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July 8th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The father of an award-winning cheerleader says his son's training may be the only reason he's still alive after falling four stories from the studio where he teaches Thursday.
Dylan Smith, 19, told his father he instinctively did a backflip in mid-air, which enabled him to land on his feet behind the old Harris Mill on Main Street.
â€śHe's alive and it's basically a miracle,â€ť said Hugh Smith of North Smithfield. â€śHe should be dead. It's a 44-foot drop.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” The custody battle for the man accused of murdering gas station manager David Main swerved toward uncharted legal territory yesterday as an appeals court postponed his transfer to federal authorities for arraignment on charges that carry the death penalty.
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston granted the motion of defense lawyers for Jason Wayne Pleau to stay his surrender to federal authorities for arraignment â€” originally set for today â€” on charges stemming from Main's robbery and shooting death on Sept. 20.
WOONSOCKET â€” An unidentified man plummeted from a fifth-floor window at the rear of 65 Main St. in Woonsocket Thursday at about 4:30 in the afternoon.
Woonsocket rescue personnel took the victim to Landmark Medical Center. The window is located at Superior Cheers All Stars gymnasium.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€”The man suspected of leaving a dog in deplorable health at the front door of the R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sometime Monday afternoon has been arrested by East Providence police, Lt. Michael David confirmed Wednesday.
Carlos Alvarez, 46, of Rehoboth, turned himself in at the East Providence Police Department late Wednesday morning, then was asked to meet with Dr. E.J. Finocchio, RISPCA President.
GLOCESTER â€” The sizzling heat that seared spectators lined up along the sidewalks in downtown Chapachet during last year's Ancients and Horribles Parade was replaced this year by more tolerable temperatures and a cool late afternoon summer breeze.
Unfortunately, a lot of the sizzle was also missing from the parade itself, which had far less floats than previous years and even less zaniness and political lampooning.
Fireworks light up the night sky in Woonsocket Sunday during the city's Fourth of July celebration at World War II Memorial Park.
WOONSOCKET â€” Richard A. DiPardo's working life has come full circle. He started out in teaching during turbulent times in the early 1970s and has remained involved with the Woonsocket Teachers Guild long enough to see those difficult times crop up once again.
This time, however, DiPardo will be counting on others to work though the new challenges as he accepts 40 years as an endpoint for his working career.
â€śIt is a decision I made with mixed emotions to be honest with you,â€ť DiPardo said while talking about his years with the Guild at its Cumberland Street office last week.
LINCOLN â€” At 8:20 a.m. Saturday, the State Police Dive Team recovered the body of a missing teenager in the Old Jointa Lock Quarry off Rte 246, the Old Louisquisset Pike, according to a press release from the Lincoln Police Department.
The body was located in 75 feet of water and is that of an 18-year-old male from Central Falls, police said.
At the request of the victimâ€™s family, the teenâ€™s name is being withheld until out-of-state relatives are notified. The body has been turned over to the state Medical Examinerâ€™s officer, according to police.
WOONSOCKET â€“ A police sting conducted around the city this week found a list of local stores illegally selling cigarettes to minors without conducting identification checks.
The compliance checks conducted Thursday involved teenagers working with city detectives entering local convenience stores and pharmacies and attempting to purchase a package of cigarettes without being checked for their IDs.
BURRILLVILLE - The Town Council Wednesday adopted a revised town operating budget for fiscal 2012, which now reflects a slightly lower tax rate than the one approved by the council on June 13.
When the council adopted the budget on June 13, the panel set a tax rate of $16.16 per $1,000 assessed valuation, which would have resulted in a 50-cent net increase per $1,000 of valuation over this year's $15.65 tax rate, and which would have equated to a roughly $250 annual tax bill increase on a home valued at $200,000.