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December 12th

State to schools: Get house in order

December 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The state Department of Revenue has laid down a Wednesday deadline for the School Department to submit a plan to clarify its current rate of spending on personnel after the unexpected discovery of a deficit of $2.2 to $2.7 million in last year’s school budget.
If the inquiry points to the incursion of yet another deficit at the end of the current fiscal year, DOR might appoint a fiscal overseer to monitor the city’s expenses, state Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly said.

Man struck, killed on Main Street

December 12, 2011

WOONSOCKET — An 80-year-old city man, crossing Main Street after a visit to City Hall, suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a car Monday morning.
Police Lt. Eugene Jalette said the elderly man was struck while he was in the crosswalk in front of historic Harris Hall at about 11:20 a.m.
“The victim was transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital and was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m. today,” Jalette said.

December 11th

State to hear about school deficit

December 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The School Department’s projected $2 million 2010-2010 budget deficit is expected to be discussed by city and state budget officials during a meeting at the state Department of Administration today.
The finding of a new city deficit resulted from an annual audit of municipal and school spending for the fiscal year ending June 30 and was aired last Thursday during a meeting of city and school officials at Harris Hall.

Lindy's Tavern is back and thriving

December 11, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — When Ron Carter was an older teen-ager back in the late 1970s, he often would make the short trek from his home with his dad, Fred, to Lindy's Tavern in Forestdale just to enjoy a few beers and shoot some pool with pals.
It was quite the town hangout back then, a place where folks would go to imbibe, order a sandwich or watch the Red Sox or Bruins on the tiny TV above the bar; this was back when Boston's WSBK Ch. 38 televised the B's.

A salute to Toys for Tots

December 11, 2011

Students at Globe Park Elementary School salute Lance Cpl. Edward Smith of the U.S. Marine Corps during a kick-off Friday morning for the school's annual Toys For Tots drive. The school is asking for your help by bringing in new, unwrapped games or toys to the school's office from Dec. 12-16.

Unnamed donor saves senior center -- for now

December 11, 2011

MILLVILLE — With the senior center slated to shut its doors on Dec. 31 due to budget cuts, town senior advocates may have dodged a bullet and won a temporary reprieve in the wake of the news that an unidentified sum of money has been bequeathed to the center from the estate of an unnamed source.
That was the good news delivered to the Board of Selectmen last week when senior center Director Carol Smith appeared before the board to request that the town's legal counsel determine if the estate monies can be used by the Millville Council on Aging to fund the center and keep it open.

Man's watch of his neighborhood leads to own arrest

December 11, 2011

WOONSOCKET — A city man's decision to investigate suspicious activity in his neighborhood resulted in him being charged with a gun violation, according to police.
It turns out, the car tampering incident that Jonathan Chan, 26, of 165 Glen Road, thought was occurring outside his home on Nov. 25 was nothing more than a newspaper delivery person making her early-morning rounds. He is now charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon — a handgun — and possession of a pistol without a license or permit, in connection with the incident, according to police.

December 9th

Lajoie pleads guilty to role in Main murder

December 9, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Kelley M. Lajoie, 33, of Chicopee, Mass., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for her participation in the September 2010 robbery and murder of David D. Main, 49, of Woonsocket.
Main, a Shell station manager, was followed as he drove from the gas station to the Citizens Bank on Diamond Hill Road, then robbed and shot to death as he attempted to enter the bank to make a deposit.
Lajoie pleaded guilty to one count each of Hobbs Act conspiracy; aiding and abetting a Hobbs Act robbery; and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

NONE FOR THE ROAD -- ‘Drinkers’ help police train for field sobriety tests

December 9, 2011

PROVIDENCE – Matt Oriani received the call from his friend, Lincoln Patrolman Kyle Wingate, at about 11:20 a.m., Wednesday.
That's when the officer asked him if he would participate in the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests instruction course, otherwise known as a live alcohol wet lab, being taught at the Providence Police Academy, located on Chad Brown Street.
Oriani acquiesced, and – less than 50 minutes later – he began drinking light beer.

December 8th

Cumberland men facing gun charges

December 8, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Two townsmen were arrested Monday and charged with altering the serial numbers on guns believed to have been stolen, police said.
One of the suspects was also charged with illegal possession of cocaine and a knife with a blade longer than three inches.
At around 4:30 Monday morning, police were summoned to Birchwood Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, Sgt. John Cook located a car occupied by Corey Ridolfi, 24, and Jared Lemay, 18, each of whom has a last known address of 20 Green St., Cumberland.

 

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