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August 5th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ It was a long and painful struggle for Suzanne Potter, but in the end it was a battle she could not win.
With her husband and two sons at her side, the 46-year-old Bernon Heights woman died in Rhode Island Hospital Wednesday, 34 days after being struck by a hit-and-run driver from Pawtucket who, police say, was drunk.
Detective Cmdr. Edward J. Lee Jr. says the police will now lodge more serious charges against the driver, Peter Major.
Having already founded and sold Bullhorn, a company that develops employment software, 45-year-old Newport native Barry Hinckley says he is ready to start up a new enterprise: Barry Hinckley for U.S. Senate.
For the past few months, Hinckley â€” his full name is Benjamin Barrett Hinckley III â€” has been quietly putting together a Republican campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2012 election.
Itâ€™s universally true. When that time comes to saying goodbye to a parent or even a loyal pet, tears flow and emotions unravel. Many aging baby boomers, whether childless or empty nesters, have had pets who became their pampered â€śchildrenâ€ť or a closest faithful companion.
PAWTUCKET â€” A man wanted as a suspect in Friday's robbery of the Pawtucket Credit Union, along with a female believed to be his accomplice, were arrested on Wednesday afternoon by police in New York City, Pawtucket Police said.
On July 29, the credit union, located at 571 Smithfield Ave., was robbed by a male suspect. A witness observed the suspect enter a vehicle that was waiting nearby and being operated by a female.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Cheyenne Lambert and a couple of friends from Riverside Middle School had decided late Tuesday afternoon to take a walk on the beach near Rosa Larisa Park, As they sat in the sand, they heard music blaring up the hill, and just had to investigate.
PROVIDENCE â€” None of the members of Rhode Islandâ€™s congressional delegation, all Demo-crats, liked the agreement to raise the nationâ€™s debt limit very much, but all four of them voted for it, saying its passage was necessary to prevent a potentially catastrophic default.
PAWTUCKET â€” A 51-year-old Warwick man, on probation for two previous criminal convictions, including the 1982 murder of a young Pawtucket woman, has been accused in the November 2010 murder of 83-year-old Pauline Buco, also from Pawtucket.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Calling it a move that will â€śallow Central Falls to re-invent itself as a viable community,â€ť Receiver Robert Flanders announced Monday that the city has petitioned for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
PAWTUCKET -- Members of the Pawtucket Veterans Council are asked to assemble at Pawt. Veterans' Memorial Park, Roosevelt Ave. and Exchange St. on Monday, August 8, at 11 a.m. for Victory Day ceremonies.
Mayor Don Grebien, various city councilors, Brig. Gen Brian Goodwin and Daniel Evangelista, Chief, RI Office of Veterans' Affairs, are invited as well as the general public, especially veterans. Afterwards we have been invited to visit Gatchell VFW Post.
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CENTRAL FALLS â€“ City retirees seem to be spurning Receiver Robert Flandersâ€™ proposal to reduce their pension and medical benefits, a course Flanders last week warned could result in the city filing for bankruptcy.
Flanders said he would make an announcement on Monday, but did not specify what it would be about.
PAWTUCKET â€” As with training a new puppy, the Pawtucket Dog Park in Slater Park is undergoing some trial and error. Yet, city officials say the facility is proving to be successful overall and believe that some recent problems and complaints are being addressed.
To that end, new signage has been added that notifies dog park patrons that, per city ordinance, there is no smoking allowed and that no pit bulls are allowed anywhere within the city limits.
PROVIDENCE â€” Named for the indefatigable fighter for the poor and sick, the Henry Shelton Act, which will allow low-income Rhode Islanders to pay a percentage of their income for gas and electric utility bills instead of the full metered amount, and will restrict the ability of utilities to shut off service for non-payment was ceremonially signed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee Thursday.
ATTLEBORO â€” While the closed County Street Bridge has been a source of frustration to local residents for over five years, the newly designed span that opened Thursday morning instilled nothing but pride in those that were there to witness its debut.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Call it a textbook definition of volunteerism. Thanks to a group of people who are donating their time, Central Falls residents will once again have access to the city's public library, which was recently closed due to the severe budget crisis.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the Adams Memorial Library, at 205 Central Avenue, will be open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
While the hours are now limited, Adams Board member Tom Shannahan is hoping to expand the schedule if more volunteers are willing to come forward to help out.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island has named Martin E. Tursky president and chief executive officer effective Oct. 1. Tursky succeeds current President and CEO Francis R. Dietz who will be retiring after serving at the helm of the hospital for 47 years.
Tursky was recruited, after a nationwide search in 2010, to serve as Memorialâ€™s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Over the past year he has been working closely with Dietz and the existing administration.
PAWTUCKET â€” A vacant commercial building that once housed a furniture store and was later known as a source for Halloween costumes, party supplies and quirky novelties, was destroyed Monday night by a fire of unknown origin.
While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, city records show that the building had been cited for several building code violations, and the latest owners were scheduled for a hearing on outstanding violations in Municipal Court next Friday.
PAWTUCKET â€” A four-alarm fire broke out on the second and third floors at the site of the former Morris Novelty store, located at 523 Main St., on Monday night, causing every department in the city to respond.
Fire Chief William Sisson stated the blaze began at about 8:15 p.m., and that no one was in the building at the time.
PAWTUCKET â€” The frantic calls can be found almost daily in the police log: a husband â€śoff his medsâ€ť and threatening to harm someone, a live-in girlfriend drunk and violently smashing furniture inside an apartment, a teenage son or daughter â€śout of controlâ€ť and sounding suicidal.
As always, police officers respond with the intentâ€”as they have been trained--to get the crisis situation under control as quickly as possible.
PAWTUCKET â€” How much more wear and tear can the century-old Division Street Bridge take from the I-95 truck detours before costly repairs have to be made? That is the million dollar question that City Councilors were asking this week following a state inspection report that listed the bridge as being in â€śfairâ€ť condition.