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May 18th, 2015

Pawtucket Red Sox | Team President James Skeffington dies

May 18, 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.”

May 17th

Bridge to honor late Burrillville vets

May 17, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – With legislative approval now secured, the town is moving ahead with its plan to dedicate Bridge #672 on Route 102 in memory of Burrillville’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 town’s legislative delegation to begin the process of naming the state bridge in honor of McCutcheon and Blanchard.

May 16th

Fundraising push aids Burrillville officer waging battle with cancer

May 16, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Members of the Burrillville Police Department are raising money to support a fellow officer who is battling cancer.

An ongoing fundraiser called “Rally for Ryan” 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.

May 15th

City rape suspect held without bail

May 15, 2015

WOONSOCKET – 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 judiciary’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.

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May 14th

Woonsocket mayor announces summer jobs program

May 14, 2015

WOONSOCKET – 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 D’Agostino said help-wanted ads will begin appearing in newspapers and other venues next week for jobs as laborers.

May 13th

Police hunting for rape suspect

May 13, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Police say they’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 “Ben Franks” appeared on the social media dating site where the victim met her attacker, according to police.

May 11th

Tempest decision near

May 11, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A decision in Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.’ 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 he’s aiming to issue a written decision as quickly as possible because of the gravity of the issues involved.

“I’d love to get it done by the end of June,” he said. “It might go into July.”

May 10th

5K race Memorial Day race to honor Nasuti

May 10, 2015

WOONSOCKET – George Nasuti’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.

May 9th

Cumberland native's cafe plan: Blend coffee with cats

May 9, 2015

CUMBERLAND — 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. They’re planning to open Rhode Island’s first “cat cafe” next year – after they return from South Korea.

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