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July 22nd

Lincoln man arrested in 2011 slaying in Avon, Mass.

July 22, 2013

LINCOLN – A local man is facing homicide charges in connection with the execution-style shooting death of a 23-year-old man in Avon, Mass. nearly two years ago.
Willie Wilkerson, 27, of 1200 Lonsdale Ave., was arraigned in District Court Monday on charges of being a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts.
Wilkerson was arrested by a multi-agency task force on a homicide warrant issued by the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, according to Major Todd Catlow, commander of detectives for the Rhode Island State Police.

July 21st

Three die in wrong-way crash

July 21, 2013

TIMES STAFF

LINCOLN — Rhode Island State Police confirmed on Sunday that three people were killed after a head-on crash on Route 146 at 3:07 a.m.
State police said the crash was caused by Aldo Almanzar, 29 of North Smithfield who was driving a Toyota and traveling in the wrong direction on Route 146 near Route 99. Almanzar’s car hit a Hondo Accord, head-on according to state police. There were three people in the Honda.
State police said Almanzar, who was killed, did not have a driver's license and was not wearing a seat belt.

July 20th

More sales, less service: Expansion of liquor store Sunday hours is latest threat to church attendance

July 20, 2013

Liquor stores in Rhode Island get an additional two hours of selling time this morning, and this latest commercial encroachment has some members of the clergy wondering if Sunday is losing the reverence as a religious day it has long held in these parts.

The change approved by the General Assembly in its recent session and signed a week ago by Gov. Lincoln Chafee allows liquor stores to move up their opening times from noon to 10 a.m., a change some hope will give the businesses a sales advantage over their Massachusetts competitors.

For Luke Weatherhead, life is a zoo

July 20, 2013

With paws the size of grapefruits, razor sharp canines and muscular bodies already tipping the 100-pound mark, Luke Weatherhead knew the time had come to say good bye to Leroy and Levanna, two 9-month-old African Lion cubs Weatherhead hand-raised in his family’s basement.

July 19th

Six-alarm fire guts Uxbridge building

July 19, 2013

UXBRIDGE – An estimated 20 residents of six occupied apartments at 32 South Main St. were left homeless Thursday after a fire swept through the back section of the 3-story brick commercial building and caused extensive damage before it could be extinguished.
Everyone in the building at the time was reported evacuated safely but the day’s high temperatures around 95 degrees resulted in three firefighters being hospitalized for heat exhaustion, according to Fire Chief William Kessler.

July 17th

Markings guide cyclists through city streets

July 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Say so long to curved arrows and double-striped lines. Kiss the crosswalk goodbye. There’s a new traffic marker in town and it’s got a name so strange it’s bound to make you pay attention.
Meet the “sharrow.” If your travels have taken you through the center of the city lately, you probably already have.

July 16th

Could a tax revolt be coming to Woonsocket?

July 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A fundraising campaign has been launched for the purpose of underwriting a possible legal challenge to the $2.5 million supplemental tax bill the city is planning to issue next week.
The main organizers are Roland Michaud, a member of the Zoning Board of Review, and Dick Bouchard, part-owner of radio station WNRI.

July 15th

‘Macbeth’ at the Mount

July 15, 2013

Ethan Blank as Macbeth, left, and Evan Crocker portraying Banquo conspire to murder a king in this scene from the Shakespeare classic ‘Macbeth.’ Presented by Shakespeare on the Mount and directed by Jason Robert LeClair, the play is being held in the Bell Tower Theatre at Mount St. Charles Academy July 18-20 at 7 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m.

Some detractors claim supplemental tax is illegal

July 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A protest movement appears to be forming around the belief that the Budget Commission broke the law on July 8 when it approved a resolution to impose a $2.5 million supplemental tax on property and motor vehicles.
The concept was repeated often and loudly as members of the commission gathered in Harris Hall Monday for the first time since passing the resolution a week earlier.
The meeting drew a crowd of about 50, many of whom cheered vigorously each time one of the spectators raised the issue.

Legal challenge on retiree benefits loses first round in court

July 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A Superior Court judge on Friday denied a retired policeman’s petition for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the city from cutting his health care benefits without collective bargaining.
Associate Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Lamphear ruled that Glen Hebert faces no imminent harm as a result of a switch in health coverage imposed on him by the Budget Commission, effective July 1, according to his lawyer, Edward C. Roy Jr.

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