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January 5th

Reed pushes hard for extended unemployment benefits vote

January 5, 2014

With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.

January 3rd

City man indicted on domestic rape charges

January 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET — A city man accused of forcing a 4-year-old boy to watch while he raped her mother and fed her food on which he had urinated has been indicted by a Providence County grand jury on 15 charges, including eight counts of domestic rape.

Reinaldo Diaz, 34, of 100 Harrison Ave., is also charged with two counts of felony domestic assault, four counts of simple domestic assault and one count of violating a court order to keep away from the woman.

Full story appears on Page 1 of today's Call.

Below-zero chill: A cold, hard fact

January 3, 2014

If you thought shoveling a foot of snow was bad, you might want to think twice about going outside this morning. While the white stuff might have stopped falling, the bitter cold has just arrived.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory Friday, which was expected to remain in effect until 9 this morning. Temperatures last night were expected to be around 2 below and with northwest winds gusting to 35 mph, forecasters were warning of bitterly cold wind chills with readings as low as 18 below.

Full story appears on Page 1 of today's Call.

January 2nd

Brien no longer defendant in fraud suit

January 2, 2014

WOONSOCKET – City Council President Albert G. Brien and his real estate brokerage company have been released as defendants from a Superior Court lawsuit accusing them of being involved in series of fraudulent land acquisitions made by the operators of the state landfill in Johnston.

For full story, see page 1 of Friday's Call.

Burrillville’s ‘Mr. Doughboy’ faces foreclosure

January 2, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – With an old-fashioned miniature golf course and a menu reminiscent of a dining car, Mr. Doughboy seemed to belong to another era.

Now the roadside landmark at 1950 Broncos Highway may really be going the way of the jukebox and the deuce coupe.

For full story, see page 1 of Friday's Call.

City invokes parking ban today

January 2, 2014

The Woonsocket Public Works Department has issued a parking ban effective starting at noon today and ending Friday at 3 p.m. Woonsocket Police will enforce the ban.
A weather watch indicates the potential for severe or damaging weather conditions with dangerously low temperatures.

January 1st

A white welcome to 2014

January 1, 2014

Ice melt, rock salt and snow shovels were flying off the shelves at local hardware stores Wednesday as folks prepared for the first major snowstorm of the year — a long-duration storm that began pre-dawn today and will continue into Friday with 8 to 10 inches of dry, powdery snow predicted for most of Rhode Island, including Woonsocket and Pawtucket.

The storm will be followed by some of the coldest air of the season. Temperatures could be near zero by Saturday morning.

The Blackstone Valley towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge will get more than a quarter of a million...
CUMBERLAND – The town’s liability insurer has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle a police brutality suit brought...
PROVIDENCE – A retired chief of the Woonsocket Police Department testified in Superior Court Tuesday that he had...


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