Archive - 2013 - News Article
BOSTON â Two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people â including a child â and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S.
A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.
President Barack Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."
WOONSOCKET â The School Committee has voted its support of a legislative bill that would allow the city to collect scheduled increases in state school aid immediately.
School Committeeman Christopher Roberts submitted the resolution approved by the committee under a unanimous vote on Wednesday that asks the General Assembly to speed up state aid awards scheduled under the stateâs revised school aid formula.
WOONSOCKET â The City Council tonight is expected to pass Mayor Leo T. Fontaineâs request to make June a tax-amnesty month.
The administration is asking the council to support legislation to waive 15 percent interest charges on delinquent taxes of up to $3,000. The offer would apply to any real estate owned by the same individual for three years, business equipment and motor vehicles.
As far as Tax Assessor Chris Celeste knows, the city has never had a tax amnesty event before, and he doesnât anticipate that there will ever be one again if the council supports the plan.
There is her faith, an anchor point that holds her safe in an ever-changing world, and there is also her large family â her brother Ralph, 89, the surviving member of her seven siblings, speaks with her often and her many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and even now adult pupils whom she taught for many years in area Catholic School.
Sister Hope, who turns 102 on May 19, is still in charge of her life as a sign in her room at Mount Saint Ritaâs Health Centre professes.
WOONSOCKET â A drive around the city this week offered a discerning motorist a range of approximately eight cents on the cost of a gallon of gasoline depending upon where that driver decided to pull in.
And if the motorist had also checked gasoline prices elsewhere in the Rhode Island, that range could increase to .45 cents under a rough comparison of high to low station offerings.
WOONSOCKET â The gray stucco house where the police found the battered body of a slain prostitute this week was more than just a crime scene.
It was a proving ground for the Woonsocket Police Departmentâs relatively inexperienced detective squad, more than half of whom had never investigated a homicide before.
âThey want to show you just what kind of a police officer theyâre capable of being,â says Police Chief Tom Carey. âThey know a murder is the biggest type of investigation theyâre ever going to be involved in.â
PROVIDENCE â The man accused in the brutal killing of Donna Pike was a 43-year-old career criminal who had been released from a federal prison in West Virginia less than three months ago.
A police affidavit filed in District Court says Brian Audette confessed to killing Pike, 57, whose battered, lifeless body was found in her third-floor apartment at 79 Rathbun St. in Woonsocket Monday night.
Wearing a pair of dirty jeans and a rumpled polo shirt, Audette was formally arraigned on charges of first-degree murder before Judge Joseph Ippolito Thursday morning.
WOONSOCKET â A city man shot and killed himself Thursday moments after firefighters evacuated the manâs wife and young daughter from their apartment unit located in the sprawling Veterans Memorial public housing development in the cityâs Fairmount section.
There were initial reports that gunshots were fired at police officers and firefighters responding to the emergency call at the home, but police later confirmed that no firefighters or officers on the scene were shot at or injured.
WOONSOCKET â Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a suspect in the murder of a woman in her 79 Rathbun St. apartment, where her body had been found on Monday, but declined to provide further details on how they broke the case.
Brian Audette, 43, of 307 Elm St., Warwick, as charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Donna Pike, 57.
Audette is to be arraigned on the charge today in District Court, Providence, police said.
WOONSOCKET â In the most ambitious venture of its kind since the recession, a North Smithfield businessman is proposing a $1.25 million conversion of the historic Stadium Building into 21 small condominiums.
The city, which has seen scant private investment on a downtown strip pockmarked by vacancies and blight, is giving Leszek Przybylkoâs proposal for 329 Main St. a cautious thumbs-up. But not everybodyâs clapping.