November 8th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa â€śMissyâ€ť Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before heâ€™s eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.
Thomas A. Perron
PAWTUCKET - Thomas A. Perron, 56, passed November 7th. He was the husband of Diane L. (Cardinal) Perron.
He had been employed by Stop and Shop, IGA and Andreoni Market, then retired due to illness from Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Cherie Lee Perron of New Britain, CT, a son, Thomas A. Perron of Bellingham, MA, a sister, Joanne Cranshaw of Lincoln, a brother, Rev. Robert P. Perron of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews.
Piotr J. Budzyna
CENTRAL FALLS - Piotr J. Budzyna 74, of High Street passed away Tuesday November 8, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Halina (Kozaczka) Budzyna.
Born in Poland he was a son of the late Wladyslaw and Karolina (Rokocz) Budzyna. He lived in Central Falls for the past 8 years and was formerly of Cumberland.
Before retiring he was employed as a Machine Operator for the Seekonk Manufacturing Co.
Robert L. Pope
SEEKONK - Robert L. Pope, 83, passed away Monday, November 7, 2011. He was the beloved husband of Dorothy M. (Weaton) Pope, they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on September 18, 2011.
EAST GREENWICH â€” There are strength in numbers for sure on the soccer pitch, to which East Greenwich High will attest.
The Avengers consistently flooded the penalty box area with defenders, forming a protective cocoon that allowed goalie Oscar Goodwin to thrive while simultaneously left Tolman Highâ€™s array of skill players singing the blues.
CRANSTON â€” Shea High shook free from a determined Cumberland team on Monday night at Cranston Stadium and advanced to the Division I state finals for the second straight season with a 3-0 victory over the Clippers.
The Raiders, who lost in the 2010 finals to Barrington, will meet top-ranked La Salle in Saturdayâ€™s high noon showdown at Rhode Island Collegeâ€™s pitch. The two teams tied 2-2 during their only regular season meeting.
CUMBERLAND â€” After shaking off some rust in the first game, Cumberland High went into playoff mode and is now just two bigs wins from the school's first-ever state championship.
Fueled by an outstanding night from junior Sam Bertherman and a solid all-around effort from her teammates, the third-seeded Clippers swept by No. 6 seed Tolman, 3-0, in the Division II quarterfinals on Monday at the Wellness Center. Cumberland won with scores of 25-23, 25-4, 25-9.
PAWTUCKET â€” Despite its modern design and state-of-the-art amenities, the city's animal shelter is finding itself in the doghouse when it comes to heating and electrical costs.
WOONSOCKET â€” Jury selection is expected to begin today in the Superior Court trial of a man accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in their Park Square apartment in March 2009.
But the victimâ€™s mother, Jo-Ann Boyer of Pawtucket, said she is still hopeful that accused killer David P. Leite will cop a plea and spare family members the trauma of a trial.
â€śWeâ€™d like to have some closure after all this time,â€ť said Boyer. â€śBut none of us is looking forward to having to live through all this again.â€ť
Meredith A. Garon
CUMBERLAND - Meredith A. Garon 58 of Bryant St. died Sunday at the Pawtucket Skilled Nursing Center, Pawtucket. She was the wife of Arthur J. Garon.
Born in Providence a daughter of the late Edwin and Mildred (Heaton) Elson. She was a lifelong Cumberland resident.
Mrs. Garon was a bus monitor for Laidlaw Company for nine years and also worked for Health -Tex for fifteen years.
Brian David Rigby
PAWTUCKET - Brian David Rigby, 41, passed away unexpectedly on October 31, 2011 in Smithfield, NC. Brian was born in Pawtucket and resided in North Carolina for the preceding four years.
Brian was the beloved Son of Marsha (Hunt) and George Rigby, brother of Sharon Sexton-Brady and her husband Mickey Brady, brother of George T. Rigby, Jr. and his wife Gina (Palazio) Rigby. He was the former husband of Kerri (McKenna) Rigby.
Helen M. Kratochwil
PAWTUCKET- Helen M. Kratochwil 88, formerly of Roosevelt Avenue passed away Sunday November 6, 2011 at Berkshire Place Providence. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank S. Kratochwil.
