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August 7th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â Organizers of the biggest block party on the East Coast have announced the entertainment lineup for a dozen stages that will stretch for a half-mile through downtown.
Itâs all part of the cityâs 125th anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 29, spearheaded by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and a dedicated band of volunteers. The Call is the designated media partner for the event.
Stage 1, at 2 Main St., will feature the Meadowlarks, a big band group with a dozen members.
Stage 2, 20 Main St. will feature country music with a band to be announced.
PAWTUCKET â A Pawtucket man who shot his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend in the head in 2008 was found guilty a second time by a Providence County Superior Court jury on Monday.
Juan Diaz, 29, who was convicted in the murder of Mayra Cruz in 2010, was found guilty again of second degree murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, death resulting.
The verdict was returned one day after a nine-day retrial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause.
PROVIDENCE â Despite all the handwringing and gloom-and-doom pronouncements about the death of manufacturing in America, and the movement of such businesses to countries with cheap labor and few regulations over the past several decades, the United States has knocked China out of first place as the favorite place for foreign investment for the first time since 2001.
PAWTUCKETâA 19-year-old city man is expected to recover after being impaled by a metal fence post in an accident at 167 Carter Street early Sunday morning.
According to Pawtucket Police, Kelvin Fernandez, of 970 York Ave., was a passenger in a car in which the driver struck the fence and foundation of a property at 163 Carter Ave. and came to rest in front of a house at 167 Carter Ave. at around 3:05 a.m.
CENTRAL FALLS -- Jerauld C. Adams back in the mid-1990s was working for a Lincoln engineering company when he became interested in the field of foreclosures, particularly buying distressed properties and rehabbing them.
The Barrington native bought a small boarded-up mansion in Central Falls â the Benjamin F. Greene House at 85 Cross St. with 28 rooms â and so began what is likely to be a lifelong relationship between the now 43-year-old entrepreneur and the stateâs smallest city.
PROVIDENCE âThe first same-sex marriage ceremonies in Rhode Island were conducted on Thursday, but if you think that is the end of the long political battle on the issue you have another think coming.
The National Organization for Marriage, a national group opposed to gay marriage, said Thursday that it would sink $100,000 into next yearâs elections in Rhode Island to âhold politicians accountable for this travesty.â It pledged an additional $500,000 for the same purpose in Minnesota, where same-sex nuptials also became legal on Thursday.
PAWTUCKET â City officials are planning to formally issue a request for proposals (RFP) from private firms to redevelop and/or manage the downtown municipal parking garage and two adjacent parking lots.
CUMBERLAND â A local man convicted in June on multiple counts of first-degree and second- degree child molestation was sentenced to 60 years, with 50 to serve, during a hearing on Tuesday before Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr., according to Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâs office.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating a second death in as many days after an unidentified man's body was found in the woods off Blackstone Avenue Monday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET -- The body of an unidentified man was discovered in a wooded area on Blackstone Avenue on Monday afternoon. Police confirmed they are investigating the discovery of the body as a suspicious death, but wouldn't release any other details. The medical examiner was called to the scene and an autopsy is planned, police said.
CENTRAL FALLS â A city woman is being hailed a hero after rescuing a mother and her 3-year-old daughter from a burning three-family apartment building on Lincoln Avenue Saturday morning.
Battalion Chief Keith Sullivan said the 9:34 a.m. fire broke out in the kitchen on the first floor of the 99 Lincoln Avenue building, which quickly filled with thick, heavy smoke.
PAWTUCKET â Police are investigating the murder of a 41-year-old Dawson St. man at his home early Sunday morning. Two men were reported to have been seen fleeing the home after the reported shooting but remained at large Sunday night, according to police.
PAWTUCKET â The City Council on Wednesday continued to question the hiring of a second communications director by Mayor Donald Grebien and called for a legal opinion on the way the position came about.
PROVIDENCE â The RI ACLU and eight other plaintiffs sued the new RI Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday to force the panel to answer a petition asking that public schools stop using the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test as a graduation requirement.
The suit does not challenge the NECAP test directly â at this point â but merely seeks to have the BOE respond to a June 21 petition submitted by 17 organizations by either starting a rule-making process to consider stopping the use of NECAP as a graduation requirement or formally rejecting the petition with a board vote.
PAWTUCKET â Two gleaming new rescue vehicles will go into service this week, joining the new Engine 2 which made its debut earlier this month.
They will be the first city rescues to feature a state of the art EMS computer system allowing crews to file online reports upon completion of their patient care runs, allowing for faster filing and making paper reports a thing of the past. They also join the new Engine 2, which went into service last month, as marking major improvements in front line equipment for the department.
By JOSEPH B. NADEAU
JAMESTOWN -- Anyone who has regularly participated in Save The Bay's annual Narrragansett Bay swim fundraiser and entered the waters off Potter's Cove Saturday for this year's 37th annual edition will remember it as definitely different.
LINCOLN â The wrong-way driver who caused a crash in which he and two passengers in another car perished on Route 146 Sunday was the target of an active arrest warrant for failure to answer charges of driving without a license, court records say.
A District Court judge had issued the bench warrant for Aldo M. Almanzar, 39, when he failed to appear for arraignment on North Smithfield police charges of driving without a license on Feb. 26.
LINCOLN â Rhode Island State Police confirmed on Sunday that three people were killed after a head-on crash on Route 146 at 3:07 a.m.
State police said the crash was caused by Aldo Almanzar, 29 of North Smithfield who was driving a Toyota and traveling in the wrong direction on Route 146 near Route 99. Almanzarâs car hit a Hondo Accord, head-on according to state police. There were three people in the Honda.
State police said Almanzar, who was killed, did not have a driver's license and was not wearing a seat belt.
CENTRAL FALLSâA three-story building at 52 Watson St. was damaged by fire at about noon Saturday after a Dumpster next to the building caught fire. Flames extended to the outside of the building. The fire quickly went to two alarms due to the intense heat. Mutual aid was called to the scene to assist.
CENTRAL FALLS â Police are asking for the publicâs help after a woman was shot at 108 Cross St. at 4:45 Saturday morning. Police said a 28-year-old unidentified woman was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police are investigating a "commonality" between Saturday's shooting and a shooting last month at Hadwin and Tremont streets, a police press release stated. Police would not release any other details as the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the Police Departmentâs tip line at 727-7420.