January 12th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ A rare case of back-to-back tenement fires Thursday came with an unusually heavy toll â€“ no injuries, but a total of 61 tenants displaced from their apartments, including a number of infants and toddlers.
Those who could not find emergency shelter with family members and friends â€“ 23 adults and five children â€“ are staying at the Holiday Inn, courtesy of the American Red Cross.
The hotel aid was slated to expire by Monday, however, unleashing a mini-wave of newly homeless on the cityâ€™s already thin-stretched safety net.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A State Police task force arrested a city man on Wednesday after completing an undercover investigation into his alleged involvement in a heroin distribution operation.
Giovanni Morales Nieves, 22, of Cottage Street, was taken into custody after members of the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force executed a search warrant at his home, according to Col. Steven G. Oâ€™Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
GLOCESTER- Rolland D. "Lefty" Carpentier, 88 , Glocester, RI, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday morning, January 9, 2012. He was predeceased by his wife Alice L. (Couture) Carpentier.
Born in Woonsocket on March 29, 1924, he was the son of the late Donat and Irene (Guerin) Carpentier. He was a Woonsocket resident most of his life before moving to Glocester.
WOONSOCKET- Antonio Montefusco, 82, of Logee St. died peacefully, Thursday January 10, 2013 With his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Maria L. (Salvatore) Montefusco. Antonio and Maria celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary September 26, 2012.
Born in Luciano, Italy, son of the late Vincenzo and Carmela (Claudio) Montefusco.
He worked as a Class II fireman in the boiler room at Wrentham State School for 24 years prior to retiring.
CUMBERLAND â€” As Warwick Vets High compiled consecutive wins and pins in the earlier segments of this Division I-North showdown Thursday evening, Cumberland High junior Matt Kayâ€™s level of nervous butterflies increased five-fold per battle.
When it came time for him to take the mat against fellow 220-pounder and Hurricanesâ€™ sophomore James Gogan, and his Clippers trailing 36-30, Kayâ€™s anxiety reached its peak.
Rita Simone Houle
WOONSOCKET- Rita Simone Houle, 76 of Woonsocket passed away on January 9, 2013 in the Trinity Health and Rehabilitation Center in Woonsocket.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Mary-Jane (Raymond) Maurice.
Rita was a life long city resident and worked as a seamstress/stitcher for 31 years for Finklestein, Rayco Co. and finally with Needlecraft. She was a member of St. Josephs Veterans Association and the Club Lafayette Association. Rita was an avid Bingo and card player.
Pamelia A. Roberge
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Pamelia A. Roberge, 86, of St. Paul St., died January 8, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket.
Born in Dover, NH, she was the daughter of the late Alfred J. and Florence (Hanscom) Roberge.
Ms. Roberge worked as a Registered Nurse for Woonsocket Hospital, retiring in 1987. She received a B.S. in Professional Arts in Nursing from St. Joseph's College in Maine in 1949.
She is survived by her paternal cousin, Mary Lou Turcotte of South Berwick, ME. She was the sister of the late Alfred Roberge, Jr.
Audrey A. Wright
BURRILLVILLE- Audrey A. (Allard) Wright, 69, of Round Top Rd., died January 8, 2013 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. She was the wife of Alfred Wright whom she married March 4, 1968.
Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Ernest F. and Florence R. (Peloquin) Allard.
Phyllis L. Presbrey
BURRILLVILLE- Phyllis L. (Gabrielson) Presbrey, 81, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 in Overlook Nursing Home, Pascoag. She was the wife of Raymond E. Presbrey, whom she married Oct. 17, 1953.
Born in Glendale she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Loretta (Bonin) Gabrielson.
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Stephanie Bissonnette, 98, formerly of Woonsocket Hill Road, died Monday, January 7, 2013 at Scalabrini Villa in North Kingstown. She was the wife of the late Harold Bissonnette.
Born in Manchaug, MA, she was the daughter of the late Ludwig and Antonia (Ziemba) Holubesko.
Mrs. Bissonnette had worked as a clerk for twenty years at Wrights Dairy Farm. She had also done housekeeping at the Holy Family Rectory for seven years.