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November 28th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€” The planned release of a Woonsocket man imprisoned for a 1999 "thrill killing" has been put on hold while the Rhode Island Parole Board revisits the case.
The board approved a plan earlier this year to release Alfred Brissette Jr. more than 20 years before his original release date. Brissette pleaded no contest to murder for killing Jeanette Descoteaux and was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison.
His release gained attention after WPRI-TV reported this week that he was due to be released next month.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Prime Healthcare Services has asked state regulators for more time to submit an application to acquire Landmark Medical Center.
Saying it is aware the 45-day deadline lapsed on Nov. 25, the Ontario, Calif.-based hospital chain wants two more weeks to submit the voluminous amount of paperwork required under the Hospital Conversions Act.
â€śAlthough Prime Health has been working diligently on the application, we respectfully request an extension until Dec. 10, 2010,â€ť a two-paragraph letter from Primeâ€™s lawyers says.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The mountainous cache of toys and games did not originate at the North Pole, it was not created by elves, and it did not arrive by sleigh.
It was manufactured by Pawtucket-based Hasbro, Inc., and hefted up a flight of stairs by the toy giantâ€™s employees, one shipping crate at a time, onto the creaky floor of an old spinning mill on Mendon Road.
But when underprivileged kids find the goodies under Christmas trees from Woonsocket to Westerly on the big day, no one has to know they didnâ€™t come from Santa.
WOONSOCKET â€” Members of the City Council had plenty to say about the potential loss of a $200,000 city loan owed by the 67-unit Glenark Landing housing complex Monday night, but also admitted that any fight regarding their concerns would be best taken to the General Assembly.
The discussion of the Glenarkâ€™s takeover by the Rhode Island Housing agency and potential foreclosure on Friday came during a council work session in the panelâ€™s second floor meeting room at City Hall and included a number of council jabs that the agency was again hitting city taxpayers in their pocketbooks.
WOONSOCKET â€” An ex-con on an armed robbery spree got caught after holding up McDonaldâ€™s in North Smithfield early Saturday morning.
Vernon Lamont Thomas, 37, of 372 Robinson St., committed three of the crimes in five days and the last two in less than seven hours, according to police.
Thomas was arrested at Grove and Logee streets about 5:26 a.m. Saturday, about a mile from McDonaldâ€™s, still carrying a heavy cash drawer witnesses had seen him lugging away from the Park Square restaurant about an hour earlier, according to reports.
LINCOLN â€” The holiday season has officially arrived and Richard DiMasse and Dave Sale are hoping it will help local efforts to preserve a local one-room schoolhouse with purchases of this yearâ€™s Lincoln collectible ornament.
The tradition of creating a holiday ornament of a local landmark was started by the Lincoln Citizens Celebration Committee 17 years ago as a part of the townâ€™s observances for its 125th anniversary.
WOONSOCKET â€” It is certainly an advantage to have a museum in town when it comes to expanding educational opportunities for a communityâ€™s youth.
Staff members at the Museum of Work and Culture here in Woonsocket are also aware that research and planning are required for local teachers to use a museum as the best educational resource possible.
Thatâ€™s why a group of local fifth-grade teachers sat with the museumâ€™s education coordinator, Elizabeth Maynard, in the buildingâ€™s upstairs conference room last week to talk about their past and future visits to the Market Square facility.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Rhode Island Housing, the owner of Glenark Landing, is taking the 67-unit, subsidized housing complex into foreclosure.
But Mayor Leo T. Fontaine says the state agency owes the city over $200,000, money lent to the original developers of the mill-to-apartment conversion project in 1988.
Fontaine said foreclosure would wipe out the debt, but the city might not give up so easily. The mayor wants the City Council to explore its options at a briefing session Monday night, including the possibility of legal action.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Councilman Roger Jalette says the city sometimes assesses sewer and trash fees to dwelling units deemed unfit for occupancy, but itâ€™s unfair to the property owners and shouldnâ€™t be allowed.
The longtime councilman introduced a proposal to rectify the situation earlier this week, but colleagues on the City Council voted to table the measure for further study.
Councilman Daniel Gendron, vice president of the panel, said one of his concerns is that the proposal could become administratively unwieldy and open the door to abuses.
LINCOLN â€“ The holiday shopping season opened on a brisk note as shoppers swamped stores to scarf up Black Friday bargains at area retail stores.
Some 500 customers formed a line that snaked around the corner of Target at Lincoln Mall before the doors opened at 1 a.m. Friday.
The manager said the store brought in extra personnel to handle the crowds and distribute store â€śmapsâ€ť to help customers find what they were looking for.