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May 4th, 2014

Storm topples tree from mayor's yard into car; driver escapes serious injury

May 4, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Strong winds Sunday evening caused a freak accident that injured a woman when a tree trunk broke from a large maple tree and fell on her car as she drove up Prospect Street in front of Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt’s home.
The unidentified woman, although trapped in the vehicle by the fallen limb, appears to have escaped serious injury, police said late Sunday night, and was expected to be released by Rhode Island Hospital.
At the scene, the woman was calmed by neighborhood residents running to help, including the mayor’s husband, Ed Hunt.

May 3rd

WHS students receive a glimpse at life behind bars from the men whose mistakes landed them there

May 3, 2014

CRANSTON – The walls of the visitor’s room at the J. Moran Medium Security facility are covered with colorful murals of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Spiderman, all painstakingly hand-painted to make the room a little less dreary for the children and families who come to visit the prison’s 1,100 inmates.

But the artist who painted these walls wasn’t commissioned by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.

May 1st

Shooting, chase ends with arrest

May 1, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A city man is expected to face a litany of criminal charges from multiple communities in District Court today after a wild car pursuit from here to Providence and halfway back again on Thursday.
The episode began with an armed home invasion at 42 Dexter St. and included a carjacking in which the suspect shot someone in the foot, and two car crashes. The last occurred about 1:20 p.m. in Cumberland, at which point the suspect was taken into custody by state police.

April 30th

New Walgreen's coming to N. Smithfield site

April 30, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – What was once the popular Mezza Luna Pizzeria in an aging commercial building at 7 Eddie Dowling Highway is now partially hidden by a chain link safety fence awaiting an expected date with the wrecking ball.
The former pizzeria site and a nearby closed Mobil gas station will be giving way to a new Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 1 Park Square over the next few months, according Robert Ericson, town planner.

April 29th

Council president fined by Ethics Commission

April 29, 2014

WOONSOCKET – City Council President Albert G. Brien has agreed to pay a $750 fine to the state Ethics Commission for unlawfully voting to hire City Clerk Christina Harmon-Duarte in December.

Because Harmon-Duarte had performed occasional secretarial work for Brien’s personal business concerns, the city official violated the ethics code by voting to hire her on Dec. 2, said Katherine D’Arezzo, the commission’s senior staff attorney. Specifically, the law forbids public officials from using their power to financially benefit themselves, relatives or business associates.

RI House stands up for Landmark

April 29, 2014

PROVIDENCE – On a unanimous voice vote Tuesday, the R.I. House of Representatives adopted a resolution asking the state Health Department to reject any proposal from UnitedHealthcare to stop covering services at Landmark Medical Center and those of 52 physicians who have hospital privileges only at Landmark.

April 28th

Police say suspect stabbed dog, owner

April 28, 2014

WOONSOCKET – A man allegedly stabbed his neighbor’s dog Sunday before the animal’s owner intervened and the assailant allegedly turned the knife on him.
Detective Jamie Paone called the injuries to the dog minor, but she said the animal’s owner was stabbed repeatedly and later admitted to Rhode Island Hospital for emergency surgery. He was described as a 25-year-old man who lives at 26 Fairmount St., but police declined to release his name.
Police arrested Clyde Ewing, 36, of 12 Fairmount St. after responding to his house about 8:14 p.m.

April 27th

Student helps ease search for online (adoptable) love

April 27, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Volunteers from Friends of North Smithfield Animal Shelter do lots of things for stray pets at the town’s Animal Control Center at 281 Quaker Highway, but sometimes have trouble getting word out about their work.

That lack of outreach became enough of a concern for the volunteers that some began to talk about ways to put up a website for the organization.

April 26th

RiverzEdge finds a temporary home

April 26, 2014

WOONSOCKET — RiverzEdge Arts Project has launched an “emergency moving fund” to offset the cost of relocation and losses due to the disruption of operations after being forced out of Le Moulin complex in Market Square earlier this month.

Program Manager Brad Fesmire says RiverzEdge is facing $65,000 in unexpected expenses, including lost business, grant suspensions, and cost of refurbishing temporary quarters at Second Avenue School.

April 25th

City targets vacant space

April 25, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Reducing the high rate of residential and commercial vacancies in the city is the aim of a new subcommittee of the City Council that will hold its first meeting on Monday.

The formation of the subcommittee was spearheaded by freshman Councilman Garrett Mancieri and was approved by the council recently. Mancieri is now the chairman and other appointees include David Soucy, president of Soucy Insurance Agency; Denise Sierra, president of the Burrito Co. restaurant; Sandra Saillant of Shear Odyssey Hair Salon; and Thomas Wrona, a former teacher.

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