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January 23rd, 2012
PROVIDENCE â Seconds after a Superior Court judge found Lincoln police officer Edward M. Krawetz guilty of felony battery with a dangerous weapon â in this case, his shod foot â the defendant's wife, Lori, wiped away tears.
Several other family members just looked around in disbelief after Justice Edward C. Clifton announced his decision at about 12:10 p.m., Monday.
WOONSOCKET â Robert Bouchard can still crack a joke about how his neighborhood is starting to remind him of the Hitchcock classic, âThe Birds,â but donât be fooled: Heâs losing his sense of humor about the North Endâs population of gloomy-looking vultures.
Itâs growing, says Bouchard.
And so are his concerns about avian-borne disease and property values.
âThe growth has been exponential,â says Bouchard. âItâs gotten to the point where you donât even see a migratory dropoff of the population in the summertime anymore.â
WOONSOCKET â Gerald M. Brenner leans over the desk in his Diamond Hill Road law office and rummages through a pile of documents, his eyes squinting to find a single piece of paper in the clutter.
âAh, here it is,â he says.
The document he's holding up is a fact-sheet about Rotary International's PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private sector organization.
Simon Ratsamy, 18, was busy clearing his mom's driveway on Park Avenue during Saturday's snowstorm in Woonsocket. The snow was persistent all day long, with the storm leaving upwards of 5 inches on the ground.
WOONSOCKET â Ten motivated Northern Rhode Island residents celebrated their recent completion of the Stepping Up Health Care Career Orientation Program at a graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Connec-ting for Children and Familiesâ (CCF) Chaplin-Perez Community Center.
On hand to salute the graduates were U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Matt Wojcik, Woonsocketâs director of Human Services and Economic Development, who represented Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
WOONSOCKET â A man tied to two cold cases of rape after police recently obtained a sample of his DNA while he was incarcerated for an unrelated offense was indicted by a Providence County grand jury on Friday.
Armand J. Ferrio, 25, of 186 South Main St., is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of first-degree robbery.
PROVIDENCE â Combining legislators, activists and womenâs rights groups, the Rhode Island Choice Coalition held a rally in the Statehouse Rotunda Thursday in anticipation of Sundayâs 39th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Courtâs Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in America.
WOONSOCKET â After enduring a barrage of criticism for dragging the city deeper into a fiscal quagmire, the school department is going on the offensive.
Woonsocket Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyan has scheduled a series of three forums in the next two weeks, inviting the general public to discuss student achievement, teaching issues and, yes, finances.
PROVIDENCE â Gov. Lincoln Chafee told reporters Thursday that his 2013 budget will contain âvery, very painful cuts âŠ deep, deep cuts that are going to be very unpopular.â
But, he added, âwe canât do it all on cuts. We have to come to the âŠ as they did in Massachusetts, they raised their sales tax.â Stressing that the cuts are coming first, Chafee said it is a matter of âreform before revenue.â
CUMBERLAND â An audit of Cumberland's finances shows the town ending the 2011 fiscal year with a $3.6 million surplus in its general fund, according to Town Finance Director Steve Woerner, who highlighted the results of the municipal audit at the Town Council's meeting Wednesday. The audit was conducted by the Warwick-based public accounting firm of Bacon & Company, LLC.
âWe had a very good year, just as we intended to,â Woerner told the council.