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January 4th

Grand jury exonerates police officers

January 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A Providence County grand jury has determined that city police officers broke no law last spring when they engaged in a high-speed motor vehicle chase in pursuit of Anthony Lescarbeau, who died in an ensuing crash.
The grand jury completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Lescarbeau’s death Thursday, concluding that “the actions of the officers were legally justified,” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office said in a statement.

Picard named chairman of Senate Corporations Committee

January 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket Sen. Roger A. Picard has been named chairman of the powerful Senate Corporations Committee after serving on that body for only four years, starting the year after he arrived in the Senate from the House of Representatives.
Formerly the vice chairman of the panel, Picard succeeds Cranston Sen. Joshua Miller, who was named chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services.
The Corporations Committee considers legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance, technology and telecommunications.

January 3rd

City faces own fiscal cliff

January 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — Congress may have gotten the nation past one fiscal cliff, but this teetering city of 41,000 is still on course to fall into a local version of the abyss in 2013.
After the reigning state Budget Commission temporarily balanced the books last year, the financial forecast calls for the city to lapse into deficit spending again by May 25, according to Finance Director Thomas Bruce.

North Smithfield hires three police officers

January 3, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD — After graduating from the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy last month, three new recruits have joined the North Smithfield Police Department.
Chief Steven E. Reynolds said the officers were sworn in immediately after graduating by Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton and will be assigned to a field training officer.
They’ll spend 14 weeks with their professional mentors prior to patrolling the streets on their own.
The new officers are:

Prime Healthcare submits application to buy Landmark

January 3, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A California-based hospital group’s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island inched forward yesterday as the company delivered its application to purchase the hospitals to state regulators under the Hospital Conversions Act.
State Health Director Michael Fine and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin now have 30 days to determine whether the voluminous amount of paperwork tendered by Prime Healthcare Services is complete.

January 2nd

Quest for Queen of Mardi Gras is under way

January 2, 2013

WOONSOCKET – If the New Year has been rung in, that can only mean one thing: Fat Tuesday is around the corner, and it’s time to start looking for the Queen of Mardi Gras 2013.
The quest for the crown is officially on, according to the Northern Rhode Island Council on the Arts, which is marking the 19th anniversary of Woonsocket Mardis Gras this year.

General Assembly to focus on the economy

January 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The 2013 General Assembly session began Tuesday with leaders of both chambers emphasizing the importance of turning Rhode Island’s ailing economy around and improving its business climate.
Commencing his fourth term as Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox invoked the memory of Abraham Lincoln, saying, “The struggle of today is not altogether for today. It is for a vast future also.”

January 1st

Democratic officials: Fiscal 'cliff' deal reached

January 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Racing the clock, the White House sealed a New Year's Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to neutralize across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Democratic officials.
Under the deal, taxes would remain steady for the middle class and rise at incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples — levels higher than President Barack Obama had campaigned for in his successful drive for a second term in office.

December 31st, 2012

Police assaulted while responding to false report

December 31, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Police said they risked crashing their cruisers on icy, snow-choked roads as they rushed to investigate a report of a disturbance involving a gun Saturday, and this was their reward: Two cops assaulted by a man who fabricated the story.
Jody Dilazzaro, 39, was charged with assaulting Officers James Cote and Justin Mowry, who were among several policemen who responded to Dilazzaro’s Oakton Street residence about 6:40 p.m.
He was charged with two counts of assaulting public officials, resisting arrest, possession of an illegal knife and filing a fraudulent report of a crime.

Legislature starts new session

December 31, 2012

PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island General Assembly will hit the ground running in 2013, opening its session on New Year’s Day and delving into issues such as taxes, economic development, same-sex marriage and gun control early in the year.

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