Archive - 2013 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ A fire possibly breaking out in the area of a second-floor bedroom of a two-family home at 137-139 Mount St. Charles Ave. forced residents out into the street Tuesday evening, but luckily did not injure anyone, according to fire officials.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Rape charges were filed in Sixth District Court Monday against two men police say raped a 42-year-old woman at knifepoint over the weekend.
Owen M. Hicks, 21, of North Smithfield, and Patrick Moore, 19, of Providence, were arrested about 3 a.m. Saturday after police stopped a blue pickup truck on the Court Street Bridge.
Police said the men had just driven away from the womanâ€™s apartment on Harrison Avenue, where the alleged rape had occurred a few moments earlier. Police seized a pair of boxer shorts and a small knife from the vehicle, which Moore was driving.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A woman left an infant and a 4-year-old home alone while she was out breaking into a neighborâ€™s house Saturday, police say.
Moments before they located Rondelle J. Hadrick, 22, police found her children in her second-floor apartment at 37 Paradis Ave. The infant was in a child restraint seat in the middle of the kitchen floor, crying and screaming. The latch on his safety seat was unbuckled and the kitchen was a mess, police said. His brother, seemingly oblivious to his motherâ€™s absence, was in a bedroom, sleeping.
LINCOLN â€” Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond has begun working on projections for the coming fiscal year, and for now at least it appears the town will not be seeing a decline in its Twin River revenues.
In fact, the creation of Twin Riverâ€™s live table gaming venue at the casino has apparently generated some additional interest in the video lottery terminals (electronic games) from which Lincoln receives a share of the revenues, he noted.
PAWTUCKET â€” Working in the world of European fashion design, Tina Melo-Kufner knows all about the importance of predicting trends. Yet, many artists can be so engrossed in their respective craft that they donâ€™t pay attention to what consumers, and particularly the fashionistas, are clamoring for. Putting those two worlds together is the philosophy behind Melo-Kufnerâ€™s latest business venture, Melo International.
WOONSOCKET â€” Fire Capt. Michael Morin is no stranger to breast cancer. He lost his sister, Jane Houle, to the disease in 1997, when she was just 41 years old.
This month, Morin and other city firefighters are supporting cancer research by wearing pink shirts in recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Morin said local firefighters are participating in The Rhode Island Pink Heals tour, which has once again teamed up with firefighters throughout the state to wear pink T-shirts while on duty to support the women of Rhode Island with all types of cancer.
UXBRIDGE â€“ While Christmas is still two months away, local Christmas tree growers are already busy gearing up for the start of the retail pick-and-cut season that officially begins the Friday after Thanksgiving.
At Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge, owners David and Vicki Morin are reporting healthy trees for the 2013 cut-your-own Christmas tree season with Fraser and Concolor fir trees up to 8 feet tall.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Rhode Islandâ€™s much-vaunted pension reform law amounts to a â€śWall Street wealth transfer schemeâ€ť that General Treasurer Gina Raimondo knowingly participated in, according to the author of a report commissioned by the stateâ€™s largest public employee union and written by an acknowledged foe of hedge funds who has feuded with Raimondo for much of this year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As promised, the Budget Commission released a much sought-after report yesterday preliminarily indicating that the city finished fiscal year 2013 on June 30 with a combined $2.36 million operating surplus for the city and its Education Department.
It may sound rosier than it is, since the city projected finishing the fiscal year with a cumulative multi-year deficit of $6.4 million. Thanks to the better-than-expected performance in the one-year operating position, that cumulative deficit is about a third smaller, but it still stands at an imposing $4.046 million.
WOONSOCKET â€” State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has filed a lawsuit against the city for violating the Access to Open Records Act over a lawyerâ€™s 2012 request for paperwork associated with the proposed water treatment plant.
The lawsuit accuses the city of two violations stemming from lawyer Michael Kellyâ€™s December 2012 request for documents. One alleges that the city failed to answer the request within the minimum time frame allowed by law, the other that the city didnâ€™t provide one specific document â€“ the sales agreement for land on which the plant is to be built â€“ at all.