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November 6th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€” If the October primary was a preview of how tomorrowâ€™s election will turn out, most of the drama will center on a handful of City Council candidates who might have a shot a finishing last.
Much of the suspense may focus on whether incumbent Councilwoman Stella Guerra Brien can improve her standing in the primary enough to knock her father-in-law, Albert G. Brien, from his seventh-place finish. Stella Brien finished ninth in the primary, but she was just 33 votes behind the elder Brien.
WOONSOCKET â€” An apparent messaging prank has put a local 15-year-old boy in line for a Family Court hearing and possible school disciplinary action, police said Friday.
The boy was taken into custody by city juvenile officers after he allegedly posted an electronic message threatening a violent incident at Woonsocket High School on Wednesday.
The threat was reported to the police department's anonymous tipline on Thursday and prompted an investigation to identify the sender.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Ten years ago, downtown Pascoag was officially designated by the town as a "redevelopment district," an area long considered blighted and substandard and in need of serious revitalization.
If you've driven through lately, you may have noticed some big changes in the downtown area, which has undergone a sort of Renaissance â€” especially over the past several months.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee says â€śthere seems to be good momentum for comprehensive pension reformâ€ť now that a joint General Assembly committee has concluded a series of public hearings on the controversial but potentially historic pension bill he crafted with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
Attention, area veterans. The Call is holding a photograph session at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Cumberland Monastery, hoping veterans from all over the Blackstone Valley will congregate to have their picture taken in a large group photo.
Don't be late!
LINCOLN â€” Normand and Evelyn Olean sat at their dining room table conversing and laughing with Lime Rock Fire Chief Frank Sylvester early Wednesday afternoon.
Just 28 hours before, the senior couple and the chief spent time together for a vastly different reason; Sylvester maintains the Oleans, who have been married 56 years, are lucky to be alive after massive levels of carbon monoxide were discovered inside their Sherman Avenue home Tuesday morning.
WOONSOCKET â€” A local man was charged with the theft of natural gas service after police located stolen National Grid equipment and tools at the apartment where he was staying on Saturday.
Timothy E. Ring, 34, was located in a bedroom in an apartment at 47 Paradis Ave. after police investigated a report of gas service tampering at the location at about 1 p.m. Saturday.
A National Grid employee called Patrolman Thomas Gormley III to the location after discovering that a stolen gas meter may have been attached to lines for a shutoff service at the property.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Municipal officials â€“ including Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders â€“ argued to legislators Tuesday that pension reform cannot be considered comprehensive if it doesnâ€™t include independent city and town pension funds, called the non-MERS plans.
BURILLVILLE â€” For students at Burrillville Middle School, â€śbeing mean stinks.â€ť
Hundreds of students in Grades 7-8 have been taking part in Bullying Prevention Month activities this month as part of a local school campaign to spread the word about bullying prevention.
Led by school counselor Pamela Connors, each of the students have taken the anti-bullying promise in which they pledge to wipe out bullying. â€śBullying is cruel. Bullying hurts. Bullying will not be tolerated,â€ť the pledge says in part.
â€śThese activities have really united our school,â€ť says Connors.
A utility flatbed truck lies on its side, completely blocking the southbound travel lanes on Route 146 in Lincoln around 9 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, the driver of the truck lost control Sunday morning, with wet road conditions possible a factor. The highway was shut down from the Route 99 offramp in Lincoln to the Route 116 exit for close to two hours while the vehicle was righted and towed from the scene. Rhode Island State Police and Albion Fire responded to the scene, while Lincoln and State Police handled road closures and traffic control.