July 8th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Darrell Johnson, 19, in connection with the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Joshua Burgo behind the Nathanael Greene Elementary School Friday morning.
Police said the victim was shot in the chest at around 2:58 a.m. He was taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
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BELLINGHAM â€” The Belling-ham Business Association (BBA) has announced this year's winners of two $1,500 scholarships. These scholarships are offered to Bellingham residents who are graduating from high school and will be going on to higher education.
One of the recipients, Maria Mendez, is a graduate of Bellingham High School and will be attending Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley, Mass. this fall to major in business.
BURRILLVILLE â€” The 28th annual Fishing Derby at Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club took place June 9-10.
Fishing Derby Chairman Norm Fontaine, along with staff and friends from Seven Hills of Rhode Island â€” an affiliate of the Seven Hills Foundation â€” attended the Saturday portion of the event. Members from the WLRGCâ€™s Fishing Derby Committee and volunteer members assisted the 67 participants in demonstrating their fishing skills.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, soft drinks and chips donated by the club were served.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man whose exploits as a master art thief have been chronicled in books, magazines and newspapers for decades was arrested after an armed holdup that was anything but artful, police say.
Myles J. Connor, 69, and Suzanne King, 48, both of Blackstone, were charged with one count each of armed robbery and conspiracy after stealing a cell phone from two women with whom they were apparently acquainted.
Detective Sgt. Edward Cunanan said Connor and King used a realistic-looking toy gun to rob the women near CT Plus Convenience store on Hamlet Avenue about 4 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€“ City officials say theyâ€™ve learned that the owner of Waterview Apartments has been mistakenly granted a quarter million dollarsâ€™ worth of tax breaks since 2006 and now they want to be reimbursed by the owners of the Privilege Street complex.
A lawyer for Omni Privilege Limited Partnership disputes the allegations, however, saying the company received the relief with permission from the city and should continue to do so.
â€śWe would fight any effort to collect the tax retroactively,â€ť Robert Berkelhammer said.
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland American All-Stars skipper Bruce Stanford knew he had a decent-hitting club, but nothing like this.
His Nos. 4, 5 and 7 hitters finished 10-for-10 with nine RBI and eight runs scored as CALL rolled to a wildly-entertaining 12-6 victory over Bernonâ€™s best in a R.I. District IV Major Division Tournament Pool B tilt at Ayotte Field on Friday night.
Susan L. Jencks
CUMBERLAND- Susan L. (Vose) Jencks, 68, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 5, 2012. She was the beloved wife of the late Herchal Jencks.
Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late Fred I. and Marion S. (Spelman) Vose.
Susan was a waitress at the former Meadowcrest Restaurant on Mendon Rd., Cumberland for many years and also worked as a CNA at The Holiday, Manville. During her free time she enjoyed playing bingo.
BLACKSTONE- Gertrude C. (Bergeron) Martinelli, 79, of Blackstone, MA passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 5, 2012 with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife for 60 years of Leo H. Martinelli.
Born in Woonsocket, RI on February 28, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Alice (Antaya) Bergeron.
Gerald O. Peloquin
DUNNELLON, FL- Gerald O. Peloquin, 86, Dunnellon, died Monday, July 2, 2012 in Ocala, FL.
He was born in Woonsocket, RI, moved to Vero Beach, FL in 1986 and onto Dunnellon in 2008.
Gerald was a restaurateur in partnership with his brother-in-law Norman Lafond; they owned & operated the Annex Diner in Woonsocket, RI for 21 years. During their tenure in the restaurant business, Gerald and Norman introduced to the Rhode Island public, the famous GRINDER sub sandwich.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury has indicted a 20-year-old city man on charges of raping a 16-year-old girl earlier this year.
Colby Hedstrom of 132 Kenwood Ave. is facing one count each of first-degree sexual assault and assault with the intent to commit sexual assault.
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