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
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.