Archive - 2014 - News Article
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.Jâs 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 didnât take them long to figure out it was all a hoax.
âWeâre happy to report there was not an abduction at all,â Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan announced at a press conference about two hours later. âThe story was fabricated by our witness.â
The investigation began about 12:30 p.m. after a juvenile reported seeing four men kidnap a young girl on Vose Street. Police wouldnât say whether the witness was a boy or a girl.
WOONSOCKET â A 10-month-old girl with signs of physical abuse was found alone in a battered womenâs safe house Sunday after police detained the mother on Hamlet Avenue wearing nothing on top but a bra.
Police said Ebony Evans, 33, was arrested on charges of child neglect and second-degree child abuse.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â The Paddle Across Rhode Island team escaped potential washout impacts from Hurricane Arthurâs close brush with the area and set out on their more that 100-mile journey from the townâs Meadows Recreation Complex on Sunday with perfect weather and perfect river conditions.
You have to know where it is on Main Street in Woonsocket to visit a local museum dedicated to largely antique television and radio broadcast equipment and then also set up an appointment with its founders and curators to make it inside.
But Paul Beck, president of the nonprofit Museum of Broadcast Technology at 162 Main St., hopes all that will change in the near future when the organization completes a plan to hold frequent public visit days to display its unique holdings of media technology.
Colorful fireworks light up the night sky above World War II Memorial State Park in Woonsocket Thursday night. Hundreds turned out for the concert and fireworks display that followed, ushering in the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
WOONSOCKET â Two masked youths entered a convenience store located at 200 Dulude Ave. Thursday afternoon and attempted to rob the proprietor at gunpoint, police said.
The youths fled empty-handed after the woman behind the counter of Leonâs T&D Market picked up a telephone and told them she was calling the police, she told a reporter.
âThey said, âGimme all your money,ââ the woman explained. âI had the phone in my hand. I said Iâm calling the cops.â
As Hurricane Arthur lumbers up the coast and a rain front approaches from the west, the city will sneak in the traditional Independence Day fireworks display tonight.
There had been some question about whether the show would go on, as other cities in the region reshuffle their celebration schedules on account of the still-evolving forecast.
Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt cleared it up at City Hall with a single word Thursday morning when asked about the status of the previously scheduled display.
"On," she said.