PAWTUCKET â€“ Complaints from neighbors helped local police zero in on a man who was allegedly selling cocaine near two schools Friday morning.
Mauricio Guzman, 30, is held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions, Cranston, after police seized 19 grams of cocaine from his second-floor apartment at 290 Lonsdale Ave.
Undercover narcotics officers obtained a warrant to search Guzmanâ€™s apartment Friday after opening an investigation based on neighborsâ€™ complaints about after-hours visitors and high foot traffic at the residence, according to Major Arthur Martins.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Ivy Duffy, 76, of Providence, got a taste of Greek culture while taking a sailing cruise through the Greek islands with her husband Charlie last year, and figured to add to her experiences with a visit to the Grecian Festival at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday.
Her interest was also heightened by her friendship with a dance teacher, Andrea Vastis, who helps run the Greek Pride of Rhode Island dance troupe starring at the Walcott Street churchâ€™s 87th annual festival.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police yesterday released a description and composite sketch of the man they believe shot 42-year-old shop owner Yusef Aâ€™Vant to death in his Pawtucket Avenue barbershop on Wednesday afternoon.
East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella said investigators are looking for a black male believed to be in his late 30s to early 40s, who is approximately 5-foot-11 tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket at the time of the shooting
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EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Police yesterday released a description and composite sketch of the man they believe shot 42-year-old barbershop owner Yusef Aâ€™Vant to death in his Pawtucket Avenue business on Wednesday afternoon.
East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella said investigators are looking for a black male believed to be in his late 30â€™s to early 40â€™s, who is approximately 5â€™11â€ť tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was wearing a camouflage jacket at the time of the shooting
PAWTUCKET â€“ No one was injured and three people were arrested Wednesday night after a reported shooting incident outside an apartment building on John Street, police said.
At approximately 6:20 Wednesday night, police received several calls from people who reported hearing gunshots near an apartment building at 48 John St. and seeing a black Lexus fleeing the scene.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A well-known local barber was fatally shot in his Krazy Kuts business at 2400 Pawtucket Ave. Wednesday afternoon, a killing that has put residents of the neighborhood on edge.
Yusef Avant, 42, who has previously been listed as living in an apartment at the 2400 Pawtucket Ave. property, was shot inside the shop, and was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to East Providence Police.
LINCOLN – Police are investigating the second armed robbery of the Bank of America at 611 Smithfield Ave. in four months after a man entered the branch Monday afternoon and demanded money while threatening a teller with a handgun, according to police.
Lincoln Police Captain Philip Gould said the police department received a call from the branch at 3:55 p.m. reporting an unidentified male had walked in and pulled out a black handgun before demanding money from the bank teller.
PAWTUCKET â€” Thanks to the continued dedication of a group of area veterans and their devoted supporters, Pawtucket once again hosted the annua Victory Day memorial event on Monday at the Veterans Amphitheatre, adjacent to the City Hall complex, with numerous speakers praising the sacrifices made by veterans to preserve the nationâ€™s freedom.
Victory Day signaled the end to the War in the Pacific that concluded World War II.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It was a big night at McCoy Stadium Sunday night with lots of stars, both from sports and entertainment, shining bright, and all for singer and Providence native Jeffrey Osborneâ€™s charitable foundation and the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Trust.
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PAWTUCKET â€“ A 13-year-old girl committed suicide Thursday by deliberately running into the path of an oncoming vehicle on I-95 southbound, at the foot of the Broadway ramp, according to the state police.
The girl was distraught over a â€śsituation with her boyfriendâ€ť that came to a head shortly before she was struck by the car, about 2 a.m., according to Lt. Col. Michael Winquist.
She was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital a short time later.
The victimâ€™s name was withheld, but Winquist said her family lives in Pawtucket.
â€śObviously itâ€™s a very tragic situation,â€ť he said.
Woody Allen directs a scene for his upcoming movie on Main St. in downtown Pawtucket Thursday on morning. Main St. and High St. were closed for a time while several scenes were filmed for the new movie, as yet untitled, before Allen and company moved to 207 Wickenden St. in Providence for filming shot the Coffee Exchange.
See Friday's Pawtucket Times and Woonsocket Call for complete story and more photos.
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WOONSOCKET â€“ Executives of Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, which includes The Call and The Times of Pawtucket, announced that longtime newspaper professional Paul V. Palange has joined the staff as general manager and director of advertising for the newspapers.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Police seized contraband cigarettes and suspected pirate DVDs after raiding a Broad Street convenience store Friday, they said.
The co-owners of RI Market 2, Mahmoud Najib and Ghassub Hasim Aljandali, both of Cranston, were charged with one count each of the sale of unstamped cigarettes; forgery; importation of cigarettes with the intent to evade taxes; and conspiracy.
PAWTUCKET â€” Only 225 high school juniors and seniors from across the country, and only five from Rhode Island, were chosen to participate in the Bank of America Student Leaders program this year.
Thanks to their hard work and dedication to their communities, Ryan Gomes and Monitea Minea, were two of those students.
Gomes, a recent graduate of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School, and Minea, a senior at the William E. Tolman School, were both selected to participate in the program based on their extensive service work.
Full story appears on page A1 of Monday's Times.
The state beach concession stands cited for more than 70 food code violations last month were re-inspected Friday morning and found to be in compliance, the Department of Health said Friday.
â€śMisquamicut, Scarborough, and Roger Wheeler were inspected this (Friday) morning. They no longer have any critical violations, which means public health is not at-risk to patronize these sites,â€ť said Christina Batastini, the Rhode Island Department of Healthâ€™s chief officer of health promotion.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Even if he had not withdrawn his high bid, Cranston state Rep. Peter Palumbo would not have been able to be awarded the contract to run concession stands at state beaches.
A RI Ethics Commission regulation prohibits General Assembly members from taking any other employment with the state â€“ explicitly including being an independent contractor â€“ until one year after he or she leaves the legislature.
Fly strips hanging over food preparation areas; cans of clam chowder stored in restrooms; mold in ice machines; fish fillets thawing on the counter in stagnant water; and foul, noxious odors coming from grease traps are just some of the more than 70 health and food code violations the state Department of Health recently found at concession stands at Rhode Islandâ€™s three state beaches - Misquamicut, Scarborough and Roger Wheeler, The Call and The Times has learned.