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August 30th, 2012

City man injured in explosion

August 30, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Vapors from an adhesive product caught fire with an explosive flash that left one man injured at an East Woonsocket residence Wednesday night.
Firefighters said George Butts, 45, was installing a kitchen floor in his second-story apartment at 446 Cumberland Hill Road about 8 p.m. when the room was suddenly engulfed in flames.
“Tenants heard a loud bang,” said Capt. Michael Morin, deputy state fire marshal for the Woonsocket Fire Department. “There was definitely an explosion. The adhesive was all over the walls.”

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Skunk in bed leads to B&E arrest

August 30, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The blizzard of O'Neill and Mercer campaign signs covering District 3 says it all. What was a contentious race two years ago promises to be so again as incumbent City Councilor Christopher O'Neill fights off a challenge from opponent Terrence “Terry” Mercer.
With both O'Neill and Mercer running as Democrats, the District 3 contest is one of two City Council races that will be all but decided by the Sept. 11 Democratic primary. The primary will also be key in the District 1 race between Democratic incumbent David Moran and his challenger, fellow Democrat Michael Cassidy.

August 29th

AG gives Steward another extension

August 29, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Steward Health Care’s deadline for closing on the sale of Landmark Medical Center has been extended another month, until Sept. 30, but Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has made it clear he’s running out of patience.
In a letter written to Steward this week, Kilmartin’s office says further extensions of the closing deadline are contingent on continued good-faith negotiations between the for-profit hospital chain from Boston and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

August 28th

Police nab two remaining suspects in AC thefts

August 28, 2012

BURRILLVILLE – Police have arrested the remaining two men allegedly involved in the thefts of air conditioner compressors in Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville, according to Major Lareto Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department. A third suspect, 23-year-old Christopher Fisher of Woonsocket, was arrested by North Smithfield Police last week and is in the custody of Burrillville Police this morning.

August 27th

iPhone video helps police piece together bottle attack

August 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — An iPhone video helped police piece together the details of a bloody attack outside an all-night diner in East Woonsocket Saturday that left one man seriously injured.
Police said Leo Larocque, 24, of North Attleboro, suffered a deep laceration of the eye when one of his assailants bashed him in the face with an empty tequila bottle outside Patriots Diner shortly before 5 a.m.

Meet the Candidates

August 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — If you want to find out where state lawmakers and the folks trying to unseat them stand on the issues, don’t forget Tuesday night’s candidates forum at Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining.

Couple gets house from Tim McGraw

August 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It’s no secret that country music star Tim McGraw closed out his latest tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Saturday.
But unless you were at the concert you probably don’t know that, earlier in the day, he personally handed over the keys to a house in Oak Grove to the family of Shaun Connor, a military veteran who was wounded in the line of duty.

August 26th

City gets OK to sell off bins

August 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has gotten the Budget Commission’s OK to negotiate the sale of thousands of surplus trash bins, but it turns out he doesn’t have as much bargaining leverage as he hoped.
The bins are so awkwardly bulky, and there are so many of them — over 10,000 in all — that it would be a logistical nightmare to transport them very far, says Fontaine.
Translation: They’re almost certainly heading for the neighboring town of Cumberland.

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N.S. Police launch new tip line

August 26, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The North Smithfield Police Department announced that it has launched a new telephone “tip line” for residents to call anonymously with information to help solve crimes.
Effective immediately, the number is 401-762-9983, the police said in a statement. The tip line can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“The purpose of this line is to allow any member of the public who wishes to remain anonymous to call this number to report criminal activity or any suspicious activity that is occurring ...” the statement says.

August 25th

Museum of Work & Culture to host 14th Labor Day open house

August 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — On Monday, Sept. 3, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting its 14th annual Labor Day open house celebration, sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. Admission is free all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m.

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