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July 17th, 2015
CUMBERLAND– An early-afternoon crash, that involved two trucks on Interstate 295 south Friday afternoon, claimed the life of a Woonsocket man.
Michael F. Morin Jr., 56, of Woonsocket, was pronounced dead at the scene after the truck in which he was driving rolled over. Robert A. Choiniere, 36, of Lincoln, the driver of the other vehicle, was uninjured.
WOONSOCKET â€” The City Council will hear a presentation on the planned acquisition of the Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC) with the help of a $3 million state grant when the panel meets in special session on Monday.
The proposed transaction would see the city acquire ownership of the state-owned and city-operated center while also receiving the grant funding to complete needed building improvement and program upgrades.
The city would, in turn, take on responsibility for the structure built off Aylsworth Avenue in the late 1970s and any future updates it might require.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Unemployment in the city is well over the state average, but the operators of an award-winning sandwich shop on Cumberland Hill Road say theyâ€™re having so much trouble finding decent, reliable help they reluctantly shut down this week.
Jâ€™s Deli owner Jim Hallal locked the doors on Monday and slapped a sign in the window with this unsettling message:
â€śDue to our repeated unsuccessful efforts to hire a full team of associates to join us at this location we have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend operations at this location only.â€ť
BELLINGHAM – The smell of motor oil hung in the air at Picard’s Auto Service as proprietor Ronald Picard peered through wire-rimmed glasses at a newspaper story about his daughter, Doreen Picard, and the man accused of murdering her more than 33 years ago, Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr.
“Tempest murder conviction vacated,” the headline read.
On a wall behind him there was a framed, yellowed tear-sheet of another newspaper story, written decades ago.
PROVIDENCE â€“ In a case that riveted the city of Woonsocket for years, Raymond D. â€śBeaverâ€ť Tempest Jr. has spent more than 23 years behind bars for the brutal 1982 slaying of 22-year-old Doreen Picard.
But a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that it wasnâ€™t the truth that got him there â€“ it was a railroad. And it ran on false testimony from witnesses who were wrongfully manipulated by the police, and the improper suppression of exculpatory evidence, by police and prosecutors.
LINCOLN â€” If it was a success the first time around, why not go to the Worldâ€™s Fair again?
That was the logic the Friends of Hearthside followed to put on its second annual 1904 Worldâ€™s Fair festival at the National Registry of Historic Places home at 677 Great Road on Sunday, and one that brought even more people to the fundraising event than attended last year.
WOONSOCKET â€“ During the vociferous battles over the budget of recent weeks, state-appointed Fiscal Adviser Paul Luba has steered the debate largely from behind the scenes â€“ quietly.
â€śOne of my strengths, wherever Iâ€™ve been, people see me as even-tempered,â€ť says Luba. â€śI believe if you take an even-tempered approach, youâ€™re more likely to get to some kind of compromise position.â€ť
SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. â€“ Three members of a Burrillville family were involved in a motorcycle crash that left one man dead Friday morning around 1 a.m.
Bruce Fernandes, 48, of Pascoag was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, and his 24-year-old daughter Brittany, 45-year-old brother Scott, of Woonsocket; and 25-year-old Amy Tessier, also of Pascoag, were transported as well, and are expected to survive.