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January 12th, 2013
WOONSOCKET â When firefighters have to take on the challenge of putting out two major tenement fires in less than 12 hours, it pays to be well-trained and have experienced leadership.
That is the view Fire Chief Gary Lataille offered late Thursday while watching his department's firefighters, lieutenants, captains and deputy chiefs mop up a fire that could have been tragic without those factors and the precautions of proper fire alarm equipment and mutual aid coordination.
CUMBERLAND â Educators from as far away as Maine and Pennsylvania are among the invited guests taking part in a special panel discussion this week on the standards-based grading system, which the Cumberland School District is preparing to implement district-wide.
The panel discussion, which will be moderated by Assistant School Superintendent Robert Mitchell, will be held this Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cumberland High School auditorium.
BURRILLVILLE â In 1913, Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the country's 28th president; the first prize was inserted into a Cracker Jack box; and Francis Ouimet shot a 304 at the 19th U.S. Golf Open at The Country Club in Massachusetts.
On Jan. 12 of that year, Cecelia Flynn was born in Woonsocket during, of all things, a blizzard.
But there was no wintry weather yesterday as Cecelia â known to family and friends as "Mee Mee" â celebrated her centennial birthday at a party she actually planned herself.
WOONSOCKET â A rare case of back-to-back tenement fires Thursday came with an unusually heavy toll â no injuries, but a total of 61 tenants displaced from their apartments, including a number of infants and toddlers.
Those who could not find emergency shelter with family members and friends â 23 adults and five children â are staying at the Holiday Inn, courtesy of the American Red Cross.
The hotel aid was slated to expire by Monday, however, unleashing a mini-wave of newly homeless on the cityâs already thin-stretched safety net.
WOONSOCKET â A State Police task force arrested a city man on Wednesday after completing an undercover investigation into his alleged involvement in a heroin distribution operation.
Giovanni Morales Nieves, 22, of Cottage Street, was taken into custody after members of the State Police High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force executed a search warrant at his home, according to Col. Steven G. OâDonnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
Woonsocket firefighters battle a structure fire at 179-183 Lincoln St. in Woonsocket shortly after noon Thursday. There were five occupied units in the six-unit structure and all residents, including one cat and one dog, escaped safely. The fire is believed to have started in the cushion of a couch on the porch of the building and spread up the walls. (Photo/Ernest A. Brown)
PROVIDENCE â A man awaiting trial on Burrillville police charges of child molestation was recaptured here Wednesday after a week on the lam from home confinement, the state police said.
Robert Spaulding, 34, surrendered after State Police searched for him at his motherâs house and the homes of other relatives and friends.
âHis trial was coming up,â said Detective Commander Michael J. Winquist of the state police. âI guess he thought he wasnât going to be there.â
CUMBERLAND â Mayor-elect Daniel J. McKee took the oath of office at an inaugural ceremony held Jan. 6 in the Blackstone River Theater.
McKee, 61, ran unopposed in the November general election, winning a sixth term as Cumberland's mayor.
Among those attending the ceremony last Sunday were state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and Congressman David Cicilline, as well as a contingent of state representatives and fellow mayors and town administrators.
WOONSOCKET â Woonsocket has hopped on the bandwagon of a new and little known state law that has already enabled East Providence to collect millions in previously delinquent property taxes by intercepting state income tax refunds.
Itâs called the Tax Refund Offset Program, and it works like this: If youâre running a sizeable enough delinquency with the city on real estate, motor vehicle or business equipment taxes, the state Department of Revenue will capture funds from your Rhode Island income tax return this year so they can be applied to the city debt.
WOONSOCKET â A city man is facing felony charges after spitting a mix of blood and saliva at medical and security personnel who were attempting to restrain him at Landmark Medical Centerâs emergency room Saturday.
Andre Dion McDaniel, 32, is charged with assaulting health care workers and other emergency personnel during an obscenity-laced temper tantrum shortly before 3 a.m. He also faces two counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct.