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August 27th, 2012

iPhone video helps police piece together bottle attack

August 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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.

Meet the Candidates

August 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — If you want to find out where state lawmakers and the folks trying to unseat them stand on the issues, don’t forget Tuesday night’s candidates forum at Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining.

Couple gets house from Tim McGraw

August 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET — It’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 don’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.

August 26th

City gets OK to sell off bins

August 26, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has gotten the Budget Commission’s OK to negotiate the sale of thousands of surplus trash bins, but it turns out he doesn’t have as much bargaining leverage as he hoped.
The bins are so awkwardly bulky, and there are so many of them — over 10,000 in all — that it would be a logistical nightmare to transport them very far, says Fontaine.
Translation: They’re almost certainly heading for the neighboring town of Cumberland.

Read more in our print edition.

N.S. Police launch new tip line

August 26, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The North Smithfield Police Department announced that it has launched a new telephone “tip line” 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.
“The 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 ...” the statement says.

August 25th

Museum of Work & Culture to host 14th Labor Day open house

August 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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 Police promote three officers

August 25, 2012

WOONSOCKET – 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. He’s also a member of the Special Reaction Team (SRT), the Honor Guard, and the detective division, where he currently serves.

August 24th

Police seek dad, son in AC thefts

August 24, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD - Police seek the public’s help in locating two men wanted on felony larceny warrants.
The warrants were issued for Larry A. Bates Sr., 52, and Larry A. Bates Jr., 29, both of whom are allegedly responsible for the theft of commercial HVAC units from several businesses in North Smithfield. The dollar amount of the units exceeds $50,000, police said.
Police said the two men may be armed with a gun and operating a 1998 white Dodge with white painted windows. The vehicle's Rhode Island combination plate is 67167.

New MacColl YMCA opens with a splash

August 24, 2012

LINCOLN – Calling it Northern Rhode Island’s "premier" health and fitness center, the man described by associates as the driving force and creative genius behind MacColl YMCA’s new $13 million, 52,000-square-foot family fitness center said the state-of-the-art facility will be at the forefront of helping families and communities maintain healthy lifestyles.

August 23rd

Board greenlights fair funding appeal

August 23, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee yesterday won the Budget Commission’s unanimous support to appeal to the state Supreme Court a recent lower court ruling that put the kibosh on its efforts to pry some additional funding from the state to run public schools.
The litigation, initiated in partnership with Pawtucket in 2009, has cost the two cities roughly $275,000 so far, including $102,000 from Woonsocket, according to Samuel D. Zurier, one of the lawyers handling the suit.

Read more in our print edition.

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