Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ The die-hards are checking their maps and adjusting their GPS coordinates. Theyâ€™re doing the math and inspecting the lay of the land.
These competitive athletes are quietly trying to figure out the secret of the biggest event of the year in outdoor cross-training races: the exact route of the Blackstone River Greenway Challenge.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Janette Adams was asleep in her first floor apartment at 7 Veterans Way when she heard a crash Thursday morning that nearly knocked her out of bed.
Squinting through the blinds of her bedroom window, Adams did a double-take when she saw the front end of a late model Winnebago-style motor home stuck in the mangled front porch of the multi-family apartment building.
The 20-foot-plus RV slammed into the front of the building just after 11:30 a.m., lodging itself in the front porch, which was nearly torn off the building.
PROVIDENCE â€” The man at the center of a capital punishment battle between the state and federal governments on Wednesday changed his plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty.
Jason Pleau pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to robbery, conspiracy and using a firearm in a crime of violence in the September 2010 killing of David Main, a Woonsocket gas station manager shot to death as he was walking into the Citizens Bank branch at 1675 Diamond Hill Road to deposit the Diamond Hill and Mendon Road Shell station's weekend receipts.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Rachel Arruda, the former municipal court clerk accused of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the city, rejected the stateâ€™s offer of a plea bargain in Superior Court Tuesday, opting to fight the charges in a trial.
In trade for a guilty plea, state prosecutors told Judge Netti Vogel they were prepared to recommend that Arruda be sentenced to 15 years, with no more than 18 months in prison and the balance suspended with probation. In addition, she would have had to make full restitution to the city within 14 years.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 20-year-old city woman is facing criminal charges after an emaciated, sickly pit bull was found in a hot, locked car, parked in direct sunlight with the windows rolled up.
Keisha A. Davis was arraigned in District Court Monday on charges of unnecessary cruelty to an animal and animal neglect.
â€śUnfortunately, theyâ€™re state charges,â€ť said Animal Control Officer Doris Kay. â€śI say unfortunately because I would have liked to give her a ticket myself.â€ť
GLOCESTER â€“ A benefit motorcycle run and concert will be held in September to raise money for a Glocester pastor paralyzed in a fall three months ago.
Money from the Sept. 14 fundraiser will be used to help Glad Tidings Community Church Pastor John R. Teeter and his family with medical costs as well as future modifications to their home and transportation needs.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After insisting on their right to seek capital punishment in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal prosecutors say they no longer want to put accused killer Jason Wayne Pleau to death.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Norma Sutcliffe does not believe in ghosts or haunted houses but she says â€śThe Conjuring,â€ť last weekâ€™s Number 1 box office cinema megahit, has put her in a horror movie of her own.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The RI ACLU and eight other plaintiffs sued the new RI Board of Education (BOE) on Wednesday to force the panel to answer a petition asking that public schools stop using the NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) test as a graduation requirement.
The suit does not challenge the NECAP test directly â€“ at this point â€“ but merely seeks to have the BOE respond to a June 21 petition submitted by 17 organizations by either starting a rule-making process to consider stopping the use of NECAP as a graduation requirement or formally rejecting the petition with a board vote.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Just when it seemed like the torturous journey of the 2013 supplemental tax bill was coming to an end, another twist in the road lies ahead for the controversial budget-balancer.
An organized protest group that contends the city is planning to collect the tax in violation of the conditions established by state law now promises it will challenge the $2.5 million supplemental tax in Superior Court.
â€śIf they go forward with this, yes, more than likely we will take legal action,â€ť said James Cournoyer. â€śWhat the result of that will be, who knows? Let the chips fall where they may.â€ť