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September 20th, 2011

Alert neighbor helps catch alleged prowler

September 20, 2011

WOONSOCKET — An observant neighbor helped police in the arrest of a city man charged with breaking into cars on North Main Street Sunday evening.
Todd J. Green, 40, of 502 North Main St., was later arrested on a charge of tampering with motor vehicles in connection with the case, police said.
Patrolman Enrique Sosa reported patrol officers responded to the 300 block of North Main Street just before 9 p.m. after a resident of the area observed a man attempting to break into a neighbor’s van and went out to confront him.

September 19th

Capt. Ed Lee off to FBI Academy

September 19, 2011

WOONSOCKET — The cop who coaxed a confession from serial killer Jeff Mailhot in 2004 has just added another notch on his belt — a seat at the next installment of the FBI National Academy.
Beginning Oct. 3, Detective Capt. Edward J. Lee Jr. will live at the prestigious academy in Quantico, Va., for about ten weeks while taking advanced courses in violent crime, computer forensics and others.
And, oh yeah, Mailhot's going with him, too – or at least his case file.

September 18th

City’s WWI monument finds new home

September 18, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Local historian Elizabeth Vangel noticed the old monument one day when she was conducting a census of historic sites in the River Street area last year.
She found it outside the office of the former Woonsocket Rubber Company’s Alice Mill which, by then, had become a plant for Tech Industries.
The metal plaque was attached to a large glacial boulder and bore an inscription that she found in keeping with her studies of local residents who played a role in the nation’s Civil War.

Soldiering on into history; the fun continues Sunday

September 18, 2011

LINCOLN – The gun and cannon fire had just concluded, Union and Confederate soldiers hustling to their fallen comrades laying in the grass in attempts to save their lives, when 10-year-old Hannah Turgeon turned to her parents and stated, “That was outstanding.
“It's pretty cool to see them fighting with all the guns and cannons, the BOOMs; they made it look so real,” noted the Cumberland girl, who attended with her family “A Call to Arms: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War/Re-Enactment and Living History Weekend” at Chase Farm Park on Saturday.

September 17th

Is Menard running for mayor or not?

September 17, 2011

WOONSOCKET – With time running out to claim a place on the ballot, all the signs are pointing against former Mayor Susan D. Menard taking on incumbent Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
The former seven-term mayor fulfilled a preliminary requirement for becoming a contender on Aug. 30 by filing declaration papers. To secure a spot on the ballot Menard must still return nomination papers with the signatures of at least 100 registered voters.

Operation Stand Down RI assists all veterans

September 17, 2011

CUMBERLAND — "We turn no one away," says Anthony DeQuattro, president of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. The annual encampment to assist all veterans, including those who are homeless, got underway Friday at Diamond Hill Park and continues today and tomorrow.
The three-day outreach event features a wide array of services for homeless veterans and any veteran seeking help, such as housing, hot meals and showers, clothing, benefits screenings, legal assistance, medical and mental health services, vaccinations, substance abuse support and counseling.

September 15th

Senate panel holds hearings on Irene

September 15, 2011

PROVIDENCE – With enough time gone by to gain perspective since Hurricane Irene left the state in the dark for days, the Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee held the first of two public hearings Thursday on the state Emergency Management Agency's, the National Guard's and National Grid's performance during and after the storm.

September 14th

Amy Jarret Remembered

September 14, 2011

Members of Amy Jarret's family, including her mother, Marilyn Trudeau, and her father, Aram Jarret, Jr., seated center, as well as her siblings and nieces and nephews as well as family friends, listen as Amy's sister, Alicia Curran, pays tribute to her sister during a 10th anniversary memorial service at Memorial Square in North Smithfield Wednesday evening. Amy Jarret was a flight attendant from North Smithfield who died on United Airlines Flight 175 at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (photo by Ernest A. Brown)

Super Wal-Mart opens in North Smithfield

September 14, 2011

NORTH SMITHFIELD — They began lining up a half-hour before the doors opened, some hoping to score some swag and grand-opening freebies, while others were looking to get an early start on their shopping.
Even more were there because they were just curious to see what it looked like.
In each case, Wal-Mart Supercenter #2225 didn't disappoint.
About 60 early birds came out Wednesday morning as Wal-Mart celebrated the opening of its new North Smithfield store at Dowling Village with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free coffee just before the store opened its doors to customers at 7:30.

Mom arrested for assaulting 16-month-old son

September 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET -- A city mom voicing anxiety and frustration over her child-rearing responsibilities allegedly assaulted her 16-month-old son in front of her own mother Monday afternoon, tossing him to the floor and fracturing his left shoulder.
Police charged Felicia P. Taylor, 24, of 44 Burnside Ave., with first-degree child abuse over the assault after investigating the incident on Tuesday.
The baby was initially taken to Landmark Medical Center by Taylor and family members and subsequently transported to Hasbro Children's Hospital for further treatment.

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