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November 20th

WPD: Officer shot at driver using vehicle as weapon

November 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The still-unidentified policeman who fired his gun in front of the police station Saturday apparently did so when a motorist allegedly attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against the officer.

That driver was identified for the first time Wednesday as Angel Luiz Perez, 48, of 175 Sixth Ave. Police say they intend to charge him with several crimes, including felony assault with a dangerous weapon – a motor vehicle.

November 19th

Parole board blasted

November 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After serving 13 years of his 35-year sentence, thrill-killer Alfred A. Brissette Jr. was paroled from the state prison Tuesday to a halfway house in Narragansett.
Dave Mellon, president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, criticized Brissette’s release, calling it “a get out of a jail free card” issued by the parole board.
“This is worse than good time,” he said. “This is just the parole board showing no accountability.”

BREAKING NEWS: Woman in crosswalk hit by car

November 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A woman was taken by ambulance to Landmark Medical Center after she was hit by a car while crossing the street in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses say the woman was using a crosswalk when she tried to cross Main Street around 3:25 p.m. A woman was driving a BMW heading towards the traffic light when she allegedly hit the woman, described by witnesses as being in her mid-30s.
“This lady was crossing and all of sudden she got hit and dropped to the floor,” said one witness. “She was lying on her side screaming, ‘I’m hurt.”

November 18th

Police: Woman brutalized, raped

November 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A 32-year-old city woman was raped repeatedly by her ex-boyfriend and forced to eat food on which he had urinated – all in the presence of her 4-year-old son, police say.
Reinaldo Diaz, 34, was ordered held without bail Monday at the Adult Correctional Institutions on three counts of forcible rape, including an act of sodomy; two counts of domestic assault; and other charges. He was arrested Friday afternoon after another of the victim’s children, a daughter, called the police about a quarrel at home.

November 17th

All aboard for the Valley’s ‘Polar Express’

November 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The train whistle of the Polar Express will soon be sounding from the former Providence & Worcester Railroad Depot at Depot Square as another holiday season of rides to the North Pole begins on Sunday.

Bob Billington of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council said yesterday that the final touches of putting the Polar Express Station together at the Depot will be completed early this week and the local recreation of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic ready to take off on its first run Sunday afternoon.

November 16th

Slatersville Congregational Church turns 175 years old

November 16, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Slatersville Congregational Church has a lot to celebrate. One hundred and seventy five years, to be exact.

One hundred and seventy five years of a historic building that has hosted community worship services, baptisms and weddings and Sunday school. But most of all, 175 years of coming together week after week to celebrate a faith that has built and bound a community.

Police say officer fired gun near station

November 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred near Pond and Clinton streets about 1:20 a.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.

The news was announced in a one-paragraph statement issued by the departmental spokeswoman at 11:08 a.m. Saturday. The release offered few details, but Detective Jamie Paone said an officer fired a weapon outdoors during an investigation described as “domestic related.”

November 15th

Time to fill up the Milk Fund

November 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET – When those last-to-drop oak leaves finally give up the autumn ghost and talk around the office water cooler turns to turkey, it can only mean one thing in Thundermist City: It’s time for the annual Milk Fund appeal.

Founded in 1932, the charity drive raises money through a hodgepodge of community-based promotional events, from fun runs to celebrity dinners. The proceeds are used to purchase milk for needy children and the elderly throughout the Greater Woonsocket area.

November 14th

Woonsocket residents evacuated after contractors strike pipe

November 14, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Residents were evacuated from a one-block area of Lincoln Street for about an hour Thursday after a contractor struck and ruptured a natural gas line, according to utility and fire officials.

Police sealed off roads into the area as firefighters from Woonsocket and Blackstone went door-to-door to evacuate those residents who were home at the time the call came in at 10:45 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Paul Shatraw.

Lincoln Street is located off of Front Street, and upon arrival firefighters quickly set up a staging area at the corner of Lincoln and Parker streets.

November 13th

Business threatens to move if city doesn’t reduce its bill

November 13, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Walmart, Lowe’s and Shaw’s have already disappeared from Diamond Hill Road. Now city officials say the entire Woonsocket Plaza, including Burlington Coat Factory, Price-Rite and a half-dozen smaller chain stores, is at risk of vanishing from the city’s retail strip.

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