Archive - 2013 - News Article
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
UXBRIDGE â€“ The fire-ravaged Bank Building on South Main Street will be demolished, but when the wrecking ball starts swinging will all depend on the property owner next door to the building.
Fire Chief William T. Kessler said Monday that demolition of the 118-year-old three-story late Victorian-style building at 32 South Main St., which was gutted by a massive fire last Thursday, was scheduled to take place Saturday until a neighboring abutter and business -Keegan Construction - intervened and retained legal counsel relative to concerns about how the demolition might impact its property.
LINCOLN â€“ The wrong-way driver who caused a crash in which he and two passengers in another car perished on Route 146 Sunday was the target of an active arrest warrant for failure to answer charges of driving without a license, court records say.
A District Court judge had issued the bench warrant for Aldo M. Almanzar, 39, when he failed to appear for arraignment on North Smithfield police charges of driving without a license on Feb. 26.
LINCOLN â€“ A local man is facing homicide charges in connection with the execution-style shooting death of a 23-year-old man in Avon, Mass. nearly two years ago.
Willie Wilkerson, 27, of 1200 Lonsdale Ave., was arraigned in District Court Monday on charges of being a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts.
Wilkerson was arrested by a multi-agency task force on a homicide warrant issued by the Norfolk County District Attorneyâ€™s Office, according to Major Todd Catlow, commander of detectives for the Rhode Island State Police.
LINCOLN â€” Rhode Island State Police confirmed on Sunday that three people were killed after a head-on crash on Route 146 at 3:07 a.m.
State police said the crash was caused by Aldo Almanzar, 29 of North Smithfield who was driving a Toyota and traveling in the wrong direction on Route 146 near Route 99. Almanzarâ€™s car hit a Hondo Accord, head-on according to state police. There were three people in the Honda.
State police said Almanzar, who was killed, did not have a driver's license and was not wearing a seat belt.
Liquor stores in Rhode Island get an additional two hours of selling time this morning, and this latest commercial encroachment has some members of the clergy wondering if Sunday is losing the reverence as a religious day it has long held in these parts.
The change approved by the General Assembly in its recent session and signed a week ago by Gov. Lincoln Chafee allows liquor stores to move up their opening times from noon to 10 a.m., a change some hope will give the businesses a sales advantage over their Massachusetts competitors.
With paws the size of grapefruits, razor sharp canines and muscular bodies already tipping the 100-pound mark, Luke Weatherhead knew the time had come to say good bye to Leroy and Levanna, two 9-month-old African Lion cubs Weatherhead hand-raised in his familyâ€™s basement.
UXBRIDGE â€“ An estimated 20 residents of six occupied apartments at 32 South Main St. were left homeless Thursday after a fire swept through the back section of the 3-story brick commercial building and caused extensive damage before it could be extinguished.
Everyone in the building at the time was reported evacuated safely but the dayâ€™s high temperatures around 95 degrees resulted in three firefighters being hospitalized for heat exhaustion, according to Fire Chief William Kessler.