4, 2012

The Wakefield Concert Band (a 75-piece orchestra) will be performing its Holiday Season Concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the sanctuary of the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island, located at 333 Roosevelt Ave. in Pawtucket. This will be a benefit concert for the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls. Tickets at the door are $5 each. The Chinese Christian Church will match ticket sales and donate all proceeds to the library. Call 401-722-8877 or email Pastor Nelson at nelestrada@cccri.org for more information.

 

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