Archive - News Article
July 14th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â Jamal Lee saw the poster on a building at Bernon Park after playing softball with his adult league: the city was starting up a new recreational program for parents and children.
A few days later, the 38-year-old public health major at Rhode Island College was at Cass Park with his kids, swinging a badminton racket, making crafts, and having fun.
He liked it so much that he and his children, Alanah, 7, Olivia, 5, and Isaiah, 11, did it all over again two days later at Cold Spring Park.
WOONSOCKET â The city won't be getting any additional school funding from the state in the near future, at least not through legal action.
That was the outcome of a successful move by the state to block the city from winning a hearing on its school funding lawsuit in Superior Court.
Judge Nettie C. Vogel on Thursday issued a 31-page decision ruling in favor of the state's motion to dismiss the case filed by both the Woonsocket and Pawtucket school districts while noting earlier court decisions to the same effect.
CUMBERLAND â You donât have to be a parent to know that children donât get sick during business hours. And if they happen to, it isnât until todayâs busy parents come home from work that they invariably find out about it and start looking for medical attention.
And so Dr. Peter Yasigian was often needed in the office until seven or eight oâclock at night, tending to the usual afflictions of his pediatric caseload, from sore throats and sprains to coughs and croup.
There had to be a better way.
WOONSOCKET â Lorenzo Ajavon was a typical 17-year-old who liked listening to music and shooting hoops with his friends at Globe Park.
He had no track record with the police and no known history of drug involvement, but within hours of leaving his home at 372 Robinson St. Sunday he ended up in the Blackstone River, dead.
How and why are questions that now vex the police.
âItâs a mystery,â said Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan, spokesman for the Woonsocket Police Department. âThis isnât like anything Iâve every encountered before.â
WOONSOCKET - Police are searching for a pair of robbers who held up JB Liquors at around noon Wednesday, according to WPRI-TV.
Police say that one of the suspects entered the business and showed a handgun, got away with cash and ran outside, where the second suspect was waiting with a car, according to WPRI-TV.
The news channel also reports that investigators are reviewing surveillance video from the store to try to identify the two men.
WOONSOCKET â The Zoning Board of Review on Monday heard testimony on a proposed redevelopment of the former St. Francis House assisted living residence into 18 residential apartments and scheduled a decision on the matter for its next meeting on July 23.
The property's owner, city developer and business owner Gary Fernandes, is seeking to increase an earlier plan for 8 residential units in the five-level distinctive 167 Blackstone Street brick building through conversion of more of the building's available space, according to the proposal's architect, Dan Peloquin.
WOONSOCKET -- A body was found floating in the South Main Street dam of the Blackstone River, in downtown Woonsocket, late this morning.
Using a rubber raft, police and firefighters pulled the body off the edge of the flood control gate at around noon.
The body appeared to be that of a black adult male. He was wearing a black T-shirt, what appeared to be swimming trunks or shorts that were black with a red and grey stripe across the waistline. He also had on a pair of black high-top sneakers.
WOONSOCKET â Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has mailed 198,000 letters to customers in the Greater Woonsocket area notifying them that the insurance company may no longer do business with Landmark Medical Center and the Rehab Hospital of Rhode Island as of Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, respectively.
That means BCBSRIâs members could still receive treatment at those hospitals, but they would be responsible for dealing directly with Blue Cross for claims reimbursement and paying the hospital out of their own pocket.
PAWTUCKET â Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Darrell Johnson, 19, in connection with the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Joshua Burgo behind the Nathanael Greene Elementary School Friday morning.
Police said the victim was shot in the chest at around 2:58 a.m. He was taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
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BELLINGHAM â The Belling-ham Business Association (BBA) has announced this year's winners of two $1,500 scholarships. These scholarships are offered to Bellingham residents who are graduating from high school and will be going on to higher education.
One of the recipients, Maria Mendez, is a graduate of Bellingham High School and will be attending Mass Bay Community College in Wellesley, Mass. this fall to major in business.