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October 14th, 2012

Two hurt in stabbing in North Smithfield bar

October 15, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Police in North Smithfield say two people are expected to survive after being injured in a stabbing incident outside a local bar.
According to a press release from the North Smithfield Police Department, the two victims were injured in the parking lot of the Lower Level Bar off Eddie Dowling Highway early Sunday morning.
An official at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket called police at about 1:45 a.m. to report that one person was being treated for stab wounds. Police later learned that a second victim was being treated at the same hospital.

October 13th

Mardi Gras fundraiser/dinner Oct. 24

October 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts is hosting a Pasta Dinner in conjunction with Catholic Financial Life, District 1 (Rhode Island and South Central Mass.) on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Italian Workingmen's Club, 947 Diamond Hill Road, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The dinner will be prepared by local chef Gary McLaughlin and will feature all-you-can-eat pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and more. Tickets are $8 for adults age 10 and older; $4 for children age 9 and under; and free for children age 2 and under.

Man charged with indecent exposure at Twin River

October 14, 2012

LINCOLN — A Johnston man was charged with indecent exposure/disorderly conduct in connection with an incident at the Twin River casino Wednesday afternoon.
Deputy Chief Scott W. Vincenzi reported that he was called to the casino security office for an indecent exposure incident while working a uniformed detail at about 4:25 p.m.

ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Library offers e-book service

October 14, 2012

LINCOLN — You bought an E-Book reader, a Kindle or an iPad, and now you’re wondering where to find something to read.
Yes, there are plenty of e-book websites to visit and buy the latest hot read for your device, but did you know there are also ways to download a book similar to checking one out from your local library?
Nancy Ross, assistant director of the Lincoln Public Library, says an increasing number of library patrons are taking advantage of the library's e-book lending program and she sees that interest as only increasing in the future as more people learn how to use the service.

October 12th

City men charged in thefts from Alex & Ani

October 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The state police arrested two city men Thursday after they allegedly attempted to sell stolen Alex and Ani bracelets on craigslist, they said.
Hector Bonilla, 26, of 104 Sayles St., Apt. 407, was charged with one count of larceny over $1,500, and Manuel Pagan, 27, of 104 Sayles St., Apt. 106, with one count of receiving stolen goods over $1,500.
Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, the superintendent of state police, said the investigation began when detectives received information that the Alex and Ani bracelets were being sold through the popular online marketplace.

WWII Park renovation plans on hold

October 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Plans for a $2.6 million overhaul of neglected World War II State Park, with new recreational facilities, are on hold until the city either assumes ownership of the park or picks up a share of the long-term operational costs of the facility.
That was the word from Janet Coit, director of the state Department of Environmental Management, during an appearance before the Budget Commission on Thursday.

October 11th

Ward proposes ordinance aimed at ‘fierce’ dogs

October 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET – City Council President John F. Ward is proposing a new ordinance designed to curb the city’s population of pit bulls and other “fierce, dangerous or vicious” dogs.
The most dramatic provision of the measure would be to prohibit any new pit bills bulls in the city after the law is passed. The only legal pit bulls would be those registered by their owners before the law goes into effect, and registration itself would come with onerous new requirements, including a $100,000 worth of liability insurance on the animal.

Navigant donates new rescue boat to WFD

October 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The transformation of the Blackstone River into a destination for canoeing, fishing and other recreational activities has been one of the success stories of the region in recent years, but it had a downside for the Woonsocket Fire Department’s rescue boat.
Firefighters have been responding to calls for emergencies on the river with greater frequency, subjecting the rubber vessel to more wear and tear. As a result, the inflatable craft developed holes.
The need for a new boat was apparent and the Navigant Credit Union responded by donating one to the fire department.

No lawsuit yet, but athiest group looking for attorney

October 11, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Though it has been silent on the issue since early summer, the Wisconsin atheist group that is demanding the removal of a Christian cross from the war monument at Place Jolicoeur hasn’t gone away.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped short of promising a lawsuit over the cross, but it says it is in the process of seeking an attorney from the area to represent the organization.
More than one individual has contacted the national non-profit seeking to become a plaintiff in such a lawsuit, said Rebecca S. Markert, staff attorney for FFRF.

October 9th

Judge OKs Landmark sale to Prime Health Care

October 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Faced with what was portrayed as a now-or-never choice, a Superior Court judge yesterday approved the sale of financially troubled Landmark Medical Center to Prime Health Care of California.
Judge Michael Silverstein’s decision clears the way for the fast-growing, for-profit chain to seek approval of the $60 million deal from state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
Prime says it will take no longer than 45 days to submit a formal application to regulators and, if it’s approved, they’re ready to close on the sale by May 31, 2013.

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