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August 18th, 2012

Town ends fiscal year with $629K surplus

August 18, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — An unaudited review of North Smithfield's finances shows the town ending the fiscal year with a $628,788 surplus in its general fund, Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton and Finance Director Brian Silvia announced Friday.
A portion of the surplus is a result of town departments finishing the year under budget, Hamilton said. The remainder of the surplus was generated through various revenue sources exceeding budget projections.

City woman charged with using checks stolen from her neighbor

August 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A 39-year-old city woman faces 33 criminal charges, including 18 felony counts, in connection with the fraudulent use of checks allegedly stolen from a neighbor's apartment, police said Friday.
Jennifer L. Bell, 39, of 19 Hamlet Ave., was charged after police investigated a complaint by a 53-year-old woman that someone had been writing checks to her checking account between June 4 and July 18.
The amounts were less than $500 per check but in total amounted to more than $3,000, police said.

LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN

August 18, 2012

Dodging raindrops on Main Street, Woonsocket residents (from left) Kayla Paquin, 4, Lauren Larson, Katelyn Erminelli, 14, Angela Erminelli, Brittany Jacques, 13, and Ashley Erminelli, 11, have a little fun on an otherwise dreary Saturday morning in the city.

August 17th

St. Blaise taking part in Sept. 29 fundraiser walk

August 17, 2012

BELLINGHAM — The Saint Blaise Conference of Saint Vincent de Paul is participating in the “Friends of the Poor Walk," a national walk that provides an opportunity to raise funds for the local conference.
Started in 2008, the walk has grown each year, attracting over 18,000 walkers and raising over $1.4 million with over 1,000 conferences participating. This is the second year St. Blaise is participating.
Last year, St. Blaise had 26 walkers and raised $4,390. The group says it is looking to double the participation and funds raised.

CHILLIN' & SKILLIN'

August 17, 2012

Governor Lincoln Chafee visits one of the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative sites on Friday — the Connecting for Children and Families' Chillin' & Skillin' summer program, held at the Kevin Coleman Elementary School in Woonsocket. He witnessed a hands-on presentation by Save the Bay called "A Bay Experience" with live sea creatures such as starfish, crabs and perriwinkles. The governor was quite impressed, saying, ‘It was an important opportunity for youth to be able to learn and be outdoors at the same time.

August 16th

Auger family spruces up memorial garden as thank you to WPD

August 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Family and friends of longtime Woonsocket Police Dispatcher Ron Auger were at the station Thursday evening sprucing up the small garden created in his memory. Ron's mother, Jeanne, said she and her helpers had stopped by on Tuesday to trim the weeping cherry tree planted near her son’s plaque and noticed the area needed a bit more work.

Police report details frightening ordeal

August 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Police on Wednesday released additional details on Sunday’s frightening home invasion on Front Street in which a gun was fired into a couple's bed as the alleged robbers sought information about goods believed to be in the residence.
Patrolman Christopher M. Bouvier reported responding to a 7:08 a.m. call for a home invasion at 620 Front St. and encountered Royce H. Jackson, 28, out in the street dressed in just his underwear.

I-95 reopens in SE Mass. after downed power lines

August 16, 2012

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Interstate 95 has been reopened in North Attleboro after a truck crash brought down power lines on the roadway, closing it for more than two hours and backing up traffic for miles.
Massachusetts State Police said the Thursday afternoon crash happened between Exits 4 and 5 near the Interstate 295 interchange and both northbound and southbound sides of the road were closed to traffic until the power lines could be removed.

August 15th

Coalition weighs in on Landmark

August 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Rhode Island Business Group on Health (RIBGH), a coalition of more than 70 employers in Rhode Island representing over 50,000 employees, is weighing in on the pending sale of financially-troubled Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island to Boston-based Steward Health Care System, saying negotiations between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center/Steward Health Care must abide by several considerations, including establishment of a statewide coordinated health care plan.

Krawetz quits police department

August 15, 2012

LINCOLN — A Lincoln police officer who was found guilty in January of felony battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking a handcuffed woman in the head outside a slot parlor in 2009, has resigned, Lincoln Town Administrator Joseph Almond announced Wednesday.
“Effective Aug. 10, 2012, the Town of Lincoln has accepted an unconditional and irrevocable resignation from Officer Edward Krawetz,” Almond said. “This action has allowed the town to avoid the inherent uncertainty of costly and time-consuming litigation and appeals which would inevitably ensue if this matter remained unresolved.”

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