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January 9th, 2013

Accused child molester recaptured after flight

January 9, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A man awaiting trial on Burrillville police charges of child molestation was recaptured here Wednesday after a week on the lam from home confinement, the state police said.
Robert Spaulding, 34, surrendered after State Police searched for him at his mother’s house and the homes of other relatives and friends.
“His trial was coming up,” said Detective Commander Michael J. Winquist of the state police. “I guess he thought he wasn’t going to be there.”

McKee sworn in for sixth time

January 9, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Mayor-elect Daniel J. McKee took the oath of office at an inaugural ceremony held Jan. 6 in the Blackstone River Theater.
McKee, 61, ran unopposed in the November general election, winning a sixth term as Cumberland's mayor.
Among those attending the ceremony last Sunday were state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Congressman David Cicilline, as well as a contingent of state representatives and fellow mayors and town administrators.

January 8th

New weapon in tax collection arsenal

January 8, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Woonsocket has hopped on the bandwagon of a new and little known state law that has already enabled East Providence to collect millions in previously delinquent property taxes by intercepting state income tax refunds.
It’s called the Tax Refund Offset Program, and it works like this: If you’re running a sizeable enough delinquency with the city on real estate, motor vehicle or business equipment taxes, the state Department of Revenue will capture funds from your Rhode Island income tax return this year so they can be applied to the city debt.

January 7th

Man arrested for spitting blood at medical personnel

January 7, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A city man is facing felony charges after spitting a mix of blood and saliva at medical and security personnel who were attempting to restrain him at Landmark Medical Center’s emergency room Saturday.
Andre Dion McDaniel, 32, is charged with assaulting health care workers and other emergency personnel during an obscenity-laced temper tantrum shortly before 3 a.m. He also faces two counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Concert to benefit Sandy Hook fund

January 7, 2013

LINCOLN — The Closers can’t always make things right in the world, but when they start rehearsing for a gig, you can be sure the healing has begun.
Whether it’s breast cancer research or solving the puzzle of arthritis, the band inspired by charitable causes has a new reason to polish its repertoire – the tragedy at Sandy Hook.

January 6th

'Kissing Sailor' to kick off museum lecture series

January 6, 2013

WOONSOCKET — The deep of winter has arrived and along with it the Museum of Work & Culture's popular Ranger Day lecture series on both local and national topics of interest.
The annual lecture series sponsored by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and the Rhode Island Historical Society is a great way to spend a winter Sunday afternoon, according to Raymond H. Bacon, museum co-manager.

Sledders can't let safety slide

January 6, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Kids and young adults love to see snow falling during the winter because it can result in lots of fun on local sledding runs.
But as the sledding tragedy in Providence showed all too clearly last Wednesday, sledding in the wrong spot or in icy conditions can be very dangerous and even result in fatal injury.
The sledding accident at Neutaconkanut Hill Park in Providence that claimed the life of Alexandria Alvarez, 17, sparked safety reviews of many popular sledding spots around the state and the closing of the Neutaconkanut Hill at least until surface conditions improve.

January 5th

These PTO women know how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h a buck

January 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Buy low, sell high.
The old adage is usually invoked as the secret of success on Wall Street, but it worked just fine on Robinson Street when the ladies of the Pothier Elementary School PTO wanted to raise funds to support teachers this Christmas.
Their winning investment? If you’re thinking Apple or Exxon Mobil or another one of those flashy NYSE brands, you’d be wrong.

Local sex offender faces new charge

January 5, 2013

LINCOLN – A local registered sex offender is in custody at the ACI following a police investigation of an alleged new offense involving an out-of-state femaLINCOLN – A local registered sex offender is in custody at the ACI following a police investigation of an alleged new offense involving an out-of-state female.
Police Chief Brian Sullivan said Friday that department investigators charged Joseph F. Seale, 25, of Manville Avenue, with third-degree sexual assault in connection with his alleged involvement with a 15-year-old girl from New York.

January 4th

Pearson vows to focus on business climate

January 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Freshman Sen. Ryan Pearson, a Cumberland-Lincoln Democrat, described a series of visits he made to businesses and agencies last week as part of a campaign promise he made to focus on economic development and improving the state’s business climate.
He took tours of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center (BVCHC), Twin River, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

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