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July 19th, 2012
PAWTUCKETâ€”Following an investigation of a complaint, a local man has been arrested on numerous sexual assault charges involving three young female family members, Pawtucket Police said.
Jose A. DaCruz, 55, of Waterman Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in to police on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to Major Arthur Martins. Police began an investigation after a complaint was made on July 9. The incidents, which took place in Pawtucket, involve three victims who are all under the age of 14 and who are related to DaCruz, Martins said.
LINCOLN â€“ The School Committee and the Lincoln Teachers' Association have reached an agreement on a three-year pact covering 2012, 2013 and 2014 after a series of negotiating sessions that included both sides' attorneys and the assistance of a mediator.
The agreement will give teachers 2-percent pay raises in each of the latter two years of the pact.
Superintendent of Schools Georgia Fortunato noted that the sessions lasted well past midnight and into the next morning to reach the settlement ratified by the parties this past week.
BURRILLVILLE â€” A 51-year-old Burrillville man, a former Woonsocket Police Department dispatcher, was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from an incident in which he sent lewd text messages to a youth, police said.
Burrillville Police Major Lareto P. Guglietta said a report was filed Monday with the Burrillville police by a concerned mother who said her son was receiving lewd text messages from an adult male.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Accusing his opponent of â€śserial hypocrisy,â€ť Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act â€ślong into the night,â€ť to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Landmark Medical Center is asking a Superior Court judge for permission to move forward with a lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving the hospital into insolvency with unfairly low reimbursements.
Itâ€™s the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Landmark and BCBSRI that Landmark President Richard Charest says now jeopardizes the sale â€“ and survival â€“ of the hospital.
PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s not every day that a politician keeps a campaign promise, so RI GAP (Government Appointments Project) held a Statehouse event Tuesday to thank Gov. Lincoln Chafee for doubling the number of female appointees, not just to boards and commissions, but to top positions in his administration.
WOONSOCKET â€” One of the oldest surviving examples of a fieldstone mill in the city will be at least partially torn down after an apparent roof collapse at the 781 Social St. structure Monday night, officials say.
The roof line of the four-story circa-1828 mill was reported to have collapsed downward into the building and created a risk of further collapse of the supporting walls of its east side along the Peters River.
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WOONSOCKET â€” In whatâ€™s being billed as an informational session, the Budget Commission will meet privately with leaders of city labor unions this afternoon to discuss shifting the workforce onto a single health plan.
Dave Eaton, fiscal advisor to the budget commission, said no specific proposals will be made, but a sales representative of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island will be on hand to answer questions.
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WOONSOCKET â€“ Fire Chief Gary Lataille announced that Woonsocket Emergency Management has opened cooling centers at Woonsocket Harris Library, 303 Clinton Street, and the Woonsocket Senior Center, 84 Social St. The library will be open today and tomorrow, Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the senior center, 1-5 p.m., same days.
These facilities only offer shelter from the heat and humidity; they do not offer any other amenities such as food or entertainment.
WOONSOCKET â€” A 1991 city double murder will be recalled in an upcoming Discovery Channel networks crime program after a production crew wrapped up work on the project at The Call on Monday.
Call reporter Russ Olivo was interviewed by the Sirens Media crew for an upcoming segment of â€śNightmare Next Door,â€ť an investigative true crime documentary program on the Investigation Discovery Channel.