Archive - 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ A former municipal court clerk under indictment for more than two years on charges of embezzling nearly $400,000 from the city has reached a plea agreement with state prosecutors, according to her defense lawyer.
Rachel Arruda, 65, is expected to withdraw her longstanding plea of not guilty during a hearing in Superior Court on Aug. 13, North Smithfield lawyer Mark Smith said.
â€śIn all likelihood, sheâ€™s going to enter a plea at that time,â€ť he said.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Itâ€™s an odorless, ice-blue bar imprinted with the phrase, â€śFrosty Builds Skateparks.â€ť
It looks like soap, but youâ€™d be wrong if that were your guess.
Itâ€™s the stuff of dreams.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Sone and Chip Ratsamy have been watching the transformation since their son, Simon, was killed in a violent car crash a week ago.
Parked across the street from their quaint cottage on Park Avenue, his sleek, black Honda Civic has become a shrine, the hood now completely hidden by bouquets of roses, carnations and other flowers.
Friends, and total strangers, too, have been piling on the floral tributes since the aspiring paramedic, 21 years old, passed away.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is asking the state-appointed Budget Commission to override the City Councilâ€™s decision to build a new $50 million water treatment plant on a 20-acre site off Jillson Avenue, a move she opposes.
During a hastily-called meeting at the state Department of Administration Monday morning, Baldelli-Hunt invited a consulting engineer from Camp, Dresser McKee and the former public works director, Alan Brodd, to make the case to the commission that another site, partially located in North Smithfield, is preferable.
LINCOLN â€“ The grounds of Hearthside on Great Road were taken back to another era on Sunday, 1904 and its World Fair in St. Louis, to help raise funds for the historic town-owned property and its collections of local and state memorabilia.
Elizabeth Francis of the R.I. Council for the Humanities said her organization also supported the Worldâ€™s Fair celebration at Hearthside and called it â€śa brilliant success.â€ť
BLACKSTONE â€“ Saying itâ€™s time for Blackstone to get on the solar power bandwagon, Board of Selectmen Chairman Russell L. Wells wants his board to revisit the idea of constructing a solar farm in Blackstone to help the town save money on energy costs.
The town was looking at a proposal last year to install ground-mounted photovoltaic solar panels at the former landfill on Chestnut Street, but it never got off the ground.
Wells, who was elected to the board in April, says itâ€™s time for the board to start that process over again.
WOONSOCKET â€” Just as many had a year ago for another friend, the friends of Simon Ratsamy, 21, of Woonsocket, gathered to remember him Thursday at the place where he worked and was well known to customers and friends â€” R.Jâ€™s Hill Liquors, 820 Cumberland Hill Road.
LINCOLN â€“ State Police were investigating a Route 99 South crash Wednesday night that was reported to have sent at least two people to Rhode Island hospital, one in critical condition.
The crash near the Sayles Hill Road ramps that was described as a rollover and possibly involving more than one vehicle resulted in Route 99 south being closed to motorists just after 10 p.m. Traffic caught on the blocked road was allowed to return to the Woonsocket entrance of the highway where units from Lincoln and Woonsocket had sealed it from travelers.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A new General Assembly law signed by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee on July 3 is requiring municipal fire departments to conduct more extensive criminal background checks of new applicants for positions in their departments.
The new background check rules would also require the fire department employee candidates to have a fingerprint check done at their expense with the fingerprint records being destroyed immediately upon completion of the background check, according to the legislation.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Local police, the FBI and the state police swung into action Tuesday afternoon after a reported child abduction, but it didnâ€™t take them long to figure out it was all a hoax.
â€śWeâ€™re happy to report there was not an abduction at all,â€ť Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan announced at a press conference about two hours later. â€śThe story was fabricated by our witness.â€ť
The investigation began about 12:30 p.m. after a juvenile reported seeing four men kidnap a young girl on Vose Street. Police wouldnâ€™t say whether the witness was a boy or a girl.