November 9th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” A Superior Court judge sentenced David P. Leite to life in prison yesterday for the grisly stabbing death of his live-in girlfriend in their Park Square apartment in 2009.
Leite, 35, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder before Judge Susan McGuirl just hours before he was to stand trial in the death of Mellisa â€śMissyâ€ť Perry. He must serve at least 20 years before heâ€™s eligible for parole.
Prosecutor John E. Corrigan told the court that if Leite had gone to trial the state would have proven that he stabbed and slashed Perry 79 times with a utility knife.
WOONSOCKET -- Firefighters work to extinguish flames in the roof of a residential building at the Plaza Village apartments on Village Way Wednesday morning. The fire heavily damaged a two-story structure containing 24 units at the complex, which is located off Mendon Road. There were no reports of injuries, but residents were not expected to be able to return to their building in the wake of the blaze. See Thursday's edition of The Call for the complete story.
WOONSOCKET â€” Politics and family crossed paths as they seldom do last night as former state lawmaker Albert G. Brien won a seat on the City Council, besting his daughter-in-law, incumbent City Councilwoman Stella Brien.
With an official tally of 1,694 votes, Albert Brien finished seventh, or dead last, among those in the winnersâ€™ circle, but he was still 43 votes ahead of Stella Brien, according to figures released by the Board of Canvassers.
North Smithfield firefighters work to contain a blaze in an outdoor shed on the premises of 520 Buxton St. in North Smithfield at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. According North Smithfield Fire Chief Joel Jillson, the fire was called in at 9:23 p.m. and minutes later firefighters arrived to find the shed fully engulfed. Six engines and a tanker truck from Burrillville responded and the flames were extinguished minutes later. No injuries were reported. (photo by Ernest A. Brown)
Thomas A. Perron
BELLINGHAM- Thomas A. Perron, 56, passed November 7th. He was the husband of Diane L. (Cardinal) Perron.
He had been employed by Stop and Shop, IGA and Andreoni Market, then retired due to illness from Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket.
Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Cherie Lee Perron of New Britain, CT, a son, Thomas A. Perron of Bellingham, MA, a sister, Joanne Cranshaw of Lincoln, a brother, Rev. Robert P. Perron of Pawtucket and several nieces and nephews.
NO.SMITHFIELD- Richard J. Beauchemin, Sr. 85, of Gilfillan Rd. and Bonnet Shores, Narragansett died Monday, November 7, 2011 in Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket. He was the husband of Diana (Frankian) Beauchemin whom he married November 29, 1952.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late Alcee H. and Hilda (Lavallee) Beauchemin and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
David J. Brodeur
NO. SMITHFIELD- David J. Brodeur, 43, of Patricia Ave., died unexpectedly Friday, November 4, 2011 at home.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of Patricia A. (Fiedorowicz) Brodeur of No. Smithfield and the late Leonel A. Brodeur.
David was a classic car enthusiast, owning and showing many of his own cars.
Besides his mother, he is survived by a brother, Michael R. Brodeur and his wife Lisa of Blackstone and two nieces, Meagan & Jessica Brodeur. He was the brother of the late Mary Brodeur.
Abney, Evelyn Jean
WOONSOCKET- Abney, Evelyn Jean, 54, of 2nd Avenue, died November 5, 2011 in Home & Hospice Care of RI. She is daughter of the late Walter L. Abney and Susie B. (Watts) Abney.
She is survived by 1 son Kawanna T. Abney, 2 grandchildren Malik T. and Trinity A. Abney, 2 siblings, Lillie Harmon and Benny Abney and a host of nieces and nephews. She was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed.
Service Thursday at 11 am in All Nations C.O.G.I.C., 531 Fairmount St. Woonsocket RI. Calling hours Thursday 10-11 am in the church.
Stephen "Larry" Wood
MILLVILLE, MA- Stephen "Larry" Wood, 59, of Millville and formerly of Milford died Thursday afternoon (November 3, 2011) at his home after a short illness. He was the husband of Kristin C. (Carlson) Wood.
He was born in Boston the son of the late Stephen L. and the late Maree T. (Flanigan) Wood and lived in Milford before moving to Millville 24 years ago.
Dana M. Jordan
WOONSOCKET- Dana M. Jordan, 53, of Woonsocket died on Nov. 4. He was the husband of the late Donna (Hammond) Jordan who died on August 4, 2011 and the late Priscilla (Bacheldel) Jordan who died in 2002.
A memorial service will be held at a time to be announced. To read our complete obituary and sign our electronic condolence book go to