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November 16th, 2012
PROVIDENCE â€“ The Woonsocket High School senior was unconscious when a fellow classmate sexually assaulted her in 2009, but the defendant claimed the act was consensual.
It took a Superior Court jury six hours to convict Dariel Martinez on Thursday, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said.
Martinez, 20, is to be sentenced on Jan. 18 on one count of first-degree sexual assault. The crime is punishable by 25 years to life in prison.
WOONSOCKET â€” When his friend first proposed they go into business together providing gardening supplies for medical marijuana growers, Jeff Paige had cold feet.
The 51-year-old refugee from the telecommunications industry wasnâ€™t against legal pot, medical or otherwise. But heâ€™s no crusader, either, and heâ€™s pretty careful about how he invests his money.
He took a hard and long look at whether the idea made business sense.
â€śI think what I was really doing was looking for a reason not to do it,â€ť says Paige. â€śNow Iâ€™m kicking myself that I didnâ€™t do this two years ago.â€ť
GLOCESTER â€” Three Cranston teens were charged in a rash of vehicle breaks in two towns after police were summoned to a report of a house break in progress early Wednesday.
James Clark, 18, and two 17-year-old boys, were tied to a string of more than 20 motor vehicle breaks that occurred during a 24-hour period here and in neighboring Burrillville last week, said Capt. Joseph V. Mattera.
WOONSOCKET â€” You know the old bromide about no good deed going unpunished?
Well, itâ€™s hardly like that for the men and women in blue of the Woonsocket Police Department, but Chief Thomas Carey says police officers donâ€™t always get the recognition they deserve for good conduct, extra effort, or honing a special talent.
Thatâ€™s about to change.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two former city residents took steps Tuesday to get the heat back on at Kevin and Jayne Donnellâ€™s Social Street apartment.
After reading about the coupleâ€™s difficulties in working out a longstanding NationalGrid bill for natural gas service, a former city resident now living in Columbus, Ohio, and another former resident living in Bellingham contacted The Call to see what they could do to get the coupleâ€™s apartment heated.
Both men said they wished to help the couple anonymously in the spirit of next weekâ€™s Thanksgiving holiday.
In recognition of Veterans Day, CVS Caremark paid homage to nearly 50 disabled veterans from across New England, treating them to a football skills camp Saturday at Gillette Stadium in partnership with the New England Patriots. The skills camp paired former Patriot players with veterans from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Pictured above, in the middle of a huddle led by former Patriot player Patrick Pass, is Navy veteran and Manville resident Roland Filion (red jacket). Filion is joined by fellow veterans from across New England.
BELLINGHAM â€” The public works department has begun flushing water mains and testing hydrant flow at various locations throughout town to determine the water system's ability to provide water for firefighting as well as to prioritize water pipe system upgrades that will be part of a $15.4 million project approved by voters last month.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The Aldi discount supermarket chain will open its fifth Rhode Island store in Dowling Village, town officials say.
Although Walmart negotiated lease covenants with the developer of Dowling Village designed to reduce the likelihood of competition for discount food, the new Aldi will be located next door to Walmart and apparently go toe-to-toe with the retail giant on groceries, said Town Planner Robert Ericson.
WOONSOCKET â€” The Americans couldnâ€™t make up their minds about fighting the British. And some on the British side thought they were done fighting Americans during the revolution.
But by the time it was over, the War of 1812 ended up cementing Americaâ€™s place in the pantheon of world powers, opening a gateway to an era of epic economic expansion for the young nation.
And, as a little side benefit, it gave us the national anthem.
WOONSOCKET â€” Kevin and Jayne Donnell wonâ€™t dispute they have had trouble paying their utility bills or that their outstanding balances with NationalGrid are significant.
But the city couple also doesnâ€™t believe they should be without heat now that the cold weather has arrived.
Kevin Donnell is unemployed and looking for work as a van driver and his wife has health issues that have left her disabled and on Social Security.