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November 26th

Judge clears Landmark purchase

November 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After a five-and-half-year odyssey in court-supervised receivership, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Silverstein on Tuesday cleared the way for Landmark Medical Center to be acquired by Prime Healthcare Services of California.

November 25th

Woonosocket drug dealer sentenced

November 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – One of the busiest drug dealers police have caught in several years has been sentenced to 121 months in federal prison.
A U.S. District Court judge also ordered Eddie Carasquillo to serve seven years of supervised release upon the completion of his sentence for trafficking in cocaine and maintaining a drug-related property.
Police Chief Thomas Carey said Carasquillo, 29, was running a drug house off North Main Street which led police to the seizure of more than eight pounds of cocaine and $409,120 in cash in January.

November 24th

La Salette’s Festival of Lights set to open Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2013

ATTLEBORO — A Christmas tradition for thousands of families for well over half a century, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro will flip the switch on its Christmas Festival of Lights Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28.
But this year’s 60th annual festival, which features more than 350,000 lights illuminating over 10 acres, will incorporate a whopping 800,000 LED lights — twice as many as last year – making the shrine a leader in energy efficiency.
A third of the lights were made possible thanks to donations.

November 23rd

Christmas spirit arrives downtown Dec. 11 with Holiday Stroll

November 23, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The peak of the holiday season is nearly here, and with it, the annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street Dec. 11.

The event will dress up Main Street with holiday lights and decorations as part of the annual tree lighting and arrival of Santa Claus at his house in the mini-park near Harris Hall.

The tree lighting and Santa’s arrival will be held at approximately 5 p.m., and most people will start arriving for a good viewing spot around 4:30 p.m., according to Linda S. Plays of the city’s Department of Human Services and the Main Street/Riverside Initiative.

November 21st

Where were you when Kennedy was shot?

November 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – She lives at Kennedy Manor today on Clinton Street, but on Nov. 22, 1963, Sandra Davis, 61, had been in school in her sixth-grade classroom at the Fifth Avenue Elementary School in Fairmount.

“Mr. Page, my teacher, came into the classroom and announced President Kennedy has just been shot. I’ll never forget it,” Davis said while sitting with friends in the Kennedy Manor community room.

Davis, who is a member of her mother Margie Desrosiers’ crochet group at Kennedy Manor, said times were different for kids back in the Cold War days than they are today.

NEW: Shakeup at Woonsocket City Hall?

November 21, 2013

WOONSOCKET – City Clerk Andrea Bicki says she has learned that the incoming City Council wants to replace her – the first confirmed news of a politically driven personnel change at City Hall since the election.
The job, which pays $63,915 a year, will apparently be offered to Personnel Director Christina Harmon-Duarte, according to memos circulating about City Hall.

November 20th

WPD: Officer shot at driver using vehicle as weapon

November 20, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The still-unidentified policeman who fired his gun in front of the police station Saturday apparently did so when a motorist allegedly attempted to use his vehicle as a weapon against the officer.

That driver was identified for the first time Wednesday as Angel Luiz Perez, 48, of 175 Sixth Ave. Police say they intend to charge him with several crimes, including felony assault with a dangerous weapon – a motor vehicle.

November 19th

Parole board blasted

November 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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 Brissette’s release, calling it “a get out of a jail free card” issued by the parole board.
“This is worse than good time,” he said. “This is just the parole board showing no accountability.”

BREAKING NEWS: Woman in crosswalk hit by car

November 19, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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.
“This lady was crossing and all of sudden she got hit and dropped to the floor,” said one witness. “She was lying on her side screaming, ‘I’m hurt.”

November 18th

Police: Woman brutalized, raped

November 18, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A 32-year-old city woman was raped repeatedly by her ex-boyfriend and forced to eat food on which he had urinated – 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 victim’s children, a daughter, called the police about a quarrel at home.

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