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May 25th, 2015
WOONSOCKET â€“ When he was a little younger, Richard Fazzio, now 90, would tend to the small veteransâ€™ memorial at Market Square and Arnold Street whenever he passed by on a walk.
Fazzio grew up in the Globe District on Lincoln Street, and the plaque honoring the city men killed in World War II from that neighborhood bears the names of people he knew.
Among the nine honored are the first city resident killed during World War II, Arthur Favreau, and also Fazzioâ€™s brother, Frank Fazzio, who was just 23 when he was killed fighting for the Army on Leyte in the Philippines on Dec. 2, 1944.
BLACKSTONE â€“ Ninety-nine-year-old World War II Navy veteran Michael Sulima sits back in a recliner at his daughterâ€™s home in Millville and lifts up his sleeves to expose the leathery, scarred and mottled skin of his arms.
It isnâ€™t so much time that has left his skin looking this way, but the more than 20 skin cancers that have racked his body over the years.
Sulimaâ€™s doctors believe his cancer can be traced to his exposure to radiation during the war in Japan after the atom bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.
The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ After searching for more than 10 hours on Thursday, police investigators were back at 505 Douglas Pike Friday gathering evidence and looking for clues in the disappearance of Domingo Ortiz, a 60-year-old Worcester man whoâ€™s been missing since May 5 and was last seen at that address.
"The investigation is still very active,â€ť said Colonel Stephen J. Lynch, chief of the Burrillville Police Department.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Itâ€™s been more than two weeks since anyone has seen or heard from Domingo Ortiz, a 60-year-old Worcester man last seen May 5 visiting a home on Douglas Pike in Nasonville.
The mysterious circumstances surrounding Ortizâ€™s disappearance have prompted a full-scale probe by Burrillville police, who are handling it as a missing person investigation.
Burrillville police, along with R.I. State Police investigators, were searching the 505 Douglas Pike home on Thursday looking for evidence that might shed some light on Ortizâ€™s whereabouts.
PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina Raimondo, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, were among those who marked the observance of Memorial Day by participating in an annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring war veterans from Rhode Island.
The event on Wednesday was held at the Garden of Heroes on the southwest lawn at the State House.
The garden is dedicated to Rhode Island service members who died supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Two women protesting the Algonquin Incremental Market pipeline project that runs through Burrillville were arrested Tuesday on private Algonquin Gas Transmission Company property in Pascoag and charged with trespassing after one of the protestors positioned herself in a tree stand 60 feet above the ground and refused to come down.
According to police reports, Algonquin Gas officials called the Police Department and asked them to remove two women who were found trespassing on company property at 54 Algonquin Lane just after 6:30 a.m.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A night out at a Providence bar with her boyfriend and friends turned into a night of terror for an East School Street woman after the boyfriend became upset back at home and repeatedly assaulted her â€” punching her, biting her face and breast, and choking her during the attacks.