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January 26th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” The police department is looking for information about a stabbing that claimed the life of a 28-year-old city man on Wednesday night.
The victim has been identified as Richard C. Cruz, of Pleasant Street.
According to Major Arthur Martins, Pawtucket Police were notified at around 8 p.m. of a male who had collapsed on the corner of Main Street and School Street. A passerby had noticed the man and made the call.
PAWTUCKET â€” The issue of some Fire Department employees continuing to take home city vehicles despite the overturning of an arbitrator's ruling has fueled a small stand-off between the mayor and the City Council.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Det. Capt. Richard Frazier admitted it may have been one of the dumber crimes he's seen in his lengthy career.
Police have arrested Jeremy Schmidt, 20, of Newman Avenue, Rumford and two juveniles after they forced a Chinese food delivery man to the ground and stole $100 cash, his cellphone and car keys, not to mention the food, on Jan. 19.
According to Frazier, Schmidt is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institution on felony charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â€” Former Rhode Island Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy has died.
His son, John Garrahy, confirmed through an assistant at his Providence law firm Wednesday that the former governor had died. He was 81.
Additional details were not immediately available.
Garrahy, a Democrat, served as governor from 1977 to 1985. He was lieutenant governor before that.
SEE Thursday's edition of The Times for complete coverage.
CUMBERLAND â€” Rusted and battered by years of exposure to the elements, the Cumberland High School clipper ship, the official high school mascot that has hung for years on the brick exterior of the school building, may be in line for a long overdue makeover.
At its meeting tomorrow, the School Committee will be asked to consider resolutions calling for the restoration and re-painting of the metal clipper ship.
The committee meets at 7 p.m. in the Cumberland High School Cafetorium, 2602 Mendon Road.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” After officially becoming a member of President Barack Obamaâ€™s cabinet just last Friday, SBA Administrator Karen Mills visited Rhode Island Monday for a series of meetings in the Blackstone Valley.
Mills and her host, Rep. David Cicilline started the day at Tolman High School, meeting with local mayors and town administrators from Cicillineâ€™s 1st Congressional district to tell them how her agency works with local cities and towns to strengthen their business community.
PROVIDENCE â€” Seconds after a Superior Court judge found Lincoln police officer Edward M. Krawetz guilty of felony battery with a dangerous weapon â€” in this case, his shod foot â€” the defendant's wife, Lori, wiped away tears.
Several other family members just looked around in disbelief after Justice Edward C. Clifton announced his decision at about 12:10 p.m., Monday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Having found her own path to a rewarding career in social work since immigrating from her native Colombia, Gloria Cardenas is now focusing on helping those less fortunate in her adopted hometown of Pawtucket.
With that in mind, Cardenas, along with family members and their friends, will be hosting a â€śWinter Clothing and Snackâ€ť event on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Crown Collision Center, 180 Broadway, Pawtucket.
Anyone in need of winter clothing or shoes is invited to come by. Coffee, biscuits and other snack items will be available.
PAWTUCKET â€” The City Council and the Finance Committee will meet tonight to discuss the city administrationâ€™s request for $12.6 million in tax anticipation notes (TANs) in order to meet a cash flow crisis. The Finance Committee meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. followed by a special session of the City Council scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.
PAWTUCKET â€” For police scanner junkies, neighborhood newshounds or citizens who simply want to stay informed, the Pawtucket Police Department has a new on-line website that tracks local crimes.
On Friday, city officials held a press conference at the Emergency Operations Center on Armistice Boulevard to unveil a public crime-mapping website called RAIDS Online. The website can be accessed at www.raidsonline.com. Representatives from several neighborhood associations and community groups attended the meeting to learn more about the program.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Combining legislators, activists and womenâ€™s rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sundayâ€™s 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Less than two weeks after having to fight a parking ban, City Falls residents had another reason to protest: the potential closure of the city's only post office.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain â€śvery, very painful cuts â€¦ deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.â€ť
But, he added, â€śwe canâ€™t do it all on cuts. We have to come to the â€¦ as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.â€ť Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of â€śreform before revenue.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” In an effort to cut down on crime and vandalism in the city's parking garage, the downtown, Slater Park and other municipal properties, the city is seeking proposals from vendors to install security cameras at various locations.
According to a request for proposals that went out last month, the city is seeking a company to design and install a video surveillance camera system at key sites throughout the city.
CUMBERLAND â€” Representatives of Cops For Kids With Cancer Wednesday presented a $5,000 donation to the parents of Maya Spadano, a 3Â˝-year-old Cumberland girl who has been battling leukemia.
Robert Faherty, chairman of the charityâ€™s Board of Directors, along with Director John McManus, officially presented the check to the Spadano family at the Cumberland police station.
Cops For Kids With Cancer, a small non-profit organization made of law enforcement incur when their children are diagnosed with cancer.
PAWTUCKET â€” A fast-moving fire in a multi-family house at 20-22 Greene St. on Tuesday morning caused heavy damage and left five people homeless.
According to a Pawtucket Fire Department official, the tenant who lived in the third-floor apartment where the blaze is believed to have originated is Jennifer Poulin, the sister of the late Massachusetts National Guard Spc. Dennis C. Poulin, who died last year in Afghanistan. Poulin lost her cat in the blaze, along with most of her belongings.
PAWTUCKET â€” Animal Control Supervisor John Holmes is not usually fearful of snakes, but he said he never encountered so many of the potentially lethal variety as he did Monday in a house on Rosemont Avenue.
Responding to an anonymous complaint, Holmes went out to the single-family home on Monday afternoon to investigate. He found plastic bins containing numerous exotic snakes, many of a type that he couldn't identify, along with a skunk that had been â€śde-scented.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ The City of Pawtucket has issued rules for a snow ban parking advisory that will take effect in the event of a snowstorm, including a list of public parking locations where residents may leave their vehicles while on-street parking bans remain in effect.
PAWTUCKET â€” Facing an unexpected deficit of $2.3 million that is sure to be compounded by a recent judge's decision regarding health benefits of retired school employees, Mayor Donald Grebien announced Friday that he has reinstituted a freeze on all city spending.
Grebien issued an announcement late Friday afternoon saying that he will require prior approval on a case-by-case basis before any city money can be spent.
CUMBERLAND â€” A study group assembled to perform an in-depth review of the feasibility of all-day kindergarten in Cumberland public schools is expected to report its findings by the end of the month.
The district has been talking about instituting full-day kindergarten since the fall and the arrival at that time of new School Superintendent Philip Thornton, a supporter of full-day kindergarten. Thornton made a formal public presentation on the merits of an all-day program at the School Committee's meeting Dec. 8.