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December 6th

Officials drive home message: Don’t text behind the wheel

December 6, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) are bringing attention to the dangers of texting and driving with a high school awareness tour that visited North Smithfield High School Wednesday.

Ex-teacher in sex scandal paroled

December 6, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A former Woonsocket Middle School teacher convicted of having a sexual relationship with a female student has been paroled from the Adult Correctional Institutions after serving just 12 years of a 20-year sentence.
Richard R. Lalime Jr., 42, registered as a sex offender with the Woonsocket Police Department on Nov. 21, the same day he was released from the ACI.

ALL AGLOW!

December 6, 2012

James DiChristofero of North Smithfield and his 7-year-old grandaughter, Alivia Verasammy, also of North Smithfield, enjoy the Annual Tree Lighting at Veterans Memorial Park, as part of Woonsocket's Main Street Holiday Stroll Thursday night.

December 5th

Club Par-X breakfast to benefit Milk Fund

December 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET — If you haven’t been to Le Club Par-X for breakfast recently, Sunday morning might be a good day to stop by the Stanley Street gathering place.
Club President Robert Joanette said the club is gearing up for what he expects to be a very successful breakfast for the Milk Fund from 8 a.m. to noon at the club.
“We want it to be a good breakfast, so we are expecting 100 people or more,” Joanette said.

Court tells board to reconsider St. Francis proposal

December 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A Superior Court judge says the Zoning Board of Review must resolve questions of a possible conflict of interest involving member Allen Rivers before putting to rest a controversial petition to redevelop St. Francis House on Blackstone Street.

Twin River exec faces child porn charge

December 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — An executive at a Rhode Island slot parlor has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography after police say someone discovered the images on his work computer.
WPRI-TV reports that Twin River's vice president of finance, Suneet Talpade, was arrested Monday.
Lt. Brian Casilli tells the station the photos were discovered at the slot parlor in Lincoln.
The 51-year-old Talpade lives in Wallingford, Conn. A telephone message left by The Associated Press at a listing in his name was not immediately returned.

December 4th

Lee a finalist for Mass. chief’s job

December 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr. of the Woonsocket Police Department is one of four finalists for the police chief’s job in the nearby Worcester County, Mass., town of Millbury.
Officially, the identities of the finalists have not been made public yet, according to Millbury Town Manager Bob Spain. He said four finalists were chosen by the Board of Selectmen recently and that their names will be disclosed for the first time on Dec. 13, the same night they will be interviewed in public. The panel will then announce their selection on Dec. 18.

Body of missing senior found in Blackstone

December 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The search for a missing man ended tragically Tuesday when police found his body in the Blackstone River hours after they began looking for him.
The body of Andre Genereux, 61, was found in shallow water at the foot of a boat ramp in River Island Park, less than a half mile from his house at 31 Wilson St.
Two patrol officers spotted Genereux’s body from the Bernon Street Bridge around 2:30 p.m., roughly two hours after police issued a Silver Alert for him.

City endures more armed robberies

December 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A gun-wielding crook held up Dunkin’ Donuts on Diamond Hill Road Friday night, but two men who tried to hold up a gas station on Social Street yesterday morning left empty-handed.
Nikhil Makhija, the proprietor of the Valero station at 1023 Social St., told police two men approached him at the counter about 5:54 a.m. yesterday and demanded money.
Police reports say Makhija began yelling and swearing at the men, but they weren’t frightened off until he told them the police were already on their way.

Fire in Commercial Block evacuates tenants, closes Liberty Market

December 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A fire in Main Street’s historic Commercial Block yesterday forced the temporary evacuation of tenants from 11 upstairs apartments and heavily damaged a convenience store on the ground floor.
Most bystanders never saw the fire, which was largely trapped between the exterior brick wall on the south side of the rambling building and an interior plaster wall.
Capt. Michael Morin, assistant deputy state fire marshal for the Woonsocket Fire Department, said the fire was located above the ceiling of Liberty Market, between the ground floor and second story of the building.

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