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January 16th, 2013

BREAKING: Police seek motorist who fired gun at another car

January 16, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Police are looking for a motorist who fired a handgun at the operator of another vehicle Sunday, causing the other driver to crash.
The alleged shooter was then involved in a crash with a third vehicle operated by the brother of the man he shot at, according to Detective Jamie Paone, spokeswoman for the Woonsocket Police Department.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Anthony LaCoste on multiple felony charges, said Paone.

January 15th

WPD: Drug dealers get more than they bargained for

January 15, 2013

WOONSOCKET – After arranging the sale of marijuana through a series of text messages, a teenage boy and two men from Burrillville were ambushed, robbed at gunpoint and beaten by an armed gang on River Street Monday night, police say.
Police later captured one of the alleged assailants – as many as five may have been involved – and arrested him on a string of felonies.

Lowe’s moves closer to opening; no official date

January 15, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The parking lot at the new Lowe's store at Dowling Village was filled with vehicles Tuesday, but don't expect to shop there just yet.
The vehicles in the Lowe's lot belong to the contractors and workers getting the store ready for an upcoming opening.

January 13th

On stage at Beacon

January 13, 2013

Beacon Charter High School for the Arts will be presenting a musical comedy whodunit, ‘Curtains,’ at The Stadium Theatre Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m. Here, students Emily Hill, Noah Chartier and Madeleine Fournier, from left, rehearse a scene with ensemble cast members. Tickets to the play are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Call (401) 671-6261 x150 for reservations.

Ackerman seeks study of bridge

January 13, 2013

CUMBERLAND — Citing grave concerns over students' avoidance of the Mendon Road Bridge, the State Traffic Commission has agreed to allow a pedestrian study of the small stretch of roadway in front of Cumberland High School at the request of state Rep. Mia Ackerman.
“The pedestrian bridge in front of the high school — although entirely safe to walk across — is not being used by a lot of the high school students because it doesn't look safe to them,” said Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln).

January 12th

Preparedness made fighting back-to-back fires a success

January 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET — 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.

Educators to gather in Cumberland on Jan. 16

January 12, 2013

CUMBERLAND — 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.

‘Mee Mee’ celebrates 100th; dances to Hawaiian music

January 12, 2013

BURRILLVILLE — 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 — known to family and friends as "Mee Mee" — celebrated her centennial birthday at a party she actually planned herself.

61 displaced following back-to-back blazes

January 12, 2013

WOONSOCKET – A rare case of back-to-back tenement fires Thursday came with an unusually heavy toll – 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 – 23 adults and five children – 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 city’s already thin-stretched safety net.

January 11th

Police bust city man for alleged heroin operation

January 11, 2013

WOONSOCKET – 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. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

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