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May 18th, 2015
Three months after orchestrating the team’s purchase and expressing a strong objective to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a downtown Providence location, PawSox President James J. Skeffington has died.
Patti Doyle, a spokesperson for the Triple-A team, issued the following statement: “It is with profound sadness that I confirm the death of Jim Skeffington. His son, Jim Skeffington, Jr., will issue a statement on behalf of his family later today. Thank you all for your patience.”
BURRILLVILLE â€“ With legislative approval now secured, the town is moving ahead with its plan to dedicate Bridge #672 on Route 102 in memory of Burrillvilleâ€™s Allan B. McCutcheon and James A. Blanchard, who were killed in action in Vietnam.
Last October, the Burrillville Town Council approved a request from Richard E. Peck, commander of the Burrillville Allied Veterans Council; and Conrad P. Zahn, post adjutant of Berard-Desjarlais American Legion Post 88, to ask the townâ€™s legislative delegation to begin the process of naming the state bridge in honor of McCutcheon and Blanchard.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Members of the Burrillville Police Department are raising money to support a fellow officer who is battling cancer.
An ongoing fundraiser called â€śRally for Ryanâ€ť has been created for Burrillville Detective Ryan Hughes, a six-year veteran of the department.
In March, Hughes, 30, was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and has since undergone surgery. Despite the success of the original surgery, further tests revealed that the cancer had spread to other parts of his body.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Dorchester man was ordered held without bail yesterday in the armed rape of a 19-year-old city woman he met through social media.
Reynaldo Rios, 36, was arraigned Friday in Sixth District Court, Providence, after he waived extradition to Rhode Island during a hearing in Massachusetts a day earlier, according to the judiciaryâ€™s web site. He was arrested in Brockton on Wednesday.
Police say Rios is a registered sex offender in Massachusetts who raped a woman at gunpoint in the Morin Heights Boulevard housing development on May 7.
WOONSOCKET â€“ As promised, Mayor Lisa Baldelli Hunt has brought back the seasonal jobs program for high school and college students looking for temporary summer work.
Public Works Director Steve Dâ€™Agostino said help-wanted ads will begin appearing in newspapers and other venues next week for jobs as laborers.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police say theyâ€™re looking for a man who raped a woman in public housing complex last week after the two made a date through social media.
The police described the man as a light-skinned Latino male, 25-30 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with long black hair worn in pig tails.
A photograph in which the alleged predator identifies himself as â€śBen Franksâ€ť appeared on the social media dating site where the victim met her attacker, according to police.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A decision in Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr.â€™ s bid to clear his name in the 1982 murder of Doreen Picard is probably just weeks away after lawyers delivered hundreds of pages of closing briefs to the judge who is in charge of the case.
Associate Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procaccini said heâ€™s aiming to issue a written decision as quickly as possible because of the gravity of the issues involved.
â€śIâ€™d love to get it done by the end of June,â€ť he said. â€śIt might go into July.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€“ George Nasutiâ€™s love of Woonsocket and commitment to its young people will be remembered again on Memorial Day when the second annual edition of the George W. Nasuti Novans Pride 5K sets out from the The Gym LLC, on Diamond Hill Road.
Nasuti died on Feb. 11, 2014, following a fall while refereeing a basketball game in Burrillville, but still inspires Woonsocket High School community members who remember him fondly as a longtime athletic director, coach and principal.
CUMBERLAND â€” For millions of American cat lovers, sipping a cup of coffee beside a feline friend is one of the taken-for-granted pleasures of daily life.
At home, on the sofa, that is. Not at Starbucks, or someplace like it.
But all that could change if Cumberland native Zackery Durkin and his girlfriend, Sarah Brown, have their way. Theyâ€™re planning to open Rhode Islandâ€™s first â€ścat cafeâ€ť next year â€“ after they return from South Korea.