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June 26th, 2012
LINCOLN â€“ A bolt of lightning from a front of storms passing through the area Monday morning is believed to have sparked a fire in the roof of a home at 1809 Old Louisquisset Pike and left a family of three temporarily homeless.
Mark Rodrigues said he son, Austin, 17, was home at the time of 10:50 a.m. strike and immediately called the fire department.
â€śThe Fire Department said they heard a heavy bang in the area and then got the call,â€ť Rodrigues said while looking over the aftermath of the fire at his home on Monday.
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Firefighters pour water onto the Old Grist Mill in Seekonk, which was gutted by fire after a tractor trailer overturned on Fall River Avenue around 6 a.m. Sunday. The truck knocked down a utility pole and struck a gas meter leading to the restaurant. A gas leak ignited and spread to the building. The historic building, built in 1745, is considered a total loss.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Police are investigating a series of three armed robberies at local businesses over the past two weeks.
Police Detective Jamie Paone, department spokeswomman, said the robbers hitting the businesses threatened employees with large wooden sticks in two of incidents while demanding money and threatening employees with a wrench in the third incident.
All three robberies remain under investigation; detectives are probing whether the same robber may have conducted the similar crimes.
WOONSOCKET â€“ First it was the theft of copper pipe from abandoned homes, now local police are investigating the theft of copper from costly heating and air conditioning units atop local commercial properties and businesses.
Derek J. Kunz, whoâ€™ll enter his senior year this fall at the Beacon Charter School for the Arts, was one of 15 American high school ballet dancers chosen to spend six weeks of the summer studying Russian language, culture and ballet at the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.
Read Sunday's edition of The Call for complete story.
Madeleine Mondor, far left, wife of the late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, stands with PawSox president Mike Tamburro and sculptor Tayo Heuser after a 6-foot bronze statue of late PawSox owner and patriarch was unveiled during a ceremony in Mondor Gardens at McCoy Stadium Friday. Mr. Mondor was a graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy. See SPORTS for complete story and photos in Saturday's edition.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Summer is here and with it new opportunities at the YWCA on Blackstone Street for girls to make the most of their time off from school.
Meghan Grady, YWCA chief operating officer, said Friday that the organization has created a new summer program for girls ages 5 to 9 aimed at building self-esteem through physical activity and games.
The â€śGoGirlGoâ€ť summer daycamp program was developed by the national Women's Sports Foundation to get young women to develop their interest in athletics at an early age.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) â€” Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state-appointed Budget Commission running city finances granted first approval of the city's proposed $122 million budget for 2012-2013 even while conceding that figure does not appear to contain enough funding for local schools.
The commission will take up the proposal again next Thursday for second and final passage and its members voiced a hope that city and school officials will be able to improve the budget's accuracy by that time.
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