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April 11th

WPD has suspect in woman’s murder

April 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a suspect in the murder of a woman in her 79 Rathbun St. apartment, where her body had been found on Monday, but declined to provide further details on how they broke the case.
Brian Audette, 43, of 307 Elm St., Warwick, as charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Donna Pike, 57.
Audette is to be arraigned on the charge today in District Court, Providence, police said.

April 10th

Developer proposes conversion of Stadium Building to 21 condos

April 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – In the most ambitious venture of its kind since the recession, a North Smithfield businessman is proposing a $1.25 million conversion of the historic Stadium Building into 21 small condominiums.
The city, which has seen scant private investment on a downtown strip pockmarked by vacancies and blight, is giving Leszek Przybylko’s proposal for 329 Main St. a cautious thumbs-up. But not everybody’s clapping.

Sequester cuts starting to take their toll

April 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Social service agencies in the city are bracing for a rise in demand for assistance with food, shelter and other supports as federal sequester cuts begin taking a toll on extended unemployment compensation at the end of the month.
About 1,120 city residents receive the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits, which is about 14 percent of the total statewide, according to the state Department of Labor and Training. The average EUC check is $377 a month and will shrink by about $47.

April 9th

UPDATE: Murder in Woonsocket

April 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Police say a woman whose body was found in her home Monday night was the victim of a homicide, but they aren’t saying much else.
The victim was identified as 57-year-old Donna Pike, who lived on the top floor of 79 Rathbun St., a gray, three-story stucco behind Lee’s Convenience Store.
Saying they don’t want to jeopardize an ongoing investigation, the police disclosed few details about how they believe Pike was murdered, the condition of the body or where in the apartment it was found.

Voters asked to approve plan for ‘solar farm’ at landfill site

April 9, 2013

BLACKSTONE — A proposal to install ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels at the former landfill on Chestnut Street will go before voters next month.
The plan is to enter into a lease agreement with a solar energy developer who will finance, operate, and maintain the facility while providing reductions in energy costs to the town.

School budget submitted, vote Wednesday

April 9, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee has received a school administration recommended budget of $65,958,808 for 2013-2014 but whether it can break a committee impasse over that figure won’t be known until Wednesday.
The panel voted 2-2 on the recommended budget at its last meeting but was missing its Chairwoman Vimala Phongsavanh when the vote was taken.

April 7th

Elderly suicides at alarming rate

April 7, 2013

jfitzgerald@woonsocketcall.com
CUMBERLAND — At 5:20 on March 31, just after finishing Easter Sunday dinner, 73-year-old Roland Bouvier and his wife of 49 years, 70-year-old Maria, walked quietly into the bedroom of their Cumberland condominium on Nate Whipple Highway.
While the couple's 40-year-old daughter and three grandchildren were in another room, Bouvier took a .32-caliber handgun, shot his wife twice in the torso and then turned the gun on himself.
It was Cumberland’s first murder and second murder-suicide in four years.

Call reporter experiences RIPTA ride first-hand

April 7, 2013

I begin this story with full disclosure: I like riding on RIPTA buses, or at least I have fond memories of doing so.
Before I stepped on RIPTA bus No. 0124 Friday at a spot some of the locals disparagingly refer to as Hobo Junction – the corner of High and Main, below the P&W truss bridge – I hadn’t been aboard one for about 40 years. When I was around 15 years old, the bus was how my friends and I used to go to downtown Providence for lunch at the now-defunct Luke’s Chinese Restaurant, where we reveled in dumping the soy sauce into a bowl of sugar
when no one was looking.

Budget crunch forcing RIPTA to re-arrange routes

April 7, 2013

dkirwan@pawtuckettimes.com
PAWTUCKET — Change can be scary...especially if it affects one’s ability to get to work, school, or some other important destination.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has embarked on a plan to change many of its bus routes statewide, and officials say they are trying to do it without causing hardship to riders.
In an effort that began last summer, RIPTA has been doing a “Comprehensive Operational Analysis,” a study of where riders live and work, how each bus route is performing, and where changes could be made to improve service.

April 5th

Serial flasher sought in Coleman School incidents

April 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – In conjunction with the Woonsocket Education Department, the police yesterday warned parents and children about a man who has been exposing himself to youngsters on their way to Coleman Elementary School.
“We’re doing everything we can to find him,” said Detective Jamie Paone, spokeswoman for the police. “Hopefully someone can provide us with more information to help us identify this guy.”
Police believe same man exposed himself to children on their way to Coleman at least four times in the last year, she said. The most recent incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday.

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