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July 11th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â After less than two months in his new position, Robert Howe, the city's acting director of public works, has resigned.
Howe submitted his letter of resignation to the City Council last week. He told The Times that he is leaving to take a job in the private sector and will stay on as acting DPW director until July 20.
Howe said the new job opportunity came up and that the decision to take it was made by him and after consulting with his family.
PAWTUCKET â With R.I. Environmental Police Officer Mark Saunders giving careful watch on the fifth-floor roof of City Hall, wildlife intern Ashley Hopkins slowly opened the lid to the special cardboard box.
Perhaps four seconds later, one female falcon appeared, began flapping her wings and coasted west towards The Pawtucket Times building.
A split second later, her kid brother followed suit, but headed east, eventually landing on top of an Armory tower.
A ribbon-cutting was held Thursday night to announce the clinical affiliation between Memorial Hospital (Pawtucket) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston), whose alliance was initially formed 18 months ago. Pictured here during the ceremony, which included an open house at the Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Center, are (L-R): Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Chairman William Hunt; Memorial Hospital President and CEO Francis Dietz; Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory Director Dr.
PROVIDENCE â Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Eric Tipple has pleaded guilty to charges in the July 20, 2010 carjacking of a 72-year-old woman in the CVS/pharmacy parking lot on Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket.
Tipple, 24, whose last known address is on Obed Avenue, North Providence, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery before Superior Court Magistrate William J. McAtee, who sentenced him to 30 years with 18 to serve, with the remainder suspended with probation.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Police continue to investigate a suspicious car fire that occurred Thursday night near the corner of Dearborn and Ormond drives in Riverside.
A female car owner/victim indicated to Officer Charles Walkup that she didn't see or hear anyone in the area at the time of the blaze. A witness, however, indicated she observed a dark-colored, newer-model vehicle â perhaps a Mazda â with Rhode Island plates proceeding slowly past the heavily-damaged vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â The custody battle for the man accused of murdering gas station manager David Main swerved toward uncharted legal territory yesterday as an appeals court postponed his transfer to federal authorities for arraignment on charges that carry the death penalty.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston granted the motion of defense lawyers for Jason Wayne Pleau to stay his surrender to federal authorities for arraignment â originally set for today â on charges stemming from Main's robbery and shooting death on Sept. 20.
EAST PROVIDENCE âThe man suspected of leaving a dog in deplorable health at the front door of the R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sometime Monday afternoon has been arrested by East Providence police, Lt. Michael David confirmed Wednesday.
Carlos Alvarez, 46, of Rehoboth, turned himself in at the East Providence Police Department late Wednesday morning, then was asked to meet with Dr. E.J. Finocchio, RISPCA President.
GLOCESTER â The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Mike Kirby knows all about rivalries, and how opponents may try to gain a psychological advantage. But this 20-year-old Townie also knows how to nip it in the bud.
The issue began while he and his four teammates, those making up âThe Bowling Academy All-Stars,â warmed up during a practice round last Friday night, just 12 hours before the start of the 38th annual National Duckpin Youth Championships at the AMF Southwest Lanes in Linthicum, Md.
LINCOLN â At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, the State Police Dive Team recovered the body of a missing teenager in the Old Jointa Lock Quarry off Rte 246, the Old Louisquisset Pike, according to a press release from the Lincoln Police Department.
The body was located in 75 feet of water and is that of an 18-year-old male from Central Falls, police said.
At the request of the victimâs family, the teenâs name is being withheld until out-of-state relatives are notified. The body has been turned over to the state Medical Examinerâs officer, according to police.
PROVIDENCE â You will have to carry identification when you go to vote from now on and police will be authorized to pull your car over on the road if you or your passengers are not wearing seatbelts.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the 2012 state budget into law just hours before it was scheduled to take effect and he signed the seatbelt bill just hours before the state would have lost $4 million in federal highway funds if the law didn't take effect before July 1.
PAWTUCKET â A 62-year-old North Providence woman sustained minor injuries after she lost control of her sport utility vehicle and crashed it into the side of the BP Gas Station at 577 Smithfield Ave. on Thursday afternoon.
According to Pawtucket Police, the driver, Diane B. Cain, said she was traveling east on Weeden Street and as she attempted to slow down to react to traffic, her foot slipped and accidentally hit the gas pedal, propelling the vehicle into the building. Her vehicle also struck a car belonging to a Providence woman that was parked in the gas station lot.
EAST PROVIDENCE â In a 3-2 decision at its last meeting, the East Providence School Committee voted to continue the paid administrative leave of Schools Supt. Mario Cirillo. The committee then voted unanimously to send a ânotice of non-renewalâ to Cirillo for the fourth year of his contract.
While parents, teachers and peers expressed support for Cirillo and asked the school committee to rescind its decision, School Committee Chairman Charles Tsonos and committee members Stephen Furtado and Ryan Tellier remained steadfast in their decision.
PAWTUCKET â When he was a young boy, Joshua Bryant would always be excited to go to the Rhode Island National Guard air shows at Quonset Point to see the Thunderbirds, and on one rare occasion, the Blue Angels. Now, the 35-year-old Pawtucket native and U.S. Marines Staff Sergeant gets to relive that excitement regularlyâand from a different vantage point--as part of the elite Blue Angels Team.
CENTRAL FALLS â Central Falls City Councilor Richard G. Aubin, Jr. was arrested Wednesday for allegedly selling vehicles belonging to the police department and keeping the proceeds.
PROVIDENCE â With the state embroiled in a modern-day struggle with the federal government over the death penalty, Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed a pardon Wednesday for the last man executed in Rhode Island, John Gordon, who was hanged in 1845 after a trial marked by witness mis-identifications and anti-Irish Catholic bigotry among the Yankee ruling class of the time.
Chafee signed the pardon at the historic Old State House on Benefit Street, in the room where Gordon's trial was conducted.
CENTRAL FALLS â Amidst the gloomy financial market and recent cutbacks in library and social services in Central Falls, the city's mayor has put his house on the market.
The house at 141 Jenks Ave., owned by Mayor Charles Moreau and his wife, Kristen, is up for sale. According to the on-line statewide Multiple Listing Service, the three-bedroom ranch-style house is currently being offered at a âshort saleâ for $119,900âa scenario where a lending institution agrees to consider offers less than the balance owned on the property's loan for a limited period.
PAWTUCKET â Where better to gather information for one's âMain Street Initiativeâ than on Main Street itself? Governor Lincoln Chafee joined Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and a group of state and local economic development and planning officials on Tuesday for a walking tour of the city's downtown.
CUMBERLAND â The School Committee voted Tuesday night to select North Kingstown School Superintendent Phillip Thornton for its vacant superintendent position.
Thornton will be offered a salary of $150,000, nearly $3,000 more than his current salary.
When asked for comment following Tuesday evening's North Kingstown School Committee meeting, Thornton told the North Kingstown Standard Times he needed more time to process the news and talk it over with his family before he could comment, one way or another, on when he might be ready to make a decision.
PAWTUCKET â Alicia Petrarca used to smile when her 9-year-old daughter, Lataysia, would demonstrate a yoga pose such as the âdownward dogâ that she had learned in an after-school class at Cunningham Elementary School.
Now the young mother, in substance abuse recovery, is practicing yoga moves alongside her child and says the ancient art is helping greatly with her healing process.