NORTH SMITHFIELD â Police Lt. Jared Salinaro still loves his job, but itâs just not as easy coming to work as it used to be.
Thatâs because he has to leave the house without his longtime partner, Vasko the police dog.
Vasko was a staple of the patrol division for more than six years, with a sable snout as familiar to police officers in Woonsocket and other Valley towns as it was here. Though heâs still eager to work, Vaskoâs been forced into retirement because Salinaro, his exclusive handler, was recently promoted into a position that no longer keeps him tethered to a police cruiser.
WOONSOCKET- Madeleine Ladouceur 90, formerly of Sweet Ave died Thursday at The Holiday surrounded by her loving nieces. She was the wife of the late Valmore R. Ladouceur.
Born in Woonsocket, she was a daughter of the late Calixte and Rose (Lemire) Vaillant.
Mrs. Ladouceur was a picker for Sadwin's Manufacturing Co. for twenty years before retiring in 1991.
Frank H. Martin
NO. SMITHFIELD- Frank H. Martin, 94, of Old Smithfield Road, No. Smithfield, died December 21, 2012 in The Holiday, Lincoln. He was the husband of the late Doris M. (Goewey) Martin.
Born in Worcester, MA, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Louise (Baldauf) Martin.
Danielle M. Spellman
BLACKSTONE, MA- Danielle M. Spellman, 38, of Blackstone, MA passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012. She leaves the love of her life, Eric D'Angelo.
Born in Boston, MA on August 8, 1974, she was the daughter of David J. Spellman, Sr. and his wife, Frances of South Yarmouth, MA, and the late Elizabeth M. (Battite) Spellman.
WOONSOCKET â A 21-year-old woman was beaten, bitten and threatened with a knife during a feud with her boyfriend Wednesday, police said.
Brad Johnson, 19, of 78 Spring St., was arrested after fleeing the residence and charged with domestic assault with a deadly weapon, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish a telephone.
Police said the victim tried to call 911 several times while they were en route to the residence, but the only thing the caller managed to say was that someone was holding a knife to her neck.
WOONSOCKET â Another unconfirmed report that Walmart is bidding on a âsupercenterâ project on Diamond Hill Road has prompted the city to ask the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant for clarification.
âIt is my sincere hope that if and when you find yourself in a position to be able to comment to me about Walmartâs plans, you will take the opportunity to do so and have an internally consistent message conveyed by the city to support your own,â wrote Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik on Thursday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) â Twenty-year-old Cranston native who's a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens from six continents at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the title from outgoing champion Leila Lopes of Angola.
PROVIDENCE â Neftali Melendez, 26, of Woonsocket, was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in federal prison, the high end of advisory federal sentencing guidelines, for illegally selling firearms during an undercover investigation by ATF and the Woonsocket Police Department into the trafficking of firearms in Woonsocket.
LINCOLN â Local deer could soon be the targets of hunters following a 3-2 Town Council vote allowing archery hunting as a way to reduce the townâs growing deer population.
The hunting season measure worked out by the Councilâs ordinance committee came up before the five-member full panel for action without a recommendation but was approved with Council President Keith Macksoud, and council members Kenneth Pichette and Arthur Russo in favor and members James Jahnz and John Flynn opposed.
Maurice C. Neyman
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Maurice C. Neyman, 82, of Great Rd., died December 19, 2012 at his home in North Smithfield. He was the husband of Florence (Carpentier) Neyman whom he married September 8, 1956.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late John and Amelia (Tasca) Neyman.
Mr. Neyman retired as an administrator for the Polaroid Company having worked there for 30 years. He was a Staff Sgt. in the United States Marine Corps serving during the Korean War. Maurice was a member of the American Legion and a former board member at Union Cemetery.