Archive - Mar 2014 - News Article
PROVIDENCE â€“ Less than a year after his greatest legislative triumph â€“ shepherding Rhode Islandâ€™s same-sex marriage law through a sometimes reluctant General Assembly â€“ House Speaker Gordon Fox is resigning in disgrace from the most powerful political position in state government.
WOONSOCKET â€“ He is United Veterans Council of Woonsocket Veteran of the Year for 2014, and the Rev. Philip G. Salois earned that tribute during a time of his life a world away from where he lives today.
PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Gordon Foxâ€™s second-in-command in the Democrat-dominated House of Representatives, Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, said Friday he is not looking to push Fox out of the top post, but if the job becomes open, Mattiello says he has the votes to become Speaker.
A large faction of the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives convened Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel to mull how they are going to proceed in the wake of a raid by state and federal law enforcement officials on the Statehouse office of House Speaker Gordon Fox earlier in the day.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A local man is facing up to 45 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbing two banks in 2012, including a Citizens Bank branch at 70 Mendon Road.
Joseph G. Petrarca, 50, entered the plea this week in U.S. District Court, Providence, U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said in a statement Thursday.
During an appearance before Chief Judge William E. Smith, Petrarca admitted that he robbed Citizens Bank on Dec. 26, 2012, of $1,764 and that he robbed a Washington Trust Company branch office in Cranston of $9,595 on Jan. 15, 2013.
Read the full story in Thursday's paper.
PROVIDENCE â€“ If you happened to notice a bunch of crazed, foaming at the mouth zombies making their way towards Kennedy Plaza late Wednesday afternoon, you might have thought you stumbled onto the set of the latest episode of the Walking Dead.
But these benevolent zombies donâ€™t want to eat your flesh.
They want to kick your butts.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Corinne A. Latraverse, 30, of 26 Monty Ave., set fire to the home she shared with her boyfriend and their three children Saturday because she was enraged over his affair with another woman, police say.
Latraverse was ordered held without bail following her arraignment this morning in Sixth District Court, Providence, on one count of first-degree arson.
WOONSOCKET â€” With the one-year anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon attacks fast approaching, Dr. David King, a Mount Saint Charles Academy alumnus and trauma surgeon who ran the 2013 marathon and then helped save the lives of dozens of people injured in the blasts, visited his alma mater Friday to deliver a message of hope and inspiration.
I have never really given much thought to exploring my family tree, mainly because it always seemed more like a family shrub than a tree.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt struck a tone of cautious optimism as she recapped her administrationâ€™s accomplishments last night in a speech marking her first 100 days in office.
With the aid of Power Point visuals, Baldelli-Hunt embarked on a detailed, hour-long synopsis that covered a bit of old ground, but also contained a few surprises. Most controversially, perhaps, the mayor reaffirmed her commitment to all-day kindergarten and announced that she is ready to begin consolidating police and fire dispatching services in a move expected to save the city $630,000 a year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A 27-year-old city man is facing charges of child neglect after two small children were discovered wandering around Monument Square Tuesday morning without any adult supervision.
Justin R. Pomerleau of 28 Church St. was supposed to be watching them, but he didnâ€™t even realize the children were missing from his apartment until police showed up at the door with their photographs about 2 p.m.
That was almost seven hours after they were scooped up by a local shopkeeper who called the police.