July 24th, 2015
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ Police on Wednesday arrested a local man and his girlfriend and charged each with a felony count of desecration of a grave after they allegedly stole a headstone from St. Francis Cemetery, authorities said.
The incident was reported on Tuesday, when an 89-year-old woman told police that her husband‚Äôs headstone had been stolen from the cemetery on Smithfield Avenue, police said.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď Esselton ‚ÄúEss‚ÄĚ McNulty says the most gratifying accomplishment of his 36-year career as the general director of the YMCA of Pawtucket, and the one he cherishes the most, was his work in the late 1970s to turn around the financially troubled Pawtucket YMCA, which at the time was on the brink of collapse.
‚ÄúWhen I came here the YMCA was in trouble financially and it didn‚Äôt have a very positive image,‚ÄĚ says McNulty. ‚ÄúIt took three or four years, but we managed to get the Y out of the doldrums and bring it back to profitability.‚ÄĚ
CENTRAL FALLS – The Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation removed Daniel W. Martin’s interim status, selecting the 27-year corrections industry veteran as the new full-time warden at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility.
Martin had recently served as Wyatt’s interim warden. Additionally, he had previously served as a correctional major at the facility since November 2013.
For complete story see Wednesday's print edition of The Times.
CENTRAL FALLS ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gina Raimondo and members of Rhode Island‚Äôs congressional delegation joined city officials from Central Falls and Pawtucket Monday to break ground on a $3.9 million federally-funded roadway improvement project along Dexter Street in Central Falls and Pawtucket.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ The city‚Äôs public safety director praised the courage and quick thinking on display by a trio of Pawtucket Police officers who last week assisted in evacuating several residents from a fire at a property on Central Avenue.
Public Safety Director Tony Pires on Saturday told The Times that the efforts of the three officers ‚ÄĒ Gregory Malo, John Donley, and Paul Trout ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúcertainly speaks for itself.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe three officers could have prevented what would have been a disaster,‚ÄĚ Pires said.
BURRILLVILLE – The Lincoln Little League All-Stars topped Smithfield on Sunday night, 8-4, to capture the Rhode Island District IV Championship.
They were powered by a trio of home runs in the fourth inning by Julian Horan, Danny Fish and Sam Ferranti which accounted for seven of their runs.
Lincoln begins action in the state tournament by facing District 2 winner, Portsmouth, on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Warwick Continental’s Little League complex.
Full story Tuesday in the print edition of The Times.
EXETER ‚ÄĒ Retired Air Force and Korean War veteran Antero ‚ÄúTed‚ÄĚ Martins, of Pawtucket, points to a patch of grass along the main roadway that meanders through the hallowed grounds of the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, a military cemetery on 265 acres in Exeter that serves as a final resting place for Rhode Island veterans who have served their country honorably during wartime.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs the spot right there. That‚Äôs where it will go,‚ÄĚ he says.
CUMBERLAND – An early-afternoon crash, that involved two trucks on Interstate 295 south Friday afternoon, claimed the life of a Woonsocket man.
LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.
After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.
The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Jonathan Goyer recalls the day his life almost ended. He had overdosed on opioids in June 2013 and was found unconscious, ghostly pale, and barely breathing.
This overdose, which came after six months of being clean, was the wake-up call that has since changed his life.
‚ÄúThere was no more using for me. Just this realization that I don't want to die,‚ÄĚ he said. Had it not been for life-saving Narcan that day, Goyer may not be here to tell his story.
PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.
“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď The head of a grassroots campaign to keep the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket said that he felt intimidated by a letter from Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea‚Äôs office that sought to remind him of the state‚Äôs lobbyist regulations.
However, a communications director with the Secretary of State‚Äôs office said that the purpose of the letter was to make its recipient aware of the lobbying statute ‚Äúso they can make the determination if their activity falls under the definition,‚ÄĚ adding that the letter was ‚Äúpurely informational.‚ÄĚ
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Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.
Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticut’s Fairfield Prep, offered “we prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.”
Dan Donnelly, Chukwu’s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, “he just wasn’t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.”
LINCOLN – Rhode Island’s biggest player in the casino industry is about to double down.
Twin River Management Group announced recently that it has completed the acquisition of Newport Grand Slots following approval from the state Department of Business Regulation and the Division of Lotteries.
EAST PROVIDENCE ‚Äď Local firefighters battled a fire at a 69 Taunton Ave. gas station Sunday that was started by flames erupting from a car driving to the business with an engine problem.
Battalion Chief David Rave said firefighters found the vehicle fully involved upon their arrival at the Exxon station at about 1:50 p.m.
PAWTUCKET ‚Äď After starting its operations several years ago in a small office on Main Street, New England Search and Rescue began looking for a larger headquarters to accommodate its future growth.
The organization unveiled that new home on Sunday, with the help of Mayor Donald Grebien, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and cookout at 27 Summer St., next door to the Pawtucket Public Library.
On hand were also representatives of Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue, who handle specially-trained dogs that help searchers locate victims either on land or below the water.
PROVIDENCE – While Upper Deck Post 86 of Cumberland maintains complete control of the R.I. American Legion's Senior Division standings at this “mid-point” of the campaign – it's 15-1 – the boys of Collette Vacations Post 79 continue to rack up victories, ever so quietly.
CUMBERLAND – Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.
They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.