Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
BLACKSTONE â The Blackstone/Millville Regional District School Committee has named Perry Davis as interim superintendent of schools while the search continues for a permanent replacement for Kimberly Shaver-Hood.
Shaver-Hood resigned her post to take on the superintendent position with Wareham Public Schools.
Under the process developed by the District School Committee to fill Shaver-Hoodâs post, the interim superintendent will serve during the 2013-2014 school year.
LINCOLN â In the pantheon of table games, they say craps offers the well-schooled gambler with a head for numbers the best chance of beating the odds.
But on a busy night when chips are flying around an exotic mix of mind-boggling games with names like Spanish 21 and Pai Gow Poker, this may be the safest bet in the house: somebodyâs trying to rig the system.
Thatâs where Detective Lt. John Flaherty comes in. The 23-year veteran of the state police is in charge of the new Gaming Enforcement Unit, created to squeeze cheating and corruption out of the table game business at Twin River.
PROVIDENCE â Eight-year-old Estuardo Estrada of Providence stares up into the beady eyes of a Triceratops, a three-horned, plant-eating dinosaur that roamed the earth 65 million years ago.
Illuminated by overhead multi-colored lights, the beastâs head â boasting the largest skull of all land mammals â suddenly moves from side to side, itâs short, pointed tail wagging in unison.
The creature suddenly lets out a roar, startling Estrada and the crowd of other junior paleontologists standing nearby.
Wide-eyed and breathless, Estrada grips the hand of his stepfather Gabriel Vargas.
BURRILLVILLE â Shannon Heil and Markell Torres hadnât known each other long, but they bonded quickly through a mutual passion for competitive cheerleading â something they were both very good at.
Their brief time together ended tragically on a rural stretch of Route 102 Thursday afternoon in one of the most violent car crashes Police Chief Stephen J. Lynch has ever seen.
âIt was a nasty car accident ... just devastating,â said Lynch, his voice trailing off.
WOONSOCKET â State prosecutors have determined that the city violated a state law protecting access to public documents by taking too long to provide a lawyer with records from the Water Treatment Plant Advisory Committee.
Attorney Michael A. Kelly asked for the records on Dec. 21, 2012, and should have been supplied with them within 30 days under the Access to Public Records Act.
BURRILLVILLE â Two people were killed and two others seriously injured, police said, when two cars collided head-on on Route 102 on the hill above the Mr. Doughboy and Bellaâs restaurants Thursday afternoon.
Police Chief Stephen J. Lynch, declined to say at the scene if anyone had been killed in the 3:28 p.m. crash that destroyed a white sedan and caused heavy front-end damage to a mini van, offering only that all the parties involved had suffered serious injuries.
WOONSOCKET â What do the Boston Red Sox, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island all have in common?
If youâve driven through Little Rhody on the interstates often enough, you may already know â theyâre among a handful of organizations authorized to raise charitable funds through the sale of customized license plates issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles.
Now it looks like the DMVâs crop of Special Design Charity Plates will get an addition thatâs as homegrown as meat pies and dynamites: the Villa Novan Pride registration plate.
LINCOLN â A 30-year-old Cumberland woman faces a charge of mistreatment of animals after allegedly leaving a small dog unattended in a hot car on Monday.
Patrolman Kevin Marcoux reported being called to the vehicle by Twin River Security at approximately 6:15 p.m. The small dog could be seen in the front seat of the vehicle with the windows down a small amount, according to Marcoux. No water appeared to have been left in the vehicle for the dog, he added.
LINCOLN â Colonel Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of Public Safety, announces the first arrest at the Twin River Casino relating to the integrity of table games.
At 2:45 a.m. on July 10, a member of the State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit (GEU) arrested Steven E. Sabitoni, 46, of School Road, Lincoln, on one count of larceny under $1,500.
BURRILLVILLE â The state Department of Health is expected to allow the reopening of Spring Lake Beach today while continuing to monitor a total of 92 cases of gastrointestinal illness believed to be caused by a person ill with diarrhea while swimming at the beach on July 4.