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January 8th, 2014

Officials take steps to rid city of eyesore properties

January 8, 2014

WOONSOCKET -- Call them the ‘Dirty Thirty.’

Some have been damaged by fire, others just plain neglected. Still others are in the fuzzy limbo of foreclosure, neither borrower- nor lender-owned.

What this group of homes has in common is that they’ve soared to the top of the list of residential eyesores in need of most urgent attention. Now they’re about to get some from Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

For full story, see Thursday's print edition.

January 7th

Keep it civil, Fox advises General Assembly on opening day

January 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Acknowledging that last year’s House session “did not end nice,” with members taking personal shots at one another over various issues, House Speaker Gordon Fox gaveled the 2014 session open with a call to “make this about the people.”

“Things can not be worked out in this chamber if it gets personal,” Fox said. “If you lash out today, maybe it feels good, but ultimately it does not solve problems.

Full story can be found on Page 1 of Wednesday's Call.

Brown water at schools as some seeing red

January 7, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Members of the City Council were stunned when a parent showed up in City Hall Monday with two plastic bottles of brown murky water she says she poured from the taps at the Woonsocket Middle School complex.

“I couldn’t believe what I was looking at,” said City Council President Albert G. Brien. “It was a total surprise.”

Full story appears on page 1 of Wednesday's Call.

January 6th

Cumberland High shuttered by burst pipe

January 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND – Classes were expected to resume today at Cumberland High School, which was closed Monday after a pipe that heats a section of the building froze and ruptured Saturday, flooding at least 12 classrooms on three floors with water, school officials said.

The mishap occurred around 12:30 p.m. and involved an isolated heating pump drive coupler, which causes water to flow through a pipe that heats a section of the school.

Full story on Page 1 of Tuesday's Call.

Assault charge may rise to murder with Salvi's death

January 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Catherine Salvi’s boyfriend could be charged with her murder before the end of the week, depending on the results of her autopsy, law enforcement sources say.

Emmanuel “Manny” Algaria, 21, is charged with felony domestic assault after he allegedly attacked Salvi more than three weeks ago. He’s due back in court on Friday for a previously scheduled hearing.

Full story on Page 1 of Tuesday's Call.

Catherine Salvi, 24, loses battle for life after brutal domestic assault

January 6, 2014

WOONSOCKET – Catherine Salvi, 24, has died after being brutally attacked by her boyfriend on Dec. 13.

Family members said Salvi had been declared brain dead by doctors at Rhode Island Hospital last week.

Woonsocket police are now expected to upgrade the charges against Emmanuel Algaria, 21, from felony domestic assault to homicide.

Algaria has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since the attack.

January 5th

Reed pushes hard for extended unemployment benefits vote

January 5, 2014

With a key Senate vote on a three-month extension of unemployment benefits scheduled later today, four Democratic senators led by Sen. Jack Reed say they are confident they can get 60 votes to overcome an expected filibuster, but that if they fail, they vow to keep bringing the matter up until it does pass.

January 3rd

City man indicted on domestic rape charges

January 3, 2014

WOONSOCKET — A city man accused of forcing a 4-year-old boy to watch while he raped her mother and fed her food on which he had urinated has been indicted by a Providence County grand jury on 15 charges, including eight counts of domestic rape.

Reinaldo Diaz, 34, of 100 Harrison Ave., is also charged with two counts of felony domestic assault, four counts of simple domestic assault and one count of violating a court order to keep away from the woman.

Full story appears on Page 1 of today's Call.

Below-zero chill: A cold, hard fact

January 3, 2014

If you thought shoveling a foot of snow was bad, you might want to think twice about going outside this morning. While the white stuff might have stopped falling, the bitter cold has just arrived.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory Friday, which was expected to remain in effect until 9 this morning. Temperatures last night were expected to be around 2 below and with northwest winds gusting to 35 mph, forecasters were warning of bitterly cold wind chills with readings as low as 18 below.

Full story appears on Page 1 of today's Call.

January 2nd

Brien no longer defendant in fraud suit

January 2, 2014

WOONSOCKET – City Council President Albert G. Brien and his real estate brokerage company have been released as defendants from a Superior Court lawsuit accusing them of being involved in series of fraudulent land acquisitions made by the operators of the state landfill in Johnston.

For full story, see page 1 of Friday's Call.

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