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June 2nd, 2015

In the nick of time: North Smithfield officer saves life with recently-issued OD prevention drug

June 2, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Less than a month after officers began carrying Narcan, the department’s rookie saved a life with the overdose prevention drug.

It happened on May 27, police said, when Patrol Officer Nicholas Pistacchio responded to a residence on Metcalf Marsh Drive for a possible drug overdose. 

June 1st

Police: Drunken altercation led to Burrillville murder

June 1, 2015

BURRILLVILLE — Steven Pietrowicz and Michelle Morin, the Burrillville couple charged with killing 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz whose body was found under newly poured concrete at their home in Nasonville, used their hands and a club to beat Ortiz - whose legs were tied — before his body was dumped in a hand-dug grave beneath a recently built exterior deck in the early morning hours of May 6.

May 31st

Pair charged with Ortiz murder

May 31, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – After identifying Domingo Ortiz, 60, of Worcester, on Saturday as the man found buried a day earlier at 505 Douglas Pike, police arrested two people on charges of murder in connection with his death.

Burrillville Police Chief Col. Stephen Lynch announced in a statement that members of the Burrillville department, members of the R.I. State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, and Worcester Police Department had arrested Michelle Morin, 50, of the 505 Douglas Pike residence, on an arrest warrant charging her with the murder of Ortiz.

May 30th

Burrillville body identified as missing Worcester man

May 30, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Police on Saturday positively identified the body that was unearthed from 505 Douglas Pike as 60-year-old Domingo Ortiz, a Worcester man who was last seen on May 5 visiting that location.

Police unearthed human remains Friday after returning to 505 Douglas Pike for the third time in less than two weeks. Ortiz’s body was found in a shallow grave beneath a recently built exterior deck on the neglected house, located just south of the Western Hotel in the town’s Nasonville section. The grave had been sealed with a layer of concrete.

May 29th

Body discovered in Burrillville

May 29, 2015

BURRILLVILLE – Police unearthed human remains believed to be those of a missing Worcester man after returning to 505 Douglas Pike for the third time in less than two weeks in attempts to locate him.

The suspected body of Domingo Ortiz, 60, was found in a shallow grave beneath a recently built exterior deck on the neglected house, located just south of the Western Hotel in the town’s Nasonville section. The grave had been sealed with a layer of concrete.

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May 29, 2015

May 28th

City firm wins $29M government contract

May 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The U.S. Defense Department has awarded The Brickle Group a $29.3 million contract to produce berets for American military personnel, the largest contract the homegrown textile manufacturer has won in years.

Max Brickle, president of the company, says the contract means it will need to double the workforce of the beret division, which currently accounts for about 15 percent of Brickle’s total workforce of 130.
“We’re very excited,” Brickle said. “It’s good for the company and all our employees.”

Murder suspect captured

May 28, 2015

WOONSOCKET – In a day of fast-moving developments, the manhunt for a career criminal who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death the night before ended in Boston Wednesday with the arrest of 31-year-old Alvin Huggins, police said.
Huggins allegedly stabbed 28-year-old Yanira M. Flores in their apartment at 122 Willow St. Tuesday night. He allegedly fled the scene and police had been searching for him since, calling him “armed and dangerous.”

COLUMN: Young and cash-strapped

May 28, 2015

She said “No” to me and slammed the door. She was on my paper route.
I asked out every girl on my paper route. All three of them. I liked having a captive audience. I’d hand them the paper and say, “Want to go to a movie?”
They all said “No.”
Well, one girl said, “Yes” but then the next day her brother told me she really meant “No.”
I made about $2 an hour on my paper route. It took me about four hours a day and then another five or six hours on the weekends collecting money.
One time, delivering papers, a guy drove by and yelled, “one day you’re going to rule the world!”

May 27th

Woman stabbed to death in Willow Street apartment Tuesday night

May 27, 2015

WOONSOCKET – The city’s first homicide investigation of the year is under way after a 28-year-old woman was stabbed at 122 Willow St. Tuesday night and later died at Landmark Medical Center.

Police said they were summoned to the two-family house at 10:17 p.m. for a report of a medical emergency and found the victim with a stab wound to the chest.

Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan said no one was in custody as of press time Wednesday, but he declined to say whether police had identified a suspect or elaborate on other details of the crime.

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