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December 12th

VIDEO OF THE DAY Babies Discovering Things For The First Time

December 12, 2014

December 11th

Cop hit by car

December 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A local motorist allegedly struck a police officer with her car twice and nearly hit a crowd of pedestrians outside of Curvin McCabe Elementary School Wednesday morning, leading to charges of assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and reckless driving, authorities said.
Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Dave Kelly was monitoring traffic around the school because there had been complaints from administrators and people in the area regarding traffic congestion, police Maj. Arthur Martins said.

December 10th

Strangulation, knifing lead to arrest

December 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET — A city man was charged with domestic assault by strangulation and domestic felony assault Tuesday after he choked his girlfriend, fled their apartment, then returned a short time later and began prodding her with a knife, authorities said.

According to police Maj. Arthur Martins, around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Niran A. Morales, 18, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend regarding the pair’s relationship. During the squabble, Morales “lashed out at her,” putting his hands around her neck and choking her, Martins said.

December 9th

Open space grant money bound for Lincoln, Pawtucket

December 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The state announced some $3.85 million in open space grants this week for conservation and recreation projects in 15 communities, including Lincoln, Burrillville and Pawtucket.

Lincoln was among the biggest winners in the open space sweepstakes, taking home $400,000 to acquire a 50-acre parcel of undisturbed, forested land abutting the Handy Pond Recreation Area, off Old River Road. The addition of the land would enlarge the recreation area to over 300,000 acres, according to Albert V. Ranaldi Jr., the town planner.

December 8th

Suspect bites the hand that arrested him

December 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET – More than $9,000 in cash was seized from the motor vehicle of a Massachusetts man, who later bit the hand of a police officer who yanked over five grams of heroin from his mouth.

Orlando Rosas-Rodriguez, 41, of Taunton, is facing charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver; assaulting a police officer; and third-offense possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, according to Detective Major Arthur Martins.

December 7th

Special election coming to CF to fill Rep.-elect Maldonado's council seat

December 8, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS — A special election will be held this spring to fill an unexpired term on the City Council now that At-large Councilwoman Shelby Maldonado is preparing to leave for her new job at the Statehouse.

Maldonado, who is in the first year of her first three-year term on the seven-member council, is the new Democratic state representative-elect for District 56, a seat held formerly by Agostinho Silva.

December 5th

NRI Chamber, Twin River food drive pulls in 16 tons

December 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET – When homegrown pharmacy giant CVS Health announced plans recently to establish a Digital Innovation Lab in Boston, most industry analysts saw the move as the latest sign of the company’s efforts to reposition itself in a fast-changing marketplace for health care.

In a state that often comes up short on the barometer of business-friendliness, however, others may have seen it as evidence that one of its biggest employers has one foot out the door.

Should we be worried?

Yes and no, some prominent economic development authorities say.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 10 Amazing Parenting Ideas

December 5, 2014

December 4th

After 63 years, Landry hangs up her dance shoes

December 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Every inch of Theresa Landry's Dance Studio on Dexter Street is a memory. Whether it is the floors scuffed from generations of dancers or the walls adorned with innumerable framed pictures and newspaper clippings, there is nary a space that isn't in some way significant.

Police: Traffic stop yields crack

December 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A city man is facing a drug possession charge after police found a bag in his vehicle containing nearly 2 grams of crack cocaine, authorities said.
Joao Lopes, 26, was stopped by police at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday after an officer observed his vehicle travel through a red light at Broad Street near Barton Street, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. After Lopes' vehicle was stopped, the officer saw a small bag containing less than one ounce of marijuana on the floor of the car next to Lopes' feet, and removed him from the vehicle, Martins said.

