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March 29th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ A Superior Court judge has granted a new trial to a city man who was paralyzed after diving into the now-defunct â€śSocial Oceanâ€ť in 2008.
Associate Justice Susan McGuirl threw out a 2011 jury verdict absolving the state of liability in causing Brett Royâ€™s injuries, saying she could not agree with the decision.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Five men and a juvenile male have been arrested in connection with two home invasions â€“ one in Burrillville and one on Park Avenue â€“ 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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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 â€śshort-termâ€ť loans are offered.
So-called â€śpayday lendersâ€ť 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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ U.S. Senator Jack Reed, D-RI, paid a visit to Family Resources Community Actionâ€™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 Centerâ€™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.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Saying the city canâ€™t afford to lose CVS Caremark, Councilman Robert Moreau has introduced a resolution calling on state lawmakers to quash the governorâ€™s proposal to cut the pharmacy giantâ€™s corporate income tax credits.
The City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on the resolution, which says the proposal exposes the city to too much economic risk.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Hereâ€™s a sure sign of spring: Members of the Woonsocket Police Department are gearing up for another installment of the annual trek to Washington, D.C., known as Copswalk.
Since 2000, the fundraiser has generated over $90,000 for the Wisconsin-based Concerns of Police Survivors, a non-profit that provides counseling, scholarships, family retreats and other supports for relatives of police killed in the line of duty.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Students at the high school Tuesday were asked to put their lives first and not to even think about texting when they are driving.
The request came from R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, a former police officer, who is trying to warn students around the state about the sometimes fatal risks of texting when in a motor vehicle and getting them to pledge they will be safe.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says the Budget Commission may cut off collective bargaining with the cityâ€™s labor unions by April 1 if they do not signal a willingness to provide concessions as part of the five-year solvency plan.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ If youâ€™re thinking about getting lost anytime soon, youâ€™ll probably have better luck in another town.
The North Smithfield Police Department has just sworn in Joery, a police dog whose many talents include scent-tracking missing humans. And â€“ oh yeah, donâ€™t even think about running away from the cops, because if Joeryâ€™s snout isnâ€™t enough to rein you in, the teeth may come into play.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Department is weighing new programs to help at-risk students prepare for graduation, but School Committeeman Christopher Roberts believes local parents should also have a role in that process.
Roberts wants statistics on school attendance for at-risk students included in an upcoming committee review into what steps could be taken to improve at-risk studentsâ€™ chances of complying with new state graduation requirements.