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September 23rd

Greyhound attacked by pit bull dies

September 23, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The rescue greyhound from Saint Paul Street that was attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull has died as a result of its injuries, family members have confirmed.
Mike Calo said the dog, Lady, succumbed Friday afternoon in an East Greenwich veterinary hospital, one week after the mauling.
He said the cause of death was heart failure due to complications resulting from the attack.

The Call to host debate Oct. 4

September 23, 2013

The Call staff
In an effort to allow voters to better understand each mayoral candidate’s stance on the issues facing the city and its residents, The Call will sponsor a mayoral debate on Friday, Oct. 4, from 7-9 p.m. in the City Council chambers.
The debate panel will include: Call reporter Russ Olivo; The Call and The Times' political reporter and columnist Jim Baron; Roger Bouchard, owner of WNRI radio; and a representative of WOON radio. Call Executive Editor Bianca Pavoncello will be the moderator for the debate.

Security cameras capture careless smoking in S. Main St. fire that displaced 18

September 23, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Security cameras helped investigators quickly zero in on careless disposal of a cigarette as the cause of a house fire at 631 South Main St. Sunday that left 18 people homeless and two firefighters injured.
The elaborate surveillance system was maintained by the owner of the three-story tenement near Great Road and captured images of a tenant smoking on the first-floor porch shortly before the three-alarm fire engulfed the dwelling, said Mike Sweeney, chief of investigations for the state fire marshal’s office.

September 22nd

Autumn on the march: Autumnfest Parade plans are in final stages

September 22, 2013

By JOSEPH B. NADEAU

WOONSOCKET – Autumnfest Parade coordinators Linda Plays and Tina Go were found helping out at the Autumnfest fundraiser at the Italian Workingmen’s Club on Diamond Hill Road Thursday night but that wasn’t keeping them from final planning for the 10-Division Parade line-up for Monday, Oct. 14.

Most of their work was already done but, as Plays explained, area bands and parade marchers will be signing up right to the kick off of the 35th Annual Autumnfest weekend.

September 21st

Pastor remodels facility for Woonsocket’s homeless men

September 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – When it comes to ministering to the homeless, Associate Pastor Steve Bacon is a hands-on kind of guy.

In the basement of Harvest Community Church, he’s got his hands on table saws, nail guns, chop saws and other power tools as the region’s only emergency shelter for homeless men undergoes a major makeover.

A medley of grants and charitable contributions helped pay for the project, including $130,000 from the Champlin Foundations, one of the state’s largest philanthropic organizations. But when it comes to elbow grease and technical expertise, Bacon is pretty much it.

Lincoln police make tough calls with simulator

September 21, 2013

LINCOLN – As the events at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., showed all too sadly on Monday, police officers must be prepared to take on a wide range of potentially life-threatening situations while considering the use of deadly force, and members of the local Police Department are no exception.

That is why Police Capt. Philip G. Gould was happy to show off the capabilities of a “shoot-don’t shoot,” police training simulator the department brought in on loan this week from the Rhode Island Interlocal Trust municipal insurance agency.

Call slates city mayoral candidates’ debate Oct. 4

September 21, 2013

In an effort to allow voters to better understand each mayoral candidate’s stance on the issues facing the city and its residents, The Call will sponsor a mayoral debate on Friday, Oct. 4, from 7-9 p.m. in the City Council chambers.

The debate panel will include: Call reporter Russ Olivo; The Call and The Times' political reporter and columnist Jim Baron; Roger Bouchard, owner of WNRI radio; and a representative of WOON radio. Call Executive Editor Bianca Pavoncello will be the moderator for the debate.

September 19th

Woonsocket restaurant’s ready to play in the big leagues

September 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Gianakis family has been running successful restaurants from Florida to Worcester for years, but they might want to keep an eye on nanny-state politicians campaigning against generous food portions.

Some might think their roast beef sandwiches are too big to be legal.
Now, the proprietors of Major League Roast Beef & Wings have brought their super-size bites to 67 Cumberland St., a place where local officials urge food lovers to splurge with freedom-loving abandon.

September 18th

City races set as Dubois confirmed for ballot

September 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The Board of Canvassers certified Councilman Marc A. Dubois as a candidate for reelection Wednesday, triggering a primary for 15 candidates in all.

The move ended a few hours of early suspense as the campaign season officially began, because all the other candidates were certified the night before. Dubois showed up at City Hall 25 minutes before the deadline Tuesday afternoon – too late for the canvassing staff to validate the signatures on his nomination papers.

September 17th

Two charged after brawl in apartment building

September 17, 2013

WOONSOCKET – It started out as a call to police dispatch that an intoxicated female had just pulled a false fire alarm, and it went downhill from there.

The ensuing pandemonium at 126 Earle St. Sunday included a confrontation with a knife-wielding woman barricading the front door of her apartment, and a violent wrestling match with a man who was allegedly reaching for a steak knife before police could get him in handcuffs.

Two people ended up in custody, including Thomas Patrick Biagetti, 49, who was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting Officer Linden Karsner.

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