Police: Traffic stop yields crack

December 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A city man is facing a drug possession charge after police found a bag in his vehicle containing nearly 2 grams of crack cocaine, authorities said.
Joao Lopes, 26, was stopped by police at about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday after an officer observed his vehicle travel through a red light at Broad Street near Barton Street, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. After Lopes' vehicle was stopped, the officer saw a small bag containing less than one ounce of marijuana on the floor of the car next to Lopes' feet, and removed him from the vehicle, Martins said.

December 1st

Skateboard ride ends in hospital after collision with car

December 2, 2014

EAST PROVIDENCE – A local juvenile was injured when he reportedly skateboarded into the path of a car operating near the Bliss and Faith streets intersection Monday afternoon and landed on the windshield of the vehicle, according to police.

Police Lt. Armen Garo said the youth was transported by East Providence Rescue to be treated at Hasbro Children’s Hospital following the 4:15 p.m. accident. His condition was unknown Monday night, but police reported he stated he did not recall being struck by the vehicle while being assisted at the scene.

November 30th

Small businesses enjoy their day in spotlight

November 30, 2014

CUMBERLAND – While many on Friday opted to spend their day shopping online or at nationwide chains, shoppers on Saturday were encouraged to support and patronize local businesses as part of the national Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday was launched in November 2010 by American Express as a way to encourage people across the country to support small local businesses. Over the years, what began as a day eventually grew into a nationwide movement. According to American Express, an estimated $5.5 billion has been spent at small independent businesses on the day.

November 28th

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 Genius Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

November 28, 2014

November 25th

Young cancer patient gets a boost from some caring cops

November 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A local family was given a lift emotionally and financially Tuesday when they were presented with a $5,000 donation from a Massachusetts-based organization that provides funds to families involved in the care of children with cancer.
Four-year-old Sebastian Calado in July was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. On Tuesday, Sebastian was joined by his mother and two brothers as the family received a $5,000 gift from Cops for Kids with Cancer.

November 24th

Merchants rally ‘Buy Local’ support

November 25, 2014

CUMBERLAND – There is a change coming in the office of Lieutenant Governor, but that change won’t mean any waiver of support for small businesses in the state.

Outgoing Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and her soon-to-be successor, Cumberland Mayor Daniel J. McKee, on Monday joined statewide efforts to encourage Rhode Islanders to “Buy Local R.I.” this holiday season.

November 22nd

A bad dog, a fire and a drug bust

November 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET – When is a faithful canine companion not a man or woman’s best friend? When it sparks a blaze that ends in a court date for the pet owner.
According to police, a city woman was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver after authorities discovered 1.6 pounds of pot in her basement following a fire at her home that may have been started as a result of a pet dog inadvertently turning on a stove while attempting to access food, police said.

November 20th

High-speed crash sends three to hospital

November 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A Providence man was charged with reckless driving and driving to endanger after an accident on East Avenue early Wednesday morning that sent him and his two passengers to the hospital, authorities said.
Lavander G. Sanders, 26, was observed driving his Toyota Camry at a “very high rate of speed” around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. The officer estimated that the vehicle was traveling well in excess of 70 mph which is significantly higher than the posted speed limit of 25.

Pit bull owners will march on Sunday

November 20, 2014

By JONATHAN BISSONNETTE
jbissonnette@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET – A nonprofit group plans to hold a parade in the city Sunday morning to celebrate a judge's ruling earlier this week that struck down a city ordinance which had banned pit bulls.
Pit Bulls for PTSD will host the parade Sunday at 10 a.m. and is asking fellow revelers to meet at Slater Memorial Park for a walk up Newport Avenue and back.
Pit Bulls for PTSD is a nonprofit organization that trains pit bulls to become service dogs for people with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the group's Facebook page.

November 18th

Judge rules against Pawtucket pit bull ban

November 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of an animal advocacy group and a local pit bull owner in his lawsuit against the city's ban of pit bulls.
Superior Court Judge Brian Van Couyghen ruled in favor of Defenders of Animals and Pawtucket resident Al Alix. Attorney Mark B. Morse represented both Defenders of Animals and Alix in the case.

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