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October 23rd

Woonsocket takes another ethics hit

October 23, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Another member of the City Council has been named in a complaint sent to the Rhode Island Ethics Commission alleging conflict of interest. This time it’s Councilman Daniel M. Gendron.
Jerome Smith of Woonsocket, a former state legislator and father of City Councilwoman Melissa Murray, said on Wednesday he filed the complaint against Gendron over his past votes as a council member to appoint local Attorney Lloyd R. Gariepy to his position as a Municipal Court judge.

October 21st

Ethics board to investigate complaints against mayor, councilors

October 21, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue investigations of complaints against Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and two city councilmen.
Baldelli-Hunt was accused by former City Council President John Ward of violating the nepotism section of the Code of Ethics by hiring her 16-year-old son and members of his baseball team for part-time jobs with the city’s Public Works Department doing clean-up work such as sweeping sidewalks. The openings, which paid $10 an hour, were not advertised to the general public.

October 20th

City Council tables Mayoral Academy for work session

October 20, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Local residents and educators once again called on the City Council Monday night to take action against a proposed 400-student mayoral academy charter school in the city, but only gained a tabling of the matter to a future work session.

City Council members Christopher Beauchamp led the move to table a council resolution instructing Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt to withdraw her name and support from the proposed school that ended the panel’s discussion Monday evening on a 4-3 vote.

October 19th

McKee's budget adjustment unanimously passed by Cumberland council

October 19, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Mayor Daniel J. McKee will be able to leave office in January knowing that savings from his work to revise the town’s costs for police retirement and healthcare benefits have been applied to the local budget.

McKee, a candidate for lieutenant governor in the Nov. 4 general election, was given that sendoff by a unanimous 7-0 vote of the Town Council last week, one of the final times the current panel will be acting on local budget matters before a new council is also sworn in.

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October 16th

Mancieri hit with ethics complaint

October 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Freshman Councilman Garrett Mancieri became the fourth elected official to face an ethics complaint in less than three weeks on Thursday.

The Ethics Commission’s Senior Staff Attorney Katherine D’Arezzo said the director has preliminarily accepted a complaint against Mancieri for further review.

It will be up to the full commission to determine whether the complaint will be held for further investigation, but it’s unclear whether the matter will be taken up at the next meeting, on Monday.

October 15th

Blood relative to visit Woonsocket

October 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET – If you’re thinking of donating blood, you might as well have the spirit of Dracula looking over your shoulder – you know, just to get in the mood.
That’s one reason Dacre Stoker will be the featured speaker at a special Halloween-season blood drive sponsored, in part, by the Rhode Island Blood Center at the Museum of Work and Culture on Friday.
Dacre who?

Prosecutors release new details suggesting Blackstone infants not stillborn

October 15, 2014

UXBRIDGE – Bail for Blackstone mother Erika Murray was set at $1 million cash Tuesday as state prosecutors said they appear to have proof that at least two of the three infants whose remains were discovered in her squalid home last month were alive for some period of time after their births.
Asst. Dist. Atty. John Bradley put to rest any notion that the children were stillborn, telling the court the infants were wearing pajamas and diapers when their bodies were found in the closet of an upstairs bedroom on Sept. 11.

October 13th

Charter school foes taking their fight to state

October 13, 2014

WOONSOCKET – With the state Council on Elementary and Secondary Education expected to grant preliminary approval to the proposed RISE Mayoral Academy at a meeting in Providence this afternoon, the Woonsocket Teachers Guild is pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to put the brakes on the proposal.

The teachers union is offering a free bus ride to the meeting to anyone who wants to protest the proposed K-8 regional academy, designed to serve students in Woonsocket, Burrillville and North Smithfield.

October 9th

Woonsocket officer convicted of child abuse

October 9, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Suspended Patrolman Michael Cahill was convicted of second-degree child abuse in Superior Court Thursday, the attorney general’s office said.

Judge Daniel Procaccini found the officer guilty of abusing his 9-year-old sister after a seven-day trial, according to Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.

The judge alone considered the testimony and rendered the verdict because the policeman waived his right to a jury trial.

Chase leads to crash, arrest in Woonsocket

October 9, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A Framingham man who was in possession of narcotics and a stolen coin collection worth thousands led police on a wild motor vehicle chase in which he crashed into two occupied motor vehicles, leaving one person injured, police said.

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