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January 13th, 2015
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Last year it was a deer. This year it was a young female Lab mix named Gizmo who found herself in an icy situation at Bullocks Cove on Tuesday morning.
Firefighters rescued Gizmo from the frigid waters off Beach Point Road after she escaped from her home and ventured out too far onto ice, falling through about 60 yards from shore.
WOONSOCKET â€“ This cityâ€™s loss is apparently East Providenceâ€™s gain, as a Connecticut-based manufacturing company backed out of its plan to take over the vacant Walmart on Diamond Hill Road.
Ardent Retail Displays & Packaging is now under contract to purchase a building located at 275 Ferris Ave. in East Providence, according to Michael Giutarri, a partner in the MG Commercial brokerage company. There is a closing date on the sale, and Ardent has a significant deposit tied up in the deal.
PROVIDENCE â€“ As the new General Assembly session got under way last week with the traditional swearing in and first-day sessions in both the House and the Senate on Tuesday, a list of new area members joined their veteran counterparts to consider state business in the months ahead.
The following is a listing of area House of Representatives members and portions of their biographies listed with the legislative pages at http://www.rilin.state.ri.us.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ A Central Falls man will be arraigned at Sixth District Court today for the murder of a Providence man, authorities said.
On Wednesday evening, an arrest warrant was signed for Ken Emuakpor, 33, of Central Falls, for the murder of 41-year-old Cheikh Diop, of
Providence, Central Falls Police said.
Emuakpor was located by the Providence Police Department Wednesday and later turned over to Central Falls Police Detectives, police said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Although Christmas has come and gone, the time to donate and help those in need never ceases. Through the end of January, The Times is appealing to individuals, businesses, and organizations to donate to the Merry Christmas Fund, which benefits The Salvation Army of Pawtucket.
Donations can be made in the name of an individual, family, or in memory of a loved one. All donations will be acknowledged in The Times, unless
the benefactor chooses to remain anonymous.
PAWTUCKET â€“ James F. â€śJimâ€ť Baron, 57, The Times and The Callâ€™s legendary political reporter and a well-known and respected observer of all doings at the Rhode Island Statehouse, died Monday night at Miriam Hospital.
Jim was the husband of Denise Perreault, a former city editor at the Woonsocket Call, and son of Mary (Wilkie) Baron and the late Robert Baron.
PAWTUCKET â€“ While many took time to look back on all the city has accomplished over the past few years, the theme of Monday nightâ€™s inauguration was looking forward to a bright and hopeful future.
Mayor Donald R. Grebien, along with the nine members of the City Council and the seven members of the Pawtucket School Committee, were given the oath of office during the ceremony at Tolman High School Monday night.
CRANSTON â€“ R.I. State Police are assisting Cranston Police with the investigation of a Saturday afternoon incident in which a police officer fired his service weapon in self-defense after being struck by a motor vehicle operated by a suspect attempting to avoid arrest on drug possession charges.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A city man has been charged with simple assault on a police officer, among other charges, for his role in a Dec. 26 melee in a parking lot outside of The Met, authorities said.
The charges come a week after the manâ€™s brother was arrested for his own involvement in the fracas.
December 29th, 2014
CUMBERLAND â€“ Investigators have concluded that careless smoking caused a fire that heavily damaged a duplex at 7 Boyle Ave. early Sunday, leaving four people homeless.
Michael Sweeney, chief of investigations for the state fire marshalâ€™s office, said someone left a lit cigarette on a bed in one of the units.
â€śThey put it there and just forgot it was there,â€ť said Sweeney.
Luckily, said Sweeney, everyone was able to escape from the dwelling without injury.
Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Times and Tuesday's Call.
PAWTUCKET â€” A local man was charged with assault of police officers after a fracas in a parking lot outside of The Met early Friday morning left one officer hospitalized, authorities said.
Around 1 a.m. Friday, Pawtucket Police Officer Zachary Day was on patrol in the area of The Met, at 1005 Main St. He observed there was a large group of people â€“ estimated to be over 100 â€“ leaving the music club and disrupting the flow of traffic, police said. Approximately 15 vehicles were stopped in the roadway.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Police are investigating what may turn out to be the cityâ€™s second homicide of 2014 after discovering the body of a Providence man with a head wound on Christmas Day.
The body of Cheikh Diop, 41, was found lying on the ground in front of 17 Parker St. about 6:30 p.m. Police said Diop had apparently somehow suffered a severe laceration to the head.
Police have also charged a man with obstruction while investigating the death, according to wire reports.
Full story appears on page A1 of Saturday's Times.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the first in a multi-story series looking back at the memorable events of 2014.
Whether it was stumping for candidates, directing movies or accepting honorary keys to the city, there were plenty of celebrities and big name politicos who visited the Ocean State in 2014.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A guinea pig got loose and couldnâ€™t be found after a man broke apart the animalâ€™s cage by kicking it in the midst of a heated domestic quarrel Sunday, police said.
Barry Joseph Cartin, 40, of 92 Bates St., is facing charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal, domestic disorderly conduct, and domestic assault and battery, according to Major Arthur Martins.
The episode came to the attention of the police shortly before noon, when a 42-year-old woman came to police headquarters saying her boyfriend had roughed her up.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local man described to be in his late 50s died after a fire broke out in the kitchen of his 31 Grove St. apartment on Sunday afternoon.
Michael J. Sweeney, chief of investigations for the R.I. Fire Marshalâ€™s Office, said at the scene Sunday that Pawtucket Fire Department companies conducting a fire suppression effort in the first-floor apartment shortly before 2 p.m. encountered the victim in a nearby bedroom.
The man was not breathing and not responsive to efforts to resuscitate him, Sweeney said.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times and Monday's Call.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox organization hit a home run for the community and The Times' annual Merry Christmas Fund, donating $1,000 to benefit the efforts of The Salvation Army of Pawtucket this holiday season.
Jeff Bradley, director of community relations with the Pawtucket Red Sox, said that for over 30 years, the organization has been happy to support the fund, â€śwhich supports the community that we feel proud to be a part of, and it's just a small way to give back to help those less fortunate enjoy the holidays.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ A local 18-year-old and a juvenile male were charged in connection with a robbery on John Street Tuesday afternoon, in which they allegedly brandished a weapon resembling a shotgun and stole a video game system from a victim's car, authorities said.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island Foundation on Wednesday announced that 157 teachers in five statewide communities would share nearly $148,000 in grants through a program that encourages classroom innovation in urban school districts.