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March 12th, 2011
Most veterans know that the Disabled American Veterans organization exists. Many of them do not know that the DAV can be their best friend and a major advocate when they seek benefits later on in life from disabilities that can be linked to their time in the U.S. military.
â€śThe sad part is a lot of veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, donâ€™t know whatâ€™s available to them (in terms of benefits from the Veterans Administration),â€ť said Rick Vaccari, a DAV supervisor.
PAWTUCKET â€” Following a several months' long undercover investigation by Pawtucket Police, two women were arrested on prostitution charges at two local massage parlors/spas.
PAWTUCKET â€” A city long known for its prodigious use of radar details to capture speeders is considering following Providence's lead and installing cameras at traffic signals to catch red light scofflaws.
At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Rick Ledford, vice president of sales for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. (ACS) outlined how the camera system works as both a means of improving the safety at intersections and generating revenue from fines.
PAWTUCKET â€” About 20 pro-life supporters, many carrying handmade signs, attended a rally Thursday morning in front of the former Pawtucket office of Congressman David Cicilline to protest his vote against the Pence amendment that would have halted federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
PAWTUCKET â€” Convinced that there were no other realistic options to avoid the state taking over control, the City Council voted 7 to 1 Wednesday night to allow for the borrowing of up to $11.6 million in Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs) to address its current fiscal year budget deficit.
CUMBERLAND â€” Three local men who allegedly committed the Overhill Road home invasion last month in which a 66-year-old man was injured are in custody after what police called â€śan intense investigation.â€ť
Christopher Duffy, 18, Kyle English, 20, and Christopher Pascale, 22 â€” all Cumberland residents â€” are facing a combined 17 charges, including assault on a person over 60, assault with a deadly weapon in a dwelling house, robbery, conspiracy and receiving stolen goods â€” a .45-caliber handgun that belonged to the owner of the home.
PROVIDENCE â€” Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien liked a lot of what he heard from Gov. Lincoln Chafee's first major presentation â€” a combined State of the State address and budget speech.
â€śIt means $800,000 for Pawtucket this year and $1.6 million next year,â€ť Grebien said in the House of Representatives chamber after the governor spoke. â€śIt comes with some strings attached, but in this tough economy, this benefits the city and education.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Just days after Col. Brendan Doherty announced his resignation as Superintendent of the State Police, Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected U.S. Marshal Steven Oâ€™Donnell as his replacement.
Chafee introduced Oâ€™Donnell as â€śa leader who has not only met expectations, but continuously exceeded them during a long and distinguished career.â€ť He recalled that, in 1996, then-President Bill Clinton named Oâ€™Donnell as one of the nationâ€™s 10 â€śTop Cops.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” David Lemmel and his seven-year-old twins â€” David Jr. and Faith â€” had just strolled out of the city's YMCA when they heard the commotion occurring down the hill. Wondering what the hubbub was about, they chose to investigate.
Not quite an hour later, little David â€” wearing a Boston Celtics' hat and green T-shirt under his winter jacket â€” found himself break-dancing on Roosevelt Avenue. That came at the behest of Pawtucket native Paris Fisher, who knows the boy from Underground 101, a youth ministry group out of the North Providence Assembly of God.
WOONSOCKET -- He's 87 years old now and the war he fought lies almost a lifetime away in the past. But to Raymond A. Noury the day over the skies of Europe when his damaged B-24 succumbed to a final attack by German fighters is still just a moment behind him.
Anyone would have trouble forgetting what Noury went through on Feb. 22, 1944, when the break-up of his plane left him falling through the sky harnessed to a tattered parachute.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Anthony Stanis can still look back clearly over the years, back to when he was young and a soldier in World War II.
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Anthony Stanis was within 20 yards of Ernie Pyle when the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent was killed on the small island of Ie Shima off the coast of Okinawa on April 18, 1945.
â€śHe shouldnâ€™t have been out there with us,â€ť Stanis admitted. â€śErnie had been on Okinawa for a couple of weeks and he was resting up, just sitting on a ship out in the water. He came ashore for a couple days and spent time with our colonel (Lt. Col. Joseph Coolidge).
PROVIDENCE â€” Former Pawtucket resident Emanuel G. Baptista was found guilty Tuesday by a Providence County Superior Court jury of child molestation and child abuse charges in which the victim was a four-month-old girl.
The jury declared the 21-year-old Baptista guilty on two counts of first degree child molestation and two counts of first degree child abuse stemming from the 2009 case. The jury deliberated for four days and concluded after a six-day trial that was presided over by Superior Court Justice Netti Vogel, according to a press release from Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Four people escaped harm after a fire broke out at a two-story tenement house at 41 Hedley Ave. early Friday morning, but the house sustained extensive damage, stated Central Falls Deputy Fire Chief John Garvey.
Two CFFD firefighters did suffer minor injuries, one a tweaked knee and the other lacerations to his face, but they didn't require hospitalization.
â€śWe saw a person living out of a box right near the White House. This was sad, knowing all of his worldly belongings were in this small area. While strolling through (Washington) D.C., I also noticed some people scavenging for food in nearby trash bins. It got me thinking how unfortunate they were to live outside with snow, and in extremely cold weather, and that they didn't know where their next meals were coming from.â€ť
â€“ Michael Pariseau, 15, Seekonk High sophomore
SCITUATE â€” Hinting broadly that he may soon return to public life, perhaps as a political candidate, State Police Col. Brendan Doherty announced Thursday that he is retiring effective April 1.
Both Doherty and Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s office denied that friction between Doherty and Chafee â€” who were at odds over the Providence Police Departmentâ€™s decision to opt out of the federal Secure Communities Program â€” led to Dohertyâ€™s seemingly abrupt decision to step down.
CUMBERLAND â€” The 66-year-old victim of last week's violent home invasion at 124 Overhill Road in Cumberland has been identified as Harvey O. Salvas, who also is a staff member of the Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities.
Salvas is the commission's state Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator specializing in accessibility and assistive technology. He is also a former building official in Cumberland.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Three of Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s nominees to the Board of Regents, including chairman-designate George Caruolo, won approval from the Senate Education Committee on split votes Tuesday.
After enduring extensive grilling from committee members on his opinion of Commissioner Deborah Gist and several of the reforms she has championed, on his potential conflict of interest in simultaneously being regents chairman and a lobbyist for the Twin River gambling casino and not losing the $75 million in federal Race to the Top funds Rhode Island was awarded last year.
PAWTUCKET â€” Late in its meeting on Wednesday night, the City Council gave first passage to some ordinances allowing for several City Hall job and salary changes that were proposed by the Grebien administration. However, two of the job changes, which resulted in substantial raises for these positions, drew some questions and criticism from several council members.