Archive - 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â After a lengthy investigation, members of the Woonsocket Police Departmentâs Vice Unit say theyâve shut down a home-based heroin-trafficking business operated by a Carrington Avenue man.
WOONSOCKET â Bystanders restrained a 20-year-old Blackstone motorist who allegedly struck five parked cars and injured a pedestrian on Grove Street Tuesday night before attempting to flee the scene, police said.
Chelsea Marie Driscoll was charged with seven criminal counts in all, including drunk driving; several counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving an unattended vehicle; leaving the scene of an accident involving a personal injury; and obstructing police. She was also cited for civil possession of about five grams of marijuana.
The arrival of a light rain in the area Monday night turned local highways and roads into skating rinks for vehicles for a time, with a number of accidents being reported before road crews could get down a melting layer of sand and salt.
No major injuries resulted from incidents in the local area, according to police, but the bad weather did cause the closing of Route 146 in North Smithfield for a time while state Department of Transportation highway crews were called to the area, and the shutdown of Martin Street in Cumberland due to five accidents early Tuesday.
WOONSOCKET â The state Division of Taxation has awarded a nonprofit development agency more than $1 million worth of historic tax credits as part of a proposed $6.2 million makeover of the onetime Island Machine Company at 15 Island Place.
Joseph Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, says the 50,000-square-foot, three-story rubblestone mill will be converted into a half-dozen âlive-work spacesâ for artists on the upper stories, with office space on the ground floor.
WOONSOCKET â As he made his rounds collecting checks for this yearâs 82nd annual Milk Fund Drive last week, Milk Fund Chairman Barry Mechanic pointed to a simple formula for the fundâs success in an ever more competitive holiday charity era.
As a group of Masons gathered at Morning Star Lodge No. 13 on Clinton Street learned, Mechanicâs formula is to run the drive without setting an unattainable or weighty goal.
WOONSOCKET â A Rhode Islander returning from West Africa who was evaluated at Landmark Medical Center Friday night did not have Ebola, according to a R.I. Department of Health spokesperson.
The patient, who is part of the routine monitoring program established by the Centers for Disease Control and administered by the health
department, had returned from West Africa about two weeks ago. The
patient had a âvery mild increase in temperatureâ and out of âan
abundance of caution,â he traveled to Landmark Medical Center to be
WOONSOCKET â Landmark Medical Centerâs emergency room was locked down late Friday evening, with hospital officials and R.I. Department of Health personnel investigating a possible Ebola case, multiple sources at the scene told The Call.
Neither medical nor public safety officials would comment on the situation as of early this morning. Hospital officials indicated there would be information released sometime today.
BELLINGHAM â A fire breaking out in a 730 Pulaski Blvd. home Tuesday evening was expected to leave a couple homeless until repairs can be made to the damaged dwelling.
An unidentified man and woman were reported to have escaped their home safely as the fire spread from the chimney area at about 6:10 p.m., according to police.
Police Sgt. Lee Rolls said Patrolman Brian Kutner was the first emergency responder to the call and assisted the residents at the scene. No injuries were reported at the fire Tuesday night.