Archive - Nov 2010 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€” The federal government lodged new charges yesterday against two men accused in the Sept. 20 shooting death and robbery of gas station manager David Main.
Jason Pleau and Jose Santiago, both 33, were charged in a U.S. District Court complaint with one count each of Hobbs Act robbery, conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, death resulting, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha announced.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Careless smoking in bed is being blamed for an early-morning fire that injured two residents and two firefighters Wednesday.
The fire broke out around 4:15 a.m. in the right side apartment of a two-family duplex at 118 Grove St. in the Pascoag section of town.
The apartment was occupied by a 60-year-old woman and a 57-year-old-man who is handicapped and wheelchair bound.
Pascoaaqg Fire Chief John DeFusco said the woman told EMT's that she was was hooked up to an oxygen tank and had been smoking in bed when she fell asleep.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Two police officers were injured during a ferocious encounter with a man who was apparently trying to protect a veritable pharmacopoeia of illegal drugs that included everything from marijuana to morphine.
On display at police headquarters Tuesday, the booty included a half pound of cocaine, five pounds of marijuana, hundreds of doses of Ecstasy, morphine, steroids and still other pharmaceuticals the police have yet to identify.
WOONSOCKET â€” Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has won his bid for a court order directing the school department to balance its budget, at least for now.
Judge Bennett R. Gallo issued the â€śwrit of mandamusâ€ť on Friday and specified in the ruling that school officials must â€śadopt and adhere to a balanced school budget for fiscal 2011.â€ť
The order also directs the school department to prepare a corrective action plan â€śthat limits spending to the amount actually appropriated for fiscal year 2011 and otherwise complies with all statutory requirements.â€ť
LINCOLN --- Officials with the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School are looking for volunteers to donate their hair to the â€śLocks of Loveâ€ť event scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Free haircuts will be given to all individuals who have a minimum of 10 inches of hair to donate, and those haircuts will be given in the Cosmetology Salon at Davies between 8:30 a.m.-noon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police are looking for a Connecticut man who allegedly rented space in an old factory to set up the most sophisticated indoor marijuana plantation they've ever seen.
Acting on a tip, police seized 140 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $150,000 at 32 Mechanic St. on Oct. 26, said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
CUMBERLAND â€” When Air National Guard Tech Sgt. Josh Lemois told his father he was giving up a chance to become a local policeman to go to Afghanistan, Bruce Lemois thought he understood.
He had to go.
Why else would Josh turn his back on his dream job?
â€śHe wants to be a Cumberland police officer,â€ť said Lemois, a member of the Cumberland Town Council. â€śNot a Warwick police officer. Not Providence. He wants to be a member of his hometown police department.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Some 17 months after filing for bankruptcy protection, the Twin River gaming facility and its new owners announced Tuesday that they have successfully emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation and the Department of Revenue, Division of Lotteries have issued the final necessary approvals, and documents announcing the company's emergence from bankruptcy have been filed with the bankruptcy court, according to a press release.
BURRILLVILLE - Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials joined town officials Monday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening and rapid construction of the Round Top Bridge in Harrisville.
The bridge, which carries Callahan School Street (Route 96) over the Clear River, was built ahead of schedule in just 41 days. The new span constructed entirely with pre-cast concrete components - the first time RIDOT has built a bridge this way, according to RIDOT Spokesman Charles St. Martin.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The School Department is weighing its options for handling a local teacher and coach who has been charged by State Police with allegedly texting inappropriate messages to minors.
Stephen DeMeo, 30, a social studies teacher at North Smithfield High School and coach of the schoolâ€™s girls soccer team, was arraigned at Kent County Courthouse on Monday on two felony charges, indecent solicitation of children and possession of child pornography, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.