Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â After serving 13 years of his 35-year sentence, thrill-killer Alfred A. Brissette Jr. was paroled from the state prison Tuesday to a halfway house in Narragansett.
Dave Mellon, president of the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, criticized Brissetteâs release, calling it âa get out of a jail free cardâ issued by the parole board.
âThis is worse than good time,â he said. âThis is just the parole board showing no accountability.â
WOONSOCKET â A woman was taken by ambulance to Landmark Medical Center after she was hit by a car while crossing the street in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses say the woman was using a crosswalk when she tried to cross Main Street around 3:25 p.m. A woman was driving a BMW heading towards the traffic light when she allegedly hit the woman, described by witnesses as being in her mid-30s.
âThis lady was crossing and all of sudden she got hit and dropped to the floor,â said one witness. âShe was lying on her side screaming, âIâm hurt.â
WOONSOCKET â A 32-year-old city woman was raped repeatedly by her ex-boyfriend and forced to eat food on which he had urinated â all in the presence of her 4-year-old son, police say.
Reinaldo Diaz, 34, was ordered held without bail Monday at the Adult Correctional Institutions on three counts of forcible rape, including an act of sodomy; two counts of domestic assault; and other charges. He was arrested Friday afternoon after another of the victimâs children, a daughter, called the police about a quarrel at home.
WOONSOCKET â The train whistle of the Polar Express will soon be sounding from the former Providence & Worcester Railroad Depot at Depot Square as another holiday season of rides to the North Pole begins on Sunday.
Bob Billington of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council said yesterday that the final touches of putting the Polar Express Station together at the Depot will be completed early this week and the local recreation of the Chris Van Allsburg holiday classic ready to take off on its first run Sunday afternoon.
NORTH SMITHFIELD - The Slatersville Congregational Church has a lot to celebrate. One hundred and seventy five years, to be exact.
One hundred and seventy five years of a historic building that has hosted community worship services, baptisms and weddings and Sunday school. But most of all, 175 years of coming together week after week to celebrate a faith that has built and bound a community.
WOONSOCKET â The Woonsocket police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred near Pond and Clinton streets about 1:20 a.m. Saturday. No injuries were reported.
The news was announced in a one-paragraph statement issued by the departmental spokeswoman at 11:08 a.m. Saturday. The release offered few details, but Detective Jamie Paone said an officer fired a weapon outdoors during an investigation described as âdomestic related.â
WOONSOCKET â When those last-to-drop oak leaves finally give up the autumn ghost and talk around the office water cooler turns to turkey, it can only mean one thing in Thundermist City: Itâs time for the annual Milk Fund appeal.
Founded in 1932, the charity drive raises money through a hodgepodge of community-based promotional events, from fun runs to celebrity dinners. The proceeds are used to purchase milk for needy children and the elderly throughout the Greater Woonsocket area.
WOONSOCKET â Residents were evacuated from a one-block area of Lincoln Street for about an hour Thursday after a contractor struck and ruptured a natural gas line, according to utility and fire officials.
Police sealed off roads into the area as firefighters from Woonsocket and Blackstone went door-to-door to evacuate those residents who were home at the time the call came in at 10:45 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Paul Shatraw.
Lincoln Street is located off of Front Street, and upon arrival firefighters quickly set up a staging area at the corner of Lincoln and Parker streets.
WOONSOCKET â Walmart, Loweâs and Shawâs have already disappeared from Diamond Hill Road. Now city officials say the entire Woonsocket Plaza, including Burlington Coat Factory, Price-Rite and a half-dozen smaller chain stores, is at risk of vanishing from the cityâs retail strip.
WOONSOCKET â Landmark Medical Centerâs proposed acquisition by Prime Healthcare Services of California will come before Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein this afternoon for a possible ruling on a closing date for the transaction.
Landmark spokesman William Fischer said on Tuesday that Jonathan Savage, the state-appointed special master supervising Landmarkâs fiscal operations, had earlier filed a petition recommending the acquisition by Prime and seeking a closing date for the transaction.