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February 27th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â€“ A local woman has been cleared of wrongdoing following her arrest on charges of pointing her fingers like a gun at an elementary school teacher and pretending to shoot her.
Vanice Armstrong, 26, of 170 Cumberland St., was arrested on Dec. 18, four days after the massacre of 20 schoolchildren and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
District Court Judge Christine Jabour found Armstrong not guilty of disorderly conduct after a one-day trial on Monday, court officials say.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The Budget Commission unanimously approved a draft bill for state lawmakers Tuesday that would raise about $2.5 million in supplemental taxes drawn from two sources: single-family homes, including condos, and motor vehicles.
If the legislature goes along with the plan, $2 million would be raised by reducing the homestead exemption from 39 percent to about 29.9 percent, an adjustment that translates into a $437 supplemental tax bill on the average home, according to Tax Assessor Christopher Celeste.
BLACKSTONE â€“ A fast-moving fire believed to have been caused by a woodstove destroyed a circa 1850s home at 163 and 165 Main St. Tuesday, leaving two families homeless.
No one was injured by the fire despite the residents having to flee their homes quickly when it was discovered just before 6 a.m.
The flames are believed to have spread from a woodstove on the first floor of one of two apartments in the two-and-a-half-story, wood-frame building up into the second floor, the attic and roof area.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Citing a â€ścredible allegation of sexual misconductâ€ť that occurred more than three decades ago, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence announced that it has placed the Rev. Monsignor John Allard on administrative leave and accepted his resignation as the spiritual leader of two city parishes.
The pastor of St. Agathaâ€™s and Precious Blood parishes â€śhas taken responsibility for his actions and expressed profound remorse for the harm he has caused,â€ť the diocese said in a prepared statement Monday.
LINCOLN â€” The Community Against Bullying in Schools will hold its Let Kindness Bloom fundraising gala on Thursday, March 14 at Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln, from 6 to 10 p.m.
The event will feature a dinner prepared by Kirkbrae chefs, a silent auction, a display of student anti-bullying artwork, guest speakers, and music by entertainer Matty B.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ At 89, former World War II POW Raymond A. Nouryâ€™s health isnâ€™t what it used to be and these days he spends more time sitting in his wheelchair than he does using the walker that carries his portable telephone and plastic bin of personal items.
Noury, the sole survivor of an 11-member B-24 bomber crew, also has to contend with arthritis that makes it difficult to use his hands or straighten out his back.
Kyle Bresnahan, left, and Bountheng (B.T.) Tanakhone, both of Woonsocket, practice kickflips on their skateboards on Main Street in the city Friday. Milder temperatures and less wind served up a perfect day for late winter outdoor activities in the Valley.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A proposed updating of the existing senior citizen property tax exemption aimed at lessening the burden of expected tax increases on the cityâ€™s older property owners will get further review by the City Council at its upcoming work session on Monday.
City Council President John F. Ward, who proposed an improvement of the current little-used exemption, said he is open to suggestions from his peers on exactly what changes could be made to make the exemption available to a greater number of elderly residents.
BLACKSTONE â€“ In the aftermath of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, a group of 10 French Canadian residents from the Millerville section of Blackstone looked around at the devastation, rolled up their sleeves and went to work cleaning up the neighborhood.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Acting on a tip, police arrested two city men Thursday in connection with the theft of brass hand rails from the steps of the landmark St. Charles Barromeo Church.
Robert C. Ceraolo, 55, of 340 Robinson St., and Timothy Ring, 36, of 157 Fairfield Ave., are charged with one count each of felony larceny and conspiracy.