Archive - 2014 - News Article
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt on Thursday announced the appointment of Steven Dâ€™Agostino of North Smithfield as the cityâ€™s new public works director.
â€śMr. Dâ€™Agostino brings a wealth of public works experience in construction, heavy equipment operation, road improvement and repair and snow removal, accumulated over forty years in the private sector, to the position,â€ť the mayor said.
Read the complete story in Friday's newspaper.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A man police have been looking for since New Yearâ€™s Day in connection with a brutal robbery and assault was captured on Monday.
Police say Michael Smith, 22, is one of two men who pistol-whipped the victim and bashed him over the head with a champagne bottle on North Main Street.
The victim, a 24-year-old man, told police he was a complete stranger to the men who attacked him.
Read the full story in Thursday's newspaper.
WOONSOCKET â€“ If Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has her way, the much-bemoaned â€śtrash taxâ€ť could be headed for the ash heap of history next fiscal year.
The mayor has called a work session with the City Council on May 16 to discuss rolling the $96 a year per household fee into the tax rate, the way most communities bankroll the cost of picking up curbside refuse.
WOONSOCKET â€“ What started out as a trip to help a friend with a graduation essay turned into a nightmarish ordeal for 20-year-old Nakya Gray Sunday night.
Moments after she turned the corner onto Prospect Street, Gray could see the limb of a massive tree toppling across the power lines off to her right, heading directly into the path of the Nissan Maxima she was driving.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Strong winds Sunday evening caused a freak accident that injured a woman when a tree trunk broke from a large maple tree and fell on her car as she drove up Prospect Street in front of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Huntâ€™s home.
The unidentified woman, although trapped in the vehicle by the fallen limb, appears to have escaped serious injury, police said late Sunday night, and was expected to be released by Rhode Island Hospital.
At the scene, the woman was calmed by neighborhood residents running to help, including the mayorâ€™s husband, Ed Hunt.
CRANSTON â€“ The walls of the visitorâ€™s room at the J. Moran Medium Security facility are covered with colorful murals of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Spiderman, all painstakingly hand-painted to make the room a little less dreary for the children and families who come to visit the prisonâ€™s 1,100 inmates.
But the artist who painted these walls wasnâ€™t commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A city man is expected to face a litany of criminal charges from multiple communities in District Court today after a wild car pursuit from here to Providence and halfway back again on Thursday.
The episode began with an armed home invasion at 42 Dexter St. and included a carjacking in which the suspect shot someone in the foot, and two car crashes. The last occurred about 1:20 p.m. in Cumberland, at which point the suspect was taken into custody by state police.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ What was once the popular Mezza Luna Pizzeria in an aging commercial building at 7 Eddie Dowling Highway is now partially hidden by a chain link safety fence awaiting an expected date with the wrecking ball.
The former pizzeria site and a nearby closed Mobil gas station will be giving way to a new Walgreenâ€™s Pharmacy at 1 Park Square over the next few months, according Robert Ericson, town planner.
WOONSOCKET â€“ City Council President Albert G. Brien has agreed to pay a $750 fine to the state Ethics Commission for unlawfully voting to hire City Clerk Christina Harmon-Duarte in December.
Because Harmon-Duarte had performed occasional secretarial work for Brienâ€™s personal business concerns, the city official violated the ethics code by voting to hire her on Dec. 2, said Katherine Dâ€™Arezzo, the commissionâ€™s senior staff attorney. Specifically, the law forbids public officials from using their power to financially benefit themselves, relatives or business associates.
PROVIDENCE â€“ On a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, the R.I. House of Representatives adopted a resolution asking the state Health Department to reject any proposal from UnitedHealthcare to stop covering services at Landmark Medical Center and those of 52 physicians who have hospital privileges only at Landmark.