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January 16th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” With a tip of the hat from President Obama, civic leaders and church groups capped a three-day tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday with the dedication of a new work of art honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Over 150 people braved a bone-chilling morning to take part in the ceremony, across the street from St. James Baptist Church, the cityâ€™s largest African-American congregation, which commissioned the steel-plate, multi-colored silhouettes of Dr. King preaching to a half-dozen followers, young and old.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee is stepping back from its active role in disciplinary procedures for local public school students.
The panel voted this week to allow school administrators and School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan to handle disciplinary hearings it has been conducting for a number of years.
The change is an off-shoot of School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh's review of school department policies.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Another copper clipper was in the can Thursday morning thanks to a tip from an alert citizen who heard someone rummaging in a vacant house in the Bernon section and called the police, they said.
Elias Herrera, 41, of Woonsocket, was arrested outside 350 Carrington Ave. at 6:19 a.m., said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
â€śHerrera was captured while attempting to flee from a side entrance,â€ť he said. â€śInside the house there was evidence that Herrera was removing copper piping.â€ť
BELLINGHAM â€” Looking back over his lengthy career, Richard F. Ranieri pointed out one overriding concern that any fire chief has when the alarm sounds in the station house.
"You just hope that the day will end without an injury or fatality involving one of your firefighters or a member of the public," Ranieri said. "We are responsible for what happens, and it is a pretty awesome responsibility.â€ť
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A con man who has been on the run from the law for two years after swindling thousands from his victims in motor vehicle scams was captured in New Jersey Wednesday, the Rhode Island State Police said.
Kevin Millette, 45, a former town resident, was arrested at the Rodeway Inn motel in Galloway, N.J., where he had been living under an assumed name for about month, said State Police Lt. Michael Winquist.
WOONSOCKET â€” The state Supreme Court Thursday affirmed the conviction of Gilbert Delestre in connection with the brutal beating death of his 3-year-old foster child, Thomas â€śT.J.â€ť Wright, in 2004.
Delestre and his girlfriend, Katherine Bunnell, the childâ€™s foster mother and aunt, were both convicted of murder and conspiracy for their role in the boyâ€™s killing after separate trials in 2008.
Witnesses testified Delestre hurled the toddler across a room, then knocked him down a flight of stairs with a backhander, causing the boy to lapse into unconsciousness.
PROVIDENCE â€” Minutes after prosecuting and defense attorneys had issued their closing remarks regarding suspended Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz' trial Wednesday morning, Superior Court Justice Edward C. Clifton informed those in Courtroom 7 he would issue a ruling on Monday, Jan. 23.
Clifton asked both Assistant Attorney General and prosecutor Stephen Regine and defense lawyer John Harwood if they could re-schedule from the previously-set date of Jan. 17, and both indicated they would.
WOONSOCKET â€” Landmark Medical Center said it was sure it would meet the new application deadline set for yesterday by regulators empowered to approve its planned merger with the Steward Health Care System, but there was no word yet on whether the application is considered complete.
â€śWe will meet this deadline,â€ť Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer said yesterday afternoon. â€śTheyâ€™ve asked us to address a number of issues and we believe we have. Weâ€™re hopeful the documents weâ€™ve been asked to provide will meet the regulatorsâ€™ request.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” If all goes according to plan, a prominent traffic island will soon feature a permanent display of public art honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and his message of racial tolerance.
The unique display at the junction of Mason and South Main streets will depict a likeness of the slain civil rights leader ministering to a half-dozen children and adults. The figures are reminiscent of the pop-up silhouettes of storybook art, except in this case theyâ€™ll be carved from thick plate steel and slightly bigger than life size, weighing hundreds of pounds each.
PROVIDENCE â€” On a day when Lincoln Patrolman Edward M. Krawetz took the stand and claimed his kick to the head of a sitting, handcuffed woman was made in self-defense, both his lawyer and the prosecutor told Superior Court Judge Edward C. Clifton they would be ready for closing arguments this morning.
Attorney John Harwood had made a motion after the defense rested Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the case, but Assistant Attorney General Stephen Regine explained to the judge he saw no reason why it should be. Those arguments will be included in their closing remarks.