Born in Pawtucket she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Strzemecka) Presnal. She lived most of her life in Pawtucket.
Before retiring she was employed as a Payroll Clerk for the American Insulated Wire & Cable Co. of Pawtucket for many years.
Lewis G. Chartier
PAWTUCKET - Lewis G. Chartier 88, of Pawtucket, RI. (CAROUSEL MAN) passed away Saturday November 5, 2011 at St. Antoine's Nursing Home in N. Smithfield, RI.
Predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Sylvia (Rushlow) Chartier, his brothers Robert, Norman, and Ronald Chartier, grandson Mark Chartier and granddaughter Amber Chartier. He leaves behind his dear wife of 63 years Clara (Lafrate) Chartier, sons Raymond and Richard Chartier and daughters, Susan Martins and Cheryl Fratus, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Alice L. Sylvestre
MANVILLE - Alice L. Sylvestre, 79, formerly of Central St., Manville, died Saturday at Oakland Grove Health Care Center. She was the wife of the late Adelard Sylvestre.
Born in South Attleboro, she was a daughter of the late Leon and Mathilda (Dube) Tougas. She was raised in Central Falls and resided in Manville for over 50 years.
Mrs. Sylvestre was employed at the former Premium Cleaners on Central St. in Manville for over 25 years before retiring.
She was a longtime communicant of St. James Parish and a member of the Montcalm Club.
George F. Peters Sr
PAWTUCKET - George F. Peters Sr, 80, formaly of Littlefield Street, Pawtucket where he lived with his granddaughter Alicia Medeiros until recently moving in with his daughter Pamela Aguiar passed away November 6, 2011 peacefully at home.
He was the husband of the late Theresa E. (Lawrence) Peters
Mr. Peters was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late Ernest J. and Tryphena (Jane) Peters, and the youngest of 13 sibblings. He was a foreman at ITT Royal Electric for over 39 years. Mr. Peters then worked as a driver for Thrifty Car Sales & Rental until retiring in 2007.
Approximately 50 veterans from the Blackstone Valley gathered on Saturday for a photo session in advance of Friday's Veterans Day holiday.
Here is a roundup of Veteran's Day news and events in the Pawtucket area:
PAWTUCKET -- The city will celebrate Veterans Day on Friday with a memorial ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. All residents are invited to join Mayor Don Grebien and members of the city council at Veterans' Memorial Park, Roosevelt Ave. & Exchange St.
CRANSTON â€“ Form held true in three of the four Division I quarterfinal playoff games contested over the past three days. Top-seeded La Salle, third-seeded Shea and fourth-seeded Barrington all advanced. Only second-seed Central Falls fell by the wayside, beaten 3-2 by seventh-seeded Cumberland on Saturday afternoon.
That sets up unbeaten La Salle versus defending champion Barrington in tonightâ€™s 5 p.m. opener at Cranston Stadium followed by Shea and Cumberland at 7 p.m.
Throw out the regular-season records because in Division II, the playoffs beckon.
In a division known for staging â€śPre-Thanksgiving Madnessâ€ť due to an eight-team field, the Div. II playoffs get underway this coming weekend with four quarterfinal-round matchups. For local entries Tolman, St. Raphael and Cumberland, the mission is clear â€“ extend the season to Nov. 30, the date set aside for the semifinals.
FOSTER --- St. Raphael Academy is heading back to the Division II playoffs, but in order to earn their berth, the Saints had to survive a royal barnburner on the road with Ponaganset High on Saturday afternoon.
The Saints scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns and turned up the heat defensively in the final 18 minutes of play to bus home with an exciting come-from-behind 29-23 victory that not only clinched their berth, but also snuffed out the Chieftainsâ€™ playoff hopes.
PAWTUCKET â€” Move over, Cleveland. The City of Pawtucket is going to have its own Music Hall of Fame.
From the late George M. Cohen to the Cowsills to Tavares and Duke Robillard, there are a surprising number of famous musicians and music industry professionals with ties to the Ocean State. As such, efforts are underway to create a Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame to celebrate their legacy, and it will be located at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket.