Archive - 2013 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â€“ After 17 long and frequently contentious years of political and legislative struggle, Rep. Gordon Fox, the first openly gay Speaker of the House, brought down his gavel Thursday and announced that the bill to allow same-sex marriage in Rhode Island passed by an overwhelming 56-15 vote.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The police announced three arrests this morning in a string of bomb threats that have disrupted classes at Woonsocket High School on four out of the last eight school days.
During an impromptu press briefing outside WHS, Detective Jamie Paone told reporters that Khalil Oliver, 18, and two juveniles, one girl and one boy who are 16 or younger, were responsible for the incidents. All students at WHS, the three are facing one count each of making a bomb threat in a public building and conspiracy, both felonies. More arrests could come before the end of the day, she said.
GLOCESTER â€“ A lack of leadership and a dwindling volunteer base could be the death knell for Glocesterâ€™s annual July 4th Ancients and Horribles Parade after 86 consecutive years.
The Ancients and Horribles Parade Committee, which has seen many of its members resign or lose interest over the years, no longer has enough voting members to hold a legal meeting, which means thereâ€™s a real possibility there will be no parade this year.
LINCOLN â€“ A crowd of players engulfed the craps table as dealer Sam Hasney announced the cutoff for more bets.
â€śBets set,â€ť he said. â€śShooterâ€™s looking for four. Four wins.â€ť
â€śCâ€™mon Nick,â€ť somebody cheered as an oversized pair of red dice tumbled across the green felt pit of the craps deck.
BY JOSEPH B. NADEAU
WOONSOCKET â€“ A fire, possibly fueled by the areaâ€™s dry conditions, heavily damaged a single-family home at 133 Spring Water Drive Tuesday afternoon.
The fire, discovered by neighbors at about 2:15 p.m. appeared to have begun near the front section of the home and consumed a deck porch and front exterior wall before firefighters arrived on scene.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The townâ€™s plan to merge its four independent fire districts reaches a major milestone Wednesday when the Town Council votes to ask state lawmakers to approve the incorporation of a unified town fire district.
The state-approved incorporation would include the creation of a seven-member interim appointed fire committee by June 30 to govern and manage the finances of the unified fire district until a permanent committee is elected next year.
The council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 45 Broad St.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police used explosives to render a suspicious backpack found behind the Cass Avenue home of a Muslim family harmless on Saturday but now believe the left-behind item was not a hate-crime response to the terror-bombing of the Boston Marathon.
The backpack, which had a reference to â€śU.S. Bombâ€ť among its several marking, contained items believed to have been stolen and is not believed to have been left as a threat to anyone, Detective Jamie L. Paone, Woonsocket Police Department spokeswoman, said yesterday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A family of beavers who faced being trapped and killed for causing tree damage and flooding at Diamond Hill Park has been granted a stay of execution.
After initially stating that he was considering having a local exterminator kill the beavers, Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley says that plan has been scrapped â€“ at least for now.
You could drive a golf ball to the Massachusetts line from the front door of Proâ€™s Liquors on Mendon Road in Woonsocket.
No wonder the owner is so worried about the competition on the other side of the border, where thereâ€™s no sales tax on alcoholic beverages.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Local fireworks retailers say while it is indeed possible to make a bomb if you harvest enough gunpowder from certain fireworks, they donâ€™t believe their wares are a threat to public safety.
A New Hampshire fireworks store has told the FBI that it sold $400 worth of fireworks in February to accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who reportedly used gunpowder from two "Lock and Load" re-loadable mortar kits to make the explosives that killed three people and wounded more than 180 others on April 15.