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January 5th, 2013
LINCOLN â€“ 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 â€“ 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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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 stateâ€™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).
LINCOLN â€“ Structural concerns over the Manville Hill Road Bridge have blocked off a major travel route between Lincoln and Cumberland â€” but hopefully not for long.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Thursday that plans are in the works to open the bridge as soon as next month, even if that is only a temporary solution to the bridge concerns.
â€śWhat we are doing is putting out an emergency contract to make repairs to the bridge,â€ť Lucier said.
WOONSOCKET â€” A Providence County grand jury has determined that city police officers broke no law last spring when they engaged in a high-speed motor vehicle chase in pursuit of Anthony Lescarbeau, who died in an ensuing crash.
The grand jury completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Lescarbeauâ€™s death Thursday, concluding that â€śthe actions of the officers were legally justified,â€ť Attorney General Peter Kilmartinâ€™s office said in a statement.
PROVIDENCE â€” Woonsocket Sen. Roger A. Picard has been named chairman of the powerful Senate Corporations Committee after serving on that body for only four years, starting the year after he arrived in the Senate from the House of Representatives.
Formerly the vice chairman of the panel, Picard succeeds Cranston Sen. Joshua Miller, who was named chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services.
The Corporations Committee considers legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance, technology and telecommunications.
WOONSOCKET â€” Congress may have gotten the nation past one fiscal cliff, but this teetering city of 41,000 is still on course to fall into a local version of the abyss in 2013.
After the reigning state Budget Commission temporarily balanced the books last year, the financial forecast calls for the city to lapse into deficit spending again by May 25, according to Finance Director Thomas Bruce.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy last month, three new recruits have joined the North Smithfield Police Department.
Chief Steven E. Reynolds said the officers were sworn in immediately after graduating by Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton and will be assigned to a field training officer.
Theyâ€™ll spend 14 weeks with their professional mentors prior to patrolling the streets on their own.
The new officers are:
WOONSOCKET â€” A California-based hospital groupâ€™s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island inched forward yesterday as the company delivered its application to purchase the hospitals to state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
State Health Director Michael Fine and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin now have 30 days to determine whether the voluminous amount of paperwork tendered by Prime Healthcare Services is complete.
WOONSOCKET â€“ If the New Year has been rung in, that can only mean one thing: Fat Tuesday is around the corner, and itâ€™s time to start looking for the Queen of Mardi Gras 2013.
The quest for the crown is officially on, according to the Northern Rhode Island Council on the Arts, which is marking the 19th anniversary of Woonsocket Mardis Gras this year.
PROVIDENCE â€“ The 2013 General Assembly session began Tuesday with leaders of both chambers emphasizing the importance of turning Rhode Islandâ€™s ailing economy around and improving its business climate.
Commencing his fourth term as Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox invoked the memory of Abraham Lincoln, saying, â€śThe struggle of today is not altogether for today. It is for a vast future also.â€ť