Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â The man at the center of a capital punishment battle between the state and federal governments on Wednesday changed his plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty.
Jason Pleau pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to robbery, conspiracy and using a firearm in a crime of violence in the September 2010 killing of David Main, a Woonsocket gas station manager shot to death as he was walking into the Citizens Bank branch at 1675 Diamond Hill Road to deposit the Diamond Hill and Mendon Road Shell station's weekend receipts.
WOONSOCKET â Rachel Arruda, the former municipal court clerk accused of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the city, rejected the stateâs offer of a plea bargain in Superior Court Tuesday, opting to fight the charges in a trial.
In trade for a guilty plea, state prosecutors told Judge Netti Vogel they were prepared to recommend that Arruda be sentenced to 15 years, with no more than 18 months in prison and the balance suspended with probation. In addition, she would have had to make full restitution to the city within 14 years.
WOONSOCKET â A 20-year-old city woman is facing criminal charges after an emaciated, sickly pit bull was found in a hot, locked car, parked in direct sunlight with the windows rolled up.
Keisha A. Davis was arraigned in District Court Monday on charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal and animal neglect.
âUnfortunately, theyâre state charges,â said Animal Control Officer Doris Kay. âI say unfortunately because I would have liked to give her a ticket myself.â
GLOCESTER â A benefit motorcycle run and concert will be held in September to raise money for a Glocester pastor paralyzed in a fall three months ago.
Money from the Sept. 14 fundraiser will be used to help Glad Tidings Community Church Pastor John R. Teeter and his family with medical costs as well as future modifications to their home and transportation needs.
WOONSOCKET â After insisting on their right to seek capital punishment in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal prosecutors say they no longer want to put accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau to death.
BURRILLVILLE â Norma Sutcliffe does not believe in ghosts or haunted houses but she says âThe Conjuring,â last weekâs Number 1 box office cinema megahit, has put her in a horror movie of her own.
PROVIDENCE â The RI ACLU and eight other plaintiffs sued the new RI Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday to force the panel to answer a petition asking that public schools stop using the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test as a graduation requirement.
The suit does not challenge the NECAP test directly â at this point â but merely seeks to have the BOE respond to a June 21 petition submitted by 17 organizations by either starting a rule-making process to consider stopping the use of NECAP as a graduation requirement or formally rejecting the petition with a board vote.
WOONSOCKET â Just when it seemed like the torturous journey of the 2013 supplemental tax bill was coming to an end, another twist in the road lies ahead for the controversial budget-balancer.
An organized protest group that contends the city is planning to collect the tax in violation of the conditions established by state law now promises it will challenge the $2.5 million supplemental tax in Superior Court.
âIf they go forward with this, yes, more than likely we will take legal action,â said James Cournoyer. âWhat the result of that will be, who knows? Let the chips fall where they may.â
UXBRIDGE â The fire-ravaged Bank Building on South Main Street will be demolished, but when the wrecking ball starts swinging will all depend on the property owner next door to the building.
Fire Chief William T. Kessler said Monday that demolition of the 118-year-old three-story late Victorian-style building at 32 South Main St., which was gutted by a massive fire last Thursday, was scheduled to take place Saturday until a neighboring abutter and business -Keegan Construction - intervened and retained legal counsel relative to concerns about how the demolition might impact its property.
LINCOLN â The wrong-way driver who caused a crash in which he and two passengers in another car perished on Route 146 Sunday was the target of an active arrest warrant for failure to answer charges of driving without a license, court records say.
A District Court judge had issued the bench warrant for Aldo M. Almanzar, 39, when he failed to appear for arraignment on North Smithfield police charges of driving without a license on Feb. 26.