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January 6th, 2012

Trial of accused officer continued to Monday

January 6, 2012

PROVIDENCE – John Harwood, the attorney for the Lincoln police officer accused of kicking a seated, handcuffed woman in the head outside the Twin River casino on May 31, 2009, indicated in Superior Court on Friday he wanted to enlist the expertise of Dr. Frank Gallo as part of his client's defense.
Gallo, renowned statewide for his expertise on “use of force,” is an instructor for various law enforcement agencies around the region.

National Guard offers its building to city

January 6, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The Rhode Island Army National Guard is offering to turn over to the city a cavernous brick garage, situated on nearly an acre of land, for the nominal price of a buck.
After touring the site with representatives of the Guard Friday, Planning Director Paulette Miller said the city is leaning in favor of accepting the offer, but it wants to make sure the building on Avenue A is structurally sound first.
“It appears to be an appropriate acquisition,” said Miller. “But we’ll be making another pass through here with our engineers before we make a decision.”

January 5th

Mayors to governor: Help us!

January 5, 2012

PROVIDENCE — After huddling behind closed doors for two hours with mayors, town administrators and other municipal officials, Gov. Lincoln Chafee declared that 2012 “should be the year of the cities and towns.
“We can not have East Providences and Woonsockets and Coventrys and other towns being read about across the country in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and other national publications that are going to be a detriment to the economy of Rhode Island,” the governor said. “We've got to address it.”

Municipal ice rink to open at last

January 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When forsythia blooms in December, it’s probably a bad omen for making ice.
But when the first true cold snap of the season settled over the region this week, Highway Foreman Rick Lambert knew it was time to crank up the ice-making machinery, at last.
That means the city’s municipal rink in River Island Park will finally open this year at 12:30 Saturday afternoon –roughly a month later than it did during last year’s more normal winter.
“We started making ice when we came back after New Year’s, on Tuesday,” Lambert said earlier this week.

Fire breaks out in multi-family home

January 5, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A fire believed to have broken out in the basement area of a six-apartment tenement building at 285 Cass Avenue left eight residents looking for temporary housing Wednesday evening.
Everyone was reported to have exited the three-story, wood-frame building without injury after a resident, alerted by a neighbor, ran through the structure banging on all the doors as the fire spread up from the lower level shortly after 6 p.m.

January 4th

Brothers arrested on drug trafficking charges

January 4, 2012

WOONSOCKET – A man who holds a state permit to cultivate and dispense medical marijuana, and his brother, are facing drug trafficking charges after police seized a combined 108 marijuana plants from their home and motor vehicle – far more than the permit allows, police said.
Joseph and Ronald Proia, both of 30 Manila Ave., were ordered held without bail following their arraignment in District Court Tuesday.
Two other men who arrived during a raid of the Proia residence were also arrested, including one for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Bill would change car tax values

January 4, 2012

PROVIDENCE — When the General Assembly abruptly dropped the exemption of car values for local tax purposes from $6,000 to $500 last year, drivers suddenly hit with tax bills several times higher than they were before started paying attention to the way values are placed on their automobiles, and they didn't like what they saw.

Romney ekes out 8-vote win over Santorum in Iowa

January 4, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney eked out a minuscule 8-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, the state party chairman said early Wednesday, ringing down the curtain on an improbable first act in the campaign to pick a challenger to President Barack Obama in the fall.
Appearing hours after the caucuses had ended, Matt Strawn said Romney had 30,015 votes, to 30,007 for Santorum, whose late surge carried him to a near win.

January 3rd

Chafee to meet with mayors on pensions

January 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE – When provisions for reforming locally-administered pension plans (called non-MERS) were dropped from the comprehensive pension reform late in the process last year, Gov. Lincoln Chafee vowed to introduce legislation on the first day of the 2012 General Assembly session to reform struggling plans that are causing fiscal misery for certain cities and towns.
He missed that self-imposed deadline on Tuesday.

Tax sale notices sent out in error

January 3, 2012

WOONSOCKET — On December 31, 2011, delinquent notices were mailed for water, sewer, and trash ratepayers with regard to the scheduled sale of water, sewer, and lien sales to be conducted in March. It has come to our attention that certain ratepayers received these notices erroneously. Upon review, it has been found that the mailing occurred due to an error in the data used by the outside vendor that the city utilizes for these mailings. The City of Woonsocket regrets and apologizes for any inconvenience that the mailing may have caused.

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