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October 18th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â Two tart-tongued female impersonators will dish up an evening of Vegas-style song, dance and comedy in the Milk Fundâs first fundraiser of the year at the Coachmenâs Lodge in Bellingham on Nov. 9.
The featured performers are Kitty Litter and Sabrina Blaze, aka Stephen Hartley and Wayne Alan Hawkins. Theyâve been selling out theater venues with their cross-dressing schtick and comic banter for years, including a number of shows in the local area.
WOONSOCKET â Losing a family member to illness can leave a person feeling helpless, which hinders the process of coming to terms with that life-changing loss.
But there are ways to take proactive steps toward moving on, which also bring a sense of fighting back.
Noneajean McFarlane found that to be true this fall as she worked to organize a team in Sundayâs Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Roger Williams Park in Providence.
McFarlane, a Call graphic designer, decided to put together a team for the American Cancer Society fundraiser in light of her own losses last spring.
WOONSOCKET â State Rep. Jon D. Brien, who launched a write-in campaign after being unseated in the primary, is challenging the man who defeated him to a series of debates.
With slightly more than three weeks to go before the general election, the city Democrat is asking Stephen M. Casey to participate in four debates before Nov. 6.
Casey dismissed the offer as a desperate ploy for attention.
âThe time for debate was before the primary,â said Casey. âI already defeated him in September and heâs not on the ballot.â
But Brien said heâll go solo if Casey doesnât show up.
LINCOLN â A 57-year-old woman was surprised by a man breaking into her Tall Wood Drive home Wednesday morning and quickly fled the dwelling, according to police.
âWe believe the suspect was not aware that the homeowner was at home,â Police Chief Brian Sullivan said later of the 9:30 a.m. incident.
The woman fled away from Tall Wood in the direction of nearby Route 295 south and called police regarding the break, Sullivan said.
PROVIDENCE (AP) â Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says a Woonsocket man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault in two rape cases that had been unsolved for several years.
Armand Ferrio received a total of 40 years, with the balance suspended with probation.
The 25-year-old Ferrio must have no contact with the victims, undergo sex-offender counseling and register as a sex offender when released from the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Kilmartin's office says DNA led authorities to solve the cases.
WOONSOCKET â For an 18-month-old boy crushed under a piece of fallen furniture, death came in the blink of an eye Monday.
The boyâs grandmother told police she had been watching the boy up until the very moment the bookcase tipped over and fell on him.
âShe turned her back for a second to move something in a doorway that leads to the basement,â reported Patrolman Patrick Roy. âShe turned around and saw the wooden bookcase was now on top of the boyâs chest.â
Woonsocket firefighters battle a stubborn fire in a garage behind 89-91 Hamlet Ave. that broke out around 1 oâclock Tuesday afternoon. Several vehicles, including two inside the garage, were completely gutted in the fire and a nearby home sustained exterior fire damage. No other injuries were reported.
PORTLAND, Maine â Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of an earthquake in southern Maine may not have known what was happening. But the shaking building was enough to send all 20 of them skedaddling outside.
"It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type," said Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza. "The back door and door to the basement blew open," she said.
WOONSOCKET â Four men have been charged in connection with the theft of air conditioning units from the roof of the vacant Wal-Mart building and a more recent larceny from a local restaurant that took place during Autumnfest, police said.
WOONSOCKET â An 18-month-old boy was killed at home Monday when a bookshelf toppled over onto the boyâs chest, police said.
The death was still under investigation as of press time. Police Chief Thomas Carey said the incident appears to have been a tragic accident, but an official finding on the cause will not be issued until the police have finished their investigation.
âWe still have some work to do on it,â the chief said. âThe parents are quite distraught.â