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December 21st

K-9’s retirement ruff for partner

December 21, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Police Lt. Jared Salinaro still loves his job, but it’s just not as easy coming to work as it used to be.
That’s because he has to leave the house without his longtime partner, Vasko the police dog.
Vasko was a staple of the patrol division for more than six years, with a sable snout as familiar to police officers in Woonsocket and other Valley towns as it was here. Though he’s still eager to work, Vasko’s been forced into retirement because Salinaro, his exclusive handler, was recently promoted into a position that no longer keeps him tethered to a police cruiser.

December 20th

Police: Woman beaten, bitten, threatened in feud with boyfriend

December 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 21-year-old woman was beaten, bitten and threatened with a knife during a feud with her boyfriend Wednesday, police said.
Brad Johnson, 19, of 78 Spring St., was arrested after fleeing the residence and charged with domestic assault with a deadly weapon, domestic disorderly conduct and domestic refusal to relinquish a telephone.
Police said the victim tried to call 911 several times while they were en route to the residence, but the only thing the caller managed to say was that someone was holding a knife to her neck.

City probes Walmart rumors

December 20, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Another unconfirmed report that Walmart is bidding on a “supercenter” project on Diamond Hill Road has prompted the city to ask the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant for clarification.
“It is my sincere hope that if and when you find yourself in a position to be able to comment to me about Walmart’s plans, you will take the opportunity to do so and have an internally consistent message conveyed by the city to support your own,” wrote Economic Development Director Matthew Wojcik on Thursday.

RI's own Olivia Culpo named Miss Universe

December 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Twenty-year-old Cranston native who's a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens from six continents at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the title from outgoing champion Leila Lopes of Angola.

December 19th

City man is sentenced in firearms case

December 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Neftali Melendez, 26, of Woonsocket, was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in federal prison, the high end of advisory federal sentencing guidelines, for illegally selling firearms during an undercover investigation by ATF and the Woonsocket Police Department into the trafficking of firearms in Woonsocket.

Council vote puts whitetails in crosshairs

December 19, 2012

LINCOLN — Local deer could soon be the targets of hunters following a 3-2 Town Council vote allowing archery hunting as a way to reduce the town’s growing deer population.
The hunting season measure worked out by the Council’s ordinance committee came up before the five-member full panel for action without a recommendation but was approved with Council President Keith Macksoud, and council members Kenneth Pichette and Arthur Russo in favor and members James Jahnz and John Flynn opposed.

December 18th

City woman charged with making threatening gesture to teacher

December 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 26-year-old city woman has been charged with disorderly conduct after police say she made threatening actions toward a teacher at Pothier Elementary School Tuesday.
According to police, the teacher was in a conference room, looking out the window shortly after 8 a.m. when she saw a woman later identified as Vanice Armstrong with children on the sidewalk. Armstrong allegedly made direct eye contact with the teacher, posed her hands like guns and gestured shooting the teacher as she laughed.

City Council modifies rezoning plans

December 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Members of the City Council accepted the recommendations of local planning officials and voted unanimously Monday night to modify proposed rezoning of two vacant parcels.
The council agreed to amend the rezoning of approximately six acres at the entrance to Highland Industrial Park so that it will now fall under city requirements for design review and also limit the use options allowed under its proposed I-1 (light industrial) zoning.

UPDATE -- Candlelight vigil planned in Woonsocket

December 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Due to overwhelming response, Saturday's candlelight vigil in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Hook School in Conn. has been moved to the mini-park, where Santa's house is.
Set for 6 p.m., the event is co-sponsored by Kids for Peace RI and the Lyrics in Motion dance studio.
The event will include dance performances by senior company members and an appearance by Michael Jackson impersonator Mark Fisher. There will be a balloon-release for each victim.

Massacre has schools talking about security

December 18, 2012

As a somber procession of funerals began in shell-shocked Newtown, Conn., local educators on Monday said the nation’s deadliest massacre at an elementary school should trigger a broad discussion about how to make schools safer than they are already.
After all, says Supt. Kimberly Shaver Hood of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, the security procedures in place at Sandy Hook Elementary weren’t very different than those in place at her schools. Doors are always locked, visitors must be buzzed in through an intercom system, state their purpose and sign in at the office.

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