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August 9th, 2012
CUMBERLAND ‚Äď Town Hall employees are trying to cope with the loss of one of their own, following the death of Finance Director Steve Woerner on Wednesday.
Woerner, 61, died after being injured in a recent fall at his home, according to Mayor Daniel J. McKee.
‚ÄúHe was a good man that we loved down here at Town Hall,‚ÄĚ McKee said. ‚ÄúHe was very valuable to the town and a man who was close to a number of people here.‚ÄĚ
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď In a clash with the School Committee, the Budget Commission Thursday voted to adopt a $66.6 million budget to run the education department that calls for shutting down Fifth Avenue School.
The 4-1 vote, in which Mayor Leo T. Fontaine was the only commissioner who sided with school officials, came a day after the school committee approved the same budget for fiscal year 2013, with an unfunded recommendation to keep the school open.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Robert Picard donned a piece of clothing Thursday that he probably earned many years ago: the orange windbreaker of the Grand Marshal of the Autumnfest Parade.
The honor was bestowed on Picard during the Rotary Club's meeting at River Falls and appeared to catch him completely by surprise. Picard is a longtime member and past president of the Rotary Club and has volunteered for the Autumnfest Committee in a number of capacities for more than 30 years.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Budget constraints have forced the school district into consolidation mode, but Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan is looking for volunteers who are ready to rebuild a vibrant public school system.
The superintendent announced the effort to seat a five-year Strategic Planning Committee this week to set academic goals for the future of the school district.
NORTH SMITHFIELD ‚ÄĒ A 44-year-old resident was arrested Wednesday afternoon on domestic-violence charges involving him holding a gun to the head of his elderly mother.
Brian R. Mellor, of 1350 Pound Hill Rd., was arrested after his 71-year-old mother, Carol, who lives with him, went to the police station to report that he had put a gun to her head and threatened to kill her at around 9 a.m. Wednesday.
During a search of the Pound Hill Road home, police confiscated 21 weapons including numerous firearms and a crossbow, Chief Steven E. Reynolds said at an evening press conference.
PROVIDENCE ‚Äď A Woonsocket man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Tuesday for a 2007 rape that had police stumped until his DNA was collected over three years later, after he committed an unrelated crime.
Jason Nickerson, 31, was sentenced to 60 years in all, with 50 to serve on each of four counts of first-degree sexual assault and the balance suspended, the attorney general‚Äôs office said.
WOONSOCKET ‚Äď Fifth Avenue School has at least 10 outstanding fire code violations, including several serious ones that have been unresolved for years, fire officials say.
But Capt. Michael A. Morin, fire marshal for the Woonsocket Fire Department, stopped short of calling the school ‚Äúa fire trap,‚ÄĚ as Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan did recently.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs her opinion, that‚Äôs fine,‚ÄĚ said Morin. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no inherent danger to life there. What there are, are code violations and there‚Äôs a process to get those corrected.‚ÄĚ
Woonsocket police officer Jason Berthelette looks back to see a North Smithfield police K-9 dog hot on his heels during an attack demonstration with North Smithfield K-9 police Lt. Jared Salinaro, during the National Night Out at River Island Park in Woonsocket Tuesday. The event, which takes place in cities and towns all over the country, is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Woonsocket Police Department and Woonsocket Safe Communities.
PAWTUCKET ‚ÄĒ A Pawtucket man with convictions for attempted murder and narcotics charges in Puerto Rico was arrested by State Police Monday under a new law that makes it a crime to possess body armor after a crime of violence.
Antonio E. Limardo, 34, of 42 Webster St., was also in possession of a 9mm handgun, a knife and pepper spray, state police said.
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WOONSOCKET ‚ÄĒ As the Budget Commission prepares to enter contract talks with the International Brotherhood of Police Officers ‚ÄĒ within a week, perhaps ‚ÄĒ the panel continues looking for possible economies in the cost of living adjustment benefit paid to retired cops and firefighters.
On Friday, Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III provided commissioners with a detailed snapshot of how dramatically the city‚Äôs financial burden would shrink if the benefit, known as a COLA, were eliminated from the pension plan.
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