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July 14th

BMR taps Davis as interim schools chief

July 14, 2013

BLACKSTONE – 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-Hood’s post, the interim superintendent will serve during the 2013-2014 school year.

Think you can scam the system? Don't bet on it!

July 14, 2013

LINCOLN – 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: somebody’s trying to rig the system.
That’s 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.

July 12th

Convention Center show features prehistoric creatures this weekend

July 12, 2013

PROVIDENCE – 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 beast’s head – boasting the largest skull of all land mammals — suddenly moves from side to side, it’s 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.

They shared ‘a strong chemistry’ -- crash victims mourned by many

July 12, 2013

BURRILLVILLE – Shannon Heil and Markell Torres hadn’t known each other long, but they bonded quickly through a mutual passion for competitive cheerleading – 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.
“It was a nasty car accident ... just devastating,” said Lynch, his voice trailing off.

July 11th

City gets slapped with open records violation

July 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.

2 dead, 2 injured in Burrillville crash

July 11, 2013

BURRILLVILLE – 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 Bella’s 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.

July 10th

Villa Novans next up for special license plate

July 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – What do the Boston Red Sox, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and the Audubon Society of Rhode Island all have in common?
If you’ve driven through Little Rhody on the interstates often enough, you may already know – they’re 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 DMV’s crop of Special Design Charity Plates will get an addition that’s as homegrown as meat pies and dynamites: the Villa Novan Pride registration plate.

Woman charged with leaving dog in hot car

July 10, 2013

LINCOLN – 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.

Police make first gaming arrest at Twin River

July 10, 2013

LINCOLN — Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, 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.

July 9th

Spring Lake to reopen Wednesday; state monitoring 92 cases of illness

July 9, 2013

BURRILLVILLE – 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.

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