January 12th, 2012
By all accounts, January is the slowest month on the baseball calendar. Itâ€™s the month that follows the hustle and bustle of the player acquisition crunch and the month prior to spring training with the backdrop of warm, picturesque conditions in Florida and Arizona.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A con man who has been on the run from the law for two years after swindling thousands from his victims in motor vehicle scams was captured in New Jersey Wednesday, the Rhode Island State Police said.
Kevin Millette, 45, a former town resident, was arrested at the Rodeway Inn motel in Galloway, N.J., where he had been living under an assumed name for about month, said State Police Lt. Michael Winquist.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state Supreme Court Thursday affirmed the conviction of Gilbert Delestre in connection with the brutal beating death of his 3-year-old foster child, Thomas â€śT.J.â€ť Wright, in 2004.
Delestre and his girlfriend, Katherine Bunnell, the childâ€™s foster mother and aunt, were both convicted of murder and conspiracy for their role in the boyâ€™s killing after separate trials in 2008.
Witnesses testified Delestre hurled the toddler across a room, then knocked him down a flight of stairs with a backhander, causing the boy to lapse into unconsciousness.
Edna F. Sparling
THOMPSON - Edna F. (Place) Sparling, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 in Matulaitus Nursing Home, Putnam, CT. She lived with her daughter, Joan, in Thompson, CT.
Born in Burrillville, RI, she was the daughter of the late William and Leah (Mowry) Place.
She worked as a Clerk at the former Speidel in East Providence before retiring in 1985.
NORTH PORT, FL- Gisele (Cloutier) Giguere, age 81, passed away on December 31, 2011 at her home in North Port, FL surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Woonsocket, RI on April 21, 1930.
Gisele is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert Giguere, son David of Guilford, CT and two daughters, Diane Auger, of Manville, RI and Donna Lavallee of Mapleville, RI. Gisele was the daughter of the late Alphonse & Aldea Cloutier.
CUMBERLAND --- Steve Gordonâ€™s Cumberland High wrestling program has reached the enviable point where the Clippers donâ€™t have to rebuild â€¦ they just reload.
After losing two multiple state champions (the Lariviere twins) to graduation last June, Cumberland might have expected a slight regression this season. There is no regression to be found, at least not yet. (The season still hasnâ€™t reached the halfway point.)
Cumberland improved to 7-0 in Division I with a 56-24 rout of South Kingstown on Wednesday night. The Rebels are one of those good programs that does have to reload.
PROVIDENCE â€” Minutes after prosecuting and defense attorneys had issued their closing remarks regarding suspended Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz' trial Wednesday morning, Superior Court Justice Edward C. Clifton informed those in Courtroom 7 he would issue a ruling on Monday, Jan. 23.
Clifton asked both Assistant Attorney General and prosecutor Stephen Regine and defense lawyer John Harwood if they could re-schedule from the previously-set date of Jan. 17, and both indicated they would.
WOONSOCKET â€” Landmark Medical Center said it was sure it would meet the new application deadline set for yesterday by regulators empowered to approve its planned merger with the Steward Health Care System, but there was no word yet on whether the application is considered complete.
â€śWe will meet this deadline,â€ť Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer said yesterday afternoon. â€śTheyâ€™ve asked us to address a number of issues and we believe we have. Weâ€™re hopeful the documents weâ€™ve been asked to provide will meet the regulatorsâ€™ request.â€ť
Edgar A. Desilets
WOONSOCKET- Edgar A. Desilets, 90, of Dulude Ave., Woonsocket, died Wednesday morning at Landmark Medical Center. He was the husband of the late Rita F. (Tellier) Desilets.
Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late Aldor and Victoria (Chevrette) Desilets. He was a lifelong resident of Woonsocket.
Mr. Desilets was an Army veteran of WWII. He served as a guard at POW camps in Georgia and at Quonset Point in Rhode Island.
Rita L. Valentini
NORTH SMITHFIELD- Rita L. Valentini, 90, of North Smithfield, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012, at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.
She was born Tuesday, October 18, 1921 in Worcester, MA, daughter of the late Henry and Roseanna (Cotnoir) Gentes.
She was a longtime resident of Woonsocket, and during that time, Rita had worked as a spinner for Falls Yarn for over 30 years before retiring to Winter Haven, Florida with her husband Julio. Together, they resided in Florida for over 20 years, before Rita moved back to Rhode Island.