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February 25th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â€“ An 83-year-old local man who legally changed his name to Santa Claus and was a fixture in the city for years, impersonating St. Nick starting in the 1970s, was charged with domestic assault by strangulation stemming from an incident last Thursday in which he allegedly assaulted his 68-year-old wife, authorities told The Times.
Itâ€™s called the PawSox Ballpark District concept plan, and it was perhaps Pawtucketâ€™s only hope of convincing the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox to think about a larger development vision for McCoy Stadium.
The plan, which was developed by the Pawtucket Foundation with input from Mayor Donald Grebien and his administration, was intended to show how McCoy could become a destination mixed-use stadium district with the potential for more than 200,000 square feet of retail development and luxury apartments.
PAWTUCKET – It will soon be game over for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The Pawtucket Red Sox, the Boston Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate, have been sold for a reported $20 million to a group of 10 New England businessmen, including current Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino.
The new ownership officially purchased the team on Sunday night from Madeleine Mondor, widow of the late Ben Mondor; President Michael Tamburro; and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer, according to a new release issued by the Red Sox yesterday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A new ownership group of New England business leaders and Fenway Sports Management today announced it has purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox from the Triple-A franchiseâ€™s longtime owners: Madeleine Mondor, widow of the late Ben Mondor; Michael Tamburro; and Lou Schwechheimer.
The 10-member ownership group described below is led by principal owners Larry Lucchino, who will serve as Chairman, and James J. Skeffington, who will be President.
PAWTUCKET – A quartet of Rhode Islanders with strong ties to the state’s business community will be part of the new ownership group of the Pawtucket Red Sox, The Times and The Call has learned.
The locally based owners, who according to the Boston Globe will include the Boston Red Sox as a minority shareholder, include Tom Ryan, former president and chief executive officer of CVS/Caremark Corporation; Terry Murray, former Fleet Blank CEO; James Skeffington, a Providence-based attorney; and Ray Mancini, a liquor distributor.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A fire at a two-family property on Buffum Street Saturday left one person temporarily without a home.
The fire broke out late Saturday afternoon at 31 Buffum St., Fire Capt.Robert Thurber, the city's fire marshal said. The two-family building's lone tenant had suffered burns on his hands, but he refused aid, Thurber said.
The property, which has been deemed temporarily uninhabitable, sustained minor fire damage in a first-floor kitchen and smoke and water damage throughout, Thurber noted. The second floor of the property was vacant.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A special election for two seats on the City Council named Carlene Fonseca to the available at-large council seat and Kenneth Vaudreuil to the panelâ€™s District 5 seat, according to uncertified results posted by the Board of Canvassers Thursday night.
Assistant City Clerk Sean Murphy said Fonseca collected 448 votes in the nonpartisan election to opponent Angelo Garciaâ€™s tally of 166 votes for the win in the at-large contest.
The at-large council seat had been given up by Shelby Maldonado when she was elected to the state House of Representatives in November.
LINCOLN â€“ Two people were charged with disorderly conduct â€“ among other offenses â€“ after causing a commotion and directing obscenities at police officers and Twin River Casino security in separate incidents, over the weekend, authorities told The Times and The Call.
Just prior to 1 a.m. Saturday, a Lincoln police officer responded to Twin River Casino for a reported disturbance. Upon arrival, he observed another officer and members of casino security escorting a man â€“ Darnell Walls, 20, of Pawtucket â€“ through a parking lot.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” The city could be looking for real estate developers to purchase and redevelop a strip of land on the corner of Fenner Avenue and Bullocks Point Avenue in Riverside Square, located in the heart of the cityâ€™s planned Main Street arts district.
The city is looking to revitalize Main Street (Bullocks Point Avenue) as an arts district consisting of galleries, restaurants, music venues, small first-floor retail, work/live-in space, and dynamic public spaces.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Deep snow and high winds made the Blizzard of 1978 an area benchmark for bad winter weather, but some may soon view the recent weather track of multiple storms as an even more difficult challenge in the long run.
Both Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Cumberland Mayor William Murray on Sunday pointed to the ever-growing piles of snow across the area as an increasing burden on municipal services, local businesses and their residents.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A 21-year-old man was arrested in Seekonk and will face a charge of first-degree murder for Tuesday's fatal stabbing of a local man outside of a Benefit Street store, authorities said.
Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Matthew S. Marcotte, 21, who was identified by images captured by surveillance cameras, police said.
Read the full story in Saturday's newspaper.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Four local residents were arrested for multiple narcotic and firearm violations after police conducted three separate search warrants at apartments in the city, authorities said.
On Wednesday, members of the Central Falls Police Detective Bureau â€“ in conjunction with the Special Investigations Unit, the Central Falls K-9 Unit, and the North Smithfield K-9 Unit â€“ executed three court-authorized search warrants.
Two teams of detectives executed simultaneous search warrants at first- and third-floor apartments at 61 Washington St., police said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police are investigating the city's first murder in nearly a year, after a 53-year-old local man died after being stabbed with a â€śsharp, edged weaponâ€ť Tuesday, authorities said.
At 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, police were notified of an assault that took place in the vicinity of 151 Benefit St. Upon arrival, officers found a man who had sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island for treatment of wounds â€śpossibly caused by a sharp instrument,â€ť police Maj. Arthur Martins told The Times.
A dozen people were arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence, state police announced.
As a result of the Rhode Island State Police's efforts to â€ścontinue to make our roadways safer,â€ť state police arrested 12 people for driving under the influence over the weekend, state police Superintendent Col.
Steven G. O'Donnell announced in a press release. Additionally, there
were 52 other arrests on miscellaneous charges from Friday, Feb. 6
through Monday, state police said.
Read the rest of the story in Wednesday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Hunched over and leaning heavily on a walker, Mary Kane slowly makes her way across the living room and peers out a window at the mountain of snow that covers the sidewalk outside her first-floor apartment on Coyle Avenue.
Disabled since 2000, Kane, 59, has had lumbar spinal fusion surgery and a total hip replacement, both of which have done little to improve her mobility.
â€śI canâ€™t even bend over to tie my own shoes, let alone shovel a sidewalk,â€ť she says.
And sheâ€™s not alone.
PAWTUCKET â€“ State police have verbally informed city officials that the criminal investigation into a Pawtucket Police major has indicated that they found no criminal culpability, the city's Public Safety Director said Thursday.
While city officials are still waiting for state police to provide a written review of the investigation, â€śthey have verbally indicated to us that the criminal investigation they conducted â€¦ could find no criminal culpability,â€ť Public Safety Director Tony Pires told The Times on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â€“ An evening out at a local bar ended with cuts from flying glass for one patron according to police.
A bartender, who the victim claimed was the attacker in the incident at a local restaurant, was charged with felony assault after she allegedly struck the man in the face with a glass Monday night, police said.
Read the rest of the story in Thursday's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A city man was charged with possessing a loaded weapon in a vehicle after an officer discovered a .22-caliber rifle in his car on Monday.
Police said the rifle was found after the driverâ€™s car became stuck in a snowbank.
At 10 p.m. Monday, Pawtucket Police Officer Alexander Smith reported the vehicle wedged in the snow at Main and Harrison streets, police Maj. Arthur Martins said. Smith talked to the man â€“ Tyrone Perry, 24, of Alice Street â€“ and Perry told Smith that he had some friends coming to help him, Martins said.
PAWTUCKET - The stateâ€™s highest court has ordered a new trial for Victor Arciliares who was found guilty of first degree murder in the Pawtucket drive-by shooting death of Alfredo Barros in 2010.
In a decision issued last week, the Rhode Island Supreme Court threw out Arciliaresâ€™ 2013 murder conviction, finding Superior Court Judge Robert D. Krause erred when he curtailed the extent to which Arciliaresâ€™ attorney, Lara E. Montecalvo, was allowed to cross-examine a key police witness in the trial.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Providence teen was found guilty in Providence Superior Court for the 2013 Christmas Eve murder of a 21-year-old man at the Galego Court housing complex, according to the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office confirmed on Friday.
The jury convicted Jose â€śGioâ€ť Lopez, 18, with a last known address on Joslin Street in Providence, of the Dec. 24, 2013 murder of Ryan Almeida.
The jury found Lopez guilty of murder, discharging a firearm while in the commission of a crime of violence, and conspiracy. Lopez was found not guilty of carrying a firearm without a license.