Archive - 2014 - News Article
SCITUATE â€“ Clad in a gray suit, a detective sits in a spartan work cubicle, his face illuminated by an eerie glow as he stares at the wide screen of a desktop computer, a serious expression on his face.
If a pin dropped, you could probably hear it in this austere corner of state police headquarters on a lonely stretch of Route 6.
This is where the state police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force mines its quarry, a special breed of sex offenders who swap images of child pornography on the Internet like some people trade baseball cards.
Sadly, business is unusually brisk.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Many years have passed since Pepin Lumber last sold Christmas trees during the holidays. But on Thursday morning they dragged out the old sign that company founder Camille Pepin built in 1953 and, along with a dozen balsam firs, parked it in front of the busy East Woonsocket lumber supply store.
No, itâ€™s not your usual seasonal capitalism. In fact, itâ€™s not capitalism at all, but a charitable rescue mission.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The operator of Rickâ€™s Bar & Grill has agreed to close the doors for two days after the city accused him of serving alcohol to a minor and letting patrons get too rowdy in the parking lot around closing time.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Saying she doesnâ€™t want to risk dragging the city into potential litigation, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has withdrawn her name from an application for a proposed mayoral academy â€“ a proposal thatâ€™s already been pre- approved by state education officials.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The pungent aroma of the holidays wafts from the freshly-cut pine trees in Douglas Taftâ€™s yard, but he hardly feels like celebrating anything.
He never expected the handsome balsam firs to be there this long. He thought heâ€™d have sold them all by now to raise a little money for his daughterâ€™s track team at Woonsocket High School.
WORCESTER â€” A Massachusetts woman has been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home in September.
District Attorney Joseph Early announced the charges Tuesday against Erika Murray, 31, of Blackstone.
Murray's boyfriend, Raymond Rivera, 38, also of Blackstone, who lived in the basement of the house, was charged Tuesday with child abuse. He pleaded not guilty.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Superior Court judge on Monday sentenced suspended city Patrolman Patrick Cahill to six months in prison for abusing his then 9-year-old sister in 2012.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini sentenced Cahill to 10 years in all, with six months to serve and the balance suspended, with probation, for choking the girl and dragging her by the hair.
The 25-year-old policeman must surrender all his firearms, undergo mental health counseling and refrain from contacting his sister as part of the judgeâ€™s sentence.
WOONSOCKET â€“ It looks like downtown will become the latest swath of local real estate to be declared a redevelopment zone, a legal definition that puts some teeth into the cityâ€™s efforts to pump new vitality into the area.
If all goes according to plan, the City Council will make the declaration at a meeting tonight, opening the door for the city to acquire property in the designated area through the power of eminent domain.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The holiday spirit was alive and well in the city Saturday as revelers came from far and wide to enjoy a myriad of Christmas-themed options as part of the sixth annual Main Street Holiday Stroll.
Just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt welcomed guests gathered in Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to City Hall, then began the countdown from five to one, culminating in the illumination of numerous lighted trees in the park.