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January 12th, 2015

Dogs removed from Woonsocket animal shelter amid probe into theft of pet food

January 12, 2015

WOONSOCKET – As police looked on, the Animal Control Facility was emptied of its canine population in anticipation of staff workers’ being relieved of duty amid an investigation into the theft of donated dog food.
Joseph Warzycha, the state’s chief animal cruelty investigator, arrived to oversee the operation at the Cumberland Hill Road facility about 12:45 p.m. Monday. He said eight dogs would be transferred to at least three other shelters. There were no cats in the facility yesterday, officials said.

January 11th

Meet your state reps

January 11, 2015

PROVIDENCE – As the new General Assembly session got under way last week with the traditional swearing in and first-day sessions in both the House and the Senate on Tuesday, a list of new area members joined their veteran counterparts to consider state business in the months ahead.

The following is a listing of area General Assembly members and portions of their biographies listed with the legislative pages at

January 10th

Changing attitudes toward police making law enforcement more challenging job

January 10, 2015

Local police chiefs are encouraging their officers to remain vigilant after the fatal shooting of two officers in Brooklyn last month and heightened hostility from nationwide protests fueled by anti-police sentiment.

January 9th

Local man learns his sentence

January 9, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A city man on Thursday was sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Friday.
Adalberto Negron, 31, of Woonsocket, became the second person sentenced
to 60 months in federal prison for their role in a crack cocaine
distribution conspiracy which operated in Central Falls from January to
November 2013.

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January 9, 2015

January 8th

Young woman dies in single-car crash on Providence Street

January 8, 2015

WOONSOCKET – A 23-year-old female died in a single-car crash on Providence Street overnight, police said Thursday morning.

Neither the victim’s identity nor other details were immediately available, but Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan said the department would issue a statement later.

Read The Call Friday for a full account of the accident.

Follow Russ Olivo on Twitter @russolivo

January 6th

Longtime political reporter Jim Baron mourned

January 6, 2015

PAWTUCKET – James F. “Jim” Baron, 57, The Times and The Call’s legendary political reporter and a well-known and respected observer of all doings at the Rhode Island Statehouse, died Monday night at Miriam Hospital.
Jim was the husband of Denise Perreault, a former city editor at the Woonsocket Call, and son of Mary (Wilkie) Baron and the late Robert Baron.

January 5th

City to learn fate of Wal-Mart building agreement this week

January 5, 2015

WOONSOCKET – City officials expect to find out for sure this week whether an East Hartford manufacturing company will take over the vacant Wal-Mart building on Diamond Hill Road, as previously announced.

January 4th

Ukrainian Orthodox church reopens following 2012 fire

January 4, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Members of the St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church community completed an emotional journey back from disaster on Sunday with a short walk from the parish community center to the front steps of the now-renovated church at 74 Harris Ave.

The members gathered in the front of St. Michael’s, near the altar area that had been a fire-charred ruin just a year ago and said a prayer of dedication for the newly restored, brightly lit and still undecorated church space.

January 3rd

E-cigarettes A-list attraction for teens

January 3, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Check out this product pitch for “Caramel Apple” and take a guess what’s for sale.

“Imagine, as sweet caramel falls over a delightfully crisp and fresh apple, perfectly blending your favorite balance of sweet and refreshing flavors,” it goes.

Is this something to eat, like candy? Cookies?

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