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April 6th, 2014

Another ‘Dirty 30’ building to fall Monday

April 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The scorched shell of a triple-decker opposite Landmark Medical Center has a date with the wrecker’s ball today, the latest target of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s campaign to rid the city of a group of residential eyesores branded the Dirty Thirty.

The demolition of 40 Dulude Ave. is the second house to be torn down since the effort was announced several weeks ago. A third on South Main Street, also damaged by fire, was partially razed; the owners intend to fix up the house after having removed the third story, according to Baldelli-Hunt.

April 5th

Families of local residents killed on September 11 prepare for opening of museum

April 5, 2014

The last time Patrick Nassaney visited the World Trade Center site in New York was the fall of 2002, the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A year after two planes struck the twin towers, killing nearly 3,000 people, ground zero was still a disaster site and debris field when Nassaney and other 9/11 families gathered to pay tribute to the victims 12 years ago.

“We haven’t returned since for a lot of reasons,” says Nassaney, who lost his son, Shawn M. Nassaney, in the attacks. “When we were there it was a big crater. Now, it’s hallowed grounds.”

April 3rd

Tyler finds a match

April 3, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – The family of Tyler Seddon, the Pascoag boy who celebrated his seventh birthday last month with the help of thousands of police officers and firefighters, said in a new Facebook posting they have found matches for a needed bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia.
Tyler’s mother, Rachel Seddon-Dunn, said on her Facebook page Thursday that matches for a “cord blood treatment,” had been found.

April 2nd

Man charged with brutal rape

April 2, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A 21-year-old woman was beaten, choked, raped with a bottle and held captive in her bathroom during a two-hour ordeal in her apartment Tuesday, police said.
Leopoldo Belen, 33, was to be arraigned in District Court today on multiple charges, including forcible rape with an object, domestic kidnapping and domestic rape, police said.
Belen has an extensive police record that dates back years and was sentenced to serve two years of an eight-year sentence at the ACI in 2008 on Providence police charges of felony domestic assault, according to the judiciary’s web site.

April 1st

Local firefighters to pay their respects to fallen brothers

April 1, 2014

Hundreds of firefighters representing fire departments throughout the Blackstone Valley will be traveling today and tomorrow to attend the funerals of fallen Boston Firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who were killed one week ago in a nine-alarm fire in Boston’s Back Bay.
The Blackstone Valley’s Massachusetts contingent is being coordinated by Northbridge Fire Chief Gary Nestor, who invited several valley fire departments, including Uxbridge, Blackstone and Millville, to travel to Boston on a 55-seat bus donated by Donald Menard of Foxy Travel in Whitinsville.

March 31st

Walnut Hill Plaza auctioned off

March 31, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The real estate entity that held the mortgage on Walnut Hill Plaza has repurchased the ailing Diamond Hill Road shopping center in a foreclosure auction for $13 million.

The group of investors known as ML-CFC Commercial Mortgage Trust reclaimed the struggling strip mall from a subsidiary of New York-based Acadia Realty Trust, which had purchased it for $23.5 million in 2006.
There were no other offers on the sprawling shopping center during a public foreclosure auction on the grounds Friday, said lawyer Armando Batastini, representing the lenders.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Every girl will have a pretty dress for the prom

March 31, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – The school bus company hired by the Burrillville School District two years ago is doing more than making sure Burrillville’s students get to school on time and back home safe.
They’re helping the girls at Burrillville High School look their best at prom time.
To help ease the financial burden of having to come up with enough money to buy expensive prom dresses that can cost as much as $400, Durham School Services is collecting gently used prom and cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and shoes and accessories donated by local businesses, to help cash-starved students.

March 30th

New evidence may revive 1982 murder case

March 30, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Lawyers for Raymond D. Tempest Sr. are asking a Superior Court judge to throw out his second-degree murder conviction in the grisly 1982 bludgeoning death of a young Providence Street woman, saying DNA from hair the victim was clutching in her hand came from someone other than Tempest and proves he wasn’t the assailant.

March 28th

Police: Woman embezzled thousands of dollars from fire district

March 28, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Former Cumberland Fire District Tax Collector Karen B. Lambert, 48, of 15 West Wrentham Road, was arrested by the State Police Financial Crimes Unit on Friday and charged in the alleged embezzlement of $83,761.54 in district cash tax receipts and other alleged crimes.
Lambert also faces a charge of embezzling $11,667.93 from a Woonsocket property management company she also work for and allegedly using those proceeds in an attempt to cover her alleged fire district thefts, Col. Steven G. O’Donnell, state police superintendent, said in announcing the arrest.

March 27th

Cause of murky water at school still unclear

March 27, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The School Committee has directed the administration to solicit cost proposals to find out why hot water is still coming out of taps with a murky color at the twin middle schools off Hamlet Avenue.
Peter Fontaine, the facilities manager for education department, said the quality of the water has greatly improved after efforts to increase circulation in distribution system began eight weeks ago. But school officials are still not satisfied and they want to find out for sure if sluggish circulation, as they first suspected, is the cause of the problem, or if it’s something else.

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