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April 2nd, 2013

Mass. man charged in city shooting

April 2, 2013

rolivo@woonsocketcall.com
WOONSOCKET – It was the kind of scream that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up – quickly followed by a series of gunshots.
Colleen MacKenzie instinctively ran toward the chilling cries and couldn’t believe her eyes. Ikey Wilson, a man with whom she is familiar, lay face down across the pavement on the Fairmount Street Bridge, covered in blood. His girlfriend, pregnant with his child, was pacing frantically about, in the throes of an emotional breakdown.

April 1st

Chicken backers flocking to City Hall -- meeting tonight

April 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The fledgling pro-chicken movement lands at City Hall tonight, but it will have to persuade officials to defy the recommendation of city planners to get the ban on backyard fowl lifted.
The planners have raised questions about the city’s capacity to enforce proposed regulations, up for first passage, that would allow residents to keep up to six chickens.
Planning Board Chairman George Sargent says the board is also concerned about noise, odors and unsanitary conditions that might result from approving the proposal.

Funds for old Milk Can all dried up?

April 1, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – A quick look as you drive by on Route 146 north is more than enough to show that this past winter was a hard one for the historic Milk Can ice cream stand.
The relocated local bit of novelty architecture has been marred by graffiti and also lost a few of the wooden shingles on its circular roof that skirts the three-story wooden milk can.
A sign wards off trespassers but it is possible to get a closer and safer look at the old Route 146 landmark from the Valero gas station next door at 948 Eddie Dowling Highway.

WPD investigating shooting on bridge

April 1, 2013

WOONSOCKET — One man was rushed to the hospital following a shooting in Woonsocket late Saturday night.
It happened on the Fairmount Street bridge shortly after 10. The victim was reportedly shot multiple times, and transported to Rhode Island Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
There was no update on that man's condition as of press time Sunday night. Woonsocket police said their investigation is ongoing.
- WPRI-TV

March 29th

Friday Night Bingo returns to Pascoag K of C

March 30, 2013

BURRILLVILLE –– After a lapse of nearly two decades, Pascoag Council 383 Knights of Columbus proudly announces the return of its once-popular Friday Night Bingo, scheduled to resume April 5 at the Columbus Club function hall located at 98 Roosevelt Ave. Fully approved and licensed, the games will begin promptly at 6:20 p.m.; doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the kitchen at 5:00 p.m.
The bingo program will include a full complement of regular games and several higher-paying special games including a split-the-pot and weekly prize build-up game with a maximum of $1.000.

State suspends review of Prime Healthcare application

March 30, 2013

WOONSOCKET – State regulators on Friday unexpectedly suspended their review of Prime Healthcare Services application to purchase Landmark Medical Center, leaving the status of the sale in limbo.
The decision came after the 20-hospital, for-profit chain headquartered in Ontario, Calif., had submitted some 1,400 pages of additional information to the regulators after Prime’s first application was deemed incomplete.
Despite the voluminous amount of paperwork they received, the regulators said Prime’s response failed to clear up the omissions and in some cases raised even more questions.

March 29th

Victim of Social Ocean Diving Accident wins new trial

March 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A Superior Court judge has granted a new trial to a city man who was paralyzed after diving into the now-defunct “Social Ocean” in 2008.

Associate Justice Susan McGuirl threw out a 2011 jury verdict absolving the state of liability in causing Brett Roy’s injuries, saying she could not agree with the decision.

Woonsocket, Burrillville police charge six in home invasions

March 29, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Five men and a juvenile male have been arrested in connection with two home invasions – one in Burrillville and one on Park Avenue – in which marijuana was stolen this month. An arrest warrant has also been obtained for a sixth man.
In custody are Kyeme Gallagher, 22, of 20 Bell St.; Charles Welch, 23, of 97 Roberts St.; Cyril Delgado, 19, of 97 Roberts St.; Andrew Perry, 21, of 90 Girard Ave., Newport; and Randy Santana, 21, of 482 Park Ave., and a 17-year-old male from the city.

March 28th

Mayors call on legislators to get payday loan interest rates capped

March 28, 2013

PROVIDENCE – You have probably received e-mails telling you that $1,000 or more is available to you today by making a phone call or clicking an Internet link. If you live in a low-income neighborhood, there may be a storefront nearby where similar “short-term” loans are offered.
So-called “payday lenders” offer you quick cash for emergencies or to help you make ends meet until your next paycheck. But that money comes at a high price.

Reed visits Family Resources to call attention to federal cuts

March 28, 2013

WOONSOCKET – U.S. Senator Jack Reed, D-RI, paid a visit to Family Resources Community Action’s 55 Main St. Employment Center Tuesday to call attention to its work and the potential impact of federal budget cuts locally.
Reed toured the Center’s youth and adult job training classrooms and spoke with Family Resources instructor Melissa Rouleau and Youth Services manager Stump Olsen about their work with area residents in the center.

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