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August 18th, 2012

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.”

August 14th

Council, school board to mull Halliwell future

August 14, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The future of the Halliwell Memorial School in Slatersville will be the focus of a special joint meeting of the Town Council and School Committee on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Kendall Dean School auditorium, 83 Green St.

Read more in our print edition.

August 13th

Home invasion leads to chase, arrests

August 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET (AP) — Woonsocket police say they have several people in custody after a home invasion and subsequent car chase.
Police say three men broke into an apartment on Front Street at about 7 a.m. Sunday wearing masks and demanding cash.
Residents told police at least two of the men had guns and at least one shot was fired. Nobody was hurt.
Police chased a gray BMW from the scene.
The driver was arrested after she crashed near Hamlet Ave. and Cumberland street
Police say other arrests were made after passengers fled the vehicle during the pursuit.

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