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January 15th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucket Police are investigating the shooting of a young man who was injured while walking on Broadway at around 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday.
Detective Capt. John Seebeck said the man had been walking near 300 Broadway when he sustained a gunshot wound to the buttock. He said the injury appeared to be non-life-threatening, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital.
Seebeck declined to provide the victim's name or other details in the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
For full story, see Thursday's print edition of The Times.
Editor's note: This "Politics as Usual" column was published in the Jan. 13, 2014 edition of The Times.
Anyone who thinks handicapping political races is easy should check last weekâ€™s newspapers.
Two Republicans with aspirations for higher office â€” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has his eye on becoming president of the United States, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, running to become governor of the Biggest Little State in the Union â€“ are getting jammed up by their day jobs in their quest to climb the greasy pole of political ambition.
PROVIDENCE â€“ State Sen. Dawson Hodgson began his bid for the attorney generalâ€™s office Tuesday by taking the offensive, attacking incumbent Peter Kilmartin for his role in the 38 Studios debacle, the Deepwater Wind energy project, pension reform litigation, and the early release from prison of Woonsocket thrill killer Alfred Brissette.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just after delivering positive news about improved graduation rates, Schools Superintendent Deborah Cylke shook up a routine School Committee meeting Tuesday night with a bombshell announcement: that she planned to retire as of June 30.
â€śIt has been my privilege and pleasure to serve you,â€ť Cylke told the members of the School Committee at the first regular meeting of the new year. She also pledged that they would have â€ś110 percent of my effortâ€ť between now and when she leaves at the end of the school year.
For full story, see Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
LINCOLN â€“ A Pawtucket man and a Providence man face larceny charges after they allegedly went Dumpster diving for scrap metal at a local scrap metal company, according to police.
Shawn Sawyer, 46, of Knowles Street, Pawtucket, and Tony Curtis Rowland, 49, of Washington Street, Providence, were taken into custody on charges of attempted larceny under $1,500 following an investigation of a Jan. 5 incident, according to police. Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Times.
CRANSTON â€” Calling it â€śa painful experience in my life,â€ť a somber and emotional Allan Fung called a press conference on Monday to give reporters his account of the 1989 car accident that killed a Pawtucket man who was changing his tire on Route 95.
Fung, the mayor of Cranston and a Republican candidate for governor, said he was 18 at the time of the crash and coming home from college at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, where he was a freshman.
For full story, see Page 1 of today's Times.
PAWTUCKET â€” Monday was a big day for the brown and white puppy found abandoned in a dumpster last month.Police announced they had made an arrest in the case, and Animal Control sent word that he had been adopted.
The plight of the now three-month-old Jack Russell terrier mix drew attention and outrage after Animal Control officers found the young canine locked inside a dirty pet carrier that had been thrown into a dumpster at 95 Harrison St. on Dec. 19. A female passer-by called police after hearing a dog crying from inside the trash-filled container.
PAWTUCKET -- It appears that an arrest has been made in the puppy dumping case, according to a police source.
On Dec. 19, a puppy, locked inside a filthy pet carrier, was found inside a Dumpster near the intersection of Harrison Street and West Avenue.
Animal Control Director John Holmes said the puppy was found at around 7:35 a.m. by some passersby who heard the animal crying and called police. Since the discovery and rescue of the puppy, offers to adopt him have poured into the Pawtucket shelter. Read Donna Kenny Kirwan's complete story in Tuesday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s been over 15 years since city officials decided to color outside the lines and create a geographic area known as an â€śArts District.â€ť
While legislation that went into effect on Jan. 1 allowing a sales tax exemption on artwork makes the entire state essentially an arts district, many current city officials, business owners and artists agree that the designated zone was a smart move back in 1999 and continues to frame Pawtucket positively.
For full article, see Page 1 of today's Times.
WOONSOCKET â€” Since 1996, the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act has made child molesters, rapists and other sexual predators responsible for telling the police where they live so the information can be passed along to the public.
Now, a group of lawmakers from the East Bay section of the state proposes to make those convicted of animal cruelty abide by the same set of community notification rules.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Saturday's Times.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Local firefighters rescued a deer that fell through ice in Narragansett Bay about 150 yards off Bullocks Point Friday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m. for a report of a person falling through the ice. Rescue crews found the deer struggling in the water, attached it to a sled and hauled it back to the shore near 145 Terrace Ave., which overlooks the bay.
PROVIDENCE â€” Bringing lawmakers up to date on HealthSource RI, executive director Christine Ferguson said the stateâ€™s Obamacare portal â€śis one of just three or four states that launched successfully, on time, on October 1, our computer system did not crash, we have a call center up and running.
â€śWe did that in four months,â€ť she boasted, â€śa very fast time frame. We are recognized as one of the tops in the country, we are second in the country as far as exceeding the targets that were set for enrollment.â€ť
Full story appears on Page 1 on Friday's Times.
PROVIDENCEâ€”In the company of an interpreter, Jorge DePina of Pawtucket pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on Thursday to murdering his 10-year-old daughter, Aleida.
PAWTUCKET â€” In a situation that has become as muddled as the mint in a Mojito, the City Councilâ€™s Board of License Commissioners once again delayed a decision on the transfer of a liquor license to the new owner of a Mineral Spring Avenue bar.
PAWTUCKET â€” In what appears to be a case of â€śbuyer beware,â€ť a small Broad Street church that purchased the old Pawtucket-Central Falls train depot from its previous owners for one dollar could potentially be facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair costs and significant liabilities.
Representatives of the Iglesia Pentecostal Nueva Vida En Cristo Church, of 114 Broad St., have been summoned to appear in Municipal Housing Court on Jan. 13 to answer to a host of citations related to the crumbling 99-year-old brick building.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
PROVIDENCE â€” Acknowledging that last yearâ€™s House session â€śdid not end nice,â€ť with members taking personal shots at one another over various issues, House Speaker Gordon Fox gaveled the 2014 session open with a call to â€śmake this about the people.â€ť
â€śThings can not be worked out in this chamber if it gets personal,â€ť Fox said. â€śIf you lash out today, maybe it feels good, but ultimately it does not solve problems.â€ť
Full story appears on Page 1 of Wednesday's Times.
PAWTUCKET â€” The unsafe conditions in what remains of a graceful, gambrel-roofed Colonial at 34 Utton Ave. have prevented fire officials from determining the exact cause of Saturday morningâ€™s fire.
A two-alarm blaze broke out in the two-and-a-half-story, woodframe house at around 4 a.m. Pawtucket firefighters had to deal with bitter cold temperatures and icy conditions as they worked for over seven hours to fully extinguish the fire and douse stubborn â€śhot spotsâ€ť.
Full story appears on Page 1 of Tuesday's Times.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Declaring that â€śWe have come too far to turn back now,â€ť Mayor James Diossa was sworn in for his first full term in office on Monday, pledging to â€ścontinue the momentum, the positive energy that is flowing through Central Falls.â€ť
CUMBERLAND -- Frigid temperatures caused pipes to burst inside Cumberland High School over the weekend flooding part of the third floor and causing water damage to the lower floors as well. The school was closed on Monday. For more on this story read Tuesday's newspaper.
With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.