April 27th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â€” While police and fire officials continue to investigate the cause of Tuesday's deadly blaze at 681 Broadway, Pawtucket Police have identified the victim as Derrek Ellerbe, age 57.
Just after 5 p.m., members of the Pawtucket Police and Fire Departments responded to the three-story apartment house for a report of a structure fire.
When they arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the third floor.
According to Police Maj. Arthur Martins, one man, later identified as Ellerbe, was found unresponsive in a third-floor apartment.
PROVIDENCE â€” Just two weeks after businesspeople from across the state flocked to the Statehouse to fight Gov. Lincoln Chafeeâ€™s sales tax plan, Chafee marched into his opponentsâ€™ camp, a Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce breakfast, to defend his proposal.
â€śThere is no doubt that taxes are harmful, thereâ€™s no argument about that,â€ť Chafee said in response to a question from Times Publisher Barry Mechanic. â€śItâ€™s a cost we donâ€™t want to pay.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Once again, while a majority of school officials are touting the money savings benefits of the newly approved teachers' contract, City Councilors are vowing to keep pushing for their right to review and give final ratification of the agreement.
CRANSTON â€” The never-say-die attitude was there. So too were the late-game heroics that some have come to associate Lincoln High baseball with.
On a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, the end result went astray from the now one-beaten Lions. A valiant comeback bid was nullified thanks to Cranston Westâ€™s Alex Morettiâ€™s two-out double with one on in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Falcons to the 8-7 walk-off triumph. Morettiâ€™s clutch knock touched down in the right-centerfield gap, chasing home catcher Jeff Diehl with the winning run.
CUMBERLAND â€” Ask any of the girlsâ€™ coaches about who would win Tuesdayâ€™s Northern Division showdown between host Cumberland High and unbeaten squads Woonsocket and Central Falls and the response was the same.
They simply didnâ€™t have a clue.
â€śThis is going to be a close meet,â€ť said Woonsocket coach Dan Richard midway into the competition. â€śI thought before the meet, plus or minus five points between all three schools.â€ť
While battling a fire that killed a man and injured another at 681 Broadway in Pawtucket Tuesday night, a Pawtucket firefighter on Ladder 2 uses a Pikeâ€™s Pole as smoke and flames pour from the third floor of the six-family residence. The fire appears to have started in the rear of the third floor. One man was severely injured in the fire. He was taken to Memorial Hospital, according to Battalion Chief Timothy Mercer. The man later died. The second victim was reportedly recovering at Memorial Hospital.
CENTRAL FALLS - Josefa Gutierrez, 73, of Foundry St. Passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday. She was the wife of the late Jose Gutierrez.
She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, a daughter of the late Lucas and Angela Galan and migrated to the US in 1962. She had been employed as an assembler at Hasbro for several years.
She leaves 3 daughters, Judy Morin, Esther Gutierrez and Ruth Brown and a son German Gutierrez. She also leaves 5 Granddaughters and several brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews in Colombia.
WOONSOCKET - His funeral will be held on Thursday at 8:45 am from the Lincoln Funeral Home, 1501 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Edward Church, Weeden St., Pawtucket. Burial will be in Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. Calling hours are Wednesday from 5-8 pm.
Attention Pawtucket Jr. High and High School Parents and Educators: The District will hold a free workshop called "Passport 2 Social Media."
The subject is cyber-bullying and digital abuse; how to spot it, how to stop it. This workshop is scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 in the Jenks/JMW library and will last about 90 minutes. Childcare will be available as well as interpreters.For more information, contact Laurie Dufault 475-2398 or Alba Steiner 729-7717 (Spanish).
LINCOLN â€” Golf couldnâ€™t have gone any better for Jamison Randall last summer.
During a magnificent, two-month stretch on the links, the Cumberland High senior captured three tournaments, winning the World Series of Junior Golf at Triggs G.C., the Rhode Island Golfers Association (RIGA) Junior Championships and the New England Junior Championships, taking that prestigious tourney in sudden death.
CUMBERLAND â€” Stranding runners on base has been a sore subject with Cumberland High this month, but on Monday afternoon, the Clippers were able to deliver some timely hits in their Division I crossover battle with East Providence High at Tucker Field.
Rebecca Geddes, Samantha Bertherman, and Bridget Connors each drove in a run during a four-run uprising in the home half of the fourth inning, and that rally, parlayed with the dominant one-hit pitching of senior ace Bethany Paul, helped the hosts grab a 4-1 victory.
PAWTUCKET â€” Johnston High showed Tolman why it is undefeated in Division II action on Monday.
The Panthers improved to 8-0 with a 5-0 victory over Tolman in a well-played game that took less than two hours to complete at McCoy Stadium. Righthander Gian Bianchi scattered eight hits over six innings to pick up the win. Tolman starter Andrew Larson went the distance, scattering 13 hits and getting some fine defense from his infielders and outfielders.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” David Hernandez sat at a desk in Biology Classroom 310 at Central Falls High School on Monday afternoon, admitting he wished he could relive what he deemed a dream.
Back on Saturday, April 9, at about 4:30 p.m., he and fellow junior Cristina Robalo seized first place in the â€śAnatomy & Physiologyâ€ť category at the R.I. Science Olympiad, held at Rhode Island College. Frankly, the championship blew their minds.
Richard D. Rugg
BRUNSWICK, ME - Richard D. Rugg, 63, of Maine and formerly of Pawtucket, RI who died on April 17, 2011, was also survived by his daughter, Karen Querceto and a granddaughter.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Roberge, Gaston lived in North Providence for fifty nine years and died Friday the 22nd of April at home with his family. He was the husband of Ruth (Pooler) Roberge and the late Roberta (Clarke) Roberge. Besides his wife of fifty nine years together he leaves his daughter Roberta and her husband Neil Barnett of Newark, OH, his son William and his wife Catherine of Warwick, one sister Clare Bessette of Pawtucket, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
WOONSOCKET - Laura (Rattelle) Petrin, 99, of Cumberland Hill Road and formerly of Cumberland died Sunday, April 24, 2011 at Oakland Grove Health Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of the late William J. Petrin.
Born in Harrisville, a daughter of the late Eugene and Mary Jane (Theroux) Rattelle, she had lived in Cumberland for over 55 years before moving to Woonsocket.
She was a communicant of Historic St. Joseph's Church, Cumberland and a former member of the Chimney Hill Tenants Association.
WOONSOCKET - Ludger Jutras, 96, of Woonsocket formerly of Pawtucket, died Sunday at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Claire (Belair) Jutras and Marie (Guimont) Jutras.
Kathleen Anne Zant
NORTH PROVIDENCE - Kathleen Anne (Garabedian) Zant, 67, of Belvidere Boulevard, died peacefully Monday at Summit Commons. She was the beloved wife of James W. Zant. They were married for forty-four years.
Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Courser) Garabedian-Svibergson.