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August 30th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” The blizzard of O'Neill and Mercer campaign signs covering District 3 says it all. What was a contentious race two years ago promises to be so again as incumbent City Councilor Christopher O'Neill fights off a challenge from opponent Terrence â€śTerryâ€ť Mercer.
With both O'Neill and Mercer running as Democrats, the District 3 contest is one of two City Council races that will be all but decided by the Sept. 11 Democratic primary. The primary will also be key in the District 1 race between Democratic incumbent David Moran and his challenger, fellow Democrat Michael Cassidy.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Steward Health Careâ€™s deadline for closing on the sale of Landmark Medical Center has been extended another month, until Sept. 30, but Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has made it clear heâ€™s running out of patience.
In a letter written to Steward this week, Kilmartinâ€™s office says further extensions of the closing deadline are contingent on continued good-faith negotiations between the for-profit hospital chain from Boston and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Police have arrested the remaining two men allegedly involved in the thefts of air conditioner compressors in Woonsocket, North Smithfield and Burrillville, according to Major Lareto Guglietta of the Burrillville Police Department. A third suspect, 23-year-old Christopher Fisher of Woonsocket, was arrested by North Smithfield Police last week and is in the custody of Burrillville Police this morning.
WOONSOCKET â€” An iPhone video helped police piece together the details of a bloody attack outside an all-night diner in East Woonsocket Saturday that left one man seriously injured.
Police said Leo Larocque, 24, of North Attleboro, suffered a deep laceration of the eye when one of his assailants bashed him in the face with an empty tequila bottle outside Patriots Diner shortly before 5 a.m.
WOONSOCKET â€” If you want to find out where state lawmakers and the folks trying to unseat them stand on the issues, donâ€™t forget Tuesday nightâ€™s candidates forum at Chanâ€™s Fine Oriental Dining.
WOONSOCKET â€” Itâ€™s no secret that country music star Tim McGraw closed out his latest tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Saturday.
But unless you were at the concert you probably donâ€™t know that, earlier in the day, he personally handed over the keys to a house in Oak Grove to the family of Shaun Connor, a military veteran who was wounded in the line of duty.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has gotten the Budget Commissionâ€™s OK to negotiate the sale of thousands of surplus trash bins, but it turns out he doesnâ€™t have as much bargaining leverage as he hoped.
The bins are so awkwardly bulky, and there are so many of them â€” over 10,000 in all â€” that it would be a logistical nightmare to transport them very far, says Fontaine.
Translation: Theyâ€™re almost certainly heading for the neighboring town of Cumberland.
Read more in our print edition.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” The North Smithfield Police Department announced that it has launched a new telephone â€śtip lineâ€ť for residents to call anonymously with information to help solve crimes.
Effective immediately, the number is 401-762-9983, the police said in a statement. The tip line can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
â€śThe purpose of this line is to allow any member of the public who wishes to remain anonymous to call this number to report criminal activity or any suspicious activity that is occurring ...â€ť the statement says.
WOONSOCKET â€” On Monday, Sept. 3, the Museum of Work & Culture will be hosting its 14th annual Labor Day open house celebration, sponsored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society. Admission is free all day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until closing at 4 p.m.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Friends and family members watched as the Woonsocket Police Department promoted three officers Friday in a ceremony at Harris Hall.
Edward Cunanan, a law enforcement professional since 1990, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, while Sean Carpenter and John Raymond were bumped up from officers to sergeants.
During his career at the Woonsocket Police Department, Cunanan has done stints in the juvenile division, the tactical unit and the gang unit. Heâ€™s also a member of the Special Reaction Team (SRT), the Honor Guard, and the detective division, where he currently serves.