Archive - 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” A 46-year-old city man faces a mandatory minimum of five years in federal prison after pleading guilty yesterday to federal charges of selling cocaine from an auto repair business in the city.
Pablo Marino Chala, 46, formerly of 89 Bourdon Boulevard, also faces at least four years of supervised release when he is sentenced in May, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said.
Chala pled guilty in U.S. District Court Tuesday to one count of distributing 28 or more grams of crack cocaine and two counts of distributing crack cocaine.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Two Republican lawmakers, Cumberland Sen. Bethany Moura and Portsmouth Rep. Dan Gordon, attacked the 49-state settlement agreement with the nationâ€™s five largest mortgage service providers that Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin signed onto last week, calling the $25 billion the financial institutions agreed to pay â€śa drop in the bucket.â€ť
â€śWhat an insult to the American people,â€ť Gordon declared at a Statehouse press conference Tuesday. â€śWhat an insult to the people of Rhode Island. The people should be inflamed.â€ť
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college level (Editor's note: all stats are current through Sunday, February 12):
A five-game winning streak has Fairfield in the thick of MAAC race with the play of Pawtucket native Rakim Sanders representing a major reason why. Sanders led the Stags with 13 points in Sundayâ€™s 68-51 win against Loyola University while logging a team-best 37 minutes.
Veronica K. Tributino
WOONSOCKET- Veronica K. (Kavaliowskes) Tributino 75, of Crepeau Court, Woonsocket, died Sunday in Landmark Medical Center. She was the wife of the late Inacio Tributino.
Mrs. Tributino was born in San Paolo, Brazil, a daughter of the late Jorge and Domicela Kavaliowskes, but had been a Woonsocket resident for the past forty years.
She and her husband were the owners of Manhattan Beverages in Woonsocket for many years before retiring in1985.
Marcel L. Lanoue
WOONSOCKET- Marcel L. "Mitch" Lanoue, 90, of Woonsocket passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Veterans Medical Center in Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Blanche A. (Allaire) Lanoue.
Born in Milton, VT on August 10, 1921, he was the son of the late Valmore and Alvayana (Dexter) Lanoue.
Louis R. Geer
WOONSOCKET- Louis R. Geer, Sr., 61, resident of Woonsocket, formerly of the state California, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
Born July 24, 1950 in Uxbridge, MA, he was the son of the late Ralph and Patricia (Wheeler) Geer.
Louis had worked for the New England Dry Wall Company as a carpenter and in his spare time, he was a passionate fisherman.
ORLANDO FLORIDA- Michael D. Champagne, 47, died January 12, 2012 in Orlando Florida after being struck by a vehicle crossing the street.
He was Born in Woonsocket son of the late Constance and Leon Champagne.
He resided in Florida for the last 9 years. He served in the Army and Marines
He was a graduate of Woonsocket High School
He is survived by his daughter Crystal Allen of VA., 2 sisters Christine Ahern of Florida, Karen Brien of Woonsocket and 1 brother Timmy Champagne of No. Smithfield.
WOONSOCKET- Paul Masnyk, 86, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2012, at home, with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of Rose (Jaryniak) Masnyk.
Born in 1925 in Poland, he was the son of the late Paul & Katarzyna (Bachurski) Masnyk. Mr. Masnyk came to this country in 1950 and settled in Woonsocket.
He was employed at Charlotte Foundry, Fairmount Foundry and 30 years at Crosby Valve & Gauge in Wrentham, MA. before retiring in 1995 to enjoy his hobby of gardening and growing roses.
CUMBERLAND â€” Roger Savini may have been boasting when he said he could drive a golf ball into Massachusetts from his Woonsocket restaurant, but the hyperbole made a point.
His restaurant is so close to both Bellingham and Blackstone that diners â€” and especially his lucrative banquet business â€” could easily bypass his Rathbun Street business to avoid the extra 2 percent tax Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to tack onto restaurant meals and beverages.
Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti feels a common bond with his colleagues at other city schools in Rhode Island, in places like Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence. He knows the budget restraints that ADs in those cities deal with, and can easily relate to the student-athletes and the economic realities many of them face during the school year.