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October 17th, 2012

Brien challenges Casey to four debates

October 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — State Rep. Jon D. Brien, who launched a write-in campaign after being unseated in the primary, is challenging the man who defeated him to a series of debates.
With slightly more than three weeks to go before the general election, the city Democrat is asking Stephen M. Casey to participate in four debates before Nov. 6.
Casey dismissed the offer as a desperate ploy for attention.
“The time for debate was before the primary,” said Casey. “I already defeated him in September and he’s not on the ballot.”
But Brien said he’ll go solo if Casey doesn’t show up.

Woman flees home intruder in Lincoln

October 17, 2012

LINCOLN — A 57-year-old woman was surprised by a man breaking into her Tall Wood Drive home Wednesday morning and quickly fled the dwelling, according to police.
“We believe the suspect was not aware that the homeowner was at home,” Police Chief Brian Sullivan said later of the 9:30 a.m. incident.
The woman fled away from Tall Wood in the direction of nearby Route 295 south and called police regarding the break, Sullivan said.

Woonsocket man draws 24 years for 2 rapes

October 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says a Woonsocket man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual assault in two rape cases that had been unsolved for several years.
Armand Ferrio received a total of 40 years, with the balance suspended with probation.
The 25-year-old Ferrio must have no contact with the victims, undergo sex-offender counseling and register as a sex offender when released from the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Kilmartin's office says DNA led authorities to solve the cases.

Toddler’s death a textbook example

October 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET – For an 18-month-old boy crushed under a piece of fallen furniture, death came in the blink of an eye Monday.
The boy’s grandmother told police she had been watching the boy up until the very moment the bookcase tipped over and fell on him.
“She turned her back for a second to move something in a doorway that leads to the basement,” reported Patrolman Patrick Roy. “She turned around and saw the wooden bookcase was now on top of the boy’s chest.”

GARAGE FIRE

October 17, 2012

Woonsocket firefighters battle a stubborn fire in a garage behind 89-91 Hamlet Ave. that broke out around 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Several vehicles, including two inside the garage, were completely gutted in the fire and a nearby home sustained exterior fire damage. No other injuries were reported.

October 16th

Tremors from Maine quake felt throughout R.I.

October 16, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine — Patrons of a pizza parlor near the epicenter of an earthquake in southern Maine may not have known what was happening. But the shaking building was enough to send all 20 of them skedaddling outside.
"It was loudest bang you ever heard in your life. We actually thought it was an explosion of some type," said Jessica Hill, owner of Waterboro House of Pizza. "The back door and door to the basement blew open," she said.

Four charged in air conditioning thefts

October 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Four men have been charged in connection with the theft of air conditioning units from the roof of the vacant Wal-Mart building and a more recent larceny from a local restaurant that took place during Autumnfest, police said.

October 15th

Bookcase falls on, kills toddler

October 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET – An 18-month-old boy was killed at home Monday when a bookshelf toppled over onto the boy’s chest, police said.
The death was still under investigation as of press time. Police Chief Thomas Carey said the incident appears to have been a tragic accident, but an official finding on the cause will not be issued until the police have finished their investigation.
“We still have some work to do on it,” the chief said. “The parents are quite distraught.”

Jack-o'-lantern fest lights up fall nights

October 15, 2012

PROVIDENCE — John Reckner, gourd slayer, has waded through gallons of pulp. Seen his hands run orange from the guts of a thousand pumpkins. Spent hours carving a masterpiece, only to watch it rot. It's a sticky business, carving pumpkins.
But the creator of Providence's Jack-o'-lantern Spectacular says the oohs and ahs he hears from children and adults make putting on one of the nation's largest jack-o'-lantern shows worth all the work.

Two hurt in stabbing in North Smithfield bar

October 15, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Police in North Smithfield say two people are expected to survive after being injured in a stabbing incident outside a local bar.
According to a press release from the North Smithfield Police Department, the two victims were injured in the parking lot of the Lower Level Bar off Eddie Dowling Highway early Sunday morning.
An official at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket called police at about 1:45 a.m. to report that one person was being treated for stab wounds. Police later learned that a second victim was being treated at the same hospital.

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