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September 10th, 2012
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď A man whose lower lip had been pierced for jewelry in at least 10 spots had to be taken to the hospital when the cosmetic incisions started bleeding following a scuffle with police early Monday.
Justin M. Lawler, 25, and his girlfriend, Amanda Jeanne Glode, 29, both of 425 Diamond Hill Road, were both arrested shortly before 2 a.m.
Police said they were investigating a complaint of breaking and entering when they visited the couple‚Äôs third-floor apartment. The complaint was filed by Glode‚Äôs cousin, a woman in her 20s who lives in another apartment on the same floor.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď It‚Äôs primary day in the city, an all-Democratic affair that features seven candidates vying for three spots in the General Assembly.
And for two of those spots, the results of today‚Äôs polling are final because there are no challengers waiting in the wings to face off against the winners in the general election on Nov. 6.
During an Autumnfest benefit concert by Kings Row at River Island Park on Sunday, Autumnfest chairman Tim Paul, center, is thrilled after being presented a check for $1,000 by Mary Lynn Bosiak, Call/Times/Neighbors publisher, onstage. Members of the band pictured are Ray Maoitosa on organ, and Wayne Lima on guitar. Other members include Tommy Santos on bass, and David Teixeira on drums. Autumnfest is held Columbus Day weekend.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ The City Council's rules on "tag day" charitable collections generated a spat of sorts recently between a member of the panel and a local firefighter volunteering with the Muscular Distrophy Association's (MDA) annual fundraising drive.
Firefighter and rescue member Justin Prophet appeared before the Council during the panel's public comment period last Monday night to address concerns raised by City Councilman Roger Jalette on a radio talk show with regard to the fire department's MDA fundraising.
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ The town will receive more than $64,000 from the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) as part of the statewide Recycling Revenue Share Program.
Cumberland delivered 3,023.77 tons of recycled material for a total profit share of $64,838. The money will help support local recycling programs.
RIRRC is providing cities and towns with the cash rebates based on how much each municipality has increased its recycling rate. The corporation has made $1.94 million in profits from the sale of household recyclables this year, which will be disbursed to 36 communities.
A team representing The Call, aptly named ‚ÄúTime to Call‚ÄĚ (top of photo), was among 21 squads that participated Saturday in the Chinese Dragon Boat Races along the Blackstone River, which are part of the annual Pawtucket Arts Festival. Also pictured are the "Electric Dragons" (front), who won the heat, and the "RI Hash House Harriers."
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ The North Smithfield Emergency Management Association (EMA) has begun collaborative talks with agencies in Burrillville, Glocester and Smithfield with the goal of sharing staff and pooling resources as a regional emergency management team to help residents in the three communities weather storms and other emergency situations.
The first of several monthly meetings was held recently at the North Smithfield Town Hall to address current needs and future objectives, North Smithfield Town Administrator and Public Safety Director Paulette D. Hamilton said Wednesday.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Landmark Medical Center have reached an agreement to extend their existing reimbursement contract, ending the threat that the health insurer‚Äôs members would not be covered for services rendered at the hospital.
Provided the pact is approved by the Superior Court ‚Äď a hearing is scheduled for Wednesday ‚Äď Blue Cross will honor the terms of its existing reimbursement agreement with Landmark until Dec. 31, or 90 days after Steward Health Care purchases the hospital, whichever comes first.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ Former funeral director Todd Lauzon has been ordered to serve four years in prison for embezzling money from numerous clients who purchased prearranged funeral contracts from him between 2002 and 2009.
Lauzon, 39, was sentenced by Associate Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to 30 counts of embezzlement, said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.
Vogel‚Äôs full sentence was 20 years, with four to serve, and the balance suspended, with probation. She also ordered Lauzon to make $137,000 in restitution to his victims.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ A spokesman for Republican congressional challenger Brendan Doherty said Wednesday he will remove a campaign sign from private property on South Main Street after a complaint about the size of the advertising was filed at the city‚Äôs zoning office.
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt want to ruffle any feathers,‚ÄĚ said Robert Coupe, spokesman for the campaign. ‚ÄúIf there‚Äôs a complaint, we‚Äôll remove it.‚ÄĚ
Jeff Burlingame, a city firefighter, told The Call he filed the complaint because the sign is larger than the zoning code allows for political advertising.
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