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August 7th, 2012

‘Fire trap’ school has numerous violations

August 7, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Fifth Avenue School has at least 10 outstanding fire code violations, including several serious ones that have been unresolved for years, fire officials say.
But Capt. Michael A. Morin, fire marshal for the Woonsocket Fire Department, stopped short of calling the school “a fire trap,” as Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan did recently.
“That’s her opinion, that’s fine,” said Morin. “There’s no inherent danger to life there. What there are, are code violations and there’s a process to get those corrected.”

DOGGED PURSUIT

August 7, 2012

Woonsocket police officer Jason Berthelette looks back to see a North Smithfield police K-9 dog hot on his heels during an attack demonstration with North Smithfield K-9 police Lt. Jared Salinaro, during the National Night Out at River Island Park in Woonsocket Tuesday. The event, which takes place in cities and towns all over the country, is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Woonsocket Police Department and Woonsocket Safe Communities.

August 6th

Man arrested in new body armor law

August 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A Pawtucket man with convictions for attempted murder and narcotics charges in Puerto Rico was arrested by State Police Monday under a new law that makes it a crime to possess body armor after a crime of violence.
Antonio E. Limardo, 34, of 42 Webster St., was also in possession of a 9mm handgun, a knife and pepper spray, state police said.

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August 5th

Budget panel eyes COLA

August 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET — As the Budget Commission prepares to enter contract talks with the International Brotherhood of Police Officers — within a week, perhaps — the panel continues looking for possible economies in the cost of living adjustment benefit paid to retired cops and firefighters.
On Friday, Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III provided commissioners with a detailed snapshot of how dramatically the city’s financial burden would shrink if the benefit, known as a COLA, were eliminated from the pension plan.

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Officials consider police ATV patrolling

August 5, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Dirt bike and all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders who disregard traffic laws and ride on posted property in town better watch out: the police may soon be rolling out its own ATV's to catch and prosecute scofflaws.
The local police department, which has been unable to effectively catch dirt bike and ATV riders who break the law, has asked the Town Council to consider approving a police ATV patrol program that would allow police officers to patrol woods, pathways and other areas that squad cars cannot easily access.

Summer Youth Employment Program puts money in pockets, smiles on faces

August 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A throng of children sits in a circle around Arkaydia Farrow as she clutches an open book in one hand, trying to read a story and make eye contact with her rapt audience at the same time.
When Farrow isn’t telling stories, she’s helping this crop of six- to eight-year-olds practice their writing skills, shepherding them on field trips or managing an arts & crafts project.
In her first paid job, Farrow, 18, relishes her role as mentor and cheerleader to children while they’re in their formative years, some of them from troubled, broken families.

August 3rd

Burrillville PD makes arrests in break-ins

August 4, 2012

BURRILLVILLE — Police have made arrests related to 10 house breaks in town within the past two months.
Police have also made an arrest in the armed robbery of the 24-hour Sunoco gas station at 174 Chapel St., according to Major Lareto Guglietta.
On May 23, just after 4:40 a.m., the cashier on duty reported to police that a suspect pointed a weapon at him, demanded money and threatened to shoot him. The cashier complied and handed over $285 in cash. The suspect then fled on foot, according to Guglietta.

City vows to keep defending the cross monument

August 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET — "We're in this to the end."
That was the battle cry and official response from Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and City Solicitor Joseph S. Larisa Jr. to the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has demanded the city remove the WWI and WWII memorial cross at Place Jolicoeur.

August 2nd

Schools hand in $66.6 million budget

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Department and state Department of Education on Thursday handed the Budget Commission an updated 2012-2013 budget for local schools of $66.6 million that represents a $3.3 million reduction from earlier projections for the department.
The changes resulting in the projected reduction include the elimination of about 18 teaching and support staff positions, the closing of the Fifth Avenue Elementary School and the movement of $561,000 in capital spending out of the school budget.

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Monument gets spruced up; city ready to respond

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Just in time for another round of public scrutiny, the World War I monument at the center of a simmering constitutional feud with a Wisconsin atheist group has gotten a makeover worthy of prime time.
The once-disintegrating masonry has been restored, the brass plaque bearing the names of the war dead has been professionally spiffed up, and the cross at the heart of the dispute gleams whiter than ever.

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