March 6th, 2011
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” When Diana Davis ran up the steep incline during the first mile of the inaugural Irish 5K in Pawtucket, she didnâ€™t just see the top males in the field.
Davis, a third-year PhD student at Brown University, also saw some green.
â€śI want to go to Ireland,â€ť she said.
The 25-year-old runner took the first step to making that trip to the Emerald Isle a reality Saturday morning when she was the first woman to cross the line in front of City Hall, placing ninth overall among the 849 finishers with a time of 18 minutes, 25.1 seconds.
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
CRANSTON --- Cranston East had the numbers, the size, and fewer mistakes than Tolman on Friday night, and that helped the â€™Bolts seize the first game of their best-of-three Division III quarterfinal-round series with the Tigers.
Cranston East scored twice in a 13-second span in the second period to claim a 3-0 command and held off a late Tolman comeback to secure a 5-2 triumph at the Cranston Vets Arena.
PROVIDENCE â€“ For a team that had not won a game in exactly three weeks, or captured a playoff contest of any kind in three years, Friday night seemed as good a time as any for the St. Raphael Academy hoopsters to exercise some demons.
Edward A. McDonald
PAWTUCKET - Edward A. McDonald, 78, of Pawtucket, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011. He was the husband of the late Agnes (Adam) McDonald. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Joseph and Edna (Johnson) McDonald. Mr McDonald was a lifelong resident of the city. He graduated from the East High School (Tolman) in 1952, where he was Swim Boy of the Year. He was a maintenance man for the former Haskell Co. of Pawtucket and later for the former Holiday of Attleboro, MA for several years before retiring. He was an air force veteran of the Korean War.
Luz Maria Sostre
In loving memory of Mrs. Luz Maria Sostre who passed away March 2nd 2011 at the age of 84. Mrs. Sostre was born on June 26th 1926 in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
Robert Leo Maitland
LINCOLN - Robert Leo Maitland, 91, of Lincoln died peacefully on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center after a two month illness.
Born in Pawtucket to Robert J. Maitland and Ellen (Fogarty) Maitland, he lived in Lincoln most of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy M. (Walsh) Maitland and their two daughters, Joan E. Ayotte and Mary Ann Mayer.
PAWTUCKET - Rene Berthelette, 84, of Pawtucket, passed away Friday, March 04, 2011 after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Alice (Laramee) Berthelette.
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.
PAWTUCKET â€” Davies Tech baffled Shea High with its matchup zone defense on Wednesday evening en route to a 32-25 victory over the Raiders in a Division III quarterfinal-round playoff contest.
The Patriots trailed 16-10 at halftime, then went on a 15-2 run to take a 25-18 lead with 3:58 left in the game. Sheaâ€™s only two points during the first 12 minutes of the second half came on free throws.
Dominateur C. Bernier Jr.
PAWTUCKET - Dominateur C. Bernier Jr. of Pawtucket, RI died on February 28, 2011. He was the son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Dominateur C. Bernier Sr.
He was born May 23, 1942 in Central Falls, RI. He worked as a printer for 15 years at Foxon Packaging in Providence, RI and was in the taxi business for 40 years.
He is survived by his children, Brian Bernier, Michele Gendron, Dominateur Bernier III, Tonya Peckham and Sean Bernier. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 3 sisters, Teresa Watts, Irene Bernier, and Marie Lomax.
Ronald M. Forshaw
PAWTUCKET: Ronald M. Forshaw, 52, of Lake St, passed February 25th with his loving wife Elaine (Beland) Forshaw by his side.
Born in Hollywood, FL, a son of late Richard and Patricia (McGee) Forshaw.
He had been employed as a shipping supervisor at Slater Dye Works, Pawtucket for over 20 years.
Besides his wife he is survived by two brothers, John Forshaw of Florida and Michael Forshaw of Manville and several nieces and nephews. Services will be private. For online condolences visit www.thekeefefuneralhome.com.
Luz Maria Sostre
CENTRAL FALLS - Luz Maria Sostre, formerly of Forand Manor. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 9 AM in the Charles Coelho Funeral Home, 151 Cross Street, Central Falls. Visitation Friday, 5-8 pm. Burial in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence Condolences, www.coelhofuneralhome.net
Catherine E. Mercer
PAWTUCKET - Catherine E. Mercer, 88, of Pawtucket died Thursday, March 3, 2011. She was the wife of John A. Mercer. They had been married 64 years. Catherine was born in Rumford, the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Waters) Smith.