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January 18th, 2012

BULLETIN: Hospital Conversion Application Deemed Complete

January 18, 2012

PROVIDENCE -- The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Department of Attorney General have announced that the Hospital Conversion Application submitted by Steward Health Care and Landmark Medical Center has been deemed complete.
The Department of Health and the AG's office will now start the formal review and evaluation of the application, and have 180 days to complete this step of the process.

Moody's downgrades city's bond rating

January 18, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Moody’s downgraded the city’s bond rating yesterday, dropping it by a full point, from Ba1 to Ba2, a move that could increase financing costs on the city’s $225 million in outstanding bonds and debt.
Moody’s sent Finance Director Thomas Bruce a letter explaining that change is related to past and ongoing school deficits. The company also noted the city’s improved financial management practices and willingness to increase revenues, even in a difficult economic environment.

January 17th

Ronzio Pizza robbed at gunpoint

January 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A man robbed the Ronzio Pizza Restaurant on Providence Street of an undetermined amount of cash after holding the business' manager at gunpoint Sunday evening.
Patrol units were sent to the 375 Providence St. business at 7:30 p.m. after the armed suspect fled on foot with the stolen cash and a rifle used to carry out the robbery, police said Monday.

Citizens, officials rally for Landmark

January 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — When Dan Couture got a nagging pain in his shoulder last month, the avid health buff from North Smithfield passed if off as the byproduct of too much exercise.
On Christmas Day, after four days of suffering, the 63-year-old real estate appraiser couldn’t stand it anymore. The pain had become so unbearable that he had has wife, June, drive him to Landmark Medical Center. There, doctors strapped him to a monitoring device and calmly informed Couture he was in the throes of a full-blown heart attack.

January 16th

Martin Luther King Jr. honored on traffic island

January 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — With a tip of the hat from President Obama, civic leaders and church groups capped a three-day tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday with the dedication of a new work of art honoring the slain civil rights leader.
Over 150 people braved a bone-chilling morning to take part in the ceremony, across the street from St. James Baptist Church, the city’s largest African-American congregation, which commissioned the steel-plate, multi-colored silhouettes of Dr. King preaching to a half-dozen followers, young and old.

School disciplinary policy is changing

January 16, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Committee is stepping back from its active role in disciplinary procedures for local public school students.
The panel voted this week to allow school administrators and School Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan to handle disciplinary hearings it has been conducting for a number of years.
The change is an off-shoot of School Committeewoman Vimala Phongsavanh's review of school department policies.

January 14th

Police catch copper clipper

January 14, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Another copper clipper was in the can Thursday morning thanks to a tip from an alert citizen who heard someone rummaging in a vacant house in the Bernon section and called the police, they said.
Elias Herrera, 41, of Woonsocket, was arrested outside 350 Carrington Ave. at 6:19 a.m., said Detective Lt. Eugene Jalette.
“Herrera was captured while attempting to flee from a side entrance,” he said. “Inside the house there was evidence that Herrera was removing copper piping.”

Bellingham Fire Chief Ranieri answers the call of retirement

January 14, 2012

BELLINGHAM — Looking back over his lengthy career, Richard F. Ranieri pointed out one overriding concern that any fire chief has when the alarm sounds in the station house.
"You just hope that the day will end without an injury or fatality involving one of your firefighters or a member of the public," Ranieri said. "We are responsible for what happens, and it is a pretty awesome responsibility.”

January 12th

State Police capture con man on the run

January 12, 2012

NORTH SMITHFIELD — A con man who has been on the run from the law for two years after swindling thousands from his victims in motor vehicle scams was captured in New Jersey Wednesday, the Rhode Island State Police said.
Kevin Millette, 45, a former town resident, was arrested at the Rodeway Inn motel in Galloway, N.J., where he had been living under an assumed name for about month, said State Police Lt. Michael Winquist.

High court affirms Delestre conviction

January 12, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The state Supreme Court Thursday affirmed the conviction of Gilbert Delestre in connection with the brutal beating death of his 3-year-old foster child, Thomas “T.J.” Wright, in 2004.
Delestre and his girlfriend, Katherine Bunnell, the child’s foster mother and aunt, were both convicted of murder and conspiracy for their role in the boy’s killing after separate trials in 2008.
Witnesses testified Delestre hurled the toddler across a room, then knocked him down a flight of stairs with a backhander, causing the boy to lapse into unconsciousness.

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