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September 20th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€“ Flanked by supporters, State Rep. Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) announced Thursday that heâ€™s launched a write-in campaign for re-election after losing the Democratic primary to firefighter Stephen M. Casey by 52 votes.
Perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the House, Brien said he lost because some voters wound up at the wrong polling places and also because he was targeted by pro-labor interests who supported Casey.
â€śThis is our chance to get it right,â€ť Brien said.
WOONSOCKET â€” The annual St. Judeâ€™s Breakfast for the benefit of St. Judeâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Club Par-X, 36 Stanley St. Joe Hyder, general chairman, urges everyone to wear red, white and blue this year in tribute to the annual â€śSalute to Americaâ€ť theme, chosen to mark the presidential campaign year.
LINCOLN â€“ A woman who allegedly robbed the Navigant Credit Union on Front Street Wednesday afternoon was arrested about a half hour later in Cumberland.
Chief Brian Sullivan said the suspect, a woman in her 20s, walked into the credit union about 2:45 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.
The woman made off with an undetermined amount of cash and was seen fleeing the bank in a motor vehicle, heading toward Cumberland, said Sullivan.
â€śWe believe we have someone in custody,â€ť Sullivan said late yesterday. â€śWe are working to identify that person right now.â€ť
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Police say the victim of a fatal pedestrian crash on Route 146 Tuesday night was a 29-year-old Woonsocket woman.
Jessica M. Gill was struck by a minivan as she crossed the southbound lanes in the vicinity of Iron Mine Hill Road about 10:17 p.m., said Capt. Glenn G. Lamoureux.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by the state medical examiner.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A long percolating dispute between the school administration and the North Smithfield Teachers Association (NSTA) boiled over on Monday when the teachers voted down a proposed contract agreement and also issued a vote of no confidence in School Supt. Stephen Lindberg.
The two votes came after the sides have spent the past two years talking about a new contract but were not directly linked, North Smithfield Teachers Association President Marianne Lowe said Tuesday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The pit bull â€śBizâ€ť was euthanized Tuesday, a day after he attacked three members of a Sayles Street family in their home.
Tracy Cyler, 37, her son, Anthony Perry, 19, and daughter, Keia Perry, 18, were all taken to area hospitals to be treated for severe bite wounds on their ankles, arms and upper thighs.
WOONSOCKET â€“ There may be no place in the city where the sobering legacy of recession and cuts in government aid is revealed so plainly as Main Street.
From vacant storefronts to boarded-up mills where lofty rehab projects were stopped cold, Main Street is in a kind of deep economic sleep, waiting for something to wake it back to life.
Now thereâ€™s something you can do to help: Just show up for a special planning workshop tomorrow night â€“ and bring your imagination.
WOONSOCKET â€” A 29-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly text-messaging digital images of a maleâ€™s genitals to a 14-year-old girl, police said.
The photos allegedly sent by Dereck J. Daniel of Woonsocket were discovered by the girlâ€™s mother while the woman examined her daughterâ€™s cell-phone activity at police headquarters.
Daniel was taken to headquarters with the girl about 2:16 a.m. from his third-floor apartment at 277 Diamond Hill Road after neighbors reported a quarrel, said Detective Jamie Paone, a spokeswoman for the police department.
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Several locations in northern Rhode Island, including the Woonsocket and Pawtucket police stations, will be among dozens of collection sites in another statewide Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 29, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced.
The event is an opportunity to safety dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, lessening the likelihood of them falling into the wrong hands.
WOONSOCKET â€” The city's list of former school buildings it wants to sell off is about to get longer.
The School Committee heard this past week that two elementary schools no longer in use by the department, the Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue elementary buildings, should be ready for turnover to the city by the end of October.