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January 14th, 2012
BELLINGHAM ‚ÄĒ 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.‚ÄĚ
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄúT.J.‚ÄĚ Wright, in 2004.
Delestre and his girlfriend, Katherine Bunnell, the child‚Äôs foster mother and aunt, were both convicted of murder and conspiracy for their role in the boy‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúWe will meet this deadline,‚ÄĚ Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer said yesterday afternoon. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôve asked us to address a number of issues and we believe we have. We‚Äôre hopeful the documents we‚Äôve been asked to provide will meet the regulators‚Äô request.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ 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 they‚Äôll be carved from thick plate steel and slightly bigger than life size, weighing hundreds of pounds each.
PROVIDENCE ‚ÄĒ 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.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď A ‚Äúuse of force‚ÄĚ expert for the defense of suspended Lincoln patrol officer Edward Krawetz, who is on trial for felony assault with a deadly weapon after kicking a handcuffed woman at Twin River, took the stand in Superior Court for a second day of testimony on Monday.
WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ When someone called U.S. Rep. David Cicilline‚Äôs constituent services office exactly one minute after the freshman Democrat officially christened the site Monday, it seemed like a good omen.
‚ÄúAt 10:01 a.m. the phone rang and it was someone with a VA question,‚ÄĚ Cicilline‚Äôs District Director, Christopher Fierro, said as the congressman arrived. ‚ÄúThey know we‚Äôre here.‚ÄĚ
CUMBERLAND ‚ÄĒ It was standing room only as a large gathering of Cumberland police officers, as well as their families, crowded the Town Council's chambers Wednesday to witness the swearing-in of Cumberland's two newest police recruits.
Officers Josh Vaughn and Gregory J. Pomfret were officially sworn in at a 20-minute ceremony presided over by Police Chief John R. Desmarais. Mayor Daniel J. McKee swore-in the two officers.
In his remarks, McKee said the town is proud to have two officers with local roots serving in the Cumberland Police Department, a nationally accredited police department.