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December 19th, 2012

City man is sentenced in firearms case

December 19, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Neftali Melendez, 26, of Woonsocket, was sentenced yesterday to 46 months in federal prison, the high end of advisory federal sentencing guidelines, for illegally selling firearms during an undercover investigation by ATF and the Woonsocket Police Department into the trafficking of firearms in Woonsocket.

Council vote puts whitetails in crosshairs

December 19, 2012

LINCOLN — Local deer could soon be the targets of hunters following a 3-2 Town Council vote allowing archery hunting as a way to reduce the town’s growing deer population.
The hunting season measure worked out by the Council’s ordinance committee came up before the five-member full panel for action without a recommendation but was approved with Council President Keith Macksoud, and council members Kenneth Pichette and Arthur Russo in favor and members James Jahnz and John Flynn opposed.

December 18th

City woman charged with making threatening gesture to teacher

December 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 26-year-old city woman has been charged with disorderly conduct after police say she made threatening actions toward a teacher at Pothier Elementary School Tuesday.
According to police, the teacher was in a conference room, looking out the window shortly after 8 a.m. when she saw a woman later identified as Vanice Armstrong with children on the sidewalk. Armstrong allegedly made direct eye contact with the teacher, posed her hands like guns and gestured shooting the teacher as she laughed.

City Council modifies rezoning plans

December 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Members of the City Council accepted the recommendations of local planning officials and voted unanimously Monday night to modify proposed rezoning of two vacant parcels.
The council agreed to amend the rezoning of approximately six acres at the entrance to Highland Industrial Park so that it will now fall under city requirements for design review and also limit the use options allowed under its proposed I-1 (light industrial) zoning.

UPDATE -- Candlelight vigil planned in Woonsocket

December 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Due to overwhelming response, Saturday's candlelight vigil in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Hook School in Conn. has been moved to the mini-park, where Santa's house is.
Set for 6 p.m., the event is co-sponsored by Kids for Peace RI and the Lyrics in Motion dance studio.
The event will include dance performances by senior company members and an appearance by Michael Jackson impersonator Mark Fisher. There will be a balloon-release for each victim.

Massacre has schools talking about security

December 18, 2012

As a somber procession of funerals began in shell-shocked Newtown, Conn., local educators on Monday said the nation’s deadliest massacre at an elementary school should trigger a broad discussion about how to make schools safer than they are already.
After all, says Supt. Kimberly Shaver Hood of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, the security procedures in place at Sandy Hook Elementary weren’t very different than those in place at her schools. Doors are always locked, visitors must be buzzed in through an intercom system, state their purpose and sign in at the office.

December 16th

City to ask state for extension to do audit

December 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Despite the reluctance of finance officials, the Budget Commission has voted to petition the state auditor general to allow the city an extra month to submit audited financial statements of last year’s books, or until Jan. 31.
Finance Director Thomas Bruce wanted to put out a draft audit as soon as possible because, on the city side, the ledgers are expected to show a surplus in the range of $280,000 for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

December 15th

HEART TO HEART CONVERSATION

December 15, 2012

Seven-year-old Alana Montanez, of Woonsocket, chats with Santa Claus as Mrs. Claus looks on during the Connecting For Children & Families annual Holiday Celebration for member families at Kevin Coleman Elementary School in Woonsocket Thursday night. In addition to the free buffet, families were treated to Christmas carols by members of the Woonsocket Middle School Glee Club, as well as Christmas crafts and other activities.

Public meeting Monday night on rezoning

December 15, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Zoning: It’s not exactly a subject that captures the imagination, at least not until somebody starts building a gas station next door to your house.
But there’s no time like the present to get interested, because the city is in the midst of the most sweeping effort in years to rezone city lands – maybe yours.

Internet surveillance leads to arrest, recovery of stolen athletic items

December 15, 2012

LINCOLN – A local youth sports volunteer’s internet surveillance effort helped police recover a trove of stolen goods from a local man’s apartment Thursday.
The volunteer had been keeping an eye out for items that the Lincoln Youth Soccer Association lost in a September break-in at Public Self Storage on Washington Highway and hit paydirt while checking out sports equipment offerings on the Craigslist website, according to Police Chief Brian Sullivan.

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