Archive - News Article
July 24th, 2012
CUMBERLAND â€” A local man was found guilty Tuesday of threatening to bomb the facilities of a company based in Wallingford, Conn.
A federal jury in Hartford found Shaneel Jain, 56, of Cumberland, guilty of threatening to bomb Z-Medica Corporation, a company that produces QuickClot, a medical agent that rapidly stops bleeding outside the surgical setting. QuickClot is used by the United States military and the militaries of some allied countries.
PAWTUCKET â€” Frustrated that no action has been taken to address longstanding complaints from neighbors about emissions from the Key Container Corporation on Campbell Street, the City Council wants to see if state and federal authorities can be brought in to investigate the air quality.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Attorney General's office has upheld one of two Access to Public Records Act complaints filed against the city of Pawtucket by attorney Mark McBurney as it related to Ethics Commission complaints involving the Lime Rock Fire Department and Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester's car tax payments.
McBurney is representing John Cullen in the ethics complaint against Sylvester and has also filed two related Superior Court complaints against the Lime Rock Fire Department alleging violations of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA).
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PAWTUCKET â€” It was a rather cut-and-dry business story that ran last month about the Geo. H. Fuller & Son Co. being acquired by an Attleboro manufacturer and closing its Pawtucket facility. Yet, longtime employee and second-generation owner Paul Mooney says there is much more history, warmth and sense of community behind the 150-year-old jewelry manufacturer than was conveyed in the news article.
PAWTUCKET â€” The historic Weeden Manor property at 11 Walnut St. is no longer being considered as an academy for foreign exchange students and is back on the market.
The 9,390-square-foot Darius Goff House was close to being purchased by two business partners for use as a boarding school and educational facility. Benjamin Ben Tre and Basil Lee are founders of the Roosevelt International Academy, a program that offers students from China and other foreign countries a place to live and be mentored while attending local private and public high schools.
PAWTUCKET â€” The energy and sense of renewal surrounding the construction of the I-95 Pawtucket River bridge has made it a fitting subject for this year's Pawtucket Arts Festival poster.
BLACKSTONE â€” The water level in the Blackstone River and Canal above the Rolling Dam is now rising, but it may take a few days before levels are back to normal.
That was the latest announcement Thursday from town public works officials who said work conducted at the site yesterday is helping the situation, which is not nearly as dire as it was a few days ago when officials reported that the water level was about six feet lower than normal.
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PAWTUCKETâ€”Following an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.
LINCOLN â€“ The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.
SEEKONK â€” Having Sister Gertrude involved can only be a plus. Greg Esmay says his goal is to be able to have his Old Grist Mill Tavern open next year in time for the nun and other Little Sisters of the Poor to hold their annual St. Patrick's Day dinner that benefits the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Pawtucket.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Accusing his opponent of â€śserial hypocrisy,â€ť Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act â€ślong into the night,â€ť to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center is asking a Superior Court judge for permission to move forward with a lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving the hospital into insolvency with unfairly low reimbursements.
Itâ€™s the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Landmark and BCBSRI that Landmark President Richard Charest says now jeopardizes the sale â€“ and survival â€“ of the hospital.
PAWTUCKET â€” Police have arrested a second young man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Monday, 18-year-old Davhon Shelton, of Woodbine Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in at Pawtucket Police headquarters. Shelton had an outstanding warrant for conspiracy to commit murder that was obtained by police following an investigation into the homicide involving Burgo that occurred in the pre-dawn hours of July 6.
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PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s not every day that a politician keeps a campaign promise, so RI GAP (Government Appointments Project) held a Statehouse event Tuesday to thank Gov. Lincoln Chafee for doubling the number of female appointees, not just to boards and commissions, but to top positions in his administration.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To help people keep cool and safe in the latest wave of high temperatures, the city announced it has designated several sites as â€ścooling centersâ€ť where they can escape the heat.
The following sites will be available Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18. Availability of the cooling centers will be extended if conditions warrant.
The following sites have been designated as â€ścooling centersâ€ť and are posted with appropriate signage:
Â· The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Â· The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CNBC, the business news cable channel, doesnâ€™t think much of Rhode Island.
For the second year in a row, CNBC has ranked the Ocean State dead last â€” 50th out of the 50 states â€” as a good place to operate a business.
In his report on the 2012 version of the annual study, CNBC senior correspondent Scott Cohn said Rhode Island has â€śthe worst infrastructure, one of the worst economies, and the least-friendly regulatory climate.â€ť He added: â€śThey did catch a 12-pound lobster there a while back, but that doesnâ€™t help.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” A 1991 city double murder will be recalled in an upcoming Discovery Channel networks crime program after a production crew wrapped up work on the project at The Call on Monday.
Call reporter Russ Olivo was interviewed by the Sirens Media crew for an upcoming segment of â€śNightmare Next Door,â€ť an investigative true crime documentary program on the Investigation Discovery Channel.
Rhode Island public schools have begun to work with a revised system of school accountability and intervention after the release of the state Department of Education's 2012 School Classifications on Friday.
The revised accountability system is based on the federally-approved waiver the state won in May for the federal No Child Left Behind Act's (NCLB) standardized approach to accountability and intervention requirements.
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CUMBERLAND â€“ You donâ€™t have to be a parent to know that children donâ€™t get sick during business hours. And if they happen to, it isnâ€™t until todayâ€™s busy parents come home from work that they invariably find out about it and start looking for medical attention.
And so Dr. Peter Yasigian was often needed in the office until seven or eight oâ€™clock at night, tending to the usual afflictions of his pediatric caseload, from sore throats and sprains to coughs and croup.
There had to be a better way.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city won't be getting any additional school funding from the state in the near future, at least not through legal action.
That was the outcome of a successful move by the state to block the city from winning a hearing on its school funding lawsuit in Superior Court.
Judge Nettie C. Vogel on Thursday issued a 31-page decision ruling in favor of the state's motion to dismiss the case filed by both the Woonsocket and Pawtucket school districts while noting earlier court decisions to the same effect.